The “we have never met a layup we couldn’t miss” edition:

Barbosa: in the past couple of games I think he has misunderstood “pound the rock” as meaning “shoot the rock”. 20 attempts tonight in his lifesize version of Pop-A-Shot.

Butler: this was a highlight reel game for him. He did everything he has done for us all year in 13 minutes of court time tonight against a team that could be in the finals.  That is to say he did jack pony. If his dog was in distress in a lake, he’d probably throw a lifeline to him that would land at the edge of the beach, 20 feet away from the dog.

Calderon: okay, to be fair, this game for Jose is much like me going up against Kobayashi in a hot dog eating contest.  If Rose was a lady with a sweet tooth, Calderon was a shop full of cupcakes. The Chicago commentators picked him apart calling him a cult hero for a year then basically a zero. Hard to argue. He took his foot off the peddles offensively tonight and stuck to dishing out the rock.

Davis: 17 minutes and I think I could hear him whimper throughout. He was up against big boys tonight and he was stopped in his tracks. Heck, it was hard to even notice he was there. He was like trying to find your date at a costume ball when you don’t know what they were wearing. Hell, he might as well have been wearing an invisibility cloak.

DeRozan: one of the better Raptors, but unless we get him to the “amazing” level, we suffer as a team. He hit his first three in a few games, but it wasn’t enough to ignite him the rest of the way.  I did see him step up the defensive intensity for flashes tonight, so that was a welcome surprise.

Forbes: the Acie Earl twin continued to stir in some bonehead into his broth. That one turnover under our hoop that was easily intercepted by that incredible deity known as Taj Gibson was just horrible. Not to mention he was trying to pass it to Magloire of all people. Ignore that and his 8 rebounds reflected his hustle and desire.

A. Johnson: his body must look like the elephant man’s face tonight. He never backed down and he was banging guys at every opportunity looking to get us an opportunity to score. Just no horses around him. You have to drool at the thought of having reliable scorers surround Amir….assuming it happened in Toronto.

J.Johnson: back in Chicago again with something to prove. If this is the way he plays with a chip on his shoulder, I’ll take a bag of Old Dutch crappy chips instead of the high end Pringles, please. If I had the hops this guy had, I’d be bouncing around like Charlie Sheen at the Playboy mansion looking to grab anything that came my way. Instead he picks and chooses his time which is something that a bottom feeder team doesn’t need. 

Kleiza: I have expect to see him hit the court on Monday with 2 big wristbands that have plays written on them. He is giving me flashbacks to Peja or Hedo with their intensive offensive schemes of run to a spot, stop, wait, get ball, shoot. Frustrating. Movement, use of the body, and getting involved on the defensive end would be groovy, dude.

Magloire: he really has the hockey mentality down pat, huh? How to make listeners of the Fan590 love you, indeed. Tonight he was pushing guys around since I’m sure they were yapping at him about how he couldn’t hit a free throw to save his life and he used his funny retort of how he was shooting in metric. His poor mom must be hearing enough “side of the barn” jokes to last a lifetime.  4 rebounds in 20min from a former allstar just doesn’t cut it, Canadian or not.

Driving the bus: Leandro Barbosa

Under the bus: Rasual Butler

Theme of the Game:

  • rapsjj2

    jj had a hell of a game wish he didnt get hurt and he could have played the fourth to see what else he had to give

    • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

      Agree 100%. Driving the Bus: JJ by a mile

    • Jnicholl17

      The only difference between this JJ and the usual JJ was he made a couple of jump shots that he usually misses.

      He usually misses all of his jump shots, btw.

  • ad

    The one thing I took from this game is that magliore and butler are washed up basketball players that have no business being in the nba. I knew that before though so this game was a waste of time. Another L= another ping pong ball. Lets go!!!!

    • leftovercrack

      anyone know when Aaron Gray can play? Or is that heart thing career threatening? the image of Magloire airballing that free throw is seared on my retinas forever

      • Hugh_brewster

        Agreed. Magloire shouldn’t be playing anything it garbage time until he retires. Embarrassing.

  • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

    What’s wrong with Ed Davis ? Looks there’s no feeling with the Coach as well.

    His IQ bball is just depressing

    • Matt

      Actually he has a high basketball IQ and he proved it last year. There is something NOT right here !! I don’t know what it is but I can not understand how a player can go back this much from their Rookie year to their sophomore. 

      • p00ka

        Not sure he needed bball IQ to look promising last year, given the “system” at both ends. This year, he has to deal with disciplined team ball at both ends, and he’s lost, aside from he seems to be driving at stoned speed most of the time.

      • KJ-B

        It’s called Dwayne Casey.

    • Valit

      Actually I dont know if Raps has the weakest roster in the league but for sure they have the lowest basketball IQ of all the teams I saw so far. Bad decisions after bad decisions…Proves you once again that athleticism isnt enough.

    • Jnicholl17

      Yeah, he looks about the same as last year, just a little bigger. He still looks like a rookie out there.

      If he can just learn to shoot FTs he’ll have a solid, if unspectacular career.

  • RenaldoSugarbush

    Being short on bigs right now I would like to see Solomon Alabi be given a chance to see what he can do.

    • Scottbbaird

      He cant get out of bed in the morning.

  • rapsjj2

    how does butler still have the starting pos only reason i can see is he likes jj or kliza with the second team

    • p00ka

      I think it’s two fold, until Kleiza gets up to speed and game shape. Butler has been a pretty decent 3 pt shooter (career .359) up to now, and I think they like to see if he has that to offer early in the game with the team needing it so much, and JJ not exactly reliable for it. Notice JJ always ends up playing more minutes. I think when Keliza gets up to speed, Butler joins Magloire and the very end of the bench when Gray comes back.

  • p00ka

    Kleiza sure isn’t showing much of anything, but gotta give him a pass for a while. Pretty damn tough to come back from a year off and get back to game shape and the talent in the NBA. It will naturally take him a while.

    • p00ka_is_a_fish

      Nobody gives a shit about your lame weak analysis, keep the analyzing to the AltRaps, Arsenalist, and the rest of the crew from RaptorsRepublic

      • Lucamacus

        I concur

        • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

          Have your own ideas little boy

      • p00ka

        lol,,, you hide behind this pathetic tag to constantly offer nothing but baiting me. What, did I show you up some time for the idiot that you area? Hilarious, that you’d call me lame when all you can do is bullchit like this. lmfao, have fun :)

      • Raps4Ever

        ===

  • leftovercrack

    Quote from Casey. Any way he could crap on Triano more? 
    “When we win, I don’t get excited because I see a lot of mistakes then. When we lose, I don’t get overly concerned because this entire season is going to be a lot of work to be done from scratch, from ground zero.” 

    • p00ka

      I think you’re reading something into it that isn’t what he’s saying. He’s a class act, and that would be below him.

      • leftovercrack

        obviously he didn’t say it directly and wasn’t thinking it would be interpreted that way when he said it. He was just stating facts. But he takes over a team and says there’s a lot of work to be done because “we are starting from ground zero.” Tough to see that as a ringing endorsement of the previous regime

        • p00ka

          Nobody is talking ringing endorsement, or looking of lack of it, except you it appears, then translating it to trashing. It would appear that’s how you wish to read his words, but here’s another theory:
          – as with all coaching changes, new defense, new offense
          – very short training camp
          – 5 new players to team when counting kleiza
          – raw sophmore in ED
          – still raw 3rd yr guy in DD
          – ever raw bayless
          – coach working with entire team for first time
          NBA people call that working from ground zero.

          • p00ka_is_a_fish

            And you know this b/c you were part of the NBA at some point in your lame sad pathetic life. #wasteman 

            • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

              SSSSSHHHHHH, boy mum calling you.

            • p00ka

              Says the guy who hides behind that pathetic tag to do nothing but bait me. Sad coward.

              • p00ka_is_a_fish

                LMFAO what’s really sad is the fish took the bait

                • p00ka

                  If you finally getting a bite after 2 weeks of work, gets you off, then glad you got some relief.

                • p00ka

    • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

      Casey has his style.He is playing, no matter what, as    his team is playing PO. If,when time comes we will be ready.

      Playing at our tempo needs for sure on the offense players with good handles and at least 2 able to create their own shot.

      I can see it coming via Casey ex players (J Terry anyone?)

  • FAQ

    14 + 23 + 15 + 12 = 64 … or … 37 + 27 = 64 ……… and that pretty much says it all.

    • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

      23+14+19. That’s what Bulls were at the end of the 3rd. +4 points.

      Maybe you like kind of 140-130 with big dunks and alleyoops.

      • FAQ

        Yes…the Raps  played good defense, but are incapable of putting up the numbers when forced to defend to stay in the game.  The stress of defending kills their offensive effort….so obvious.

    • Matt52

      If you only looked at the box score, then yes.  

      If you watched the game, it was a little different.  They were only down 4 after three quarters.  The Raptors are missing key players and Chicago is one of, if not the best, teams in the league.  

      Despite the outcome, this was a good game for the Raptors given the goals of the season.

      • FAQ

        So you have no problem with the Raptors only scoring 37 points in the first half and only 27 points in the second half??!!!

        Surely you must conclude that the Raps are lousy scoring; they have no go-to scorers other than Bargs, Jose and Barbs.  Not much of a scoring punch on the lugubrious Raptors.

  • knickz

    call me crazy , but I honestly think we have a championship team in the making here. I love the fact that these guys play hard on the defensive end of the court.

    • draftedraptor

      crazy

    • Scottbbaird

      They try hard and cant produce. That says theres just not enough talent. This coach and a couple pieces are championship calibre and the rest are the dead weight dragging this group down.

      • p00ka

        Can only take so many steps at a time. Accountability, defense, development, evaluation, of core to move forward with, are big steps this season. Draft pick, JV, financial flex. (FA or two?) for summer are next steps, followed by much brighter steps next year. Keep the faith.

        • Scottbbaird

          Agreed, but were a long way off, and its too early to say were gonna be “championship calibre”. Too many variables. It would be more realistic to say “the makings of a first round playoff team.”

          • p00ka

            Oh, long way away from champ calibre. No question, but I think we see a much more enjoyable team to follow by as early as next year.

        • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

          JJ is doing well. His defense is well above average. Despite being 24, he has played just a third of DD minutes on NBA. I like his attitude , I believe Casey is happy and surprised of him.

          • p00ka

            I agree! JJ has work to do, but shows a lot of promise to be a good piece off the bench moving forward.

        • knickz

          im counting on jv to be a double-double guy, derozan to avg 20 plus an another scorer

    • Jay.H

      Not yet dude, we’ll have that championship team in the making when JV + a top 5 pick arrives next year. Go Raps.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SJT6LQ6HZQWMPJMT22LTN24UUY Antonino Ferraro

      I understand the faith but the reality is different. The guys playing how the coach wants, but the talent and the IQ is very low. I am sure that the last year in the same conditions we would have lost by 20/25 points.

    • FAQ

      Championship team in the making??!!!

      Maybe in the D-league….LOL

  • Jnicholl17

    Gary Forbes:

    5pts 8reb 5asts 1stl 1to in 18min

    The guy had a solid game as the PG off the bench (MUCH better than Anthony Carter), and you concentrate your criticism on one bad play?

    • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

      Denver fans were high on him. The negatives remarks were on his tendency to tunnel vision. 5 assist wow. casey for sure is “pounding the rock” on him.

    • p00ka

      yeah really, aye. The guy is a work in progress, playing only his second game ever at PG and is showing light years more progress than what he showed in brief stints on the wing in previous games.