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Toronto Raptors 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
112 Golden State Warriors
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 29 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +7

Got the start and had a solid defensive game. Really competed in the first half despite this not exactly being the grind of a game that he’s best suited for. Things got a little more difficult in the second half with O’Neal there to match the physical presence, but nothing to complain about given his role on the team. Also, him trying to post-up 18-feet out isn’t his fault, it’s lack of direction.

Rudy Gay, SF 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | +2

Converted a lot of his isolation sequences, again, mostly in the first three quarters. Yes, he’s playing a lot of me-ball but when you look at the sets the Raptors are running, it’s not like he’s continuously ignoring teammates – that’s what the play appears to be designed to do: have Rudy go one-on-one! I can’t believe he lost that jumpball in the fourth. More shockingly, I can’t understand why, despite having the physical tools and the skill, he is not a more consistent defender. He talks about being a “team leader”, well that usually starts on the defensive side and he’s shoddy at best.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -4

Started well but got hit with a couple fouls that weren’t necessarily of his doing, Struggled defensively against O’Neal and was unable to produce anything in the post with O’Neal in there. This was one of those games where it became more evident how much he needs to get strong physically before he’s considered a legitimate force.

Kyle Lowry, PG 38 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +3

Solid game, really solid. Took it hard at Curry, distributed beautifully in the half-court and transition, and played excellent defense up-top. He was coaxed into taking desperation/bad shots late in the game when the offense died due to zero movement, but I won’t hold that against him.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 43 MIN | 10-18 FG | 4-5 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | -18

The go-to man for the Raptors delivered in the fourth on several occasions, but isolation plays will only get you so far, eventually you’ll have to play team-ball to sustain success. Much like Gay in this game, I’m not blaming DeRozan by any means for taking questionable one-on-one shots, it’s entirely due to to the structure of our “offense” that those shots are produced.

Amir Johnson, PF 33 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -18

Produced big time in the bench role. Struggled a little early but then took full advantage of the pick ‘n roll situations he found himself in. Drained a couple open jumpers, but then again, took that horrible three with the game tight very late on. Once again, I lay the blame on Casey, not the player.

Landry Fields, SF 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6

No idea he even played.

Steve Novak, SF 11 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -13

Hit a huge set of threes in the first half to really give the Raptors momentum, but had no business starting the fourth quarter where no plays were run for him at all. The Raptors essentially played 4-on-5 for the first part of the fourth as Novak was like a chicken with its head cut off. Blame Casey.

Julyan Stone, SG 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -12

Good defense overall on Curry, some of the high trapping in the second half was questionable as it led to open threes for the Warriors but I’m guessing that’s by instruction.

Terrence Ross, SG 10 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Disappointing game for him because you’d think this type of tempo might suit him. I was surprised to see him get the hook so soon, and somewhat undeservedly. I thought he was needed at the start of the fourth, not Novak.

Dwane Casey

He rode the hot-shooting to a big lead, but then did not make a single adjustment to preserve that lead. Starting Novak against a gunning GSW offense in the fourth was silly, the out-of-timeout plays in the fourth were all isos, the decision to leave their three-pointers open to trap the PG was appalling. He’s not long for this job. This is how I envision him.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors blew a third quarter 27-point, and a fourth quarter 18-point lead.
  2. The defensive decisions made in the second half were shocking. Other than Lowry, Stone, and Hansbrough, the defense was porous for the entire game. The random doubling of their lethal backcourt is what got the Warriors back in it. I mean, allowing 42 fourth quarter points? C’mon, I mean, c’mon?!
  3. Don’t let the high shooting percentages (65% in first quarter) fool you – we only had 17 assists and that’s because we are still a very one-on-one offense that relies on players getting hot instead of a plan.
  4. I’m at a loss to figure out just exactly what coaching is happening on this team. Our offense is a mess and our defense is highly inconsistent, despite this being the third year Casey has been in charge. The management talks about having an identity but so far this team has none. The only identity Casey ever formed was in his first season where he killed the pace, and installed a giant rock in the lockerroom. Since then, nothing. It’s like his message, if he has one, is falling on deaf ears.

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