Toronto Raptors 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Minnesota Timberwolves
Amir Johnson, PF 22 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -15

My only lasting memory of Johnson from this game is that he threw an alley-oop pass to Gay which hit the backboard. He also missed the final FT on purpose to let time run out.

Rudy Gay, SF 35 MIN | 12-23 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 26 PTS | +1

He was firmly cementing his reputation as a volume shooter until the third quarter, which is when the jumper started to fall and he got a couple break opportunities to put things together. Kirilenko was bothering him for the first half of the game, and after Gay decided to do more than just dribble-and-shoot from the perimeter, it put Kirilenko on his heels and Gay’s height and high-release became a factor. The put Cunningham on him for some reason late and he did well to make the right offensive decisions.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 33 MIN | 2-4 FG | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -1

Played Pekovic rather well all night. He did pick up some fouls which sent him to the bench but the overall positional defense was great and frustrated Pekovic throughout the night. His offense wasn’t quite as smooth as he was unable to execute in one-on-one situations of late, other than a key turnover.

Kyle Lowry, PG 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -7

Very unspectacular game where he was tuning in and out. However, at the end he didn’t let Rubio go off on him and in turn had a low-key productive game, albeit with some really ugly turnovers. Now that my opinion of him has been calibrated in context of the Raptors, it’s likely that he really is a backup in starters clothing.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 36 MIN | 12-23 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | -4

Took the smaller Luke Ridnour into the post area and shot over him all night. It was good stuff all night long from him, even though he stayed mostly on the perimeter. They put Budinger and Kirilenko on him, with only the latter being able to deny him the ball. Of course, that meant Kirilenko wasn’t on Gay which worked out well.

Quincy Acy, SF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +6

Gave Rubio an elbow and walked away. I didn’t like the walk-away part. Pure hustle, this guy, which along with Valanciunas, make them the only two players that give 100% of shit 100% of time.

Landry Fields, SF 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +11

Further evidence tonight that he’s not useless, which is a long way from how he started the season. Still, grossly overpaid and a completely unnecessary signing given the outlook of the season, but maybe he can be of some use next year. Hey, the good news is that we didn’t sign Steve Nash, although God knows we tried.

Aaron Gray, C 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3

Got in the game after Valanciunas got some fouls and Casey went searching for bigs to defend Pekovic. Did well, despite picking up a foul every couple minutes. He’s like Rasho, only not as good but more fun to watch.

Sebastian Telfair, PG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | +9

Got the nod ahead of John Lucas tonight and nailed a three before being nailed to the bench.

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

Had a second quarter where he shot (and missed) on every other possession. To be fair, a couple were at the tail end of the shot-clock. To be completely fair, he’s probably a good guy to have on the team as a 10th man, but when he’s coming into the game in the second quarter, a part of me dies.

Terrence Ross, SG 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6

Had a nice dunk, shot a three, didn’t airball anything. Step up.

Dwane Casey

Came back to the place he got fired from to notch a W. Nice. Did well to insert Fields in the third quarter and to bench Anderson after the second. Good call on isolating DeRozan on the smaller Ridnour. Also made the right timeout decisions. Tried the 4-guard lineup at one point with Gay at the PF and got away with it.

One Thing We Saw

  1. The T’Wolves missed three huge FTs late in the game, including one by Rubio which would’ve tied the game with a second left.
  • Adriiian

    The Toronto Raptors:
    Winning the games that don’t even matter.

    • Jack Hodgins

      This does matter kind of, the more we lose the more chance we have of getting a top 3 pick this year and then giving up our pick next year. This years draft is weak but next years draft looks pretty legit with Wiggins and Parker just to name a couple… so it does kind of matter.

      • FAQ

        2013-2014 another tankeroo season… just to land Wiggins??!!

        • Jack Hodgins

          people have suggested that but im not for it but if we don’t end up playing shit and landing in the lottery at least there is some talent in that draft.

    • WhiteVegas

      If you aren’t cheering for the Raptors to win, why are you even here?

      • Adriiian

        I’m a fan. Just these last games of the season are pointless, and I guess I was just being a little bitch.

  • GoingBig

    Ya! A win – last minute survival plus coming back from 11 down
    Time for beer

  • Ron R

    Love Amir. Sits nearly the entire second half and comes in with 1.7 seconds left, grabs a key rebound and ices the game at the line. True Pro.

    • Ted

      Why the fuck does Casey not play him baffles me and his 4 guard lineup never works. We got luck today and faced a team with a lot less talent that didn’t take advantage of Caseys mistakes.

      • Ron R

        Yup. Either BC goes, or Casey goes. Together, they form a perfect storm of mediocrity.

      • smh

        Why play Amir at all the rest of the season? Guy has been playing hurt, let him rest. Shut him down. Why risk a career ending injury?

  • Guy

    Looking at all the stat lines, Rudy is equal to, or better, than DD with the exception of one TO, yet he garners a worse grade. Curious. In related news, someone get Arsenalist some advil… giving Lowry more than a C must have him in some pain.

    • Parrot

      The grades can’t be changed, they are set in stone. Sorry.

      • Guy

        Not asking them to be changed. Just wondering how a guy with better stats gets a lower grade.

        • Arsenalist

          DD’s domination of Ridnour spurred the Raptors more than Gay’s second half play. IMHO.

  • wes mantooth

    lowry should get no higher then a D for the botched fast break alone! hes so bad. its actually a huge concern. this guy is not a good pg. i’d take chalmers over lowry. if that was a miami play it wouldve been an alley oop with lebron or wade. with chalmers or even cole. omg if JV played with some actual playmakers he wouldve been rookie of the month a long time ago. hes no better then jarrett jack maybe a little better then bayless. the future is grim with him as our starter.for real they need to move him

    • Guy

      The fact you’d take Mario Chalmers over anyone negates any criticism you have of Lowry.

      • wes mantooth

        that fact that u would say that says to me u need a heavy reality check guy! chalmers plays D, is clutch and hits 3’s. proven champ on both levels! starts on a team that just won 27 in a row. CAN FINISH A FAST BREAK! plays with a chip not an attitude and oh yeah CAN FINISH A FAST BREAK! does his job. riley can get alot of people to start on that team but choses to stick with chalmers no fluke. also chalmers is an example of someone that isnt great but atleast u know what ur getting which is alot better then lowry. he was given away for not much! by a team that had NOT MUCH! there are reasons for that guy!
        the fact that u would dismiss chalmers negates you all together son! sorry

        • Guy

          If you’re stupid enough, I mean almost comatose, to think Chalmers was a key factor in Miami’s winning streak, and it’s clear you do, that says all we need to know about your mindset. Any credibility you think you had has been flushed so far down the crapper it’s unbelievable. Good luck in your classes at Clown College putz.

          • WES MANTOOTH

            omg ur mind is narrrow! is it hard to type let alone watch bball having such a pinhead!? it explains ur vision or lack there of u one eyed pinhead….
            ur right chalmers is useless plays no D doesnt hit any 3s and hasnt won 2 titles. also my point PINHEAD was that he PINHEAD is an example PINHEAD of someone PINHEAD to showcase PINHEAD my lack of respect PINHEAD for lowrys game…PIN HEAD!!!!. u mustve been an easy birth seeing as u have that wonderful pinhead

            • Guy

              LOL… Pure comedy. Chalmers is an average player at best, who has benefited tremendously from playing with Lebron & Wade. That’s it. He’s no different than Derek Fisher was when the Lakers won. A tag-along. But nice posting anyway, especially that ‘easy birth’ comment. Straight out of the ‘I know you are but what am I?’ kindergarten. If we had to submit our comments on a handwritten piece of paper, I have no doubt yours would be written in crayon.

              If there’s one thought the rest of us can take away from your special brand of wisdom, it’s this….There really is no cure for stupid.

              • wes mantooth

                i’d also take derek fisher over lowry! haha
                and you are wrong again. what everyone can take from this is that im funnier then u and probably better looking, considering my normal shaped head.
                thanks for playing sir. your retorts and attempts at wit and comedy were adorable! xo

  • ppellico

    its the blind love raps fans that makes me wonder why Canada isn’t a world power.
    Acy gets more love for less talant….
    “, make them the only two players that give 100% of shit 100% of time.”
    really? So Gray who sits every night although a ton better player, gets in and plays his ass off… never gets your loving words.
    These two give more than Gray does?!
    The kid shows up every night to play…and shows up early every morning to mentor Acy..
    but THIS site thinks he is worthy of nothin.

    • 511

      Paul, your posts always make me laugh. Not disrespectfully; I appreciate the unflinching and unwavering support you have for your boy. But I do get a kick out of it.

      • ppellico

        thanks…just trying to be the fair n balanced here. trouble is…I really like Acy and JV. Just get a kick out of the blind love given to some and others get the shun.
        In fact…IF you spoke to Acy or JV…they both would give propper props to Gray for his time mentoring both.
        Its the fans that kill me.

  • Milesboyer

    A whopping 4 assists in almost 80 min. of basketball between our small forward and shooting guard. The stats do prove what I thought I was seeing – the most boring form of basketball possible – uncreative, one pass, ballstopping, isolation bball. Curling’s more exciting than watching this team.

    • BoshRawr

      Cool cool, so go watch Kevin Martin get his curl on. You’re ranting yet you’re still tuning in…I’d very much assume that Colangelo or MLSE aren’t tying you to a chair and forcing you to watch the game. At this point in the season with little left to play for, a win is a win my friend, its a good thing regardless of how we do it.

  • Duncan

    11 points and seven assists is not bad. i got a feeling that this site really hates lowry… :

  • Roarque

    Arse, you need a break. Take the rest of the summer off and come back ready to rock n roll at training camp. I can’t blame your pessimism since the organisation can be a ball buster.