Toronto Raptors 101 Final Recap | Box Score 117 Houston Rockets
Dominic McGuire, SF 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11The new Michael Curry. Twitter didn’t think him posting up and taking a bad shot early in the shot-clock in the 1st quarter was a good idea, and neither did Casey; dude kept Quincy company on the bench the rest of the game…garbage; wish we had an N/A rating specifically for him.
Andrea Bargnani, C 31 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | -2421 points on 12 shots but only 2 of them came in the 3rd; nothing in the 4th. I liked him going to the rack in the 1st half and making the Houston defense react to him, but the 2nd half was more of the same we saw from him in the Spurs game; if he gave the Raptors anything at all, things might have been different.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -17I’ll look the other way when he shoots the occasional 17 footer if he keeps banging in the paint on both ends. We haven’t had a consistent player who rolls instead of popping after setting a pick since… I can’t remember I’ve seen that consistently from a Raptor, ever. Got caught on a couple defensive rotations like a deer in headlights, but we’re used to that from our bigs.
Kyle Lowry, PG 27 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | -17Guess he wasn’t joking when he said he wasn’t looking forward to this anymore than any other game on the schedule. 7pts 8reb 5ast on 3-10 against your old is just brutal. The rebounding was his only saving grace as he sadly lead the team in that regard.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -16Shot 50% from the field, took good shots and didn’t force the issue. The problem is he didn’t shoot the ball enough and kind of took the back seat to Ross. There was a play in the 2nd quarter where he curled off the high screen, caught the ball, took a dribble and finished like a champ in some traffic. Happy we’re seeing more of this from him this season; always thought he could make a living from that space.
Ed Davis, PF 21 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | 0Continuing his strong, consistent play of late. His hard work in the summer is starting to pay off, but he’s a really boring guy and I’m bored of talking about him.
Amir Johnson, PF 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +8Was present in body only. Grabbed a nice offensive rebound for a put-back +1, but that was his contribution for the night.
Linas Kleiza, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1A wise man once told me that there are two types of slaps: a slap with the backhand means love, the palm means hate; the palm for him. He made even less an impact than McGuire did on the boxscore; two years and about $10 million left on his contract, folks…
Aaron Gray, C 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1White flag; the new Solomon Alabi.
Jose Calderon, PG 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -4A really quiet/standard Jose Calderon-type game: 12 points 7 rebounds. Really quiet and a non-factor.
John Lucas, PG 14 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 PTS | +11Did nothing with the garbage time minutes with the game well out of reach.
Terrence Ross, SG 36 MIN | 9-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -12He played solid defense on Harden (as good as could be expected against an elite offensive player anyways), dropped a career high 19 points in a career high 36 minutes while giving us this redonkulous dunk in transition. Can we start this kid already? The signs are there: minutes = experience = confidence = production
Quincy Acy, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Big donut.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Rockets got any shot they wanted at any time from anywhere on the court. 53% from the field, 50% from behind the arc…they even hit more free throws (16) than the Raptors took (12). This game came down to aggression and execution and the Rockets had that in spades. They set the tone and pace early and never looked back.
  2. Lin and Harden combined for 22 assists to the Raptors 25. To make matters worse, the Raptors were one-and-done on most of their possessions (no ball movement). They shot well for the game, 48%, but this isn’t an offense that can win us games over the course of 82 games.
  3. Kyle Lowry set the tone of sloppy ball protection on the 1st possession of the game and Raptors never recovered. I really don’t understand how he didn’t show up for his homecoming.
  4. This game was over in the 3rd, the fourth was just horrible. Matt Moore hit the nail on the head with this tweet.
  5. Matt Devlin’s Movember moustache made/makes me uncomfortable; can’t wait for December.

  • RapsM

    I hope we don’t play the wizards anytime soon…

    • NyAlesund

       Do not worry. The first meeting is scheduled on 19 of february.

  • BCBargnaniCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Culture change or more of the same?

  • Brandon

    16 today, 15 tomorrow. They’ve definitely turned the corner. All of these young stars are asserting themselves. They’re going to have a spectacular run to the all-star game.

    • Nilanka15

      So glad we won all those meaningless games to end last season.  The “winning culture” is certainly benefiting the group now.  Who needs Damian Lillard?  😐

  • Retardshatebargs

    ….demars rating is generous….costly turnovers.non existent d……blame bargs.

    • Dan

      I still don’t see why so many people think so highly of Demar. He’s not a great shooter and he’s a terrible ball handler and defender. He’s averaging one more point then he did in his second season with the team. He’s also playing three more minutes per game and shooting worse from the field and his per is still below the average NBA player. There are a lot of players on other teams benches that could put up 18 points a game if they were given 37 minutes a night and allowed to shoot as often as they want.

      • what the

        The same goes for AB13 who will be going into his 8 season and is a 1st over all pick and also the leader and franchise player of the toronto raptors, maybe we should trade for Nate Robinson seeing that he is 8ft tall and will pull down more boards and score more than AB13 also play better d than our 7 years, 7ft ,1st overall franchise player/floor spreader  

    • Nilanka15

      Let’s see if you can post anything from now on without mentioning your boy toy.

      Regardless, I agree with the 1st part of your post.  Despite a couple of decent games following his extension, DeMar still hasn’t proven that he’s worthy of his new contract.  The kid still can’t shoot (based on his awful catapulting mechanics, probably never well), and is a mediocre defender at best.  And I’m not going to give him props for improving his handles, because after 3 years, it’s FINALLY where it should’ve been 3 years ago.

      • WHAT THE

        Liston to Gary Mitt R. Forbs and his flip flop you just never know which Nilanka/Mitt your going get. MITT demar was raw when he was drafted and i watch him grow did you? i’m not sure if you are a Mitt or Rush may be ANN COULTER

        • Nilanka15

          cesco : Bargnani = what the : DeRozan

          Fanboys unite!!!

          • WHAT THE

            Nilanka:Gary Forbs where is your boy is he still in the nba?

  • Jamshid

    2nd game in a row in which Big Val had struggled with his rebound ( 3 in the first 1 quarter). Casey should be on him about this … We don’t need to develop another AB. He should know that his main job start and finished with defence and rebounding. Nothing less should be acceptable.Lets not forget my main man Amir Johnson :). One  good and then taking next 3-4 games off :) Lets face it, he is ONLY getting paid 6 million. The heart and soul of the team !! The hustle man, The energy, Blue colour, fan favourite and … time to wake up and Smell the coffee Herd. This should be a lesson to fans to not hype up a player when he clearly lacks the fundamental IQ and talent to be a starter caliber NBA player.It is also time to trade AB. Casey and BC should try to raise his value in next few games and give show case his talent. Fan base is against AB and it is not healthy for the team to go forward in this environment.As far as sacking BC goes, the damage is DONE already. Changing him now will not fix anything. The new GM has no way of improving this team and any rebuild will take longer time. To his credit, he has been good in moving BAD contracts. Lets give him till the end of the year and see what he can do …I am against sacking Casey now. This will ONLY bring instability to this team and hamper the development of Big Val and Ross this season. We had 2 coaches already in span of 6 years. We need some stability on the coaching front. Positive was the play of Ross. I really like to see this line up on the floor:Lowry RossEd  BigBal DDwith AB coming off the bench as the first big. Who knows maybe he shines as a 6th man and many teams are willing to pay for a good 6th man off the bench with price tag of 10 million.We will lose tomorrow night to MEM as well but that should not change the course of the season. We all knew this team will not compete and there is no need to panic now.

    • Theswirsky

      JVs occassional rebounding struggles is significantly different than Bargnani’s.  Right now its a lack of strength and experience.  Bargnani’s was, and continues to be, effort and desire. 

      Jonas is sitting on a solid 15% TREB%.  For Comparison Bargnani’s was 9.2%  in his rookie year (9.5% for his career), Bosh was 12.8% (14.6% for his career)

      I’m not worried about Jonas.  Double digit rebounding will be the norm for him by next year or the year after.

      • Jamshid

        I really hope you are right and he prove to be solid rebounder and defender.

        • rapTors

          that’s what I’ve been telling you dumbass but you don’t seem to get it. JV is nothing like Bargs

    • cb

       please stop posting.

  • Lopez10

    Just fire this Casey clown, start Lowry DD TRoss bargnani…..I guess and JV and we can start making moves

    • Dan

       What moves are you expecting. Jose is not going to get you an all star. This team is tied for 2nd worst team in the NBA. The other team is cleveland who is missing Irving who is one of the better pg’s and the wizards who have not had JOhn wall all year. This team if they keep it up are going to be the worst. They need to finish the rebuilding that was never really given enough time to happen. Trade Andrea, Jose and Demar and get whatever you can for a player like Kleiza and decide between Amir and Ed which you like better and get rid of the other one. JV right now is the only person that shouldn’t be on the trade block. Everyone else should be if gets you a better player. This team needs well rounded basketball players that can play offense and defense. BC is the problem. He doesn’t understand how to build a team and he has no Jason Kidd or steve Nash to bail him out anymore.

      • NyAlesund

         The worst thing is going to happen with the new Lowry’s deal. Another bad contract after JC, AB, LF and DD.

        I can’t understand why after an offer sheet to Nash, BC decided for Lowry that is the antithetic to him. You have Calderon, perfect point guard with D issue (would be great in the second unit), and instead of taking another like him with defensive talent he takes Lowry.

        18 mln for Fields? Idiotic

        38 mln for DeRozan when you pick the shooter Ross!!!!

        Amir, Davis, Valanciunas, Bargnani and Gray. Too many.

    • Nilanka15

      “We can’t start Ross!!!  He’s too small, fragile, and it will ruin his confidence!!!

      Sincerely,

      p00ka”

      • p00ka

        LOL, is this really Nilanka having one of her little snits, looking desperately for some sense of winning, after being owned lately, or someone posing as her PMS self? LOL, pathetic or funny. I’ll go with the desperately laughable, lmfao

        PS. If you’re going to quote, at least try and quote accurately, with a little context, tight panty one.

        • Nilanka15

          Owned lately?  By who, you?

          C’mon, if you’re going to make stuff up, at least try and make it believable…

  • Retardshatebargs

     The absolute lack of talent at small forward is an albatross that must be addressed…….but hey,blame bargs.

    • Jamshid

      We have LF at 6 million + LK at 4 million for total of 10 million and we still getting ZIP from that position !!! Is it really that hard to get a SF in this league ??!!!

    • Sam Holako

      The convenient part about blaming Bargs is the implied blame levied at Colangelo. The Raptors problems are bigger than any one player; even if he’s Bargnani.

      • Dan

         The only worse team is the wizards and they have been without Wall and Nene all season. Bryan is the first one that needs to go.

  • Fresh_Prints

    To be fair in the grading system, I don’t think a player should get an “F” if they don’t see the floor. It should be graded an “incomplete”

    • Dan

       Grey played one minute and still managed two rebounds. How is that an f

  • Phat AlberG

    The problem with Raptors is simple!  They don’t know how to draft & develop players.  There coaching staff is brutal and Dwane Casey is a terrible coach. Byran is just a big talker who’s living off his daddy coat tails. He doesn’t know shit about ball, only thing he cares about is those stupid suits he wears.

  • http://www.facebook.com/skiele Francesco Grigori Di Bene

    the raptors are tanking, bargnani is having a huge offensive night and in the second half he’s constantly ignored by his team-mates, and finishes with just 3 attempts in the half. but offcourse it’s his fault.

  • FAQ

    This was an entertaining deevelopmental game by the Raptor boyz…. lots of scoring for the t.h.f.’s and no boring defense.  Sometimes I thot that Casey’s new strategy is to let the opponent team tire themselves out by scoring so much.  It almost worked in the late 4th quarter when the Raps closed the gap to 13 points, I think.  But who was looking at the score when both offensive games were spinning so successfully.

    (p.s. Please, and furthermore, let’s not talk about ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ because it’s it’s irrelevant for a deeveloping team striving to jell later in the season. Thx.)

  • rapTors

    Terrence Ross is one of the reasons DeMars contract is a joke. He makes DeMar redundant

    • Dan

      Ross does look like he is going to be a good player when he starts looking to do more rather then fit in. Same could be said for mcguire making Kleiza’s contract look like a joke. You pay a guy 4 million to give the same production as a guy you pay the minimum.

  • NyAlesund

    Awful game. No D, no playmaking, no good offense and worst we gave the Rockets all the possibility to do whatever they wanted.

    Lowry is a gambler. I can’t stand him but obviously he is going to have a big deal with a lot of money. 36% from the field after he came back. The worst thing is not the percentage, can happen, but the fact he doesn’t connect with his teammates. Bargs positive offensively had only three shots in the last two quarters totally ignored. Is this normal? I don’t know expecially when except Ross nobody was giving a big support.

    The worst thing is the fact that this team seems to play in total anarchy, with no comunication. It apperas to me that they are playing watching their stats, how if they felt this season is just over.
    I hope that is a bad thought.

    Casey
    He is in trouble. Good guy but now he is coaching really bad.

  • Ppellico

    So…how is it you do what you do?

    You give an “F” to Gray because the coach refuses to play him. Are you suggesting Gray stand in front of Casey on the floor until he gets noticed and put in? Are you promoting this type of player? Do you want him to say something in the papers about not playing? To complain openly?

    Or do YOU know something we don’t? Have you been to the practices and KNOW the real truth here?

    I mean, what exactly are you using as a reason?  How exactly does your brain sort out what is happening as you proceed through the city each day?

    Do you often place blame on those around you who were absent from your life?
    They are at fault simpy because they aren’t there for you when you sucked that day?

    Your….oh, look…I am just gonna enjoy the day and try to forget there are those like you walking around pissing on everybody.

  • Nilanka15

    “Stop whining, you fkn whiney bitches!  This team will be AWESOME come January.  Casey knows what he’s doing! 

    Sincerely,

    p00ka”

    • p00ka

      hahahahahahahahahaha, another one, lmfao

      LOL, is this really Nilanka having one of her little snits, looking
      desperately for some sense of winning, after being owned lately, or
      someone posing as her PMS self? LOL, pathetic or funny. I’ll go with the
      desperately laughable, lmfao

      PS. If you’re going to quote, at least try and quote accurately, with a little context, tight panty one.

  • aaron

    The raps have two monster weaknesses.   The small forward spot might be the worst small forward position in the history of the nba.  Half the games have been donuts and they don’t get great defense or rebounding out of that position.  Someone please look up what our production has been so far this year from that spot?
         Secondly our team defense might be the worst I’ve ever seen.   Andrea is lost,  Lowry is constantly out of position because he cheats,  demar rarely rotates and is a terrible one on one defender,  Mc guire isn’t smart enough to be a good team defender,  JV over hustles and is too weak.  Casey needs to start getting into the heads of his players on defense.
         MOst of the issues with the roster are due to BC’s impatients.  Too often BC gets fed up with players (besides bargs) and does lateral movements that make the team worse.  Couple examples he lets humprhies walk and replaces him with AMir Johnson (lateral movement down),  last year we had johnson at small forward this year we have LF and Mcguire another lateral movement.  Lowry was a little upgrade over Bayless but last year we got the same production out of cald.  and bayless  as were getting out of lowry and cald..    But we gave up a first round pick to have the same production as we had last year.  
         IN conclusion we have the same problems as the leafs are GM never lets the team get enough talent before they start over tinkering.

  • p00ka

    What a pathetic bunch of children. Lowry was the worst player on the court last night, at both ends, the entire team played shit defense, but the obsessed kiddie throng can only talk of Bargnani. Can there be this many people in Toronto with such low IQs, and they all gather here?

  • FAQ

    Kyle Lowery… when he scores he’s a fanboy hero… when he tanks, he’s a goat … let’s pray that Jose isn’t injured this season because leaving the PG position to Lowery and Lucas is Ludicrous…!!!