Miami Heat 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -6

This man cannot get into foul trouble, even if it’s Miami. He’s far too valuable, and the 4th foul that took him out early in the second half was the turning point in the game.

Rudy Gay, SF 42 MIN | 11-23 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | -19

Somehow topped his performance against the Clippers, but couldn’t hold the fort in the 3rd quarter as Miami took advantage of Raptor foul trouble. He’s clearly a very talented player as long as he attacks the rim consistently. His defense against Lebron was eye-opening. Makes one wonder whether he was dogging it in Memphis.

Aaron Gray, C 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-4 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -9

Continues to wipe the glass clean, but not much else. Still a better option then Valunciunas right now, but defensively could not handle the quickness of the Miami attack. Surprise.

Kyle Lowry, PG 31 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | -16

Can’t blame him for that 4th foul against Wade, but when John Lucas is your back-up, you just don’t take yourself out of the game like that. Needed to be more aggressive in the 4th when he got back. It’s possible that he’s deferring more to get Rudy Gay involved in the offence, but there has to be more balance to his game.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 44 MIN | 6-17 FG | 14-14 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | -21

Great offensive game marred by some really questionable shot selection late in the game. Isn’t this why we got Rudy Gay, so that we don’t have to see DeMar take prayers from dreaded “deep two” territory?

Jonas Valanciunas, C 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3

Sorry, he may be the one of the Raptor darlings but he was not ready for this game, or specifically one Chris Andersen, who gave Miami some key second-chance opportunities in the second half.

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

The Raptors went from having the best back-up in the league to perhaps the worst. It’s hard to name someone who is worse.

Alan Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 1-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -1

Over matched by a Miami squad that negates his quickness. He did pull back on the shot attempts, but that’s what he does. The Raptors lost a great 3pt shooter in Calderon so his shooting is probably valued by Casey.

Terrence Ross, SG 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -1

Coach Casey drew up a play for a Ross 3, and it was quite clear that he was covered when he got the ball, but Terrence felt he needed to take the shot anyway. That’s not sound judgement.

Dwane Casey

This team lost a lot of depth. They have a better starting 5, and when they run into a situation like they did early in the second half with foul trouble, Jack was right. They had to take the risk and run with their horses. The “book” is a guide, not a manual. Sometimes coaches need to improvise and coach didn’t do that today. His job became much easier with the trade, so the mistakes will be judged more harshly.

Three Things We Saw

  1. As mentioned above, Rudy Gay had to be dogging it just a tad in Memphis. The ease with which he scored against one of the best defensive teams in the league tells you that he has no business shooting around 40% like he did with his former team this year.
  2. Another note about Gay. Yes this trade was universally panned by the media, but especially by the “advanced stat” community, which some of us at RR also followers of. It will be an interesting case study to see if Gay actually makes this team better, would leave more than a few heads scratching, to be sure.
  3. Enjoy the Superbowl! Go Niners!
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  • ppellico

    did not see the game so gonna take everybody’s word

    • FAQ

      Ratpors good to go at SF and SG… but now very weak at PG.  Plug one hole and another springs open … drats

      • ghotte


        • Dan

           I don’t know whats happened to Lowry. I know at the start of the season people complained he took to many shots and wasn’t enough of a play maker. Now he is just way to passive not attacking the basket.  He needs to find a middle ground.

  • ppellico

    the ONE thing that stands out in the stat and play by play is
    1) no damned assists. I think Jose had more than the entire team did tonight in a game.
    2) wht was Amit not in the final qtr? I know he had foul trouble…but at what point do you say we need him on the floor.

    •  Wade played nearly all of the second quarter with three fouls and scored a lot in that time. Casey does seem to overreact to his starters being in some foul trouble. Let them play on and tell them to be a bit less aggressive challenging shots. This is better than playing less effective players. Gray played too much. So did Lucas.

    • Gman

      Yeah but Friday night we had a huge number of assists.  I think you’re seeing a team that is going through transition playing the Champs.  Neither Fridays game or yesterdays can be seen as a serious metric to judge these guys with.

  • ppellico

    and…the play by lay shows Gray leaving and the team down by only 3 points.
    Then all hell breaks loose.
    And you give the guy with 12 rebounds in 22 minutes a cC- ???
    Glad you didn’t grade my papers in school or I’d still be there.

    • Scottbbaird

      Coincidences happen. Gray leaving was not the reason the game got away.

      • EmarErozan

        It kinda was. Once he left Miami stopped worrying about him pilfering extra possessions on the O-boards and went back to the aggressive traps on Raptor wings that Emar in particular struggled with. That’s when the game turned, that’s why Emar threw up bad shots. In the first half Aaron Gray in the glass and rolling to the basket brought the Raps back from 16-8 down.

        Separately, I love what Rudy Gay does for Emar. He really opens up the floor. They are not the same player – Gay is a much better athlete, is much longer and is a better defender and jump shooter. Emar is better at attacking the rim.

        • EmarErozan

          Separately, I thought about changing my name today as Emar’s defence was nice.

          What’s up with all the superstar calls today? That and Aaron Gray’s foul shooting was the difference.

          • jlongs

            Perhaps you can start with dEmar dErozan since he’s been showing a little the past two games. Hopefully it sticks though.

  • SteveB

     “It’s possible that he’s deferring more to get Rudy Gay involved in the offence” (?) This does not make any sense! The guy had 3 assists and 5 (FIVE) TO’s! Oh, I get it. He made those turnovers trying to get Rudy involved. KL sucks and Lucas III (LOL) sucks even more. But hey, Miami does not have a decent PG either…damn they have James,Wade & Bosch! 

    • Roarque

      That Bosch was quite the spark today.

      • robertparrish00

        Bosch was a real pork slug.

  • Mopola

    I think it’s enough of Gray in the starting lineup, I’m not saying that he was bad today, he played hard and rebounded well, but he’s not starting caliber C, he’s a bit too slow… Ross looked comfused playing against superstar D-Wade, shot couple of airballs but he still was better or at least not worse than AA who got 30+ mins on court… I’m really impressed by tonight’s Rudy Gay’s performance – he drove to the basket so easily, and his defence was quite good. Lowry had a terrible game…

    • Roarque

      Lowry was a good to very good 3 point shooter in November – so what happened?

  • Maniacal

    i think your grades are a little harsh. I watched the entire game, and the Raps played the defending champs tough for 3.5 quarters. in the end they were simply outclassed. i dunno maybe its me, but F’s are reserved for absolute failures people that clearly are not making an effort…and D’s not much more. if its all about winning and losing, which it is, i guess your grades make sense…but they seem to leave little room for middle ground.. you can just use PASS/FAIL for the same effect i guess. anyways i found the game entertaining, but foul trouble doomed our beloved Raps..


    The low number of assists is worrying. Do we need to give the new lineup time to gel, or can we expect to see a team where each possession is Gay or DeRozan or Lowry going one-on-everybody?

  • FAQ

    Cinderalla Craptors all turned into cooked pumpkins against the hot Heat…… and it seems they are short some crucial players…. either recovering from injuries or to be acquired in another behemoth BC trade miracle.

    Perhaps if Bargs was back and parked on the arc potting 3’s to spread the floor for our wingers… RG/DD/AA/TR so they could do their mischief slashing to the hoop for easy 2’s….. ya think??!!!

  • eli

    We NEED a pass-first backup pg.

    • FAQ

      Next season Jose will be available …!

      • gradgrind101

        He won’t be playing in TO.

      • KJ-B

        I’m not sure if they made a rule against that–but no, it’s for buyouts not UFAs but I think not–unless we trade for Pau??? 2 for 1???

    • gradgrind101

      Well at least we have a shoot first backup point guard. 

  • RaptorReuben

    Demar and Rudy played really, really well. And, well, everyone else was absolutely terrible. 

  • FAQ

    Fear not t.h.f.’s…. next season Dwight Howard will be wearing a TRap uniform…. believe it.

  • voy

    regardless of the assist totals, the first half the raps played great.  GREAT!! no one can deny that.  the start of the third their passes were sloppy and the heat tightened up the d. that was the start of the end.  the heat took away anything easy and made us work for everything.

    i was surprised the raps managed to hold on to the lead in the first half despite lucas’ best effort to let miami back in the game (yes, i know the loss doesn’t fall on one single player, but the dude was/is awful if he’s not hitting 50% of his shots). 

  • ppellico

    must have been a nerve racking game.
    I mean, down 87 to 83 with 4 plus minutes to go….
    Reading the play by play…it just felt like a mind blowing loss.

  • NyAlesund

    Kyle is Kyle. Average comboguard. Nothing more. He is the weak ring of the starting five considering what we expecting from him.
    Now, the Rapts have the worst point guards in the league.

    • FAQ

      TRap wings are creating their own plays now… LOL

      • NyAlesund

         You’re right…………………………LOL

  • voy

    laslty, I forgot to mention, the last 2 games there seems to be a concerted effort by the refs to give the raps the benefit of the doubt on way more calls than previously.

    • CJT

      not today.  Some of the ticky tack fouls they called in the late 2nd and early third were partly responsible for the tide turning Miamis way.  I swear that every time the Raps start to pull away there is a concerted effort to help keep the game close and get the losing team back in to the game.

      • Dan

         I was actually surprised how often they let the Raprtors play tough D on Lebron. The block Rudy got on him he was hand checking Lebron. There was a spin move between two defenders where Lebron was stripped that I thought the refs would call just because they didn’t have a good angle. Like they did on the  missed dunk By wade. No way Wade would miss a dunk Lowry must have fouled him.

  • Destro

    Hey A Dub cmere and talk to me man…

    DeMar shot selection from what i saw in the 4th was pretty good i think he hit about 3-4 mid range js plus a dunk AND got the line a few times right ?

    I wonder if you guys even WATCH these games sometimes…Rudy Gay as good as hes been was ASS down the stretch and jacked up some horrible attempts youd RAG on DD over…

    At least be honest breh…

    • EmarErozan

      The dunk in Bosh’s face makes one forget bad shots!

      I thought Lowry chucked the most, actually.

      • CJT

        That was Rudy.  Not Demar.

        • EmarErozan

          Try reading destro’s MSG again guy.

          • Cjthompson2

            my bad  misread it.  

    • Gman

      He was exhausted by that point in the game.  He had a pretty great game considering.

  • KJ-B


  • Theswirsky

    sorry what was so “eye opening” about Gay’s defense on Lebron? 

    Or was that supposed to be sarcastic

    • Destro

      A nice block makes you forget alot of things if your a casual viewer….truth is he wasnt that good.

    • Lafayette

      Wear your glasses next game,lol !

  • kuzzybear

    Amir was everywhere . He rebounded, made shots, dove for balls, made steals, good passes to open mates.
    Anything less than a “B” seems to indicate the marker has issues.
     As the games pile up Jose is going to look even better and better.

    • Destro

      Y’know what tho Amir actually was one of the reasons we lost the game…We need him not taking some dumd fouls so he can contribute more than 2 pts…..The game was lost because they got nothing offensively from Amir,AA and Kyle substantial….in a game like this you need 3 guys to carry the load and only 2 stepped up tonight…

      • CJT

        and Ross as well.

      • Kylesdaman

        I actually thought Kyle was trying….

      • gradgrind101

        Amir did have the flu. He performed well on Friday but it looks like it caught up with him against the Heat.

  • Dbobb28

    I watched one point where we went 5 straight possessions and Gay didn’t touch the ball. Meantime, we ran the exact same play twice. Lucas to Anderson to Demar, who dribbles and drives baseline into a double team. It didn’t work the first time so no reason to try it again. Especially when Lebron is the weakside help. Gay looks amazing. He is the first Raptor since Carter where I feel he can score anytime the ball is in his hands. Casey did a poor job of substituting and we need to acquire a good back up when we trade Andrea. 

    • Dan

       That’s where they miss a guy Like Fields. He may not score a lot but he has better size then Anderson and he won’t force up shots.

  • robertparrish00

    Watching Wade and Lebron cry after every drive is lame-o.  Was it Lowry’s 3rd foul where Wade wasn’t touched but he still managed a big “HEY”.  Embarassing.   

    • Dan

       There was a play where Lowry jumped at him to throw him off and cause him to miss a dunk. He didn’t actually touch him though but was still called for a foul.

  • Roarque

    Okay, it’s time.

     It’s time to hold a few guys accountable. I’m thinking our rookies aren’t rookies anymore. I want to see Jonas suck it up and start to play ball like a dude who’s been a pro in Europe for, what, three years? I want to see those quicks and that energy level result in some rebounds – I mean, the Birdman is showing Jonas how to position himself for a rebound? The Birdman is five years past his best usage date. Push the old man out of the way and grab the frickin’ ball you punk!

    I don’t need you to score the ball BUT I do need you to control the D board – start with that this year and we’ll be happy, you goof!!

    As for T Ross. The D is terrific and he’s got very quick feet. But use your head kid. You know that you’re not a wide receiver in the NFL, right? You ARE allowed to pass the ball after you catch it, right? If you’re covered for the shot don’t just chuck it up anyway. Get that West Coast Fog outa your brain and start using it to think TEAM not ME ME ME!

    One other point. It’s the third Quarter and the refs hit Amir with his 4th foul for sking the heat player beside him where they’re headed to watch the Super Bowl – what a joke! Then Kyle gets stung with his 4th for being in the same neighbourhood when D Wade wants to show he can still dunk the ball on a run out. Kyle did not touch Wade! I’m sick of those middle-aged moronswho claim to be professional refs deciding who gets to play in the 3rd Quarter for Toronto.

    Rudy is a terrific up tick now the rest of you dudes need to step up and support him. In case you haven’t noticed, you now have a frickin. All Star playing on the wing which means you can ride him into the first round. Support the guy, play D if you can’t hit a shot AA. Get off your asses and pretend you’re PROs.

    • FAQ

      What’s your take on DD’s game… the $10 mil man p.a. next season….??!!!

      • Roarque

        DDR is loving the new arrival – finally he’s got some room to move. Good Basketball players welcome good basketball players everytime. It make the 82 go faster if you’ve got good company along for the ride.

        The other guys I’m beating on have the talent otherwise I wouldn’t waste my time telling them to get in step with the future.

        Like who cares what Bargo or Linus or JLIII does – they be gone soon.

        • FAQ

          The emerging problem is will DDR get enough touches with RG on the floor?   And then when AB returns and resumes his position at the Arc, what happens then?

          (Just thinking… Bargs doesn’t play a conventional position like PF or SF… he’s more like an “Arc-er” … one who frequents the arc … ya think??)

    • 2damkule

      holy shit, dude, JV’s missed what, 6 weeks?  maybe we need to give him more than a couple games to get into game shape before raising our level of expectation to ‘absurd.’

      • Roarque

        Tic Toc Tic Toc. JV wants the big bucks from “living in America” – he ran the steps for weeks to keep his legs. I repeat, all I expect is from him is to clear his own boards this season. Next season, I expect him to get the Raptors some Offensive Boards and to own his own painted turf. I mean that’s why he’s  here right?

        The Birdman is a cretain from the ooze who must be 35-37? And he kicks the shit out of Jonas for five minutes while we have to sit and watch. It’s embarassing man. Jonas was sold as the second  coming. Now that Rudy’s arrived I think we can see what the true second coming looks and acts like.

        • Doc

          He sat the entire first half and played like 5 minutes in the 2nd half. Did he play particularly well – no but he wasn’t worse than Grey. You need to calm down.

          • Roarque

            Thanks for the prescription Doc. They dropped it off this morning and I’m feeling better already.

            However, Jonas played five minutes for a reason. And I am one of the people who passionately wants the kid to blossom.

            Let’s remember he didn’t come out of College ball – he’s been playing with men for a couple of years now. It just annoys me when a jackass like Andersen comes out and embarasses Jonas like that.

            But as I said, the meds are kicking in.


            • gradgrind101

              You are right though. JV has a ways to go and if the Raptors are serious about a playoff push.  He should justifiably see only 5-10 minutes a game the rest of the way. Also I agree…In order for JV to be an asset to this team he needs to pull in more boards…

              BOARDS = POSSESSIONS = POINTSBTW…In order for the Raptors to have a shot at making the playoffs they will need to go 24 and 10 the rest of the way. That would be a better record than the Heat’s 30 and 14 record so far.

  • j bean

    RG, DD and KL can all score 20+ a game consistently. 
    It’s time for Kyle to start shooting more.

    • FAQ

      Unfortunately, Kyle is not very adept at passing… and now he’s lost his shooting touch, a tad.  Perplexing and puzzling too …. ya think??!!!

      • ad

         Lowry had a bad game, no doubt, but he needs to start playing more aggressively and return to the form he had to start the season. I have faith that he will eventually and he may be nursing an injury at the moment. Also, he needs to stop with this calderon imitation. Thats not his game. Hes a much more complete player than calderon. Sorry calderon fanboys, but raps made the right decision by trading him.

        • FAQ

          Sooo… what you are saying is that Lowry is neither an effective facilitator nor a scorer now?   Seems like Kyle’s shortcomings are magnified now that Jose is gone.  I hope your faith in Kyle will be rewarded.. and his nursing an undisclosed injury is the root of his playing problems.

          • ad

             Lowry is a good facilitator AND scorer but just seems to be playing too passive right now. He needs to look for his shot more and he will find oppurtunities for his teammates when he is playing his game.

  • Here’sanIdea

    Okay so all the RR fans who want Jose to lead a raptors squad  that includes a few potential All Stars like Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRosen and Jonas Valanciunis should start dropping your loonies in the big piggy bank on Front Street in downtown TO so this coming summer the Raps can take all of your contributions and then add them to the $4 Million that the Raptors management is prepared to pay for Jose and the World can find out if Jose is prepared to play another season in Toronto for $4.005 Million.

    Yeah, that’s gonna happen.

    • FAQ

      But Jose loves Toronto and now we see the outpouring of love and respect for Jose since he’s not here to weave his pass-first magic for the TRaps at the ACC.  Rumours out of Detroit is that they want to extend Jose for the next season and beyond ….!!!

  • NyAlesund

    Some rumors………..about Lowry. Is he leaving Toronto? Is there a possibility? Wishing it were true……..

    • Dan

       I would be suprised. Not because he is playing great but because him and Gay are so close.

  • Kitchy09

    Great game to watch. I’m really concerned about DD’s constant troubles trying to stay with his cover, and with the low amount of assists, especially on the pick and rolls with the bigs. And that phantom foul had a huge impact on the game!

  • HeGotBrain

    Bargnani and Lowry fo Nash?

  • gradgrind101

    I’m going to break it down for all you cats…


    I believe it goes all the way back to the Heat’s game prep and the lack of an effective counter (or none at all) by the Raptor’s. Either that or Miami has a great in game ability to analyse what is going on and adjust their game plan at the  right time. 

    If you remember just before half time the heat began to apply a little pressure on TO and the Raptors didn’t get a field goal in the last 2.5 minutes of the 2nd quarter. That showed me they were settled into a perimeter game and were happy to settle for the jumpers.

    To start the 2nd half the Heat turned it up a notch and played very aggressive D playing Chalmers, James and Wade up high (above the free throw line) covering Lowry tightly and taking away his first pass option to either side. Those guys made Lowry look like a frightened High School PG. Because of their size and lateral quickness he wasn’t able to get the ball to a place where the offense could be triggered. Because of this pressure the Raptors were not able to step into their offense and would up scrambling up high beyond the arc. If I remember correctly their first 4 or 5 trips in the second half didn’t result in a single shot.  I don’t blame Lowry so much because the Raptors don’t have the pieces in place to practice and work on solutions for these types of challenges. Things may look good in practice but then they fall apart in games.

    Miami prepares for this type of game all the time. They know how to beat an undersized shoot first point guard who is not prepared to play high caliber basketball…And that is by applying great ball pressure and taking away his first options.

    Casey will figure it out eventually. From what I can see he needs to be able to do this in game based on strategies developed in practice and then hopefully we no longer let games slip through our fingers.

    • I’ll break it down for you. The Heat are the champs and have the best player on the planet. DONE!

      • gradgrind101

        Seriously nothing is ever that simple…That’s why Miami is 12 wins and 11 losses on the road. Before the Raptors game they were 5 and 7 on the road and their best wins were over Golden State and Brooklyn and bad losses to Detroit and Orlando. Even with LBJ they still lose but not yesterday to Toronto.

        • Miami was coming off a bad loss against the Pacers, what did you expect? Them to lose two straight against a team almost 15 games under .500.

          • gradgrind101

            Hey I hear you. Miami to me looks like the team to beat. They may not have the deepest bench but I would never undersell them. They have a lot of good useful parts. 

            What’s discouraging to me is how badly T.O. was slapped in the 2nd half. Double that second half score and we lose 112 to 70.  Also, the Raptors didn’t make any meaningful adjustments to make a game of it.

  • Wtfung

    I wish Raptor fans would just stop booing the Vince Carters and Bosh’s of the world…it just gets them pumped up even more and want to stick it to them!  How many Vin-daggers must be endured before they realize the energy their expending to boo is just being absorbed by the ‘Anti-Raptors’!  I think it would be so much better if when they annouce their names the entire ACC just went dead silent…a sort of collective ‘who-gives-a-crap-about-you’ indifference that I think would be much more meaningful.  Imagine Bosh shooting free-throws and the fans behind the backboards putting bags over their heads and just turning away and not even paying attention…not caring one way or the other…maybe even sitting down, crossing their legs & instead reading their programs to see who was shooting!

    • Roarque

      I like it. You have my permission to organize it for the next trip into TO.

      Realistically, those fans are telling Chris that we all still know what he did and no matter how many times D Wade and his ‘yes men’ tell Chris that he did the right thing, the crowd in TO will continue to tell him he didn’t. “CB4” could have been a man and not blindsided the Raptors. A sign and trade for something, anything was possible if Chris had insisted on returning something to the team and to the city that nurtured him into a good, not great, NBA forward.

      As for Pat Riley, I assume there’s a reason he never makes the trip into TO. He probably can’t get across the border without enduring a strip search for slime.

      • Wtfung

        I totally agree with you on why the fans do it…but apathy and indifference is so much more…oh…FUN!  Like ignoring the chick who dumped you the 1st time your paths cross at a party…way..WAY more effective than getting completely owned by giving into some emotionally-damaged-hyperventilating-squeaky-voiced exchange…you know..somthing like…’well the same to you!’….so there!

        As I said bang on about why they boo…say what you will about the ‘trade-machine-inspired’ reasoning for trading Jose but you can certainly almost make the same argument for him….EXCEPT he stayed (& somehow became Rudy Gay!)  To me his Raptor bobble-head will always stay on my mantle..even when his 35 pt/15 assist/0 turnover stat line torches the Raps in his 1st game back at ACC!  But you know what…I bet the fans still give him a J-Lin worthy standing O!  At the very least he sure could teach some of these guys about loyalty and class (maybe also how to shoot free-throws and 3’s)..regardless of how many seasons he started as the ‘backup’…or was told he was on his way out via trade…or how he couldn’t play ‘D’…at least he always re-upped (ok…a gazillion or so dollars might’ve had something to do with it but we digress).

        • Roarque

          If Jose doesn’t get a standing O to start the game, I’ll eat my laptop.

          However, after that he should expect to be treated like any other PG. If he’s successful in beating the home team, all bets are off.

          Bloody Euro Trash!!!

          I know, I know. Damn I wish I could be more classy.