Toronto Raptors 114 Final

Recap | Box Score

122 Milwaukee Bucks
Amir Johnson, PF 39 MIN | 9-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -6Pro, the dude is a pro. He was quiet in the middle parts of the game, but was there at the start and the end when his team needed him the most. His offensive rebounding was key in keeping this team in the game till the end.
Landry Fields, SF 48 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | 0His best game in a Raptors uniform made us forget all about Rudy Gay. I imagine/hoped for a scaled down version of this when he signed with the Raptors, but there’s still time to get back to what made his rookie season so special.
Andrea Bargnani, C 33 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -7Starting? Check. Boos? Negative. Good game? Yes. Amazing what not having an entire city hate you can do for your game. Yes, I concede it wasn’t a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but he grabbed 7 rebounds, dished 3 dimes and blocked 2 shots…that’s a good game for the dude, people…
Kyle Lowry, PG 36 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 10 PTS | -127pts 10rebs 10ast 5stl 6to for the game; that’s a pretty damn good stat line until you realize he had 2pts 6rebs 6ast in the 1st quarter. Can’t say that he did anything poor throughout the game, just that Lucas and the 2nd unit had quite a large impact on the game.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 46 MIN | 6-21 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -5Someone had to fill in for Gay, and going 6-21 for 18pts fully qualifies. The 9 assits tells me he was trying to make things happen when shot wasn’t falling, and the 6-8 from the line reaffirms he wasn’t relying on the jumper.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 11 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -4Not sure why minutes are so hard to come by for the kid; he’s such a beast and it’s obvious he needs the burn. Whatever…his rebounding and active hands in the paint were huge when he saw the floor.
John Lucas, PG 18 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +3He didn’t have an assist his whole time on the floor, but he hit big shot after big shot in the 2nd half. I dunno, I like him; yea he’s a point guard who’s not much of a playmaker, but kids got heart.
Alan Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 8-20 FG | 4-5 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -3Took him 20 shots to get 21 points, but he had a huge fourth quarter capped off with a dunk to tie the game with 1.6 seconds left. He went from out of the league, to crunch time scorer in a season – that says something about him… BryCo needs to get him on a 2yr/$5mil deal; I’d be good with that.
Dwane CaseyI generally didn’t have any issues with how it went down. The Bucks are a better team with more talent; that’s what it came down too. You can forgive him for limiting the rookies minutes in a tight match, but getting Quincy Acy a couple minutes to try and counter the man-beast that is Larry Sanders might have been a good strategy (not that it would have any affect; more entertainment value).

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks attacked the Raptors in the paint ferociously: 60 points in the paint, 30 trips to the line, 13 offensive rebounds…it was a thing of beauty if you were a Bucks fan; or a fan of the NBA in general. I for one can tell you that I really like of how this team plays the game.
  2. The Raptors bench played a huge part in keeping them in the game until overtime, but disappeared once they got there. It’s not their job to carry this team for more than a couple stretches throughout the game; the starters needed to step up in OT and handle business…they didn’t…
  3. Really appreciated the Raptors coming out and competing from the tip after the last two coma’s we were induced into.

  • Guest

    The fuck is this. Sarcastic?

    • BCBargnaniFieldsCaseyGots2Go!

      Anyone mentioning Raptors and playoffs this season is a certified looney tune and I’m not talking Bugs Bunny…BC can’t pr spin any playoff bullchit via his talking heads……..BC’s playoff kool aid has dried up…

      23-37. At GS, PHX & LAL coming up this M-W-F: 23-40?

    • Paul

      Ya I’m flabbergasted.
      Is this Doug Smith posting as Holako?

  • Lopez

    You must be losing your damn mind with these grades. 4-14 a good game in what world? Bargs is ASS and AA gets 21 shot, Ross gets 0..lol this team is going in reverse

    • Adriiian

      Nope. Compared to what Bargs has done in the last stretch, it was a good game for him. Well deserving of that B.
      He did what he usually doesn’t do; which is rebound, block shots, and assists.

      Like Leo said, he had 4 rebounds the last 4 games. But 7 in this one. That’s a huge jump bro.

      • Doc

        So we are grading on a curve for Bargnani now? He didnt totally suck and he rebounded balls that fell into his hands. Thats a B. These grades are just stupid.

        • Dbobb28

          Great point. You don’t start handing out a B because his stat line sucks instead of really really sucks. 4-14 would not be rated a B anywhere. Bad grade

        • pran

          actually if you’ve been following along, RR mentioned the grades are based on expectations. Bargs expectations were at an all time low.

    • BCBargnaniFieldsCaseyGots2Go!

      It’s all about lowering the bar for Andrea so that he seems successful in the eyes of those who can’t recognize that he’s on the downward arc of his career at 27- AB peaked for 13 games in 2011-12 and all of those 13 weren’t all solid games….

      Once building around and now 6th man Andrea Bargnani aka 2 Rebounds Per Q aka Just Box Out aka AKA.

      Andrea is Dirk like- Casey in his initial Raptors press conference.

  • Lenny

    I would politely disagree withe Casey grading tonight and say it was a D- with how he handled the last 10 minutes. Limited subs and stuck withe same guys until they fouled out. The other coach made changes and kept their energy up while giving them an edge down low.

    • Hound

      Couldn’t agree more. He even admitted after the game that 8 of the last 11 Milwaukee points came from offensive rebounds. The one that hurt the most was the tip in by Ilisoyva (pushed Demar right out of the way)with under a minute left to go ahead by 2. To go offense, defense at that point of the game is not an outstanding genius coaching move, it is pretty standard stuff. After taking JL3 off at 6:00 and not getting him back until the absolute last shot in reg. is ridiculous. His in game substitutions continue to mind boggle.

      I like the look of this team and the way they play better without Gay. Not saying they are better without Gay, just that the ball moves more and they seem more engaged. Hopefully, now with this loss we will start leaning toward more development. I hope Gay sits out the rest of this road trip, Tross gets some run, Acy and JV play more minutes and Bargs gets his confidence back. I know it is a long shot, but if Bargs can get back to mediocre we may have a chance of trading him in the summer.

      By my account, Casey has contributed to at least 4 lost games. Not sure he is good enough to head coach in this league.

      • Cdhall

        I’m starting to lean your way. Casey may be a great defensive coach but at season’s end the question should be asked “is Casey the right choice for the Head Coaching job in Toronto at our development stage?”

  • nelson

    At least we can stop pretending that we have a shot at the playoffs.  more time for JV and ross and getting AB’s trade value up

  • dalmatino

    you must be joking with us: AA – gets A and coach gets – B ??? Obviesly, we didn’t watch the same game.

  • Jsmith

    is it me or is alan anderson another version of melo without the converted FGA.  once the ball hits his hands it becomes iso ball.

    • RobertArchibald

      +1. Impossible to support him. I don’t understand how the fact that he was ‘almost out of the league’ is a reason for keeping him. That’s a reason to NOT keep him. He’s a ball hog and takes terrible shots that interrupt the flow of others. It baffles me how Casey doesn’t pull him immediately after one of these shots in OT. That alone, should drop both of their grades to Ds.

    • Sangaman

      Right on..BC will trade a near 20 pt per game scorer (before injury last year) and pick up T.J. Ford or Mike James.. .Lets bring back these hogs and completely fill the line up with guys that never pass  even if their lives depend on it.  

  • Adriiian

    An open letter to RUDY GAY:

    You might be the best player on this team, but act like the worst. There’s a reason we even stayed in this game tonight, and it’s because you weren’t on the floor. The ball stops when you come on. It’s all about the RUDY SHOW. One on one, ISO ball, sometimes you score, but most of the time you don’t, cause you’re shooting 38%. Wake the fuck up. And let the ball move around a bit. You won’t beat a team by yourself, and there’s a reason why you haven’t been an all star. And you’ll be sure when the game is tied and in the crunch, you will have your shot, which you’ve already shown you can make. So pass the ball dude, and you will be re-payed by your team mates.

    Sincerely,
    Adrian

    • Jsmith

      think you may need to refocus your energies on the players on the court tonight, namely, alan anderson.

      • Adriiian

        What do you want me to say about tonight? The game really didn’t matter. I saw the team without Rudy and the ball was moving, and we were hitting buckets. A lot more FLOW, bro.

    • cesco

      go off yourself, seriously. 

      • Adriiian

        how about we make a little deal, i’ll do it when this team wins a championship.

        so i think i got at least a few years left? good comment tho bud.

    • Guest

      Umm…not sure if you realize this but sometimes the mere PRESENCE of a potential scorer on the floor opens things up for other players and helps to facilitate the offence.  Also, just an aside, at least other teams in the league discuss the Raps with a little more respectability.

      • Adriiian

        You’ve been listening to Devlin too much man. What has his presence done?
        We’re out of the playoff race, and we got killed the last 3 games he played, with his awesome PRESENCE.

        Stop man. Look at the big picture, the big picture says were fucked bro.
        I know its very negative, but I’m a negative guy. 
        And it was an open letter to Rudy Gay, nothing to do with the Raptors at all, maybe you should read.

        • Ajanibrown5

          If rudy didn’t play against clippers nuggets pacers knicks we would have listed those games stop being ignorant towards him yes he’s struggling at 39% but our team has gotten better since he’s been here smh

          • Adriiian

            You’re calling me ignorant?
            A clippers team without CP3, a nuggets team without galo, chandler, and iggy.
            Tell me more about your grand knowledge of this team and Rudy Gays struggles.
            He shoots 38% because he doesn’t care, he takes tough jumpers because why drive to the hoop and risk making contact with other players? We all know how TALENTED he is. spare me that bullshit.
            Devlin is a puppet. At least Jack is not a good liar. 
            “no disrespect to Rudy Gay…” but the guys are more free to do their own thing, blah blah blah.. usually when someone means, no disrespect to Rudy Gay, they mean disrespect. Hes a coach, he knows man, he knows how basketball should be played, this team is built wrong from the ground up.
            everyone with a bit of knowledge for basketball knows that. the writers of this website sure as hell know. the guy is a tumor man. THERES A REASON MEMPHIS TRADED HIM FOR CAP ROOM. because they were fed up.

            Well, thats it boys, were strapped in with that ridiculous contract of his.

          • NyAlesund

             What we have seen tonight? A team, with a decent talent play pretty well against a PO caliber team. We lost but for the first time from a while we have seen some ball movements. Of course nothing similar to Bucks, but efforts to play as a team.

            Gay is a player that wants to get the ball in his hands, shot 20 or more times, score 20 or more points whilst the others seeing him to do his show. This basketball never pays dividend.

            Now we are in position to trade Bargs, probably not able to sign Anderson, we have to pay Gay a lot, we hope to get some good players expecially in PG position.

            So, the future is not exactly bright if we see the whole picture, stuck with a cap that doesn’t allow us some movements. 67 mln garanteed…..

            All of this for what? To save Colangelo’ ass? I really hope I am wrong, I hope Colangelo has put a rabbit out of hat the hat.

  • Wes

    It’s pretty clear that if Jonas wants minutes he’s going to have to play half-assed and put up terrible shooting percentages.

    • Doc

      +1

    • Dbobb28

      Great comment. 

  • jacobdrichards4

    Kyle Lowry sat way too long in the second quarter, he had a great first quarter and didn’t come back in until 3 minutes left in the first half, ridiculous Casey. And where was Jonas when Amir got fouled out, I was yelling for them to bring him in but instead they went with Bargnani. I’ve been one of the supporters of Bargnani but i can’t deal with it, Casey has got to have better subsitutions

    • trample54

      A 2 big lineup with him and JV may have worked out.

    • Hound

      Absolutely agree. Bargs plays 15 minutes a game prior and then all of sudden you play him 15 straight minutes to start a game? Same with Fields, they were the last 2 starters on either team to have a sub. WTF! All this coming off a back to back. And then in the fourth, both JV and Bargs buried on the bench so we get outrebounded on the offensive glass.

  • Jamshid

    Now that the season is over, I like the remaining games answer the following questions:

    1) Is Kyle Lowry the PG of the future ? BC has to decide wether or not offer his a long term deal next year ?

    2) Is Amir Johnson a starting Caliber PF for this team ? With Gay, DD and Lowry, we don’t need much scoring from that position.

    3) Who is Ross ? Is he worth keeping or should he be packaged with either AB or Fields and Kleiza to move some contracts ?

    4) Do we need a back up PG or does JLIII can handle the responsibilities ?

    If we have a solid answer for the above 4 questions by the end of the season and use the remaining games wisely, then we will have a clear idea and objective on what to do in the summer.

    • what the

      these are the tough questions that the herd will have to face over the coming months

    • Guest

      My response would be 1) No  2) No  3) He deserves a chance to prove himself here  4) Keep JL3

    • Guest

      1) Maybe, but only if he can step up his game.  We don’t need stupid, demoralizing gambles; if he can come close to, say, George Hill’s presence on defense, that would be ideal.

      2) Probably not.  Depends on what you expect from the team.  If you want to flirt with the 7th/8th seed, then sure.  While he has come a long way this year, we still need an upgrade at the 4 if we want to be an actual contender.  He’d be a great back-up 4 though.

      3) It’s way too early to give up on Ross.  Whatever he ends up being, nobody can know for sure with such a limited tryout.  If the plan was to give him limited minutes and sell low, why even draft him in the first place?

      4) We definitely need a back-up who can actually run the offense.  JLIII may get hot from time to time, but he’s not exactly a deadeye shooter, nor is that something we need from our back-up PG at the expense of the other four players on the court.

  • Lopez

    Fire Casey please….he’s ruining careers out there. #FREETROSS #FREEJV #FREEQUINCY

    • Rickyboy1010

       probably the same guy who thinks pops mensah bonsu should b a starter in the nba …smh

  • Scottbbaird

    Rotations were an issue.

    #Wherethehellisross
    #freeQuincy
    #freeJV
    #LetLowryShoot

  • trample54

    We definitely did not watch the same game. A for AA? It must mean ass. Casey deserves a lower grade than that.

  • Guest

    Think you were way too generous with the B- you gave DD.  He couldn’t hit nothing tonight.

  • RapChap

    Last minute. Demar goes to the hoop, get mugged, no foul call.  OK. That is how the NBA works. Lowry is complaining to the ref and the ball goes right by him. LOWRY. STOP COMPLAINING AND PLAY BASKETBALL. That was an easy 2. Instead it was Bucks ball. If you weren’t complaining, we might have won it!

  • Darien

    Thank you, and good night! See you on draft day! Oh wait…

  • Guest

    Feel bad for the guys tonight, they deserved this win based on the effort they put in, they just couldn’t pull it off.  It’s losses like these that fall squarely on the shoulders of the GM…when the rest of the organization is giving it their all and still coming up short. 

  • Doc

    These grades are awful. Sam needs to stop doing them because he does not know how.

  • Guest

    Let’s bring back Tracy McGrady in Alan Anderson’s role.

  • Peter G

    I don’t know what’s worse. This recap or the team itself. Bargs grade should be a C at best. 4 for 14 is a joke and getting 7 rebounds should be an average benchmark, not some great accomplishment. If Aaron gray posted a stat line like that you wouldn’t grade him as high so there’s no reason primo should be getting that grade.

  • Kujo

    “What’s that? Ah — Playoffs?!?’  Don’t talk about — playoffs?!? You kidding me? Playoffs?!? I just hope we can win a game!”
    Now, with that out of the way, just let the rooks play.  Please.

  • cdub

    Lowry had a triple double did he not?  10 pts not 7?  he hit 2 three’s and 2 twos’?