The “Hump day” edition:

Barbosa: he’ll still be a Raptor on Friday and, assuming we’re right, we should all plan on buying tickets for the last game of the season to thank him for some fine work. Again tonight he was the epitome of a sixth man, bringing energy and smarts to the court.

Bargnani: evidently Andrea rang a few of his countrymen while in Jersey and they showed him some of the swamplands. It is the only real reason for watching Andrea play like he was ankle deep in mud.

Bayless: lots of great things offensively, but his defensive effort always reminds me of a white rapper: great effort at looking the part, but in the end it’s just laughable. Here’s an idea….rather than be so demonstrative after getting beat or having a ball launched over your head, why not try defending a bit tougher, Vanilla?

Davis: you know when you go to crack open an Oreo to get at the stuffing and the cookie breaks in half, leaving half on the filling?  That’s like watching Ed’s game tonight. Hoped for so much better given his recent play, but he crumbled.

DeRozan: I receive more resistance from cellophane wrapped DVD’s than opponents do from DeMar. Tonight his offensive game didn’t get him out of the doghouse, going 5 for 15 and looking generally disinterested.

Forbes: got a few free throws up, but other than that he was more useless than a double digit scoreboard in soccer.

Gray: I have a great plan… sit and watch your front line get mocked by Humphries and see that your guys have a hard time finding a spark. This is a night after watching Davis and Gray feed well off each other. So, lets keep Gray on the bench and will the rest of your lacklustre bunch to pick it up. Stupid coaching move.

A. Johnson: at halftime he credited Andrea’s return with allowing him to play a bit more free and easy. Whatever it is, it suits him.  6 pts and 9 boards tonight and some good elbows out defence in the paint.

J. Johnson: after watching young whipper snappers making their way to the Toronto hoop all night, James decided a hard foul here and there might make the game a bit more palatable. He was partially right. His solid effort also helped as he posted a solid line of 16pts 4rebs 4blks in 28 minutes.

Kleiza: he produced more sweat in the halftime piece on Jonas as he tried to speak in understandable English than he did on the court all night tonight. Andrea’s poor effort was cited on the broadcast for the Raptors loss, but I think the disappearance of Linas needs attention as well.

Driving the bus: Jerryd Bayless

Under the bus: Linas Kleiza

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  • Darien

    Playoff dreams take a hit, but tank nation gets a shot in the arm! Woohoo!

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Tank Nation aka Stank Nation….

  • John

    Got to love BC and the job he has done here. While most GMs are staying at work late tonight, trying to figure out a way to improve their teams, Our main man , BC, called it an early afternoon and staying put 🙂 🙂

    Lets pretend we are building through the Draft and we will be competitive in 4-5 years 🙂

    Lets pretend Bayless, Amir and JJ are starters in this league …

    Lets pretend that AB is an ALL STAR ….

    Raptor fans are buying it so why should BC stop selling !!!

    • NyAlesund

      Probably you’re right. We know how BC was trying to do. The only thing is to wait this summer. I hope a strong effort to become a po team from the next year.

      The game was a classical game in which we can see two teams with different energy. The difference was that, not else.

    • Raps4Ever

      waaawaaawaaawaaa,,,, he told you at the beginning of the season that no significant moves would be made this year, but you’re whining that he hasn’t reneged on that plan? Tell me what deal was available that he should have flip flopped over, genius.

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      The more BC seemingly deceives & lies the more a large segment of the fan base seems to believe in him- who is the father of all lies?

      The future is not known but the present is….

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  • Rob

    The Tank is back on its tracks and gaining steam heading into Memphis.

  • Bill

    We are head to head with the Nets… in standing.  A good loss for us and another opportunity to evaluate the roster.

  • Tonious35

    Stick with the plan guys… tank it one more time and add more solid or super draft pieces this summer.

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      What plan?lmfao

      The build around AB plan while hoping that Casey can make him Dirk like?lol smh

      Will you be saying that next season as the Raptors battle for more ping pong balls??

  • Nilanka15

    Were Sundiata Gains and Derek Fisher separated at birth?

  • Nilanka15

    Gerald Green reminded us of last year’s Raptor squad, where no-name players had career nights at our expense.  Aaaahhh, the good ol’ days…

  • Nilanka15

    If Barbosa stays put, it’ll be interesting to see if he maintains his current level of production for the remainder of the season.  Something tells me he was thriving under the impression that he’ll soon be playing for a contender.

    • Raps4Ever

      And what would that “something” be, since he has played the exact same way his entire career?

      • Nilanka15

        Has he played the exact way since being acquired by Toronto, p00ka?

        His last 10 games have arguably been his best in Toronto over the past 2 years.

        • Raps4Ever

          lol, playing silly little internet detective games again to try and score points? Pathetic, dude.

          Arguably his best 10 games? LOL, FAIL. First, though you spoke of “production”, that was a thinly veiled implication of his inspired level of effort. My point was that he has given this exact kind of effort over his 9 year career. Tell me if you think otherwise, and why.

          Second, as far as “production” goes he has had a better stretch earlier this year, and at least 2 better stretches last year. Check it out, and perhaps back up your “arguably” with some clues to your side of the argument.

          But hey, keep amusing us with your genius “something” speculations.

          • Nilanka15

            Nah dude, “pathetic” would be changing one’s handle day after day, in a failed attempt to avoid internet arguments, only to pick an argument the first chance he gets.

            Your schizophrenia aside, I presented my opinion.  If you don’t agree, so be it.  I personally think this has been Barbosa’s best stretch as a Raptor.  He’s played controlled, hasn’t killed possessions with questionable shot selection (as often), and has made a more noticeable effort on the defensive end.  I can’t say the same about his previous 90 games in Toronto.

            • Raps4Ever

              lmao. You “can’t say” anything that strays away from your initial bumbling idiocy, but carry on with your impressive detective skills, and brilliant “opinion” merry go round.

          • Nilanka15

            PS – Tell “CaseyDaMan” I said wassup.