Toronto Raptors 100 vs Brooklyn Nets 102
Brooklyn Nets 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 32 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +2His offensive sins aside (0-2 from behind the arc including a missed game winner…why Amir is shooting the ball with the game on the line is a totally different conversation), made Blatche looked like a legit All-Star; letting him get his whenever he wanted.
Rudy Gay, SF 32 MIN | 3-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 7 TO | 9 PTS | +2He only took 12 shots; for that we can be thankful. Clutch three at the end, played good enough defense on Pierce. Whatever, I’m done being a Rudy Gay apologist. That drive and kick to Amir was the right play, but he should have recognized that it was Amir, and not anyone else on the team, and taken that shot; I almost would have preferred that.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -5I don’t know how to grade him tonight. The guy played well when he got minutes, but like, not the future of this franchise well. It should be alarming how easily he goes into invisibility mode when he’s not fully engaged on offense; defense was solid though. The bottom line is he needs minutes and isn’t getting him, but also clearly not earning them. The question to Ujiri is what are we doing here? Is this a meritocracy and JV isn’t earning his playing time in practice? Is this team is trying to win games? Is Casey just developing this kid poorly? Or is Casey just a brutal coach? My guess is the last two.
Kyle Lowry, PG 38 MIN | 8-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +6I’d normally be harping on Lowry only out for his tonight, but he understood enough to know that if he couldn’t get the ball to DeMar, that the team was better served in letting him try to make something out of nothing. Really appreciated seeing him playing hard till the very end.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 39 MIN | 9-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +4Probably the best game DeMar has ever played. He kept the Raptors in the game in the 1st and 3rd (along with Lowry) when the Nets tried to make knock-out punches, and didn’t lose focus or aggression the whole time. It’s scary to think that this type of production is slowly becoming his norm.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1Not the player this team deserves, but is the player it needs. Mixed it up in the paint, rebounded the hell out of the offensive boards, and played within himself. Hard to knock him for a couple choice shots when he gives so much effort and does a lot of the dirty work.
Landry Fields, SF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6Wasn’t fair to throw him out on the floor cold during a pivotal period, but he also managed to semi-force a shot…there was that.
Steve Novak, SF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -2Nobody floats around the perimeter hoping for a kick like our grimy, Movembered-up Stevie boy.
Dwight Buycks, PG 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0Hit an important three with the Raptors trailing, and gets a C for hitting it cold.
Dwane Casey
Poor lineups, minutes allocation, execution out of timeouts, execution in the half-court, play-calling, playbook, everything. With the Raptors down 5 early in the 4th, he trots out a lineup of Augustin, Fields, Hansbrough, Novak,and Ross for 3 minutes quickly pushing that deficit to 11. That lineup went -6 in 5 minutes of action, lols.

Five Things We Saw

  1. I don’t get this NBA schedule: you get 3 games in 4 nights one month, then a five-day stretch between games in another. Casey needs to make these guys run two-a-days next time they have a long layoff.
  2. DeMar and Lowry were the only Raptors who came out to play, scoring 51 of the Raptors 100 points between the two of them. Why Casey didn’t ride them for 42+ minutes when no else seemed interested in making a move, is beyond me.
  3. Speaking of Casey, wow, that was one of the worst coached games we’ve been subjected too in quite some time. Between his minutes allocations, suspect lineups, train-crash of a playbook, it was lost that Kidd out-coached him in this one (this is especially upsetting since Pierce called him out after the Timberwolves game). Just a thought, but maybe having Casey as coach actually IS the plan; the Raptors winning, and their late-game run to almost win it, has been in-spite of his coaching inability.
  4. The Nets scored 48 points in the paint. What upsets me more is that Andray Blatche went 10-16 from there; 24pts 5reb from a guy who seems like he’s more interested in wearing robes and running NBA 2K13 tournaments. Seriously, if he actually cared and worked on his conditioning and game, he’d be a legit player in the league.
  5. On the plus side, I appreciated how the Raptors weathered two KO attempts in the 1st and 3rd quarters by Nets, and how they made that run with 3+ minutes left in the game to cut a 16 point deficit to 2, with a chance to win it at the buzzer. All it’s problems aside, this team really plays hard and doesn’t roll over. As a fan of the game, you need to respect that.

  • Ds

    Why was Amir the one in the corner I’ll never understand.

    • Sammy

      Should have been Ross. BAH!

    • Mexiballer

      Because Casey needed Novak underneath the basket to battle for an offensive tip in.

      • sitnonDfence

        Trololol

  • Andre Julian Ward

    So I’m guessing Dwayne Casey doesn’t know Steve Novak can make threes …

    • Louvens Remy

      Ya. exactly. Why the hell is he on the floor if you don’t atleast use him in a misdirection or a decoy play so the defence has to think twice about what is going on.

      Casey thinks this is 1998.

  • Digitking

    You forgot to mention how terrible the last 30 seconds were for Dwayne Casey… it took them 15 seconds to foul a Nets player only to draw up a play where Rudy (3-12 tonight) gets the ball at the top of the 3, ever other Raptor is standing still around the 3-point arc, dribble drive only to get cut off and then kicks it out to Amir for a contested three….

    • caccia

      He is dribbling out there with a chance to tie the game and there was no play to set a screen for a drive to the basket or a pass off inside. That’s how terrible the coaching was.

    • sitnonDfence

      My biggest issue here is the supposed floor spacing. You have Novak on the floor and he’s standing right beside the guy that you have Isolated for?! That makes absolutely no sense. There is two corners. Novak should have been parked in one. And amir waiting up top for a screen if necessary and crashing the boards HARD. Brutal play calls all the way around. Im done defending Casey.

  • Jeffrey Yau

    You forgot Ross!

    • Sammy

      Crap. Sorry.

      I’d give Ross a C-. Inconsistent on offense, and contributed very little else. Still hit a couple big shots that were timely.

  • Louvens Remy

    CAAAAAAAAAAASEEEEEEYYYYYYYY! holy schnikes.

  • rtz

    I’ve said it on every column this year
    FIRE CASEY.

  • KingRaptors

    What happened? I turned it off when the game was 86-101 or something.

    • DryDry

      ha ha me too

      I’m really happy I didn’t see that last clusterfoque 30 seconds.

  • caccia

    Not only was Rudy Gay 3-12 but he had 7 turnovers. His defense was almost embarrassing at times. This is the go-to guy? I would think that he is still suffering from flu if it we not part of a trend: one good game, one bad. The backups outplayed the starters for most of the game, despite the strong efforts of DeRozan and Lowry.

    • sitnonDfence

      His defense wasnt really that bad from what i saw.

  • AB4EYE

    We would have won this game if Dwane Casey wasn’t such a terrible coach. It also didn’t help we had 3 guys playing sick or that the Refs killed us to start the 4th putting the Nets in the bonus in record time highlighted by Pierce throwing the ball away then plowing over DJ only to get the call for a blocking foul all coming at the same time Casey went with an all bench line up in a close game.

    Frustrating we have all these 3 point gunners and the guy to take the GW 3 was a sick Amir Johnson who is our PF?

    DeRozan and Lowry had great games and without them this one wouldn’t even been close.

    You could tell our sick guys were sick and killed us. Rudy had one of his worst games of his career, Amir as off all game and Tyler was a step slow all night. Speaking of Hansbough, dude can’t buy a tip shot right now seems like two of three is finding a way not to fall in. You gotta love the way he hits the offensive glass as he’s now tied for the team lead with Valanciuna in 107 less MP and 3 more than Amir in 138 less MP but he does need to convert those tips ins and put backs more often.

    Casey once again stuck with Novak who can’t defend or rebound well for way too long but at least he made some shots to cover for it some and did track two offensive rebounds at the end. But we aren’t going to win many games with him playing more than Jonas Valanciunas especially when the Nets were kicking our butts in the paint and on the glass on both ends.

    Even if Rudy Gay is still ill that was almost one of the worst games I’ve ever seen from a “Star” that 3 at the end saved him from 6-4-4 with 7 TO, but 9-4-4 with 7 TO on 25% shooting is still gross. So good thing he banned the stat sheets from the locker room or the whole team might get sick

    He also needs to pick a PG for the bench and stick with him. DJ was good last time but then Buycks played the first half only to be benched for DJ in the second and they both didn’t do anything. Nobody is going to be successful in that its that situation with both getting less than 6MP each. Also that move to put Fields in with a unit of Augustin, Ross, Fields, Novak, Hansbrough was a terrible and still makes no sense. I wish Casey would catch on how much better we play with a shorter bench. Augustin, Ross, Fields, Novak, Hansbrough.

    At the end of the day Casey may be the only Coach J-Kidd out coaches this year. They picked apart of inability to play help defense for tons of points in the paint during the first half, we drop guys down a bit to take that away early in the second half and they come out drilling jumpers like it was going out of style. Its like we don’t even have a concept of defense at times, if one of our bigs picks up a driver then its a lock that nobody will be near the rim to help.

    Sorry if there was any terrible typos this game made me start drinking.

    • FREEJV

      Novak was one of the very few making shots JV should ve came in for Amir who was getting dominated inside…..

      • AB4EYE

        Novak makes shots and had a great offensive game but it comes at the price of no defense and no rebounds. He had 1 rebound over the first 22 MP tonight and I think someone dropped that and it rolled to him. The Nets were killing us on the offensive glass getting easy second chance points and was amazed he managed to chase down offensive rebounds the last 30 seconds.

        • FREEJV

          how many rebs did amir have again?…..

          • AB4EYE

            More than Steve had and could have potentially had more if he Novak could box out his guy

    • Amigo

      Rudy Gay close to a double double. 9 pts 7 TO. Not bad at all, MU still evaluating, yes sir.

  • The Mega Sage

    Is there a lower grade than F for Casey? Z maybe?

    And Gay. Sweet baby Jebus, good thing he’s banned stats from the locker room. I’m sure his *air quotes* clutch 3 *close air quotes* more than makes up for the 25% shooting and 7 turnovers. Toronto sure is lucky to have him. Such a leader.

  • Rafael Torres

    Casey should have gotten fired way back when he had Jamaal Magloire in the game with a few sec left in the game and he got the inbound pass got fouled and air balled a free throw. WHY is he still coaching, he has done to many mistakes its actually unbelievable.

    • Mack

      LMAO I was watching that game. One of the most disappointing moments I’ve seen in sports since John Carney missed the extra point for the Saints. The crowd was actually in shock.

  • FREEJV

    Why the hell was Amir out there if hes gonna stand at the 3 point line should ve just put ross in cuz if hes gonna stand at the 3 point line aint noone gettin a damn tip in. gtfo casey

  • SuperRapFan

    My level of frustration is over 9000!!!!!!

    • SR

      Being a fan of this team maked me feel like I’m in a Japanese game show. Graphics are exploding everywhere and I’m running through a maze of oatmeal while wearing spaghetti underpants and a tinfoil Pokemon hat while screaming my head off and I don’t know why. Also, everybody else is screaming too. Stop the madness.

  • Paul

    Is Casey trying to send a message when he plays those scrub lineups in the fourth?
    If so, what is that message?
    What the hell is he resting all five starters for?
    Was he saving them for overtime?
    Why does Casey run zone repeatedly when the other team is torching it?
    Why do we wait 10 seconds to foul when we’re down 2 with 20 seconds left?
    Why does Brooklyn run the same screen/roll 20 times successfully? (You should have heard Mike Fratello talk about this on the Brooklyn feed. He was dumbfounded)

  • ad

    This team is jokes. Man oh man. That was some typical raptors basketball right there at the end. Amir in the corner for a 3, novak crashing the boards. Just how casey drew it up. Is casey trying to tank or is he really this stupid?? If he is trying to tank, that makes me happy but I wonder how an idiot like that can be a pro coach. Anyways another L in the W column:)

  • Dr. Scooby

    Not defending Casey, but this is who the Raptors are. Some nice pieces thrown together like a stir fry at the Mongolian Grill – sometimes rewarding, but usually just an overpriced mediocre mess.

  • Mexiballer

    Watching the game tonight was depressing and perplexing. Is Casey serious with his attempts to find the right lineup for small stretches at a time? I have never seen a substitution pattern like that before that wasn’t the preseason. Or lack of substitution pattern I should say. Is it throw everything at the wall and hope something sticks? Maybe he is obsessed with getting the “right” defensive match ups? I don’t know, but you cant run a team with that much unpredictability and experimentation in your line up. It ruins chemistry and cohesion. Where is the game plan? Unbelievable coaching decisions tonight. With Rudy Gay, Its one thing to be the “star” player and not be able to help your team when your not making shots or plays. Its another thing when your play on the floor is hurting your team consistently. I think seven turnovers is worth an F- Its hard to be a Raptor fan when you see what went on tonight. The last play finished it off for me. A Rudy Gay dribble down and an Amir summer three for the win. Thats with Novak, DeRozan and Lowry on the floor. Nice play.

  • Adriiian

    Another shit performance from Gay. Hit the last two shots, but if he hadn’t missed the first 8 we wouldn’t have been in that mess.
    Lowry and DeMar played great, but DeMar faded in the 4th, I guess it was Rudy time.

    Rudy Gay is one over-paid $oB.

  • rtz

    I HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW CASEY CALLS PLAYS!!!!!
    Has anyone ever seen the episode of the simpsons when homer coaches the football team bart is on?
    On the last play homer turns to a toy game with football players just girating and shaking around. That is when he says to nelson shake right, tod you spin around in a circle on the spot….
    That is casey coaching.
    It is so hard to be a raps fan.

    • rapsfan

      Hahaha

  • sofrustrated

    Aside from the obvious criticisms of this game…DJ Augustin was also quite painful to watch. Please just develop Buycks instead.

    • AB4EYE

      If they give DJ time he can be better but doing this half and half BS with them isn’t going to make either one do anything positive. Buycks has a shoot first mentality and we have way too many of those on the roster as is.

  • sofrustrated

    Also. Lowry was gold tonight. He doesn’t get enough respect.

  • Jared D. Chesson

    Demar and Lowry may have been the only two that came to play – but Hansbrough always shows up. Not saying it should be permanent, but when do we see him start – if only to set tone instead of try to re-establish it?

    • caccia

      Next week, I hope. You are right that when Tyler comes in, especially the last two games, the team starts zipping. He has always done better as a starter, but it would take half a dozen games to integrate him into the roster. Good to see him make a jumper tonight, though.

  • George

    Why do I still cheer for this team?
    The goodwill of the Carter years was spent long ago.
    Maybe its just morbid curiosity at this point.
    Also, WTF is Ujiri waiting for?

    • Mexiballer

      Ujiri was brought in partially for his patience. He will wait for the right trade. Im just not sure how you can find the right trade for Rudy Gay and his big contract when hes playing so poorly. Its B.Cs mess but Ujiri has to clean it up. It may take some time. More frustration until then.

  • Mexiballer

    I really wanted to give Casey a chance to succeed. But after tonight I dont see how a coach that can make that many bad decisions, even weird decisions in a single game can ever bring this team around. The list is long. That was the worst coached N.B.A. game I have ever seen. As bad as Rudy Gay was Dwayne Casey was worse. Whats really a concern is that he is supposed to be a defensive coach who’s main focus since the first day of training camp has been defence. They do not look like a very good defensive team. Some how zone defence was supposed to be the answer tonight. There were breakdowns everywhere. After eight years of being a faithful Raptors fan, Im not sure how much longer I want to watch this. It makes for what should be a night of fun, into a fairly frustrating evening.

  • FREEJV

    jason kidd:1 (1st year as coach) Dwane Casey:0 (been coachin for who knows how long)

  • Tanks-a-lot

    The Raptors game did not feature a Reggie Evans lapdance.

  • Ziggurat diggy

    Good teams are led by great coaches. Kg and pierce, led by Jason Kidd led by rivers vs Jason Kidd.

    Demar, Rudy, Amir, Ross, Novak, dj all great players, not playing within a team concept because we don’t have a coach that can instil that in our players.

    The stat sheet ban is a great idea if we have a team playing like a team. Unfortunately we have everyone playing 1 on 1 on every play.

  • HogyG

    This was a frustrating game to watch tonight, as the team overall didn’t show the energy we’ve come to expect from them. It was clear that Rudy, Amir and HansBro were all under the weather. It was even talked about earlier in the day by Casey himself. I make this point because, for some reason, Casey chose not to dress Acy for this contest, despite the fact that two of the Raptors PFs (and Rudy who Casey loves to play as a PF) were all sick. Would this not have been a perfect time to have QA available instead of Stone who served as a 4th string PG behind Buycks and DJA for this contest, and again saw no minutes.

    Other questionable decisions Casey made tonight were abundant, though I would like to point out several in particular, like the wasted minutes on playing Novak in this game. I don’t think his offense helped the Raptors tonight as the rest of the team was hot behind the arc (so they were spreading the floor enough without him) and he was one of the main reasons that Blatche was able to have such a productive night, as Novak`s defensive effectiveness, unfortunately isn`t very effective. I believe the team would have been better off if Fields (or Acy if they dressed him) would have received Novak’s minutes in this game as Fields brings offensive movement with and without the ball, and his defense is above average in my opinion. Why the coaching staff can`t find time for him remains a mystery. They also had JV to go to, yet chose not to, but should have thought to. Even though he struggled somewhat tonight (as we should expect from a young developing big man), he was still rebounding and making trouble for their bigs as well, and most importantly, he won’t develop without struggling against real competition for extended amounts time to find out what works for him.

    DeRozan and Lowry held this team together from the beginning of the night, and left it all on the floor trying to get this win. It’s a shame that they couldn’t have drawn up a play that would have had the two of them play off each other for the win tonight instead of the ISO for Gay who clearly struggled throughout the contest. I`m all for having a go-to closer if that`s how Casey sees it, but I believe you must respect the hot hand and recognize the cold one as well. By the last possession, his 7 turnovers were enough of a warning sign that he shouldn`t have been put in that scenario.

    There was also no excuse for Amir to take that 3 point shot at the end. I don’t blame him, he did exactly what he was supposed to do in that situation and unfortunately he didn’t knock it down. The question is, why was he out there in that situation at all? I love Amir, and I respect that he’s added a 3 pointer into his repertoire to spread the floor, but not only was the man ill and clearly his strength was not with him, but ultimately he`s a high energy grinder and not a three point specialist. All the sick players tonight found their shots landing on the front of the rim because their legs just weren’t under them, how did the coaching staff not recognize this and shorten their minutes to keep them effective? For a coach who supposedly likes to go small, why Casey didn’t have T. Ross on the floor in Amir’s place for the last possession is beyond me. Ross was drafted as a shooter and has shown this year that he can knock it down.

    In fact, early in the game when it was apparent that Gay was struggling, I believe Casey should have gone to Ross, and allow the youngster a chance to put up some shots and see how he deals with extended minutes and how he responds to being matched-up against Brooklyn`s veteran presence. It would have certainly brought some life to the game (as would have Acy), because often throughout the contest the team found it hard to find the energy to start their hustle.

    One final observation is that the refereeing was absolutely awful tonight on both ends of the floor. I can only imagine that both teams were heard saying “If it wasn’t for those refs we would have won by 10.” I still blame the Raptors coaching staff’s decisions and rotations for the loss, but the refs sucked too. The big one.

    The Raptors missed an opportunity tonight to take advantage of a struggling team in their division and move to .500 for the first time since 2010. Hopefully they’ll be able to learn from this game and find a better scheme moving forward.

    Go Raptors!

  • Phat AlberG

    Can’t believe this guy makes million of dollars with these decisions.

  • Kujo2020

    Demar is now living up to his pre-season promise. He’s scary good right now. I was silly to get down on him early in the season. Every aspect of his game has improved. He’s actually draining 3’s now. Extremely impressed. Keep it up Demar.

    How frustrating is to see Rudy Gay continue these wild drives to the basket which usually end up in a turnover (his ball handling is atrocious) or an ill advised shot. Brutal.

    Was dumbfounded by DC’s coaching.

  • 2damkule

    fellas, c’mon…this is obviously the long con being played out here. MU knows that TO fans likely wouldn’t stand for an outright tank, so he & casey have it all worked out – MU will use the ‘i can’t make moves that help the team because of the crap BC left behind’ excuse to ensure he doesn’t actually improve the team, and he has casey running the team on the floor to ensure that games that should be wins are turned to losses (casey doesn’t know he’s supposed to lose, but it just sort of happens, y’know).

    at a certain point (oh, say, on/around Dec 15th), the fanbase will begin accepting the idea that a tank is in the best interest of the franchise, and will stomach the idea of throwing in the towel on the season. that, and they’ll be so thrilled to just be rid of gay by that point, that MU could trade him for practically nothing and the fans would find a way to get behind it.

    BRILLIANT!

    i’m looking forward to hearing phd steve & his agreeable sidekicks spin this game in next week’s podcast.

    STILL FIRST THO!! i think they should start hanging a banner for every day that they’re in 1st.

    • Plus

      Yup it’s all smoke and mirrors!

    • Tinman

      PHD – has jumped the shark. When I do listen it’s for laughs.
      Never forget how two seasons ago he wanted us to sign Iverson

  • sitnonDfence

    JV did not play well when he got minutes. The first two sequences involving him went like this:
    Sets awful pick for lowry.
    Runs behind the defence to go to the block
    unsuccessfully seals his man off, wants pass anyways.
    Lowry throws it in, almost turns it over, lowry repost.
    Turnover.
    WALKS back on defense while Nets get a layup
    Lather rinse repeat.
    He flat out has not earned his minutes or any minutes for that matter. Play to your potential. Quit pouting.
    And I wish everyone would quit defending him because its a lottery pick – its turning into Bargs 2.0 around here.
    i want him to succeed as much as the next guy, but lets call it how it is.

    • LeeZ

      Bang on, sir. I would only add the following: JV still, STILL, doesn’t have a freaking clue how to defend the pick and roll. He’s stuck somewhere between a hedge and a switch. He should just pick one, and stick to it, but he kind of hovers in between, so his teammate doesn’t know who to cover and TONS of open looks ensue. I’d prefer that he hedge HARD and force the ball handler high, giving him time to run back (arms up high) to retrieve his man. You’d think he would have been taught this by now, for fuck’s sake!!!

    • Mack

      LOL!!!! You’re calling a guy Bargnani 2.0 when he’s not even 15 games into his second season? Temper your expectations, please.

  • database_666

    Points observed:
    1. Disconnect: Either change the coach or change the team. Casey has no authority to call the players to the responsibility for taking unwaranted shots from distance and for not penetrating and for not playing defence. You can tell by Gay going to the bench refusing to even look at Casey or acknowledge passing comments Casey throws at him.
    2. Accountability: this team turns EVERY single player into a jump shooter. I watched Hansbrough last few years and he never ever took a jump shot outside of 3 feet away from basket. Amir Johnson shooting three pointers? Every game a few? Players simply feel that there is nothing holding them back and expect the ball to be delivered to them into convenient places.
    3. Static / motionless Offense: all the players simply stand in the positions and await point guard to deliver them the ball. Easy to guard. Again, the coach must insist on at least them running around, full speed, setting screens, shuffling. The sets they are playing now have only one outcome: isolation play, which ends up in a contested long range jumper. Disgusting to watch.
    4. Morale running Low: individually, players do not jell, do not collaborate, they look like a discombobulated unit disinterested in playing, and just looking to get off of the court. Isn’t this game what you ‘love’ to do in your life?
    5. Officiating: for how long will this franchise allow referees to damage this team? Coach, general manager, all of the upper level brass should be pointing out to NBA obvious bias that has been on display against the Toronto team for years now.
    6. Direction: it has been a while now for the new General manager is in the office. He should be able to provide some info on what the direction is for this team. The unit looks like a makeshift band of dropouts sent ‘out there’ just to be a stand in for an official NBA punch bag. Otherwise, the only legacy of this team is to deter young players from development. Cases in point, Valanciunas, deteriorating rapidly, not getting involved or developed because of the team’s preference to ‘execute’ isolation plays, Ross, turned into a single dimensional and poor at it, shooter, since he can not take advantage of the opened lines for penetration and play at the rim, etc.

    • ac1011990

      I completely agree with the other points, but feel a little differently with the ones below.

      5. when you start playing like a team that deserves calls, you will get them, that’s just how it works. I haven’t liked many calls that they make, not only this year, but previous years. However the Raptors have not done much to help them self’s get respect in this league. The officiating should be the least of our concerns.

      6. Masai already has his ideas where this team needs to go, the rest of the league doesn’t need that info. Everyone knows the Knicks are desperate, I like how Masai keeps things locked up. We have waited many years for this team, I’m ok waiting till the trade deadline to see where hes going with this. I personally think the young players should get more touches, but Valanciunus did not deserve much by how he played last night. I think sitnondefence stated it pretty well. He didn’t play very good defense and he was never really in position to receive passes. He called for passes a lot, but when someone threw it to him it would get deflected. Ross on the other hand, I think, is playing pretty well. Hes doing what he was brought in to do, and that is be a 3 and D player. He has shot the ball well this season, at 45.6% and 37.5% for threes.

    • Mack

      The most complete and competent feedback I’ve seen about the Raptors in a long long time. Especially the parts about the static offense and the officiating. I think you should submit this via email to Masai to be honest.

  • Louvens Remy

    Where’s Landry Fields?????

  • Louvens Remy

    Bring back Kevin O’Neil!

  • higdale

    In Casey’s post game comments again he seems like a third person explaining the team’s actions. He doesn’t take responsibility or hold accountability nor does he know how to identify player’s strengths and put them in a position to take advantage of those strengths. Though Ross and Novak can shoot the can’t do much else and the second unit now lacks a player who facilitates plays for them or keeps the ball moving to get it to them for their jumper. They can’t lead a fast break and don’t have another player on the court with them who can push the ball so that Ross can finish at the rim or Novak can spot up for a 3 on a consistent basis. That player is probably sitting on the bench ( Fields ) but Casey is so busy chasing his tail he’s just too dizzy to see him. He’s a terrible coach in a weak division where every team has a loosing record and the last place team is only two games out of first. Casey keep reminding the fans that the team can’t keep coming out like this but he’s the captain of the ship and they keep coming out like this. The next 6 games will be interesting because with Miami and Denver at home then a 3 game road trip out west and the Spurs back at home on Dec 10th the Raptors will be 20 games in but will they have a ship pointed in the right direction or still be going in circles looking more like that 4-19 team last year

  • Mack

    As a longtime Toronto Raptors fan, all I ask is for a more competent coach and a trade involving either Landry Fields or Rudy Gay; we need a legit back-up center and/ or someone that can force JV to earn his minutes (i.e motivate him.) Masai has one hell of a mess to clean up here. I cannot believe this team is leading the Atlantic right now