Injuries change everything. With Andrea Bargnani in the lineup, the Raptors have been a competitive, entertaining team. Without him, they’ve struggled with the “putting the ball in the basket more times than the other team” thing. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it looks like Bargs will be out against Denver, so I’m not feeling wonderful about Toronto’s chances. It’d help them if the Nuggets’ starting backcourt of Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo missed the game, however. Both are doubtful.

Point Guard:

Ty Lawson is a nightmare for Jose Calderon. He’s as fast as anyone in the league and there aren’t many point guards better at beating you off the dribble. He excels at getting to the basket, taking more shot attempts at the rim per game than guys like Derrick Rose, Andrew Bynum, and teammate Nene. He’s a tremendous finisher, good free throw shooter, and he’s capable of hitting threes despite his low percentage this season. Thankfully for the Raptors, he’s probably not playing because of a sprained ankle. The effective two-PG lineup of Lawson and Andre Miller will likely replaced by… Andre Miller and some sort of two-guard. Not sure which one yet. We’ll get to that. If Lawson is sidelined, the relatively slow-footed Andre Miller is a much more manageable matchup for Mr. Calderon. He could be trouble in the post, though.

I don’t blame you if you haven’t heard of Denver’s 6’6 backup point guard, Julyan Stone: he hadn’t scored an NBA point until Wednesday night. I’m intrigued by Stone, but Jerryd Bayless obviously has the edge, there.

Advantage: Raptors, assuming Lawson is out.

Shooting Guard:

I’ve already mentioned that Arron Afflalo is doubtful. Rudy Fernandez is a game-time decision. If he doesn’t go, maybe Corey Brewer’s starting. Brewer, for some reason, took 19 shots against the Kings the other night, making seven. Four of his attempts were threes and none of those went in. That’s okay when your opponent plays one of the worst games that any NBA team has played this season, but it is not what George Karl wants to see if he ends up a starter. Still, Brewer can play some solid defense, and his length could annoy DeMar DeRozan.

Still, the DeRozan optimist that I am, I’ll give this one to Toronto. We don’t know if Denver is going to have even one player who can actually shoot playing shooting guard. In DeRozan and Leandro Barbosa, the Raptors theoretically have two. We’ll see how it plays out.

Advantage: Raptors

Small Forward:

I so want to give this one to the Raptors just because of the potential for another Linas Kleiza revenge game. Can’t, though. Can’t count on two awesome Kleiza performances in a row.

James Johnson is an active defender, but Danilo Gallinari can get him into foul trouble easily. Gallinari is playing as well as he has in his life over the past week. Sure, the Wizards, Knicks, and Kings are not exactly the best defensive teams in the NBA, but you can’t help but be impressed by his all-around game. Please pay attention to how much he’s improved as a passer.

Advantage: Nuggets

Power Forward:

Let’s assume Bargnani is out. It’ll be a nice surprise if he isn’t, but the “much worse than before” quotes made it seem like we shouldn’t expect him back for a little while.

Nene always, always kills the Raptors and he is significantly better than Ed Davis and Amir Johnson, even if his numbers this year are down and he’s shooting two and a half shots from 16-23 feet per game for some reason. Off the bench, Al Harrington is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, playing the best ball of his career on both ends.

Advantage: Nuggets


Aaron Gray and Jamaal Magloire vs. Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos! WHO’S PUMPED?

…fine, but Mozgov might be better than you think he is. He’s likely a lot quicker on his feet than you think he is.

Chris Anderson and Amir Johnson should receive minutes at the four and five spots. I’d give Amir a slight edge there, but it’s not enough to balance Mozgov vs. Gray.

Advantage: Nuggets

The line:

Denver is favoured by 12, which makes sense considering the Raptors usually get blown out there. Is tonight different? Maybe. The Nuggets are beat up. They should still win, but I’ll take the Raps to cover. I already sort of regret typing that.

  • Luxsman

    no ty lawson today…

  • jorvay

    Just as long as the Raps don’t go to the zone. Apparently it’s for school kids:

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Zone defense in the NBA is wack it should be man to man the whole game as to allow the best players to showcase their talents not restrict them while entertaining the fans.

      Man up!!

      • dalmatino

        you are not right. Basketball is a team sport not a collection of some individuals. Yes, more talented individuals/players the better chances for win, but bottom line is – this is collective/team sport and zone deffence is used to take off advantage from certain individual’s ( better or more talented ) qualities.

        • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

          The NBA is a business and that business is basketball ENTERTAINMENT- recognize game, as you need stars to promote League wide and playing solely man to man let’s the players exhibit their creativity within this team game- recognize game.

          • Nilanka15

            This ain’t the WWE.  Competition is far more important than entertainment.  If you don’t agree, I hear the Globetrotters are still touring…

            • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

              The NBA is more like the WWE than you may fail to realize.

              The NBA is ENTERTAINMENT sorry to burst you blissful bubble, kiddo.


              Only 9 NBA Franchises have won the NBA Championship since 1980 to 2011- BOS, Lakers, CHI, PHI, HOU, DAL, MIA, SA & DET.

              Not to mention the current post lockout unbalanced schedule?lmfao

              Btw- have a great day.

              • Nilanka15

                Right, and banning zone defenses will make it even easier for those 9 teams to continue to win championships.

                I prefer to watch a league where even the worst teams have a legit shot at winning on any given night.  Zone defenses allow that to happen more often.

                smdh @ u

                • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

                  You win the

                  ‘I am stuck on stupid’

                  badge for today- congrats & enjoy….. 

                • Steve
                • Gman

                  Really?  You are congealed, frozen and petrified ignorance.  

                  And that’s the size of the f*ckin’ bat signal above your head.

          • dalmatino

            every profesional sport is – business. Don’t act like ignorant tart, please. People here understand what is business and what is sport. If you want to say that NBA, as a corporation, influences the final results of the games … and who will be champion … ???

          • Gman

            I smell a wrestling fan here.  Maybe you should go to a wrestling forum because this is a forum for people who love the game of basketball…as it’s meant to be played.  

            It must be exhausting being you.  I actually believe when you utter ridiculous things like this there’s a part of you that doesn’t actually believe these things…but you’ve invested all this energy around this shallowly provocative persona.

            • CaseyDaMan


      • CJT

        I agree, the NBA shouldn’t be about winning games.  It should be like a year long allstar game.  Most creative dunk wins the title.

        • Lorenzo


  • Nilanka15

    Don’t forget the high altitude factor.  Opposing teams are using sucking wind by the 3rd quarter in Denver.

    • Nilanka15

      *usually” sucking wind….

  • Pizzaman

    “”Still, the DeRozan optimist that I am, I’ll give this one to Toronto. We don’t know if Denver is going to have even one player who can actually shoot playing shooting guard. In DeRozan and Leandro Barbosa, the Raptors theoretically have two. We’ll see how it plays out.
    Advantage: Raptors””
    I agree with your facts, summaries and predictions for the most part, however you do realize that at SG your statement above makes absolutely no sense other than you obviously like Derozan which is ok.
    Since Derozan’s lucky game against Cleveland on January 4th, he has gone 3 of 24 ( 12%) from three point range, and only 57 of 177 TFG ( 32%). He still cannot shoot the ball and has poor mechanics.
    Afflalo who is doubtful but not out for sure shoots the three at 37%, and TFG% is 43%, Fernandez who is game time decision but may play shoots 32% from three, and 42% total FG%. Brewer who is their third guy shoots the three at a 48% clip for the season, and his TFG% is 48%.
    In addition all three of the Denver players can handle the ball, wheras Derozan does not have that skill. Clearly this position is much much stronger in Denver’s favour!
    I don’t want to continually slam on Derozan because I wish he was half the player alot of the fans thought he was. Truth is he is not that good and actually very disappointing. He is in his third year and still cannot shoot the ball, his ball handling is horrendous, he is a very poor passer, but he can dunk the ball very nicely in transition.
    Did you see him on his charging call the other night verss Utah? When they showed the play again and wonder why he ran right into the guy, it was very clear he was looking at the ball while dribbling versus looking at the defense or the basket. He does this over and over.

    • nottheendoftheworld

      Yes, DD is in a funk, but let’s not forget he’s 21, in his third season with a crap team, and has frankly tremendous upside. The problem with DD is the expectation that he racks up 20 pts, 6 assists, 5 boards and a steal every night. In season 5, that’s what we’re going to see from the young man. Check it!

      • Pizzaman

        I sincerely hope you are right that he is in a funk. Frankly I don’t believe it because he has played the same for a long time. The fact he was scoring last year with a fast flowing offence that got him the ball in transition is all well, hoever none of his skills have improved. I also think the crap team should help him if he could actually make his own shot like Barbosa because he would get many opportunities. I do not and never had the expectations of him you mention here. I would be more than happy if he scored 15 points with a good FG%, played defense above average, and learned how to dribble and pass the ball. I do not believe he has a ton of upside because he frankly does not have the skills to justify the upside. It’s not a lack of trying, it’s a lack of fundamental skills.
        Also if this team ever becomes a playoff team next year which it should, he would be useless in a playoff game where it’s a slow half court game.
        No disrespect as you have an opinion and I have mine. I believe he has been the most overrated signing we’ve had by Toronto fans because we needed to have hope and the whole Young Gunz bs has blown up as it was never more than hype.

  • Pizzaman

    sorry I forgot to mention that Barbosa has been a beast and will likely play at an even keel to their SG, but Derozan gets too many minutes to give Toronto the advantage or even make them even.

  • tonious35

    Can the Raptors break another franchise curse in Denver since 2004 and that has the TSN commentators keep excusing our team for bad play in Denver with words like altitude, thin, air, fatigue, etc.?

  • Ska

    You know what is sad ?

    Stone is an UNDRAFTED PG. But he made the Conference USA All-Defensive team.So: Denver ( masaj!!!) need a 3rd string PG and went with an Undrafted.Raptor need a 3rd string PG and went with Carterwho is the smarter GM ?

    • nottheendoftheworld

      I think what we needed was a veteran presence for leadership. What Denver needed was a young player to develop for the future. We’ve already got enough players that require development. Both GM’s did the right thing.

  • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    As much as I enjoyed the winning the losing will most likely start up once again tonite in the Mile High City of Denver.

    Both teams had yesterday off so both squads should be rested up & ready to play.

    Casey was a Karl assistant coach on those great 60 win Payton/Kemp/Schrempf Seattle SuperSonic teams that I grew up following so this is sort of a teacher & student scenario.

    Why do we have Anthony Carter on the roster?

    Isn’t Jose the veteran roster pg at 30 years old plus being the longest tenured Raptors roster player as well?

    Stone is a tite baller too bad our scouts don’t really seem to find unhyped young basketball talent as they seemingly just go by what ever the current NBA scouting consensus is on most prospects.smh

    Harrington vs Kleiza, which ever player scores the most points off of the bench their team will prevail.

    • Rob

      Stone is a tite baller lol? Have you read his scouting report?

      “Non-existent scoring ability … Despite playing 36.5 minutes per game in the fairly weak Conference USA, he only averaged 8.5 points per game … Very poor shooter … Lacks any range on his jump shot … Opponents will have no respect for his shooting ability and play off him, which will make him an easy player to defend, and inhibit his playmaking abilities … Solid finishing ability around the rim, but won’t get as many opportunities there at the next level … Poor free-throw shooter at 56% … Had four years to improve his shooting ability, yet never managed to do so …”

      Good defender/rebounder, decent passing ability, but not much else. So just relax and stop using this as a reason to bash BC/Raptors scouting.

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        Just wait until you see him play which I have as there’s more to basketball than scoring the ball as if that were the case then Bargnani would be a NBA All Star.

        BC & the Raptors scouting department suck big time- Alabi????

        So you just relax, buddy, and check yourself before you wreck yourself.

        • Juicy

          It’s funny that you are complementing the scouting of Stone, and using Alabi as an example of bad scouting by the Raptors.

          Weren’t both players essentially scouted by Masai Ujiri?  So would the bad scouting and good scouting in this case be the exact same person?  Almost makes you think every body is capable of finding gems and finding duds.  Though I think it’s early to call a 2  point career total as a gem.

          • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

            I don’t know who scouted Stone for the Nuggets as Masai Ujiri is the Nuggets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations not a scout.

            Denver Nuggets Director of Scouting: Mike BratzScout: Herb LivseyScouting Coordinator: Dan Tolzman

            Who signed Alabi’s guaranteed 3 year contract when drafted???

            Does Stone have a guaranteed contract?

            Stone > Alabi I’d rather have Stone than Alabi in a Raptors uniform

            Masai Uriji >> BC

            • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

              Denver Nuggets Director of Scouting: Mike Bratz

              Scout: Herb Livsey

              Scouting Coordinator: Dan Tolzman

        • Lorenzo

          You just got destroyed, and tried to cover it up by using a line from an Ice Cube song…


          • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

            Let you go run & tell it.lmfao @ u

            • Lorenzo

              Yup. Hilarious.

        • Rob

          Lol, Alabi? All you got? I don’t recall BC selling him to us as the next Shaquille O’Neal. He was a 50th overall pick, how many of those turn out to be decent?

          In his career, dating back to the Suns days, BC has drafted Michael Finley, Steve Nash, Jackson, Marion, Stoudemire, Gortat, Barbosa, still waiting to see how Davis, DeRozan, and Valanciunas (who by all accounts will be good) pans out., and Bargnani, not that it matters because you’d say he’s a bad pick even if he was picked 50th overall because of your personal vendetta against him.

          Every GM selects their fair share of crap/scrubs, BC has, but it’s unfair to say he sucks big time at it. 

          I’ve watched many Nuggets games on Leaguepass, and have caught glimpses of him with the playing time he’s given. I like Stone for his defending abilities/versatility if nothing more, there’s more to basketball than just defence, if that weren’t the case then Sefolosha, Tony Allen, Verajao, Taj Gibson etc. would become all-stars. 

          He’s a solid guy, but where were you for the past year or so? I never recall you saying we should sign undrafted free agent Julyan Stone. You’re just going with your hindsight baloney, as usual. 

          • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

            Don’t bring up Phoenix this is Toronto- recognize.

            Anything that BC was credited with in Phoenix comes into question as it was his daddy’s team- recognize, we don’t know who actually did what only who was allowed to take credit for it.

            Doesn’t matter what I would have potentially said or thought as I don’t run the Raptors- BC does and he signs who he wants to ie Alabi.

            All the best.

      • Ska

        As long as you trust internet scouting report, you are simply not doing your scouting… Masaj was our scouting chief last year, and for sure  a REAL scouting report arrived on BC desk.
        The only question I have is: does make sense to recruite a veteran for this spot for a REBUILDING team or it does make more sense to pick up  for 550 K an undrafted rookie ?

        I simply cannot bashing BC, but that’s is what I would like  a good GM to do.

        • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

          I was hoping that BC would acquire a 2nd round pick last draft to select Isaiah Thomas (Sac Kings/University of Washington) whom they brought in to work out as I knew he was a baller with heart despite being small in stature.

          Now TWJr is like a 6’5 Isaiah Thomas with more overall basketball skills & a projected higher talent ceiling but both play with heart and are gym rats not club rats, the type of talented young coachable players that you need to change a culture.

          Casper Ware Long Beach St……..look him up.

        • Rob

          No…Masai Uriji, if that’s who you’re talking about, was with the Nuggets last year…

          I can’t understand what the rest of your post says, and I have no idea how it relates to what I said.

  • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    University of Washington PG Tony ‘Black Steel’ Wroten Jr or bust!!

    You can watch the full Arizona St vs Washington highlights (which I recommend) from last night or fast forward to 06:05 and just wait to see ESPN’s Play Of The Day.

    • sleepz

      I like Wroten but Worthy is the Lamb!!!

      • voy

        I’ve been watching a few UConn games and Lamb looks like he put on a little weight.  Even more important, I think, is he’s not as narrow, shoulder to shoulder, as I thought he was which leads me to suspect he can continue to fill out.

        Wroten looks good + he has great size.  The only thing I’d like is to see him against elite competition or a number of elite pgs in order to see if his handles are legit.  Looks like he has good handles for a 6’5 guy in college but does he have a legit handle to play point in the nba?  I’m looking forward to watching more of the Huskies this year.

        • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

          His handles are legit, if that’s a real concern that you have about his skills no need to even fret that, as he body bagged the competition at the **Deron Williams Skills Academy where he measured out at 6’6 1/2 in shoes and 204 pounds of rock solid muscle.

          TWJr is a legit 6’5 w/o shoes & still growing and he is a true pg who can play some 2 as he is currently doing at the UW with Abdul Gaddy showing that he is also a team player & very coachable.

           Plus he’s a gym rat not a (strip/party) club rat.

          **Brad Beal / 6-3 / 196 / Florida / FR
          Ashton Gibbs / 6-2 / 185 / Pittsburgh / SR 
          Tu Holloway / 5-11 / 185 / Xavier / SR 
          Scoop Jardine / 6-3 / 200 / Syracuse / SR
          Kendall Marshall / 6-4 / 197 / North Carolina / SO
          Ray McCallum / 6-2 / 187 / Detroit Mercy / SO 
          Shabazz Napier / 6-1 / 182 / Connecticut / SO 
          CJ Reed / 6-2 / 198 / Bethune Cookman / SO
          Gerald Robinson / 6-1 / 173 / Georgia / SR 
          Jordan Taylor / 6-1 / 193 / Wisconsin / SR
          Marquis Teague / 6-2 / 179 / Kentucky / FR
          Josiah Turner / 6-4 / 187 / Arizona / FR
          Maalik Wayns / 6-2 / 201 / Villanova / JR 
          Tony Wroten Jr. / 6-6 / 204 / Washington / FR 

          All measurements w/ shoes on.

          TWJr is the top guard (potentially) coming out in the 2012 NBA Draft- bar none, for my money- time will tell.

          • sleepz

            I believe he used to play football as well in HS no?

            • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

              Yes, WR & S, so he’s a tough kid as well (he’s Nate Robinson’s cousin) as being talented.

              Btw- that’s how he tore his ACL as a Jr in HS which caused many scouting/rating services to doubt this former top rated player in his class since 6th grade abilities to dominate on the court- 2 years later he’s back at/near the top of his class.

              • Bobby

                Shabazz Muhammad. Remember that name, he’s the next big thing. Google him.

                • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

                  I know about him- solid pro prospect.

                • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

                  For 2013 NBA draft- hope he picks a college soon.

                • Bobby

                  Ya man, guys an absolute beast.

        • sleepz

          Lamb definitely needs to put on a bit of weight but he’s stil lyoung and his wingspan is ridiculous.

          A pure shooter and I was impressed in the Tenn game where they were running iso’s at the top of the 3 pt line and he was getting to the rim at ease because you have to respect his range.

          Wroten definitely has handles. Looks like he’s struggling somewhat with the 3pt’er but he can get past guys no doubt.

          • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

            Yeah, TWJr’s jumper & fts needs work but he gets to the rim (ft line) with ease no matter who is in front of him plus he has great court vision and passing abilities.

            ‘Long Arm’ Lamb is extra nice as well- a certified top 10 selection barring injuries. He’s very smooove on the court.

        • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

          Also, TWJr (who was the best player on the court according to Coach K who said that they couldn’t stop TWJr) balled out against Duke using & abusing ARivers eventually fouling him out of the game while almost bringing the UW back to win the game before fouling out on a questioned steal call w/ 2 minutes left and the Huskies down 4 points.

          As well, he was the best player on the court against Marquette not to mention he was the best player on the court in the 2011 Jordan Classic HS All Star game.

          TWJr > Teague, Kabongo, BJ Young, Beal, JTurner, ARivers

          A potential sleeper pg in the 2012 NBA Draft may be Louisville Junior Peyton ‘Boo-Yaa’ Siva if he decides to declare at season’s end.

    • WJF

      WROTEN is averaging more turnovers than assists and is shooting 19.4% from 3.  He is also shooting under 55% from the free throw line. HE does have a chance to be a good player, but like Kabongo, he could use another year in school to improve some glaring weaknesses in his game. 

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        Or he could improve them with a NBA team, with NBA coaches, using NBA facilities & playing against NBA players (in practice) as he is only 18 years old about to turn 19 in April.

        I bet some team will gamble on his future potential as John Wall had a very similiar game & concerns as TWJr in college. 

        Alot of those turnovers came early in the season as he was learning the college game but if you have been actually watching his games then you would know that as do I and many NBA scouts.

        No consistant jumper but can still get to the rim & draw fouls at will whether against a man to man or zone defense- do the math. 

        • WJF

          You better gear down big rig, you don’t know as much as you pretend. Over his last 5 games, (not early in the season, plenty of time to adjust) he has had 20 turnovers to 19 assists, that is 4 t/o per game. You do the math on the rest. 

          I like the kid, he has a future. Just don’t spout off like you are the only one that knows something about under the radar college kids, I am very up on this guy. 

          As for learning in the NBA, it can be done. Answer me this though, why come out and be mid to late first round pick when you can go back to school and make yourself a lottery pick and earn way better money right off the bat. Yes some family situations call for guys to come out early, but if you have been getting by for this long, another 10 months (endorsments/agent loans before draft) wont kill you. 

          • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

            Like I said before if you have actually watched the games as a number of those to’s were highly questionable charging calls as he has toned down his passes and/or the Husky bigs are starting to catch his passes especially now that Sefarian-Jenkins who plays football at the UW but is playing basketball as well as of the past couple of weeks is on the floor as Aziz had trouble catching alot of TW’s dimes cleanly & converting in the post/paint area.

            How do you know where he will be drafted at?

            I can see TWJr as a probable potential Lottery pick guarantee if he comes out but that’s what pre draft camps and GM draft feedback is for to determine where he will be selected IF he decides to come out.

            Answer yourself that question, buddy.lmfao @ u

            • WJF

              Well what one is it? Probable lottery pick, or potential lottery pick? 

              You also now put the IF he decides to come out, seems like a little back track there. 

              Questionable charge calls?  I have watched many of his games this year, many of those questionable calls are coming from forcing the issue a little too much, he needs to pick his spots better, but that lack of jump shot does not afford him the luxury of setting up dribble drives with more space. 

              As far as players not being able to catch his passes, sure lots of those passes are catchable by players with good hands, but you need to know your target and adjust. I am not going to throw a lob to the 5’5″ inch 40 year old at the Y, I am going to give him something he can catch.

        • WJF

          As for John Wall, he actually shot better than 30% from 3 and over 75% from the free throw line, same concerns, but totally different ends of the spectrum.

          • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

            NBA scouts, NBA draft experts & NBA draft sites seem to think differently as according to pre-draft reports JWall & Tyreke Evans are the 2 names that come up when discussing TWJr’s potential game on the NBA level.

            TWJr with a consistent jumper > JWall with a consistent jumper (imo)

            If TWJr was playing at Kentucky (TWJr > Teague) right now people would be talking top 3 draft pick- may still end up like that come draft day, time will tell.

  • Ppellico

    Mozgov vs. Gray

    OK…one is quicker.
    But saying someone is quicker than Gray is not that awesome an attribute.

    But which one plays the better defense?
    Which one will be the better role player in this botched up line up for both teams?

    • Ppellico

      he is one BIG boy, however!
      Seems hard to believe he quick, looking at his stats.

      • Ska

        I regular watch also Denver, and I swear that I saw MOZ running breaks.

        Not so often  but it happened.

        I was thinking he was Gallo!

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Mozgov is much better than Gray on offense & defense, trust.

  • cesco

    Hope this is true :

    Toronto Raptors

    Bargnani injury update: Tests reveal no significant damage to strained left calf. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

  • cdub

    So I’m going to attempt to watch the raptors futile bargnani-less offense tonight.  Possibly their only salvation this time is Kleiza as he can actually score, but he also has tunnel vision.   We need ball movement but with no one capable of exploiting the other teams defense we are likely looking at many forced shots and several long stretches with no points


    2 five minute spans the raptors score no baskets
    5 air balls
    20+ turnovers
    79 points
    me turning the game off before half time

    good news that there is no serious injury to bargs, but out indefinately doesn’t sound like he will be playing for at least 2 to 4 weeks.  Its too bad because the raptor games have been entertaining and competitive when he plays, and an abomination when he doesn’t.

  • JS

    Biggest issue I see is that we are relying too much on Barbosa to bring us back in the 2nd quarter for the past few matches… if he doesn’t have a good game… then not even with Bargs we stand a chance.

  • Copywryter

    32 at the half. 32.

  • Alex

    Our first unit sucks. I suspect DD can only play when AB is on the court… Barbosa is by far the 2nd best player in this team.

    • Pizzaman

      DD 3 of 15 for 20%, more or less what I expected of him. He needs to be told he cannot shoot. His average will only go up if he stops shooting the ball, and only tries to score when there’s an open lane with enough room to drive to the basket without dribbling it off his foot.
      Tonight was the first time I thought there might be a tank thing here, because he Casey kept DD who absolutely stunk tonight on the floor with Jose who was shooting poorly, instead of Bayless who has never looked so hot, and Barbosa clearly the next best scorer to Andrea when they had it close again.

      • cesco

        The analysts/bloggers/posters who ever said that DD is the best player on this team should come forward so that they can be attired with two extra large DONKEY ears and a sign saying ” I am stupid ” .

        • Pizzaman

          well he is the leader of the Young Gunz! LMAO

  • RapsFan

    Where is Amir Johnson ?? 
    What happened to all that BS by Tim W. and … that Amir is the MOST Efficient Offensive Player in this team and should get more touches and …
    What is going on with Amir ?? He is not half of the Player that he was last year !!

    How about Ed ? Wow, Speaking of disappointing.  No Wonder he dropped to 13 and we thought BC was a genius to draft him !!!

    Mr.Double D himself !!! Forget ALL STAR, Is he even a legitimate Starting SG in NBA ??!!

    • cesco

      DD could be an all-star if he plays in the women league , he should have no problems to pass the medical , if you know what I mean .

    • Pizzaman

      All of Tim W’s loud talking has led him to be wrong on almost everyone especially you know who! Tim W has not dissappeared BTW I have seen him on the comment section of the Globe or Sun Raptor articles. He just does not have the balls to show up on this site and admit he was not only wrong, but read his own BS.