The “holy crap we finally beat Charlotte!!” edition:

Anderson: he looks like he is quickly feeling more comfortable but he just doesn’t have the shot opportunities he needs to show off his game. 

Bargnani: when you are The Guy on a team going up against a squad of buffoons that would probably have a difficult time defending a sugar cube against a single ant, you need to take control of the game. Andrea did that down the stretch and it led him to 30 points and 3 rebounds.

Calderon: another one of those nights that made you wonder if Silas had sent a hitman to Jose’s condo last night who held a gun to his head and threatened his mother if Jose should even try to score.  He only took 2 shots all night, all from deep, but he did dictate the offence with 11 assists and some defence that actually looked like…defence.

Davis: if Ed does indeed wind up on another team next season, I can’t say he’ll be missed by many. He has been given opportunity after opportunity, including 22 minutes tonight, to get out there and pull some of the spotlight on to himself. He is more cockroach than singing frog as he shies away every single game.

DeRozan: I disagree that the T brought out his passion tonight as I think he had it from the tip. He moved on the floor like he was determined to make something happen. No doubt Casey reminded them pre-game that Charlotte has had their number and it was apparent that DeMar, for one, heard that message.  8 of 16 for 20 points. He only made it to the line 4 times tonight, but Charlotte was far from aggressive most of the game.

Gray: as good a start to a game as he has shown all season. Good solid 5 rebounds before he was pulled out to finally grab some rest and the rest of the way he made himself felt. Ended up with 21 minutes that included 9 boards and only 1 turnover. Solid night for Aaron.

A. Johnson: maybe he did catch rabies the last game because this was ugly for Amir. 4 fouls in 12 minutes, no shots, no free throw attempts and only 3 rebounds. My neighbour had a better night and he was stuck watching Oprah with his wife.

J. Johnson: a floater of a game from James which wasn’t too surprising consider the Bobcats have a ton of guys that are difficult to defend and also are difficult to beat offensively.  Achem. Face it, this was just another game to add to the flipbook of James Johnson let downs in 2012.

Kleiza: at one point tonight I was convinced you could have put the Empire State building in front of him and he would still hit a 3. He shot 50% from the floor (including 50% from 3, going 4 of 8) and pulled down 5 rebounds. It was like going to Timmy’s and getting 2 roll up the rim cups for the price of one. Happy dance.

Uzoh: he hit more shots than Jose and added 4 assists for good measure. Like Anderson, he’s impressed me in the little time he has had to show us his wares. He’d be a deep bench player anywhere, but so would Solomon Alabi and he ain’t getting off the bench unless a TTC bus pulls onto the court.

Magloire: ripped off his snaps, took a jog up the floor, then back, then was taken out again. Kind of like the drunk uncle at your wedding.

Driving the bus: Andrea Bargnani

Under the bus: Amir Johnson

Theme of the Game:

  • Truthkiller

    I know the Raptors won but it’s still disappointing to see Byron Mullens 7 foot shooting big man have 14 rebounds while Bargnani only get 3 rebounds. 

    • cesco

       Some people are disappointed  because he made some ping pong balls disappear .  So he doesn’t rebound enough and score too many points . He was a “clown” and a week later he is “the Guy” according to AltRaps . Anyone else has more bellyaching comments about him ? .

      • sleepz

        Who said he scores too many points? You can’t score too many points.

        He just doesn’t score enough points (or efficiently enough) for a player that doesn’t rebound or play defence.

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      30 points against a DLeague caliber team yet 3 rebounds- wtf???

      Let’s see what type of game he has against Philly- a real quality talent level NBA team.

      Another W but no pizza- I bet ACC fans are pissed off.

      • NyAlesund

         He can score against every team in this league. The most important thing is add offensive talent around. And believe me AB doesn’t score only against a D-League team. 30 points vs Mavs, 28 Magic, 31 Wolves, 36 Suns, 26 Nuggets, 27 Heat, 25 Jazz, 21 Sixers and Pacers. All of them are D-League team!

        • NyAlesund

           …around him.

    • NyAlesund

       Who cares about rebs! C’mon. There are players in Raptors roster that have only one thing to do, grab rebs. I don’t understand why we continue talking about rebs when the most important things is how many rebs the RAPTORS grab and not how many rebs grabs AB. Because the point is to defend well and doesn’t matter who grabs more rebs than the other. For me is important how AB defends and not how many shit balls grabs. For them we are going to have Valanciunas, Ed Davis….. But who is the best player in this roster? AB. And tonight he showed us.

      • sangaman

        Exactly..Ever notice the guys lunging at easy rebounds for stats while Bargs lets them have them.

        • NyAlesund

           The stats many times don’t really count. People talk about them without contextualize the moment.You can grab only one reb in traffic down the stretch and be more decisive than 10 uncontested. Yes, statistically 10 is better than 1 to get a good contract but for me is more valuable what a player can do when it counts.

          • Statement

            You are right.

            10 rebounds is better than 1.

            Nevertheless, Bargs had a good offensive game yesterday, he shot and scored efficiently.  That’s the most important thing for him and that is where he provides value to the team.

            • Destro

              Ugh no him rebounding and playing defense in the paint is as important as anything he does….

              • Statement

                You’re right about that, but realistically he’s not going to be doing either of those things overly well.  So when he provides value to the team, he does so through his scoring.

                • Destro

                  I dont think he provides value in scoring…he scores points on losing teams.be real we beat a 7-43 team…

                  problem is our mgmt doesnt or hasnt til now he has no value as inefficient perimeter scorer if he doesnt do those other things,so lets trade at his highest value and try to acquire those things..This team needs grit,Defense and rebounding in the middle…you can go out an acquire anyone of a hundred players that give you 20 points a night on a 20 win team (Mike James,Abdur Rahim) 

                  If realistically hes not gonna do what we need then stop fooling ya self and make changes that this team needs to move forward…  

                • Statement

                  I’m not fooling myself.

                  I’ve said for probably years on this blog what you just said.

                  I’ve even used the Mike James analogy more than once.

                  It is what it is at this point..I’m tired of arguing about Bargs.

                • Raps4Ever

                  I wish everyone was tired of it. Would make for a much better place.

                • Destro

                  Whenever you bring up the Mike James reference its like turning on a light under the fridge.The roaches scatter,the argument gets homogenized into another direction or ramble…

                  I will never get tired of turning the mirror on bargnani stans and dyckriders NEVER…I will continue to jab stick move jab then laugh til the day he’s traded and we start become a winning team…Then and only then will real unbiased raptor fans such as finally get to sit back in peace and enjoy OUR team as if it was our own child…

              • cesco

                 If you watch the games , you see that he is not a stay at home defender . he does a lot of good defending at the periphery which mitigates his low rebounding stats .

                • Destro

                  He’s a ghost post defender and thats the problem…You cant be that size and not use ur body inside,he cant be on the perimeter rotating onto guards….and no he doesnt do that well,and he shouldnt be doing that at ALL….and thats bullshit excuse to cover up his lazyness….

                  So we cant blame him for rebounding because he doesnt know how and where to be on the defensive end…..re-read that bruh thats absurd…you wouldnt let anyother player on this team get a pass for that non-sensical reasoning…

                  and furthermore what you said is not true…He doesnt rebound inside when he’s inside,he is passive and allows himself to get pushed out…no passed from me because he doesnt know how to play his position in his 6th NBA season….

                  Your reply is the problem with his defenders…its rooted in intellectually dishonesty…

                • sleepz

                  Stop it cesco, that is not true at all.
                  Not trying to get into the Andrea free-for-all but he rarely helps and when he does it’s hands in the air waving. He rarely shows hard on picks and is not impeding anyone’s progress.

                • Destro

                  I wish someoned GIF’d that play where JJ blocked Mullens in the paint while Andrea was standing there watching…

        • Destro

          Stupidest thing i ever heard in relation to rebounding…so guys trying hard or “lunging” for rebouding is a negative in your opinion…smh

          • skeptical

            I think the point was that if Bargs plays good hard team defense, boxes his man to prevent giving up any offensive boards, and the Raps end up getting the ball then it doesn’t matter who grabbed the rebound.

            That’s largely true… but if someone on the Raps needs to be grabbing rebounds, you have to wonder why the seven foot center who is supposedly boxing out well doesn’t pull down a few more.  It’s just a matter of positioning and passion.

            • Destro

              But THAT point is still wrong too because he doesnt…

      • Theswirsky

        “most important things is how many rebs the RAPTORS grab and not how many rebs grabs AB”

        the EXACT same argument can be made for scoring.  It doesn’t matter how many points Andrea scores its how many points the team scores that matters.  So why do we even care how many points he scores?

        Oh yeah because points are awesome!!!

      • Destro

        Who cares about rebounding ? Ummm NBA teams,players do…minus AB.
        If the point is too defend well and for AB to defend well,then lets talk about his lack of D shall we ?
        lol @ who cares about rebounding….sheeeit why dont we just say who cares about defense…AYE who cares about winning i mean scoring is the most important thing…

        • Martin

          It’s the EURO way

  • hyperdouche

    Ed Davis == Ike Diogu. Damn, thought he had more potential thank that. Still don’t agree with that TSN article that he’s elsewhere next season. 

  • Arsenalist

    Credit to Ed Davis, he’s making me do something I never thought I’d do: Miss Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

  • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

    The CLOWN is back on writing today. Take your 3 rebounds and put them up yours. You CLOWN

    • Lorenzo

       ??

      • cesco

         AltRaps called Andrea a clown after the Magic game a week or so ago .

  • Nilanka15

    I disagree with the idea that Calderon played good defense last night.  It seemed like Augustin was blowing by him at will.  He didn’t even need to put a move on Calderon….first step, and he was gone.  The ultimate matador defense.

    • Statement

      I agree, Calderon was abused last night.

  • DC

    Bargnani was getting owned by Byron Mullins enough said. He had 30 points and did nothing, nada, zero to impact the game. But Byron Mullins had a career high 20 points and a career high 14 rebs. How does a #1 overall pick continue to get owned by a scrub player? Yea everybody keep thinking that this dude is anything more then a 6th man on a good team as the losses pile up. BC just aint got the balls to trade him because his pride won’t let him admit he made a mistake drafting him #1 overall and he aint never gonna be anything more then what he is. How long it take a guy to supposedly reach his potential I guess the 7-8th year will be the year. 

    • Raps4Ever

      If you think Mullins’ stats were even near all on AB, you either don’t know the game, or didn’t watch it. Aside from that, what did those 14 rebounds get for his team? They lost, when the non-rebounding Bargnani performed down the stretch and won the game for his team. Where was Mullins and his “owning” AB when it counted at the end?
      The Raptors Repugnance club lives on!!!

      • DC

        Alot of his points were. You must not of been watching all of that game.But you mention rebounds like 14 -3 isn’t a big deal. That’s a possible 9 extra possesions he got for his team. The game is a blowout for that. But o bargina aka “mr.allergic to the paint.” had to actually shoot to get us from losing the 3rd time in a row to the worst team in the history of the league. Who needs rebounds their not important right? If the bobcats weren’t the bobcats the raps would of lost this game easily. 

        • Raps4Ever

          I never said rebounds aren’t important. I responded to your blinders on, focus on AB faults, assessment of this game.

          1. You say Mullens owned AB. Not true.
          2. You made a big deal of Mullens rebounds, so I asked what did it accomplish for his team? They lost.
          3. At the end of the day, what individual got more rebounds than another are far less important than which team scored the most points. The player that scored the most points for the winning team, played a more significant role than the team that got the most rebounds for the losing team.
          4. Since you were comparing the two, I also pointed out that when it got down to crunch time, one player stood out on the winning team, and the one you say “owned” the crunch time standout did nothing.

          Hey, it was a sloppy game by both teams, and if one wants to disect it, there’s much more to talk about than Mullens’ rebounds vs AB’s rebounds. Hell, every player on both teams could be bashed for somethings in that game, but this obsession that you and others have for focusing on AB’s rebounds, even when he was the best player on the floor, who also performed when it counted at crunch time, is disgusting. 

      • Destro

        3 rebounds sorry dogg its a problem..not against a bumass bobcat team but a decent team… 

    • Statement

      You must be new here.

  • cesco

    Mullins , btw , had 13 rebs against Orlando and DH on Mar 6th in 24 minutes of play (32 min yesterday) , DH had 17 rebs . Mullins career highs all came this year his 3rd year in the NBA . His first two years were spent at OKC where he averaged a little more than 5 minutes a game . Another 7 footer who takes a while to emerge .

    • DC

      Byron Mullins has had no playing time in the nba his first 2 years. He’s going through that james johnson faze from getting no playing time to alot. The difference between mullins and bargina is that mullins has had 3 years with no ample playing time. Bargs has had 6-7 years of consistent playing time. Big Difference. 

      • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

        We hav here a Bobcats supporter ! OMG Getthatgarbageoutofhere !

        • DC

          No actually im not a bobcats supporter. I just now your Boy Bargina got owned by Byron Mullens. 

          • Destro

            Play that sticks out in from last nights game was the play where James Johnson blocked Mullens layup/dunk attempt and got a tie up under the basket meanwhile bargnani is standing beside them watching….The SF on this team has to be the big man cuz our big man is too afraid to mix it up and body someone in the paint…..

            • Nilanka15

              Bargnani and the paint repel each other like two positively charged ions [Millhouse voice]

            • DC

              O no Destro don’t say that as all the bargina supporters think that our starting “star” pf/c isn’t supposed to get rebounds and blocks and cause some sort of disruption in the lane. All that matters is how many points he scores to make it look good. 

              • Destro

                ^^ “rebounding isnt important”

                Seriously thats what these idiots said…

                • cesco

                  You are the idiot . Toronto is 16th in the league in TEAM rebounding ( average rebounds , 41.32 for and 40.62 against ) , better than 14 other teams in the league . So rebounding is not a big problem , idiot .

                • Destro

                  Did you follow basketball before Ab came into the league,id bet my salary for a week you didnt….

                  If you dont think HIS rebounding is an issue,i simply dont know what else to tell you….His rebounding and D is a major issue…its why he’ll never be an AS in this league and a major reason why were soft inside and toil in losing…

                  Again criticism deflected and goal posts moved….set ur watch by it…

                • cesco

                  Of course , like everybody else, I  would like to see him get more rebounds and be better overall on defense . He would be an all star then . Do not forget that there are a few all stars like Nash and Amar’e  that are known to be weak defenders . This year Andrea has more points , more assists , less fouls and the same amount of TO than Amar’e ( per game ) which compensate for the 2.5 extra rebs the AS get .

                • Theswirsky

                  “Did you follow basketball before Ab came into the league”

                  you should respond to that Cesco.  And honestly.  

                  Quick note I didn’t forget your statement at the end of last season……..

              • Raps4Ever

                Nobody says these things aren’t important, but people are responding to incessant whining, by others like you and this Destro jackass, about weak areas of one player, even when at the end of the day he was the best player on the floor and won the game.

                • Destro

                  7-43

                  19-34

                  Who cares  

                • DC

                  Ok and what else did he do to affect the game? There’s scorers on everyteam that can get 20 every night but not do anything else. Their called 6th men.(See JT on Dallas and Jamall Crawford,). Their not hyped up by the organization as franchise guys. He’s the best player on the floor against a 7-43 team lets clap it up for him. He’s so good geez he scores at will. Nope he gets no praise from me. 

                • Nilanka15

                  I don’t think anyone can deny that Bargnani was the best Raptor last night.

                  But when we look forward at next year, or even 3 years from now (i.e. Bargnani’s contract year), is he good enough to be a piece of a championship-calibre team, while playing 35 mpg at PF?

                  The “whiners” think the answer is no.

                • Raps4Ever

                  If that was the conversation, I’d gladly join in a reasonable one, but it isn’t either.

                  Dude, I’m responding to incessant daily focus on one thing, no matter what else is going on. I feel I’m being kind in referring to it as “whining”. To me, it’s actually fn dumb to be rehashing the same fn lines over and over every fn day. How fn stupid is that?

                • Destro

                  STFU you perpetuate as much lame ass off topic posting as anyone on this board…Your moist ass always getting touched on here to the point you go 10 posts deep making corny ass personal “jabs”

                   

                • Statement

                  This is the next generation of Bargnani debaters.

                • Nilanka15

                  Yup, I’m getting numb to it myself.

                • cesco

                  Tell us again when he will be traded . Eventually you will be saying : I hope he is traded before he become the oldest player in the league . LOL .

                • Nilanka15

                  He should’ve been traded last summer.

  • pran

    I liked what bargnani was doing in the start against killa kemba, coming out agressively and challenging the guard on high screens. Why can’t he do this consistently? I also think I have him too much credit for being able to get past his man, I am not seeing the same level of explosiveness, even those first couple of games where his shooting was horrendous, at least he was getting to the rim……

    • Martin

      “why can’t he play like that”? do you mean like his 13 preseason games, don’t set the bars too high for Andrea. Next year we’ll have a 82 games season and he’ll have to give us about 55 games like his 13 PREseason… please don’t set the bars too high for Andrea next year. 

  • John

    AB is a type of player which can easily get 25 points at any night. The questions about him were and are about his rebounding ability and his defence. He has answered some concerns about his defence and has shown he is a decent defender but his rebounding numbers are still a BIG Concern.

    Same thing can be said about DD. He is a type of offensive player which can score 20 points at any night. However, there were big questions about his ball handling, his rebounding, his assists and his defence. His rebound and his assist numbers are down and there has not been much improvement on his ball handling.

    This season was all about answering questions and give everyone a chance. Now, Raptor management can decide if they can compensate for AB’s low rebounding numbers or DD bad defence and …