The “can’t stop the Rock” edition:

Barbosa: love when he attacks the rim early. The obvious will never be overstated in that with Andrea out, Leandro has to step up both offensively and as a glue guy. He did both tonight.

Bayless: what do you do with a guy who played as well as he has in weeks and is actually creating points and pulling your guys back into the game? Sit him down, of course. 7/10, 4/5 from 3, and playing under control as much as I’ve seen him in a Raptors uniform. Understood that Calderon is your main guy, but we needed to ride Jerryd and Leandro until they pleaded to be pulled.

Butler: I’m beginning to think if you sent Rasual into your kitchen to make you a grilled cheese sandwich he’d get confused by the ingredients. He took 2 shots in 18 minutes, both from deep, and both uglier than a hamburger with no bacon.

Calderon: anytime Caldy plays 30+ minutes and has the same number of assists as turnovers, you know the Spaniard is listing. Obviously I’m wrong when I think that every time he faces a countryman he’s going to step up since he looked more like a turtle tonight than a lion.

Davis: can’t knock the hustle tonight and, hell, he actually looked pissed. Have to like it if it’s finally sinking in that he has been a bigger disappointment than going into a bar that is only serving Molson 67. Maybe the headband is picking up the radiowaves being broadcast by all the haters.

DeRozan: he should be thanking his lucky stars that capital punishment isn’t a thing here in Canada because he’d be cuffed and shipped to Nathan Phillips Square for a public flogging upon his return.  He attacked the hoop after realising that they were giving him a wide open lane to the bucket in the fourth….and the fourth was when he scored his first points of the game. Brutal.

Forbes: for all those that want this beast released this had to be a disappointing night. 5 minutes, 0 of 3, and not any type of flash from the guy. He’s like a slice of white bread in amongst Breads Of The World.

Gray: a bit of a foul machine tonight and, as would be expected, he contributed nothing offensively. Nice job cleaning the glass tonight and along with Jamaal, we had a good one/two punch against Nene the Tank.

A. Johnson: still stuck in the mud and not showing much of a sign of pulling himself out of the bog. A nice block, mediocre hustle and not much else.  Nobody needs a break more than this guy.

J. Johnson: most of his 16 came in the third but other than fouling out, his game was pretty nice tonight. If we had this effort even just every other game we would be in a good place. Infuriating.

Kleiza: starting for the first time this season after lighting it up the last few games, he let the light dim. 1 of 7, 8 rebounds. HOWEVER, his jawing and smiling with Harrington at the end of the game was a thing of beauty. First he talks smack to the John Deere loving fans in Utah and now he doesn’t back down from one of the most messed up guys in the game. Harrington even yelled at Linas to meet him out back after the game. Fantastic.

Magloire: well, look who figured out how tearaways work. 14 solid minutes from Jamaal that featured him laying bodies on the floor thanks to vicious screens, a nice wrap up of Nene that looked like they were about to go all Sumo, and some much needed toughness to get us back in to the game.

Driving the bus: Jerryd Bayless

Under the bus: DeMar DeRozan

Theme of the Game:

  • ad

    I’d put the over under on the raps next losing streak at 9.5 till they get bargnani back. Not that its a bad thing.

  • guest

    I think the coach should go under the bus for this one…that was a bad substitution at the end of the 4th quarter

  • Rob

    A few observations

    Raptors 0-7 without Bargnani. 

    James Johnson>>>>DeRozan. 

    Barbosa our primary scoring option with Bargs out.

    • draftedraptor

      after 3 good games?

      • Rob

        Who are you referring to?

    • What the

      maybe if BC could find a guy who can put up 20 points per night ANY GUY may we wouldn’t need  PRIMO  maybe a player like AL HARRINTON as it’s not realy PRIMO that the Raptors need but someone that can score 20 so even with the team playing the way that are now just having that constant 20 point scorer could keep the score close, so i ask the question is it Primo we need or a starting constant 20 point scorer who is not on the team and could start?

      • mountio

        There are lots of guys in the league who can put up 20 .. they are a dime a dozen. Just ask Nilanka or others on this site. In fact, we should be able to just tell one of our current guys to put up 20 on a nightly basis. All they need is more shots ..

      • Nilanka15

        Yes, there are plenty of scorers in this league. But Bargnani’s easily the best one, just ask mountio or others.

  • voy

    why is rasual even seeing floor time?

    • SteveB

      Or ED or AJ or DD or Gray or…Sonny (personally)  has a great year over in Euro-league

  • mr.t

    Maybe he’s just played too many minutes, but I wonder if Jose has a sore hammy again.  He just doesn’t seem himself.

    • mountio

      All the more reason to give him some rest and let Bosa / JB finish the game. Those guys got it down to 4 or 6 and then got hooked .. didnt make any sense. Casey brought back in Jose and DD and it was double digits again cause those guys couldnt score…

      • What the

        +1

        • mountio

          While Bosa is consisent, and should be finishing pretty much every game (at a minimum on an offense / defense substition down the stretch in close games) .. you only get a game like this out of Bayless one in every five (if you are lucky!). You gotta ride him when hes hot otherwise, wtf is the point of having him on the team?
          On top of that, one way or the other, JC needs less minutes .. so this was such a no-brainer .. not sure how Casey thought otherwise ..

      • nottheendoftheworld

        Ah, but if Bayless had gone down with the same ankle injury, DC would have been roasted for playing him too many minutes. I think Barbosa could play a 96 minute game and still look fresh.

        No matter the substitutions, we were not going to win this game.

        • mountio

          thats true .. but if playing bosa and jb gives us the best chance (and btw rests jose who weve been riding like a rented mule) isnt it the right thing to do?

          • nottheendoftheworld

            Yeah … probably! Maybe Casey was considering leaving Bayless’ fragile confidence intact?

            • mountio

              thats out there .. but at least the only remotely logicaly explanation ive heard yet .. !

              • CaseyDaMan

                Only coach Casey can provide real explanation. Has he?

  • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

    I couldn’t see the game guys. DD had set plays for him or not ? Thanks

    • What the

      next time go to (first row sports ) and you can see the game

      • WillFerell

        your a bitch ..

  • RapsFan

    We need to give some rest to Amir to see what he is really made up. Is he hurt? Is he tired ? … Right now, he is not even close to what he was last year or what we expected from him. He has been very disappointing the last few games.

  • AK74

    Raptors could use offensive asst coach, they score 80! without bargs. No free pizza for bums at acc this season

    • WillFerell

      have you considered the fact that they slow down the game dumbass..

  • Brad

    The Mavs recently gave Dirk 4 games off so he can have his own personal mini training camp because he was not performing up to his standards. Do the same for DD, do something to stop him from crapping the bed every game. 8 points on 3-15  shooting? how the hell does someone just forget to play. The guy is so damn frustrating to watch ffs

    • Nilanka15

      3-15 isn’t even a bad shooting night for this guy…it’s the norm. Just awful.

      • Pizzaman

        You’re right it’s a normal shooting night for him and yet everyone here when they throw out line-ups they drool over for this year or next, involving trades, draft picks or free agents has Derozan starting at SG. Some on the forums have hime in front of Wilson Chandler????
        When will the experiment be over and people realize he is young and has athletic ability but he is not a very good ball player.

        • What the

          Dero needs to score two (2) BASKETS PER 1/4 as a starter and if your point guard or coach can’t run easy high % plays to his strenght then they should be let go who cares if the baskets are from dunks (BLAKE G.) at the end of the day the box score doesn’t. in the 1st 1/4 he should get his 2 basket the rest of the quater play defence (steals and rebounds) repeat every quater   

          • Pizzaman

            I don’t care if they’re from dunks either as long as they are points not wasted possessions. Problem is his ball handling is so bad that he cannot get to the rim properly to finish in a half court offense.

            • What the

              We know that and the coach should know that by now why isn’t he beening put in a possition to suceed,and where is the “informer” why is he not in BC ears right now 

              ps Informer is JAY just ask Lenny W. and Kevin O.

  • Ilmago

     didn’t back down ? as soon as he pushed harrington he ran behind the ref and was actually holding the ref to make sure harrington doesn’t get to him. Cowaredly play if you ask me , if youre going to push someone be a man and stand up for youreself , this is something Kevin Garnett would do.

    • CaseyDaMan

      The NBA court is not a place for a street fight. I guess you think Kleiza should have been a “man” like Harrington and meet him in the parking lot. Funny how views can be so different. Harrington was trying to do a KG bully thing getting in Kleizas face, to which Kleiza suckered the loose cannon into losing it, even on his own teammate. You say be a man and get yourself suspended over childish stupidity? Okay.

      • What the

        Harrington has a swagger and can back up any trash talk on the court he’ll do his hop skip to your coach,players on the bench he don’t give a f#!k… Kleiza held is hand in Harringtons face after the shot was made mybe those two have a history 

        • Barbosa

          I liked the Kleisa vs Harrington. Best moment of the game. Not boring anymore.  Dwane Casey sucks, six points away and then he sent his sucky players and benched Barbosa and Bayless. What a dueche.

          • CaseyDaMan

            Is it possible he had good reason? Did you know what his reason was when calling him a “dueche”? Reasonable to discuss his actual reason, but not so reasonable to diss him based on the move alone without knowing his reasoning.

      • Ilmago

        I didn’t say Kleiza should fight Harrington all i said was he should back up his actions. He pushed Harrington and then hid behind the ref, if your going to push a guy be a man and face the consequences , if not walk away, it’s as simple as that.
         

        • CaseyDaMan

          Perhaps just my own competitive experience, but it takes Tibetan monk like control to do absolutely nothing but walk away when someone is in your face like that. IMO, he did just enough to say to Harrington that he wasn’t scared of him, yet maintained enough control to not screw his own team around by getting suspended for being a meathead.

    • Pizzaman

      kleiza did the right thing. Harrington was an idiot. This is not hockey.

  • What the

    There aren’t very many U.S players on that Denver team not bad.

  • CaseyDaMan

    Maybe cut Caldy a little slack on assists when his teammates couldn’t sink a bloody basket on the passes they were getting?

    • Pizzaman

      absolutely what I’ve been thinking. Poor Jose having to distribute the ball to guys who can’t shoot worth a damn. His play is great when Bargnani plays, why is that?

  • Valit

    The more the season goes, we get a more clear  picture of what lies ahead for  the Raps and unfortunately the waters seem murkier than before. Here are in my opinion some of the dilemmas:
    – The Young Guns are regressing this year to the point where you need to ask yourself if it is something temporary or long term liabilities.
    – Who is gonna replace Barbosa once his contract is done ( I doubt he will re-sign for 1-2 years)
    – The Bayless enigma- he can be a very good combo guard but he will never be a PG. I see him like a Mike James type of guy.what you do in this case?
    – what to do with too many 4’s ?…it’s nice when player XZ can play 3 and 4 or 4 and 5 but at one point in time you need definite roles…not helter-skelter basketball.
    – Who you bring or acquire at 5 to complement JV or even mentor him so we can have an effective 10-10 center.
    – Who are your consistent wings who can defend , score 15p a game, with high basketball IQ?
    – do we want a pass first PG or a score first one because we need different complementary players for each alternative?

    Should be an interesting game on Sunday…I think they are more comfortable in playing offense without AB than in the last stint …the problem is from wanting and accomplishing there is a very long way…Just as a last remark ( maybe I’m paranoic or something) but I didnt see many PG’s like Calderon still explaining to the offense where they have to be at a certain point in time. He’s directing for 9-10 seconds…lol

    • What the

      I hear other ex nba players now halftime commentator say the they never see any play like that before in their nba career and they can’t figure out what play Calderon is trying to run and laughing

  • What the

    I think Bayliss gets a kind of star treatment form the ref sometimes when he goes to the rim,he should do it more and get teams in foul trouble… Raptors need an offencive coach and calderon/caseys pace is boring to watch and shame on BC and his scouts for not beening able to find us a some kind of a player or even a 3rd string player with an upside,Demar and Alibi to DENVER for picks because raptors pace is too slow for him

  • FAQ

    Demar Despair
    Demar Defeated
    Demar Decrepit
    Demar Debacles
    Demar Defacates
    Demar Defective
    Demar Deflated
    Demar Defraud
    Demar Despondent
    Demar  Destructs
    Demar  Delete
     

    • Nilanka15

      DeMar DeFective has a nice ring to it.

      • Pizzaman

        did you say deficate or defective because he’s clearly done and shown both! lol

        • Barbosa

          DeMar Deficit. LoL

    • WillFerell

      Demar Da Fraud!!!!

  • smrt

    Does anyone have a running count on how many air balls Rasual has chucked up this season? It HAS to be approaching a dozen.  How is this guy still in the NBA?!

    • CaseyDaMan

      He had a pretty good career average shooting 3s coming in, which is what he was brought in for, along with his D, and veteran presence. You don’t have a 9 year NBA career without providing value all along the way.

      • voy

        lets face it, rasual is not in the league because of his 3 point shooting, his D or his veteran leadership. He’s in the league because he’s cheap and there are teams looking to fill out roster spots that can be easily disposed of if needed.  Thats his greatest attribute… the fact that he’s disposable.

        • WillFerell

          Rasual “Airballasusual&Disposable” butler