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81 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -7

Bumped, thumped and dumped. Three fouls in the first half, picked up another to start the third and soon called it a night. He’s usually effective against bigger players but tonight it looked like the season had caught up to him.

Rudy Gay, SF 32 MIN | 7-16 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -9

Vegas was paying 20/1 for any of his jumpers to go in during the first half. I can’t recall a Raptors small forward more ineffective at using a screen to do something positive. With Lowry not being the greatest playmaker, some of that responsibility is falling on Gay and he’s bailing the defense out by taking the shot they want him to take: a contested jumper. He did have back spasms and played limited minutes in the third.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 26 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -5

He gives up 50 lbs to Hibbert and 20 lbs and 8 years of experience to West. Of course he’s going to be pushed around. Did he play hard, hit the glass, and not stop for a moment? Yes, and given how he’s a rookie and is turning out to be the most positive thing about this season, I feel good about his game.

Kyle Lowry, PG 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -1

Poor playmaking, couldn’t run a single effective pick ‘n roll, and threw some predictable passes which were picked off quite easily. Perhaps the PG was the matchup that was most exploitable against Indiana and the only one you could argue the Raptors have an advantage in, yet it didn’t show in the game or in Lowry’s heart.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 2-10 FG | 5-10 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -12

What’s his excuse? He’s being guarded by Lance Stephenson, a decent defender, but when you’re a 10 million dollar man, you’re expected to do better than this and carry the team a little more. I realize the Cavs game was a nice one, but how about some prolonged consistency. Too much to ask too soon? I think not. I’d ask him to be more of a playmaker since the Raptors desperately need that after Calderon’s exit, but his weak handles inhibit that.

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

Hey buddy, how’s it going?

Quincy Acy, SF 1 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5

2014 Most Improved Player.

Aaron Gray, C 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -7

His triumphs include a nice shove on Hibbert which sent the latter into the photographers row, and laid the ball in on what I believe to be the only successful pick ‘n roll of the game. Probably should’ve been brought in sooner than the third quarter, given Hibbert and West’s strength inside.

Andrea Bargnani, C 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -15

ACC fans are trolls, they boo the guy, cheer him, boo him again, c’mon, make up your mind. Zero rebounds in 27 minutes look BAD, especially when the team’s getting killed on the glass. He did hit a jumper which should improve his trade value at next year’s trade deadline. He did actually play decent defense against West, including a nice steal in a face-up situation.

John Lucas, PG 19 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -10

Matt and Jack are now endorsing him as a good scorer off the bench. They’re right, relative to any other guy off the pine, he’s probably been the most consistent of late. And that’s the sad part about this team.

Alan Anderson, SG 17 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -1

12 shots in 17 minutes. He might just get an extension with the Raptors. Came in to get his and his only.

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

Quick yank after 8 minutes. Can’t blame Ross for shooting since he doesn’t know when he’s going to play next, so hoist him while you’re in there. I’m beginning to think we’re ruining his career.

Dwane Casey

Does not have any plan regarding how the team might get easy points, or even have any sort of plan going inside-out. Going to leave it there for tonight, but his clipboard is looking very thin these days.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Ugly game all-around. Raps shot 18% in the first, couldn’t get anything going all night.
  2. Indiana’s interior defense was very good, great rotations on anything trickling through the baselines, and really frustrated DeRozan, Gay and basically anyone who tried to drive the ball in the paint.
  3. Raps -13 on the glass and shoot only 40%, and have only 12 assists. The latter is the ultimate manifestation of the isolation-heavy play.
  4. Matt and Jack are still talking like the playoffs are within reach.

  • Adriiian

    Speechless.

    And I usually love to talk/debate. :(

    EDIT: We desperately need a PG who can run plays. Who is available?

    • ad

       Nice way to to segue to your lover jose. However, the only pg that is available that would be an upgrade on lowry is chris paul. Sooo that isnt happening. Raps need a starting pf and a more efficient sg that can actually shoot 3s.

      • Jamshid

        Hahahaha, so CP3 is the #1 PG in the league and then it is Kyle Lowry as #2 ???

        • ad

           *That is available*. Learn to read, bud. Sure i’d love kyrie irving, steph curry, russ westbrook, or even jrue holiday. They are all better than lowry.  Theyre NOT available though.

          • ad

             Drose, tony parker, maybe even lawson. lowry is right there tho. Borderline top 10.

            • Jamshid

              Lowry is not where close to any of the following guys:

              Irving, CP3, Curry, Holiday, Lawson, Parker, Williams, DRose, Nash,Westbrook,  Rondo, Rubio, Wall, Lilard, 

              That is 14 PG that any GM will choose over Lowry 😉

              • ad

                 Disagree on nash (age), rubio (unproven), wall and rondo (overrated). Lillard is a rookie but he does look promising. Wait a few years to judge him.

                • – Postoffice

                   ….  nash (age), rubio (unproven) that’s right
                  but who are the second PG in those team ?
                  both better than our stater PG – ya think

                • Copywryter

                  You seriously think Lowry is a better PG than Rondo? C’mon.

                • ad

                   Rondo cant shoot to save his life. Also puts up big lines sometimes but also has his fair share of bad games. I’d say the early season lowry is better than rondo, yes.

                • Jamshid

                  You mean those handful games is what you are judging Lowry by ?!! Some people made the same mistake with AB’s infamous 13 games last year.

                  Accept the fact, Lowry is not a top 10 PG in the league given the list I gave you and even taken Nash, Rubio and Lilard and Rondo out.

                • Hound

                  you are losing credibility. Think about it, we overpaid by giving Houston a lottery pick for Lowry. Boston can get an unprotected pick for Rondo plus a player.

                  Rubio shows more in one half about how to play pg than Kyle does in 5 games.

                  Reality is that BC has been talking about Gay for a year and half, knew he would eventually get him as he would be the only one to pay to get an $18 mill contract, so traded for his buddy Kyle, knowing he wouldn’t resign Calderon. He is always talking about a plan, and this is what it was.

                  Yippee!, NOT!!!!!

                • ad

                   Huh wtf are you talking about? Rondo hasnt been traded yet. Look at rubios stats this year.

                • Mosfsdf

                  Dude, come on. Seriously. 

                • http://profile.yahoo.com/KEJ4TGX6PREVK2NQJV7JDDQ4DY alex

                  welcome to toronto forum. as usual, our own players are border line super stars. all other ones are overated and unproven.
                  to get any one of the mentioned players, you would need to ofer your whole starting roster just to start the conversation.

                  just for the record….. JV is the only player every other coach/gm would love to have. plays hard every play. and at 20 years of age, he shows big time potential.

              • knickz

                 john wall is the worst pg in the nba. calderon has a higher career per than that overrated ass rondo guy

            • ghost

              Dude, wtf are you smoking. Lowry sucks. Not even in the top 15. Add Vasquez to that list. Rubio is unproven. Wtf has Lowry proved. That he couldn’t play in Memphis or Houston. And now he sucks in T.O. Rondo is over-rated. Does this make Lowry better then him. You’re a fucking idiot!!! 

              • ghost

                Add Conley to that list.

              • – Postoffice

                 also it is possible to add some second unit PG that are better

          • Jamshid

            Everyone is available for the right price except for CP3 and Irving. The problem, Raptors don’t have anything to offer.  

            • ad

               Thats your opinion, but i doubt teams like okc and sa are inclined to deal players like westbrook or parker. Or that teams like gs and phi are willing to deal their star pgs unless they get a MASSIVE haul back which no team is willing/can offer.

              • ad

                 Lowry is fine. Hes a solid, borderline all star type of player when hes healthy which he hasnt been for the most part this year. He can be a big part of a winning team and start. DD on the other hand, im not so sure.

                • Copywryter

                  Lowry is the same player he has always been. A gambler on both sides of the ball. Tough and gritty but with a play style that gets him hurt. Average vision. Slightly better than average shooter.

                  A top 15 pg. Not a borderline all-star.

                • ad

                   I think hes a little better than that. We can agree to disagree.

                • Copywryter

                  Please find me a single media source that has him in the NBA’s top 10. 

                • ad
                • Ghost

                  This ad guy is on crack. Borderline all-star. Court vision – average, shooter – average, defense – average, rebounder – above average, shot creator – average, dribble penetration – average. How the fuck is this guy a borderline all-star!?!?

                • Guest

                  You’re too kind.  Aside from shooting well outside the arc, Lowry has been way below average this year shooting anywhere inside the arc.  41.7 2PT% is definitely not average, even for a (starting) PG.

                • ghostdini

                  You’re so right. I was giving him the benefit of doubt in several categories.

                • ad

                   So if lowry is average in all those categories, what does that make calderon? elite? Your a fucking clown who has never watched a game of basketball if you think lowry is an avg rebounder, shooter, shot creator, and penetrator. I bet chris paul is only slightly above avg in those categories in your retarded opinion.

                • ghostdini

                  LOL!

                • http://profile.yahoo.com/KEJ4TGX6PREVK2NQJV7JDDQ4DY alex

                  this is not a video game, where you can compare stats and have overalls. lowry might be a bulldog and very skilled… borderline superstar:) LOL
                  but there is no way, there is even one gm who would rate lowry in the top 15 pg’s. i bet there are bench players ahead of him.

                • Guest

                  L2Read.  He said above average rebounder, but you got your panties too twisted to read, huh?

                • The Truth

                   Jose Calderon not being “elite” does not automatically make Lowry a borderline All Star.

      • Adriiian

        i hope you are trolling man.. otherwise, you are actually retarded.

        • ghostdini

          +1000

      • Guest

        Nice reply to segue to your lover, Lowry.

        Yes, this guy actually thinks Lowry > Rondo.   Oh wait, you’d take early season Lowry over Rondo?  You mean the three-game sample size?  If so, can we take one-game sample size Gray and build around that one game for years to come?  Or did you mean early season Lowry up until mid-December, where the team went 2-14 when he played?  Where he made more more than 40% of his shots in less than a third of his games?

        Lowry needs to step up his game, and you need to stop making excuses for him.

        • ad

           No dickhead i mean a healthy lowry is capable of playing like he did early in the season consistently. Lowry has had long stretches of good play unlike bargs who had that magical 13 game run.
          Im too lazy to relay all this info so read this article if you like.

          http://www.thedreamshake.com/2012/1/24/2725500/kyle-lowry-vs-chris-paul

          • ghostdini

            Why don’t you try to find a current article…like from this season. 

          • Guest

            Wait… so first you say Lowry > Rondo.  And then when confronted about it, you do what… compare Lowry to Bargnani?  Straw man much?

    • Cj Noordhoek

      Here it goes to ALL the fans that wanted Calderon out. This team need a PG. KL does not make anyone better around him… is a shame… when we finally got a player to take as to the next level… we have no PG… who helps the others to score… AJ, AB, AG, AA were productive players with Jose running the team… Bring Jose back!!!

      • Adriiian

        Yep. I didn’t want to say it, cause then I’d get attacked for being his lover boy.

        The guy is a great player. We will miss him dearly.
        The team won those games at the beginning, everything was rosy, but you see we’re playing much worse without him.
        I don’t even wanna look at the statistics, cause it will make me depressed.

        • ad

           Yes, because the team was doing soooooo good with calderon on it.

      • ghostdini

        +100

      • NyAlesund

         Josè is not idiot!!!! He won’t come back here. Why would he do it? There are plenty of teams able to offer him money and most importantly better perspectives. He wants to play for a real caliber PO team, not for the Rapts.

  • Gjbb

    Aa doesn’t deserve b+, first half he was terrible and second half he scored a bunch of point when the game was already out of reach who cares

  • Bennyscott9

    #letacyplay

  • ad

    Raps need to get a new gm in here thats not afraid to amnesty bargs and trade anyone on the team not named gay, val, and lowry. DD is a classic example of a scorer on a bad team that isnt as good as his point production looks. Not to mention, he does nothing else effectively and teams with good defense routinely shut him down. Amir johnson is a backup pf despite what many fans think. Hes a solid player but like calderon, hes better suited to a bench role on a good team. Also, Caseys rotations are mind boggling. Players like AA and bargs who dont deserve big minutes consistently get them and players like val who play hard, dont play enough. THe mancrush with aa is particularly sickening. I actually like him as a coach but his incompetence with player rotations is enough to get him fired. The life of a craptors fan (sigh).

    • Adriiian

      i feel your pain my friend, i know we disagree on Lowry vs Jose, but, in any way…
      i will be in a deeeeeep depression until next game.

    • Jamshid

      New GM to do what ?? Lets Say you Amnesty AB, you are still over the CAP. 
      Do you know how hard it is to move DD, Fields, Kleiza’s  contracts ??

      Listen to the podcast that is posted on the front page of the site. That is the TRUTH.

      Raptors are so deep that changing GM can not do anything unless 2 years from now.

      • Guest

        This.  Also, we’re a 23-36 team.  I’m pretty sure anyone not named Valanciunas and Gay should be on the trading block.  I don’t know why Lowry is on the list of untouchables; if all he’s going to do is give the ball to Gay and get out of the way, does it matter if it’s Lowry or Telfair starting at the point?

        • Jamshid

          The problem is that many of our guys our un-tradeable. DD, AB, Field, Kleiza are tough contracts to move. As far Lowry, I agree with you but what are you really going to get back for him ? He does have a very reasonable contracts for next year but I am not sure what a trade for him means. 
          I still think if BC does not want to amnesty AB, he needs to include a first round pick to move him. I don’t think other GMs liked the AB+ Ross package and NOW that we see AB does not even work off the bench, his value is even lower than before trade deadline. 

          I think this is the lowest point for this Raptor team unless BC manages to move, AB, Fields, Kleiza for some quality players and Ross and Big Val Improve alot this summer.

          • Guest

            I meant more from the point of view of who we should be open to moving; not so much how likely or easy it will be.  Ad is living in a dream world where Lowry is an untouchable cornerstone.

            • Jamshid

              I agree with you 100%.

      • Hound

        Disagree, we can Amnesty Bargs and not pick up Lowrys option. This puts us below the cap. We could then trade Kleiza’s expiring for a pick. This puts us in okay shape cap wise. We get a good GM and Coach this summer, decent lottery pick in 2014, sign a decent free agent summer 2014 and I believe that is how the corner is turned. Hopefully along with massive improvement from Ross, JV and Acy 

  • SR

    Your write up has Bargs playing 27 mins, your stat line has him at 29, and NBA.com’s box score has him at 32:45.  Nice work guys.

    • arsenalist

      Haha. The truth is out there.

      • – Postoffice

        no no The truth is right here:
         I begin to think that andrea was rightworst team on the leaguesaved only by bobcats

        • ghostdini

          What?

        • Arsenalist

          For God sakes man, explain what you mean.

          • – Postoffice

            what does it means worst NBA team ?
            playing like tonight is is the answer

            if the team go on to play like tonight
            means playing like the worst team in the NBA (except the bobcats)

            so nothing to be shocked when andrea said “we play like the worst team…at the moment.”

            believe or not, right now it means close to reality

            then people can booo, as much, as long, as they wont, but this is the beginning of the end

        • RapthoseLeafs

           This is when I’d say the punctuation judges have a point.

          .

          • – Postoffice

             at least is a point

    • BCBargnaniFieldsCaseyGots2Go!

      And ZERO rebounds- went from ‘just box out’ to ‘just watch out’…smh

      Culture change…….when Deebo leave I be talking again (Chris Tucker voice)

      • – Postoffice

        Bargs is dead, it’s time to change your nick
        and put someone else in it

  • BCBargnaniFieldsCaseyGots2Go!

    According to Matt/Jack: Without Gay, Raps can stay close but not close. With Gay, they can close but can’t stay close. Mind blown.

    Sounds like some of BC’s infamous double talk…pissing on the fan base calling it rainwater, shitting on the fan base and calling it Kobe steak.

    MLSE needs to clean house from front office to game announcers and commence a new Raptors basketball era under Rogers/Bell not some more of the same ol same of the past 5 seasons under BC aka Magic Beans.

  • http://twitter.com/shermham Casey Sherman

    A bit harsh on Rudy Gay he scored 21 on almost 50% shooting including in the fourth when we still might have had a chance. No one else was doing shit offensively, so I’d give him at least a B+

  • – Postoffice

    what a wonderful mess, everybody’s playing for themselves
    what a wonderful crappy team
    someone has seen where is playmaking or just freestyle is the order?
    AB best player on the floor ………..give him a gold medal
    33 min. in the middle of this mess isn’t a joke …. ah ah ah

    the fish smell bad from the top …..  The bomb is ready to explode

    BOO OOOO OO – BOO OOOOOO OO – BO OOOOO OO – BOO OOOOOO OO
    it’s free and make the idiot happy

    • Sig

       I smell a sudden pungent stench emitting from your breath

  • cdub

     No offensive gameplan what so ever.  Once again AA and Lucas checked into the game in the second half and the lead grew to 13+. Caseys reward was to just let them keep playing of course, I mean why take them out when your on a roll like that. Casey doesn’t run any plays for the post, all guys do is shoot jumpers or try to drive into guys. 

  • Jamshid

    Lets Assume that we lose the next two games. Will Raptor Management finally accept the play off push is over and start playing Ross over Anderson and play JV more minutes ??

    Gray, Anderson, JLIII playing on the court makes no sense anymore.

    • ghostdini

      I think everybody needs to chillax with respect to Ross. At this moment he is nothing but a spot up 3 pointer shooter. He really hasn’t show anything else offensively. Ross is gonna be a 3-4 year project before he develops into anything.

    • RapthoseLeafs

      I’m with ghost on this … Ross needs to earn his time. Not simply be given it.

      As for Jonas …. while his minutes are down slightly in February, he is averaging 21+ minutes per game. Considering how lengthy an NBA season is, it’s important rookies learn to adapt to the pace. It’s a process that shouldn’t be rushed. Certainly JV could handle 23 – 25 minutes.

      I think Raps should be checking out Acy more. See what we have there.
      Amir has some time to spare. Since January started, AJ has been averaging 33.5 minutes a game, way above his career averages. In his previous 7 seasons, only once did he average more then 25 minutes a game [2010-11 … 25.7].

      I’m also curious about Telfair. Would like to see some Court time of him. Try some different combinations. I think we know what Lucas is. Good if he makes shots, but not good enough to run an Offense. Bad if he doesn’t make shots, and he’s still not good enough to run an Offense.

      .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHJKFMCGSMBEQGBRKJVLKUGSEQ john g

    Who seriously writes up these plays? Pass it to the big man and then it hand off to Demar/Rudy for an iso. Like c’mon this is the worst.

    • RobertArchibald

      +1000. And then Casey will blame it all on ‘their worst screening game of the year’. Planned movement must be overrated in the NBA…

  • Paul

    Zero rebounds in 28 minutes.
    And this was his best game in the last 8.
    We keep lowering the bar and he still manages to disappoint.

  • The Truth

    That was really surreal to watch. I was at the game and it felt like we gave up at the end of the first quarter.

    • Sig

       Same. I was so distracted with stuff in the stadium that I didn’t realize we were down 16 points midway through the 3rd.

  • DryDry

    I was at the game and:
    -Ross looked like a confused 5 year old who had strayed from his mom’s shopping cart at Loblaws.
    -Bargnani looked beyond disinterested. Caught most passes facing away from the basket. most of the time dribbled toward a sideline to hand it off to somebody anybody.
    -Guy sitting directly behind me was taunt-screaming to Granger and Hainsborroorrogh all game. Got some yell spittle on my arm twice. So there’s that.

  • trample54

    Completely disagree with AA’s grade and besides the not getting any rebounds for AB he wasn’t that completely bad. He got some shots off but was completely ignored alot of the time. AA only looked out for himself in the 2nd unit. Raptors need a PG. Like there is no argument there at all.

  • kuzzybear

    Sometimes you don’t win the trade when you get the “best player”. especially if it breaks up a little thing called chemistry.

    • kuzzybear

      Go from team ball to isolation plays almost exclusively. Go from 1 of the best PG combos and a series of decent, developing big men to……… a PG who has trouble running anything, a backup who needs the 2nd quarter to warm up AND only 2 Sevicable bigs. 

      FANS needed to remember that time was necessary for the young players to develope. These days it is INSTANT satisfaction or start the complaining !!

      AS I recall OKC didn’t panic when they lost 50 games with Durant and 40 when they got Westbrook.

      TO  bloggers derserve their team. They wanted changes they got them. Live with it.

      • Copywryter

        I’m not disagreeing with you, but we sucked with Calderon and ED too. There’s a huge gap between OKC and us and BC knows that he doesn’t have the horses. The only way he saves his job is by acquiring flashy talent and giving Toronto fans a collective Rapgasm by making the playoffs. 

        Do that and (sadly) much will be forgiven. 

        • ghostdini

          Raptors making the playoffs…LMFAO!!!

          • unknown guest

            Not like it wasn’t discussed a week ago, right? o.O

            • ghostdini

              I meant now.

  • Copywryter

    So Val gets a sympathy B because he tries hard and the other kids are bigger than him? That’s just great white hype. 

    • Hound

      Jv got pulled for Gray after 6 consecutive points by West and Hibbert. It was actually 4 possessions is a row that they posted up and gave the ball to whoever JV was guarding, when Bargs was guarding the other guy. THAT is how bad JV’s man on man defense is. Sure, he tries hard, and because of that will probably eventually develop into a good player, but don’t kid yourself, he has a long ways to go.

      • Doc

        That is total bullshit. Not sure what game you were watching. 

        • Hound

          Hey buddy, that isn’t BS, that’s the truth. Go back and watch the game. It was somewhere towards the end of the third or beginning of the 4th when Gray came in for JV. It was the 4 straight possessions before that. I have the game pvr’d. Let me know if you want me to find the exact timeframe.

          People have such rose coloured glasses that they can’t see straight some times. Does JV have a better attitude than Bargs, YES. Does he rebound better, YES. Does he work harder, YES. Does he have more upside? Absolutely, he may be an allstar some day. But right now, he is a far worse man on man defender that Bargnani. All he really does well now is rebound. He needs work on on his conditioning, he needs more bulk to defend, he needs to learn to rotate better and he needs to shoot better from beyond the free throw line, as his check never even extends before the foul line to defend him.

        • unknown guest

          He means the plays wherein JV’s man gets the ball in deep, deep in the post

    • Doc

      You go out and bang with guys that much bigger than you. Never get any shots and just keep on banging. The kid never gives up. He deserves a B or better. How Bargnani gets more minutes than him again is amazing.

  • DumbassKicker

    Hmmm, up to 71 comments and not a single word from blogger or the comments about the team standing up cheering Andrea, as he stepped on the floor, perhaps a public display against the imbecile boo-birds. How often have you seen that kind of thing? Honestly, ignore something so unusual because it doesn’t fit the narrative? The blogger did mention that he’s getting impatient about the imbeciles not being consistent though,,,, so there’s that.

    • Arsenalist

      Hmmm….must be a conspiracy of some sort?

      • DumbassKicker

        Can’t help you with conspiracy theories. But the overall subject I raised, and perhaps your reply, might be a sign of level of maturity, civility, and class.

        • BCBargnaniFieldsCaseyGots2Go!

          Wow psychoanalyzing people over the internet- how quaint…..smh

      • RapthoseLeafs

         It was Colonel Mustard in the Library.

    • Destro

      Because its irrelevant to the game….Only fakkit stans like urself care about shit like that…I care the fact he had zero boards in 27 mins and the fact hes too lazy to adjust his game in his 7th season to attempt to become a better player…..

      Since your dense BTW that reaction by his teammates was staged to try to manipulate the fans into trying to cheer for him seeing as how they were going to do it,glad the fans aint fall for it…

      • DumbassKicker

         Arse made a point of caring that the boo birds be more consistent, making the topic relevant to the blog entry, just not so for dimwits like you. As far as staging it. Of course it was, doh. But apparently you think a team publicly showing solidarity for their teammate is a bad thing. I’m sorry for your life.

        • Destro

          Your too stupid to get it lol

    • Nilanka15

      Yes, bench reactions are crucial in post-game write ups.

      Further to your point, I can’t believe these RR imbeciles missed Augustin chatting up Nav Bhatia about the redesigned 2013 Santa Fe. Buncha amateurs, I tells ya.

      • DumbassKicker

        Still have reading comprehension problem, I see.  Where did I speak of “RR imbeciles”?

        And as far what is or isn’t “crucial in post-game write ups”, the blogger felt there was value in mentioning the boo birds, and making a point of asking for more consistency from them. That door was in fact opened in the write-up, dumbass, but you feel asking the imbeciles to be more consistent is a bigger story than the team standing up, in game, and sending a public message to the assholes? Take your head out of your ass much?

        • arsenalist

          If it helps, there’s a small mention in the recap post.

          • DumbassKicker

            You’re asking the wrong person if it helps. I’d suggest asking those that don’t grasp the significance of a team standing up to the boo-birds, in support of their teammate, over the significance of lack of consistency of the boo-birds.

            • Destro

              There is no signifigance to it…Your trying to create a non existant narrative…

    • Hound

      I think the team cheering was important on a personal level. We all tend to forget that these guys are human, regardless how much money they make. People say “pay me 10mill a year and you can boo all you want”, but I am telling you, when you have worked your whole life for something, believe in yourself, the sport defines who you are to a certain degree and then you publicly humiliated, that is whole lot to handle.

      We also forget that these guys are really just young men. Andrea is only 1 year older than my son, and I think of how my kid would react if everybody who came to see him play music booed him night after night. Wow, that would be tough to take after knowing the time and work he put into it.

      Just on a human level, nothing to do with fanboy as I believe we absolutely have to get rid of him (amnesty probably), Andrea should just be left alone by the fan base. Everybody thought it was hilarious that the DJ’s in Australia tricked the nurse in England, and publicly humiliated her. Obviously, there were probably other issues, but it reinforces the fact that humiliating someone, or laughing at their expense displays a low level of human intellegence and is really no different than bullying. And we all know what bullying results in.

      As much as Andrea frustrates everyone, there is no upside in bullying. Just let the young man be.

      Good on his teamates. It would be great if the coaching staff and BC would come out with a little bit of support as well.

    • RobertArchibald

      I thought the bench standing was awkward. If I were Bargs I would’ve been embarrassed. They were going nuts because he made a 12 foot jumper. I get that they are trying to help him out of his slump and support their teammate but it came across as pity.

      • DumbassKicker

         yeah right, lmfao

  • Destro

    They would have fared alot better by giving Bargnani’s minutes to Acy….I still am not quite sure why he wont give Acy anything….He has shown he can rebound and will give you some toughness (which this team desperately needs) and hes a tough ass defender….

    Other thing i noticed tonight and the last few games is yes tthey make it easy for other teams to play them they dont make anyone play THERE style of game…teams really lean into them and dictate play to this team its frustrating to watch us always reacting to other teams dominating the style of basketball being played…Tonights game looked exactly like the Memphis game a weeks ago…We allow team like the Grizz and Indy in our building to come in dictate pace to us…I hate that.
    We have an identity the problem is we dont go it enough we allow so easily teams to take us out of what we want to do and how we want to play…

    Tonight for example all game long especially in the firsgt half the Pacers slowed the game and tempo right down into a sloppy hacky sacky sloppy game with alot of contact and thats how they are built and how they want to play.
    We dont even try to change that we just get sucked into and go along with it and its why we were killed tonight and why we never were really in the Memphis game either…

    We see these half court teams try to lean on us,we try to play there game in response why doesnt this team try and run tonight..So many times were walking the ball up and letting them set on D,thats what they want us to do….

    Its frustrating we got young legs we got atleticism and we dont try to use it,especially in our arena its frustrating to watch how teams come in here and just dictate the entire games flow to us…were so easy to play…Team should have been trying to run,run and run off the inbound just push the ball force the contact or force the refs to blow the whistle NOOOOOOOPE not us….

  • NyAlesund

    Funny to see this team plays ugly. After Calderon’s departure, this team won 7 games, in the long wake of Gay’s trade, but now we are experiencing what means to play without the PG. I don’t blame Lowry for this, he is simply not a pass first point guard, he doesn’t feel well to play the pnr, so he tries to do a job using his talent.  Same for Lucas III.

    I want to emphasize two situations: the first in the second quarter when Gay with the ball refiused the Bargs’ block, after that he asks him to block and the aftermath was a lost ball and easy duece in transition for the Pacers……. It was clear that Bargs and Gay didn’t know what to do. The second situation was more common when Bargs offer a pnr situation and never succeded……..

    This team has to trade Bargs (he will be very happy to leave them), because he is the only asset that can rely on to pick somebody good.

    So, Casey has to put Bargs on the show and gives him more chance to score, because now we don’t have chance to pick the po.

  • Ahmed A

    The problem with Lowry is that he is a scoring point guard who can get assists. He’s been getting a soild amount of assists since the Rudy Gay trade and much less turnovers. If anyone asks I can bring up the stats. But what is happening now that he’s being asked to pass first and not play his game. It’s like Casey has him on a leash or something. There are no plays (are there plays at all?) to let him shoot 3s and he’s arguably our best shooter. He seems passive. Usually all he does now is just make the right pass to Gay or DeRozan and camp out. He needs to be more aggressive but ever since he got injured and Calderon left he’s trying to emulate him. For this team to have success Lowry has to be aggressive..