The “we are the tonic to what ails you” edition:

Barbosa: Leandro took the fact that tonight was fan appreciation night to heart and even executed a lob pass to a fan in the 7th row during the homestretch of the game. Kind of him.

Bayless: good to see him back, but it was fleeting. 5 minutes of play which was more a test of his wheel than anything else. Still surprised he wasn’t pushed a little bit more with the break coming up and how we were getting abused by the Bobcats guards.

Butler: if I went deer hunting with Rasual and we happened upon a gathering of deer that were stuck in ice and were an easy kill, I would calmly lift my rifle, adjust my sights, give a little smile, and pull the trigger. Then the deer would laugh, I would free said deer, and I’d come home alone.

Calderon: Augustin and Walker abused Jose like an 8 year old abuses a pinata. It was like Basketball Bukkake. You knew we were in for a long night when we saw the return of the clap defence in the first few minutes of the game. Hey, you have to expect drop off after the last few games he has given us, but this was bad.

Carter: he put in as much work today as I do at my girls “lets bond by having some ‘us’ time at hot yoga” idea

Davis: Eddie played hard tonight falling just a point shy of a double double. It earned him some extended minutes and probably a little less time in front of the video screen tomorrow than he is used to.

DeRozan: best way to describe his game tonight would be by saying it was like you getting a call from the Jerry Springer show and finding out on national TV that your girl is really a guy. On the offensive end, DeMar was dead sexy. He got to the line, he hammered into the paint, had a poster worthy dunk. Defensively, well it was like you weren’t the only one with the ability to unzip, pull out and pee in the relationship. Reggie Williams was able to meet him punch for punch since Bambi felt like he might break a nail playing defence.

Forbes: wonder if the geeks are ready to give up on Gary’s “untapped potential” yet? When he enters the game he brings as much game changing potential as dust.

Gray: 6 and 7 in 13 minutes shows he had some motivation playing against some old friends. Still in dire need of a spark to pick his game up a bit. Love to see him be more physical and become a wall on the screen.

A. Johnson: pounded the board hard with 15 rebounds, but that was offset with a poor shooting night as Amir went 3 of 9. Still he was one of the few Raptors to show some desire on the floor tonight on both ends.

J. Johnson: and James was another one. Precisely the type of game we need from him: quiet yet full of production. No silly moves followed by looking incredulously at the refs, no fake pumping yourself up, no acting like your dog just died. James came out, did his job, kept the Raptors close. Perfect.

Driving the bus: DeMar DeRozan

Under the bus: Aaron Gray

Theme of the Game:

  • cjmcdnld

    Dude I think Butler is a tool just as much as anyone, but intimating that you would murder him is a bit over the line….especially for a blog that represents Rap land on ESPN…

    • Guest

      Completely agree- that line should be retracted.

    • Ion66

      Definitely agree on that one.

    • Skinner

      I never saw any outright admission of that, he said he’d pull the trigger (didn’t say at who or what) then said he’d come home alone (didn’t say why). He could literally fill in those question marks with anything and be fine.

      For example, he could say he was talking about shooting a duck, and came home alone because he didn’t want to take Rasual with him. 😀

      • Me

        Please, this isn’t the forum for Yo Gabba Gabba, that wasn’t bad if he had of said Rasual should pull a Bobby Phills then that would have been in bad taste.

    • Nilanka15

      If AltRaps doesn’t kill Butler, I will.

      • What the

        don’t they put people in jail for saying and writing stuff like that

    • Truthkiller

      LMFAO… AltRaps you killed me with that line

  • http://twitter.com/Liston Tom Liston

    Horrid game with 68% FT and 12.5% 3pt shooting.

    I agree with your assessment of James Johnson – near perfect time game for him. He may be “getting it”. He keeps playing like that (within his limits on offence) and I’d certainly keep him around.

  • Lorenzo

    Oh man, Rasool Butler…

  • KaioKev

    I mentioned this earlier. We play up to a tier 1 team and loose a close one. Then we turn around a play down to a tier 2 team and loose just the same. Its pathetic really. Colangelo has his work cut out for him in the summer…….

  • Valit

    Unless I saw another game ( I was flipping the channels  watching bit of Dallas game), I dont think Jose was abused at all. If you look at the stats he was equal to Kemba and better than DJ. He played average but I dont know if the word abuse is the right one. As a matter of fact, the starters matched Bobcats point for point. We lost the game because of our bench and 2 silly turnovers by Barbosa, plus a definite lack of intensity. Tank nation rejoice…

  • ad

    Pitiful. Derozan 24 pts, 0 reb, 0 ast, 2 steals. This is the guy were pinning as one of our core players? Scoring is good but its not everything. I have a feeling derozan might turn out to be a poor mans corey maggette if he keeps progressing like this. Hes a wing player and they should take the least time to develop.

    • What the

      not the reg. 7 years like Primo

      • Theswirsky

        its like deja vu all over again….

        … scoring isn’t everything…. how is this guy a core player…. Corey Magette comparisons….

        … but waiting 5 years this time would be unacceptable

  • FLUXLAND

    DeMar must be riding that bus all alone with 0 RBS 0 AST in his line.

    PTS and FT are ME stats.

    • FAQ

      …also 3 TOs, 2 steals and 5 fouls …. do ya think he’s gettin’ ready to ‘vince’ us …??!!!!

      • What the

        LIN had 9 turn over i can see 20 mil of his fans just going nuts over those 9 turn overs

  • voice of reason

    WTF is Gray under the bus for?
    6 and 7 in 13 minutes gets you under the bus?

  • brother

    Cheers to the fricken weekend. I’ll drink to that.

    It has been a helluva week. Light ’em if ya got em and look forward to the eight weeks of pre-draft writeups your faithful republic staff are sentenced to writing, because this season is ending early.

    It’s been said a million times, but if it comes down to 1 loss more or less being the difference between picking second or fourth – you’ll raise a glass to this one come June.

  • Copywryter

    Stink. Stank. Stunk.

    — Dr. Seuss on the Toronto Raptors

  • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    A perfect result for BC’s ‘Fan Night’…………………..

  • RaptorjEsus

    ITS A GOOD THING WE LOSE FOOLS LOLOLOL, you stupid raptor fan hyprocrties. First you want to “compete” but lose now you want to win games? Raptor Jesus does not approve.

  • Ross

    The Tank is in motion, and is gaining speed as the sound of ping-pong balls are heard in the distance.

  • Guest

    Anthony Davis, we’ll find you and we’ll get you.

    • What the

      what do we do with the pasta guy when we draft  DAVIS

  • Cantdl

    just to fall to bottom 4 raptors, bottom 4!