A fun game between two members of the Atlantic division. I’m serious!

Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +19Amazing game from Amir. Recipient of excellent passes in the first quarter. Hit two outside jumpers tonight (including a three). Worked the pick and roll with Vasquez and hit the boards. Played awesome defense in the paint tonight, providing excellent help defense while also stymieing Hawes in the paint. Just a fantastic performance from Johnson. The Gay trade has done him wonders.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -7Pretty quiet double-double, but he had his moments. The team looked for him early and he drew two fouls on his first two possessions in the game. Schooled by Hawes on a few occasions (blocked twice on one play), but he held his own. A sight for sore eyes: scored off a screen-and-roll in the first with Lowry.
Kyle Lowry, PG 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +21Didn’t shoot the ball all that well, but he did a wonderful job facilitating the offense tonight. Pushed the tempo when he needed to and got the ball to the right players. Helped the Raptors jump out to an early lead with 5 assists in the first. I’m really going to miss having him in Toronto. He’s not the ideal point guard, but he’s damn good and I wish him well.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 40 MIN | 9-19 FG | 7-9 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 27 PTS | +24Hasn’t really missed a beat since Gay’s trade. Remember all that talk of “oh, Demar will turn back into a pumkin when opposing defenses gameplan around him instead of Gay”? Yeah, didn’t happen tonight. Had the whole Arsenalist arsenal on display, flush with some excellent passing, his usual mid-range accuracy, two threes and a post-up turn-around to boot. Fantastic stuff from Demar.
Terrence Ross, SG 34 MIN | 10-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -2Season high in points. Money all night long from the right corner. He looked great in the starting unit and was the recipient of a couple Demar Derozan drive+kicks. If he can shoot the ball like he did tonight while providing energy on the defensive end, maybe the Raptors don’t need Shumpert/THJ.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +4Not the greatest showing tonight. Looked a little hesitant to bang bodies in the paint given his injury. Still drew fouls and looked like a maniac. Also, terrible haircut.
Patrick Patterson, PF 19 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0Jumper looked off, slow on defense, ground-bound. Hoping for more out of this guy, but early returns are not positive.
John Salmons, SF 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -3Why did he even play? Looked decent handling the ball, but didn’t do a whole lot. I sincerely hope he’s not going to be stealing minutes from Ross going forward.
Greivis Vasquez, PG 17 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -16Say hello to your latest point-guard controversy. Greasy Baskets looked great tonight. Every time he initiated the offense, it was a pick-and-roll/pop. Hit two threes to help the Raptors pull away. The assist totals are a bit low as the Raptors missed some open shots. I’m excited for this guy.
Dwane Casey
No matter what grade I give this man, people still complain in the comments, but here’s an explanation anyway. The good: He cleared the “iso-wing” plays out of his offense, and ran a whole bunch of PnR for Vasquez (and even Lowry). The bad: putting Amir on the bench in the fourth (which let Philly back into the game), giving some of Ross’ minutes to Salmons.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Greivis Vasquez is all about the pick-and-roll. Jonas and Amir are going to love playing with this guy. He’s not the fastest, but he has a subtle, yet effective change of pace game. Crowd loved him tonight, and rightfully so. I wouldn’t mind if the Raptors resigned him at a reasonable price to play back-up.
  2. Amir Johnson has come alive since the Gay trade. He’s averaged 20 ppg on 74% shooting from the field in his last four games. He’s moving well without the ball and he’s putting himself in good position to score. I know people will want to ship him out to accelerate the tank, but Amir Johnson is a very good player on a very reasonable contract. Masai, if you’re reading this, don’t trade him. Please?
  3. In other trading news, the Knicks lost AGAIN to the Celtics and the Knicks guards had a combined 12 total points. Yes, they played 6 guards tonight.
  4. This was easily the best game I’ve ever seen from Terrence Ross. He looked very confident shooting the ball, both from spotting up in the corner to pulling up from midrange. If he continues to perform like he did tonight, the starting SG/SF slot vacated by Gay is his.
  5. Apparently a twitter war has broken out amongst members of the New York Knicks media over whether or not Masai Ujiri won the Bargnani deal. Lulz.

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76 Responses to “Reaction: Raptors 108, 76ers 100”

  1. jjdynomite

    Although this is more repetitive than Will Lou’s recap, one could borrow just one of his sentences and concisely summarize the game — and the past week’s trend — as follows:

    Amir Johnson
    “The Gay trade has done him wonders,”

    Jonas Valanciunas
    “The Gay trade has done him wonders,”

    DeMar DeRozan
    “The Gay trade has done him wonders,”

    Terrence Ross
    “The Gay trade has done him wonders,”

    Greivis Vasquez
    “The Gay trade has done him wonders,”

    Ladies and gentlemen, the above are the starting 5 of your 2014 Toronto Raptors.

  2. mountio

    Wow! Imagine this .. TR actually gets some rope from the coach and … guess what, hes pretty good! I cant believe it took at Gay trade for Casey to actually give TR some consistent minutes .. but I guess if that’s what it took, then that’s what it took.
    Also, an excellent attempt to tank by keeping 2 new Sac guys (Vasquez and Salmons) in the lineup until 3 mins to go. Finally he put TR back in (who was clearly the best player in this game) – and we pulled away. I am baffled at what a bad in game coach he is.
    My philosophy from here on in (and Ive been saying the same thing since the start of last year) is play the young guys (meaning TR and JV 30 mins MINIMUM every game) – and see what happens. If we lose a lot and get a good pick – amazing. If we somehow gel and JV and TR improve a lot .. then thats cool too.
    BUT – if Im yelling down the stretch because Salmons is getting time over TR (or Paterson over JV) – I wont be happy …

      • mountio

        pains me to agree, but I do. And, AA is my least favourite raptor in a long time (fields is now close). Not because of who he is .. but what he represents. Giving major court time to a guy who, one way or the other, will have no bearing whatsoever on this team medium or long term. Its illogical. Same for Salmons. Its totally fine for him to spell guys for a few mins off the bench .. but thats it

    • ckh26

      Eerily similar to the Ed Davis story. Barney had to get hurt before Dwane unstuck Eds bee-hind from the pine.Ed played pretty well for us till he got traded to Memphis for the ball magnet.

      • mountio

        Good analogy. Is Ed an NBA player? We still dont know .. but he did look good for the stretch before he was traded. I can understand glueing him behind Zee-bo and Gasol .. but not on our team. Same goes for TR. Lets ride these young guys and see what weve got!

  3. Louvens Remy

    Louvens: “what do u think of Demar? Should we trade him?’

    Tim W: “Hell nawwww. I would never trade Demar. He’s a franchise type player”

    Louvens: “Rudaaaaaay!”

    A fake but true conversation, I just had in my head

  4. Cole

    Couldn’t agree more concerning Lowry. Yeah, the man has his faults, but he’s a hell of a guard, in my opinion. He shoots well, passes well, and defends well. He is a workhorse that seems to love what he does. He has anger in him; he is passionate about winning.
    I wish him well wherever Ujiri ships him off to, and more importantly, let us remember that Lowry has done the job we asked him to do, quite successfully. He’s a talent, and its no surprise teams are competing to land him. Kyle will be tough to replace.

    • Amigo

      You mean becoming the franchise player, running the team 4-19 with some streetball and then 20 games in being shipped for the tank ? Really ? Wish him well ? hahahahahaha, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!


    Damn give Patterson a break the guy has been here for 2 days and even though his shot was off he still was grabbing boards smh

  6. moe

    I laugh at knick fans trying to rationalize they won that trade. Andrea is costing them 11 mill a season and is such a horrible help defender. masai was desperate to get something and I don’t think any raps fan thought he was worth 3 picks…


    Masai is a mastermind he knows if the knicks keep losing they re gonna have to include a 1st rd pick cuz they ll be desperate lmao well done Masai. #thelegend

  8. banffite

    Lol, both the knicks, nets and lakers lost tonight…. let the bidding begin!!!!! LA got SPANKED, and are playing without a PG… Also, Suns are offering 2014 picks for talent… too bad they don’t need a PG, maybe a shooting guard?

    • StrikerAI

      Derozan for a 2014 pick, I’d do that and if we’re lucky the Suns miss the Playoffs and we get 2 lottery picks.

      • Rick

        You’re dumb!!!! That was just a idiotic statement. Again crazy toronto fans trading away a young talent who’s imp every year but we wanna trade for a draft pick that we don’t even know where it will land us, and a possible guy to leave toronto when his free agency kicks! Two thumbs up!!!! We have derozan who’s one of the best workhorses out there and going to get better and better. Should I also add he loves toronto!

    • Puzzles

      I don’t know the salary limitations to this, but a three-way deal with NY, TO, and PHX, sending Lowry to NY, pick to TO, Shump or THJ to PHX?

    • ckh26

      Yep.. We can trade Kyle to Phoenix for the 1st round pick and there will be another team such as GSW, NYK, or the CHI BUlls who may pony up the talent on a swap for Kyle…

  9. Hassan Mehmood Khan

    2 guys that should not be traded at any cost are T.ross valanciunas and johnson

  10. Tanks-a-lot

    Rudy Gay is fitting in with Sacramento, no black hole evident. It’s just too bad nobody on that team knows how to pass.

  11. DDD

    even though gv had 4 TOs it was good game by him. it unfair to give salmons and patty such low scores. they just got here and made few mistakes, sure patt missed some shots, but he got to the line and got 5 boards.

    • desktom

      Great link , warms the cockles of my cold dead black heart to read the New Yawk boys moan about the Italian pony.

  12. StabbyRaccoon

    Amir has cracked 60% FG%! This guy’s on fire even more than usual. And something tells me that with Vasquez he’ll be utilized even more. Though I’m not sure what the increased shot volume will do to his efficiency but the Raptors seriously need to look for him more.

    All in all a good game. Terrence Ross looks to be rising to the challenge and Lowry is looking good. I’ll miss him too, I’m not that attached to him on the Raptors but few players look like they have more heart.

  13. desktom

    Raptors 2-1 since the Black hole trade, Great game tonight , can you imagine if we could get anything from the second unit. Our first unit was fun to watch. Lets keep Lowry a little while longer , there could be a serious market for him a little more down the road. Preferably a western conference team. I’m not a tanker , so it wouldn’t bother me to watch Kyle for the rest of the year and into the play offs.

  14. rtzyyz

    The post game TANK REPORT…
    went to the game today and was very happy to watch a game without having to listen to Leo jack and Matt…
    I’ll divide this onto groups since the team played well over all but against a terrible opponent.
    1… Hot Dog vendor in section 320- A+
    You make a man chilly dog buddy.
    2…casey- C
    Almost did everything he could to try to lose this game like taking out amir with 4 min left and no ross in the crunch deferring to Salmons, introducing your new Alan Anderson. But then I guess some assistant or something knocked him upside the head. after a tremendous first quarter and third quarter made his usual baffling Subs to let Sixers back in game. Almost lost its this one, you gotta try harder buddy.
    3. Derozen and Amir-F
    listen guys I love you. Think you could be great supporting pieces to a superstar which we are trying to get. You played great passing shooting hustling we really want to keep you around so go slip on the ice resulting in season ending injuries so we can all be happy.
    4. Kyle – C
    played great. .. passed defended facilitated an offense sans gay. Dished out double digits assists. Now get the hell out of here and get is that Draft pick. I hear NYC or LA are great this time of year.
    5. Gravis –
    great job on PNR. Gonna like this guy in the future… so we’ll amir and JV…
    6. Rest of SAC guys – A
    I can see why kings traded you. Welcome to the tank.
    7. Novak and fields- DNP?
    Why??? C’mon casey…how can this tank keep on rolling without its Captain and his assistant. You gotta give these guys big minutes.
    8. Ross and JV- C
    great development. Started strong. Did not disappear. Hit big shot in clutch. We love it. But keep it in spurts and focus on the tank.
    Bye bye lowry, the tank will be happy to see you go.

    • Chewwy

      Hmmm, let’s respond to your points. Anybody who reads this will think Raptor fans are dumb and illiterate reading your points with the brutal grammar/spelling errors. WOW!
      1. Who cares about the hot dog? Grammar/spelling error # 1- “You make a MAN chilly dog buddy”? I think you meant MEAN.
      2. Only good point you made in this post, which is questioning Casey’s decisions. Grammar/spelling error # 2 , “Almost lost its this one”. HUH? # 3. First and last names begin with a capital letter so it’s Casey, Amir and Ross. You use a capital letter on the word subs so you do know it exists.
      3. Hoping for season ending injuries? You have issues. Also there is something called a comma. Learn how to use it. Error #4- It’s DeRozan, not Derozen. At least spell the players names right.
      4. Grammar/spelling error # 5. “Now get the hell out of here and get ITS that draft pick”. I think you mean US.
      5. Grammar/spelling error # 6, Who is Gravis? It’s Greivis. Error # 7-“So WE’LL amir and JV” You mean WILL. Error # 8- Amir is a name so we use a capital letter. ! So far, 5 posts and 8 errors.
      6. #9- Team name Kings. There’s that silly no capital letter again.
      7- #10- Fields is a last name. A last name starts with a capital letter. But hey, you use one on captain. Holy shit!
      8-Yeah, you can get through a point without making a mistake.

      Conclusion- If you are gonna be cute and post on here about a tank, at least show you have some sort of education. I’m sorry everybody, this was too painful to read and I couldn’t pass it up. To the rest of the sports world, we ( Raptor fans, Canadians) do have an education, know how to spell and can make sense.
      Go back and eat another hot dog in section 320!

      • rtzyyz

        Wow, you love your capital letters. Typing on the phone with auto correct causes typos. Since it bothers you so much i offer my sincere apologies. Other than that I really did enjoy the hot dog. I suggest you have one if you are ever in the arena, I will treat you to one…okay?

      • Alex Vostrikov

        anyone who reads this, will think raptors fans are ignorant @$$ holes, with brutal low self esteem problems. it enough that we live in igloos and travel in deer sledges…. so lets keep it low and not make any scenes.
        RELAX dude. your personal basketball opinion is not feeding your family, and you are not making a career out of it.
        if you have personal time to put down the squidgy, write a post, and go over it for 30 min to make it pretty, doesn’t mean you are educated in any way.

  15. Tanks-a-lot

    If you look at the standings, the 3rd seed is Atlanta at 12-11. We are only 3 games behind Atlanta at 8-13. We are 4 games above Milwaukee’s 5-18.

    It’s entirely possible for this ex-Gay Toronto team to play their way to a winning season and solid E Conference play-off berth at the 3 or 4 seed.

    If the Raptors are going to really tank, they better get really awful super fast because there actually is enough talent to make it past the first round in the playoffs as a 3 or 4 seed.

    • SR

      I liked what I saw, and they’ve had nice ball movement – but….that was the Sixers. They’re tanking. Hard. And the Raps let them back in it. It’s quite the leap from needing big 3’s in the final minutes to pull away from one of the worst teams in the L because you blew a sizeable lead (again) in your own gym > to “the second round is now in play!” A big leap.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        It’s been three games and the first two don’t count due to the trade limitations on the roster.

        It’s entirely possible that over the next couple months, including the annual western road swing, the team could gel and produce winning basketball. It all depends on the young talent though.

        I did say possible, not probable

        • Chewwy

          This team will make the playoffs because MU is winning every trade. He improves the team every time. No way we get a top 5 draft pick so let’s move on from the tank and get ready for the playoffs.

  16. rtzyyz

    I case anyone cares. ..rudy gay tonight 24 points on 8-9 from 2pt range..0-3 from 3…but wtf???

    • GoingBig

      Different style he’s playing. Rebounding down; not much defence (from box-score & recap)
      Will take a look at the next Sacto game

    • ckh26

      All players who get traded seem to have a career game first one up after the trade. We have seen Rudy for a year. He didn’t have an epiphany on the flight to Sacramento. Rudy will be Rudy.

  17. AB4EYE

    The East is too bad to pull off the tank and without Gay bricking its going to be next to impossible. We need to move Kyle, Amir, DeMar and Tyler since he plays too hard to pull have any hopes of pulling it off. Casey went with a tank lineup taking out Amir and Ross down the stretch and they still held on.

    You could tell Hansbrough’s been out for a week as he was totally off, hope he gets over this injury and builds up some trade value to a team like Miami who should be desperate for cheap rebounding help. I wonder if was even going to play if JV hadn’t got into foul trouble as he didn’t even come in until just before the half was over.

    Amir with yet another good game, I wouldn’t mind moving him since his value is at its peak and he and JV just don’t seem to mesh well with each other. T-Ross is taking off as a starter and should be better than Gay going forward. Hope of of those sinking teams in the East are ready to pay to get Lowry setting up their overpaid players.

    Vasquez was sloppy with the TO early but put in some serious work after that. The other new guys left a lot to be desired and all three had some defensive issues but they are former Kings.

  18. Mexiballer

    The recap grades look good but I thought Greivis was a little slow footed and put his pick and roll guys in some bad situations by throwing them the ball in the lane with no room to move. He needs to be more selective about if and when he delivers the ball to his rolling big guys. Maybe its just the timing with his team mates that he will pick up over time. Well see. Nice to see him hit the open threes. Please improve your foot speed and lateral movement Greivis.

  19. TheR3dMenace

    Mt main man worked the scalps tonight for 9th row seats. Thank me for each Raps 4th quarter timeouts. That;s Casey’s absolute worse fault – calling time-outs to preserve leads. Msg to DC: I can’t swing courtsides every game chief, you’re gonna have to learn this skill on the quick tip.

  20. B-roc

    If we are tanking we need to commit to losing Ujiri should tell Casey to play our bummy bench all second half if he wants to coach again next year or else he will find someone who will. If we’re tanking go 100% tank mode a 9th overall pick isn’t going to change our franchise

  21. mike, prague

    In case anyone cares … Aaron Gray had 7 points and 9 rebounds in 13 minutes … but wtf???

    • desktom

      Gray hasn’t played much. so he’s having this great game but you know he’s dog tired out there. isiah Thomas throws him a wide open alley oop and Gray makes it exactly 4 inches off the ground has to come down with it and then gets blocked. Sacramento is going to learn that you don’t do that. lololol Sacramento is going to be so fun to watch.

  22. AxlT

    …. Aaaand back to the two point guard line-up … ugh …. that’s what nearly cost us the game

  23. TRoss1000

    I’ve been a Raps fans since the day 1, and I’ve never commented on this board in my life. But this tanking thing, while I understand the rational behind putting yourself in the best position possible to get a top pick, it’s flawed to assume that even if you did get Parker or Wiggins that we’d be immediately better as a team. I know its about long-term and I get that. But we’ve been waiting and waiting for this team to stop spinning it’s wheels. We’re going on 12 years since we were relevent, really. Wiggins wants to play in Toronto anyways, so let him develop on the Jazz for a few years and then when JVal, TRoss and the young players we have have been together for some time, we can sign him and potentially make some real noise. After the Bargnanian dark ages, which was the most impassionate brand of ball I’ve ever seenm we’ve got enough pieces we can at least challenge any team any night. Something we couldn’t say before. Fact is Amir, Val, DeRozan, Ross are a solid core, and if we ever want to get a Durant or Lebron-type calibre player in the future it would be easier if we had a winning culture, much easier. I’d be much happier if those US commentators had no choice but to say “Whoa those Raptors are a team to watch” then go through the process of trading all the players we’ve been developing, improving, slowly but surely becoming a core of a team that plays as one, for the chance of getting a big name draft pick, to likely see that pick leave as soon as he got the chance to hit LA or NY. For the first time in years I’m actually enjoying watching Raps games. All this tanking just makes me shake my head, noble but misguided, just my two cents. If the raps we’re as bad as everyone says we wouldn’t have to purposely trade players to tank. Good game last night.

    • desktom

      Great read , everything you say is correct. We need team ball , not tank ball. Thanks for posting

        • desktom

          You like my Expo rant ? lol I think I hit some nerves with that one. Great game last night . We have so much payback to dish out , I want the Raptors to kill every team they play, I don’t want to watch the Expos sorry.

          • FLUXLAND

            LOL.. I get what you at trying to get at with the Expo thing, but I’m sure you realize that this team could go 0-82 for 5 years straight and the ACC will be packed, as long as they are giving away T shirts and pizza slices.

          • 2damkule

            the only nerves you hit were the ones that trigger empathy.

            have you looked up jeffrey loria yet?

    • GoingBig

      Have lots of sympathy for the win now. This has been (without Gay) a solid core – I love watching W’s

      But the time-line for the players is not good – especially Lowry whose contract expires this year – I don’t think he wants to re-sign in Toronto with lots of choices out there for him including L.A., New York, maybe Miami
      That means we’re stuck with Vazquez and Our Gang of PGs
      In a few years time, when the 2014 & 2015 picks are developing, Amir can be on a downslope to his career.
      And we won’t have that top tier PG.

      But this current core is borderline 5-6th and with Lowry gone, we’re still cycling 7-10 with poorer draft picks.
      If Lowry was on a longer contract, I’d be very tempted, as I’m more of an anti-tanking guy, that the winning culture will accrue respectability to Toronto. This respectability would make us a tier 2 team – attract quality free agents without over-paying.

      But I’m looking at a sweet spot in 2 years time where we have more picks and a higher potential – JV will be closer to his maximum potential – and this will attract higher quality free agents
      A risk. But we have seen 5 years of cycling 7-10 without effect. Not good

  24. desktom

    Watched the Sacramento game last night. The announcers after Rudy hit his first 4 were saying that he must feel like he got out of prison and there was no talent around him in Toronto. Then the 4th quarter came and when they really needed the 3 ball Rudy barely hit backboard. The Sacramento games are going to be so good. If you thought JV pouted when the ball hog was on the floor Boogie is going to be exploding every game . The Sacramento fans are in for such a let down, I will be watching every game. Mas is a gm god.

  25. rapierraptor

    Only one game but Patterson’s rep as a poor rebounder and post defender seem to be spot on. He seemed nervous so some slack is due. I like Greivis- once he gets his timing down with the bigs and doesn’t force the issue quite so much (again, nerves) it will be great to see what his presence means for Jonas’ development. Salmons- meh. Overall – tons of fun to watch.


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