Los Angeles Lakers 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Toronto Raptors
Ed Davis, PF 31 MIN | 9-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +7

These kind of games are becoming the rule, not the exception. The key to his offense is that elbow jumper, which he made consistently today.

Landry Fields, SF 38 MIN | 8-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +8

Best game as a Raptor. Has really good court presence and kept finding ways to get open down the right baseline, where Caldy constantly found him. Rebounding like he is from the 3 is making up for his non-existent perimeter game.

Aaron Gray, C 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +12

You know what? Aaron Gray played a hell of a game today, even if it was for 16 minutes. Kept Dwight from going off before D12 was unceremoniously tossed, and then Gray was no longer needed.

Jose Calderon, PG 30 MIN | 9-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | +7

It wasn’t just “good” Jose today. It was the way he scored. Gone are the days where Numero Ocho struggles to shoot off the dribble. He can stroke it from anywhere on the court, and is one of the best shooters in this league.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | +10

Just a passenger today. Seems to be a passenger for a lot of the Raptors big victories this year. Just can’t do anything other than hit open mid-range jumpers and draw contact in the lane. The 3 assists at least show an attitude to concede to his teammates, but attitude has never been the problem with DeMar.

Amir Johnson, PF 22 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +2

Typical workmanlike effort from one of the most underrated big men in this league. The short jumper off an AA dish late in the game is one he needs to take more often. Big defensive play on Gasol late in the game as well.

Quincy Acy, SF 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

A plus every game for intensity.

Kyle Lowry, PG 18 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -2

Played in control and hit some big threes late in the game. His defense on Kobe was actually decent in the 4th. Wish he would shoot more, is pretty automatic when open.

Alan Anderson, SG 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -15

If Calderon or Lowry don’t have the ball in their hands and the shot clock is winding down, this is the guy you want with the rock. Sorry Demar. Just goes to prove that there is athleticism and then there’s the ability to use it with a ball in your hand. AA does that better hands down.

Terrence Ross, SG 18 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -5

Great finisher on the fast break, not much else.

Dwane Casey

Didn’t hurt the team with his coaching, didn’t necessarily help either, although his timeout calls were done at the right times and the team did seem to rally from them.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Obviously Dwight Howard getting tossed changed the complexion of this game, not that the Lakers were looking like a well-oiled machine with him in there.
  2. What makes this game so satisfying is the Raptors shutting up all those annoying Lakers fans in the building. Let’s see how long they stick around if the Lakers continue to struggle.
  3. The Lakers main problem this season has been the defense, clearly. To remedy that, they hire Mike D’Antoni. The same D’Antoni whom Amare Stoudemire played for the majority of his career. The same Stoudemire who recently mentioned that he never been taught defense in the Association.
  4. This victory will do a lot of good to the Raptors’ collective psyche. This will really boost their spirits after some really tough losses: OT against Brooklyn, imploding against Milwaukee at home, blown Amir call against Chicago, botched inbound play against Philly.
  5. Refereeing was brutal. It was like the zebras needed to give the Lakers superstar treatment, yet the poor Raptors have had two game-deciding calls completely botched that the league recognized and apologized for. Must have been tough for them.

  • jacobdrichards4

    I dont think Alan Anderson is worth the A at all, he hit some shots but when your 5-13  and were -15 thats not being productive for your team, i was yelling for them to take him out and put in Ed Davis the whole fourth quarter. 

    • mountio

      totally agree. Just cause the guy has the balls to take the shot (which he does .. and should be commended for, cause a lot of our guys dont) .. doesnt mean he should shoot it as much as he does. This is a typical AA game. 5/13 is just above his % for the year. Not good enough and would be blasted if he was AB instead of AA. 

      • NyAlesund

        AA is not the most hated player. So, only AB deserves D if he scores 5/13 from the field.

      • Hound

        8 assists today and pretty good defence as well. Right now, he is a top 5 or 6 guy on this team.

        • mountio

          agree. Doesnt mean he should keep taking bad shots! He brings a lot and is very much growing on me as an all around player. But he doesnt get a pass on the shot selection

        • Milesboyer

          Another game that proves AA is >>> than DD. If he wasn’t 30 he’d be considered a core player and if DD wasn’t signed to a ridiculous extension I’d be much happier.

      • ibleedpurple

        My friend AB gets blasted for his lack of rotation, his lack of passion and his general lack of interest. AA plays defense as hard as any Raptor ever has and his passion is contagious. His shot selection isn’t the best and I’ve seen him take on isolation situations that yield nothing but I can’t take anything away from his defense. 

      • ghotte

        Rather than bring up an irrelevant post about AB, I will point out that a D for DD while AA gets an A is too big discrepancy. I’d make that a C and a B+ respectively due to Demar not forcing things too much (unneccessarily) and the assists versus AAnderson’s shot selection and +- 

    • knickz

       i just hate that he  takes shots so early in the shot clock

      • KJ-B

        I just hate that he seems to be under the impression that the team can’t win, if he doesn’t dominate the ball–he’s playing a dangerous game and is as responsible for this win as the recent losses…volume scorer

        • CJT

          no, he’s not.  Not even close.

          • KJ-B

            check the stats…

            • CJT

              how do stats illustrate KL standing around dribbling the shot clock away, not creating not finding guys in the proper spots etc.?

    • Roarque

      AA makes $885K per season.
      .
      Ed Davis makes 4X that amount.

      Ed Davis was in junior high when AA was in th NBA.

      The Raps were sooooo lucky to score AA last year.

      Think of him as our Linsanity

  • K.J.P

    “one of the best shooters in the league”

  • Roarque

    Amir has many skills but to me his best strenght is his intensity at the 46-48 minute mark of a game. He usually steps up his game with a key rebound or defensive block. I’d love to see a stat on his rebounds in the last two minutes versus the league’s other bigs.

  • Gregast

    I loved the ref blowing a Raptor fast break dead so he could give Kobe a technical foul. Why didn’t he let the play finish and then T-up Kobe – it’s not like Kobe wouldn’t still be whining all the way down the floor.

    I missed the first half – why was Dwight tossed?

    • knickz

       got two technicals

    • KJ-B

      Funniest part of the ejection was the other officials tried to block the call but the T was already given!!! It’s funny when an official actually makes a basketball call, then realizes the politics of the decision a split second later!

      • ckh26

         Nicely put. This is the only major NA sports league that has a game after game after game discussion on the credibility of its officiating. Its incessant. Fouls are judged not by the action in plain sight but rather “who” is doing the fouling and “who” is the recipient of the foul.

        • unknown guest

          Yeah, NHL probably has the least debate about the refs–more about the rules in place than the actual refs–unlike the other major league sports.

          NBA is the worst :(

          • Nilanka15

            The NHL does have its own version of bias depending on the moment in the game.  For example, penalties are a lot less likely to be called in OT than during regulation. 

            A violation is a violation.  It shouldn’t matter if it’s the 5th minute, or the 55th minute.

      • Gregast

        Nothing should surprise us when it comes to NBA officiating.

        NOTHING

  • chach

    Posted this in last thread – but would love it if Jose were resigned – just a quality guy and great leader – can’t say we’ve seen too many Raptors over the years with those attributes.

    • knickz

       kobe is assigned to guard the other team’s best player, I wonder who he was guarding today? yes, that is a shot at someone on here

      • mountio

        kobe is assigned to guard the other teams PG (because Nash is awful on D) – not the other teams best player. They put nash on the worst offensive guard (in this case LF) .. more of a comment on LF than anything else .. 

        • knickz

           so, nash can’t guard jose? t

          • mountio

            nash cant guard anyone. So, they stick him on the worst, least active guard .. which is clearly LF

            • knickz

               i listened to the lakers broadcast and that’s not what they wre saying

              • The Truth

                Enlighten us then, because Nash was on Fields for the majority of the game on defense and Fields had his way with him.

                • unknown guest

                  He is saying that the LA commentators  were talking Jose up, almost the entire game, along with Ed Davis. And Landry Fields.

          • CJT

            Well, Kobe couldn’t guard him either so their plan kinda sucked ass.  Also Didn’t Landry eat Nash’s lunch today?  Yes, yes he did. 

            • monocled_gentleman_scholar

              I heard after the game he also tossed his salad.

              • unknown guest

                oooooooooooooooooh, lol.

              • CJT

                You “heard” it huh. hmmmm

      • Dabosskwasia

        Dribbles is this teams best player?!….plz kill yourself 

        • knickz

          that’s what the people from the other team usually say

  • Dc

    Ed davis is a beast. Theres no way in hell he should be included in any bad  trade that BC is cooking up. Just to think this is his 1st time starting and getting his well deserved mins. He’s gonna get better. Always said his game reminds me of a young elton brand. BC just needs to not fuck it up and trade him. JV, ross, ed are the only ppl that should be off limits to trading unless a GREAT package comes along. But a desperate BC is a dangerous BC I could see him blowing this with the wrong move. I had just read an article where BC and stefanski were saying that the thought ed d was a career backup 4. To bad they didn’t notice bargs has been that his whole career. 

    • knickz

       before his hand injury in college he was slated to be the number 2 pick in the 2010 draft. right now i have him as a top 5 player from that draft and he’s barely had an opportunity to play. can you imagine how much better ed, favors and patterson  would be if they had the chance to start from the get.

      • KJ-B

        I can recall you bigging Up Ed’s stock for all the way back in the day–you’re not bandwaggoning!

        • knickz

           If  add more muslce and work on his post game. we might have a 20-10 pf of the uture

          • CJT

            He really needs to learn to use his right hand.  He is starting to get stripped on a regular basis because everyone in the building knows what he is going to do.  He won’t even try his right handed lay up in warm ups.  If and when he develops a right hand he will be very good.

          • Sig

            You think Ed can average 20 points per game?

            Do you know that there are only ten 20 point scorers in the league this year?

            • mountio

              excellent point. Although according to half this board, 20 point scorers are a dime a dozen in this league .. 

              • Nilanka15

                I see where you’re going with this.  I believe the point previously made was that, if given the reigns to the offense (the same way Bargnani has in the past), plenty of players have the ability to average 20 ppg in a consequence-free offensive system. 

                The bottom line was that “what about the offense?  Who’s going to score?” was never a legit argument against trading Bargnani.

              • unknown guest

                LOLs

            • knickz

               with more polish to his game, i do

    • Tonious35

       This team needed a David West/Antonio Davis to help this team return to the glory years of the Raptors with Vince and AD.  Ed Davis is looking like the part now with his consistent PT and starting.

      • What the

        no we need Andrew Wiggins 2014 tank baby tank ,no shame in “Tanking” 2014 we need to tank like Cavs/Wiz we are one core player away, then 2015 we hit the ground running .

        • unknown guest

          With the Raps luck, we’d be go 0-82 and Stern gives Wiggins to another team ><

        • CJT

          Whew, only 19 more months of you posting the same idiotic comment in every thread.

  • knickz

    can someone look up our record when the starting sf scores more than 10 points? just curious

  • Raptors

    Sell high on Davis, trade him + Calderon for Cousins.

    • unknown guest

      Uh, wha!? No. Just, no.

      • Sig

        Uh, yes. Just yes.

        • Possibility?

          HELL YES!

          1. JV/AJ
          2. DC/AB
          3. LF/AA
          4. DD/TR
          5. KL/JL

          I’m sold on that 10 man rotation.  Then we drop DD in a deal to trade up at the 3 and we’re a beast of a team.

      • hater

        i like ed but youd be retarded not to trade him + jose for cousins

        • unknown guest

          Yeah? and who controls cousins on the raps? Do I think he’s talented? Heck yeah!!! He’s a BEAST!
          The fear is that he regresses and becomes an cancer on the team. Then what?

          • Nilanka15

            Calderon likely won’t be playing for Toronto next season anyway, so including him is simply a technicality.

            This proposed deal is basically Davis for Cousins straight up.  And I would take the MVP-calibre upside any day. 

            It’s not like the Raptors are a legit playoff threat where we need to actually worry about disrupting chemistry. 

            We’ve been searching for some All-NBA talent since Carter left, and hesitating because of Ed Davis (i.e. a fringe starter), is a bad idea (IMO).

            Whether Sacramento actually agrees to this trade, well that’s a different topic altogether….

            • unknown guest

              I see it, I do. The temptation is there, and he MIGHT come around and get his head on straight, etc. but historically, NBA players who have been branded as “difficult” or “headcases” rarely/hardly/(never?) put things together.
              IF, he was “professional”, I’d do it in a second, no doubt.

              On the flipside, as you say, we’re not contending anyways + JC is as good as gone + Davis may re-sign elsewhere anyways down the line, and it might be a good gamble to trade for him, if Sacramento is willing to trade.

              I’m guessing there are a ton of teams that would be will to gamble on Cousins, so, as implied, he’d still be a big asset.

              • CJT

                Listen to yourselves.  Jose is gone, Davis is probably gone etc.  It’s really unbelievable what you have talked yourselves in to believing.  You have given no reasons why you think any of these things just stating your narrowminded opinions as facts.

            • The Truth

              I somewhat doubt they will trade cousins for such a paltry package with new ownership in the wings anyway.

              Bit of a tough pill for potential buyers to swallow that they get the franchise just after it’s been gutted of its best player in return for Ed Davis (effectively, given Jose is expiring).

    • 511

      There was a time that trading Calderon seemed like the smart move. And I’ve had moments – even this year – when I’ve thought the same, but not anymore. How can we ignore what we see with our own eyes, right now? He’s playing better than he ever has – like, ever – and watching Jason Kidd (who I’m seeing in the Nets at Knicks game right now) at 39 still contribute more nights than not at the same position, considering Jose is 31 and (again) playing better than ever, I say we do what we can to re-sign him and keep for a few more years. 

      Also, watching how Cousins ran rampant over the Raps a couple or so weeks back, ya … he’s a beast. And I’d love to have a player of that size and ability on the Raptors. But … I’m pretty big on the ‘character’ thing … so the question I wonder is, will Cousins keep it locked down enough (mentally speaking) to help get a team all the way to a championship one day? Well, he might, who can really say …? … but I wouldn’t be betting the farm on it. And by trading Jose along WITH Ed Davis, that’s close enough to the farm for me. So I wouldn’t do it. 

      And speaking of Ed, this guy’s getting better all the time. Once he straightens out that ridiculous free-throw stroke he’s reverted to or morphed to or whatever’s happened there … and maybe learns to go right every now and then, his ceiling might be a lot higher than some of us think. Packaging him with Jose for a possibly half-nutty Cousins would not be something I’d want. At all. I’d rather let JV (a definite untouchable for me) grow and mature and see what we have there in a couple or so years. He might end up better than almost all of ’em (current big men). Without the eventual issues that Cousins probably brings along. 

  • the grey nathan

    Kobe gave us this win. Yeah, he made some big shots at the end, but while he was chucking up 35 shots, Gasol was dominating every time he accidentally got the ball. I was worried they would notice. But they didn’t. Still, great win by our boys. Even though I was so nervous my bladder accelerated.

  • NyAlesund

    Calderon vs Lowry.
    This game shows why Josè is better than Kyle. It wasn’t the first time.

    • unknown guest

      NO more. Stop. Jose was great, and Klow played well. When JC has a bad game, haters come out, so lets not do it the other way around. Both PG’s are good and they seem like–today anyways–they can work well togther,

      • NyAlesund

         I am saying this, because fans don’t realize how important is Josè for the organization. But, no matter how he plays, there always someone that think is best to trade him. Instead we have to offer him a new contract.

        • unknown guest

          That’s what fans do. I don’t like it, but it is what it is. We can’t always get sucked into a fan-made/media-made “rivalry”, especially since as good as Jose has been–and I like Jose–he’s never shown that he can keep it up for 82 games.

        • sleepz

          How important is he for the organization?

          Jose has been here for many years. Please explain how important he has been to the Raps organization?

          Isn’t this sport still about W vs L’s?

          No disrespect to Jose but Raps fans love to overvalue the players on this team.

          • CJT

            He is one player on a team that has not had significant elite talent since his arrival.  Not really fair to pin that on Jose.

            • sleepz

              Maybe, but I’ve seen Jose play in the playoffs, with an elite talent and when the games get tighter and defensive becomes more integral to winning his effectiveness diminshes greatly.

              You can’t not fight through screens or not stop dribble penetration in the playoffs if you want to win.

              Raps or nowhere near that point (playoffs) but as good of a floor general as he is, without a lot better players I wouldn’t want him moving forward. Plus he’s making $10 mil.

              • CJT

                All good points, but I disagree with you on some of them.  Jose fights harder and plays harder on D than Lowry all day.  He does not have the foot speed, I give you, but look at effort.  KL is lazy and doesn’t even try to get through screens.  Jose is making 10m this season, but going forward he will not be making that.  I am one of those fanboys who thinks that JC and KL are a good fit for each other, I know that is not too popular, but I think they both bring important and needed skillsets to a team and can coexist easily.  I don’t care who starts and all that crap, just want the best tandem we can get out there.

    • The Truth

       They both hit shots when they were on and we needed them to.

    • ghotte

      Not to mention the Lakers are playing like a sub 500 team right now. A better comparison needs to be made when they both play against the upper tier of the league.

      • CJT

        They’re not playing like a sub 500 team, they ARE a sub 500 team.

    • Nilanka15

      It appears that Calderon’s style fits well with a team filled with players who can’t create their own offense.  In that regard, he played a great game getting his teammates the ball in positions they need to succeed.

      But if I’m building this team from scratch, Lowry is the guy I choose (on the assumption that we find a shooting guard who knows how to dribble, and a low-post player with a reliable “go-to” move).

      • sleepz

        Funny thing is, with some elite talent on this team you can go with either one as they would move down a peg if you have a real #1 on this team.

        Only issue with Jose is he needs the ball in his hands all the time and if the Raps had an elite player (preferrably at the wing spot) his strengths wouldn’t be as important.

        Raps fans are arguing about Jose vs. Kyle instead of, how do we get an elite player on this team (and I’m not talking Gay or Gasol)?

        • CJT

          I don’t understand your point?  How can Jose create shots for everyone else but need the ball in his hands?

          • sleepz

            Quite easily.

            He often has the ball in his hands and when a player like say Amir sets a pick and rolls hard he will get the ball near the rim. Jose had it for the majority of the time but he delivered the ball to the roller at the rime, which is the right basketabll play.

            You trying to tell me Jose is not a dribbler and doesn’t have the ball in his hands a whole lot?

            At the start of the year when he was backing Lowry up or they brought him in to be a spot shooter how well was he doing?

            He doesn’t create anything off the dribble. Just through the offence, which is not a knock, I would just want more from my pg as thats the way the game is changing now.  

            • CJT

              OK, I see your point, but don’t understand why that is a problem.  You have said yourself that he dishes it at the right times to give players the best chance to make the right play.  I don’t think that Jose would have any issue with giving up the ball to an elite wing to make the right play either.  But one thing I think we have seen with this team is that everyone plays better when there is ball movement and any elite player that comes in is going to have to fit that role not the other way around.  Look at Kobe last night, he has one of the most productive pass first pg’s in the history of the game and won’t let him bring the ball up and make plays.  The result, a team with the most talent in the NBA can’t win games.

        • NyAlesund

           The problem is when we get an elite player. Until then I prefer not get rid of Josè. Except if we trade him for Rudy Gay or another real great player.

    • sleepz

      Of course it does as they were playing against one another.

      You have quickly turned into the new cesco, unless you’re the old cesco?

      • NyAlesund

         I am not cesco for sure…………

  • Adriiian

    We cannot give up Jose. He is too vital for this team. 
    Who knows what he would have done in the last few games if he played in the crunch.
    Hes a better shooter and creator than Lowry. Maybe I’m biased because I love Jose’s game since he was a Raptor, but I just feel we should keep this guy at like 5-6m a year for the rest of his career. He is like Nash, as he has the shot and vision. The defense can be covered up with better defensive players. He’s very close to Steves skill and shot. The difference between Steve and Jose is the players that they have played in their career. Both have been around the 50-40-90 CLUB. That says something right there. Jose is the fucking man.

    His vision and passing is pretty damn close to Nash.

    • unknown guest

      But he’s also the Raps biggest trade asset.

    • BCBargnaniJoseGots2Go!!!

      Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttttttt (Clay Davis voice)

  • Daniel

    A-Dub, what is “bad” Jose?

  • Copywryter

    “Refereeing was brutal. It was like the zebras needed to give the Lakers superstar treatment,” – except when they tossed Howard early and for nothing.

    • The Truth

       They had a nice little chat about rescinding it when they realised that it meant chucking him…

      • Adriiian

        I know right. Fucking bullshit.

      • unknown guest

        I KNOW!!! LOL. Quite the f’n quandry. Notice how D’Antoni or KObe didn’t get chucked?

  • JHP

    Great win and it’s hilarious how NBA.COM is already saying they won because Howard was ejected.  If the Lakers  had won there would be no mention of JV/AB/etc being injured.

    • Dc

      That’s because JV is a lil known rookie and AB is a glorified 6th 7th man masquerading as a starter. 

    • Nilanka15

      Missing Howard and missing JV/AB aren’t very comparable. 

  • Anomalous

    Great game, great team effort, but strangely quiet early on …. maybe it was because I had a lot  of lakers fans around me but we were up 19 to 4 or something early in the first and the building was not nearly excited enough for my liking … although the final 5 minutes were a little too exciting …. 

    Calderon played exceptionally well and fields might have been the x-factor the laker didn’t plan for …

  • ghotte

    Casey with a C+? So, he gets zero credit for game planning when they come out hot and get a win but when they lose it’s entirely his “in-game” decisions that are leading to the turnovers and poor shot selection. Right?

    • j bean

      I thought he did a nice job today. The coaches on the other side looked like they were gonna cry.

    • knickz

       “coaches don’t win you games, they only lose them”-bob mccowan

      • CJT

        how many professional games has Bob McCowan played in?  About as many as Eric Koreen I;m guessing.  

  • raptorspoo

    Sorta off topic…
    But wasn’t Val suppose to be our amazing pick n roll center. I just cried watching the Bos Det game cause Drummond already looks like a beast on the pick n roll. Huge picks -> huge dunks. He’s already showing what we want Val to develop into… offense and defense~

    Damn you BC!! :'(

    • Nilanka15

      But Val is a great PNR center…

      • raptorspoo

        Great? Define that please? Does he finish off a pick and roll sequence with an emphatic dunk? ala Tyson C or an Amare w/ Nash? Or does he set a pick and then knock down money shots when the pass is made to him? Sorry, at this point I would give the nod to Amir over Val as a ‘PNR center’.

        Not hating on Val but he can’t finish yet like Drummond does. Nor does he get block shots like Drummond does on the defensive yet. Nor does he have the strength and athleticism to grab rebounds like Drummond.
        In my opinion Drummond is already better and has a higher ceiling to reach.I really wouldn’t have minded having both Val and Andre as a C&PF (cause I do like both) and trading ED&Bargs(when his value was higher over the summer) to strengthen other areas but BC messed up my dreams :/

  • Thornbury

    Was the fortunate benefactor of some incredible platinum seats about eight rows off the sideline. Great win, great game. Your second point about the annoying Laker’s is an understatement. Stupid bandwagon fans. This win was especially sweet to see all of them sulk out of the building at the end.
    Your fifth point was bang on too. At the game it was disturbing to see, as opposed the the tv coverage, how much Kobe, Gasoline, Dwight and sad to say Nash were continuously working the refs. You could see it working. In the last 5 minutes when it was close I was worried that the constant hounding wound win the Lakers the game. That ball didn’t lie in the end. Beautiful to see the overrated Howard cry on his way of the court. Gotta be killing Kobe but I am loving it!

  • Gregast

    DDR must be injured – no other excuse will do.

    • Nilanka15

      No, he’s just not that good.  4 years into his career, and he still has sub-par shooting, dribbling, and passing ability.

      You know when kids learn the “triple threat stance”?  The idea is that at any given moment, a player is a threat to drive, pass, or shoot….thus leaving the defense guessing.  DeRozan can’t create off the bounce, mainly passes when his own shot is taken away, and shoots too inconsistently.  He’s a zero-threat player.

      Sure, he’s improving.  But at this rate, he “might” be a legit weapon by the time he’s 32.

      • j bean

        He plays better when the pg drives inside and opens up some space for him to cut to the basket. When he just gets the ball on the perimeter his choice is to try and drive past 2-3 guys and hope he gets a whistle or try his pull up jumper. If he could pass to Davis or Amir inside that would keep the help from collapsing on him and would give him more space. 

    • KJ-B

      Maybe tendonitis, which is par for the course at this time of the year–been saying for a lil while that he just looks worn down by the heavy minutes he’s played the whole year–he’s like top ten in minutes played…AND he’s playing a more physical brand of hoops this year!

      No excuses in professional sports to be sure–but it is a question begging to be asked.  I know something just isn’t right, when he’s avoiding contact instead of initiating it like at the beginning of the year…

      • Gregast

        you could be right. Also, this year the referees are ignoring a lot of contact when a wing tries to drive in the paint. Last season DDR was getting into the lane, initiating contact and sinking two free throws. Because that’s not happening as much this season, he may be backing off the paint since when doing so he’s giving up the ball to contact with no foul being called.

        This could be confusion and it may be turning him into a head case.

        I say- get him a sports psychologist because his head is not in the game.