Toronto Raptors 99 Final

Recap | Box Score

131 Utah Jazz
Andrea Bargnani, C 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | -20Efficient offensively, grabbed 8 hours but got hung out to dry a few times (no one rotates on this team, ever) on the high pick and roll with Millsap; who burned him time and again. Now, one could argue he was overplaying, but how many times is Bargnani going to OVERPLAY on defense in a game?
Jonas Valanciunas, C 20 MIN | 1-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -24Battled in the paint and on the glass; didn’t translate into a fancy boxscore, but the effort was there. Kid needs a few more post-plays called for him a game…meh…who cares…
Kyle Lowry, PG 29 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -11Wasn’t taking good shots, or making them, but got to the line a few times and helped across the board until he went down and I lost interest in the game.
Mickael Pietrus, SG 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -21How have we been deprived at the three all these years; already the best small forward the Raptors have had since Garbajosa. Not sure if that’s a compliment to Mickael or a slight to Colangelo…probably both, but more slight than compliment.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -21Getting to the rack, to the line and making a difference. He’s so hard to stop when he’s slashing to the rack. Why jah, why doesn’t he attack the rim 8-12 times a game? I guess this is the difference between a guy making DeRozan money and a guy making Harden money.
Ed Davis, PF 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -12It took him almost breaking his fingers for me to notice he put in 10 minutes of work on the court. Dude was invisible.
Amir Johnson, PF 19 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6Millsap and Kanter are running a train on your team and you can only manage to land 19 minutes with Ed Davis getting x-rays? Yes, he did some nice things in the 1st half when he got some time, but what happened in the 3rd quarter? Let me answer that for you: squat. Didn’t get the minutes, didn’t earn the minutes…what’s the difference?
Linas Kleiza, SF 6 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -2The sad part is that Jose’s expiring, or Bargnani coming off the bench aren’t valuable enough chips to take Kleiza back in a trade; for anything. I bet you the Wizards don’t take him if we offered him and Bargnani for Okafor and Ariza.
Aaron Gray, C 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3Casey gave him a 4 minute birthday present; 5 minutes too long.
Jose Calderon, PG 24 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | -22Randy Foye outplayed him (and John Lucas, combined) tonight; that’s all you need to know.
John Lucas, PG 12 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -9Produced as much as Jose in half the minutes; no one runs the 3rd squad like Lucas does, noooooooobody.
Terrence Ross, SG 19 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -21After a solid first half where you couldn’t help but be impressed with his smarts, hustle and demeanour, Casey somehow couldn’t manage to find him more than 19 minutes in a game that was out of reach before Jose handed out Gatorade in the locker-room. I just don’t get NBA management/coaching: players who should be hog tied and beaten get the keys to the kingdom, yet players who work their ass off but need more time sit on the bench.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Jamaal Tinsley is still alive and playing in the NBA.
  2. Randy Foye and Marvin Friggin’ Williams combined for 27 points (6-11 3FG). I had to turn the game off in the 3rd quarter because I couldn’t deal with Utah nailing open threes after passing the ball around 5 times in a row on one possession….Randy Foye…
  3. This was the worst game I’ve watched in a long time….50 points in the paint, 31 assists, 13-23 from behind the arc…the only thing they did wrong was turn the ball over 11 times, which is damn good, but somehow managed to only allow 8 points off those turnovers; just outclassed, the Jazz embarrassed the Raptors; I’m done here….

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  • Brandon

    Tremendous, spectacular win for the Raps. They’re on cruise control right now, blowing out team after team. BC should be promoted to VP in charge of the entire MLSE empire, and while you’re at it, give him control of the Jays too.

    It doesn’t get any better than this.

    • what the

      The Raptors only won this game by 7 points but it should have by 12 there were a lot of calls that were missed by the reffs .

      • Brandon

        Yeah, “contact — no call”.

        • unknown guest

          No blood, no foul/

    • Lorenzo

       Don’t ever stop

    • ad

       BC wouldnt like to be in charge of the jays. Theyre too talented. He wouldnt know what to do with himself.

      • unknown guest

        I bet he still gets picked up if/when he leaves here.

  • Boshrawr

    Ay not sure what’s up with the hatred for Randy Foye…got dude on my fantasy team, he’s top 10 in the league in 3’s per game. On another note, don’t really understand how we have Europeans on the team and don’t play European style basketball? Anybody take in the game where Pop benched all his guys? That was ball movement at its finest. Whatever happened to making the extra pass? There was one play where Barg got the ball at the top of the arc and JL was wide open in the corner, dude didn’t even give him a look. It’s ironic that the raptors were getting burned by the very thing i speak of. They were killing us on our defensive rotations with that extra pass and got a wide open three every time. We have ball stoppers at every position pretty much. Upset in Lob City anyone?

  • tom

    if casey doesn’t get fired after this game then something is seriously wrong

    • tmk

      I honestly don’t know who to blame anymore at this point. Although I do think that Casey does deserve some blame, even if it was actually 100% his fault (which it isn’t), I can’t see BC firing him. Firing the third coach??? That looks so terrible and basically, after 3 coaches, the coach cannot be used as the scapegoat anymore. 

  • FAQ

    ouch…. was that a deevelopment or deestruction game..??!!!

    Looks like it’s every man for himself now… since trade rumours are flying around.

    Is it too soon to blow up this team because it seems they are not jelling whatsoever?

    • tmk

      Sometimes I honestly believe that no matter what player you get in here they will somehow be sucked into this suckage. You need to blow it up hard…no survivors (maybe Lowry and JV stay)…that’s the only way.

      • Danny De Vito

        (maybe Lowry…….

        you mean Mike James aka hero ball aka gangsta’ aka mtfkr I m  PG, aka d u know wat i mean ?

        Elevated to best player by this mob called RR . Ha ha ha !

        • tmk

          I’m a bit conflicted with Lowry, but I think we need to give him more time before we start calling him Mike James. I do agree that his ‘hero ball’ tendencies are irritating but in my opinion he’s still our best player. 

  • vino


    • Sinatras

          my thoughts exactly!!!!!!

  • tmk

    I think this is the point in which BC snaps and does some sort of trade. Things should be interesting the next few weeks.

    • Copywryter

      I hope this is the point at which MLSE brass snap and trade BC. 

      • tmk

        haha, well that would be my first wish, but if it doesn’t happen I’d at least be entertained watching BC desperately trade/sign/fire/whatever in order to keep his job. This team is going nowhere and not much fun to watch anyway so that would be my source of entertainment.

  • Rob

    Raptors 4-16, reppin Toronto’s area code. Think they’ll rep Toronto’s second area code 647 (6-47)?

    • arsenalist

      ROTD right here.

    • FAQ

      Raps are on track with my prediction of 9 straight losses until they play Detroit in the ACC in mid-December.  If they don’t beat Detroit… I’m wrong …. again ….. *

      • arsenalist

        You got them losing in Cleveland, eh?  I think they got a chance there.

    • p00ka

      LOL, that would be quite a feat. Ya mean we might have something to cheer for after all?

    • mobchester

      lmaooo what a fool

  • RapsM

    Fs all around…

  • Copywryter

    We have switched from suck to blow.

    We are only a few pieces away….from Jenga.

    Can you fashion a noose out of a basketball net?

    • Matt52

       Jenga line is gold.

  • j bean

    Can it get any worse? Everyone is embarrassed from ownership to the fans and the top guy in charge is doing what about it?

  • RapsM

    Didn’t think this could get any worse, but i underestimated this team’s ability to make games completely unwatchable.

  • Dbobb28

    You can tell the players have quit on Casey. I have never seen so many open threes in an NBA game. They are not playing hard on defence and time and time again, you see very poor body language in pursuing a player driving or shooting. Lowry is playing me ball. These guys have tuned Casey out. What happened to that terrific defence of last year? This is the 12th game (out of 20 ) that the Raps have given up a 100 or more points.

    • Nilanka

      Thank goodness for the “winning culture” we developed last year instead of tanking properly.

      • Matt52


        I feel like such a sucka.

  • nba_socrates

    Last years team is way better, but offcourse the clown of a gm and the coach had to break it up. This team suck, and we would have been better of with Bayless than Lowry who ive said is a cancer and a bad influence in the locker room. We could also have traded Calderon and if all failed this year could have broken up the team with more cap space and made some moves.Its still failed and we have less room to maneuver. Also a nice contract for our underachieving bum Derozan 

  • NyAlesund

    Please FIRE CASEY!!!!!!

    This team is no longer in his hands. Everyone is playing alone, no comunications, the rotations are awful, we saw AB double on the arc and felt asleep instead come back to the rim to box out Kanter, we saw Lowry left the pg alone in the arc for an easy open shot, we saw DD unable to contain nobody after a single dribble, we saw three men guarding two opponents (why???) and worst no recognition about what happening on the floor.

    We had AB on the floor guards by Carroll or Millsap and no one post up play for him, after a technical foul Lowry lost the control of his mind, penetrating, and taking shot without sense, and worst CASEY didn’t do nothing to change this.

    I can’t believe how this team is falling into pieces, playing awfully in every part of the game. The Jazz without two bigs moved the ball efficienly finding easy shots, from behind the arc and inside. We saw them communicate, rotate, doing whatever necessary to win and us instead a disaster.

    FIRE CASEY. It is unbelievable after 20 games to see this guys playing like they would have never played together, probably a D-League team would play better then us and worst  I don’t see a bright future or improvements.

    For me, BC has to take a REAL COACH, someone with experience and give him whole the tools to manage the team. It means evaluate in 15/20 games, before the All Star Game who deserves to stay in Toronto and who not.

    I am thinking Sloan…………for example.

    • Nilanka

      Do you honestly trust BC to make any move that helps the Raptors? He’d be the last person I’d want searching for Casey’s replacement.

    • Nilanka

      And if you’re Jerry Sloan, is there enough money in the world to convince you to coach this mess?

      • NyAlesund

        This team needs something. Casey is not coaching well. The team is playing really bad game by game. When this happens it means that the relationship between the guys and the coaching staff is gone.

        You can convince Sloan only if you give him time and power to do whatever is necessery to solve this mess. I think he could accept the challenge.

        I don’t want to see the same miskate we have done with Triano. It’s time to change.

  • Valit

    Nobody should get more than a D after last night. The players ( because this isnt a team) are beaten physically, mentally, psychologically and they totally tuned out their coach. FOR ONCE, please no more stats to prove that player X is better than Y, no more chasing out of town of so and so; we cant trade the whole roster  ( or maybe even parts) so these are the actors who are finishing the show. We should  get behind them or choose another forum to spew the venom. Oh, how I wish the MLSE or NBA will permit the fans to come and create a real sporting atmosphere  ( Turkish stadiums comes to mind…lol) and not that corporate BS. 
    If Colangelo is a man of honour, he should call a press conference and answer truthfully all the questions so we can find out all the crap behind the scenes. You cant tell me that after playing a passable defense last year ( with Jose and AB of all people) bringing KL ( borderline all star in many of your opinions) and JV to anchor the defense, we are worse than last year without somebody or something to be a ” poison pill”. It seems to me , the guys have to go back to the drawing boards and start with ABC from last year. Meanwhile, let them party, have fun because it’s obvious that basketball is not on their mind. 

    I agree with whomever said, that once for all, YOU ( as an organization) should decide what kind of basketball you wanna play and only after that bring in players that will be willing to adapt to your desired style. Right now, it’s everybody for himself and that IS NOT the players fault but the fault of the tall brass.

  • Nilanka

    Don’t worry guys, the 2006-07 team started just 2-8 and still managed to win the Atlantic. We’re right where we wanna be….

    I’d kill for 2-8 right now….

  • johnnys

    Any chance this mess has already ruined JV? Oh well, I guess they will never know what they already had. Keep going to the games, if it’s what you wanna see.

  • FAQ

    Who is no longer a Raptor “fan”…??!!!

    • Bob

      are you