Toronto Raptors 118 Final
Recap | Box Score
125 Golden State Warriors
Andrea Bargnani, PF 36 MIN | 8-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 26 PTS | +8

Looked genuinely enthused to be starting tonight. Offensively, he does make this a potent starting lineup and play very good man defense with passable help defense. Amazing what can happen when a player isnt gifted minutes.

Rudy Gay, SF 36 MIN | 10-22 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 26 PTS | +9

Flashes of brilliance, but didnt let the game come to him late in the game, which is becoming an all-too-familiar refrain in the last couple of weeks.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +9

Just not a great fit in what turned out to be a good old Western shootout. Still manages to rebound well in his limited burn. Missed some chippies but got also stuffed on multiple occasions.

Kyle Lowry, PG 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 6-7 FT | 11 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +9

This dude is weird. Misses his second straight triple-double by an assist, but you wish he would trade it all for a few more clutch buckets. His defense on Steph Curry was exceptional.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 39 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -6

Played a nice controlled game. Didnt hurt the team but didnt do much to help either. Definition of an average game.

Amir Johnson, PF 32 MIN | 10-10 FG | 3-7 FT | 15 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | -13

Warrior. You think someone was a little irked about losing his starting job. Amir would never say so, but his actions spoke volumes.

Landry Fields, SF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -13

His defense could have helped tonight. Should have been plugged in at the two for stretches.

Aaron Gray, C 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -5

Beard is coming in nicely, matches the uni and the shoes.

John Lucas, PG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -16

Looked like a smaller less talented version of Jarret Jack. Which he is.

Alan Anderson, SG 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -10

Shats are drying up, better call Smitch.

Terrence Ross, SG 8 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7

Everything associated to this kid screams unprofessional. The squeeze on his PT, his shot selection, his lack of development. Un-professional.

Dwane Casey

The good news was that he figured out how to contain Stephen Curry. The bad news is that he forgot that some scorers in this league know how to pass. Otherwise he got a scrappy effort from his squad and kept it close against a superior team.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bargnani played as well as he has all season. He seemed to want to thank the coaching staff for putting him back into the starting lineup. Remains to be seen how long he will remain motivated.
  2. Golden State is a hard team to defend. Excellent three-point shooters to spread the floor and two excellent rebounding bigs in Lee and Bogut to worry about.
  3. The playoffs are not happening. Time to play Ross and Acy, seriously. Hope this isnt becoming about saving face on the first round pick that OKC now owns.

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    This was an exciting game but its sooo fucking frustrating being a fan of this team. This game couldve been had with better execution (shot selection in the 4th q). Instead of driving and forcing gs into more foul trouble, they opted for mid range jumpers and 3 pointers. Granted, they were falling earlier in the game, but you cant rely on that to continue.

    A few observations:
    1) The shittacular 2nd unit set the tone at the start of the 4th q with their abysmal d and awful shot selection. (Im looking at you lucas and AA.) I wouldve brought lowry back with 10 mins left in the 4th q. He played great d on curry.
    2) This team just has too many inefficient volume shooters on the wing. Demar has to go. Gay is basically a rich mans derozan. Raps need an actual 3 pt threat at the 2. AA is a dleague scrub and doesnt cut it. If only casey saw that (sigh).
    3) Watching Barnes this game makes me even more depressed. He made some moves this game that ross wouldnt even be able to make in his dreams. Barnes has the upside to be an all star. Ross has the upside of a good role player. This was the 7th pick vs. the 8th pick. All those meaningless wins late last year came up to bite this team in the ass. Not surprising with this incompetent organization.

    • Why

      you beat me to the punch with your comments. Game turned on a forced shot by Anderson after Gay and Bargnani went to the bench.

      The barnes isolation play at the end of the game hi-lited what a disaster last seaon was – we should have been prepared to lose the last game of the year to The Nets.

      Hopefully AB can continue to play like this as he might be tradable for something meaningful (fresh start will benefit all however if continued to put up 0 0 stat lines he might have found his way out of the NBA.)

  • RobertArchibald

    This performance will stop my boos upon Bargs entering a game but I’m guessing they’ll return once his effort goes back to the usual. It’s a shame it takes him scoring the ball to move on D and genuinely be interested. Even if he’s getting shots but missing them he doesn’t care. Should be the other way around. Like this style of play way better for this team. No grinding it out, except late in the game which killed us. Run, pass, jump. We’re athletic!

    Oh, and Acy was sent to Bakersfield, so he’ll get some burn there.

  • Maahfaace

    i hate that we have to see lucas again next year…….i just hope we cut ties with that scrub aa

  • Imzilla

    Casey Should have a F…there were 2 different times when GSW had their starters on Curry Lee Thompson Bogut and Barnes…and we were rolling with JL3 AA Landry???

    MAKE SOME F****** ADJUSTMENTS AS THE GAME GOES ON

    I understand the bench needs some minutes but dudeee….the starters are young and Im sure they wouldnt mind playing more….I mean they worked so hard to build that lead at the end of the 3rd..then the bench jus Shits it all away in the first 2 minutes of the 4th

    This season IMO has been disappointing and a lot of it is on Casey and his WHACK ASS Rotations…smfh

  • Cottonclub

    duane casey won us over with the d talk and his philosophy……but he clearly is over his head as a head coach.

    he’s by far the worst coach this team has ever had.duane casey makes kevin oneil look like jerry sloan.

    no structure.no sets.no adjustments.piss poor rotations.nonsensical sub patters.odd lineups.poor use of timeouts. no player management.

  • NyAlesund

    Three quarter really good. The last one was one vs man show mode and the result was, no assists, bad shot selection, bad percentage overall. I hate to see Gay, expecially when he forces the situation without even get an eye or considering to pass the ball to his teammates for open shots……. Is he our leader? Good, but as leader he has to take the right decisions. And yesterday he simply dind’t do the right job….in the fourth quarter…..

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    You’re right about Barnes………

    The future
    I really hope Colangelo doesn’t get the job. Now we need a new GM,  a man able to reads the situation without any connections with the guys, with the city, with the team and makes the job.

    The risk for me is the Bargs’ performance from now to the end of the season can put Colangelo to take a stupid decision……

    • cesco

      A return of AB/13 for the rest of the season will guarantee a return of AB7 next  year ,  book it .

      • NyAlesund

         Well, Colangelo is committed to take Gasol……….so, Bargs and I don’t know, Kleiza can be packaged and sent to LA.

    • Adriiian

      I hope the fan base sees more and more how selfish Gay is.
      The only reason we won in Indiana was because of Amir. He tied it with .1.
      He’s my hero of that game, not Rudy.
      I hate everything this guy stands for in basketball. Bullshit nanchalant egotistical type play. Hope he changes into a team player by next year, otherwise….

      • ghostdini

        +1

      • mike, prague

         They both were the heroes in Indy to put it realistically. Amir wouldn’t have made his second bucket (the buzzer beater) if Gay didn’t steal the ball with the hustle play… They both won that game. But is Gay a selfish player? Hell, yeah!

        If he had the current Derozan’s assisting skills the team would be much better off in most situations.

      • Kujo

        Correction.  The only reason we won was because of that bonehead in-bounds pass by David West.  :)

      • NyAlesund

         +1

  • The Truth

    Playoffs?

    • mike, prague

       Yeah … I’d say the Warriors are definetly gonna make it there, yeah.

      • Why

        they are a very entertaining team to watch – Steph Curry is like a combo of Steve Nash and Ray Allen. If Bogut could regain his Milwaukee form and  remain healthy they might be a legitimate contender.

        • ghostdini

          Curry is already ahead of Ray Allen and Reggie Miller in 3 pointers made and percentage in his 4 seasons.

        • Duncan

          i wouldnt call them a contender… not with OKC, SA, MIA, DEN and IND standing in their way… 

          • Why

            didn’tintend to imply they are contender – intent was to imply they could become a contender if Bogut regains form and health.

  • Critic

    Can you please start giving BC a grade?

    • Dc

      F- six seasons and counting

      • Adriiian

        hahaha. +1

  • Destro

    Amir Johnson played with alot of heart man…12 off boards is incredible….Crazy hows hes progressed into our best big man…salute.

    • Dc

      shhh the bargs nut huggers are gonna be in full force today bec of bargs only good game all season. as they forget the ultimate team payer amir is still far and away our best big.

    • skeptical

      Wait wait… Does that mean that Amir isn’t one of the league’s worst contracts anymore?  😉

      Big fan of Amir and glad to see him playing well this season. 

    • CJT

      yup.  great effort.

  • golden

    You’re being sarcastic with the  ‘containing Steph Curry’ comments, aren’t you?