Toronto Raptors 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
109 Dallas Mavericks
Landry Fields, SF 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -12

He was being guarded by a dude named Jae Crowder, where Crowder is pronounced like this, and managed to get outplayed. I’m not sure what to make of him other than that he can’t create his own shot, and basically wanders around the court setting random screens. I like that moment he drove the lane, passed the ball to DeRozan on the baseline and then proceeded to block DeRozan’s path to the basket.

Andrea Bargnani, C 39 MIN | 9-20 FG | 7-7 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS | +7

Slow in the first but showed up in the second, probably after realizing Nowitzki wasn’t playing and stiffs like Troy Murphy were guarding him. On a night like this, with Nowitzki out, he needed to boss from the beginning. Better, but too little and too late. Sorry, but my expectations are a little high for a guy in his seventh year.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 10 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -13

Here’s a rule Casey needs to adopt ASAP: There is no such thing as foul trouble for a Valanciunas. No need to break his rhythm, best let him continue and figure things out rather than interrupt him. He did get schooled by Kaman a couple times, and like Pekovic, struggled dealing with pure bulk. His time will come, write this off to education.

Jose Calderon, PG 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | -1

Guess who’s back starting? Played even with Collison, tested his shot early, and I thought he held his own defensively in that miserable first quarter where the defense was a shambles. Missed some shots in the second half that could’ve brought some momentum. As is usually the case, played well with Amir Johnson.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 40 MIN | 8-17 FG | 8-10 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 24 PTS | +5

Playa came back with a strong one again, although much like Bargnani, it should’ve happened from the start instead of in the second half. Ten trips to the line is nice, but the way Mayo lit him up hurt the team.

Ed Davis, PF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -6

Not sure what he did to only deserve five minutes.

Amir Johnson, PF 29 MIN | 6-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +4

Hustler with an 18/11, the only Raptor who was in it from the start. He probably looked at the bench bigs he was up against and figured this is the night to have a game. That block on Collison in transition was sweet.

Quincy Acy, SF 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

His existence has been confirmed.

Dominic McGuire, SF 13 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Another guy who’s a better option to receive minutes over Fields.

Aaron Gray, C 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +4

I thought the Raptors should’ve used a big lineup from the start – something like Bargnani at the three, Gray in the middle and Jonas at the four. To see him only get 9 minutes, and Valanciunas only 10 with the Raptors getting outrebounded by 9 is…odd.

John Lucas, PG 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Always in a hurry but going nowhere. He needed to provide a scoring punch and ended up with an 0-3. Bad game.

Alan Anderson, SG 16 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -7

Bench-high FGAs which is a problem that needs addressing. I really think the bench needs to be redesigned, whether it be bringing some potential scoring in there by demoting Fields, or shifting Bargnani’s scoring into the second unit, I don’t know. Something’s got to be done.

Terrence Ross, SG 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1

Had one nice drive for a floater and one airball. I can’t recall his third shot but I’m sure it was ugly. Zeroes everywhere else. The thought that he would be a Mo Pete type player and contribute in other ways may still hold, but he’s shown nothing like the sort so far.

Five Things We Saw

  1. No Elton Brand, Dirk Nowitzki, or Shawn Marion. Kleiza remains out for personal reasons.
  2. Refs were brutal and Raptors have lots to complain about. Same contact on both ends but calls only made on one, and worst of all, they were almost timed to hurt the Raptors.
  3. Raps gave up 36 points in the first quarter and this was easily the worst defensive quarter under Casey.
  4. Raps only forced 11 turnovers and you can attribute that to Lowry`s absence. They`ve used turnovers to generate points, without them and DeRozan and Bargnani struggling in the first half, points weren`t easy to come by.
  5. Late run was nice, but this basically a 9-12 point game from start to finish.

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  • knickz

    what a horrible officiated game

  • Jamshid

    We needed Lowry to night. Our ALL STAR MVP PG would have give us the win. This team is showing lots of promises. When Fields find his groove and Ross and Big Val get little more experience, then teams like Dallas would be a breath for us. Give this team some time and they will deliver.

  • J14

    we’ve been getting the short end of the officiating majority of the games

    most of the game mayo was guarding fields not crowder, crowder was guarding DD &
    fields was guarding mayo &  DD on crowder or carter

  • vino

    quick reaction: furk B+ piece of shit, no effort dude! trade the furker for a slice of pizza

  • leftovercrack

    outside that awful 1st quarter, we actually one this game. But SF position is a gaping black hole

    • what the

      yes the raptors won 2nd- 3rd and 4th quarters

  • leftovercrack

    ‘won’ this game. argh

  • mobchester

    i think Terrence Ross should start 

  • Me

    Bargs a B+ ??? come on seriously

  • morons

    so what did Bargs have to do do get an A

    • Steve1967

       …be black.

    • Play defense.  Once.

      • Sir

        You should blog about this on the Picket Fence!

      • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

        Even an idiot can make something right. Once.

      • Nilanka15

        Welcome back!!!

        You know it’s a horrendous defensive performance when Leo Rautins calls you out every chance he gets.

  • FAQ

    I thought the Raps functioned better as a ‘team’ with Jose distributing the ball.  Perhaps that’s why Bargs busted out tonight…. Amir too. 

    Other Raps found their mojo too as the offense settled in.  Too bad the defence failed, but that’s a sign of low overall b-ball IQ.

    Lowery is still just a street-baller who can’t function as a PG and make others look good. Maybe that’s why Houston passed on him.

    Of course, the t.h.f.’s love their hero Kyle … with a ferocious mancrush… he shoots, he scores…!!!

    • Lance

      Would you go so far as to say that this team “jelled”?

    • EmarErozan

      After the team Ole defense allowed 35 Q1 points, yes. Ole!

  • ad

    Raps let a very winnable game slip away. Derozan and Bargnani are simply not core pieces. If they were, raps would have won this game. Those 2 players hurt us soooo much on D.

    • Destro

      DeRozan played a decent defensive game….bargs on the other hand is pure trash…

      • CJT

        you mean the DeRozan that was covering Mayo and Carter?  That decent defense?

  • Bigbalboski79

    Yes, the officiating was terrible.  That aside, this was one of those games that showed this team A) will never be a contender with Bargani starting.  He scores.  And thats it.  No defence or rebounding to speak of.  We would be better off with a platoon of Johnson and Davis, whoboth have developing offencive games and play defence. 
    B) Fields has to be put on the second unit.  He fumbled a pass on an open lay-up.  he cannot shoot and his confidence is super low.  We should start ross or poss look for a trade for a wing shooter. 

    • mauro rossi

       Not a good timing for this comment.  If you actually watch the game, or at least the box score, ou will notice that yesterday AB grab 9 rebounds.
      You can save it for the next game. Did you notice how Ed was pined yesterday ?

      • Nilanka15

        Ed was AWFUL defensively and on the glass.  How many offensive rebounds did he give up?  I’m glad he got the quick hook.  One of the most overrated players on the team.  One of many, that is.

        • Destro

          He played 5 fckn mins fuck outta here…Hes not getting a chance with this coach…its absurd. 

          • Nilanka15

            He should’ve got pulled sooner…

            • Destro

              OK so basically you dislike Ed then..


              • Nilanka15

                It’s not a question of like/dislike.  I just don’t believe the hype.

                I think the marginal improvements we’ve seen from year to year have been insignificant.  I don’t think he has a high ceiling at all.  And if given the choice, I’d much rather have Amir as our 1st big off the bench over Ed.

                Regardless, my comments above are based on last night only.  He played a bad game, that’s all.

      • Destro

        yes but how was his defense ? After awhile you lose track of all the missed assignments,the easy baskets he allows….

        • NyAlesund

           You’re right. He missed some assignments but tell me how was possible to see a lot of rebs and easy point in the paint? All of these were AB’s fault?

          • Destro

            What easy points did he have in the paint ??
            He had 9 boards (even tho most of them landed in his lap)
            but yes if you watched the game he allows alot of easy buckets in the paint…and he loses his man or over rotates on help D ALL THE TIME….you really need to focus on him defensively and pay attention..its quite remarkable in his 7th season he has no clue to do the simplest things on defense,even positioning himself properly is an issue…

            • NyAlesund

               I meant easy points that the Rapts have conceded to the Mavs in the paint. Bargs made some atrocious defensive mistakes expecially when he didin’t move his ass.

              The good thing was his overall game better than the previous four. I am confident he is improving his quality basket.

  • ZZ

    I stopped watching after the half… Bargs got 9 rebounds? Is that a career high?

  • mauro rossi

    Watching the Dallas game was like watching last year team.
    Lowry can be better than JC, but it seem that JC is able to have his teammates look better than Lowry can.
    Hopefully its not about chemistry but just about the fact that JC have spent much more time with AMir ,DD and Bargs

    • what the

      chill it’s just the fact that JC has been here longer you don’t need to go start the point guard shi+ , Dribbles has to go and asap and take NYK sleeping  sf with him

    • Destro

      How do you figure they looked better in a loss where they were awful for most of the game and were trailing most of the game by 12-20 pts ? Did you even wathc the game ? The offense for most of that game was atrocious,no rhythym,it was alot of bad shoointg and chukking….

      Seriously god awful posting !

  • Minks77

    Effort on both ends and especially on the glass was absent all night. Rotations were late, jumpers were of the long 2 variety and the Mavs were able to pound it into the paint all night long. This game was lost, again, in the beginning. Bargs grabbed some boards but overall the Raptor bigs were beaten (up) to every rebound. Valanciunas is going to be a stud but he’s so slight at this point that he’s easily pushed off his spots and is forced to concede rebounding position. It’d be sweet to see him with a bulky player down low to help on the glass but as it is in all 5 games it’s often just his skinny arms poking out of a crowd of opposing bigs. KLow helps of course but the Mavs were able to leak out all night cuz they knew they were getting the rock.

    Fields, where you at?? The starting unit needs a shake up. One good start in 5 games? pathetic.

    • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

      How do you know effort was absent all night ? If so how come we didn’t loose by 30 or 40 points ?
      Did you coach at NBA level to make all this Skip Bayless comments ?

      • Minks77

        lol, skip bayless huh? where do you coach? I mean you have an opinion too. Or is it cuz I ruffled your feathers in the other comments section? I mean I’m not even singling out your namesake, the whole team wears this lose and you’re coming at me with this BS? lol.

        I know effort was missing all night because I’m seeing Dallas players skipping to the lane unimpeded all night long. I’m seeing Dallas players kill the Raps on the offensive glass and I’m seeing Dallas hang 36 on the Raps in the first q and basically coast the rest of the way. 

        Effort is visible on defence, rebounding, so called 50/50 balls etc. If you don’t see that, NBA coaching credentials aside, you need to follow a new sport.

        • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

          I repeat: No “effort” on both ends all night means to me you lost by 30.
          We lost by 5 running a terrible rotation starting the 4th and despite the terrible refs we were still in.
          Toronto it’s not Lakers Boston Miami Chicago so as a fan you should accept that and move on instead of blame on players

          I see too many “effort” players and not enough “talented” players, that’s all and doing so I watch the games with a positive attitude hoping for a PO spot, no matter what

          • Minks77

            If Dirk and Matrix played in this game it would’ve been a 30 point loss. Rewatch it, Mavs get to the rim with impunity. All it takes is a couple of hard closeouts, some effort on help and a little will power to keep a fat Chris Kaman and co out of the lane and off the glass.

            • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

              Re-listen Dwayne Casey post game interview on your “effort”. He knows better than us

              • Minks77

                perhaps, but I think you need to take post game comments with a grain of salt, he’s not just going to out his players to the media after the 5th game. That’s how you lose the locker room.

      • Nilanka15

        Only a basketball noooob would look at this game and think the Raptors played with “effort”.

        • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

          torontosun : “DALLAS – Playing for the fourth time in five nights, the Raptors showed heart in battling to the wire against the Mavericks.

          Dwayne Casey : “”The group we had in there played with a purpose,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. ”They really put us in position to win the game after having a slow start.”

          Of course

          • Nilanka15

            The Toronto Sun is barely a step above Bleacher Report.

            And when was the last time you heard Casey say anything negative about his team to the media?

            • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

              When was last time you said something positive

              • Nilanka15

                2006-07.  The last time this team won more games than they lost.

                • sleepz

                  lol, that was a formidable response. heh heh

          • Minks77

            oh dear god…

            you believe politicians don’t lie as well right? Listen, I have this bridge in Brooklyn for sale…

          • unknown guest

            Wait, you’re quoting the Toronto SUN for BASKETBALL?!? The SUN? Hockey? Even locked out and/or major/junior/local/college yes, basketball, no.

      • Destro

        Talk about the play in the 1st qtr where Bargs watches a rebound bounce to Troy Murphy while he stares at like a can of ragu spaghetti sauce…

        • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

          You are never wrong, one time I thought you were wrong, but I was mistaken.

          • Destro

            So you agree his work ethic is what keeps him from becoming a formidable NBA player….great

  • JHP

    Honestly it’s going to be a long year.  I think Jose should be moved to a contender and in return we get a draft pick and a couple bodies in return. Not sure what the problem is but Casey could argue too many new faces every year.

  • Minks77

    Also wanted to say that this is a game where you look at the box score and see DD and AB with some sweet lines: 8-17/8-10ft/24/6r/7a and 9-20/7-7ft/25/9r/3a/2s and it looks like the team was actually competitive, especially considering the raps won 3 of the 4 quarters. Fact is Mavs controlled this game and never really looked to be sweatin it too much while the Raps were really labouring in almost every aspect of the game.

    I agree with Arse in that I’d of liked to of seen a big lineup to start and JV needs to just play. Let him foul out. Pull him aside and correct the mistakes but let him be out there to put your words into action DC. 

    • Nilanka15

      Totally agree.  The boxscore is not indicative of the beatdown that transpired.

  • The Hater

    How was PER36 for Ed Davis tonight ?

    • Destro

      Ed Davis would outperform trashnani if he was given the same mins….He wont get them until he gets injured,lets hope its soon…

      • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

        If Tony Wroten, my boy….

  • Minks77

    has Matty D really taken to calling Amir “Air” Johnson? Swear he did it twice in a row in the 4thq. Knowing Devlin and the difficulty he has with names from time to time though I can’t be sure.

  • Rpsfan95

    can the Toronto media stop blowing Vince Carter for a few minutes and put some heat on BC for this hideous roster

    • Minks77

      For real, I’m starting to feel like they are setting us up for “le return du Vince”. Matt wasn’t here and is a vanilla company man to boot so he just doesn’t get it. Jack was wise to back off and not feed the fire when MD was goin on and on.

      • Nilanka15

        I said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Vince is still an upgrade over any wing on our roster.  He can shoot, he can drive, he can post up, he can pass, and he can (still) finish in traffic with either hand. 

        I hate the guy, but Dallas could’ve ran every play through Vince last night, and come away with a good possession each time.

        • what the

          who cares we don’t need Vince on this team

          • Nilanka15

            What about your boy, Gary Forbes?

        • Minks77

          Oh I agree, from a talent standpoint you’re dead on. Just can’t stomach the idea from a fan perspective.

          • Nilanka15

            I don’t want any part of Wince making a return to Toronto.  He’ll never be forgiven for the mailed in efforts leading up to his trade.

            I’m just pointing out that our wings still leave a lot to be desired.  The “potential” excuse is starting to feel stale.

  • NyAlesund

    We lost the game. But despite all I see the old Rapts (yes the old Rapts) played a decent game. The real issue were the rebounds, at one point of the game the stat showed 31-13 for Mavs. This killed the game.

    With Calderon starter AB and AJ looked better than the usual. Field horrible, Lucas III dindn’t see the bucket and in general the other played a decent game except for the rebs. We weren’t able the protect the rim.

    Now the point is clear: Casey has to find the way to play a consistent basketbal game with the big fella when Lowry is on the floor. Or in alternative trade Bargs.

  • 511

    Refereeing on my mind. (Ya, Raps got out-this’d and out-that’d but … ffs. Do the guys in charge of what’s allowed and not, on the floor, have to make it so perpetually difficult for our guys?) 

    The regular and consistent ball-kicking by the referees of the NBA has gotten to the point where we don’t even bother discussing it or mentioning it that much anymore. It’s like we’ve all either accepted that it’s just a part of Raptor-fan life or we somehow figure that what we see out there during SO many games must be … an illusion. As in, it’s just not possible that they could fk with us so often and regularly over these many years and still be getting away with it … right? 

    With the esteemed commissioner getting regular kudos from so many – especially so, now that he’s doing his career victory lap – and with the system so brilliantly rigged so that ANY criticism of ANY rule or procedure the league has implemented gets swiftly bitch-slapped stingingly hard with nasty hits to alleged offenders’ wallets, those on the inside (from players on up) who could say or do anything about it have long been cowed into complete submission by the bullying fine$ tactics we routinely see … and those on the other side (NBA fans) are simply too addicted to the game to put themselves out enough to make any kind of statement on what-might-need-addressing. And to boot, ‘who we talkin about? The Raptors? *shrug*.’ 

    Watching them (our team) getting bent-over and assaulted by the refs in Brooklyn the other night, I wondered *if* … and at one point began to almost suspect *that*, Nets fans in the stands – some, anyway – might be at least vaguely uncomfortable at seeing how blatant it was that their own players were being allowed to get away with significantly more infractions than our players were … and I was thinking that mostly because I suspect it would nag at me a bit if the shoe was on the other foot. (Which, as a Raptors fan is pretty much laughable 93 nights out of a hundred. But still.) 

    Then, last night again against the Mavs, the same-old-same-old was there to be seen and confirmed by the colour commentator who might be the only one who calls it out like he sees it (as much as he can and still be allowed to continue at his job … and bless him for what he DOES say) and … we end up losing by a single digit number. Again. 

    This isn’t a rant. It’s just a moment of wondering-out-loud at how such a fantastic game and league can be so blatant and astonishingly consistent** at the biased refereeing that our team (‘our team’ because I don’t know about others) has suffered with for years, now. [**Obvious to all that it’s not every game and actually, it might only be every third or sixth game but that it has gone on consistently, few Raptors fans (I would guess) would argue with.]

    While my personal philosophy – that I try to remember – of ‘don’t complain or explain’ makes the message I toss forward here almost awkward to put into hard words, I feel it has enough merit to do so. And I think it needs to be said. Every now and again, anyway. 

  • Bryan C

    I just want to apologize for Landry Fields. Over the summer his Dad left his mom. Landry was pretty upset but determined to get them back together. He asked his dad what will it take for him to give his mom another chance. He said i’ll get back with your mom when The raptors win the finals. Landry then prayed and asked god to help the raptors win the finals. I signed him thinking this was a sure thing based on a documentry i saw in the mid 90s on how the Angels won the world series. I guess God just does not like basketball as much.

    • Nilanka15

      God is a Knicks fan.  Hurricane Sandy was a direct result of him hearing of Stoudamire’s knee.