The “somebody got their asses kicked on a plane to Jersey” edition:

Alabi: the heartbeat of this team is back.

Bayless: Deron Williams is like a monster truck fan being set loose in a Jack Daniels warehouse…you can only hope to contain him. Casey tried to by inserting Bayless in the starting lineup alongside the greatest turnstile defence aficionado the game has ever known. They didn’t exactly shut Deron down, but they made him worse than expected.

Butler: this guy reminds me of the Drake Sprite commercial.  That isn’t good.

Calderon: an assist shy of a double double and his bald spot didn’t expand for once this season.  While he seems to be just as likely to leave Toronto as snow in June, we need him to up his value by staying on the floor and playing well. He did both tonight in 34 minutes.

Davis: his stats are as poor as they have been, but his game was different tonight. Maybe seeing DeMar break out of his funk hit home and sparked some of the TNT that has been stuck firmly up his ass all season. All without the headband. Look, the guys season has been like a Cracker Jack box with no prize and for us to get pumped for the future we need to see Ed bust his hump.

DeRozan: this was like heading to Chinatown at 4am after a bender and stumbling into the grungiest nastiest restaurant on earth and getting served the best dishes you have ever experienced. It makes you want to stand up, run out to the street and scream “I LOVE THIS PLACE” at the top of your lungs. DeMar had us doing something similar tonight with a game that absolutely went a long way to shut up his critics. Only one game? Sure….but no denying his performance sealed the game for us.

Forbes: no Barbosa, no Bargnani, but we have Gary to help pick us up. Yeah, well, that’s like saying you won a date with Megan Fox and Queen Latifah showed up instead.

A. Johnson: back in the starting lineup for matchup purposes, not because he earned it, he pulled a rabbit out of a hat and prodded our memory for what he used to be like.  Solid game full of hustle.

J. Johnson: do you think this guy was a petulant child that went to bed happy and woke up every morning like the devil himself? The guy carries himself like the physical manifestation of your woman asking you if she looks fat in a bikini. Nights like tonight where he plays like a house on fire for some of the game and then like he is in wet sand the rest of it are becoming the (disturbing) norm.

Kleiza: the smiling assassin continued his gunslinging ways across America tonight. 15 points in 27 minutes and an evil grin that made you feel he just killed your daughter’s pet rabbit and fed it to your dog.  I’d be the first to buy a shirt with his face on this shirt.

Driving the bus: DeMar DeRozan

Under the bus: James Johnson

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  • hotfuzz

    Dero under the bus? wtf?

  • guest

    Why is Demar under the bus?

  • knickz

    why is demar under the bus?lol

  • knickz

    so, the raptor coaches decided to start bayless at sg. check my post and you will see that i’ve been advocating this mover for over a year

    • RapsFan

      you are right. Hope They continue doing this and hope bayless prove that he is not a PG and he is a small SG in this league. Then we can move to DD to SF. The team will be smaller but it seems like these are the natural positions for this two anyway.

    • Brian B

      We’ll have to see if it is used again, or works again. I suspect it only worked here because NJ is weak at both wings, plus has no natural SF, so runs a three guard set. Bayless is too small to guard good twos and can you imagine DD matched with LeBron James?

    • sangaman

      Bayless is a hog and will continue to throw up jumpers early in the count or hold the ball way to long..   

  • Red Baron

    Surely Demar “Under the Bus” is an technical error or Altraps is drunk and didn’t watch the game at all…..

  • AndreasPrimo

    So DeRozen is under the bus after his best game of the year. He may actually dive under a bus willingly if he ever sees this page

    • knickz


  • What the

    How is BARGS under the bus?

  • Adriiian

    Good game from DeRozan, hopefully he can play like this more often. 

    I don’t see the upside to Ed Davis at all, he can’t make a shot. Ok, he can make one.

    • RapsFan

      DD played SF forward today which requires less ball handling and play making in comparison to SG !!! Is SF a better position for DD ? Maybe !! Hope he can shine there.

    • j bean

      Davis is a young guy with lots of upside. He hasn’t come into his own or really settled into his role but there is a long way to go this season for him to build on his previous success. 

      • nottheendoftheworld

        Agreed … please recall that Ed has never taken part in an NBA training camp, and has played in about 50 games since he left high school. 

        • Nilanka15

          I get the point you’re trying to make, but Davis has played 148 games since he left high school.

          • nottheendoftheworld

            Oh, thanks. How many at the pro level?

            • Nilanka15

              2008-09: 38 (UNC)
              2009-10: 24 (UNC)
              2010-11: 65 (Toronto)
              2011-12: 21 (Toronto)

              • nottheendoftheworld

                Very accommodating .. thanks. Still not ready to dismiss Ed as yet … good nose for the ball and I can see a little of both Jermaine O’Neal and ‘Tone Davis in his, eventual, game.

    • What the

      …and he can’t even rebound

    • Ed Davis’s Mom

      Ed Davis has a lot of upside, and I don’t see how 6pts and 9rebs in 26 minutes are bad numbers.

      His FT% is climbing, and once he develops some consistency in the post and raises his FG% (at least to what he was doing last year) he’ll be putting up better numbers than any of our bigs except Bargs.

      All he needs to do is to refine his offense (especially his jumper and hook) and to get stronger – and both are areas that hard working players generally get better at over the course of their careers.

      • Nilanka15

        “Refining” his offense is a bit of an understatement.  Davis has no offensive game to speak of.  That part of his game needs a lot of work.

  • nba_socrates

    Another solid game from Bayless, hope they match an offer for him after the season because teams will be coming for him

  • Tim

    How is Amir getting a pass and pad on the back with 6 points and 4 rebounds is beyond me !!!!  

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGotsToGo!!

      Hey Tim you’re back! How about posting new stuff on The Picket Fence? lol

      • j bean

        Wrong Tim

      • What the

        who are you? ( !! ,!!! or !!!!) i just want to know if it’s the real you.

        • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

          No it’s the fake guy who feeling s I have hurt with my posts.smh lol

  • Lorenzo

    The Kleiza and Butler sections made me giggle like a little boy

  • Puffer

    Amir played great defense. Check Chris Humphrey s stat line. Thank you Amir.

  • voy

    haha. the butler, derozan and calderon write-ups were great.

    I’m thinking jb’s swagger rubbed off on dd a little.  Its nice watching derozan play like he has big balls.  That one play were he attacked the rim and went for the dunk and was fouled was what I’ve been waiting for all season.  Before tonights game he would have tried to avoid contact turn his hand over and attempt the layup.

    Wanna see more of the JC and JB backcourt.  May not be as effective against all match-ups but at least it gives the starting lineup a little more athleticism and moves dd to a position where his (so far) poor shooting and lack of handle are not as glaring a weakness.

  • mountio

    The key to the starting line up tonight is you had another guy out there who can beat his man off the dribble. Agree that it doesnt work as well against every match up .. but we should definitely try it more often.
    When AB is out there, hes an offensive threat and can beat his man .. so things balance. But, when he go with a lineup of JC, DD, RB (or LK), Ed and AJ .. nobody gets shots because no one can either create their own shot or beat their man off the dribble to get shots for others. This lineup is much better for that. I like it.@ddbed5d43a58f64645d1359653f38aa9:disqus 
    And .. low and behold, when you go small, the other team will often react and go small also so that they dont have mismatches. This happened tonight and we exploited them because of it ..
    Nice win

  • FAQ

     It must be obvious to all that the quality of b’ball in the NBA is … shitty.  There are too many teams and the talent is spread out too thin.  The NBA must be substantially shrunk down so that the quality of play is improved.

  • Ion66

    I dont think you’d magically see the game improve as much as you’d like. If every player is very good to great, then they dont look as good as when a very good player takes advantage of the average ones. Kind of like a bench player not looking as good against starters.

  • DieHardAlabiFan

    I didn’t catch the game, did Alabi get any minutes?

    • Asfsdfas

      You’re on the web and you can’t look up the box score?

      • WillFerell

        your a douchebag, like most of the RR community

      • DieHardAlabiFan

        Nope, good job catching the joke though. See WillFerell’s comment below for what you are.

    • Nilanka15

      1 block in 2 minutes!  That’s 18 blocks per 36 minutes!  AMAZING!!!