You know those nice little Quick Reaction posts we make? Well, it was my job to do that for this game but there was some confusion. Basically, I f*****d up, so we’re relying on you to do it but we’ll give you a helping hand. Here’s the tool we used to generate those. Go nuts and paste the “preview” link in the comments.

Update: Below is the reaction by Jack Hodgins and daxel, as posted in the comments (we simply took the first and last one as of 11:40pm)

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Los Angeles Clippers 73 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 37 MIN | 7-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +27

Amir for MVP? huge game by Amir who dominated on the boards and showed that he dosent need Calderon and Davis to finish near the hoop. Gray yes Gray gave him a few good looks and he converted including a nice jump hook with 1 second left in the shot clock and he got fouled.

Landry Fields, SF 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5

HE HIT A 3!!!!!!! He looked as surprised as I did when it went it. He also had a pretty huge block, other than that nothing to special in limited minutes With Gay and Derozan being the super mario brothers.

Aaron Gray, C 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10

Wow, playing great as of late and it continued great on the boards, grabbed a few offensive ones and got a few good looks from Lowry on rolls to the basket. Good game by Aaron Gray including a slow motion reverse layup!

Kyle Lowry, PG 32 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +28

Meh, could not hit his shots and once he realized nothing was going in for him he just looked for team mates or simply gave it to Gay or Derozan.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +31

I am still here! Derozan played like a franchise player he is meant to be and why the combo of him and Gay is very promising drove to the basket well and also hit his jumpers, could of been more efficient but overall a good game for Derozan.

Rudy Gay, SF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +20

Welcome to Toronto! What a great debut for Rudy who came out and played like he is 'the guy' in Toronto and looked genuinely happy to be here. A little to many 3 pointers for my liking but most came from reasonably open looks when Los Angeles went into zone. With Calderon gone the pace really picked up and him and Derozan were throwing up and throwing down many transition alley oops.

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

he got a point and a rebound in Garbage time.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +14

Very surprised when I saw him enter the game. But he got in there and did not do to much in very limited minutes, he got into foul trouble but managed to slow down griffin a bit when he was in the game.

John Lucas, PG 19 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3

3 3 3 3 3 3 and a floater was the beneficiary of great ball movement and zone defense by the clippers and knocked down his shots including one from near halfway.

Alan Anderson, SG 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Nothing was dropping and we did not need him to jack up many shots, Rudy can create for him self and Alan did not need to and seemed a bit out of place.

Terrence Ross, SG 15 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Nothing to special from Ross missed both his 3's but played admirable defence, took a bit to many shots for my liking

Los Angeles Clippers 73 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 37 MIN | 7-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +27

As Jack Armstrong consistently said during the game, THIS man is currently our best big on this team. His flashes around and to the rim make him an easy target for assists and every other player on the court with him realizes. Aaron Gray tossed a good pass to him on one/two/multiple occasions – Gray stepped into the hole left by Boss Davis' departure and perhaps shown that he can be Amir's new tag team championship partner.

Landry Fields, SF 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5

His minutes along with Anderson's will obviously be cut back with the arrival of Gay. This will obviously limit the kind of numbers he can put up to justify his contract. But if he consistently plays like he did tonight in his newly limited minutes, he certainly won't hurt the team (that help-block was fierce) and he'll likely remain invisible for all the RIGHT reasons.

Aaron Gray, C 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10

LOL. You would think that a man that LOOKS as slow and as non-athletic as he does would be a detriment to all the other athletes on the court at the same time. But, unlike Bargnani, the man simply knows how to use his size to contribute the team – and contribute he did. Savvy high-low/low-high passes to his new tag team partner, strong rebounds for second-chance points for his teammates and a good outlet pass to DeRozan which led to another alley-oop to Gay. When the match-up justifies his presence, he clearly can be valuable in controlled minutes.

Kyle Lowry, PG 32 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +28

Just like he said yesterday on a radio interview with Tim and Sid on the Fan 590, with Gay here now, his job is easier. In what way? "Oh, I just have to give him the ball and get out the way".
You might look at his points total and think he was a non-factor, but he played within the flow of the game. He simply didn't need to play any semblance of hero-ball tonight. Indeed, on the offensive end, once it was clear his shots weren't falling or weren't needed, he realized that all he needed to do was drive, be aggressive, distribute the ball and get out the way.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +31

It really did seem like he had some extra pep in his step. His stroke looked smoother and his decision-making when the ball was in his hand showed no signs of hesitation. But it really did seem like some of the drives to the hoop he made were a bit in kamikaze mode. And it looked like he shied away from driving after some non-calls. Keep driving to the hoop, DeMar!

Rudy Gay, SF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +20

I hate to jump on to the Gay bandwagon and I don't want to be all over this guy's dick just because he had a Cinderella story-book beginning to his new era in Raptorland. Although his time on the court wasn't perfect, it's hard NOT to give this man an A+ when he literally arrived in a new country about a few hours before this game started.

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

Only played a couple in garbage time and so this grade is irrelevant. But it was fun to watch him juke and jive with his shoulders like he was ready to do some kind of dance move when he had that isolation play.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +14

Upon his return, he seemed to have a bit of an edge to him. His demeanor had a bit of a mean-streak to it. I liked that hard foul on Griffin. I liked some of the hard-fought rebounds he grabbed. His offense wasn't needed, but his defensive presence was and he certainly provided it. He will need to continue to play that way with Davis gone. It wasn't a perfect night but after missing the time he did with the type of injury he had, he certainly didn't look afraid to mix-it-up in the paint. The Big VAL is BACK!

John Lucas, PG 19 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3

Wasn't much of a facilitator. The question is whether he will eventually NEED to be. If so, we could be in trouble and thus should be in the market for another point guard. But as a scorer in a run-and-gun system with a bunch of athletes that can attract the double team, you can clearly see that he CAN be a valuable contributor.

Alan Anderson, SG 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Still took some ill-advised shots. Wonder if he's a little pissed now that HE WON'T be the small forward to close out games. Brought it on the defensive end and was limited by default on the offensive end – now that Gay is here, this is the way AA should be used going forward. Sorry, Anderson.

Terrence Ross, SG 15 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Used his natural talents to be effective on defense again. Didn't really notice him on the offensive end but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing; but both of his two made field goals was a beauty albeit with one being in garbage time (#letrossdunk).

Dwane Casey

Managed play time well in that I didn't really notice any glaring "WTF" rotations. However, it's pretty obvious that his job was made easier in terms of rotations with the departure of Calderon and Davis as well as the arrival of Gay. The big thing to watch going forward is how he manages the minutes among the army of wingers we have.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Rudy Gay has a non-chalant way about his mannerisms on the court. There were criticisms from his naysayers in the media about how it appeared at times, in Memphis, that he doesn't try hard. After watching the his body language, you can see how some can reach that conclusion. But make no mistake about it, he is NO Bargnani. It's only ONE game, obviously, but it seems like he moves the way he does because the game comes so effortlessly to him. Indeed, it should when you are physically gifted like him. One might have expected him to look hurried and nervous on the court in his debut in front of a sellout crowd but it was the EXACT opposite. There were times when the spacing with his teammates looked a bit awkward at times (which is expected in his first few games) but he really didn't force anything and I'm glad he did the smart thing and deferred to his teammates. In turn, they rewarded him with shots that were meant for him to succeed – and, gladly, he took advantage of that.
  2. Do you see any place for Bargnani on this team?! Neither do I. And the way Colangelo has been talking in the media recently, it really does seem like he doesn't as well. Is it too much of a stretch to assume that, among a few objectives the Board gave to Colangelo to keep his job, the higher-ups want him to get rid of Bargs by the deadline. But what if Bargs actually shows signs of a rejuvenation?! Another "13 game" act to fool us into keeping him?! Then what?! Because one can bet that Bargnani may have a chip on his shoulder when he comes back. Will the Board be swayed then? Or will they stick to their guns and still insist that Bargs be moved?
  3. Again, the biggest short-term issue to monitor here is the management of minutes of the wing rotation. It's pretty obvious that if Bargs is going to be moved, he will have to be moved with someone within our current army of wings. How the hell will Casey keep everyone happy (except Pietrus – who cares about him at this point?) while still showcasing the value of every wing so that any possible return can be maximized? The next three weeks will be VERY INTERESTING in Raptorland – the story of Gay will just be icing on the top.

  • CJT

    Wow.  Many of you guys said it in the past, but although I preferred Jose’s style to Kyle’s knowing that he is the guy has made a difference in the past two games.  I really like what he has done in the past 2 games.  This is the KL that I was hoping for when we traded for him in the summer.  Demar has shown an ability to move the ball in the past 3 games, gives his game a nice new wrinkle.  I have always preferred Amir to Ed, which is not to say that I don’t like ED, but Amir has been great this season and tonight was spectacular.  Rudy looked great considering he had no time to learn sets and defensive schemes etc.  Great win, the crowd was jacked all night and that created an electric atmosphere.

    • CJT

      Also I give my reaction an A-

  • Timo in Waterloo

    A good start.. one game at a time.. PS good to see Jonas back…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Maurice/551625103 Junior Maurice

    lol the highlights on nba tv are dangerous flights  #22 #31 and #10 will be on nba.com top 10 everynight

  • BoshRawr
  • Kidk

    The Clippers mailed one in as the Raps cruised to a 98-73 victory that saw newcomer Rudy Gay score 20 points and Amir Johnson go for 19 points and a career high tying 16 rebounds. This one was basically over at the half and allowed the new-look Raptors to begin the process of forging new chemistry and a new on-court identity.

    The off-court relationship between point guard Kyle Lowry and Rudy Gay was evident as the two shared a nice moment mid-game celebrating the blowout. On the court, it was DeMar DeRozan who showed great chemistry with his new teammate on the wing, connecting on two alley-oops with Gay and demonstrating what he can do with a little more space on the floor, going off for 19 points and 7 assists himself.

    Rudy Gay’s ability to create his own shot, which he made at a rate of 50% from both inside and beyond the arc in his debut game, is something the Raptors have been sorely lacking since the halcyon days of Vince Carter. 

    The Raptors face a true test of their new-look lineup on Sunday as they host LeBron James and the defending champion Miami Heat at 2pm EDT.

  • Holycraptors.com

    Los Angeles Clippers73Final
    Recap | Box Score98Toronto Raptors
    Amir Johnson, PF37 MIN | 7-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +27The girl behind me kept calling him “Antonio Davis Jr.”Landry Fields, SF15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5Oh, did he play tonight?Aaron Gray, C25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10A monster in the first half, kind of fell off after that. But he probably lost about 15lbs in sweat, so that’s pretty good.Kyle Lowry, PG32 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +28Meh. Moments of goodness, but the chemistry expected between Rudy and Kyle “The Godfather” Lowry was replaced by unexpected clicking between Rudy and Demar. Speaking of which…DeMar DeRozan, SG34 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +31If he and Rudy continue playing this well together, they might be worth their combined $846 million salary.Rudy Gay, SF33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +20Beautiful debut. And for the first time since Mookie Wilson, Toronto has a sports figure they can cheer for while still sounding like they’re booing.Quincy Acy, SF2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -2The only Raptor whose name is pronounced like his grade: A ‘C’.Jonas Valanciunas, C13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +14Can’t really blame him after so much time off, but he looked a bit lost. Showed class by not forcing a “pizza shot” on the Raptors’ final possession. In unrelated news, Caron Butler will be leading a seminar on sportsmanship and class later this evening at the Metro Convention Centre.John Lucas, PG19 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3Looked like a reasonably legit back-up. Although 6-9 from the field is impressive, the shots that went down won’t go down often. A bit of luck for Lucas tonight.Alan Anderson, SG13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5At this point, I would package Anderson and Bargnani in a trade for a can of Pringles.Terrence Ross, SG15 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6Lackluster game. But fans who came expecting jaw-dropping dunks by Griffin were given the Ross consolation prize at the end of the game.Dwane CaseyIf this is the way the team responds to Casey being fined 25 grand, let’s give this man a microphone and a shot of whiskey after every game.
    FIVE THINGS WE SAWI cannot believe how poorly the Clippers played. They looked like the Ron Harper-era Clippers. Griffin-Jordan were almost invisible, and Gray was snatching up all their rebounds.Someone in MLSE needs to edit the Raptorvision stuff; Jose was clearly visible in a few of their generic pump-up-the-audience things during time-outs.Rudy wasted no time endearing himself to the crowd. Along with DeRozan and Ross, the Raptors might be staking their claim to plenty of “dunk of the night” candidates.Caron Butler is a clown.If you crossed Doug Christie with Dana Carvey, the resulting humanoid would luke something like Landry Fields.

  • Holycraptors.com

    Sorry…I followed your instructions, and the result was the giant paragraph above.

  • Jack Hodgins
    • Jack Hodgins

      first time ever doing that or anything like it 

    • arsenalist

      Thank you.  That’s how it’s done. Added it to the post.

      • Jack Hodgins

        Awesome! Cheers 

      • Amigo

        Nice choice on Rap of the Day. Appropriate.

  • Jasoncormier

    Gay instilled an air of confidence in the raps not seen since the VC days! Lowry’s aggression is reborn, Amir is a poor mans Rodman, Gay’s Presence gave Demar Stockton(I mean derozan :) to breathe and create for both himself and his teammates! 7 assists tonight!

    • tweed8

       Amir’s Amir. There’s no need to label him as a poor man’s anything.

      • Ardefen

        absolutely!!!!!

      • j bean

        Eight years in the league and he’s only 25.

        Play like he did against the Clippers and he is the answer at the 4-5 for a ton of teams. Great rebounding, tough defense and efficient scoring.

        • Hound

          That contract BC gave him doesn’t look that bad now does it? Also, it is very interesting that we have finally outrebounded the opposition for two straight games, with the BEAST Ed Davis. How can this be? Well quite simply if Ed would have been playing Griffin or Jordan, the shots those guys missed last night would have been makes, ergo no rebound chances. Ed may have quick hops, but his man on man D is questionable.

          I like this trade and have raised my opinion of BC’s intellegence to slightly above the hillbillies in the movie “Deliverance”. He may advance to the banjo player if he can somehow trade Bargs for a 1st round pick (even a low one).

    • Amigo

      Arsenal it’s was right.Thats a bad bad deal. Why we don’t get a master commander like Hollinger, he knows all with PER36. Clearly ED is a top 10 PFin the league and only Casey stopped his growth. Look his number tonight, finally with a coach that values his real potential.Hi hi hi

      • Destro

        Either way its one game calm down….I liked Rudy’s effort and Amir was the best player out there but Ed Davis growth first half of the season was def stunted when he wasnt played…lets not use revisionist history as our friend…

        • hound

          Lets keep an eye on how the Raps rebound without Ed. Early reports say we are better.

        • Nilanka15

          Ed’s growth will again be “stunted” in Memphis.  He’ll be lucky to get 20 mpg.

      • SukaTori

         Hey Amigo, Mel Brooks is nothing compared to U

  • ad

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  • Myles Dichter
  • ghotte

    Great debut. Regardless of Sunday, the true test begins with Boston, Indiana and NO – with our bigs tested in the latter two!

  • Simonkinglaw
  • Rob

    Lol, anybody see Caron Butler’s punk move at the end? Wrong but funny, took advantage of JV there haha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6iTzXBjeZ0&feature=youtu.be

    • Holycraptors.com

      How about Aaron Gray with the “loose ball foul” on Griffin:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_tccidiyQc

    • FAQ

      JV should have hammered him for a flagrant 1 ….!!!

      • Rob

        Ya JV was apparently really pissed off at that, and mad that these two teams won’t face each other again this season.

  • Malin Balasooriya
  • Colonel_Hapablapp
  • TheR3dMenace

    Caron Butler is a fucking punk

  • tweed8

    And yes! We finally made NBA.com homepage!

  • FAQ

    Aw… give the boys straight A’s… even Gay…!!!!

    BTW re the POLL: “Would you trade Jose Calderon and Ed Davis for Rudy Gay?” ….. I changed my “No” to a “Yes”….. is that okay??!!!!Next poll: “Would you have preferred to have Nash instead of Gay?”

    • KJ-B

      same here…BryCo has more lives than a petit chat!!!

  • FAQ

    Sun Feb 3 2:00 PM vs Miami… mangle/mash/machete/manhandle/maim/manure/MIAMI..!!!

  • knickz

    watching this game makes me want colangelo fired more than ever! you wait until we are 14 games under .500 to finally get a legit sf?

    • FAQ

      … better late than never…. and wait until he trades Bargs/Kleiza/Acy/Fields/Hammadi/Peitrus/…. for another PG and draft picks.

  • enlightenment
  • knickz

    as for the trade, i’m fine with it as long as bargs is not the staring pf

    • Phat AlberG

      I think Bargs is going to be fine, I think problem was Calderon and his slow pace he like to played.  Bargs can run and plays well is space ,it’s going interesting but I still Keep him just because.  We don’t need to help out another team like Memphis did for us. 

      • j bean

        He might be fine for 20 minutes off the bench to see if he is going to fight for rebounds and get in sync with the team defensively.

        They don’t need his scoring, especially if he takes too many shots.
        It sounds funny but the way AG has been playing he is a better fit for this team than Bargs. 

  • Wilson
  • Wilson

    No! I’m disappointed I was too late to get a cameo on raptorsrepublic!  haha, oh well!

    • arsenalist

      No worries, added it to the post.

  • Dc
    • arsenalist

      Thank you! Added.

  • Andre Mclean
    • Andre

      Check out my recap, guys!

    • arsenalist

      Thank you! Just added it to post.

    • james_johnsons_glasses

      Very well done.

      • Andre

        I made a couple typos on my Quick Reaction debut, but thank you! Hopefully I can redeem myself with another one.

  • FAQ

    JELLIN’ BABY…. JELLIN’ …. BOOYAH…!!!!!

  • terrencethepterodactyl

    ross+derozan+gay= a high producing highlight machine!!! From the way i see it, Gay will compliment the new style of play we have seen demar fall into this year; the more relaxed, methodical, and unforceful SG that we want. Gay now does 2 things for demar/Raptors: 1: he will draw double teams to free up space for demar to get that extra step for the midrange jumper (or drive) and 2: he allows demar to become a higher distributor of the ball, which imo fits his style of play perfectly. I beleive he had 7 assits tonight, and at least 2 to gay on alley-oops!! 
    I also feel like gay will be a good compliment with ross as well, who will learn a lot from both demar+gay on how to play the game… AND DID YOU SEE HIS DUNK TONIGHT?!!? INCREDIBLE!!!!
    (my first post)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WASFAWUFRIT3ZOQZMJ6ZDW5HPU Matthew

    So i just finished watching the tnt discussion on the gay trade from their thursday night show and Kenny Smith’s statement couldn’t have rang out more true, especially after tonights performance.  
    he said the raptors won the trade because they improved their team now and “THEY ARE A BETTER TEAM, KNOWING THEY ARE A BETTER TEAM”, because they have gay. And it really did show tonight. Everyone just seemed more confident in what they were doing.

    • Kujo

      Kenny Smith said the Raps would be 3rd or 4th seed in the East with the current roster   I LOL’d.  

      I only saw tiny snippets of  the game, but nice debut by Gay.  

      Let’s all calm down.  It’s just one game.

  • daxel

    http://recaps.raptorsrepublic.com/truehoop/preview?id=2912

    Here’s my contribution – hope there’s no redundancy. Enjoy.

    • arsenalist

      Nice one dude…in depth.  Added it.

      • daxel

        Thanks for the plug, Arsenalist.  Much appreciated.  

        Perhaps I can be called up from the minors and swing for the fences in the big leagues with the rest of the RR crew? 😉

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WASFAWUFRIT3ZOQZMJ6ZDW5HPU Matthew

    And btw, Rudy seems like a class act. Going out of his way to thank Jose for what he did for the city of Toronto in his opening statement made me really proud to acquire a talented basketball player and an even better person. A great representative for this franchise

  • ppellico

    so…all those months taking shit for being a Gray backer……
    Funny reading all the stunned remarks.
    And still he is considered to be an error or a mistake.
    Look…it Gray that set the standard on defense in this game from the beginning.
    Where were you folks? Um…didn’t you see the early lines …or did you just erase them?

    • j bean

      My hat is off to you. 
      Gray is no joke. 

  • Dabosskwasia

    Its okay people drink the Rudy Kool-aid….taste good dont it ……the offence was good but the pontential of the defence is going to be scary good ……very elated o.0

  • Destro

    8-17 is not efficient enough for your 2 guard ? smh
    You nitpick WAY too much….second point now with Jose gone you realize what this team was missing,how his conservative style didnt suit this team at all,they need to play uptempo and take advantage of these athleticsm which they can now do with Lowry,Lucas…

    BUT BUT he worked well with Amir made him look good OH REALLY ???

    19/16 !!!

    Too bad they only have 36 games left…

    • CJT

      you’re always right, there does that make you feel better?  You can stop posting your hindsight crap now.  Especially since you told everyone to calm down that it was only one game.  take you own advice.

    • Phat AlberG

      Kenny Smith thinks we can still catch 8th

  • Thornbury
    • Thornbury

      Here’s mine. I haven’t been this pumped about the future of the club in a while. Hope it goes beyond tonight’s game. Raptors fan lament. Not that I think BC is safe. But finally brought in someone not over the bill, chronically injured, or living ff one decent playoff

    • arsenalist

      Added!

  • JHP

    Old saying 

    You can not look good losing and you can not look bad winning.  One game and as always time will tell.  

    This team has some baggage in AB, Pietrus,and Linas.  These guys can not stay healthy and unfortunately you can not help a team injured. It should be interesting to see what they can do with AB.  Obviously prove he’s healthy and maybe move him.

  • NyAlesund

    Bargnani, here, Bargnani there………………………..

    What’s the problem!!!!

    He is going to leave this team. The salary, the way of this team wants to play, the coach, Colangelo, the teammates, the fans, the media, everyone wants to see this fucking italian go away, NOW.

    We have to wait two weeks and this story will finish.

    I am bewildered how Casey and Colangelo managed Bargs. Last year Bargs played well, getting the ball in his preferred spots,  this year he was on the three point line to take idiotic shots. He played awfully and got injured. Colangelo kept him and now he wants to get rid of him. The reasons are simply to detect: basketball’s style and salary cap.

    If I were Bargs I would have told him to fuck off (Colangelo). Of course he has a tons of faults but the way of this situation was managed since he was selected in 2006 has been ridicolous.

    Now Brian is covering his ass…………for the future………..

    Good for him and I hope for the Raptors………………..

    • cesco

      -1 .

      • NyAlesund

         -2.

    • Matt52

       Coming back fat and out of shape did not help his situation.

  • 511

    Amir – The worse he’s feeling, the better he plays. Incredible. 

    Landry – Has elements of ‘smooth’ and ‘smarts’ that are emerging nicely. 

    Aaron – The first game or two (that he got minutes), a week or so ago, his hands were cement. Now, soft as butter. Nice touch around the net, great energy around the basket. Easy to love this guy. 

    Kyle – He got it done. 

    DeMar – Loving his recent willingness … no, EAGERness to pass. He’s discovered a weapon that helps the team, huge. That plus all else that he does better this year … terrific. 

    Rudy – It seems we’ve got a very high quality NBA player here. Thanks Bryan. (I was wrong, you did good.) 

    Quincy – Not much today, he’ll get his chances. 

    Jonas – Love this kid. More than willing to bash and bang and do what’s needed down in the war-zone. Welcome back. 

    JL3 – He likes that he knows he’s gonna play. Suddenly shooting like he did in pre-season. 

    AA – Hoped it’d be him instead of Ed going w Jose but … enough with that. When he plays hard defense, he’s of value. Some days the jack-shots will fall, sometimes not. Casey will be monitoring. 

    TRoss – Didn’t notice much except the couple of missed threes and the lovely one-handed dunk. 

    Casey – Having the extra know-how on the team with Rudy suddenly here, seemed to bring the lessons home in a hurry and all the hard work and rock-pounding paid off in a surprising display of butt-kicking glory. 

    Everybody gets an A. (The thing didn’t work for me. So, this.) 

    Comment – Bring on the LeBron and the Heat. Let’s see what we really got here. 

    • 511

      Typo – didn’t mean ‘the LeBron’. Almost works, tho. 

  • jacobdrichards4

    I think Gray was looking on Raptors Republic and realized what a joke he was on this site.  The last three games hes been huge!

  • RyGuy Awesome III

    F- for Acy because he missed the pizza shot

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  • GoingBig

    The D that the Raps put up last night – While it was against a near-dead Clippers, I think they could get a taste for that (30 points per half) with the constant D pressure.  The Raps never gave the Clippers time to eat their sandwiches

  • trample54

    How close minded can you be concerning Andrea. You don’t have a blasted crystal ball to look into the future to see how it pans out. Just like majority of RR, you always assume that he’s not going to fit so trading him is the best option. You guys wouldn’t give him the benefit of the doubt to see if he can play within this new system. Stop being so biased and wait til he actually plays so you can see if he can play or not. Holy shit.

    • GoingBig

      Bargs still has to re-prove himself in this new context.  Before he was injured, he took a lot of shots without good results.  With the increased passing style, no one will be wasting time giving him a chance to miss another shot.  There are more options with Amir Johnson and Gay and DeRozan.  If all he’s got it is stand&shoot with no D, he’s backing himself into a trade situation that has nothing to do with RR foaming fan agitation to get rid of him.

      I hope he comes back soon so that the Raps and he can answer these questions.  Very interesting next few weeks

      • trample54

        I know he has to re-prove himself in this situation but everyone is writing him off without seeing what he can do. Casey didn’t utilize him IMO the right way. The 13 game sample saw Andrea doing many things we would like him to do but if you keep allowing him to revert back to his old self, part of the blame is on Casey, not solely Andrea. 

    • The Truth

       How many years of benefit of the doubt do you want us to give him?

      • trample54

        This is a different system with a new player, you never know how it’s going to pan out. I understand you want him gone but jeeze guy. If it doesn’t work out fine, I understand. But if it does work out, there is nothing else to say.

        • The Truth

          That kind of “maybe it will be different this time” thinking is exactly how you end up keeping a guy for this long who has never been able to produce consistently on the court (or even acted like he wants to for that matter).

        • Nilanka15

          Maybe we should get Turkoglu back.  It’s a different system with a different coach.  Anything can happen, right?

          • trample54

             Maybe, you never know. Just know turk couldn’t give jack shit about toronto