Toronto Raptors 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Atlanta Hawks
Amir Johnson, PF 33 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +2

Forget that silly outside shot and go back to doing what you do best which is living near the rim as a garbage man, running pick ‘n rolls, and fighting for the offensive glass. Not sure why he wasn’t checking Horford more often when the guy was on fire. All in all, a disappointing defensive game from someone you come to expect a lot more on both ends. Offensively, whenever was close to the paint and feeding off his PGs, he did well which begs the question why that’s not exclusively what he focuses on.

Rudy Gay, SF 32 MIN | 6-23 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -17

Total black hole. Started off going a little inside but when things got tough, went back outside and started missing from all angles. Worst of all, when his game isn’t “on” (which essentially means he’s hitting his jumpers), he does zero in terms of making his teammates better. At least look to create once in a while dude. Key moment was when he missed his 22nd shot with the Raptors down only 6 with the ball late on.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -10

I guess he gets a pass on account of being young, but let it be noted that his defensive work against Horford was shoddy at best. I realize the latter is an All-Star, but size and mobility alone should buy you some defense. He started by making one great offensive move and disappeared shortly after. Let it also be written somewhere that there’s zero effort being made on getting him involved in the game from a coaching perspective.

Kyle Lowry, PG 34 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -19

Poor ball distribution against Teague who bothered him with his length. Missed two key FTs late on and the serving grace was the timely three-point shooting and some good stretches in the second quarter.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 37 MIN | 14-23 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 31 PTS | -10

Displayed the full arsenal of offensive moves today against the ilk of Carroll and Korver, and singlehandedly kept the Raptors within fighting distance in the third and fourth quarter. Without him this games ends in a 30-point blowout. His night was soured by a turnover with under one minute left with the Raptors down 6. Left Korver too open in the first half.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3

Could not get around Horford or Millsap effectively and was rendered void on the defensive end. At one point he was posting up someone and lost the ball on the dribble which should speak to Casey’s offense.

Landry Fields, SF 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +12

Fair game from Fields – produced effectively and did everything well. Unfortunately, he’s not a difference-maker.

Austin Daye, SF 8 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -14

He is not n NBA player. Did not do what he’s hired for and that’s hit threes, they were of the open variety too.

Dwight Buycks, PG 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +4

Cameo in fourth, hit a three.

D.J. Augustin, PG 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +8

Good game and produced well in limited minutes. Had some nice drive-and-kicks, did well to score on the drive and held his own defensively. I thought he deserved more run.

Julyan Stone, SG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2

Remains to be seen if he’s an NBA player.

Terrence Ross, SG 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +14

Clearly, Casey doesn’t like playing him because with Gay struggling you might’ve thought he’d get some run, but all he mustered was 13 minutes of ineffective ball. The guy is playing with zero confidence and when he does get a chance to play, he further loses that confidence.

Dwane Casey

No offensive plan whatsoever. Tons of one-on-one play, timeout calls that came too late (seriously, got to be down 18 before you call TO?), didn’t even bother running proper out of bounds plays late in the game. Total failure on offense and the only saving grace was as substitution of Augustin/Bucyks which yielded some positive results in the fourth.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Casey waited till down 18 in the third to call a timeout. Overall, he was not in tune with the game. At one point he put out a lineup of Hansbrough at the C which seemed totally unplanned.
  2. Kyle Korver was 5-8 from three, and was continually left open by the Raptors’ guards despite ATL doing nothing special to get him going. It hurt us in the first half.
  3. I’m not sure any offense has been discussed in training camp because 75% of the plays run today started off with essentially one-on-one moves using a random screen. If it weren’t for DeRozan, this would’ve gotten ugly.
  4. There’s a 31-14 discrepancy in foul shots because the Raptors abandoned their early pursuit of the rim. The second half was all jumpers, all the time. The first wasn’t exactly terrible since the Raptors did attack the rim consistently, and the only reason we were down 10 was a late spurt from the Hawks. The second half was brutal to watch.
  5. The expiriment of having Jonas Valanciunas guard their best post-player backfired – I thought Casey could’ve switched Johnson on him, or even Acy’s agility might’ve helped.

  • oioi

    as soon as I saw Amir take a three I stopped watching the game. they just didn’t wanna play basketball today

    • youngjames

      Thank you – enough with that Amir, know your role!

      • Raptorsss

        Heresy, Amir is a better shooter than Gay.

  • Roarque

    Gay wants out. So let him go for a young PG with potential. His eye surgery is proving to be a deterrent – he was better blind.

    • moe

      he clearly sees that his days he are being numbered ( i know he sees it all the time on social media of him and trade rumors). i really want to see the playoffs this year i feel its best if masai blew it up and go for a pick and hope next summer we can lure some big name iwth the money we will have (hopefully greg monroe)

  • DDD

    casey has to go. obviously he has not learned from last year. his inability to read the game is just criminal.

    • statler

      ^ this. casey is looking worse and worse. having him behind the bench is like bringing a blindfold to a knife fight. when he talked about pound the rock, apparently he meant with his own head.

      • moe

        he is good for tanking though 😉

        • statler

          haha ya got to give him that. honestly though, if it comes at the detriment of vals development, its not worth it. i can swallow losing because were trying to develop JV…much tougher to take when we lose because casey teaches total incompetence

        • Doc

          No actually he is quite bad it it given that we should have had a top 5 pick 2 years ago (Lillard, Barns maybe) and then we won 2 or 3 meaningless games down the stretch to drop to Terrance Ross….

  • consmap

    Dangit, I thought this year was supposed to be different from last year!
    Oh well.


      I still find it hilarious that people think firing BC and getting Tim and UM would have changed anything. Replaced one salesman with another and got a yes-man GM. People just love to drink the kool aid.

      • youngjames

        No they didn’t – they thought (and still do) it was the start of everything and it is – can’t build Rome in a day. That’s the Kool aid your loser ass is drinking…the “I expect it fixed in a day or they suck” Kool aid!

        • FLUXLAND

          Funny stuff. And you’re aware of my expectations, how exactly?

          Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it also wasn’t built by Kool Aid salesmen. Drink up, you seem to be convinced the ingredients are different, because you were told it’s a new flavour.

          • youngjames

            I am convinced that this management (UM) can change things – e proved it in Denver – it is not a hard concept to adapt too. Maybe because your mind is small and because the team loses to the Hawks on the second game of the year, you feel there can be no hope. You don’t need Kool Aid, your a dumb moronic loser w/o a practical thought in your loser head! How do you get through life being so dumb?

      • Amigo

        You forgot to mention the hype by blog writers here, lol.
        The only team who missed in a young prospect in the last draft (but mamba Ujiri worked hard on the phone !), and filled the summer with ‘wait and see’. He needs to assess the players, you know, because a GM is not aware of players around the league. Even if he has chosen them as an assistant GM in (ding ding) TORONTO ! In the mean time he is counting that fat check, hahahaha !! drink it all

        • Amigo

          Too bad I m missing my friend today. Maybe he is hiding somewhere, talking out of his butt, lol.

          WhiteVegas to Amigo

          • 2 days ago

          Watch the game.
          Making comments based on the box score is stupid. Rudy was more or less forced to take a ton of contested shots because no one could get anything else going on offense and Casey couldn’t draw up a play to save his life. We would seriously just pass the ball around the perimeter until the shot clock was at 5 seconds and then pass it to Rudy who would have to shoot a ridiculous fade away jumper over a defenders hand. Luckily for us, he still hit about 50% of these extremely difficult shots.
          If we had been able to run any successful set plays then Rudy could have taken better shots and less shots. That’s why you need to watch the game, so you have actual context, instead of just reading a box score and talking out your butt.

        • youngjames

          what is funny is you criticize the actual things YOU do – loser. Way to come on here and then criticize the people that come on here! Have you always been a dummy?

  • Red Baron

    I really want to like Casey as a Head Coach but he is making it sooooo hard! no cohesion, no organization, no offensive sets, bizarre timeout/substitution calls, no plan to integrate Jonas, no sitting Rudy down when he is just chucking, letting Amir do his Reggie Miller impressions, ugggh. I actually like the talent and potential on this team but I just don’t see Casey bringing it together….yes I know, just two games and 1-1 record, but I don’t like the way things are developing.

    • Red Baron

      ….and pick and rolls…did I miss a memo that they are now illegal in nba play?…

    • One relaxed fella

      Well said, man. I completely agree. This roster is not that bad.

    • Daedalus

      Casey is an assistant at best. He can run a defence but not a team.

    • NyAlesund

      Ujiri said the everyone can be traded except for Val. So the coach is on the list. Be patience.

  • 204 peg city boi

    Very dissapointed that jonas never had a play set for him I know he could be a difference maker if u give him more than 5 shots lol. Oh the subs are playing ok but a lineup of augustin, fields, ross, derozan and amir was hard to watch. zero chemistry with the players and coaches from what I’ve seen from this 2013-14 team…

  • cnc

    We need a new coach… Casey is terrible…. no defence or offence..

  • oioi

    JV tonight 18 mins and 2/5 from the field..if Casey keeps this up he might as well pack his bags

  • youngjames

    Chad Ford tweeted that MU will go all out to get Wiggins in T.O – all but trade JV. After what I saw tonight I am quickly jumping on the “tank” wagon. DD waited till the 4th quarter to start playing and still didn’t play “D” or do much outside of the PTS category; Gay is what he is, a tease who will always not quite be “the man” he gets paid for; Lowry cannot run an effective offense…period; Amir is an amazing back up PF and a so-so starter, who disapears way to often to leg that many minutes.
    The biggest problem on this team today is Casey – he is a horrible coach and the last tow games have really shown this. He preached a tight rotation and tonight we are seeing 12 guys play; no one on the bench really has a defined role; the team doeesn’t play defense (which is his thing); no offense is happening what so ever on this team – it is like a street ball game for this team…if that’s the case why do we need Casey? He holds back on Val and Ross – he is NOT doing any good to those two’s game and present future. The system he has created is a joke and is no where comparable to the successful systems with coaches like Vogul, Rivers, Popovich and Jackson to name a few. Casey has to go fast – Lionel Hollins anyone – I still think Sam Mitchel should get another coach gig, he record shows he deserves it.

    • youngjames

      I just doesn’t understand how MU can get a proper evaluation on this team and its players individually or as a cohesive unit with these bone head coaching moves. The coaching decisions and results from training camp on this team is like Casey has no formal experience or training what-so-ever – how will he ever know this teams potential with Casey running the ship? Would this team play better with a different coach or just be the same failure of a team – I believe they would be better but not “Wiggins and JV duo” better!

  • statler

    i watched the atlanta feed for the game…their announcers commented a few times about the raptors running absolutely nothing on inbounds plays. seriously what did we practice in training camp? casey is brutessss. also i think the A- is a little low on dero tonight. true a lot of the shots were bad, but they were falling tonight and he was the only reason we were within reach tonight. when you drop 31 and single handedly keep your team afloat, thats an A+ in my book

    • oioi

      his late turnover wasted the 31 points

      • statler

        we were stuck 6, and the play call was ugly to boot. dismissing his second half on that TO is like refusing to date olivia wilde because she has a pimple

  • leftovercrack

    I know it is just two games, but especially with the way DeRozan shot today, I almost think that we would be a better team with Gay traded and Demar starting besides Fields who can defend and rebound, never mind tanking. Ross has to get more minutes if he is ever to develop. If I was MU, I’d wait until Gay was on a hot streak then trade him to the highest bidder

  • GLF

    Casey has to go, it’s as simple as that. It is sooooo clear he is a horrendous coach. And the worst thing about it is he’s stubborn and doesn’t adapt to the situation. If the defense is going to look like it has what’s the point of having Casey around? Because his offense is non existent. Rudy played bad but Casey is the biggest problem for sure.This team is talented enough to make the playoffs but not with Casey as coach. George Karl and Lionel Hollins are out there, make it happen Masai.

    • Bendit

      Maybe he is coaching to get fired…maybe he feels he is gone regardless. Some of his moves the past two games are head scratchers.

  • Doc

    Blow it up. Trade everyone. Not because they lost tonight but because their brand of basketball is just awful to watch. No one plays together. There is no defensive plan other than let JV try and step up and protect the basket against drivers all night long and then pull him. Its game 2 and seriously I feel like Im wasting my time watching this.

    • Adriiian

      it’s sad how un-watchable this team has become since Jose left. i miss the guy.

  • Touch

    Casey tried a lot of different guys on Horford and got burned successively. I think at one point late in the game it seemed like Horford hit four skyhooks in a row. Don’t even get me started on the offence – this was a frightening display of ineptitude tonight.

  • Raptorsss

    Actually, according to Leo and I agree with him. Jonas wasn’t the one making the mistakes, guarding Horford, it was everyone else who wasn’t rotating over everytime Jonas came out to hedge the pick and roll. The only reason he was on the bench, was foul trouble and the need to go to a smaller line-up.

    • youngjames

      and Casey elected to sit Grey and Acy tonight and only play his true big (JV) 18 minutes – just plain Dumb!

  • Paul

    Does Casey have a secret agreement with Ujiri to help this team lose as many games as possible?
    Last game Casey watched a near 20 point lead evaporate without calling a timeout. Tonight he watches us fall behind almost 20, and again no timeout. Does Casey think he’s the Zen Master letting his 2008 Lakers play through adversity?
    Oh, and my high school team ran more offensive sets than these Raptors.
    Does no one in a position of power notice this shit?

    I guess this is just fan overreaction.
    Go read Doug Smith’s blog and he’ll tell you to give it 30-40 games to see if the team gels..
    Unfortunately, by that time we’ll have played our way out of the top lottery picks by beating up on the teams that are deliberately tanking.

    • Doc

      Doug Smith is a total moron. The only reason he has a job is that no one at the star cares about basketball.

      • youngjames

        @Doc – Your assessment and speculation is DEAD ON! He is a pure “yes man company guy” w/o a clue about the sport. His bosses have a lesser clue about blogs, new media and the sports world! Therefore Doug’s failures will always be rewarded by the know nothings at the Star!

  • tonious35

    Not to hit the panic button at all, but with games like these, you get that reality check that Masai inherited a team that all the main parts cannot properly play together and lacking an ounce of decent BBall IQ. Especially with a coach that can’t call a time out properly.

  • Chuck Johnson

    What the hell happened to Rudy’s game? It’s like he spent the summer working on his delts and traps instead of muscles basketball players actually use, like the ones in his legs. I used to think the problem with his game was just bad shot selection, but the problem is he’s got no first step. He can’t beat anybody off the bounce. When he got hung on the rim that was just embarrassing.

  • Chuck Johnson

    We lost the game because….
    1. We couldn’t stop their dribble penetration
    2. We couldn’t close out on their shooters
    3. We couldn’t defend them in the post
    4. Outside of Demar catching fire, we have no offense.

    • NyAlesund

      5. We have a black hole that costs as 17.8 mln!

  • One relaxed fella

    JV was really bad and disappointing. Gay was so bad that it’s not even worth to talk about it. 6-23, how selfish can you get? The worst thing is that old Raptors problems are still here: very poor ball movement, absolutely no offensive plays that allows two inefficient scorers take too many shots, terrible shot selection. Sure Demar played great tonight, but he was as terrible in the first game vs. Boston as Gay was tonight. These things that Raptors do on offense, iso, one on one plays, it’s all inefficient and this goes on head coach. Casey has to control his players. He clearly doesn’t give a damn about offense, so there you have it – Raptors offense is boring, dull, inefficient, unproductive and to put it simply, just sucks. All this defensive approach and that Casey is finally being able to coach this team the way he wants – is all sales pitch, nothing more, just like Gay’s eyes surgery and his improved shooting. I was always negative about Casey and so far he hasn’t proved me wrong. 46 shots taken by two players (and 26 of them missed) and 42 shots taken by the rest of the team. JV can be 3rd or 4th option on offense, but it looks like it’s not going to happen any time soon. Novak’s great three point ability will never be used properly thanks to the same poorly run O.

  • Bouncepass

    If the Raptors want to tank, keeping Casey is a very good start

  • mountio

    Hate to beat a dead horse .. but casey is awful.
    No offense, no defense. 18 mins for JV and 13 for TR? Daye getting in ahead of TR?
    He has the brutal combination of a) having no idea how to win games now, but b) having no willingness to play and develop young guys. If you are gonna be disorganized and learn through mistakes, can it at least be with our young guys to figure out what they can do?
    Its gonna be a long season ….

    • Amigo

      Did we say Casey finally can ran the Team as he likes, meaning DEFENSE (hahahaha) and he is not anymore obligated by his GM to play awful offensive BBall with that lazy pasta sauce PF ?
      Did we said that ? Did we ?

      • youngjames

        “Did we say Casey finally can ran the Team as he likes, meaning DEFENSE (hahahaha) and he is not anymore obligated by his GM to play awful offensive BBall with that lazy pasta sauce PF ?
        Did we said that ? Did we ?”….You sound like you don’t have any formal education at all. In all seriousness though, I apologize if you are legally listed as mentally retarded. Then it all makes sense.

        • Paul

          English is not everyone’s first language. Your lack of civility is far more concerning.

  • Tanks-a-lot

    Rudy Gay throws the ball away, again and again

    It’s quite obvious that Rudy Gay will be only remembered for his outrageously stupid contract. It’s quite obvious that Rudy Gay is just fine with riding out his NBA contract lottery win.

    • Amigo

      He will pick his contract option and be Captain GAY !

      • Gay who?

        Rudy Gay is…. gay. Totally worthless.

  • GoingBig

    Bad news for effective tanking – the value of Rudy Gay just dropped.

    I had hoped that gaining that extra weight would push down his iso shot tendencies by giving him another option because when those iso shots are not going down, it’s a horror show.
    He was 1-9 outside the paint – 0-3 3Ptrs, 1-5 @ 15-20 feet

    And we were missing our standard play of “Rudy misses + Amir put-back” Ammmiiiirr, back to the post!
    And we left too much on the glass

    The Hawks played a solid standard defence and it looked like the Raptors were not trying to rip it up until DeRozan in the 4th quarter.

  • jlongs

    Man, our last three coaches have been flawed as shit, but gets you thinking they would’ve worked great together.

    Triano was a good offensive coach, but sucked balls on defense.
    Casey is the exact opposite. And I don’t trust him calling the shots.
    And I thought Sam Mitchell was a pretty good motivator/player coach who knew what he was doing.

    But even then I still don’t think the team would have enough talent on both ends of the court to make it very far.

    Maybe we are really tanking…

  • Witness

    They needed to play better D..