Filling in for A-Dub who will be back with the post-game.

Toronto Raptors 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Washington Wizards
Amir Johnson, PF 39 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +19

Big boss man going up against Nene. Big minutes and foul trouble almost got the better of him, but didn’t bring him down. Brought the required defense, including a block in the fourth quarter.

Rudy Gay, SF 37 MIN | 10-25 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 24 PTS | -1

Volume shooter? Sure. Hands on his knees on D? Sure. Swagger? Hell yes. Good thing the Wizards are bad enough to give Rudy and the Raptors a high margin of error. Got into a shouting match with a rapper I never heard off but who has more than 2M followers. This world is gone to shits.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -4

Nom nom nom nom. That’s him gobbling up rebounds and then puking all over Nene.

Kyle Lowry, PG 32 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +12

Every time he dribbles the ball a baby dies. Every time he picks up his dribble an angel loses its virginity to the devil. I saw his passes coming from a mile away and every time I went, “Noooooooo!!!!”

DeMar DeRozan, SG 37 MIN | 9-18 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | +19

Pretty solid game for a guy who looked like he was carrying a piano on his back the whole time. Several moments of WTF on offense and defense, but somehow the best player on the night.

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

He came, he saw, he said “f**k it, I’m going back to the bench”.

Andrea Bargnani, C 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -4

Andrea “Microwave” Bargnani. Came in, heated up some primo and sat back down. Just joking, AB fans. He supplied efficient offense off the bench and get this…fought for rebounds!! This means he’ll be going 0-9 with 0 rebounds in his next game…when he’s on the Bulls.

John Lucas, PG 16 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -4

If you count his dead-ball threes, he went 8-9 from downtown.

Alan Anderson, SG 24 MIN | 1-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +7

He’s clearly color-blind and everything looks like a green light.

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

You’d think winning the dunk-off might’ve bought him some playing time, especially against Beal. Word has it Obama was watching this game just for Ross to get in. Disappointed that it didn’t happen, he called a drone strike on Casey.

  • http://twitter.com/NomadCreatives Fred Galang

    Arse, c’mon man, You gave Lowry a C after a double-double and a +12 and was forcing turnovers all night long and a B+ for Bargs who was letting the lead slip away? There’s was no interior D man. Whoah!!!

    • monocled_gentleman_scholar

      RR always dogging Lowry.

    • Arsenalist

      Yup, I was way too harsh.  Honestly, that lazy fuck A-Dub was supposed to do this so I wasn’t paying much attention to this game as I was watchin git.  But I can’t change the ratings.  This shit is written in stone man.  I want to give Lowry a higher grade buy my hands are tied.  I apologize, Kyle.

      • Matt52

         No worries, Arse.  The apology more than makes up for it and this line on the homepage to this post-game report puts you well back in my good graces:

        “Matt Devlin almost beat the shit out of some rapper.”

        I missed it last night but that is some comedic gold right there.

    • Jon Bolan

      he gave him a C, pure doosh move

    • Jon Bolan

      giving lowry a C, weakkkk

      • Jon Bolan

        lowry is just having trouble adjusting, dont kick a man when he down

    • NyAlesund

       Whatch the last one and half minute when we have a confortable advantage. Lowry and Gay lost the ball in the mid court, in another occasion Lowry was awarded with a foul (honestly there wasn’t a foul) and Gay has waited to long to give the ball in Bargnani’s hand. Instead he passed the ball to him late that cost us a tournover.

      Sometime the right way to do is to do easy things. You have teammates with high percentage from freethrow line, so deliver the ball instead doing a stupid thing. Move the ball, not seal it when you have quick hands against you.

  • WhiteVegas

    Little harsh on Lowry much? The guy gets a double double with 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 11 points on only 6 shots, and he gets a C grade. Should be a B+. He can play better, but that’s some pretty efficient play for a PG.

    • ad

       This blog should be renamed the calderon republic.

      • Guy

        Man, you hit the nail on the head. Another article by Arsenalist looking as hard as he possibly can to take a dump on Lowry. 

    • Matt52

       He had a nice stat line but he was dreadful down the stretch.  I think a B+ for the first 42 mins and D- for the last 6 mins is fair.

      • unknown guest

        Wait. Are you talking about how he lost his composure (again), and kept coughing up the ball? I got to say though, I do like how he takes charges, something I don’t think I ever saw Calderon do.

        • Matt52

           He was dreadful down the stretch.  Did you miss that part?

          • unknown guest

            Heck no. I saw that. I am NOT a Lowry fan. I’d pick JC > Klow if they were the only two PG’s available, but he’s what we got.

  • KJ-B

    “He’s clearly color blind and everything looked like a green light”… RAP OF THE YEAR ((to mee))… when will Assistant Casey fall outta love with one of  his “projects”–I think Colangelo needs to take away the temptation from Dwane because he just can’t say no to Allan–maybe DCs bro, son or fav uncle is named Allan…SmH

    • cdub

      I really think we should be playing Fields over AA.

      • ghotte

        Agree with this. Fields won’t need to take too many shots – at least will rarely force them. His movement will help the offense which still looks to predictable and stagnant, too often. And, his defense will be useful.

        • Cdhall

          your correct—–the ball was stagnant too often!       Fields moves well without the ball!    This may make some other players move the ball around? 

      • unknown guest

        +1000

  • FAQ

    Hey… a win is a win … even though it was an ugly win… uuuuuuuugly …!!!!

    • RAPS

      Then I guess you and the win have something in common.

      • FAQ

        ^^^RATs one and only posting, as of now… just to slag moi… wotta putz!!!

    • Nilanka15

      I thought it was an ugly win too (along with the Knicks game), but I’ll take it.

      Then again, it’s going to take a MUCH better effort to take down the Grizz tonight.

      • unknown guest

        Ugly win > pretty loss. Raps used to lose a lot of these. Glad to see ’em win.

  • ad

    Lowry had some bad turnovers but a C is ridiculous. Lowry made a crucial bucket with that layin over nene in the 4th q. Calderon would not be able to make that shot. Not to mention, a double double and 6 rebs. Not his best game, but solid. Anyways, I like how the starting unit is gelling. Im not crazy about the bench. AA makes me sick when I watch him. His ass needs to be stapled to the bench. He just forces his game way too much and hes not particularly talented. Casey should know within the first 5 or 6 mins whether hes on or not. If hes not on, ross should play.

  • j bean

    The streak is alive! The Wizard’s hung around most of the game but couldn’t rev it up in crunch time. That reminds me of how the Raps used to look before the trade. Andrea looked a little better but wouldn’t say he contributed more to the win than RG as the grades suggest. 

    Btw I was switching between the Memphis-Detroit game. Davis is looking good and they don’t look like they’ve taken a step back by trading Rudy. Calderon had an uncharacteristically poor showing with a few bad turnovers and couldn’t get them going at all. Bayless out played him easily.

  • Dc

    Come the fuck on arse lowry played pretty good tonight. Only problem I had with his game was that he couldve been more agressive. Bargs wasnt that good but he wasn’t terrible slightly average. His rebounding sucked, but I was surprised I seen him box someone out that was pretty good. DD is a beast dunno why people want to get rid of him he’s a solid 2 guard in this league is only 23 and works hard, his best bball is in front of him. All the things he needs to work on can be learned. I have no clue why AA feels compelled to shoot whenever he gets the ball. When he’s on he’ s good when he’s not he sucks…bad…real bad. JL3 is really surprising me tho with his game, if he keeps hitting them shots still need a 2nd string pg. Bc I would hate to see him starting at pg. If AA wasn’t a gunner every chance he gets he could probably play some spot mins there, he actually sees the floor well when he wants which is once every 5 games. Joval and amir are great together they fight and scrape for every rebound and on D. It’s really awesome to watch. 5 in a row. get 6 tomorrow. 

    • ghotte

      Trouble with the team now is that, while they are winning, they are really, really perimeter oriented. Remember the good old days when AMir and Davis where getting inside baskets at will? Amir is rarely part of the offensive flows other than when he gets his own rebound or the shot clock is running down. 

      Hope these guys can start progressing on offense so they can take the ball stronger to the rim

  • Tom

    Says a lot about the limits of the letter-grading system when Ross – who played 3 minutes – gets the same mark as Gay, who – despite only 40% – still racked up 24 and hit one of the biggest shots of the game. 

    I think that players as marginal as Ross was in this game in terms of PT should receive something like an “N/A” instead of a grade; kinda discredits the whole system otherwise.

    • Nilanka15

      I don’t think there’s anything credible about a subjective, emotion-based grading system with undefined parameters.

      Treat it as nothing more than shits & giggles 😉

      BTW Arse, I actually laughed out loud at some of these lines.  Great stuff.

    • Cdhall

      any player under 15 minutes should receive a N/A

  • jacobdrichards4

    Its really hard to watch bargnani play defense, maybe I’m just looking for it, but he looks so disinterested you got to bust your ass back to your man. It happens too often where he has to hedge on the screen they swing it to his man then he is slow to get to the helps’ man. Show a little bit of motivation primo!

    • Nilanka15

      Yeah, but he “spreads the floor”….hater :p

      • WHAT ABOUT BARNEY!!!

        is he gone yet ?

        • truth be told

          Nope, read the article I think BC did with Sam Amick where he says that before he feels AB needed a change of scenery but with Gay coming in it’s like the “room has been redecorated”.

          They ain’t trading him.

          BC says so much different things it’s unreal and impossible to keep track of.

  • KJ-B

    Everybody used to punk guys like Sonny Weems/Jerry Bayless for shooting to much…quite sure about “Money” but I know if Bayless, Memphis coming to town 2moro, got 25 shots he’d be better than a -1, 1 ft, “only” 25 pts…aside from 4/5 minutes in the 2nd and 4th quarter Rudy was atrocious…

    He passed up DeRozan a couple times on the break and I was cheering when he got blocked BOTH times–that is NOT playing Basketball the right way…move the ball +  it’ll get back to you… Rudy Gay is starting to make Melo look like Rip Hamilton in his prime moving “without” the ball–is Rudy coaching Dwane or vice versa???

    • Tom

      Wins are the most important stat. When a sub-500 team wins three straight road games – two against good teams – shortly after acquiring a volume shooter like Gay, chances are he isn’t playing atrociously…

    • ad

      Yea i was surprised to see gay play pretty selfish on those fast breaks. However, he should have way more rope to play that way than anderson. This team still looks way better with him at sf.

      • j bean

        This team looks way better with him at sf is an understatement. 
        Since the trade there has been an about face in the team’s confidence factor and they have shown they can sustain it. The mental part of the game is as valuable as the physical and Rudy seems to be the catalyst for the team chemistry that is getting better and better.

        • barney gatstogo

          Now it BC could only get rid of that noncatalyst before summer/today

  • Tom

    Also, not sure exactly why it matters whether you saw Lowry’s passes coming from a “mile away” – is relevant, when the stats speak for themselves. 2.5 assist/TO ratio isn’t great – his season avg is 2.7 – but it hardly merits a C…

  • Guest

    That was an odd game.  It looked like no one was really into playing in the end of the fourth quarter.  Still a nice win for us, it looked rough at times but we were dominant throughout the game.  JV had a monster dunk!!  Got me standing.  He seems to be picking things up at a good pace.  I think Andrea had a good game, he showed focus on ‘D’ and grabbed some easy boards although he could have had a few more if he chased them down.  I was relieved when he passed up his jumper to the open Lucas in the corner for 3.  Overall good game from our starters, but it seems like the team chemistry is off.  This may sound odd but I want to see an improved Bargnani play a role as a Raptor, maybe off the bench like tonight.

    • NyAlesund

       In some ccasions I saw the guys not playing like a team. For example Bargs was opened and nobody give him the ball, forgetting that this fella has points in his hands. I liked to see him deliver the ball to the teammates instead of shoot, considering that in the recent past he would have taken the jump shot.

      What I want to see is a better selection of shots from the guys, to see Gay takes more than 20 per games is too much considering the talent we have. Same mistake when Bargs was the first option. Now with RG, DD and AB, not mention the others, we don’t need 35/40 shots from the duo (RD and DD). I hope Casey will do some adjustments about this.

      Defensively, Bargs was more efficient in the fourth quarter, he committed some silly mistakes, but his attitude was positive. I am expecting some improvements on both side of the floor in the next games.

      • Beaverboi

        I have to agree. A number of times Gay, DD or KL looked off Bargs or even JV in a much better position to score. JV on a couple of hard dives after screens and Bargs wide open spotting up. I’d hate to see JV stop diving so hard after never seeing the ball.

      • what the

        are you a door handle? (smile)  BARNEY is not part of this team you gats to be like Cesco stop holding on and let go even his Daddy BC said on the radio that barney wasn’t gonna kick and fight on his way off to collage … I meant out the door

        • NyAlesund

           Until he his part of the team I am talking about him like a Rapts’ player.

          • what the

            well don’t come crying  when players don’t pass him the ball, did you and the rest  of fan boys see him last night in the final  [3-4] mins of the game before Casey took him out you guys need to start taping games and rewatching them before you start to comment about them .start taping the RUDY GAY movie  cause I love you  you love me BARNEY PLAYHOUSE is over and if you want a hard on go watch GALO  the rooosta  up in Denver with Pooka,CJT,Cesco cause GALOs he’s got balls

            • NyAlesund

               What the………………….. post…………….

    • what the

      never ganna happen

  • Yelp

    I don’t care about the grades, I read this for the comedic comments. well done.

  • Adriiian

    Been playing Assocation mode with our Raps. Really believe in Rudy.

    Lets go Raps. Playoffs in sight?

    • gradgrind101

      Playoffs?? Really?? 
      In order for the Raps to make the playoffs they would need to be around 41 wins. That means they will have gone 24 and 9  which is a.727 winning percentage (includes their current 5 game winning streak) to close the season. Only San Antonio and OKC have a better winning percentage so far this year. Do you really think the Raptors are as good as the current top 2 NBA teams or top 4 if you include Miami and LAC?I’m afraid in reality they are not that good. But if they somehow do make it… WATCH OUT!! Seriously Miami better WATCH OUT!!

  • Hound

    Good win on the road. Playing ugly and winning is the by product of better defence. This team is starting to find its identity and could actually be quite good on the nights when both Rudy and Demar are efficient shooting. Not sure what Casey is doing with Fields and Ross. No consistency, but tough to argue with wins. Unless we get a 1st rounder and an expiring (at least next year) contract, I say keep Bargs and see how things go. If he can give us 10 -15 points and passable defence (like tonight) he is an asset at least until the end of the year when amnestying him may be the best thing to do, depending who we could sign with that cap space.

    5 in a row, I will shit myself if they actually beat Memphis tomorrow though.

    Go Raps.

    • what

      “Keep Barney and see how things go” you must be sick in the head or something buddy there are people have en’  prayer meeting right now praying for this broken pasta to be gone and you over there talking bout see how things go

      • WHAT ABOUT BARNEY!!

        “Keep Barney and see how things go” you must be sick in the head or something buddy there are people have en’  prayer meeting right now praying for this shitting team let him go. and you over there talking words in the air

  • gimpy

    why did security not kick the crap out of the person know as wale?

    • Arsenalist

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sgWb6bDjiU&feature=youtu.be

      I like how Devlin thinks he’s going to have a nice interview with him in the fourth quarter, all the while the guy’s cussing him out.

      • Wale

         Leo and Matt just made fools of themselves… worst broadcasting/announcing ever… bush league

        • Guest

          Seriously!  I hate our announcers/broadcastors.. sometimes I stream games online just to listen to the American announcers/broadcastors.  

          • Harry S Truman

            Which are often equally as terrible.

            • Copywryter

              And even more partisan, if that’s possible. 

      • unknown guest

        LOL. Wonder if Jack would have taken it.

  • RapthoseLeafs

    [” Volume shooter? Sure. Hands on his knees on D? Sure. Swagger? Hell yes. “]

    That’s it in a nutshell.
    Evidently, the key is the last part, a vital element that the Raptors haven’t had for as long as I can remember. Rudy Gay is a Leader type, not by barking orders. Or telling players where to be. It’s with the little things like …. ” call me … “, after just draining a 3.

    Rudy Gay may have made taken 25 shots to score 24 …. try that again AB …. but if we win because of how he affects the game, then .400 works for me.

    Truth is, this need breed of Raptors all have something to prove:
     
    Demar – “I’m worth my dollars” and “no way the new kid outdoes me”
    Lowry – “I can QB a team … not just a fkn shooter”
    Gay – “call me … ”
    Amir – “It’s my time to shine”
    Andrea –   “wtf is your problem …. I came off the Bench for the Italian National team”

    .

    Reality is, Rudy Gay has juiced this team up … with different repercussions.
    Demar finds his guard a little less crazy these days.
    Lowry has given way to Rudy, allowing him to cross over (part way – still 4 turnovers) to the Jose-style game with 10 assists. And 6 rebounds to boot.
    For Andrea, he gets to assume a role that might be ideal for the Raps.
    The development of Jonas & Ross has less pressure, while under the microscope.

    .

    • SR

      Agreed – Rudy affects the game way beyond his 40% shooting.  Hope that FG% and some of the shot selection improves though.  A guy can be aggressive and still make good decisions with the ball.

      I’ve had enough of Alan “One-on-One” Anderson.  If only Landry “Where’s-my-shot?” Fields could remember how to shoot, he could take AA’s minutes.  T-Ross, for his part, is making too many mistakes.  I’m fine with him earning minutes by focusing a bit and playing better.

    • sleepz

      Andreas role is not “ideal” for the Raps.

      To have him still on the team, making what he is, contributing nothig but scoring is a joke to “asset management”.

      • DumbassKicker

        You should at least try and pick your spots better when repeating the “contributing nothi(n)g but scoring” whine for the 1001st time. Just like the 1st 2 games back from injury, but not like the 2 flu ridden games, he played good D last night. There’s good reason Casey had him in down the stretch when they needed defense, without fouling, not scoring.

        • Nilanka15

          Casey is keeping Bargnani in for defensive purposes now?

          I want what you’re smoking.

          • WHAT ABOUT BARNEY!!

            a lot of people are smoking good over here

          • DumbassKicker

            Perhaps if you had something to smoke, you might not need the optrectumy operation, to improve the sh*tty outlook on life. Tell us then, in your brilliant analysis, why he had him in down the stretch.

            Note: as you grace us with your brilliance, tell us how the 3 defensive rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block in the last 7 minutes meant nothing to the win. Did you watch the game, or was that stick up your butt causing too many tears to see it?

            • Nilanka15

              Using 7 minutes to trump 7 years is always a good idea.  Keep it up!

              I have no idea why Casey makes half his substitution decisions.  Sometimes they’re utterly mind-boggling.

              But if you (or Casey) think Bargnani is someone you bring in when defense is needed, you’re clearly ignoring his career up to this point.  Like I said, pass what you’re smoking.

              • DumbassKicker

                News flash: It’s a game thread, and the topic was what Bargs delivered down the stretch in THIS game, not your pathetic fall back “what about 7 years” attempt to re-direct the conversation that you lost in a really, really stupid attempt to make me look bad about stating the reality of the game the thread is about.

                • Nilanka15

                  Riiiiight.  Games occur in complete vacuums, don’t they.

                  Player’s prior tendencies are (and should always be) ignored because bringing up valid points based on history is out of scope in a game thread discussion.  Understood.

                  Let me ask you this:  How do you propose Casey came to the conclusion that Bargnani deserved those final 7 defensive minutes?

                • DumbassKicker

                  Let me s a y  t h i s  v e r y  s l o w l y,  s o  y o u  m i g h t  c a t c h  o n  a  l i t t l e  b e t t e r.  I t  i s  a  g a m e  t h r e a d ,  a n d  m y  p o s t  w a s  s p e a k i n g  t o  h i s  p e r f o r m a n c e  i n  t h a t  g a m e.  I ‘ m  s o r r y  i f  t h a t  d o e s n ‘ t  f i t  y o u r  s c r i p t,  b u t  h e  w a s  i n  t h e r e  f o r  d e f e n s i v e  p u r p o s e s  d o w n  t h e  s t r e t c h (remember the topic of the conversation?)  a n d  d e l i v e r e d.

                  Somehow, it seems the coach knows the player, how he was playing in this game, and what he delivered when needed, better than you, and it wasn’t “just scoring”. Go figure.

                • What the

                  i would like to know

              • NyAlesund

                 Bargs was decent on D down the stretch. Stop. The next one probably won’t be efficient but we can’t refer to the past everytime. The past is the past, nobody can’t change this. What can we say? That Bargs was awful 99.9% on D in the last 7 years? Yes and……………Now it is important what he can do in the last 28 games…..

              • What the

                and ladies thats who we call a fan boy

  • Jay S

    l thought Rudy Gay is already a Raptor?  

  • D_moro2002

    Exactly Rap those leafs.

    Look, Gay has had what, 3 practices with the team so far because of the all-star break? Last I heard, the coach was calling out plays from memphis because he had no idea where to stand. The fact that he is contributing to everyone else while still finding his own way and yet still being money when he is called upon to step up…I think he merits a pass on the shooting %.

    Mmmmmk?

    • Copywryter

      What was his excuse in Memphis?

  • HitItHardFromTheBack

    Yall see that? Matt Devlin dont back down to no thug lmao.

    • HitItHardFromTheBack

      And Rudy and Wale actually good there no beef….@Wale  toronto RT @rudygay22: Me and @Wale was just joking y’all. Thats my boy right there.

  • Harry S. Truman

    Drone strike joke was Jay Leno-terrible.

  • mountio

    AA’s minutes need to go to T Ross. AA has proved he can not help himself from taking bad shots. Over and over and over again. 
    T Ross has struggled the last 5 or so .. no doubt .. but he needs to get time to develop. We are a better team than we were at the start of the year, yes .. but we still arent a good team. The only way that happens is if JV and TR both develop into legit NBA players / threats. Thats not going to happen with TR getting less than 5 mins per game. 

  • Roarque

    Rudy looking past the night’s game to Memphis?  Raps win ugly with DDR and Amir looking like they’re having fun – check out the respect they give the new guy. Wall is scary lost in the game – what’s going wrong with that guy? Talent to burn is being tossed into a bonfire of neglect.

  • deevo

    I swear some of these bloggers have no clue what they are talking about. enough said.

    • What the

      people  start taping games, I did and i’m 5and 2 all i need now is for Barney to go, Dribbles gone and i hope by tonight  come hell or high water is gone … my dad has vhs tapes every game from Vince  to  BARNEY we need to end this