Toronto Raptors 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Portland Trail Blazers
Andrea Bargnani, C 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3In fairness, this should probably be an incomplete – but pre-injury he was jacking up shots in typical Bargnani fashion and contributed to the Raptors’ dismal start. That said, he was the only Raptor who played passable man D on Aldridge, and it’s never good to see a player injured, so hopefully it’s not serious.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 34 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -14Jack Armstrong made a salient point (I know – it was a weird night) when he said that Jonas “wants to play hard all the time, but doesn’t know how yet,” and that was particularly evident during tonight’s game. He was torched on D (partly due to Aldridge, partly due to overcommitting on help defence, and partly due to fatigue) and found himself in routinely bad rebounding positions, but never stopped working, even when the game got comical in the later stages. He’s clearly exhausted, but he can’t bring himself to slow down, and that unbreakable will gets no worse than a C, in my books.
Kyle Lowry, PG 17 MIN | 0-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 PTS | +2Again, I hope he’s not seriously hurt. But, like most of the Raptors, he made a lot of bad decisions with the ball when he was in – when he wasn’t forcing up long jump shots, he was barreling to the rim, which ultimately led to his injury. Also had major issues guarding Nolan Smith, which is unacceptable for someone known as a solid man defender.
Mickael Pietrus, SG 38 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -8Made some good decisions with the ball early, posting up an overmatched Will Barton for a couple easy scores, but looked for his shot too often down the stretch and was the subject of a demoralizing Aldridge block for good measure. Not his best performance, but if we’re expecting anything more than this from him, there’s a(nother) problem.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 43 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | -11I felt bad for DeMar at the end of this game. Clearly feeling the strain of multiple 40+ minute games and carrying his team offensively through big stretches, his exhausted legs just wouldn’t let him bring the Raps back one last time. Mixed up his offensive game nicely and in addition to his regular adventures at the rim was the Raptors’ strongest mid-range shooter on the night – a testament to his maturation as an offensive player, as well as the unbelievable ugliness of this game.
Ed Davis, PF 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 8-8 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -19Was physically outmatched by Aldridge, but still battled him in the post on both ends and actually had comparable stats to him after the first half. The only Raptor besides DeMar who was able to get into the lane with any effectiveness, and was the Raps’ best player until he was inexplicably sat by Casey through most of the second half. Note to the Raps’ coaching staff: if the game’s over after three, those extra two fouls don’t really mean a thing. I almost feel bad for mentioning this because he did have a really solid night, but he was posterized by Luke Babbitt late during Portland’s dunk-fest in the fourth, which is notable just for its ridiculousness factor.
Amir Johnson, PF 10 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -9The Raps could have used his size on Aldridge in the fourth, but, alas, sometimes you just have to fight a referee over a dead ball and throw your mouthpiece at him. Strangely, though, it fit perfectly in the narrative for this gong-show of a game.
Aaron Gray, C 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3Maybe my post third quarter “Aaron Gray for MVP” tweets were a bit premature, but he came in after Amir’s rejection and was the best version of Aaron Gray we could expect, drawing charges, “running” the floor, and finishing the slowest reverse layup I’ve ever seen. Godspeed, Aaron Gray. Godspeed.
Jose Calderon, PG 32 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -20Was actually reasonably efficient on offense when he looked for his own shot, but continued to make some poor decisions with the ball, throwing a lazy, unforced pass to DeMar in the third that was three feet over his head. Only one turnover, but as a distributor I hold him to a high standard because he’s proven he can play up to it. That said, he’s looked distracted these last few games, but had a reasonable offensive performance tonight (and showed some nice chemistry with Davis late). Was literally the only Raptor shooter I felt remotely comfortable with shooting the ball outside of 15 feet.
John Lucas, PG 12 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -16That’s a lot of zeroes in a box score line.
Terrence Ross, SG 13 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1Another rough night for Ross, who seemed to be trying a bit too hard early to get himself going, which led to a case of “Bargnani-itis” and the wasted possessions that come with it. Drove through the lane with ease in garbage time in the fourth, which makes you wonder why he didn’t try that when the game was still in reach.

Five Things We Saw

  1. A lot of ugly, ugly shots early. Decimated by injuries, Portland was in a major funk to start the game, and you had a feeling that any offensive pressure at all by the Raps could put this one to bed early. Instead, the Raptors wasted possession after possession by jacking up long-range bombs early in the shot clock, missing almost all of them, and allowing Portland time to establish themselves in the post, where they proceeded to kill the Raptors for the rest of the night.
  2. Put any inclinations to bed that you may have still had about this team having the potential to return to their impressive defensive numbers from last season. The Blazers, featuring LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, JJ Hickson, and a bunch of players that on paper had little business getting minutes in an NBA game, continually drove the lane, torching the Raptors on play after play and eventually just tossing alley-oops for what seemed like the entire fourth quarter. I understand that there’s fatigue issues at the end of a long road trip, and the team dealt with injuries and an ejection, but when you can’t put up any resistance at all against guys like Sasha Pavlovic and Luke Babbitt inside, there are far bigger issues at play.
  3. How’s this for a stat: Portland went 0 for 20 from behind the arc – and still won by 18. That basically tells you everything you need to know about how unwatchable this game was from a Raptors’ standpoint. Truly one of the ugliest games of the season, certainly for the Raptors, but quite possibly in the entire Association.
  4. I hope Ed Davis enjoyed his extended minutes tonight, because with Andrea injured and Amir facing a suspension, he’s going to see a lot of them on Wednesday night. The bright side? We finally get to see some extended time of a Jonas/ED front line. The downside? Guess who’s the first big off the bench? That’s right folks, it’s Aaron Gray!
  5. Let’s do our best to end this on a positive: the road trip from Hell has finally ended. The Raps head back home to the ACC for 13 of their next 19, starting with Wednesday’s tilt against the Nets. It’s hard to see how things could get any worse, so let’s just go glass half-full and say they’re bound to get better. Somewhere, over the rainbow…

  • Dbobb28

    Amir Johnson is a strange guy as is and every game I see him make it a priority to handle the ball after a player shoots their first free throw. Today an official didn’t want to hand him the ball and he reacted like a child. At the end of all this, Amir will be facing a suspension for throwing his mouthpiece at an official. The players have tuned out Casey and now the lack of discipline is showing. Who gets fired first, Casey or Colangelo?
       Now that AB is injured, the trade talk will die down for a bit until he is healthy again. Then we get to hear and watch how much BC won’t give him up. I swear that BC wouldn’t give this dude up for Lebron. I know it sounds crazy but the loyalty is brutal.
      Portland went 0 for 20 from 3 point land and we still lost by 18. What does that tell you? 

    • pran

      I feel bad for amir, he was definitely wrong to get frustrated over something so stupid. Am I a bad person b/c I felt a little relieved when bargnani hit the floor hard, I really didn’t like him taking so many minutes from ed davis.

      • morons

        Ya and what happened retard? the team still got blown out, but blame it on Bargs because if he were playing we would have lost by 60 points. blame him for lowry’s injury, blame him for amir getting ejected, blame him for derozans crappy D…if he weren’t on this team their record would be 18-4 not 4-18 right morons? blame bargnani the cause of all this teams problems. Idiots

        • Phil

          cool it down there, shooter mcgavin.

        • Phil

          honesty though- and you can’t deny it- bargs has been awful this season. dude is at his worst. i want him to do well, but the hard truth is that he goes against everything this team’s been trying to do over the past two seasons. don’t be a bitch about it, because the stats don’t lie.

          • FAQ

            …mebe he wants to be traded.. or even amnestied… cause depression demotivates… ya think???

            • unknown guest

              demotivates from what? think ya?

              • FAQ

                …from the Raptors..!!

                On hoopshype, USA Today reports that Jose has asked to be traded, and BC is dangling Bargs as trade bait.

                Sounds like a case of clinical depression.. for the t.h.f.’s too ….!

                • p00ka

                  Rumour mongering lies about Jose. Where does it say he asked to be traded? Is there a single quote from anybody to indicate that USA Today thing is anything more than some clueless wannabe journalist drumming up old summer time babble? Only a lonely, pathetic loser would spread this shit.

        • Paul

          No one is saying this team is good without Bargniani. It’s just painfully obvious that we’re worse with him at the moment. The stats say it, the eye ball test says it, hell, so do the dispositions of his teammates every team he jacks a trey with 18 seconds left on the clock. If you can’t see this, maybe you’re retarded..

          • Paul

             *time

      • Phil

        not a bad person. as mentioned in the article, big ed will get th start/more minutes and we really have nothing to lose- really looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the table with more time on the court

      • NyAlesund

        You are right.
        Now he can all the minutes…………..to show his talent……………yes for sure………………………..the franchise player…………

      • NyAlesund

         You felt a little relieved when Bargnani hit the floor hard…………How poor person are you?

        Did you prefer that AB has broken his elbow or even worst?

        OMG.

        Now we can see your hero taking his minutes.

  • Destro

    The slander thats going on around the league with this team is beautiful..it mean its embarrasing sure but its definitely shedding light on how bad this roster is and some of the individual parts….As i stated in the other thread its funny how BC says its the rookies and talents here THEN you click on espn.com and Hollinger is telling everyone its bargnani….HA !

    • morons

      I bet it makes you all wet

      • p00ka_is_a_fish

        makes me wet, bro i’m oozing

  • Jamshid

    The injuries to AB and Lowry were unfortunate because with those two in the line up and Portland missing 2 of its starter this was a winnable game. Oh well, I guess injuries are part of the game. 
    Ed will have a great opportunity to show case what he got now. We will be at home and he will get his minutes. If he does not shine, he only has himself to blame. This is his time to shine and show what he got.
    I hope we choose to rest AB and Lowry till they are ready. Fileds needs to come back soon so we can see what we have with him as well.

  • Creebrave

    Couple things i noticed at the game

    I’m thinking that the injury to Bargs is more serious than it looked. My son and I were at the game and after the fall he didn’t come back to the bench at all and at the end of the third quarter Colangelo was actually sitting on the bench having a serious discussion with the trainer that we brought over from the Lakers. 10-15 minutes or so long.

    Lowry’s right tricep was visibly swelled up and even though he stayed in uniform you could tell he couldn’t lift that arm very high when he was sitting on the bench in the second half and moving around during timeouts.

    Big thanks to Devlin for coming over to say to my son and I. We were sitting behind the Raptor bench in our jerseys and he made his way over to say hi to my son during the warmups.

  • Entertheziggy

    Casey is losing his team, he’s not a leader.

    For example, last year, we would have seen him yelling plays, getting into the game from the sideline, almost as of he was the sixth man on the court, this year nothing. He sits there and makes terrible subs, sets up the worst offensive plays, plays John Lucas, waits for the opposing team to go up by 20 before calling a timeout. It’s all just excruciating.

    • Entertheziggy

      Also, I’m glad Amir reacted the way he did, he has every right too, god bless him, he’s on the court trying to make it happen in a confused system.

      • FAQ

        Amir has some kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder where he has to massage the ball after each free throw… kinky sick, wouldn’t ya say??

        (One of the guys on our high school team had a silly habit of manipulating his crotch because he was so excited … until the coach yelled out “Stop playing with yourself!!!”… no it wasn’t me, I was riding the bench.)

        Also, I’m sick and tired of watching the free throw shooter getting low fives after each attempt… reeks of high school insecurity or even male massaging… yuk… stop it because it’s a waste of time.

        • 2damkule

          s’matter, having trouble sorting out your feeeeelings?

          • FAQ

            Obviously, I’ve hit a nerve with you t.h.f.’s… LOL

      • The Truth

        Why does he have every right to? The ball fell to the referee and Amir tries to take it so he can massage it before it’s given to the shooter. Why is that kind of delay of game a “right”.

        Ejection was an over-reaction by the referee but Amir then proceeded to over-react himself by throwing the mouthguard which is the main reason he is now facing an almost inevitable suspension.

    • FAQ

      If the players don’t have the IQ “focus” to run plays, no use shouting because it only confuses them more.

        At the start of the game, watching the first several possessions, their plays broke up immediately and they were left scrambling for lousy results.  Low IQ plus sloppy playmaking are the only explanations.

  • FAQ

    Our beaten and battered TRaps are returning home, defeated and depleted.  Inflicted with wounds, scars and losses, they deserve a rest and the hometown squeeze.

    Mild mannered Amir lost his cool and dissed the ref, got thrown out and then threw his mouthguard at the ref.  Stern will prolly stomp on poor Amir with a heavy fine, like $25K plus a 5 game suspension, just to make an example of him.

    Now that Bargs shooting elbow is injured, trading him will be problematic… and Kyle got a shoulder booboo (he didn’t want to play anyway).

    ED and Amir are nothing players… Bargs is totally demoralized after 6 years of frustration… Jose keeps his professional demeanour… JonasV is a bright light… DeMar is prolly hoping he gets traded too by playing to a higher level… not much else left.   Surely, as I mentioned before, this has got to be the worst TRap team ever. Re-rebuild time …!!!

    So far so good on my prediction, but I may have to alter my 1-9 prediction after watching some of the Piston-Sixer game… cause I figured the TRaps would beat the Pistons at the ACC… but I can’t be certain now.  Oh well… nice to see other NBA games.

    Btw… during the game, Jack Armstrong remarked: “Raptors left sucking lemons!!!”  WOW

    Happy Hanukkah….. and good luck spinning your dreidel ….LOL

    • Scottbbaird

      Lowry’s shoulder hurt BECAUSE he didn’t feel like playing. Classic psychosomatic escape strategy.

    • what the

      FAQ we can blame Lowry the street baller/ball hog/hero ball for this lost, we can also blame him for AJ beening ejected and for AB13 injury yes we can blame him for not putting tha bal in tha hol. 

      • Nilanka15

        English, muthafucka.  Do you speak it?

        • what the

          dats wat ya mama said when she got slapped with a big dic

          • what the

            @ NILANKA:yah i was trying to say to her in english who’s u daddy but she kept on saying what you just said .

          • Nilanka15

            Mamma jokes?  This ain’t 1993.

      • FAQ

        sorry, whack the…… I’m not assigning blame for the losses to any one player so why are you so sensitive to my comments … mancrush on Kyle perchance..??!!!

        • what the

          man crush for every raptor player other than Dribbles and AB13

          • FAQ

            Dribbles has asked to be traded and AB13 is being dangled as trade bait… according to USA Today, on hoopshype.

            I guess that makes your day….!

            • what the

              like Clint Eastwood…some of us raptors fan felt like we were talking to an empty chair but it looks like the chair is talking back. we can kill two birds with one stone (bad and ugly)

            • p00ka

              Lie. Zero evidence, or quote from anybody, about Jose asking to be traded.

  • et-man

    Garrett are you for real? Bargnani plays 8 minutes, is 1 for 3 and gets 2 rebounds and the best you can do is say he was jacking up shots and give him a D. He got hurt and lets just leave it at that.  

    This just proves to me that the irrational hate for Bargnani is reaching new levels. Pietrus shoots 3 for 13 and gets a C-. No mention of Pietrus jacking up shots. Garrett your assessment is ridiculous. Your comments don’t help the cause at all and add fuel to the fire for no reason.  Already the first post is bashing Bargnani. I swear, if he wasn’t playing at all he would still get the blame for the loss.

    Jonas played really hard to get difficult rebounds and you gave him a C and yet you rewarded Davis for his hard work with an A and he had one of the worst plus minuses on the team. He played hard but can’t cover anyone. At the same time I can’t understand why Casey left Ross on the floor for extended periods and let Davis sit on the bench. 

    The bottom line is we still lost the game by a wide margin. 

    Let the bashing continue.

    • 34567

      Hey, so i guess you actually watched the game and understand the concept of objectivity? Nice to meet you.

    • Garrett Hinchey

      I also gave Bargs props for his man D on Aldridge – not sure what you want from me here. I’m giving out fake grades, there’s not much of a difference between a D and a C minus, and I even said that Bargs’ grade should probably be an incomplete. 

      Jonas had some issues on D and has a lot of his stats in garbage time. Ed got all his work done when the game was actually within reach, and then was inexplicably sat. 

      You’re completely right, the bottom line is that the team got blown out by a depleted lineup, and that’s not acceptable. So don’t spend your time worrying about a bunch of fake player grades. We have far bigger fish to fry in Raptorland.

      • Danny D

         you are an empty bucket with only shit waiting to drop from above and come out of your mouth. live with it moron

      • NyAlesund

         Bargs played 8 minutes and not bad at all. C’mon…….

    • Scottbbaird

      Davis’ +/- is not a sign of his game, the guy played hard. +/- takes into account the guys on the floor with you.

      • et-man

        I know its not. Stats can be misleading. My point is that stats can be used to disparage players without looking beyond them. 

  • Scottbbaird

    It’s going to be even more demoralizing losing like this in our own house.

    • FAQ

      Alcohol will soften the shock… but only if you are of drinking age.  I recommend muting your tv to spare yourself listening to the demented announcers babbling incessantly about something totally irrelevant to the game… like US college football rosters.  Muting also wipes out the commercial conveniently.  Just watch the silent screen and mutter to yourself in your stupor. Also, don’t drive after watching a TRap game… road rage ….

      • Scottbbaird

        I tape the games on pvr so that

        A) commercials aren’t an issue

        and

        B) I watch Leo’s ULTRA fast break.

    • what the

      it will hurt less without our franchise player playing if you know what i mean.

  • Gregast

    It will be a relief to finally find out what is causing this decline to happen. And we will find out. My personal feeling is Dwane Casey has an issue outside of basketball that is causing him to lose focus on his head coach responsibilities. I almost wish he would tell us so the fans could understand and sympathize.

    Watching Lowry, DeRosen, Davis, Amir and Calderone on the bench with glazed looks in their eyes tells me that they know something we don’t know and they can’t tell us. One of them will explode – like Amir did with that control freak of a Ref in Q3 – and the fan will will know. I hope it’s soon.

    • knickz

       was reading somewhere that calderon is really frustrated

      • Scottbbaird

        Read it in his eyes.

        • FAQ

          Pobre Jose … está tan dedicado y fiel a los Raptors, hasta el fin de su carrera.

      • Nilanka15

        Everyone should be frustrated.  If not, we have to question their souls.

    • FAQ

      Poor coach Casey… he inherited a lot of dross and is desperately trying to transmogrify it into gold… sorry Dwayne, you’re not a miracle worker …!

  • FAQ

    I guess nobody won the “Who will score the 75th Raptor point” contest tonight …LOL

    • 2damkule

      ROTD

      • FAQ

        Thanks… I appreciate the recognition and your adulation… it’s the “ego” honking fan in me…!!

  • ad

    Dont worry everyone its NOT a talent issue according to BC. In fact, I think they have too much talent. This is the deepest team in the league.

  • FAQ

    I think the Raps should use meditation to restore their mojo by repeating the mantra:

    “… focus…. focus…. focus…. fokus…. fokus…. fukus…..”

    … works every time …!

    • what the

      what smoke the rock i mean pound the crack dosen’t work any more?

      • Nilanka15

        Seriously dude, Hooked on Phonics, Rossetta Stone….anything.

        • FAQ

          Now, now, fellas… let’s not fight amongst ourselves… we must stand united… divided we foul up this forum.

  • NyAlesund

    Well, I think a good part of Raptors’ fan are really happy to see AB out. So, we can start to praise the ED performance……… because we have better players ready to surprise us……………

  • JHP

    This is really going to get ugly.  Now they can bring their show home and the paying customers  can watch for themselves.  I count at least 4 banged up players and one  on suspension.  Next 3/4 weeks are not going to be pretty.   

    • 511

      “This is really going to get ugly.” Don’t look now but … we’re already there. 

  • Canadian Paul

    A couple of things I noticed in the game:
    – The Blazers consistently showed hard and chased Calderon with 2 players till almost the mid-line, yet Calderon and the Raps didn’t get ONE easy bucket out of it. 8 to 10 seconds were lost on every pick-and-roll and the Raps had to scramble to score. I’m no coach, so what’s the normal counter to that?

    – With Portland up by 7, DeRozan, Calderon and Pietrus jacked back-to-back-to-back 20+ ft jumpers, Portland came and scored every time. Game over. That’s stupidity. The Blazers had Babbit defending the post, for Christ’s sake

  • NyAlesund

    We still pounding the rock…………

    • FAQ

      I really don’t like that “pounding the rock” mantra …. I prefer…. pound the defense… rock on offense …. ya think??

      • what the

        true people always go after the crack i mean the rock

      • NyAlesund

         Me too

    • what the

      NO CASEYS’ SMOKING IT

  • TO’s punching bag

    3 shots in 8 minutes is jacking it up? We were up when he was in the game, active on the glass and played by far the best defense on LA. Get the fuck over it TO it’s embarrassing. 

    • Copywryter

      Scapegoats are a convenient alternative to reality. Bargs is neither the problem nor the solution, but ambiguity means no quick fix. Quick fixing and shiny marketing has sold a lot of tickets since BC got here.