Chicago Bulls 88 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 40 MIN | 10-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +10

I’m starting to think the best play Casey drew up all year was a Rudy Gay air-ball, followed by an Amir Johnson rebound and put-back. It’s some great outside-the-box thinking on the part of Casey and it helps that Johnson beautifully executes it every time. This guy’s basically taken the latter half of this season to become the best player on the team without having a single play drawn for him. Overmatched Boozer for the most part and was too nimble for Nazr Mohammed in the paint.

Rudy Gay, SF 41 MIN | 8-19 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +2

Some poor shooting game as usual, but only two of his jumpers looked like aborted babies. Good stuff from Gay at times during this game, especially when he drove the ball end-to-end for a jam and stuff. Hit a key three in the fourth quarter and looked better than average.

Aaron Gray, C 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13

The only reason to watch a Raptors game is Jonas Valanciunas, and with him injured, this guy was starting. Reminds me of the time I tried internet dating. Girl in the picture was bangin’, when I showed up to the restaurant, Jabba the Hutt was lying sideways on the table.

Kyle Lowry, PG 36 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 11 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +12

Pushed the tempo faster than Blake on a first date, and much like him in terms of production, was done early. I’m liking his play of late, he’s pushing the ball more (tonight was a no-brainer with Chicago’s legs and all), looking for his shot in spots, and is turning out to have games where he’s looked responsible. Nice pressure on Hinrich throughout the game.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 40 MIN | 6-10 FG | 7-8 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +12

Best part about his life right now is doing the math on how much is pay cheque will increase on a bi-weekly basis. By my math, if NBA players get paid on a bi-weekly basis during the season (approximately 6 months), he’s collecting $257,250 a cheque. That sucker goes up to $730,769. This is all before taxes. Had a good shooting game including a couple sweet short fades over the shorter Hinrich (reminded me of his abuse of Ridnour). Had lots of turnovers, but so did everyone else. Got knocked in the face by Rip Hamilton, who got ejected.

Quincy Acy, SF 35 MIN | 3-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +21

I like Acy mostly because he does the little things. Things like putting a new toilet paper roll in when the old one finishes; or holding the door open for you even when you’re 40 feet away and not even intending to use said door; or putting the shopping cart back instead of leaving it in the handicap spot. He’s had a good season, survived the D-League, and is finding that just by playing hard you can get a decent reputation in the NBA. Played a season-high in minutes against a Bulls team that didn’t see him, or his hustle, coming. This guy can be a ninth guy on the team.

John Lucas, PG 12 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3

Was psyched to play his old team and came up with an 0-4 followed 0’s everywhere in the box score except the plus/minus, where he was minus. Right now we have two third-string PGs on the roster, and one of them needs to be driven off a cliff.

Alan Anderson, SG 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

I like it when he’s benign, which can’t be said about the tumor in my eye caused by watching the Raptors all these years.

Dwane Casey

Was not given a chance to do anything silly. So he didn’t, although why Landry Fields didn’t play a single minute is confusing.

Four Things We Saw

  1. So this is the Bulls team that snapped the Heat and Knicks streaks? No, this was more like a team playing down to their competition and being basically mentally unavailable.
  2. I’d say you can add Quincy Acy as a positive this season. Obviously, it’s slim pickings but it looks like we finally have a second-round pick under Bryan Colangelo that can see the later end of an NBA roster.
  3. Pretty physical game due to the Bulls being a step slow and compensating it for throwing their weight around.
  4. Raps shot 65% in the second quarter to take control after Chicago had started off strong.

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  • Sachin

    landry had strep throat

    • Arsenalist

      That explains it. Thanks.

  • koncept

    can we just sign vin baker already and let him play backup PG? It’ll be better than clawing my eyes out whenever JLucas gets on the floor.

  • Wow….

    Seriously a B? U know who I’m talking about. Jose is gone get over it

  • Wilson

    I know I didn’t say anything earlier in the season, but I was really hoping Acy would get more than the measly 9mpg he was getting. Ridiculously small sample size and all, but his WS/48 is a whopping .193, he defends decently and goes after offensive boards well. I’m so curious to see what he would do in even 20mpg.

    • Jerry Garcia

      Which I think we will live to see….

  • Jamal

    Lowry gets a B for a near triple double?

  • butthurt

    its because jose didnt kiss arsenalist goodbye

  • hateslosing

    Didn’t see the game but Quincy Acy’s stat lines are making me pretty happy.

    • robertparrish00

      Acy +21, say whaaaa. Is that the highest plus/minus of any raptor this season?

  • knickz

    FT-count for the last 5 games:

    Utah Jazz: 67

    Kobe Bryant: 63

    • mos_jef

      The refs and the nba are joke. I watched the lakers-warriors game. Kobe tore his achilles and fell to the ground, so the refs automatically call a foul on Barnes. In the last minute, GSW down 1, Jarrett Jack grabs a rebound and before he lands, he gets hit by Howard and falls to the ground. The refs say that a timeout was called before the foul. But he hadn’t landed yet and established possession, so a timeout can’t be called. Would have been 2 free throws to take the lead.

      The Raptors actually didn’t get jobbed this game (boozer’s dirty tricks were called finally), so thanks nba for making it a level playing field for us when it no longer matters.

      • arsenalist
        • 511

          Wow. Thing is, it’s too consistent for it not to be coming right from the top. And if *this* is so (obviously) tolerated, what are the chances that things like the lottery aren’t finagled some, as well. I say slim leaning to none.

          • DumbassKicker

            If you really take a look at the whole methodology of the lottery process, and use just a little common reasoning, the conclusion is that it’s not possible to fix.

            • 511

              Ya, I’ve heard that said often enough. But … until they conduct the whole process top-to-bottom out in the open where everything can be witnessed by non-partisan observers — and really, why the hell not? — I have a hard time buying it.

              • DumbassKicker

                It’s done behind closed doors for the TV drama aspect involved in the presentation. TV drama, which drives just about everything in a every pro sport, is what the entire production is about.

                There are reps from every lottery team in the room, as well as several journalists. Tell how 13 other lottery team observers could be bought off of a fair shot at KD, Rose, Griffin, Irving, etc.. Do you seriously believe that possible? Charlotte and others just gave away a crack at KD, etc.?

  • Balance has been restored in the NBA

    Kobe is out and the Ref’s don’t have a ball boy to blow instead of their whistle..

    • smh

      what, you forgetting LeBron and the rest of the heat?

  • Ding Dong the Kobe’s dead