Toronto Raptors 106 Final

Recap | Box Score

113 Brooklyn Nets
Ed Davis, PF 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -11Continued to showcase his ever-developing offensive game, hitting a couple of jumpers as well as being effective on the pick and roll. I wish the Raptors gave a couple more of DeMar’s shots to him in the 3rd quarter.
Landry Fields, SF 40 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -13Heavy on the effort, low on the finishing skill. I don’t think I’ve seen a guy botch two fast breaks that badly in a while, and he really does seem to be a bit lost on the offensive end. That said, impressive stat line, and he continues to rebound hard, leading the team again in that category tonight.
Aaron Gray, C 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -4His best game of the year – played passable defence, following Brook Lopez to the top of the key, which is rare for him, and showcased a few nice offensive moves (even a beautiful pass to a cutting Fields). Oh, and #letgraydunk (credit to Eric Koreen).
Jose Calderon, PG 29 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -15His shooting kept the Raps in the game early, and was consistent as usual (0 turnovers when the Raptors seemed to give it up every second possession becomes even more impressive), even when he cooled off in the second half. Here’s hoping his injury isn’t serious – the team can ill afford to lose him for even a game at this point.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -19Ugly, ugly shot selection. It seemed like all he was taking were either ugly right-handed-on-the-left-side-of-the-hoop layups (I counted at least 4 misses) or jumpers just inside the 3 point line (at least 3 of those missed, as well). If he really wants to be the offensive leader of this team, he needs to make better choices on a consistent basis or develop a left hand – as it is, teams that game plan for him seem to be able to stop him fairly easily.
Amir Johnson, PF 26 MIN | 6-7 FG | 3-6 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +5Casey did his best to limit his minutes as much as possible tonight (same with Lowry, I’m not sure why he was playing down the stretch with the team down 15 and a bum ankle), but he continued his consistent efforts on the offensive end and was the Raps’ only strong defensive presence in the post. These last few games have really been breakout performances for him.
Quincy Acy, SF 6 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +6Only 6 minutes, but by far his most effective offensive performance of the season. Nice to see him assert some position in the low post on that end and it led to a pair of and-1s – nice to see him with any kind of offensive moves, really.
John Lucas, PG 12 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0Got burned on D in some seriously unfavourable matchups (I’m pretty sure he got posted up by Mirza Teletovic at one point), but held his own in the 4th during semi-garbage time, as he usually does. That floater in the lane was beautiful.
Kyle Lowry, PG 15 MIN | 5-7 FG | 7-7 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +16Clearly, he heard the cries of everyone clamouring for him to look for his shot, and responded with one of his finest performances of the season. To come back in the 4th quarter with a sprained ankle and make it rain the way he did is nothing short of spectacular. Say what you will about the decision to leave him in when the game seemed out of reach, but you couldn’t ask for a guttier effort.
Alan Anderson, SG 9 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -5I love his effort, but he got torched by Joe Johnson (as were the rest of the Raptor wings) when he was in, 0 for 4 from the field, and lost a tooth. No, it was not Alan Anderson’s night.
Terrence Ross, SG 23 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +5A couple of highlight reel dunks (that putback in the 4th off the Lucas miss was INSANE), but he struggled from the field and was out of position too often to bug Joe Johnson with his length. Nine rebounds is a nice surprise, but it doesn’t hide the fact that he was pretty ineffective tonight on both ends of the floor. Young guy, he’ll bounce back.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers: Even though the Raptors cleaned it up halfway through the fourth quarter, the Nets still outscored them 24-8 on points off TOs and even worse off the fast break due to all the missed long twos from Ross and DeRozan. Those possessions are key, because no matter how good your defence has been playing, you can’t set up if the other team’s on the run.
  2. I can’t express how impressed I was with Kyle Lowry’s fourth quarter performance tonight. To come back from a sprained ankle and submit that kind of offensive display is almost Jordanian, and it really points to the kind of character the guy has. Sure, we have to save him from himself, sometimes, but you can’t question his heart – a huge quality for a guy you want leading your team.
  3. Aside from the turnovers, the Raptors’ rotation D in the 3rd quarter was a big reason this game got away. The Nets only went 8 for 21 on three-point attempts during the game, but there was a point in the 3rd where it seemed like they just couldn’t miss, and it seemed like lethargic rotations on the wing were directly responsible. I don’t want to harp too much on this point as they were playing with an injured Calderon on the floor, but it’s been a constant point of contention with the Raps this season and it cost them tonight at a key time.
  4. That said, I think a lot of pundits had the Raptors getting potentially blown out tonight, and to hang with a white-hot team for four quarters, given all the injuries we had both before and during the game, is a positive result. Chicago tomorrow night, where our guys will be heavy underdogs again, but can hopefully pull out enough stops to put them over the top.

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  • vino

    I actually enjoyed this game and the overall effort by our team

  • Sam Chen

    I feel like you’re heavily criticizing Fields too much… he did enough for the team as an all around player. That’s all you can ask. It’s a B- Effort. Max. 

    After all he got the most rebounds. 

    • Bboca

      Fields also had 40 minutes, a tribute to his effort.

    • Jamshid

      I fully agree. 8 points on a 4-6 shooting, 11 rebound is not bad for a guy like Fields !!! If Amir and Ed got Bs, then Fields should get the same.

      • Roarque

        Landry Fields was NOT the problem tonight – specifically DeMar DeRosen WAS the problem. When Kyle Lowry came in for the final 8 minutes, he came in to replace DeMar DeRosen as the Shooting Guard. In 8 mintes he scored 19 points.

        DDR scored 12 points for the REST of the Game at Shooting Guard.

        DDR missed 5 GIFTS in the game and the reason for that is LACK of FOCUS. So look DeMar if you’re having a fight with your girlfriend or your  cat is feeling a little off her cat food, could you let us know so we can sit your ass on the bench and put someon in the game who actually wants to be there?

        Is that too much to ask??? You wuss.

    • DumbassKicker

      That jumped out at me too!!! One of those huge WTF moments.

      From a SF,,, 8 Pts on 4/6,,,, top rebounder with 11,,, tied for top in assists at 5,,, 2 of the team’s 3 steals,,,,,,

      But he flubbed a couple of plays (shit, any NBA player would be delighted with only 2 mistakes in a game, like NOBODY is perfect) and he earns a “C”???? Shiit, ED’s not in there down the stretch because his D was MIA the whole game, but he gets a “B”????

      Incredibly biased evaluation.

  • knickz

    the nets were fav by -7 lol

  • knickz

    couple obervations from watching the past few weeks.

    1. big demar fan but the dude is weak anhas some of the worst handles for a guard

    2. ed davis fanboy but he isn’t good on defense as I thought he was

    3. like the spark anderson brings but he seriously needs to chill wth his shot selection

    4. casey might not be the coach I thought he was

    • Jamshid

      I have no idea why BC rushed to sign DD to a 10 million a year contract when he had the summer and …

      • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

        To make it seem like he did something positive to the fan base- pissing on the fan base and calling it rainwater, shitting on the fan base and calling it Kobe steak.

        And having DD run and sign it right before the jump ball in the tunnel area was very unprofessional Bush League as well as that commercial is dripping with wack juice (Canibus voice).

        I want to know why did BC potentially trade away the Raptors Lottery draft pick for next season if they are still rebuilding? Is that part of the PLAN?

        BC, please define your often stated PLAN that began when Jay took over for Sam (fired at 8-9) 4 plus seasons ago…….I’ll wait……


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        • Jerry

          Because BC bullshitted he said he is accelerating this building process and traded for Lowry and extended DeMar did fuck all else and STILL thinks that lack of talent is not a problem. fire this clown asap blow up the team

    • Adriiian

      i agree with the point about demar. hes gotta drive more. shoot less. switch it up. 75% driving, kick, penetrate. 25% shooting. you ain’t kobe.

      • Paul

        Demar can’t drive any more than he does. If he could, he would. The problem is his handle sucks and he has no explosion. When will people understand that quickness and speed are two different things? Derozan might be Carl Lewis athletically (minus the roids), but if he has no explosion he can’t blow by anyone.

    • Scottbbaird

      Davis CAN defend, but he’s not happy to do it. He’s very slow to rotate in the paint.

      • Roarque


      • Amigo

        Another great game from Boss Davis A+.
        Again some Howardesque moves on both ends, he dominated the paint, demanded the ball, and went to work playing like a MAN.His great D limited the Nets to only 113 points.He had 7 big,great,beautiful rebounds and 12 lovely point on 10 shats.

      • NyAlesund

        He has the chance to prove his consistency and he’s not happy to do it?  Are you kidding me? He is not an offensive threat and if he doesn’t defend hard is useless for us. We can’t afford another AB 1.0.

        • SukaTori

          another AB 1.0.   😉

  • ppellico

    AS much as I love Gray (for much more than his play), he is not deserving an A.
    OK…perhaps a big B.
    But his being punished for short spells of poor play and banishment to the bench so quickly and permanently every night will forever piss me off with Casey.
    IF you want a ready bench…then fucking play them when you can.
    Amir playing long minutes with a sore ankle and being down by 13 points was an opportunity again for Gray.
    He had only 2 fouls and 3 assist.
    So shit, coach! why in hell can’t he get more time on the floor.
    You are going to need him in the future, unless there is a trade.
    So goddamn it…get him floor time with his mates.
    Casey is a poor game coach and getting more so every game I watch him.

  • Jerry

    When will Raptor fans realize DeRozan is a scrub? I posted back during the loss to the thunder a week ago that he had another one of his disappearing acts and people were saying that every SG struggles against OKC. For the past several games he’s been disappearing or giving very mediocre production at best. now will you learn about this  overpaid bum?

    • Nilanka15

      I wouldn’t call him a “scrub”, but his game is very limited.  Poor jump shooter with an inability to create his own shot off the dribble. 

      Also, his finishing ability is ridiculously weak.  How many botched drives have we seen this year, had Ross done the same, would’ve thrown it down hard (i.e. the way an “athletic” player is supposed to).

      And yes, his contract extension is one of the silliest decisions management has made in a while.

      • Roarque

        Think TRoss will turn DDR into trade bait? Packaged with Jose for a SF?

  • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Extrapolated moral victories still equal Ls in the NBA………we are not an expansion franchise this is BC’s 7th season in the TDot…

    Btw- Chicago just destroyed Atlanta…..and Jose, Lowry & Bargnani are very injury prone…especially over the past 3 seasons.

    BC, Casey, Gheradini, Stefanski, Kelly, Bargnani, Jose, Matt, Jack, Leo and every other BC organizational yes man & memo’d talking points TDot media head gets the- Gas Face


  • Scottbbaird

    Slow feet, turnovers, less swinging of the ball, and unable to stop the ball before it sees paint.

    Demar was mentally absent, and it showed.

    We regressed two years for this game.

  • lowryjordanmadness

    LOL, come on. Lowry and Jordan. Crazy talk, just stop. 

  • Roarque

    The fourth quarter comeback was welcome – however two points:

    1. It started when Dwane FINALLY gave up on DDR and benched him. That benching should have happened in the third quarter. DDR was treated like Andrea bargnani tonight. That’s on you, Mr Casey.

    2. Amir sat throught the first 6 minutes of the fourth because he had four fouls. But when Dwane fianlly put him in, he was part of the Raptors comeback.

    Amir and Kyle didn’t think the game was over with 6 minutes left. The disturbing point is that Dwane Casey had already surrendered. Thank the lord that Kyle demanded to be put in the game and brought along Amir – and finally SOMEONE told Dwane to park DeMar’s ass on the bench. Kyle was playing DDR’s position for almost 20 points.

    Damn I hate to lose games that should have been won – on you Dwane Casey, on you!!

    • ghost

      Dude, you’re a fucking genius…too bad hindsight is 20/20.  

      • Roarque

        Dwane is not above criticism on RRepub. If he sucked then he needs to know it.

  • Jay

    Can’t believe how bad this team is… 

  • ad

    Raps simply got overmatched talent wise. Bottom Line. Funny how lowry on one leg is still the best player on the team.

  • howlonghowlong

    Nothing hurts more than the fact that we don’t have a lottery pick 🙁

    I can’t stand BC. He’s delusional.  This has nothing to do with this game.  It’s the fact that he thinks we have talent that can contend for a title one day.  Even if JV turns into Pau Gasol in his prime, this team cannot contend with its current talent moving forward.  Why on earth did he think it’s time to “accelerate the process”??  Accelerate while you have a 20 year old rookie center?  an overpaid-ineffecient SG?  No talented SF?  a no help defence/no rebounding PF (AB)?

    Even if the raptors were winning and are .500 and are top 8 in the east, it doesn’t make these decisions right.  Do we want to be the next Milwaukee bucks?  The next Atlanta hawks?  The next utah jazz?  teams that make the playoffs or nearly miss the playoffs but are bounced out of there before the second round?  There is no talent here to get us to a top 4 team in the league … period!!  Anyone who thinks this squad can develop to that level is as delusional as BC.

    I really wouldn’t care if we were losing while developing youth, but to lose and have no lottery picks to show for it … that hurts.

    • ad

       BC is a fucking clown. Just dont tell the many fanboys on here that players like derozan, davis, calderon, and even ross arent that good. They are NBA players but just lack high end all star level talent which this team desperately needs. The only 2 players worth keeping and building around are jval and lowry. One is a borderline all star and the other is a potential all star. The next step should be getting a minimum borderline all star wing. Of course, I have no faith in BC to get the right player.

      • SteveB

        Name one you can get to come here!?

        • What the

          Wiggins ! We need to slow down the building process and build the right way, the marble tiles that we need for the house/Wiggins won’t be ready for another 2 season so we should be making trades for Butler and Gary Forbes and getting ready to “Tank” with a purpose Cavs/Wiz style fake injury what it takes to get that one player that the Raptors are missing ,so it’s going to take 2 years to get the marble tile/Wiggins so what, lets build the right way slow down the building process and Tank for Wiggins he’ll come here and he’ll never leave.

          • DumbassKicker

            yes, tell the fans that actually pay money to go see games, that you’re going to be the worst you can be for 2 years, so that you can have at best (you have to be absolute worst in the L) a 25% lottery chance at a player that could injure his knee (eg. Oden anyone?) and leave you with nothing. Brilliant idea, lol,,,,,,, fn troll

            • What the

              l don’t mind telling it like the Cavs did for LBJ/Irvin or the Wiz for Wall and I’m sure there are other teams that look at players 2 to 3 years down the road we owe OKC the pick this pay them then DD or whom ever go down with some kind of fake injury through out the season and we play Val and Ross in that time buddy there should be no shame in Tanking for a chance to get one of the best player in a draft that could/would make your team better, and if you ask any true Raptor fan right now if they could live going through a Cavs/Wiz style tanking in order to land a type of playa like Wiggins they’ll tell you go for it. don’t be silly i’m sure you are one of the people who belives in building through the draft. The Cavs did it after LBJ the Wiz did it after Gilbert we need to do it after Bosh cause AB13 ain’t working i can take pain if the prize is Wiggins we could go from there no?

    • NyAlesund

       The only way to have some picks is to trade AB, JC, AJ, LK and AG. Considering the current roster doesn’t have a real star, the only thing to do is wipe out the old group and rebuild with the new guys such us Val, Ross and Lowry.

  • TheTyrant


    K-Lo was good, but really? Best performance? If that is his best then this team sucks more tubesteak than I thought. It was garbage time. Do we really think K-Lo and AJ were going to will a win after the 2 min mark? Great effort, but a wasted one.And I’d have to disagree with the Energizer Bunny’s mark as well. You can’t put the blame on him for having to guard a dude a foot taller than him. I thought he gave some greatly needed energy. And the dude nearly broke an ankle on one play.

  • NyAlesund

    Everytime we play against the big fella, tonight Lopez-Blatche, we don’t have any chance to win the game. It happened again.

    Davis-Johnson are to small to stop them. And honestly Davis has a lot of deficiency on D.


  • Canadian Paul

    Raps had 121 ORTG. That wins you about 90% of games. But again, defence was the culprit. 129 ORTG surrendered is waaaaaaaaaaay too much. The Nets leaked out or ran on turnovers and that was the downfall. 24 points on 13 turnovers is extremely efficient from the Nets.

    Anderson and Ross are starting to piss me off. One dribble, shoot or one dribble, turnover.

  • Optifan

    I can’t believe how bipolar people on this site are, to the point that I can barely read the comments anymore. Couple weeks ago people were lauding Derozan and starting to say that he’s earning his contract. Now he’s a scrub who needs to be traded. He’s in a bit of a rut right now, happens to every player.

    And regarding the loss tonight, people need to chill. We lost on the road to the hottest team in the nba and everyone is losing their shit. Things are still looking way up from the team that was sitting 4-19, but at the end of the day this is a team that will beat the ones we’re supposed to best and lose to the ones we’re supposed to lose to.

    Here’s looking forward to the deadline to see what trades go down to give us some hope to finish strong and make a push next year.

    • DumbassKicker

      Yup, bipolar is part of it. Clueless about the game of basketball is part too. Something about ingrained need to complain in the DNA of many a Toronto sport fan is another. It’s a good thing the bunch that hangs out here does not represent the general population of Raptors’ fans. If it did, we’d have lost the team long ago. Bunch of dumbasses whose lives are so pathetic that they need to complain about “their team” to feel better about themselves.

      • RaptorFan

        In the “dumbass fans'” defence – they havent had much winning over here.  I’m sure that would depress most true fans.  However, i dont think fans who discuss (YES even ARGUE) about their favourite team is such a bad thing. 

        You DumbassKicker don’t know anything more than my anyone else on this site.  AND if this site is sooo full of complaining losers…. it begs the question….. WTF are you doing here?? 

        Moreso, you fail to realize that you are also included in the dumbasses whose lives are soooo pathetic that they need to complain about a shitty team’s fans to feel better about himself. 

        Losers complain!  Get over it! — maybe you should follow some winners.  It seems that your wasting your time on this site.

        • DumbassKicker

          “it begs the question….. WTF are you doing here??’

          Precisely why I’m rarely here. When I do have time to cruise the net, I generally go places where adults who understand the place where sport fandom belongs in their life hang out. I guess I’m a stubborn bastard though, and come visit once in while in hopes of participating in some mature discussion about our Raptors. One of these days it will sink in.

  • Nilanka15

    Hey, remember when DeRozan used to operate out of the post (and was VERY effective)?  Ahhh, those were the good ol’ days….

  • canuck_eh

    Fire Colangelo! Demar sucks! Anderson’s shot selection blows! 

    Folks, step away from the ledge. I’ll save you all the hand wringing and post the key stats for the game:

    Brooklyn payroll: $87.6M; Toronto payroll: $59.2M

    Jay-Z and the Russian oligarch’s pockets are a little deeper, and in this league, you get what you pay for. It was an entertaining game, and the Raptors competed for 3/4 of it…

    BTW – that is one fine looking court they have at the Barclay’s Centre. And the camera angle for TV is waaaaay better. Gets you right in the action.

    • RaptorFan

      “Brooklyn payroll: $87.6M; Toronto payroll: $59.2M”

      Enough said!  Our guys fought hard BUT Brooklyn has wayyy more talent than we do.  Look at their bench talent — Blatche, Marshon Brooks, Humphries/Evans, C.J. Watson, etc.

      Thats the difference between a good team/contender and weak team right there.  It is a talent issue!


    • Roarque

      Without Bargs and Jose, the payroll would be $39 M and they’d be prepping for rebuilding with a early pick. But  I’d rather see first class ball now while I’m still vertical.

  • KaioKev

    “Back to life, back to reality”

  • FAQ

    Mosgov and Casspi are available… ya think ..????

    • What the

      what ? don’t you like Butler and Gary Forbes.

                       2014 Tank for Wiggins

      • What the

        No shame in tanking picking 4th 8th 9th 13th is a waste of time let Val and Ross get a couple of years playing while we are tanking  for Wiggins …you can tank in a good way like last night it doesn’t have to be a blow out lost