Philadelphia 76ers 72 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Toronto Raptors
Ed Davis, PF 35 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +15Early foul trouble limited his effectiveness on D early on (as well as forced the Raps to go small), but he came back strong with an excellent performance on the offensive end. Was the beneficiary of some beautiful passes from Amir, but the most impressive part of his game for me was his insistence to establish position in the low-post and demand the ball, which is almost unheard of in Raptorland. Three turnovers is too many for a big, though.
Amir Johnson, PF 40 MIN | 6-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | +21Davis’ early foul troubles forced him to play passive defence under the hoop in the early going, but this may have been his best offensive game of the season. He came strong to the hoop on every fast-break, ran the pick and roll with Jose to perfection, and hit his Amir Shot (™) early in the 4th, sure – but the most impressive part of his game were those five assists, which came courtesy of beautiful hand-offs to Davis down low.
Landry Fields, SF 42 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +18He’s going around your big men, he’s snapping all your rebounds up – hide your kids, hide your wife. His long-range shot is still a work in progress, but he made some nice plays with the ball in traffic, played solid, energetic defence, and rebounded like Reggie Evans in his prime. If that shot ever comes along, nights like this will go a long way in justifying that contract.
Jose Calderon, PG 31 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 14 PTS | +20Fourteen points, 11 assists, zero turnovers – a classic Jose game punctuated with a classic Jose line. Holiday’s struggles in the first half allowed him to hide his D, but when he did start scoring, Jose simply responded by matching him shot for shot. He might take something off the table on the defensive end, but on nights like this when the offense often stagnated, he’s absolutely indispensable for the Raps.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 41 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +21Kept the offense moving in the early going, where he did a nice job mixing up shots with drives and taking advantage of ‘Sixer switches. He slowed down a bit as the bigs and Jose took over late, but it was a nice bounce-back game for DeMar after he struggled on Sunday. Plus, he went left… twice!
Kyle Lowry, PG 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -2His compression shirt gave him special powers, apparently – he ditched it tonight and played very hesitantly, even though most of his minutes came against Philly’s underwhelming second unit. Like any young player, he’s sure to have off days, and we might as well count our blessings that he had one on a night where it didn’t matter much.
Mickael Pietrus, SG 8 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2Finally bumped from the starting lineup and played 8 minutes in a short rotation, which is about right. Wasted two possessions with ugly early-in-the-clock 3s and played adequate defense, AKA the “Pietrus special.”
Alan Anderson, SG 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -1His chucking really slowed the offense in the second quarter, where it seemed like he threw the ball up every time he touched the ball. Made some much better decisions in the 2nd half, though, including a pretty no-looker to Amir, but was rightly pulled when the Raps needed to close out the game. His irrational confidence was particularly irrational tonight. I do love his defensive energy, though.
Dwane CaseyDid a good job managing a short bench, keeping Jose in the game for longer than usual in the 2nd half and keeping Lowry out of the gam ein crunch time when it was clear the starting five was the best lineup to go to. My criticisms are in his defensive strategies early in the game, where the Raptors seemed to be playing for steals even though Philly was clearly struggling in one-on-one situations. By the second half, though, he (and the team) seemed to have it figured out. Plus, he finally took Pietrus out of the starting lineup! That alone deserves an A-.

Five Things We Saw

  1. This was an ugly game, especially in the early going. Both offenses seemed very stagnant before the Raptor starters blew the game open in the 3rd. That said, kudos to the Raps for gutting out a game they desperately needed to win against a struggling opponent.
  2. Even though Philly was awful on offense, the Raptors let them off the hook with an ultra-agressive defensive strategy in the first half, seemingly reacted to their point guards’ turnover tendencies by having all their wings jump for steals. Although this resulted in 6 steals for the Raps, it also resulted in a lot of open shots for the ‘Sixers, and they hit enough of them to stay in the game. In the second half, they played a much tighter man scheme, only forcing 3 steals but also forcing Philly into far more difficult shots. A simple adjustment, sure, but a nice example of the coaching staff not being tied to the scouting report.
  3. Speaking of D, another key adjustment made by the Raps in the second half was the help their wings provided their bigs down low. Early fouls left both Amir and ED hesitant to challenge Philly slashers and bigs, and the Raptors responded to this by forcing their wings inside, taking fouls when necessary and, in the process, contesting far more ‘Sixer shots. Again, Philly may have been brutal on O tonight, but a very good adjustment given how slow the Raps looked on D early.
  4. The second and third quarters were yet another example of how much better this team’s offense is when the ball is moving. Offense stagnant: ugly quarter and blowing of a 10 point lead. Offense active: 29 point quarter and the regaining of said lead. Force it around if you have to, I don’t care – JUST MOVE THE BALL!!!
  5. Again, ugly or not, the Raptors really needed this one to get back on track after two pretty underwhelming losses. No, they didn’t look like world-beaters tonight, but an 18 point win is still an 18 point win, and they showed enough flashes tonight to build some important momentum for this weekend’s games against Charlotte and Milwaukee.

  • knickz

    great team win!!!! classy move by jose for going into the sixers locker area to apologize for throwing that lob.

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Good W!

      The classy move would have been not to throw the lob in the 1st place…gotta know how to win….with class.

      • CJT

        Ya, you’re the guy who should be giving class lessons.

  • Holycraptors.com

    I like seeing the Raptors win games like this. Balanced effort, scrappy but effective.

    Anyone else at the game see what happened in the stands in the fourth? Some dude got carried off in a stretcher, but I couldn’t see why. Anyone sitting near that action?

    • Roarque

      Really? You expect a response to that class-less post?

      • Holycraptors.com

        Apologies. Didn’t mean to trivialize the situation, just curious. Let me rephrase: did anyone see what happened to the gentleman in the stands during the fourth quarter? I think someone may have been hurt, maybe in a fight. I hope everyone was okay.

  • mike,prague

    GG, but a bit upset with again not seeing any Acy with Fields logging 42 mins

  • c_bcm

    When was the last time the Raps had a stretch like this where they are blowing out competition? I think that’s 3 out of the last 5 games. Of course they were on the receiving end of blow outs the other two games…

  • knickz

    for some reason I can’t post in the forum section and wanted to pose a question. are you a raptors fan, or are you just a fan of individual players? this is mainly a question for the lowry tards.

    • pran

      funny how you have “computer problems” everytime jose sucks. 

      • Jkwasia

        LmFao “Rap of the day” …….Knickz is an official Dribbles fanboy 0.o

        • knickz

           okay. not affraid to admitt. would like for some of you guys to admitt you would love the opportunityto sit behind the raptors bench and blow lowry. we have been playing the best stretch of bastketball and all I ever hear is”let lowry be the starter.”

          • CJT

            Tonight Jose played well, curbing the Holiday push by outscoring him during the same stretch.  Awesome.  I also noticed Lowry just didn’t have it today and was glad when Jose got subbed in with plenty of time in the 4th to ensure the W.

            • knickz

               some guys are not happy about it though, if the situation was reversed they would be going at casey’s neck for keeping jose in too long

              • j bean

                This was a game Lowry did all that is asked from the backup when the starter is going ok. Only 17 minutes, they never needed a lot of scoring from him so he only put up 2 shots making 1. He is usually called on to do a lot more but not this time.

              • Destro

                I think some people look at what was given up for Kyle and feel him playing bench mins is not enough for a potential 1st round pick…  

                • CJT

                  Agreed, but so far from his bench role haven’t the minutes (with the exception of last night, where Lowry didn’t look like had “had it”) been split pretty evenly?

              • RaptorFan

                What are you talking about??  Please notice that you are the only person even bringing it up……. Many of us on here *who happen to like both our point guards* are perfectly fine with Jose starting and Lowry coming off the bench for now.  To me its all about the TEAM – not one player.

                Who cares if “some guys are not happy about it.”  Those guys are effin LOSERS.  BUT – for now your looking like a Jose Fanboy and its not needed.  You dont need to defend Jose anymore as he earned the starters role and there should not be anymore debate unless his play falls off. 

                Can you stop bashing Lowry or any other point guard we have?  This is a team game and we need EVERYONE over the course of 82 games.  There’s only a PG controversy if fans like you continue to push for it.

                • DumbassKicker

                  “Many of us on here *who happen to like both our point guards* are
                  perfectly fine with Jose starting and Lowry coming off the bench for
                  now.”

                  Your head is in the sand if you honestly believe that most on these boards haven’t been pushing for Lowry to replace Jose, and Jose to be traded.

                  Seriously, how much praise have you seen here for Jose’s play over the last month? Even when he’s praised, it almost always comes with pointing out whatever “flaw” can be dug up from the depths. That babble may have been a little quieter lately, but there’s been little praise, and at least equal jumping on any little faux pas in his play. Hell, even the author, in his post game wrap-up, disses Jose for his D on Holiday, when Holiday shot 7/18-39% (vs Jose’s 7/12-58%) and had 4 assists (vs Jose’s 11). Fk, because Holiday, a PG, made a few plays and shots in a row? Shit, did anyone see Collison eat up Chris Paul for a while last night? I suppose LAC fans and media are all over CP’s D today, lol.

      • knickz

        when did I ever have a computer problem? I stated before that I now read more than I post. I simply can’t take some of you bipolar fans. guys on here aren’t as bad as the little geeks over at real gm.

  • Canadian Paul

    Except for a few possessions, the Raptors were moving the ball, but the Sixers played good defence. What we’re lacking is that penetrator that can get into the seams and shits bodies around to get the open look.

    • MassIncarceration

      “And shits bodies around” is that legal??

    • Nilanka15

      Lowry and Anderson are really the only players who can get by their defender without a screen.

  • glassroseandchoreboy

    The  Raptors blew out a team while shooting 1-11 from the three-point line. When their 3-point shot returns they will be even more dangerous. Balanced scoring, strong rebounding. A lot to like. 

  • Possibility?

    Think you can include PFs in the statline – it makes it easier to judge AJ/JV’s performances 😛

  • Gregast

    Nice to see Fields playing more minutes. Jose really appreciated it. What a breath of fresh air his IQ is out there. Now he can work on his confidence in the 3 ball. He has one, you know. 

    Imagine that – a pass-first small forward. Who knew?

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Fileds has no consistent 3 pt shot or jump shot- really now you sound silly now..sell those magic beans to someone else buddy.

      I thought Stefanski’s primary job was to tackle BC in order to prevent him from handing out BullChit contracts to marginal players….

      We need a SF to score the ball……recognize game.

      • CJT

        Double Double in his first game back as a starter.  That is all. 

      • ghotte

        Great lineup and one that maximizes what-little-talent the Raptors have: JC, Ed, Fields, Amir and Derozen with Lowry and AA. Once Ross is back, he can simply replace Pietrus’ minutes. Look at the rebounding margin.

        When playing a team with bigs we can give Gray some burn!

      • DumbassKicker

        “recognize game”

        The discussion is about his game, not his contract.

        I’d like to suggest that you begin to recognize your silliness and stupidity, but you’re just here to troll anyway.

    • Nilanka15

      Agreed.  Great game from Fields.  If/when he gets his confidence back, everyone will benefit.

      • Gregast

        I didn’t watch the Knicks that much but” the Internet” says that Landry Fields had a rep for the 3 ball in his first season that disappeared in his 2nd. This being his 3rd and now that he has “solved the problem” medically, I expect to see that ability to return. To our benefit.

        • Nilanka15

          He did shoot 39% from behind the arc in his rookie year.  Not sure if he’ll ever replicate that again, but he should be able to knock down open looks (hopefully).

          • CJT

            He still has a funny looking shot and release, but I have been noticing in pregames and shooting drills etc. that he has been making a lot of his shots.  Not that that is an indication of anything necessarily, but before the surgury he wasn’t even doing that.

            • Nilanka15

              Yeah, he’s got a little split-second hitch/pause just before releasing the shot.  Looks clumsy and awkward.

              • CJT

                I havent watched any footage of his rookie year with the Knicks, do you know if he has always had that hitch?  There are a lot of guys who can shoot with aweful looking mechanics.

                • Nilanka15

                  I didn’t watch him too closely either.  But I don’t remember his mechanics looking this broken…

  • Tross

    Rogers outage in Toronto still?

  • Adriiian

    We just gotta keep Jose. The only way I’m letting him go is to a title contender for a decent piece. He’s a great player.

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      And BC is a great Pres/GM.lmfao

    • Destro

      Hes played well but hes not a great player…

    • Hound

      I would like to see us trade him at the deadline for a 2nd rounder. Can we resign him in the summer as a UFA? If we can, i would love to see him back as a Raptor.

  • knickz

    the raptors win and lose as a team. i’m here to cheer te boys on. notice i don’t bash bargs anymore?

  • ghotte

    If…If only Bargs could rebound even a marginal amount, Ed would be able to come in as the second unit PF and make a big impact against the other team’s 2nd unit. 

    With Amir and Fields providing defense and rebounding it would allow Bargs to score – as long as he provided a minimal effort. 

    Time to jettison Kleiza.

    • j bean

      If Bargs could rebound even a marginal amount he could come in and have a positive impact on the second unit. His problem is that he is a 2 in the body of a 5. Can’t play big and can’t play small. ED plays a better 4.

      • Hound

        Not defensively. He rebounds well, rotates marginally better, but can’t for the life of him stop a “big” 1 on 1 down low. Dude just isn’t strong enough. 

        Plus he is very limited offensively. No range, can’t dribble right and has trouble scoring without lobs or dishes at the rim (re: Amir’s passes to him last night)

        Reality is we continue to get out rebounded by just about every team. Ed is not a starting 4 caliber in this league.

        • j bean

          If you watched Bargnani play this year it’s hard to agree that he is a starting caliber 4. His game consisted of missing outside shots on offense and standing in no mans land out of position on defense. If you think he could handle a big like Ibaka or on someone more his size like Cousins 1on1 you’re dreaming. He can handle slow bigs who aren’t great finishers but there aren’t many 4’s like that starting in the nba and even for that he has to be in the mood. 

          • CJT

            disagree, AB has traditionally been quite strong at one on one D and has had very strong games against big strong C’s like DH and Shaq. 

            • j bean

              So I guess he is the Raptors answer against big strong bigs at the 5. 
              Oh wait. Didn’t they already try that and decide his “natural” position was the 4 so they drafted Jonas?

              • CJT

                Much like their wing rotation, I don’t think it really matters where he plays, if he plays, and when he plays, but the reality of our bigs is that while they all play with infinitely more heart and effort than AB, none of them have the weight, height and mass to give any true C’s any resistance.  As we have noticed this season.  I think when JV puts on a bit more mass he will be very good, he is just not there yet.

  • NyAlesund

    12 points lead. Lowry in, and in few minutes the lead cut to 6. Horrible offensive plays no ball movement and the Sixers, even playing bad cut their deficit. Calderon in, and magically we started to see some ball movements, some easy shots, some shots in rythm, some assists, whatever was necessary to bring this W at home. Kyle has a lot to learn to become crafty like Josè. He has other abilities, but running the offense like Josè is another story.

    Amir/Davis
    If I had to choose between these two guys I would choose Amir. More solid overall, with better shot, more consistent on D and ability to play better the pnr.

    We are 5 games behind the C’s. The standing is opening in two groups, the first 8 and the other teams. Now it is important to stay close and not allow to extend the gap.

    • Cirano de Bergerac

      Interesting post.

      Out of the time out Landry Fields made 4 consecutive big plays (defense on pg twice + steal+deflection giving easy point to the Raptors. That’s the same player Raptors fans joked since day one, girlfriend included. The same fans that elevated K Lowry as their new God/Messia/Hero ball after game 2. The same fans that are against BC but loves (only now) T Ross. The same fans who define E Davis a top 10 PF (sigh).The same fans that are sick of Calderon and were dreaming on tanking to get T Evans first, then John Wall, then Kemba Walker and finally got their new hero ball.

      Amir is my choice as well, by far.

      PO. Only if you get a Rudy Gay type of player you can cut on Milwaukee. I believe that the NBA will help Boston to be in 8th spot if needed.My bet is Boston will finish 4th/5th after the trade expected.

      • why

        Agree- with the recent return of Avery Bradley The Celtics look like a completely different team – unfortunately it looks like they will be a well above 0.500 team.

      • NyAlesund

         I agree the idea that Gay would be the piece necessary to make the next step, the PO.

  • 2damkule

    sooo…when it’s all said & done, i’m wondering which 13-game sample will be more reflective of bargs’ career?

    #troll

    • After you

      That’s why your boyfriend always tells you how boring you are

  • Nilanka15

    I can’t understand how shitty Evan Turner is.  The kid has the skills to be a beast in this league, but I was cheering every time he touched the ball knowing he’d force an ungly shot, or turn the ball over.

    • Ghotte

      Great skill set, questionable IQ. Was able to get by against college talent but getting exposed against nba size and quality.

    • knickz

       as a fan of him, he’s very frustrating to watch

  • Destro

    Im surprised that most of yall prefer Amir over Ed…

    Ed Davis has by far the better upside…Amir has good games from time to time depending on the competition but Ed has been way more consistent since getting minutes….

    • Nilanka15

      For me, they’re both backup bigs.  And as bench players, I find Amir to be more reliable.  I’m more much confident in Amir getting a key rebound, stepping in for a charge, diving for a loose ball, and hitting clutch free throws than Davis.

      I don’t think this team has their “power forward of the future” yet.  But kudos to Davis for making the most out of his new role.

      • Jamshid

        They are definitely both back up bigs. Right now, Amir is better than Ed. But Amir has been in this league for much longer and also has an amazing CHEMISTRY with Jose.
        You take Jose out of the line up and it will have a huge negative effect on Amir’s game.
        Plus, Amir has been in this league for much longer than Ed. As Said, today, Amir is better player but given their contracts, age, number of years being in the league and … I will choose Ed over Amir going forward.
        The problem however is that Amir’s contract make him less attractive in trades and I think for moving AB, both Ross and Ed have a better trade values.

      • Destro

        Eds the best rebounder on the team tho so that doesnt make much sense…
        Ed Davis is a double double with reasonable mins,i think hes actually betetr defensively than people give him credit for….I think the problem is you dont have a true C on this team,he will get worked by a legit 5 with size but no question Ed a starter put him next to a legit 5 and he’ll be fine…

    • Gregast

      Isn’t ED the antithesis of Bargs? I love the guy for his effort but he isn’t the sort that can take over a game like Bargs can ( but seldom does ). Does it make sense to leave the line up alone for this season and use either Bargs if he wants to play or ED if Bargs disappears? I want to get some value for Andrea Bargnani and right now I wonder if the Raps can.

      Regarding Jose ( aka Amigo  ) I’d love to see him morph into a back up role for his 30s and retire a Raptor. Would he take 5-6 Million/yr with a 5 year contract to stay here and watch the team improve? He is one heck of an insurance policy because, like ED, he’s the antithesis of Kyle Lowry.

  • FAQ

    Sub-standard NBA game.  TRaps won because the Sixers deteriorated faster than the TRaps. 

    Let’s not deceive ourselves… the last two games were poorly played and it showed.

    What has happened to the supercharged TRaps that gave us so much hope??!!!

    • Ch511

      Didn’t want to say it but … I’m nodding a ‘yes’ to this. After watching the Knicks/Celtics a few nights ago and marvelling at the high level NBA basketball I was seeing throughout the game (from both teams), last night – much more so in the first half – was like D League stuff. Was tough to sit through at times. Glad the good guys won but … geez. Not quite what we were seeing from the Raps a week or so ago, somehow. 

      • Hound

        I totally agree, but remember we are massively depleted right now. Take the starting 4 and 5 out of any line up, also take out rotation guys LK, TR (8th and 9th man) from any team and they will not look that good. Thankfully we keep getting a few wins, and hopefully once everyone comes back (whether traded for assets or not) we will see better basketball.

        • Nilanka15

          I’m actually somewhat concerned about having a completely healthy team.  I don’t have faith in Casey’s ability to stick to a legit 8-9 man rotation. 

          It’s the current short rotation that (IMO) has led to the team’s consistent play of late.  Players have clearly defined roles, and know exactly when their minutes will come.

          • Hound

            Valid Point. I just think teams should always perform best with their best players available. (JV vs. Gray, AB vs.LF or KL playing the four off the bench) This does come down to coaching though, and making people accountable. I truly believe, once healthy, it is time for Casey to ratchet up the tough love on everyone on this roster and make each guy accountable. Then get the rotation set and stick to it, once he is getting a consistent effort from all involved.

        • Ch511

          Ya, true about the depleted part. As well, probably the usual ‘two steps forward one step back’ kind of thing. I’m sure they’ll pick it all up again. 

    • DumbassKicker

      I guess it’s a “surprise” to you that they needed to gut out a win, severely short-handed with only 2 suitable bigs, against a team that focuses on defense (11th in opposition PPG).

    • 2damkule

      wait, i thought it was the tribal honkers who clamoured for their ‘heroes’ to just score score score, and that THFs don’t appreciate, understand or WANT to see good defense & basic fundamentals, at least not if it means less run & gun.  right?

      what has happened to the FAQ proclamations of doom & dismay?  weren’t they supposed to win, like, one of the last dozen games or something? 

      • FAQ

        Then tell us why that good run couldn’t be sustained?  Not only wins, but good losses where the game is close.  The TRaps seem to have gone flat in the last several games at home, so why is that?

    • j bean

      +1
      The Raps lost their swagger after 2 bad losses. Cousins laid a shit kickin on em and the momentum they had took a nose dive. With a couple more wins the smiles and energy that come with good times will return.