Toronto Raptors 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 New Orleans Hornets
Ed Davis, PF 29 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -3A little disappointing even with 13+5 as he missed four shots in the paint. Did OK on A-Davis but should have/could have been a bigger help on the glass.
Aaron Gray, C 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -11Ugh. Get off my screen. Might be the slowest player in the NBA. Did have a nifty up-and-under on Davis to get to the stripe, though.
Jose Calderon, PG 30 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 PTS | -8Couldn’t get much going offensively, including missing some wide-open threes. Also got torched defensively (even more so than usual) by Greivis Vasquez, and couldn’t make an adjustment to his P-n-R defense to slow him down.
Mickael Pietrus, SG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -13His time has a regular rotation player may be up. Was pretty much invisible when he got run.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 49 MIN | 9-22 FG | 11-13 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 30 PTS | +6The 13FTs are nice but could have been even higher – he had 8 in the 1st and then settled for mid-range Js for most of the game. 30pts on 28 possessions is a nice PRIMO score, but had a chance to do even more damage.
Amir Johnson, PF 38 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +18Did a good job defensively, chipping in 3 blocks with solid help and man defense. His ability to check Davis adequately allowed Raptors to stay small down the stretch, which was working.
Linas Kleiza, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +5Didn’t notice he checked in, really. At some point, Casey needs to decide which of Linas, Pietrus and Fields is going to play instead of this tiny minute crap.
Kyle Lowry, PG 28 MIN | 5-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | +15Very strong return for Lowry, who looked much better as a distributor and was back to playing pretty solid defense. He slowed down Vasquez and made the extra pass often. More on him in the full post-game tomorrow.
Alan Anderson, SG 36 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +14Would have been a higher grade if not for the chucking. Mr. 4th Quarter played some excellent defense on the night, especially on Ryan Anderson (at least until the double-technical woke Ryan up).
Terrence Ross, SG 24 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +12I really have no idea why his shot hasn’t been falling, as his form and release look just fine. His defense was decent, and he’s very exciting (he hurt his FOREARM off the rim on a missed dunk), but at some point all these three attempts have to drop.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Four Factors: Raptors had a big edge at the stripe and in the turnover department, offsetting a rebounding deficit.
  2. I doubt Lowry “won” the starting job back with just one game, but he was the better man on both ends tonight, by a significant margin.
  3. It was confusing to have a Davis-Davis and Anderson-Anderson match-up. My notes are a mess.
  4. “I think I could be like Shaq at the center position.” – Lowry, post-game, on his post-defense on Anthony Davis in overtime.
  5. ESPN’s +/- was messing up, so Kyle Lowry’s was as high as +102 and as low as -121. Wild game for him, I guess.

  • Chris

    Lowry is not and never was a problem for this team as many dimwits on here have claimed. Bargnani was the cancer all along.

    • Tinman

      Cancer??

      • Jkwasia

        Yea that sounds about right! 0.o

      • NyAlesund

         No, he is scorpio.

    • Tinman

      Albatross maybe

    • p00ka

      shut the fuck up you faggot.

      • Scottbbaird

        You say that like its a bad thing.

      • Robert

        Referring to someone as a “faggot” is beyond lame Pooka. Grow up.

      • p00ka

        NOT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….. little girls like this are allowed to diddle themselves like this on here, ugh.

        • Phil

          get the fuck outta here, p00ka. if you can’t respectfully disagree with others, or form proper counter arguments, keep your stupid hands off the keyboard.

          • p00ka

            doh,,, another 49 IQ,,,, or just the same troll with her 49th I.D…. I disagreed with some sick little child using my name, as she’s been doing lately, to spout foolishness. Please tell Miss Troll, how does one reply respectfully to such crap?

    • reeko

      No one doubted that Bargnani was the problem, and for the most part I don’t think that people feel Lowry is a problem, we all know he’s talented. I think that many (myself included) question whether or not Lowry is the solution at the Point in the long term. No need to insult people for their opinions.

      • ad

         OK then who is the long term solution? It sure as hell isnt fucking calderon. They should have traded him right after he had that triple double. Watch him start playing like shit and/ or get injured when lowry gets the starting job back. Lowry is the best player this team has had since bosh. He deserves more of a chance than 8-10 games to prove he is the long term solution. I think he is.

        • j bean

          Another win with Jose starting.

          • ghotte

            What they need is Jose to “lift” the starting unit up, while the 2nd unit – with Lowry – torches the opponent’s subs. Even with Gray in there the 1st unit was losing ground every time they were on the floor. 

            Jose HAS to be more aggressive as the leader. This game would have been a walkover if so. 

        • tyson

          Are you kidding me?! Calderon has a bad game and now you appear with your insults? where were you during that 5 game stretch? I’m not denying that Lowry is a good player just that it’s real unclassy the way you’ve expressed your opinion. Calderon is a talented and professional player.

          • what the

            pick one Dribbles5 or JC5 cause you know that we have the AB13 thingy .

        • NyAlesund

           How do you explain the fact that Lowry changed three teams in sixth years? Because he is a talented guy?

          Do you know the difference between PG and comboguard? Lowry is a comboguard whilst Calderon is the PG. So, you have to choose what is the best solution for this team.

          • j bean

            If  you watched the game you would see he is a talented guy. Lots of good players have been traded. Chauncey Billups has five all-star appearances and has been traded to 6-7 different teams. 
            I consider Kyle to be a point guard who is a good passer and has good court vision. His assist totals have always been pretty good. He is prone to trying to do too much himself but that is an area he can improve upon as yesterday’s game points out. 
            There is no need at this time for the Raptors to choose between Calderon and Lowry but if they were forced to pick one it isn’t a hard decision.

            • Hound

              I agree that Lowry is more talented than Jose, however I also think that Lowry learned from watching Jose and by his other failings (memphis,houston) that he needs to improve and get better at running a team. I think this has turned into a win/win situation.

              Longterm, we need to trade Calderon and I believe we will in a month or so when we will get the most for him. Once a contending team has an injury, they will give up at least a 2nd round pick for him. BC just needs the right situation. Am I a bad person for hoping Connelly and Chris Paul get injured at the same time, for up to 6 weeks? That would be the best situation for us.

              Calderon is my favorite Raptor, but we have to get something for him before he walks out the door this summer.

              • j bean

                +1

            • NyAlesund

               It is not question about talent. I am talking about playmaking. Lowry is not good in pnr and pnp situations and to be effective he needs to improve in these aspects of the game. More importantly he has to control himself of doing stupid things, like the three ridicolous shot he has taken down the stretch. In my opinion I would see Kyle leading the second unit. Off course we will not see this.

      • FAQ

        Insults? Where?  Aren’t ‘insults’ an opinion too??

    • ad

       Lowry is this teams best player. And its not even close. Sorry bargnani and derozan fanboys.

    • NyAlesund

      You’re right except when Lowry tried a three point shot (27 seconds left, lead by two), blocked and Vasquez fortunately miss and easy layup.

      Apart this, Bargnani is a cancer………
      Why don’t you address your request to Colangelo?

      • Jamshid

        Hahaha, That shot was a typical Lowry shot at the end of the game. Lowry was trying hard to not be his typical , alpha male, hero and number #1 guy yesterday given all that happened in the last 5 games. 

      • pran

        I don’t think we would’ve won yesterday if we didn’t have lowry. he provided alot of energy when we were looking extremely sluggish, and got open looks for teammates by drawing the defense towards him.  

        do i think the 3 point shot was a poor decision, absolutely. But he stayed in front of vasquez on the missed layup (something calderon would never be able to do),  

        He almost looks in game shape for someone coming back from injury, I hope bargnani is taking notes.

  • mike, prague

     Bad win. But a win.

    • FAQ

      I thought it was a decisive win, particularly in the OT.

  • Pele

    Welcome back Kyle.

    Jose put some nice passes to Amir and Ed. Still better at setting up his teamates.

    • j bean

      Don’t agree Jose was better at setting up teammates this game and either do the stats. Anyway I doubt if Lowry is concerned about being better than Jose. He has graciously taken up the backup role and it looks as though he’s learned an important lesson by watching the team go on a winning streak with good ball movement. 
      His 5-7 and 6 ft without a miss were key. DeRozan for 30pts is worth an A cause they needed everyone of them. 
      I don’t want to knock anyone but when you’re up 8 pts with less than two minutes to go I’m putting out a defensive lineup that can get a couple of stops.

      • CJT

        There is nothing gracious about being told that you are the backup.  He didn’t have any choice.  I was thrilled to see him play the way he did last night.  That is the best KL we have seen this year.

        • Jamshid

          I agree. Hopefully he learned his lesson that he is NOT a super Star, All Star PG in this league so no need to act line one !!! He needs to know his limitations but also the limitations of the other players in this team to be a good PG.

          • what the

            Casey calls it a “Super Duper Star”

      • Jamshid

        “He has graciously taken up the backup role”
        Wait a few game before saying this :)

        • j bean

          The term graciously taken up the backup role speaks to his good attitude and demeanor  at hearing the news that his starters job was lost. He understands that filling out the lineup card isn’t up to him and he acknowledged the team played well without him. I don’t see that changing after a few games.

  • Bob

    kept NO to less than 100 points, they win – should be MO, period!!

  • Dbobb28

    I’m happy as heck that the Raptors are winning but this game had no business going into OT. Demar has to hit both free throws up by 2 late in the game. He only hit one. He did this earlier this season and we eventually lost.
      Why do we go into stall mode when we are up with 5 minutes left? Every possession was hold the ball for 17-18 seconds, then pass the ball desperately to somebody who has to take a horrible shot to beat the clock. It’s awful.
      When you are up by three with 10 seconds left, you do one of two things. intentionally foul a Hornets player, forcing them to take two shots. As long as you get the rebound if there is a miss, you get the ball, kill some time and shoot free throws. If they make both, you have to make your pair. Regardless, the clock is your friend. The other is DON’T give up a three point shot but especially to the best one in the league, Ryan Anderson. Casey baffles me with his coaching decisions.
      Lowry played a good game. He played smart and it was great to see him cheering from the bench when we scored a big basket late in the game. His post game comments were great. He mentioned team ball and brought up how well the Raptors have been playing while he was out. I know it’s only one game but it looks like he is buying in.
      Last problem to deal with will be Andrea. Landry Fields came back from injury and didn’t start. Lowry came back from injury and didn’t start. If Casey wants to keep the players respect, then Bargnani has to come off the bench. Mind you we have to stop starting Piertrus and Gray. Holy crap

    • FAQ

      Andrea who…???

      • sukaTori

         the one that will make this team looking like an NBA team

        • Pesterm1

           pft… your kidding right? i hope you kidding and not just stupid.

    • ghotte

      It’s not Casey if you are watching. It’s the players getting tentative and not executing. Pure and simple. Casey used numerous timeouts to get them readjusted – especially in overtime and poof they came through with a much-needed win.

      • Hound

        Also, Casey said in the post game that all the players were instructed to foul at 7 seconds. He even expressed his frustration as they have constantly ignored this direction in other games as well. If true, it is a little bit unsettling that the team tunes him out at crunch time.

        • j bean

          Thats a strange one that he called for a foul and nobody on the floor followed through. Communication breakdown.

    • NyAlesund

      AB is no longer Raptors player. He can change his life hopefully in Europe.

      • unknown guest

        Not yet. Still a few teams in the NBA he can play for with a better defined role.

  • CJT

    Very impressed with KL tonight.  took only one ball hog type shot, got his teammates involved, played great defense for the most part.  Alan Anderson was a defensive beast tonight.  Let’s keep the team concept going.  go raps.

  • FAQ

    WOW!!!! “Pass-first” Kyle looked really good when he got on the floor doing his utmost to distribute the ball.  I think I counted 5 passes before he took his own shot… and he was energetic too.

    Nevertheless, you can sense the old ball hog streetballer trying to emerge but new Kyle submerged the old Kyle, except for a couple of times.. but that was okay.

    So who will  be Casey’s main man starting at PG…. Kyle or Jose?  I think Casey should start Kyle next game tomorrow… ya think??

    • ghotte

      Can’t pull the plug on Jose after one bad game but Jose has to be hearing the footsteps. Clearly, Kyle knows how to impact a game on a number of different levels (notice how Vasquez was shut down in the 2Q after torching Jose off the dribble?) 

      Jose has to get back to producing and leading the club – regardless if he’s starting or not.  

      • what the

        Are you saying this movie might have a different ending? let me get my pop corn.

  • Gregast

    Interesting how Dwane had the shooting guard bringing the ball up the court – Kyle was positioned on the wing and set up the plays from there. Perhaps a new strategy to give Kyle a better chance to see the defense?
    AA needs to know hs place on this team – NO was giving him the threes and he was foolishly taking them instead of driving into the paint and dishing to players who excell in offense. needs a sit down with the coaching staff.
    Trade Andrea and Jose to Detroit for their big man – Monroe is it? That would let Amir and ED cover our power forward needs.

    • NyAlesund

       Monroe for Bargnani/Calderon? You don’t know how the trade works , do you.

      AB and JC costs 20.5 mln and Monroe costs 3 mln. In addition this guy is the corner stone of the team. Explain how can BC makes this offer.

      • Truthkiller

        Detroit would never make a trade like this. 
        Ways to ruin your franchise #1: 
        Replace an efficient scoring and passing big man who can play D for a 7’0 3 rebounds a game pathetic D lazy tunnel-vision scorer

        • NyAlesund

           I agree. It is impossible for many reasons.

      • Jamshid

        Why stop at Monroe ?? What happened to Kevin Love Pipe Dreams ??

      • what the

        simple, I’ll give you my corner stone and take your corner stone.

        • NyAlesund

           Is your corner stone good …lol?

          • what the

            well he has been our corner stone now almost 8 years and NOTHING happen and I think you can get another 6 years out of  him where NOTHING will happen,so yes the corner stone is good for NOTHING.

            • NyAlesund

              Why do you talking about AB when he is no longer a Raptors? It is over. The corner stone was relate to Monroe not Bargnani.

              From now on we have to talk about the Raptors’ players such as Davis, Lowry, Ross………..Valanciunas……..not him, because he is part of the past.

      • Gregast

        Brian, is that you?

        • NyAlesund

           I am not Brian………

  • grizzly73

    Four games out of eighht place. Who would have thunk it? If they do something about Bargs – trade, bench, amnesty whatever, and they play around or just below 500, they have a shot. You heard it here first

    • Jamshid

      LOOOOL, who would have thunk a Raptor fan start talking about play offs after winning few games ??!!

  • Ian_s21

    Raps up 8 when lowry subbed out of the game in the fourth….jose comes in and gets torched and raps blow the lead….mind you they almost lost the game. Its fine we had 5 games with jose starting and winning, but no quality opponents outside of Dallas…..im sure if lowry wasnt injured we could have been on that same streak….this is a matter of schedule turning in our favour more so than anything else…..Jose is good, but Lowry is our best player hands down and will be starting within the next few games. KL makes big plays and wants to win….even if he is holding onto the ball who cares….should he be passing to anderson to jack a 3?(anderson needs to calm down and know his role) We need a player with balls. Calderon and Bargs need to go….Its like having your old GF (jose) just linger around….even tho you have a hotter new girl (lowry). You are still going to hit it sometimes, probably like it too cuz of your history….but the new girl is going to take you places you never been….oh and we need to get rid of Kleiza….feilds needs to play more

    • CJT

      You’re about a week late with this post.  Been said over and over.  Let’s try for an original thought.

      • Beagle17

         Come on; that was a great and quite original ( I think) analogy.

  • ghotte

    Any Derozen haters out there willing to sound off?! Sample size still not big enough regarding his $10M contract? 

    Once they jettison Kleiza and allow Fields to step in and play sound D the 2nd unit will solidify even further. 

    Start Bargs with Amir when he comes back!

    • Pesterm1

      The funny thing is the new contract still hasnt even kicked in yet. Demar will still have another off season to work on his game before we can judge his new contract. So far so good though.

      • Beagle17

         Personally, I am now in love with Demar’s new contract extension. Even if it turns out to be a bit much, it seems to give the team a face and a character identity. Personnel turnover has been way too high in TO and Demar’s new contract seems to mark the start of something solid. Bargs is obviously not the guy to build around, and Demar has proven himself to be a somewhat adequate face. At least he makes appearances during all-star weekend and get some attention around the league. And he just works. Smart signing.

    • John

      I am willing to sound off.  While he is a good player and a generally likeable guy, no way is he worth 10 mill.  If you’re going to use one game against the worst team in the league as your basis to run your mouth then that doesn’t say much about your opinion.  These are teams the Raps should be beating and these are match ups that DeRozan should be exploiting. 

      • Jamshid

        He is the 4th best offensive option in a good team and a liability on defensive  end. 10 million is very too much for him.

    • Jamshid

      Everyone in this league can score. A good player on this league is the one who makes the other people around him better. Wa wanted to see a better defensive effort and improvement and better assists from DD. He improved his shots and his rebounding this year but still did not improve the other areas.
      I said it before and I say it now again, 10 million for DD is too much !!! Mark my word.

      • Canadian Paul

        By this logic, Bargnani is worth a roll of toilet paper.

        • FAQ

          … while you smear your shit across this fine forum…!!!

        • what the

          plus we are seeing the improvement from AB13 every year now and each year he just seems to get better a better.

          • what the

            *better and better

        • Theswirsky

          an empty roll maybe

  • StaytheCourse

    Why all the concern about starting? Its about minutes and closing – not who starts.

    The play of the “bench” has been a key in our improved play of late. Its the end result that counts.

  • Konanas

    This starting lineup with Gray and Pietrus is pathetic. No offensive options, no ball movement. I rather like to watch Acy playing 15-20 mins than that big slow guy. And please, give a chance to Landry Fields

    • Fireboysound

      We need to trade Jose asap whilst his value is somewhat high now. We can’t make the same mistake 3 times. I like jose but at this moment whilst he’s playing decent and getting a little buzz around the league we should pull the trigger. As for Bargs I was the first to jump on the trade him bandwagon. For some reason now if the trade doesn’t make toronto significantly better. Lottery picks or player trades I rather keep him and have him buy in basically give him one last chance until the end of the season. But jose should be our tade piece asap.

      • what the

        but but but he makes other players around him better and what about his tripple double ?

  • John

    I love how just days ago Jose was being talked about as an MVP and now people are throwing him under the bus over one bad game.  You people are pathetic.  In terms of running an offence and ball distribution, it isn’t even close as to how much better Calderon is over Lowry.  There’s a reason why Lowry has been traded so often and it has everything to do with his attitude.

    • unknown guest

      I Klow, right? Jose haters coming out of the woods again. Both have their respective strengths and weaknesses.

    • Jkwasia

      LOL and there is a reason why Toronto has gone  Nowhere the past 4+ years with Dribbles starting….and Dribbles has had 2 bad games now in a row on the defensive end especially…..if you were watching the game last night you would notice Klow was driving and kicking setting up his teammates all over the court. As soon as Dribbles comes in its stagnate offense jacking up long 2’s with no penetration. P.s Dribbles needs to go while his value is still high and before he starts his sulking and playing like shit….0.o

      • tomorrow

        Calderon is effective with a rolling big man like Amir Johnson in the pick and roll. Bargina is a 21 foot shot specialist and only allows Calderon to be judged by the worst shot in basketball aka foot on the 3 point line.

      • John

        This is actually more of a reason why Toronto has gone nowhere.  Anointing someone, after assisting in a victory against the worst team in the league, and completely forgetting the fact that he BLEW at least 6 games with his selfish play both on offence (jacking up stupid shots and ignoring everyone else) and on defence (gambling for steals and leaving his team exposed.  I noticed you haven’t said shit until now because KL wasnt giving you anything to talk about.  Chucker will be back to his old self, pouting and killing any for of team spirit. How many teams has he been on again?  Yeah thought so.

        • jkwasia

          So the 3 wins against cavs/pistons/and magic weren’t bad teams with Dribbles at the helm?! Why does Dribbles need to be threatened with his starting role to be good Dribbles why cant he be consistent coming of the bench? LOL like Dribbles hasn’t lost close games himself…….”late game inbounding” “high pick and roll defence” these words haunt any raptor fan when they see Dribbles in late game situations please stop the Klow hate he has played 17 games ……We have 8+ years of games of evidence for Dribbles tho! Dribbles has been on the trade block for 3 years ……..still no takers hmmm I wonder why?! 0.o

          • John

            Maybe because he’s worth holding on to unlike Chucker, who changes cities all the time.  

  • Jamshid

    For those people who are having wet dreams about DD’s offensive game and trying to justify his contracts just on that end of the floor.

    Is DD better player than Crawford or J.R Smith ? Looking at the offensive numbers and the people they play along side with, DD is not better than either of those guys …

    Neither of those guys make anything even close to 10 million. This is why just being an offensive player in this league does not pay much unless you have a GM like BC who likes to over pay and reward the offence.

    • FAQ

      Perhaps BC’s logic in giving DD the $10 million was to send a signal to good FA players that there’s money to be made in Toronto… and to not reject being traded to the TRaps… ya think???

    • what the

      those guys have been in the NBA for over 30 years DD 4 relax dude.

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

      When you give a guy a contract to a guy like DeMar at 23, you got to look at potential and what he may turn into. Maybe he’ll be worth 10 million a year in the next 3 to 4 years, maybe not. DeMar may turn into a complete wing player in the next couple of years. With Crawford and JR, they are just high volume shooting scorers who don’t play defense and are six men off the bench of title contending teams.

  • unknown guest

    I would hazzard a guess that Klow and JC have been told that Klow will be given some time to get back into full game shape and when that happens, Klow starts and JC goes back to the bench.
    Also, would not be surprised to see JC traded soon now that Klow is healthier.

  • FAQ

    Here’s the problem with Kyle starting… he must set the pattern of play in the first quarter and ensure they don’t get shoved into a deep hole from which they must dig out.  Jose gets others involved on offense and his shot falls when he is still fresh, so perhaps Casey thinks starting Jose is the best strategy.

    If Jose and the team falters in the first quarter,  Casey can throw in Kyle to get things moving positively.  Conversely, if Kyles starts and the teamwork fails, in goes Jose.

    It’s only the sucky baby t.h.f.’s who believe their hero should start the game…!!!

  • thatpeterguy

    As much as I have grown to loathe AB over the past 7 years, if we can’t flip him into a quality starting SF (unlikely) then I would be curious to see him play the role of 6th man off the bench. What? His ego won’t allow that? Fuck him. He always goes on record as being a team guy and so lets see some of that team guy stuff. 

    And lets me honest. His game lends itself much more to being an offensive spark off the bench. If he comes out chucking and he’s hot. Great. If not. Thanks for coming out and have a seat back on the bench. Also, his “defense” wouldn’t hurt the team as much against the other teams tired starting PF or their back-up ones. 

    But ideally yeah, we’d get rid of him for someone who doesn’t play like they are in a coma. 

    • Hound

      I don’t think Bargnani would care if he comes off the bench. He doesn’t seem to care when he is in the game or watching from the bench. He just seems to be wired a bit different from other people. He would be perfect coming off the bench as long as KLow comes off the bench as well. I think he works better with Lowry as Kyle can attack and draw attention more than Calderon. Like you say, if he is hitting his open threes, fantastic. If not, sit down. He would also be able to defend his man more agressively, as he wouldn’t need to watch his foul count. As shitty as a help defender he is, he is a pretty decent one on one defender and could be a contributor on this team with a 20 minute role to score 14 points and help defend a big.

      • Tomsawyer62

        I agree with this post 100%. I think he could light up second units , and if he doesnt sit him down. Watching a twenty point scorer come off the bench would be fun to watch.

  • p00ka

    RR, win or lose, the home of TDot whiney little bitches, always whining the same lines, over, and over, and over, and over.

    • FAQ

      Shirley you don’t/can’t/won’t include me in with all the Moronto t.h.f.’s …!!!!

    • thatpeterguy

      (Does he realize he could be talking about himself?)  

    • what the

      P00KA because you don’t agree with others that dosen’t mean you should call them names kid ,grow up will you. some one need to put a stop to this .

    • p00ka

      I can’t believe some moron continues to use my screen name, this site needs to hold people like this acountable!

  • CQ

    Calderon is a great back up, period. Great back ups can usually string together 8-10 above average starting performances through the course of an NBA season, but usually struggle when given the role of managing the team full time. This is exactly what Calderon has shown in his time in Toronto, with varying degrees of success. The thing tho, plain and simple is that Lowry is a more talented, younger, harder working and playing player with a higher ceiling than Calderon, and as such deserves the opportunity to find his way as a starter on a team desperately in need of a consistent full time option. I am not knocking Calderon, because he has stepped up on countless occasions and shown his worth and value in the most desperate of situations, but if anyone thinks that the Raps are better off with Lowry coming off the bench over Calderon, they really have lost their minds. Lowry is the starter, Jose is the backup. This isnt going to be some 2011-2012 OKC type thing where the team thrives with the more talented player coming off the bench (Harden in favour of Sefolosha). No, this is a situation where in order to maximize the opportunity for wins Lowry has to start. The bigger question is what to do with Bargnani when he comes back since he is clearly the biggest cause for the Raptors overall lackluster effort and inconsistent play.