Toronto Raptors 97 Final

Recap | Box Score

95 Orlando Magic
Ed Davis, PF 31 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -12Had a rough night shooting the ball early but didn’t let it deter him, continuing to take the ball to the hoop with increasing effectiveness as the game went on. Got burnt on D by the Magic bigs, but a lot of that was due to helping with the Raptor wings’ inability to cover their marks on the pick and roll. Sat late in the fourth for the second straight game, though this one was slightly more warranted due to matchups (why the hell didn’t the Magic leave Vucevic in the game, by the way?) and ineffectiveness. Note the “slightly.”
Amir Johnson, PF 37 MIN | 9-18 FG | 3-5 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +14Seemed to be the only Raptor who gave a crap early on, as he single handedly kept the team in the game in the first half with a varied offensive game and tough help defence (though he, like Davis, had trouble with the dive man). Cooled off as the game went on, though I have no idea why he sat for so long down the stretch – he was clearly the Raps’ most effective big and should have been on the floor. He’s clearly become an emotional leader of this team, and it was validating to watch him put the Raptors on his back in the first half – the effort’s always been there, but the effectiveness fleeting. Not tonight, though.
Landry Fields, SF 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -2Pretty nondescript game tonight – played good man defence but had a hard time recovering on switches like the other Raptors. On offense, he was a non-factor, as usual, though it was nice to see him hit a long jumper. Keep on throwing them up, Landry.
Jose Calderon, PG 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +2Was basically a facilitator tonight, though with Amir’s hot start and DeMar’s hot finish that was all he needed to be. Didn’t seem very active in the offense, though he did hit some big shots in the fourth when the Raptors needed him to.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 43 MIN | 10-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +4I’d give him an A just for that impossible game winning shot he hit (seriously, how many times out of 100 does he hit that? Five? Six?), but he put the team on his back in the fourth quarter after an uneven performance early in the game, hitting a couple of open jumpers and throwing down an emphatic dunk in traffic. For the rest of the game, he was mostly nondescript, but one quarter can go a long way – hopefully this is a sign that he’s breaking out of the month-long slump he’s been on.
Aaron Gray, C 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3Nothing special (obviously), but played solid man D and hit a nice hook shot in the lane. Good effort.
Kyle Lowry, PG 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 3 PTS | 0We saw Bad Lowry (a trademark of Arsenalist Corp.) for the second straight night tonight – he was passive on offense and looked tired on defense. In no way am I suggesting he should look for his own on every possession, but he needs to mix in his speed and dribble-drives more often to be a really effective offensive player. It’s what sets him apart.
Alan Anderson, SG 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +4Reined it in a bit from last night, though I’d argue that all of the 3s he took were poor shot choices. Besides that, though, made some great decisions with the ball in the lane, making the extra pass multiple times, and rightly deferred to Amir early and DeMar late in the game.
Terrence Ross, SG 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -3Looked a step slow on defense (tired, I’m assuming), but it seemed like he was going to get away with it, holding J.J. Redick in check for most of the game with his length. Late in the fourth, though, it finally crept up to him, as he was really late on a switch and fouled Redick on a four-point play that kept the Magic in the game. On offense, he was basically a jump shooter, though he hit enough from outside to be effective.
Dwane CaseyDid a decent job with substitutions for the most part, though I can’t understand why he kept Lowry in and Amir out for so long in the fourth as the Magic came back. The “play” he drew up with the game on the line was to get DeMar the ball, and, as awful as the shot was, it worked, so we’ll give him a bit of credit here. I also liked the smaller look he introduced in the fourth, which was completely warranted given the Magic shooters on the floor.
  • Adriiian

    Wow. DeMar. Money.
    Lowry, man, he’s just not that good. Way too over hyped. It seems every time we need him to do something big, he turns it over.

    Still awesome game. I didn’t think that shot was gonna go in, but damn. We need him to make more of those.
    Amir and Ed are becoming great. Still I wonder where Bargs fits in that equation?

    • FAQ

      Just say it…. LOWRY STINKS…!!!!!

      • Adriiian

        Lowry stinks.

        • SukaTori

           Low-ry stinks.

          • FAQ

            From hoopshype:

            Toronto is perhaps the most realistic landing spot for Gasol, given the uncertainty in the organization about whether Andrea Bargnani will ever develop into a star there. Bargnani wouldn’t have to be a star in LA. He would simply have to stand at the 3-point line and make shots, a La Howard’s former teammate in Orlando, Ryan Anderson. Toronto also has a point-guard problem to solve. And while Jose Calderon has frequently been mentioned as trade bait, league sources say the Raptors are far more amenable to trading Kyle Lowry, who has not made many friends in his new surroundings. The Raptors gave up a sure lottery pick for him (which Houston subsequently sent to Oklahoma City in the James Harden trade), so Gasol might be a way to salvage that transaction. Plus, with the new CBA taking effect and shortening teams’ windows for winning, a team like Toronto might feel better about committing 1½ seasons to Gasol than using its cap room this summer to sign a lesser player for four years.



            • What the

              it looks like this movie is going to have the same ending as TJ ,Jack and bayliss movie dumb GM has got to go we are losing die hard fans like Cesco who has been missing since you know Barnie went down and has turned to Galo the roosta in Denver.

  • knickz

    this team is really growing up. proud of the bos once again

    • FAQ

      TRaps, a no talent team who can only run and run and shoot a lots.. and hope.

      • onemanweave

        Faq, my friend. Just relax. No need to get all fluxed-up. In very rare cases, a split personality is a GOOD thing.
           After their horrid start, the Raps are actually doing pretty well. They are beating the bottom teams, with the exception of that Philly-thing, but this is the NBA that stuff happens. They are contesting the strong teams. Remember some of the games the last few years that were over in the second quarter?
          In short, they are doing pretty much what we hoped they’d do. Anyone who was looking for more was dreaming.  I just never took you, buddy for such a blithering optimist.

    • BCBargnaniJoseGots2Go!!!

      Good W but Raptors are still 16-27 4 3/4 seasons after firing Sam at 8-9…..get a grip on reality kid this team stinks as is……that was a lucky shot off of a fucked up play drawn up by Casey- but it counts all the same and DD had the balls to take it.

      Raptors first buzzer beater since TJ Ford in 2006.

      Btw Bargnani has never made a game winner…….London anyone…lol 

  • Jack Hodgins

    Demar has obviously been reading all the stuff posted about him on raptors republic

    • Sig

      Never heard that one before

    • FAQ

      Kyle had better learn to read… because the writing is on the wall for him… he’s a total FLOP … soooo obvious.

  • mountio

    great shot by demar .. but absolutely awful coaching / execution. ORL had to be thrilled with their d there .. demar just hit a fantastic shot. Great to see, but casey has got to draw up a better look than that. 
    Nice to finally see T Ross finishing a game (the first this year ex garbage time). Some growing pains no doubt, but this guy is clearly the 2nd best wing player we have .. he and DD should play way more together and the most mins. LF and AA are fine, but are role players and should be treated as such. 

    • ghotte

      There are clear reasons why TRoss playing down the stretch is risky. For all the people saying “let him play,” his foul on Redick proves why he needs to be brought along slowly. 

      • Nilanka15

        If winning games this season is the primary goal, then yes, Ross isn’t ready yet. 

        But if getting Ross up to speed as fast as possible is a bigger priority, I have no problem letting him learn through his mistakes in this meaningless season.

        • ghotte

          It’s just a differing of opinion. Some coaches choose to place their young players in situations where they have a chance of executing or having a positive impact so that – through repitition – it becomes habit. Others feel you throw that player into the fire to let them figure it out. 

          One way takes much longer than the other to achieve positive results. 

          Guess which one?

          • Nilanka15

            I assume you’re implying that “trial by fire” takes longer.  If so, can you provide examples where this was the case?

  • Destro

    You lying breh Eddy was decent on the defensive end…Vuceivc and Davis scored a few times because of there size but he was active and was quick on help and made a few nice blocks and challenges at the rim…..

    • Amigo

      12 points on 11 shafts that’ inefficient, 8 reb on 31 min when from the bench he was averaging 7 reb in23 min.that’s not enough. -12 overall, hey he got 2 blocks! Yes and raped on D.

      • Truth

        3 blocks … dont hate

      • Destro

        He shootin 55% for the season and hes the top rebounder on the team and his per 36 numbers would equate to him being a top 10 rebounder in the league

        plus minus is a meaningless stat

        But my point was to correct a few posters who suggested his D is the reason he doesnt play in late game situations and that is completely false… 

  • unknown

    Nice shot DD… Thank effing gawd…couldn’t handle J.J. Redick hitting back to back threes with 90 seconds left in OT. Which would have been inevitable.

  • Joey D

    am I the only one who noticed that DeMar said “fuck” twice on live tv after the game in his sideline interview with Rod Black? It was hilarious. Casey kisses DeMar on the cheek, Rod says, “is that the first time you’ve been kissed by your coach?” and DeMar says, “ya, that was fucked! It was fucked up!” and then the interview continued like it was all good. Classic!

  • daxel

    Raptors finally got a break.  I can’t even remember the last time we were on the giving end of a “ripping off your head and shitting down your throat” shot to win a game.

    But the 4th quarter showed how bad Lowry is playing right now compared to Calderon.  Truthfully, this game should have never gone down to the wire.  Sure you had some bad plays by the team after Calderon checked back in for Lowry (e.g. Ross fouling Reddick on the and-1 three), but it seemed pretty clear that Lowry’s time for those 5+ minutes on the court in the 4th quarter is when the Magic made their run.  That run is not ALL on him, but he is definitely in a “bad Lowry” slump right now.

    • FAQ

      NO EXCUSES for Lowry shitting between the bedsheets again … a lousy non-pass-first PG and an even worse defender than Jose… package him in a trade with Bargs and Kleiza for Dwight or even Gasol or Bosh if available … anybody for $20 mill of salary dump.

      • Cyclosa

        It’s a long season players are going to go through slumps, and you’re not getting bosh/Howard for the package you listed, stop trolling.

      • Nilanka15

        That’s quite the step up from your Vince Carter trade proposal 😉

        • BORG

           LOL no harm in dreaming

  • robertparrish00

    Wow, just wow.  Not sure it needed to be that close but nice to see a win.

  • thatpeterguy

    This is the first time I have ever seen Demar take over a game like the true alpha dog #1 option guy we’ve always hoped he’d be. One game but nice to finally see. Its also encouraging to see how now that teams are fully keying in on him he has resorted to becoming a threat passing the ball which has seemed to open things up a bit for him offensively. 

    • Sig

       Whoaaaa there lol…..

    • ghotte

      Notice he also had 7 assists which shows he wasn’t forcing things early and just letting the game come to him. Rather than turtle, which he’s been doing lately, he attacked in the 4th. That’s how he’s supposed to play.

  • HitItHardFromTheBack

    My dude DeMar throwin up em Compton C’s after hittin that shot. he a fool for that ctfu haaa

    • FAQ

      Hail Mary shot … sooooo obvious

    • knickz

       thought he was a blood

      • CJT

        I thought he was throwing up the double C’s because he thought Raptors fans were Cunts for doubting him.

  • bt

    Is there a way to use basketball-reference or whatever to find out how many buzzer-beater shots the Raptors have made in the past couple of years (maybe vs the rest of the league)? I can’t remember the last time the Raptors won on a buzzer-beater.

    • bt

      Found it: According to ESPNStatsInfo on twitter, first Raps game winning buzzer beater since Ford’s vs LAC in 06.

      • Cyclosa

        Damn that says a lot, the raps are playing teams tough this year but always seem to choke in the 4th Q. Hopefully that will improve as they gain experience and learn how to win close games.

      • Nilanka15

        I remember Bargnani hitting a game winner (although there may have been a few tenths of a second left, so it doesn’t technically count as a “buzzer beater”) in Boston a few years later.

        • Truth

          soooo?? LOL  I remember Bargnani soiling the court on numerous occasions as well

          • Nilanka15

            Just pointing out that there was at least 1 other game-winning shot after Ford’s in 2006.

  • FAQ

    YES… trade Bargs and Kleiza…. but also get rid of Lowry… he’s TERRIBLE… lousy as a PG and a WORSE defender than Jose… HE STINKS..!!!!!

  • trample54

    One game winning shot and everybody is sippin on the koolaid. Same people that were bashing him the day before. SMH

    • FAQ

      Not me…..

  • Zhunter Sound

    It’s so true Alan Anderson does look exactly like method man .

    • Maahfaace

      method man with downs

      • Deadallus

         Method Man trying to impersonate MJ in late game situations and failing miserably at it.

        • Nilanka15

          “Insane like a runaway train, I’m in yo’ lane, like it’s only 3 seconds to score to win the game.”

          • Statement


  • Gregast

    Orlando is one dull place to be on a Thursday night. Would have thought some noisier snowbirds could have driven over from Sarasota to watch a TO team win but maybe they went to South Beach the night before to watch a loss. Pin dropping noise and zero energy in the building. They miss Dwight and he probably misses them. But he could be back next year after savouring the glitter of tinsel-town for a season.

    DDR was the hero BUT he’s still strangely paint-shy. That long two is going to get harder and harder to make with a double team.

    • unknown guest

      Kinda hard to stay invested emotionally in a team that has drafted to franchise level/altering players in Superman 1 & 2 (Shaq and Dwight), who then leave for LA.

      • Nilanka15

        Pre-Raptors, the Magic were my favourite team growing up in the early-mid 90s. 

        Everyone else loved the Bulls, Lakers or Celtics, but I thought the Magic were constructed perfectly.  A dominant big man in Shaq down low, a 6’7″ PG in Hardaway who could create a shot off the bounce, and shoot over smaller defenders whenever he needed to, a steady, hard-nosed defensive rebounder in Horace Grant (who came with championship experience), and two 3 point bombers on the wings in Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott, the beneficiaries of countless Shaq double-teams.

        If it wasn’t for Anderson’s choke job at the free throw line, that team could’ve been 2-time NBA champs.

        • Deadallus

           How would they be 2 time champs beacuas eof choke job at the line one year?  And nobody was beating those Rockets teams.

          • Nilanka15

            Those 4 crucial missed free throws ruined the psyche of the entire locker room.  They never recovered after that.

  • Tselyakov

    I am so happy for Demar, he was able to get into a focused closing mentality and it showed not just with the last shot, but throughout the fourth quarter. And, I’m hoping that he will be able to get into that groove and focus every night.

    Very good, I would have kissed him too

  • LetBargsDunk

    AB would’ve made that.

    • What the

      9 0ut of 10 times

      • NyAlesund

         Well, at least one. Good……………

  • Max

    Lowery will be fine .He plays hard and has a nice drive to the hoop. I can not believe how Rod Black bugged him at halftime about his battle with Jose. No player needs that distraction at half.

    • Maahfaace

      Can’t beleive? i cant believe u dont know rod black is a fucktard!

      • Nilanka15

        lol, he’s Canada’s version of Peter Vescey.

        • unknown guest

          But nicer and more polite, eh? 

  • knickz

    see what happens when casey doesn’t have jose inbounding the ball? lol

  • NyAlesund

    4 quarter
    Lowry with the ball on the left side serves Alan Anderson down the left corner. AA was covered by Afflalo and forced the three point shot. Missed it.

    A few minutes later Calderon driving to the free point line, the Magic’s defence react and Josè delivery the ball to AA on the same spot (left corner). Alan wasn’t cover by Afflalo that have kept an eye on Jose and consequently, so when he received the ball choosed from two options (shot or dribble penetration) and opted to beat Afflalo with dribble penetration to the rim. Two points.

    How many situations like that can we see during the game? Several. This is for me the big difference between win and lose the games. Anderson, DeRozan and Ross are talented enough to take a good shot and their performances are related how they receive the ball, with space, in rythm or covered by the defender.

    When Lowry driving doesn’t seem to me able to read the situation on the floor and delivery the ball to the teammates free from cover, but he passes the ball when he trapped. Calderon otherwise, when driving keeps in mind to pass the ball exploiting the defence reaction. You can teach Lowry to do the right things but after 6 years I am not buying this possibility, and until we don’t have at least one able to create an own shot with efficiency, like Jamal Crafword, is tough.

    Calderon in this team is vital, Lowry not. Lowry has interesting tools, but not ideal for this Raptors as starter. For me he has to run the second unit and time to time play down the stretch when he is really efficient.

    • Dan

       Calderon has been the better player this year. He is more consistent with his effort. There have also been a lot of games where Lowry has come in with the second unit and they have extended or taken a lead only to see it go away once Jose comes back in the game. It just happened in Miami on Wednesday. Jose wasn’t exactly playing his best basketball to start the season when he was the back up so some of the early losses are on him too. Jose is also known to overdribble and pass off the ball with about 5 seconds left leaving guys to take bad shots. I like Jose but he is not the superior pg that Jose fans like to make him out to be. A lot of the wins with Jose starting are because the second unit came in and played just as well or better then the first unit. Jose never did that for Lowry this year.

      • ghotte

        Agree. Jose has been playing great. Even when he’s gone passive there has been enough talent on the team to hide his weaknesses. It clearly is a better team surrounding him BUT also players he’s familiar with. 

        Lowry has been clearly under-performing but has more talent than Jose and has the “potential” to impact the game in more ways than Jose. He needs time. Weve seen what he can do in short spurts (e.g. take over a game) which speaks to his talent. 

        We’ve also seen what Jose can do. Which is play as well as he ever has in a Raptors jersey. (IMO his ceiling.)

      • NyAlesund

        I don’t want to say that JC is better than KL, simply those two guys are different players. Considering the team, considering the talents we have, Calderon appears to me the better option for them. Of course he played well and bad, of course Lowry was decisive sometimes, but despite all I think Josè is a legit starter and more effective than Lowry would be in the same position.

  • JHP

    Glad we have one arena where we can win.  Hopefully  DD will get going and become more consistent.  Cleveland should be a decent game.
    By the way are JV and AB out for the year ?

    • KJ-B

      Apparently JV is experiencing no paing in his right now they have to test against more contact–Primo has been seen putting up shots in shootaround…

      • What the

        good news for Cesco

  • 511

    Without trying to extrapolate TOO much from it – or … you know, the opposite – a moment like that can wake something up in a player where he wants that rush again, gets addicted to it in a way, even. Which, for DeMar, could be a good thing. I could see it hardening DeMar’s resolve to be the man. Mentally speaking, it could solidify who he is for this team, where he himself begins to buy into it like maybe he hasn’t quite been able to up to now. (Just sort of riffing here but I do think it could be so.) 

    Like many (I’m sure) I haven’t had that kind of rush from watching the Raptors in … a long long time. Too long for this game, where you can see Tony Parker doing it for the Spurs in consecutive nights, like he did a month or so ago. So … ya. Still pumped. And I’ve slept since then. Lol. 

    • KJ-B

      TRU DAT!!!

  • unknown guest

    KLow. Relax, right now, he is searching for some kind of identity.