Grades only as I also have the full post-game going up tomorrow morning.

Note: I messed up the original, Amir and Linas should not have had A+…if you don’t put a grade in it defaults to A+. Sorry.

Toronto Raptors 98 Final

Recap | Box Score

106 Philadelphia 76ers
Dominic McGuire, SF 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +5Didn’t really do much. His two assists were both in transition and looked nice, but he’s otherwise a zero offensively and I don’t want him on the floor late.
Andrea Bargnani, C 40 MIN | 10-21 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -822 points will mask the horrid inefficiency (21 FG, 0FTM). Hit the glass OK but wasn’t strong defensively, challenged to keep up with quick Sixer bigs.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | +7Played great when he was allowed to, had zero fouls, drove to the rim hard, made up for any mistakes with hustle. No idea why he didn’t play more late, forcing Sixers to go bigger instead of matching what they dictated.
Jose Calderon, PG 37 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 13 PTS | -10What’s to be expected from Jose on the offensive end. He did poorly guarding Jrue Holliday but that’s to be expected, too.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 42 MIN | 8-18 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 24 PTS | -11Scored efficiently enough and really should have gotten to the line even more. Unfortunately couldn’t handle J-Rich or Nick Young when assigned.
Ed Davis, PF 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0Didn’t notice he played except for one dunk from a KLow pass.
Amir Johnson, PF 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -10Fouled out with nary an impact. Was used for defensive purposes to combat small Philly lineup but the team got torched pretty badly while he was out there.
Linas Kleiza, SF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -6This should have been his type of game, with small ball prevalent, but he wasn’t quick enough to keep up with the Sixer wings. Probably shouldn’t be used/considered as a floor spacer any more (33% career, 32% as a Rap).
Kyle Lowry, PG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 3-8 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | -9I’d love to give him an A+ just for being back, and his aggression and effort were welcome additions. Still, he blew a couple assignments late and showed poor body language and leadership on two occasions in the fourth.
John Lucas, PG 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +2Played a quick segment of the 2nd in a 2-PG set and was invisible. Incomplete.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Raptors fell apart completely on defense down the stretch. Philly shot 52% in the fourth and 64% in the final six minutes.
  2. Raptors likewise fell apart on offense, shooting 44% in the fourth and adding just one three. Also choked at the line, going 3/9.
  3. Starting lineup played well enough together with a positive net rating, but the 2-PG, DD at SF lineups struggled pretty badly.
  4. Seriously, why let Philly dictate the size match-up? I understand their wings and PFs are quick and a pain, but the team played just fine the first 42 minutes against it (Kwame played just 5min). Jonas had the team’s best +/- and most of the best lineup combos involved him.
  5. Need to rebound for tomorrow. Really let this one slip and played the key guys big minutes to try and seal the win, so there may be fatigue tomorrow.


  • hotfuzz

    Amir and kleiza with A+?

    • Garrett Hinchey

      Don’t want to answer for Blake but I’m sure it was a mistake – read the write-ups, he’s pretty negative on both of them.

      • BlakeMurphy

        Yup, if you don’t put in a grade it defaults to A+….those were not intentional.

  • J14

    should include casey on the list  & grade F on the 4thQ
    going away from what was successful for 3 quarters & playing to the opponents strength in the 4th just like the first game we lost to them
    not putting lowry on holliday & put calderon the spot up shooters
    no JV in the 4th again

    Amir got an A+? he has some crucial mental lapses in the 4th leading to easy points for sixers.. not going back right away doing his one man trapping

    • BlakeMurphy

      Yup, if you don’t put in a grade it defaults to A+….those were not intentional.

  • Lino Dinardo

    why does Amir have an A+?!  is that a joke cause im rolling on the floor, just like how he rolled out under a guy for a foul and one.. 

    • BlakeMurphy

      Yup, if you don’t put in a grade it defaults to A+….those were not intentional.

  • mike, prague

    Are you serious with Linas and Amir A+ ? No offence, but seriously?

    • BlakeMurphy

      Yup, if you don’t put in a grade it defaults to A+….those were not intentional.

  • Blake gots to go

    D- for Andrea and A+ for Amir…… Cocaine is a hell of a drug. Did Andrea sleep with your girl friend blake? What game were you watching holy sweet fuck your out to lunch.

    • Lorenzo

       lol it was a mistake

    • BlakeMurphy

      Yup, if you don’t put in a grade it defaults to A+….those were not intentional.

  • Jamshid

    DD went 8 /18 which is 44%
    AB went for 10/21 which is 47%

    so if you want to bitch about efficiency and give the guy a D-, then do you MATH and be consistent !!!

    • hotfuzz

      DD made 7 free throws compared to bargnani’s 2

      • Jamshid

        This is What he said complaning about the shots and not Free Throws:
        “22 points will mask the horrid inefficiency (21 FG, 0FTM).”

        • NEW ERA

          0 FTM is where he mentions the free throws. Put it this way, 24 points on 18 shots is more efficient than 22 points on 21 shots.

          • Dan

            What about on the defensive end. The Guards scored on Derozan more then the Forwards scored on Andrea in this game. Plus he had three more rebounds and an assist. How does that equal a D- compared to a B-. Seems they both should have been about a c if you were going evaluate them equally and not based on a predetermined bias.

            • Destro

              They made 3s and until the last few mins alot of them were contested,in the NBA you’re gonna make shots sometimes cuz they’re NBA players…comparing rebounds by a SG and a C is just corny…AB should be leading the team in rebounding on a nightly basis…

              By contrast Lowry AGAIN had the same number of rebounds…

    • Raps addict

      A bunch of crap on the grades especially for Andrea …. No value in the writeup – might as well have went to the defaults just as useful

      • Destro

        Nah its a fair evaluation…Andrea defensively was abysmal esp in the last few mins when the game was literally on the line…

        Sorry his socring in the first half as usual is meaningless in these kind of losses…

  • Phat AlberG

    Amir played like shit!  What I don’t understand where was Val in the 4th?????????? Dwane Casey is such a terrible coach!!!

    • Jamshid

      Amir has been doing this for 2 years now. There is 1 or 2 good games which he hustles and then few off games !! This is his style. 

  • la

    The raptors were outcoached in the 4th quarter. When you have Calderon, an not fully healed Lowry, AB, DD and AJ on the court, how can you not have a defensive collapse. I don’t know why Ross is not getting minutes, he was suppose to a good defender. The late game line up for the raps should be Lowry, DD, Ross, AB and Jonas. I know Casey has done a good job, but how he’s using rookies is disappointing.

  • cdub

    Why was amir in and val out in the 4th?  Did casey not care for vals 11 rebounds? 
    Amir was like a statue out there tonight. 

  • Dc

    Did you even watch the game blake? Honestly. Im probably one of the biggest bargs critics but at least his d wasn’t absolutely inept tonight. HIs shooting percentage still sucked ass tho as stated. Why he’s still starting no one knows. KL went to playing selfish the final 7 mins of that game.  Pushing amir into the guy he was late recovering on was bushleague and almost got him hurt. I know your going back to your hometown and want to win and everything but that and him constantly trying to play hero probably lost the game. Derozon played well and JV too. Don’t know wtf JV wasn’t in the 4th qt. WTF was casey doing? I feel like he’s really getting exposed this year honestly. I know this team sucks but damn some of his coaching decisions result in a WTf look. I mean one of the worst offensive teams in bball just posted 100+ on his ass. This team honestly needs re assembled from top to bottom. From BC on down. Really the only players worth keeping are KL, derozon, JC (for bench purposes, not the two pg lineup bullshit), and Amir most nights. 

    • Dc

      on and JV too.

    • BlakeMurphy

      What do you mean was I watching? It seems like you agreed with some of it. And reading that, you’ll agree with my full post-game tomorrow as well (when I have more words/space to expand).

    • Dan

      His shooting didn’t suck ass either. he shot 47% he was one make from being above 50%

  • Bboca

    Forget the stupid grades. Five minutes to go and the same tandem of AB and JC are both on the floor. They haven’t gotten the job done for seven years so what makes someone think they will suddenly close out the game. At least one of them has to be sitting for things to change. This is at least the third game lost in the final minutes with both of them on the floor unable to get stops. 
    It’s really too bad as the team was clicking, finding the open man with the extra pass and playing descent defensively. It’s just that when it gets to crunch time the other team gets a break or hits a big shot and you can hear Andrea and Jose thinking “here we go again”.

    • Destro

      How on earth does Casey not switch Lowry onto Holiday at some point in that 4th qtr ? bargnani and Calderon are getting completely killed on rotations and switches and he does nothing about it….Its clear as day you cant leave either of them in the game down the stretch in close games where you NEED stops…YOU cant rely on Bargnani and Jose do come up with stops for you….

      How many of these games where ur in complete control do you have to lose to figure that out ? its crazy,the fanbase knows it,but this dumbass muthafuck Casey still doesnt know ??

      Absolute terrible coaching AGAIN,hes cost this team 4 wins with some really amateur mistakes..he doesnt know how to sub properly ESP with the game on the line,he runs fckn awful plays out of timeouts and he makes absolutely ZERO in game adjustments…How is Valanciunas NOT playing in the 4th ?? Fck that small ball argument..you decided to play AB as a 5 and he wasnt doing shit defensively..you NEEDED JV out there to protect the basket…you cant let Philly dictate the game and pace when YOUR in control of the game…

      He should have went with Val and went big and force them to GUARD you down low…..

      Hes a terrible coach….

      • p00ka

        You understand organized ball about as much as my dog’s shyt.

        • Destro

          you are ur dogs shit….

      • Dan

         It was the guard play that killed them down the stretch. All those threes. I agree with the coaching. Lowry should have been on holiday and someone taller then 6 feet should have been guarding their 6 foot 6 and up three point shooters. Lowry and Jose togeather will struggle defensively. Putting Jose on the shorter faster guy is even more stupid if your going to play them both.

  • howlonghowlong

    Frustrating game to watch.  Almost every Raps game is frustrating to watch actually.  The “we don’t play for 48 minutes” bullshit needs to change.  It’s really hard being a raps fan, it really is.  4th Q: 33-18.  How do you expect to win games when you’re letting the other team score 33 in the 4th?  You don’t have KD or Kobe to come in a bail you out.  

    I’m not a coach and maybe I don’t understand the logistics of matching the other team … but when they go small why not use your size advantage?  if not, then why not just match their size?  When Holliday is beating Calderon and dishing out to the open man (JRich and Nick killed us in the 4th), why not take Calderon out?  Are we worried J-Rich is going to light up Ross worse than Holliday lit up Calderon?

  • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Culture change or more of the same?

    The Triano era was allegedly for franchise/player development 3 3/4 seasons later we are still stuck on stupid as a Franchise ie AB is the #1 building block, and in the lower 3rd of total defense in the NBA.

    Casey’s in game adjustments/rotations are that of a Bush League coach trying to appease everyone but pleasing no one- ask him if AB is still Dirk like in his eyes?

    Casey said his regime was a continuation of what Jay was doing (heck Casey even kept 3 of Jay’s assistants on his staff) not a break away from- even Jay has left the Raptors sinking ship and his front office position as nut hugger number 1 under BC.

    Val seems like a memo’d BC starter (Casey said Val eraned his starting position in taining camp but he was hurt to start camp smh) sorta like DD was his 1st year as Val needs to stay on the court & AB off of it as much as possible.

    Nick Young seemingly always outplays his USC buddy DD as does JRich.

    Lowry & Jose backcourt- hate it, gives away too much on defense especially in crunch time.

    Casey post game quote not verbatim- “we have to play better in crunch time, this time it was the 4th quarter” (crunch time is always in the 4th quarter or ot smfh)…….

    Can we get a legit 8-9 Raptors rotation???

    Bobcats up next BJ Mullens >> AB………

    • Lorenzo

       Do you get a boner writing this shit?

    • Truthkiller

      I sure get a boner reading it.

    • KaioKev

      The difference between Bargnani and Nowitzki is that Nowitzki is a consistent scorer with a mid-range jumper, a 3-point shot and he can get points in the paint. Bargnani and inconsistent scorer, is afraid to attack in the paint this season and has a faltering 3-point shot and mid-range game.

  • Tinman

    Yeah – if ever there was a game for Jonas to play 30 + it was tonight. 
    Casey has to take blame for the loss. His reluctance to go with his young players, Jonas, Davis and to a lesser degree, Ross is not helping us win and tonight it cost us.
    Out-coached by Doug Collins.
    Thought Bargnani had a good overall game. Sure he got beat by quicker players, but one of the few positives tonight. As usual he missed his usual 3 or 4  wide open looks(that Dirk makes). But liked his game tonight.

     
     

    • sleepz

      Casey comes from the Carlisle coaching staff. They don’t play rooks.

      • Tinman

        Casey was coaching before teaming up in Dallas. 

        • sleepz

          You win a championship with a coach and you might end up learning a thing or two.

          Not saying he shouldn’t have played JV more in the 4th but not surprised he doesn’t give him late game minutes.

      • la

        Jae Crowder is playing for Dallas right now

        • sleepz

          Off the bench for how many minutes a game?

          I would wager less than 20.

          • sleepz

            Ross is a 2 guard taken 8th in the drfaft and he’s seeing DNP’s!

            I guarantee you the 7th (Harrison) and 9th (Drummond) and 10th (Rivers) picks in this previous draft are not seeing DNP’s.

            That alone should tell you he’s a coach that doesn’t play rookies if he doesn’t have to.

          • la

            more than ross for sure. and he wasn’t a top 10 pick….

            • sleepz

              Still, no siginficant role on the team. I like Crowder but Carlisle hasn’t played him even remotely as much as he did in the preseason.

              When the games count the rooks sit. I don’t necessarily agree with this strategy but it is what it is.

              • Dan

                 Ross if you believe the Toronto media and Raptors broadcasters was almost hand picked by Casey. That was the guy he wanted. It’s weird now that he is not getting much playing time. How has Lucas earned the playing time he got last night.

      • Destro

        Sleepz your a smart guy…So i know you know thats non sense..

        Val is dominating on both ends,you cant leave the game in the hands of Amir and Bargnani…if ur gonna play by rules as a coach and not by the pace of an individual game ur not goin to be successful very long..

        • sleepz

          Hey, i’m not justifying it or defending it, I’m only saying this coach obviously does not want to play rookies.

    • tmk

      Agree about T-Ross. I remember seeing McGuire check in and getting pissed thinking “WHY THE HELL IS HE IN THE GAME??”

      Then I thought, “O ya…our lineup is injured and we need a defensive specialist.”

      Then I remembered, “Wait…we have Ross…WHY THE HELL IS MCGUIRE IN THE GAME?”

      I’ll admit that I’m not the greatest at gauging the value of defensive “specialists” but I honestly don’t see how McGuire is all that great. At least T-Ross can shoot and seems to have quick hands. Let the kid grow, we’re losing anyways…

    • Daniel

      It’s OK to do Monday morning quarterbacking however it has to make sense in the context of the flow of the game and not based on the boxscore. All three players you mentioned are terrible defenders at this stage in their career. Philly played 4-out 1-in and we replied with 3 guards and 2 mobile bigs, Andrea and Amir. They are agile for their size however they had no chance against the small ball so Casey put in McGuire and then Kleiza. What killed up was the overhelp on dribble penetration. Jose stayed with Holliday however 2 or 3 Raptors helped instead of staying with their man on the perimeter. At worst Holliday would have had a few lay-ups which are only 2 points instead of the 3 ball that killed us. Both Lowry and Derozan erred by leaving their coverage. I don’t know how much it is a function of our defensive system (protect the paint) and how much is defensive basketball IQ. Playing defence requires a lot of discipline and a lot of b-ball IQ, both qualities in short supply on our young team.

  • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    The end of the game finale where Lowry was trying to remove his shirt with less than 10 seconds left in the game but the Raptors were still trying to D up the 76ers- that’s the Raptors under BC everyone doing their own thing……….no one on the same page.

    At least AB got up his 20 shots tonite…..

    Anyone else still think that JRich isn’t better ‘right now’ than DD?

    • Dan

      If Richardson and Young were on this team with Demars minutes and shot attempts they would be just as effective. Probably more because they can space the floor better with their shooting and create for themselves with their better ball handling.

    • KJ-B

      E 2THA Z dude… E 2D Z… your opinion does NOT square with fact…JRich took advantage of Dwane Casey, not DeMar DeRozan.

  • Daniel

    Casey seems to be the new scapegoat recently. The elephant in the room is of course Colangelo and his awful roster construction, especially this summer. The knowledgeable fans will soon understand why Lowry has been traded by Houston and why he drove Mchale nuts. He just lost us the game with a terrible hero ball in the 4th quarter, a deja-vu for Raptors fans from the TJ era. We are 1-4 with him on the court and our defence is absolutely atrocious with him on the court. I watched him closely in defence in the 4th and I noticed he plays very undisciplined, always gambling and going for the steal. He left open a few times J Rich because he was in no man’s land.
    Soon we’ll run out of excuses. Colangelo will probably fire Casey, a very convenient scapegoat. We are a very young team and the last thing we needed was a pitbull like Lowry at PG. These young players need structure and good execution under pressure. Casey was told by Colangelo to play up-tempo so he compromised the defence to gear up the offence.The reality is that we don’t have one good individual defender so the team defence is paramount for success. The defence starts with the pace and tempo in offence and here Casey screwed up by increasing the tempo, taking bad shots and bad forays at the basket and giving up points in transition and in the paint. Like everything else, what’s not seen in basketball is more important than what’s seen. 

    • sleepz

      I do agree with you that defence is essential for this team.

      This philosophy shift from defence to more offence will not be succesful.

    • Lorenzo

      Why so harsh on Lowry? He had a great game and nobody else was scoring in the 4th quarter so why not let it fly?

      • Daniel

        Lowry had a great game? OK. Nobody scored in the 4th because he took control of the ball and didn’t let it go. Up until that time we moved the ball beautifully and we had a good advantage. For some reason Lowry decided to play hero ball and we lost.
        Defensively he is everywhere and nowhere on the court. He’s always in rebounding position because he’s not particularly defending and boxing-out anybody. I wish people had a better understanding of organized basketball compared with streetball. I consider street ball a different sport, same as gym volleyball and beach volleyball. Unfortunately the vast majority of diehard fans are streetballers, especially in a city like Toronto. People like scrubs like TJ and Moon and don’t appreciate players like Bosh, AP or Jose. The only chance for winning basketball in Toronto is for the ownership to demand it otherwise people will fill the ACC like cows to the slaughterhouse.

        • Lorenzo

          The time that we moved the ball “beautifully” was the time Lowry was on the court, along with Jose. The fast tempo we played in those 3 quarters benefited everyone, especially Demar. Lowry was the catalyst to this style of play, obviously. Not to mention the pace of the game was infectious as Jose had caught on and pushed the ball as well resulting in some great basketball. This later died down. There were some suspect possessions where Lowry forced drives to the basket resulting in wasted FG’s, but how many times did he drive and make it?

          I will agree that he gambles a lot on defense, which can be worrisome.

        • p00ka

          OMG, we have someone that understands roundball in the house.

        • Destro

          PGs boxing out ? lol and smh

        • Dan

           Jose still played the point for a lot of the time they were on the floor together. Lowry was being forced to guard a player 7 inches taller then him. Toronto abandoned the more traditional organized basketball lineup to try to match Phillys more streetball style of one pg and 4 wing players. Nick Young plays the style of basketball you are calling streetball and he was the most effective player on the 76ers last night. The difference between streetball and organized is the refs and a coach. You take away the refs and the coach and nobody is going to stop to run the plays. Jose plays d like a streetballer.

        • KJ-B

          Not one to agree with you but I said earlier in the season that had “Mike James” tendencies and folks on here were crying “Bloody Murder!!!” — he’s got some good/bad Mike James in him alright–which is problem for most Toronto PGs not named Jose…

          Hope he gets that stuff corrected and starts concerning himself with the name in front of the jersey a lot more!

      • tmk

        Ya that’s what I’m thinking. He was the one that got us the lead in the 3rd and he was the only one scoring almost at will so why not keep going. I do think however he should’ve played of DD a bit more since he’s been killing it lately and hit a pretty big 3.

      • p00ka

        5/14 in the game……. but that 4th you speak of?

        “nobody else was scoring in the 4th quarter so why not let it fly?”

        In the 4th quarter:
        DD had 10 pts on 3/6 FGs and 3/4 FTs
        KL had 2 pts, on 1/4 FGs, and 0/3 FTs, with a blocked shot by defensive stalwart Nick Young, so may as well call it 1/5

        That’s why not!!! As Daniel said, KL tried to play hero ball and the street ballers may love it, but coupled with leaving perimeter shooters wide open for 3s, the fat lady sang.

        But hey, you sing along with Blake and give 47.6 FG% AB the “D-“, and KL a glorious 35.7% FG% chucker , failed hero ball down the stretch, a “B”.

        • Lorenzo

          Whoaaaaa there. That statement was purely tongue-in-cheek.

          There was nothing going late in the game at all, and I don’t see how those stats you pointed out proved that Kyle’s attempts to drive to the basket were a negative. DeMar had 6 shots and Bargnani had a turnover. Can the best player on the team get some?

          Were the drives not going for him earlier or was I watching some other game?

          • p00ka

            Hey, I’m delighted that Kyle is back on the court, but fair is fair. If you’re going to rip one player for bad decisions, some semblance of equal criticism for another is only fair.

            Kyle did do very well earlier in the game, but this convo was about his performance down the stretch, and if missing everything while driving into a crowd isn’t enough proof for you that his “attempts were negative”….. I don’t know what to say.

            You’re statement was that nobody else was scoring, so why not play hero ball. I didn’t need the stats to know what I saw, but I thought they might show you that someone else was in fact scoring, and that Kyle’s hero ball produced a bunch of zeroes.

        • Destro

          yes that 47 % should take him up to what 37 % for the season
          BWAHAHAHAHA

          • p00ka

            The discussion is about the game, not the season, shit for brains.

        • KJ-B

          “Streetball” “NBA Ball” “Euro Ball” any kind of ball it’s still basketball and only one person/team can possess it at a time…The best teams, will rely on the best mode to score the ball whether it’s moving the ball or isolation for the hot hand…If one player exploiting his advantages, is considered too “streetball”, well I guess, MJ, Kobe, LeBron were just awful..

          It only looks bad when the player attempting to do this doesn’t have the requisite “hero” level skill to execute “hero ball”… Lowry ain’t Deron Williams–he should recognize that, and no matter how hard he tries, he’ll never be…the game he has is good enough to be a “team player” if he can’t recognize that he’ll get traded for 3rd time!

      • NyAlesund

         Lowry was atrocious. On offense end and defensive end. He played like someone wants to be the hero.

        • what the

          we should trade kyle and demar for fernandez and belanelli and put them in the starting line up so that i can stop watching this team HOLEEE GUY!

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      We’ve been a young team (according to BC, Jay, Raptors talking media heads, Casey) for the past 2 3/4 seasons actually the Raptors currently have the 11th youngest roster in the NBA inwhich OKC and a few other playoff teams are younger roster-wise.

      BC gave away a future Lottery pick for a pg that Houston was trying to get rid of and didn’t want back in 2012-13….and who knows what kind of Lowry offers were available on draft night from Houston that didn’t involve next year’s draft pick because TRoss is just rotting away on the bench under Casey who isn’t going to play 2 rookies in his rotation much less give Val real starters minutes.

      Casey is just another BC yes man for BC to direct through like Jay was not a NBA coach coaching games by his own volition.

      The lockout season defensive changes were an illusion as this season is proving out to be true- who instill a culture change then brings in 9 new players then next season with no continuation from AB, DD, Jose who all suffer from being less than top notch defenders.

      Like I said before Sam Mitchell said on NBTV that Casey told him this past summer that he would sacrifice some defense for more offense this season……..

    • Copywryter

      Agreed on Lowry. It’s why Colangelo didn’t prioritize him in the first place, and why he wasn’t a particularly hot commodity despite his obvious talent and youth.  

      He probably feels like he has to play the hero given our overall lack of talent and depth. The trouble is it comes naturally to him. 

  • Raptorss_Fan

    Derozan gets a B- and Andrea gets a D-….that should change to a C+ or something because if you add up the free throws and count them as field goals, there really isn’t much difference with Derozan

    • Theswirsky

      “because if you add up the free throws and count them as field goals, there really isn’t much difference”

      Your right.  Except why in the world would you even do that?

      • Lorenzo

        Did you know that if you convert every 1 of Jose’s assists into 2 points that he’d be the greatest scorer in the history of the NBA?

        • Nilanka15

          lolz

  • BlakeMurphy

    Yup, if you don’t put in a grade it defaults to A+….those were not intentional. Sorry folks.

    • Fletchmer

       except for bargs it defaults to D- lol

  • Lorenzo

    Nick Young just pisses me off

    • Rob

      I’m more pissed off that that they let this semi-scrub drop 20+ on them seemingly every game. Where the hell is the defence?

      • Destro

        He hit some tough shots,not much you can do…

        • Rob

          In the last 2 seasons (6 games) he’s averaging 21.5 PPG vs Toronto. Small sample size but the dude torches the Raps.

          • Destro

            6 game sample size is way too small….

  • wes mantooth

    if you’re not gonna play VAL in the fourth then let him coach!!!! omg!!! holiday comes in and lowry goes out  leaving calderon to guard??! wtf?? therre was no reason for both amir and DM to be in there at the same time.
    and why did lowry shoot the T when bargs was in the game and lowry had already missed 2or 3 free throws..
    this ones on casey!

  • Sadhkj164255675

    Didn’t watch the game but how is 10/21 a bad shooting percentage for Andrea Bargnani.  47% for a player who plays primarily on the perimeter is solid.  Criticizing to simply criticize is simply lazy.

    • Destro

      He shouldnt be playing primarily on the perimeter which is why hes shooting 36% on the season….get it yet ?

      • Lorenzo

        Why not? That’s his game. A perimeter big man that shoots the ball. Positions in basketball don’t mean shit anymore.

        • Destro

          Yes they do mean shit….or else hed be playing SF which he isnt…

          His game should be more balanced…his skills are neutralized when he settles for jumpers and doesnt drive to the basket more often…

          Proof is in the numbers…He too often settles for jumpers when he has a size or speed advantage…Saw it several times in tonights game….inefficient and hes not getting FTs…

          • Dan

             He basically is a sf in a pf body. His game resembles more of a small forward. Problem is he is to slow to guard small forwards and on offense he loses his quickness advantage when small forwards are covering him. He was showing a bit of a post game but he seems to have given up on that this year. Shooting percentage aside he is not putting up bad numbers for a sf. The problem is he is the pf and he is supposed to be a #1 option instead of a roll player or 6th man off the bench like most tweeners.

        • Destro

          The ITS HIS GAME argument is kinda lame,everyone adjusts there game as they get older…hes the only player that refuses to adjust or improve his game beyond what its always been….I would figure bu his 7th season he’d want to start using his size and posting guys up and working on his post moves…Its curious because he has said he wants to be an all star but he wont do the things that are required to be an all star *shrugs*

    • Copywryter

      Criticizing without watching the game is also lazy.

      • p00ka

        He doesn’t need to have seen the game to criticize that critique, but having seen the game, it’s a ludicrous review.

        • unknown guest

          “He doesn’t need to have seen the game to criticize that critique”

          Yes he does.

    • p00ka

      Pretty sad review is what it is. He’s way off base on the defensive comment as well.

      • Destro

        Nah his D was bad…he kept allowing Young to roll to the basket and kept missing rotations….HIm and Calderon on the floor last few mins got eaten alive…

        • Dan

          Casey needs to ditch the offense and go back to playing D. anytime you have Jose and Lowry in the backcourt together your trying to win with offense.  There is no advantage on D to that lineup. Especially when you make Lowry the two guard. It only helps the offense with an extra ball handler and using Calderon as more of a shooter.

  • Bargnani Who?

    Yo who cares guys, Andrea was able to put up 21 shots tonight, so he must be happy.  That’s what is important.  Demar had zero assists tonight, so he must be happy as well.  Focus on what’s important and the positives please.  Peace.

    • Lorenzo

       Troll.

  • OnTheRightTrack

    Blake, get over yourself and your individual biases. Bargnani a D- and Lowry a B? Kyle tried to do it himself in the 4th and spit the bit. That’s where the game was lost. Instead of quick reactions you should call this who I like and who I don’t. If that’s all you intend to do every game, why bother?

    • Destro

      There not even in the game without Lowry ? WTF were YOU watching…

      • OnTheRightTrack

        5-14 shooting, 5 straight misses in the 4th when he was “putting his team on his shoulders”. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kyle Lowry, but tonight he didn’t have it in closing time, yet still tried to be the man. Nothing wrong with that, as a matter of fact, I love the attitude, but he was not good when it mattered. My point was rate the guys on how they played tonight, not on who you like. I could have used Amir Johnson with a D+, with a better rating than Bargnani as evidence of Blake’s bias instead of Lowry. I am not a Bargnani apologist, he has been a disappointment this year and in his best games he has been ok at best, but if anyone claims he was the worst player on the floor for the Raps tonight (again according to Blake) then they are either lying or delusional.

        • p00ka

           No shyt, but good luck getting that through the thick skulled back alley street baller you’re talking to. Now we’re talking delusional!

          • OnTheRightTrack

            Thanks, but really it is a response from Blake that I am hoping for. This is not to target him, but I am tired of the partisan nonsense on this site. We have little to no objective commentary from Raptor Republicans about what they see any given night instead we get fanboys and haters of any given player pissing at each other based on who they “support” or don’t. I’d love to come here after a game and exchange thoughts and observations both positive and negative instead of reading the same idiotic rhetoric game after game.

            • OnTheRightTrack

              Blake?

            • FAQ

              Lowery is “problematic”… ya think??!!!

            • p00ka

              I’m with you, man.

            • tweed8

              Best comment, OnTheRightTrack!  We’re all supposedly fans of the same team yet, folks just spend time hating on each other.  Our team can’t get the chemistry right and neither can the fan base. Objectivity fail.

            • Copywryter

              You’re going to be waiting a looooong time for that. Even longer than we’ve been waiting to become a respectable franchise.

        • Destro

          Im not claiming he was the worst but he wasnt good and his D most def was terrible when it counted down the stretch…

          22 pts on 21 shots and no FTs with aong with bad D isnt that impressive to me….hell i’ll give his lazy ass credit for the 7 rebounds but truth is truth close game you cant have him on the floor at the end….

          • unknown guest

            THIS

            his D most def was terrible when it counted down the stretch…

        • Destro

          He was the difference maker for most of this game which ur prepared to ignore….When he was on the floor they were in control….i dont fault him for missing shots in the 4th,hes the go to guy on this team and he knows it….hes watched this team fail without him….Would you rather him defer ? Not i

          If your the go to guy you have to keep taking those shots and trying to make plays….the 5-14 is what it is but for most of this game he carried the team when they were in control of this game…his scoring,his play making,rebounding and defense was there….reason they lost that game wasnt becauseof his 4-5 missed shots….

          • NyAlesund

             Are you seriuos? If you miss 4 consecutive shots nobody says nothing if the shots were correct to take. But when you see the smallest player force driving in the paint against opponent higher and tougher than him, without sense, let me say that was his fault. Stop.

            It’s not a question to offend Lowry, simply he played bad. The next time he will be more consistent.

            Do not see the truth because now you and others are Lowry lovers is not excusable.

          • Dan

             Weather he makes the lay ups or not it is better with him on the floor. I’m sick of Raptors trying to win or hold leads with long jump shots. At least Lowry gets it. Had he drawn a fould or two it might have been different. Jose is brutal in the fourth because he will always walk it up and pace back forth behind the three point line. Makes the Raptors very easy to guarrd once guys lock in in the 4th. It’s a big reason why teams always come back.

    • unknown guest

      Blake?! If Blake was the only one “biased”, I’d understand, but he’s not. Even sports journalists who are normally biased towards the team have now become vehement against AB. Perhaps the bias is yours towards AB?

  • p00ka

    You can’t be serious.  WTF where you watching?
    Bargnani:
    “horrid inefficiency”…. 10/21…47.6% is horrid? That’s setting the bar awfully fkn high, when you give a B, 2 1/2 grades higher to a 5/14..35.7% chucker. wtf? you can’t be serious?
    “wasn’t strong defensively, challenged to keep up with quick Sixer bigs”… again, wtf were you watching? Aside from Jonas, he was probably the best defender the Raps had out there tonight, and no big came close to torching him. The wing defenders got torched, as in Derozan, who you gave a B-, 2 grades higher than Bargs. wtf? you can’t be serious?
    Bargnani gets the worst grade of the game? wtf were you watching?

    • Destro

      Take his dick out ya mouth,he wasnt good defensively you lazy ass observer…

      • FAQ

        I muted my TV and was able to better concentrate on the players.. without listening to the garbage being spewed.  You should try it and you would see Bargs trying his utmost to play defense and even running at the shooters in the corners.  He’s trying and as long as DC and BC see his effort he stays as a starter.

        Me?  I think Bargs is demoralized and his game is negated on this team. Yes, I think he would welcome a trade but that’s not likely either.

        • Destro

          I watch the game very closely esp defensively and that observation isnt true at all….He let Thaddeus Young roll to the basket several times for uncontested lay ups and in the 4th qtr his D was not great again as he failed to help or rotate several times leading to wide open shots….I would say the opposite,watch AB on the defensive end for an entire quarter…

          Dont focus on anything else but him and where he is and where he positions himself on shots and under the basket and keep in mind who HIS man is hes guarding and youll without a doubt see why hes a poorous defender….the mistakes literally jump off the screen like it was in 3D…

        • unknown guest

          He was good in spurts, but I gotta go with Destro, he was miserable in the 4th when it counted. sorry.

  • Roarque

    Yup, we got out coached and Dwane will admit it.Yup, the refs are skewing the results. Yup, Kyle came back too soon and got too much burn. Yup, this is a team that has yet to jell.  BUT that was a fun game to watch and the Raps are gonna get better. And better.

    Wish they coulda pulled this one out. Tough loss.

    • Lorenzo

      I like your attitude. Yeah, we will get better.

    • p00ka

      Yup, lots of ppl going to be eating lots of words by January.

    • FAQ

      Ratpors almost surprised me too ……

    • unknown guest

      Thanks man. Agreed on all points. 

      Also, I’ll get burned on this, but KLow destroyed the flow of the offense when he first got in and “took over”–which is to be expected, as he was trying to shake the rust off.

  • Brandon

    I don’t think Derozan scored efficiently enough at all. Took too many long 2s because he can’t shoot longer than that. Lowry’s inefficiency cost them the game I suppose, but I don’t see how any of these guys should get good grades given that they lost the ball game.

    • Destro

      44 % about in the middle for SGs and got to the line….Inefficiency on this team starts and ends with ONE player…

      • Dan

        Yeah but Demar is more of a slasher so he should be higher then that. His rookie season he was at about 48%. If he sticks with more attacking and quick mid range shots this should go up. It’s once he over handles he gets forced into bad shots.

    • unknown guest

      Took too many long two’s because he was getting hammered when he went in and rarely got calls!!! He got, what, one call driving to the basket?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHJKFMCGSMBEQGBRKJVLKUGSEQ john g

       WTF did you want from him, to shoot 80% from the field. The guy is a 2 guard, he isn’t going to get into the lane every possession, I think teams are smarter than that. Thats why I loved that he has added a post game and improved his footwork

  • ad

     Just such a pathetic team in all aspects. Derozan scored, but what else
    did he do/provide? NOTHING. Bargnani must be the least efficient
    offensive player in the league this year. His D remains atrocious as
    does calderon’s. Lowry wasnt sharp but thats to be expected. He is still
    the best player on this team by a big margin which isnt saying much.
    Casey doesnt like val on the court in the 4th q for some reason.
    Instead, he prefers using an overpaid scrub like johnson to commit 6
    fouls and bring no skill to the team. If they are not going to play
    ross, why did they draft him? Just another idiotic move by BC and co.
    Why is he still employed? AAArrggghhhh.

  • Phat AlberG

    Man MLSE has to do something because BC and his staff have to go by end this season.  I can’t take this shit any more, Casey is not a good coach at all.  Can someone please get rid of Calderon and because he can’t guard no body, I’m sick tired of excuses why Raps loose all the time.  It’s time for a trade and roster shake up!  I know everyone is blaming Bargnani, but he doesn’t call the plays.  Thaddeus Young is effin 6’8 and Bargs is 7 foot why the hell Bargs is at 3 point line and not on the blocks makes no sense to me.  It’s time wake up and the GM & COACH needs to go!  Get Mike Dunleavy here!!!! ASAP!!! 

    • ad

       Cmon bro dont blame the coach. He’s the best coach theyve had in years despite his idiotic rotations sometimes. Did you even watch them when triano coached? The person that needs to go is the used car salesman that wears the expensive suits.

      • kumarbrosyaman

        Agree with you sincerely my man. BC is washed up and the only people still drinking his koolaid are shortsighted lunatics.

        • unknown guest

          Not washed up, just exposed.

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Nate McMillian is my choice for the next Raptors head coach!!

    • kumarbrosyaman

      Really?! Dunleavy is the solution now? Have you watched them clippers play under coach Dunleavy. Maybe it’s just me but that was the most unwatchable basketball I have seen. Ok, that maybe be a stretch, but still.

      Blogger Alert! I happen to notice that Amir and Kleiza have an A+ where the comment clearly stated otherwise. May there be a room for an accidental mistake?

  • FAQ

    Forget “wins”.. this was just another deevelopment game for the team… which I thought was “jelling” during the first half… and then they melted in the second half.

    But it was a good overall effort by everybody except Lowery who looked sorta “fat” from his layoff, and sorta slow in distributing the ball.  Oh well, what can you expect from a streetballing ballhog……..

  • sandapoal

    Mr Blake i think it’s too quick reaction!you can t say that 47% from the court is horrid inefficienty and then it seemed that Phila’s backcourt make the difference..it’s simple to put the blame always on Bargnani!

  • Mangledfaace

    Want to get drunk fast? Play a drinking game where every time Bargs doesnt box out you take a shot………….22

  • Minks77

    I love Casey, he is the best coach they’ve had in a very long time. I think the squad he’s been given is classic BC. He builds teams like this was hockey with depth being key to his run n gun philosophy. There really aren’t good enough players on this team to dominate for 35+ minutes so the idea is to run everyone out there for ~ 25 minutes (not exact #s just to get the idea) which is not enough for the key guys and too many for the secondary players.

    I’m dying for a 2 for 1 upgrade at the SF trade…

  • Dan

    Pretty Biased Ratings. Andrea shot 47% Demar shot 44%. Yet Andrea was horrid and Demar was pretty efficient. Richardson and Young Abused Demar a lot worse then the bigs Abused Andrea and he had more rebounds. So Andrea Drops from a b- to a d- over 1 shot and because you want to sell the readers on your own personal opinion.

    • Destro

      Dont compare rebounding numbers by bigs to SGs,its an exercise in stupidity…

      Nobody got abused asshole…Nick Young made shots so did J Rich late,most of them were contested….bargnani has one DECENT game of shooting efficiency and yall are crying like bitches…even tho 22 pts on 21 shots is not really efficient at all….

      yall still bitches tho 

      • Lorenzo

        Oh my god man you are so biased how do you expect anyone to take your opinion seriously?? So Bargnani and Calderon were CLEARLY “abused” as you would say, but DeMar certainly absolutely positively did not! Nick Young and Jason Richardson just “made shots”. Yep, just made shots. But when anyone else is defending their man and they’re making shots, they are clearly the ones at fault. Gotcha.

  • NyAlesund

    Murphy

    Stop writing. We can’t take you seriously after this……….

    Lowry was awful down the stretch, no one thing was good, Calderon got torched everytime and DeRozan thought he was Bryant. And all of this guys deserve B grade!!!!!

    The worst was AB!!! Unbiased opinion………….

  • NyAlesund

    Bargnani with A Grade
    12/12 from the fields, 8/8 FT, 20 rebs, 5 steals, 5 assist,4 blocks and the buzzer. Until then we can see from C to D-.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ADFWRNJN3W3MGKNT3L5HPCC7UU DanielR

    Bargnani 
    eFG% = (10 + 2 * .5)  / 21 = .524
    TS% = 22 / (2 * (21 + 2 * .44)) = .503

    DeRozan
    eFG% = (8 + 1 * .5) / 18 = .472
    TS% = 24 / (2 * (21 + 8 * .44)) = .489

    So you had to create another statistical measure to justify why the player with the higher of the eFG% and TS% had an horrid efficiency while the other had decent enough efficiency?

    While I can understand why you hate Bargnani, your new “interpretation” of efficiency is just plain self-serving and stupid.