The “hard fought for naught” edition:

Barbosa: with so many guys down and out, you need your better players to step up and play like they deserve to be on the floor. Leandro decided to flip the bird at that concept and turn in one of his worst efforts in recent memory. Not much worthy to speak of on his game tonight.

Butler: this guy deserves to be on the floor about as much as I deserve to be on a unicycle. He just looks like he is out of place on the offensive end, almost like he is trying too hard to impress using his skills which are already apparently severely lacking.

Calderon: yet another solid game from a guy that apparently hit up Shoppers to pick up his Consistency Pill supply. 34 minutes, 16 points, 11 rebounds. More than the stats, I’m impressed how under control he has been.

Carter: eased his minutes up to 22 and what does he give you? 10 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds. No doubt spurred (ha!) on by playing a team replete with veterans, he played the role of elder statesman with flair tonight.

Davis: talk about a game where he, for once, deserved more touches…..5/6 from the floor and 5 hard fought rebounds. This year good games from Ed come around as often as a TTC bus when you are 15minutes late for work, so this night was thoroughly enjoyable.

DeRozan: buddy was taking more shots than the cast of Jersey Shore at a Patron factory. 13 of 21, but the fantastic thing is that more than half of those were good shots. The same focus wasn’t apparent on both ends of the floor, but he stepped up to give Jose a breather from being in the offensive spotlight.

Forbes: no Kleiza tonight so after hearing that Hazel McCallion was busy playing in her Wednesday night rec league, Casey decided to tap Gary on his head and put him on the floor. Geeks everywhere rejoiced and the hashtag #freegary finally saw the side of the road for a bit. He played fine, which is to say his play was as successful as a Hawaiian Tropics bulk seller in the Arctic.

Gray: the man is about as beautiful to watch as an elephant defecating during the circus. His ability to pass when wide open is as great as the idea of using cottage cheese in your grilled cheese. Fine as a physical presence tonight, but as someone to look at to help generate offence? Yeah, no.

A. Johnson: another Where’s Waldo game for him. At times almost dominant, with great shot selection (going 5 for 5) offset by some horribly weak rebounding attempts on the defensive glass. It was like he was concerned the hoop was lined with fly paper and he’d never come down again.

J. Johnson: Mr. Personality should get a deal with Pringles after playing so many games this year with a chip on his shoulder. Problem for Raptors fans is that the attitude doesn’t translate into a good game.

Magloire: his game reminds me of the following scenario: Place an empty balloon into a 2L pop bottle. Notice a lot of room for movement around the balloon. Now proceed to pump air into the balloon and stop when all sides of the bottle are touched by the balloon. Note the little amount of room to move. That is like Jamaal in the paint as his teammates try to attack the rim.

Driving the bus: DeMar DeRozan

Under the bus: Aaron Gray

Theme of the Game:

  • Ggarmstrong

    Maybe a little optimism sometime wouldn’t hurt these posts. Get tired of the same old sarcastic bullshit. We are missing 3 of our top 5 offensive players and played hard. Maybe a little more on that instead of coming up with amusing anecdotes?

    • Scottbbaird

      So what you’re saying is you want to hear what you already know?

      I, for one, like the amusing anecdotes, if I wanted to read “our boys fought hard” I’d look at a real news website, or a newspaper from 1943.

      • Lorenzo

        I agree, if I felt like reading terrible articles, I’d go to ESPN.

        • JYFelony

           Double agree.  This post was pretty damn funny… Aaron Gray line was fantastic.

          • Raptor4Ever

            The Jersey Shore line made me laugh out loud. We need to appreciate these guys at RR more. No other team has a website for fans as good as these guys and they are doing it all for free !!! Thank you guys. You are the best.

            • 511

              And these roll calls have been outstanding all season. Great stuff. 

    • Cam

      There’s optimism, then there’s blind optimism. For guys like Butler, there is nothing to be optimistic for, the guy is utter shit and hopeless as a NBA player. I appreciate the articles that speak the truth, not the ones that mask it.

      I find the Roll Call analysis of each player to be pretty accurate most of the time.

    • Milesboyer

      I don’t mind sarcasm or humour but the similes are way overused, after the tenth one, it looses its impact. “It’s like walking into a bar when you’re drunk and looking for action where there’s a sea of women, only to find out they’re all transvestites”.

      • Bigga

        I couldn’t agree more

    • Nilanka15

      The Roll Calls have always been about humour.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

      • Bigga

        It’s broke…fix it

  • knickz

    again, i want to thank jeremy lin for lighting a fire unde jose calderon

    • JYFelony

       Ya, if it weren’t for Jeremy Lin, Jose would have never dropped 30 on the Lake Show the night before Lin got there…

    • minks77

      more like the heat lit a fire under him. Jose has been ballin his ass off. His last bad game was vs the Flint Tropics.

      • knickz

        i know but it seems like he has taken his game to another level ever since david stern planted lin in ny to boost ratings

        • Lorenzo

          Really? REALLY?

    • Nilanka15

      You’re not giving Calderon much credit if you honestly believe Lin is responsible for his offensive outbursts.

  • Pizzaman

    nice to see Derozan have a good game

    • Trill

       whatever he scores he gives right back with his complete lack of d.

      • bob

         Yea cause the player he was guarding alsos cored 29….oh wait

  • FAQ

    Yes but have you noticed any …developmental improvement … or is it the same ol’ shit?!

  • Mos_jef

    Raptors called for 26 fouls. Spurs called for 11. Where was this game played? 
    The league should review all games when the differential is this big. Bonner hip checked Barbosa in the 2nd (so what if Bonner’s hands are straight up, he’s moving!) and it should have been an And 1. Instead, Barbosa crashes into the cameras, the Spurs run it down the court and pass it to a wide open Green (Barbosa’s man) for 3. That’s a 4-point swing. 
    Jefferson’s push-off that caused Rasual to fumble the rebound in the 4th, the Splitter flop on the J. Johnson box out, Derozan called for a charge on a pull-up (I haven’t seen that call before). 
    I know the losses are good long-term, but it’s hard watching three tough games where you know that the Raptors have to play a perfect game to win because they’re playing against good teams and biased refs. 
    Previous games: TOR = 28PF, NY = 18
    TOR = 19PF, LA = 14

    • mountio

      the refs might not be perfect .. but we are choking these games away by ourselves .. lets call a spade a spade. The refs dont make us cough up the ball for wide open layups or throw the ball straight out of bounds .. we take care of that ourselves ..

      • Nilanka15

        Yup, the refs don’t force us to give Butler minutes either.

    • Krista

      I think the intentional fouls in the last two minutes played a role in the foul disparity…

      • Nilanka15

        A big +1

  • Gman

    I was at the game last night and the Raps fought hard.  I actually thought a lot of the dogs had their day.  For a few minutes Butler couldn’t miss.  Derozan was actually hot.  Three of our offensive weapons wearing suits and we took one of the great franchises down to the wire…

    I just thought this role call was a little unnecessarily cynical…and not as funny as previous ones.