Toronto Raptors 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Atlanta Hawks
Amir Johnson, PF 39 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-3 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +1

Poor shooting game, partially caused by Josh Smith leaving him acres of space to shoot, and him succumbing to the temptation. The defensive effort was solid and what you don’t see in the 14 rebounds is the amount of boxing out the guy was doing while saddled with three fouls. Smith is a great defensive player so the low offensive output was to be expected. Kept getting matched up with Kyle Korver for some reason.

Aaron Gray, C 35 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -11

Raptors started running PnR’s with him early but forgot about him after the first. I would’ve continued to use him as an offensive piece, as Atlanta was cheating off him quite frequently. Clearly, both Johnson and him were cognizant of Davis’ absence on the glass and worked hard to make up for it. Kept getting matched up with Kyle Korver for some reason, and at the end when he chose to come out to defend him on a curl, left Horford wide open for a dunk. Defensive breakdown. Not entirely his fault, better communication was in order.

Kyle Lowry, PG 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -4

Must feel like the villain in all of this, what with poor Jose being shipped out. Started off well, got a couple nice steals which led to points, but labored in his running off the offense, especially when it came to finding DeRozan at the right time coming off those screens. Missed a few cuts from his big men, but hey, at least he showed some signs of life as starting point. Had three turnovers, I recall all of them being silly.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 35 MIN | 8-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -3

Man, this guy gets game-planned! Atlanta was sending some sort of help on practically every possession DeRozan caught the ball in a remotely threatening area. Overall, had a measured offensive game where he read the defense well and exploited it as best he could. Unfortunately, his loose dribble got the better of him on that final play. Got clearly fouled after collecting the offensive rebound, expect another apology from the NBA. Kept getting matched up with Kyle Korver for some reason.

Alan Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 3-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8

Big time three late in the fourth, but with him starting and shooting 3-12, it’s a small miracle we’re even in this. He perceives himself to be a scoring punch, which he can conceivably be in small stretches, it’s just when he tries to dribble through two guys, pull-up and launch a step-back, is when he gets in trouble. Tried to be a hero when he hoisted up a difficult three instead of reading the shot clock which had plenty of time to setup a better, non Hail Mary attempt. Kept getting matched up with Kyle Korver for some reason, and also got burned by the man when he unnecessary doubled Horford in the post with the Raptors up three, late.

Quincy Acy, SF 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +3

Came in and threw a put-back jam. With the Raptors doing alright on the glass, Casey wasn’t going to bring him on for his offense so his time was limited.

Landry Fields, SF 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3

He made a jumper! Like an actual jumper. He came off a screen, caught the ball, saw the rim, launched a shot, and here’s the kicker: The. Shot. Went. In! Sweet baby Jesus!

John Lucas, PG 24 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +4

Tied for team-high FGAs with DeRozan. He didn’t appear too distraught at the trade in his halftime interview and why should he be? This man’s about to get minutes and minutes is what this guy lives on – 19 points and 2 assists for our PG who played the shoot-first, shoot-second, shoot-third, and maybe-pass-fourth PG tonight! Good game, though, son, you kind of kept us in it. He wasn’t even too bad defensively.

Terrence Ross, SG 21 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +10

Stinker. Sometimes when the jumper ain’t going in, nothing’s right and this was one of those nights. Couldn’t take advantage of Jenkins, and it didn’t help that his PGs weren’t too interested in him, leaving him on his own to get his shots, which he’s just not good at yet.

Dwane Casey

His team attacked the zone well. He gave a Lucas a long leash and it paid off, saw that Fields was off and limited his minutes, and rightfully extended Gray’s playing time to avoid getting killed in the paint. Not bad, gave us a chance to win it.

Five Things We Saw

  1. I’ve never seen so many mismatches in this game. There was a mismatch on every possession for every team. Maybe it’s a product of the trades, but there were mismatches when the ball was being walked up out of a made field-goal, or when it was taken out of bounds. Weird.
  2. DeRozan got HACKED on that last possession underneath the rim. No call by the whistle-happy refs. Casey is pissed, best submit a complaint to the NBA right now.
  3. Raps won the rebounding battle 37-33, and the PITP battle 42-40. Neither of those two things you saw coming.
  4. Colangelo was interviewed and said more trades are coming. Andrea Bargnani, watch out. If that guy gets traded for something of value, all will be good in the world.
  5. Jack Armstrong openly questioned a DeRozan-Lowry-Gay-Bargnani combo, saying the obvious: there isn’t enough ball to go around. Good to hear from him, and I feel a little better about this trade, knowing that more is coming.

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53 Responses to “Quick Reaction: Raptors 92, Hawks 93 – Third Apology From NBA Coming Right Up”

    • j bean

      I try not to listen to him if there is an alternative. Atlanta has Dominique Wilkins calling their games. 
      I heard Casey’s post game comments and he was very passionate about the officiating screwing Canada’s team again.

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      BC has turned the Raptors into a laughing stock in the NBA- no respect Raptors are supose to lose alot of games….just send BC another apology Stu and remind him how he got Bargnani…(David Stern voice)

      • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

        Toronto’s goals here are harder to understand as Gay joins a wing rotation that includes DeMar DeRozan, who signed a four-year, $38 million extension in October; Terrence Ross, the eighth pick in the 2012 draft; and Landry Fields, who signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal last summer.

         While Toronto general manager Bryan Colangelo has redeemed some value from Calderon’s expiring deal and managed to get a decent return in terms of raw talent, he’s also made a hard commitment to the Raptors’ current core.  Between recent offseason signings, a lucrative extension for DeRozan and the costly acquisition of Gay’s contract, Toronto has shackled itself under the salary cap and made the task of improving the team further that much more difficult.

        Gay is undoubtedly the headliner of this deal, but the team that has secured his services will also have to live with the challenges of maneuvering around his massive salary for the next two seasons.

  1. DryDry

    Will Casey man up and unload on the refs in the post game press?

    Will the Raps frame and display all the apology letters from the league?

  2. Dbobb28

    I am so Proud of Casey. He blew up in his press conference regarding the last play of the game. Jack Armstrong was awesome also. I am sick and tired of us paying down and being the nice quiet little Canadians when we get shafted. Colangelo made a comment about it, Armstrong blew up about it and Casey went nuts. 
       The league almost always fines coaches for these type of comments but this will be interesting because this was blatent. On NBA today, Dennis Scott and Shaquille O’Neal also were very animated in expressing how horrible a non call that was.
      I have been on Casey for not standing up for his team and I am proud of him for his post game tirade tonight.

  3. ad

    I think a C+ for lowry is a bit low. A b or b- at least is fair. Derozan doesnt deserve more than b in my opinion even though the refs fucked him. I want to see less mid range jumpers from him and for him to take it to the rim strong.  John lucas is an AWFUL,  and I mean AWFUL pg. If is is not hitting his shots, he is the most useless player in the nba. Luckily tonight he was on. Casey has to start cutting into anderson’s minutes and giving them to ross. Its getting really tiresome of watching that scrub jack up shots. WTF was he doing jacking up that shot with 8 secs left in the 4th q? What kind of vet is he? Pathetic.

    • cdub

      totally agree Lowry deserves a better grade and John Lucas cannot run the point or defend he can just score

      I think one thing people don’t factor in to everything, is that DeRozan is getting guys running at him constantly…he’s the focus of all the attention.  Not only is DeRozan becoming a better passer, Gay is going to relieve a huge amount of that presure. So I’m not entriely sure that lineup cannot play together and be good. 

      • arsenalist

        Totally agree.  Upon further thought, that grade is low.  However, to protect the sanctity of these grades, I cannot change any grade after publishing.  The assignment of these grades is overseen by the firms of Ernst and Young and Deloitte, and to formally submit a change request to an already published grade requires formal approval from the Supreme Court, which they are unlikely to grant given that this game don’t mean shit.

  4. FAQ

    TRaps desperately need a playmaker PG because Lucas and pudgy Lowry are … well you know….

    (Kyle’s back spasm’s are due to his decrepit physical condition.. and then there’s his low BB IQ!!)

  5. j bean

    8 seconds on the clock and AA throws up an off balance, contested shot instead of moving the ball for a better look. I don’t blame him it’s just what he does. Hopefully in the future he is cheering from the sidelines in crunch time.

    • cdub

      yeah I don’t think we will be seeing Mr.Anderson in crunch time anymore…he’s not going to be playing over Gay.    As bad as the blown call was, the raps blew their defensive possesion the play before and then Andersom chucked up that brick.

      • Nilanka15

        Don’t forget Anderson leaving Korver wide open for the corner 3. 

        Even if Lowry was getting backed down by Horford, give up the 2, instead of a wide open 3 to one of the best shooters in the game.

        • j bean

          Consistently giving open looks to the # one 3 point shooter was the biggest reason for the loss IMO. I can’t think of any circumstance that justifies it. It’s not like it’s a fluke that he kept draining them.

    • Nilanka15

      Anderson….the reincarnation of Chris Childs 😐

      That was one of the biggest “WTF” moments of the year so far.

    • Beaverboi

      The refs heard the raps got gay and intentionally blew the call. I think it may be a hate crime.

  6. BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Giving TRoss a D- minus is not consistent because he played some solid defense- the game is more than offense gotta watch both ends of the court- just sayin’….

    • Destro

      Oh you mean that defensive play where he lost his man under the basket leasding to a fckn open lay up OH THAT SOLID FCKN DEFENSE smh

  7. Aaron8007

    The basketball IQ on the republic as certainly fallen off lately.  Delusions have set in with the fan base.  Over valuing davis and calederon on this republic board has hit a new high.  Rudy Gay trade is the best possible scenario that the raptors could have had occur.  They keep lowry, derozan, ross, JV and hopefully AB will be a good scenario off the bench (or trade if not)plus add in a player with all star talent and use to be a 20 point 7 rebound guy.  Gay’s only 26 years old and could be Toronto’s best chance for an all star player in the next two years.  Lets see what happens as Toronto was sucking any ways with jose and ed.

    • ad

       Agreed. I really think that getting gay is the first step in improving this team for next year and beyond. I think at the start of next year its very possible derozan and definitely bargnani will be gone and raps will have a new PF. Raps fans have completely overvalued calderon and davis. They are very good nba bench players but werent going to lead this team anywhere. Raps NEEDED talent and gay has it. However, they must add more for this deal to mean anything.

    • Dane Rupa

      The problem isn’t with Gay himself. First, there is his salary, combined with DD’s and LF’s salaries, that will handcuff the Raps for years to come. So unless this team can become contenders were basically screwed. Second, KL, DD and RG all need the ball to be effective which doesn’t bode well for team chemistry. Third, DD and RG basically have the same skill set and neither can stretch the floor. This redundancy does not bode well for team chemistry. Fourth, we have KL, who has poor court vision and is an average facilitator/distributor at best. Again, doesn’t bode well for team chemistry as we have already seen. Lastly, none of these players are close to being above average defenders. In the final analysys, while RG is a borderline allstar, he isn’t a good fit on this team. An interesting piece on how BC has no fucking clue…

    • Ardefen

      after hearing about the trade i thought it a bad idea that those two were gone; that the raps would miss calderon badly. then  watched the game last night and my feeling was of optimism; realised i’d got tired of seeing same old same old. i don’t know whether this is a good move or not, but it feels like springtime, change in the air. good god move.

  8. BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Why didn’t BC just trade Jose for SFs TPrince & ADaye and keep EDavis?

    That deal makes sense and saves future salary cap space.

  9. Ngubriyen

    A couple more games ending like this and the NHL, NFL, MLB are all going to be apologizing to Toronto…..

  10. Statement

    Okay, so what do publically available advanced numbers say about Rudy Gay.

    Career Stats:

    WP/48 = 0.76 – not great

    PER = 16.1 (above average)

    WS/48 = 0.82 (not great)

    So the boxscore stats say that he isn’t a great player.

    However,  Gay has had a positive simple rating on for the past three years, even with this crappy year.  Also, a positive net PER averaging +3 over the past three years.

    Also, Advanced Statistical +/- has Rudy gay being an above-average player, generally, (52nd in VORP in 2011, his last full healthy year).

    So, overall…..good, not great player.  Way overpaid, but still a decent chance to be a net positive contributor, especially given his attractive net PER scores.

    Now it’s all about the fit.

    I guess I haven’t really uncovered anything we already don’t know.  If you read this, sorry for wasting your time.

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      BC’s SF solution: Fields 18 million. Gay 37 million. AA 800,000.

      Gay is a clutch player in crunch time.

  11. JHP

    It’s the same old story and when is Ground Hog day ?

    BC needs to go and a serious attention to the draft is required.  I thought Jose carried himself with class and Davis will be a talent in this league.  So basically another screwed up trade by BC.  So we now have AB injury prone, Prietrus bad knees, Linas bad knee, Lowry bad back and moving forward a large contract in the new guy.  Great just might as well  tank now and get a decent draft pick.  Oh wait we already traded all our picks away.  Glad there’s rules about trading draft picks or we would never have one!!!

  12. Scott Baker

    Don’t over analyze this trade. Rudy Gay is a massive upgrade over Anderson. Take last night for example, had Gay been playing this likely would have been an easy win for the Raptors, and as far as I am concerned winning is what matters.

  13. targetzone

    If the Raps end up 3 games out of a playoff spot, MLSE should sue the NBA for lost revenue.  NBA’s already admitted fault through their official apologies, open and shut case.


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