Toronto Raptors 98 Final

Recap | Box Score

71 Phoenix Suns
Andrea Bargnani, PF 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +7His mini-resurgence continued, as he showcased a versatile offensive game early and stepped up his man defense in the second half (Phoenix’ depleted front-line didn’t hurt). Nine points on 10 shots isn’t spectacular, but he took those shots in the flow of the game and scored in a variety of ways – driving to the hoop and hitting a nice 3 early on.
Rudy Gay, SF 23 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +11Really didn’t have it going tonight – forced up a ton of contested shots and rode the pine for most of the second half. Normally, I’d be more critical, but to say he was the only disinterested looking player on the floor tonight would be the understatement of the year.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +3The more I see him, the more excited I get for his future with the Raptors. His work effort is unparalleled, and he showcased some excellent offensive recognition tonight by rolling hard against bigger checks and posting up the smaller Luis Scola. Casey finally let him check in late in the fourth, to the relief of most Raptor fans who had gotten used to seeing him buried on the end of the bench.
Kyle Lowry, PG 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +5Solid, but unspectacular, save for a couple of nice alley-oops to DeMar and Gay early in the game. Didn’t get a lot of run tonight due to the blowout and Telfair’s excellent night. No turnovers on the night, which is notable given the insane amount committed over the course of the game by both teams.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 30 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 15 PTS | +17His shot was falling, but a 5 turnover game is never anything to write home about, and some of the passes that led to them were downright ugly. His first quarter was excellent, but you could feel his effort level wane as the game went on.
Amir Johnson, PF 28 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +24Had a difficult time guarding the interior early on, but picked up his game after the first with his trademark hustle. His rebounding numbers don’t really tell the story, as he was the only Raptor big on the floor for a good stretch of the game and wreaked enough havoc down low to stop the Suns from getting any second chance points.
Landry Fields, SF 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +13He came, he saw, he bricked a couple jumpers. Good effort on both ends.
Sebastian Telfair, PG 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +22The best player on the floor tonight. Played disruptive D on Dragic and clearly had something to prove against his old team. That said, when he’s clearly the best player in an NBA game, that shows you what kind of night this was.
John Lucas, PG 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0Had a cup of coffee late in the fourth but spent most of the game on the bench due to Bassy’s eff-you game.
Alan Anderson, SG 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | +16Went 3 for 3 from downtown for a very efficient 10 points, though I’m not happy about those four turnovers. It was that kind of game tonight, though.
Terrence Ross, SG 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | +17Continues to look lethargic on D, as he got downright destroyed by Jared Dudley a couple times in the first half, but made up for it with a strong effort on the glass and a few nice shots, though all those turnovers are problematic. It was nice to see him finally get some run with Jonas, albeit at the end of a blowout.
Dwane CaseyThe rotations were strange (basically rolling the lines like a hockey team), the rookies were put in too late, the Raptors still won by 30. One of the sloppiest blowout wins in recent memory, but a blowout win nonetheless – tough to criticize the coach when the box score is that lopsided.

Four Things We Saw

  1. I’m not kidding when I say this was one of the sloppiest blowouts you’ve ever seen – the Suns looked more disinterested than any team I’ve seen this season so far, and it was only the superior effort level of the Raptors that pushed them so far past Phoenix on the scoreboard. Honestly, it looked like a really low-level All-Star game – no defence, all offense, and a bunch of players who don’t mesh well with one another.
  2. Turnovers. I mean, a lot of turnovers – 50 on the night from both teams combined. Yikes.
  3. How the heck was Phoenix on a 3 game winning streak?
  4. I do want to end with one positive, so let’s go with this: only one team was interested in winning tonight, and it wasn’t the home squad. No matter how sloppy they looked at times, or how uncohesive their units can look, these guys truly care about one another and about winning games. So, when things seem bleak, just remember: at least you don’t root for the Suns.

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24 Responses to “Quick Reaction: Raptors 98, Suns 71”

  1. Roarque

    It’s great that the team is trying to get AB going in the face of fan anger and booing in the Air Canada Centre but doesn’t it also make sense for the players to support TRoss and get this guy back to playing the way he did in December? I mean he’s the guy whose going to be on the team next year – right now his self confidence is at ZERO.

    • JerryGarcia

      Couldn’t agree more…..hoping TRoss gets a long draw of mentor-ship going forward. I miss seeing Acy jumping off the bench……I just liked the way he looked !!!   What fun watching Seabass flash his athleticism !!  Keep it coming !!!  I’m in for the duration .

  2. FAQ

    Demar Dehog DeRosan …. and have you noticed that the Raps offense mostly, predominantly, inevitable flows to the right side??

    Many a time Bargs was at the left arc, passed the ball to Lowry at the top, remained unguarded, and  Lowry dribbles with his right hand of course to the crowded right side to pass to his love-buddy Gay, ignoring or totally unaware of Bargs.

    Lowry can only visualize what is in front of him and blanks out everything else.  Wtf is wrong with this f’ing poor excuse for a PG???!!!!!

    (Dragic looks unhappy in PHX… maybe a trade for Kyle + Pietrus maybe???)

    • Adriiian

      Fuck. Get that trade done please.

      Dragic behind Nash, he was learning. He will never be Nash. But we need another EURO point guard on this team. 


      • ad

         Yep, dragic is gonna do wonders for our 30-52 record next year. Your lover jose hasnt been helping the pistons that much surprisingly. Theyre worse than the craptors! Could it be because jose just isnt that good and hes probably just a good backup pg? Damn straight!

          • ad

             I meant in terms of wins and losses. He had high assist games here but the team sucked and the team sucks in det as well.

            • Guest

              ad, you’re such a hypocritical fanboy.  Sad thing is you’re too stupid to realize it.

              So let us get your logic straight.  Despite his individual performance, Calderon sucks because his team has not been winning.  However, despite his team’s terrible start, early season Lowry is better than Rondo because of his individual performance?  Do you see your hypocrisy or shall we spell it out for you?  H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y.

              Of course, I’m sure you’ll reply to this with another off-topic bit of reasoning about how Bargnani sucking makes Lowry better than Rondo.

      • DumbassKicker

        we need another euro as much as your mom needs another set of dick and balls in her mouth.

        • DumbassKicker

          Pathetic trolling imposter.

          They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but not when you’re dumb enough to only imitate the name through transcribing da ledders. I don’t know what kind of mental illness you have,  but I hope you get the help you need.

  3. pran

    Didn’t watch the game but saw highlights. man that telfair guy is going to be taking lowry’s minutes in a week, tops. He is a better passer. 

    • Ardefen

      i wassurprised and happy to see what telfair did. both lowry and telfair look like a good p.g. pair.
      goodbye jl111

  4. NyAlesund

    It was an easy game. The Suns were really really bad. It was clear that there are a lot of issues in Arizona. Players unhappy, bad body language, etc……

    We won ebven without playing well, but enough to stay away the troubles.

    Gay, DeRozan and in some cases Lowry are the tendency to keep a lot the ball stopping the movement. To much focused to beat their opponent instead to delivery the ball to the open teammates .

    This is one of the issues for Casey the next season. The ball movement is the key to score better and have at the same time good defence. When all the player are involved offensively, defensively are more willing to do whatever is necessary.

  5. Why

    might have been a different game if Gortat hadn’t been injured however full props to the Raps.

    • Ed

      Exactly. ONeal out, Gortat hurt, Hadaddi foul trouble. The Raps needed a break and finally got one. This obviously was not a good night for the Suns.

  6. j bean

    If that was a B+ effort from AB the bar has been lowered. 9 pts on 10 shots and 0 from the line.

    • DumbassKicker

      And stats are all that’s important in evaluating play. Did you watch the game? Do you know what you’re watching?

      • j bean

        Yes I watched the game pOOka. 
        Maybe you can tell me what part of his game I missed that you found so impressive. 
        Was it his defensive play against the worst front court the Raps faced all season?
        It wasn’t the scoring obviously and for Bargnani it is the scoring that’s paramount.
        Andrea wouldn’t even be in the league if he wasn’t able to score on a consistent basis. Do you think there is a team somewhere all excited about Bargnani as a play maker, rebounder or defender? No, he has to score and whether or not that part of his game comes around is no sure thing. As a Raptors fan I hope so but the performance against the Suns wasn’t enough to rate a high mark. 

        • DumbassKicker

          Keep on track in speaking of this game, as the comment I replied to was, and speak to something other than a stat line, and I’m listening. He had a positive impact at both ends of the floor the whole time he was out there, including playing very good D, but I’m listening for what you saw to be critical of, other than a stat line, to diss the grade. 

          • j bean

            If he gets a B+ for this effort I guess he gets an A+ if he  scores 15 pts on 8 shots  4 of 4 from the line, 6 rebounds and +24. That is the game Amir had for his B+ and don’t tell me Bargs played better D cause he never.


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