Toronto Raptors 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Miami Heat
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 37 MIN | 7-13 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -8Ironically, he was the Raptor who missed the key open bunny late in the game that ultimately sealed the deal for the Heat. Not surprisingly, though, he was the team’s best defender tonight – the only one who was able to slow LeBron at all, really, not to mention the 3 blocks that all came on help situations off the pick and roll – and played his typical brand of hard nosed, efficient basketball. He’s developing some great chemistry with Jonas, and was a big part of the reason he put up the stat line he did.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +2He didn’t play as well as his stat line would suggest – he had some defensive issues, particularly in the first half, and he still needs to learn to a) box out and b) keep the ball above his head in traffic. Still, though, 7 for 8 from the field is nothing to sneeze at, and he downright destroyed Bosh at times.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +4Lost his legs in the fourth, as did most of the Raptors, and was about as cold from the 3-point line as he’s been all season. Still, he carved up the Heat on the pick and roll, and his effort and intensity paced the Raptors all night long. The way he gets into the lane opens up the floor for his shooters and helped his bigs to some impressive stat lines, as well.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 26 PTS | -7Looked every bit the part of an All-Star tonight until his legs went early in the fourth. After that happens, his game becomes predictable – but before that, he really, seriously, went toe to toe with LeBron on the offensive side of the floor. A great effort on his part. The first half was his best half of the year.

Terrence Ross, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -1Saddled with early foul trouble, he adjusted his D excellently in the second half. Unfortunately, that was when his shot stopped falling. It’s a testament to how good he’s been playing that this was one of his worst offensive performances since the trade. His development over the last month and a half has been astounding.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -213 shots is a lot for him, and four turnovers is never a good sign. Still, he played pretty tough defense (including on LeBron, at times), and was active on the glass tonight. He’s a great third big in that he gives opposing teams a completely different look from the starters. When he’s out there with Jonas, though, it’s a rebounding tip-fest. Just catch the ball!!

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6His presence on the team is invaluable during these types of games. He’s never rattled, plays within himself, and plays smart, smart defense. Usually, the knock on him is too much iso-ball, but that wasn’t the case tonight.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2Made an appearance in the first half with both Ross and Salmons facing foul trouble. Played reasonable D, though the most memorable part of his evening was when LeBron scared the crap out of him on a 2-on-1 fast break.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -9Looked tired out there and rightfully had his minutes reduced. Got blown by during his minutes in the fourth repeatedly by Roger Mason Jr., of all people.

Dwane Casey
Did an excellent job managing rotations tonight with his wing positions in foul trouble early. Called timeouts at the right times, smartly reduced Vasquez’s minutes to the bare minimum, and – perhaps most promisingly – didn’t play reactionary ball when the Heat chose to go small. His stubborness in keeping his lineup big actually forced Miami to match HIM at one point. The Raps lost tonight because of free throw shooting and tired legs – no amount of coaching can change those two things.

Four Things We Saw

  1. If the Raptors hit their free throws, this game is theirs. The team was 12-21 tonight (57%) – a bit drop-off from their 78% shooting so far this year. A second key stat: offensive rebounding (only 7, compared to 14 for the Heat).
  2. That said, don’t let those points distract from the bigger one here: the Raptors have officially arrived on the big stage, and they look the part. The Heat dressed Dwyane Wade on the second half of a back to back for a reason, and the Raptors played up to the increased expectations placed on them by the media. This is the type of effort that helps, eventually, push teams to a new level. The fourth was the worst quarter from the Raptors from an offensive standpoint, but the fact that they were able to keep it close – and have a chance to win with less than a minute left – regardless says something about the intensity and effort with which this team is playing right now.
  3. There’s been a lot of talk around the blogosphere about which Raptor might end up getting an All-Star berth, if they keep up their hot play: DeMar DeRozan, or Kyle Lowry. After their performances tonight, expect the conversation to start sounding like the Old El Paso girl: why don’t we have both?
  4. There’s a new feature on RR that allows readers to grade the players and coaches in our quick reactions (menus are under my grades). Give it a try.

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  • Dr. Dread

    fuck off tankers! this team is for REAL!

    • truth be told

      What is ‘real’?

      Just curious.

      • Neo

        Don’t take the red pill. Trust me.

    • FREEJV

      we took them to overtime last year whats the big deal about todays game where 2 of the big 3 werent even playing their best and the other one was cruising until the 4th

      • ac1011990

        No there is a difference between this game and the other games Raps played against them. Raps actually looked like they had a shot at winning this, the other games Heat just toyed with us. Bosh had a bad game because of JV and Amir, the interior defense was pretty good for the most part. Derozan is playing really well lately against good competition, previous years he would only show up against weak teams.

        • FREEJV

          no Derozan always scores like 25+ against the heat…..

      • Kyle

        ever think 2 of their 3 didn’t play well because of the Raptors D?

        I think if anything, the Raptors played less to their full potential than the Heat. When do the Raptors toy with 50%FT?

  • Age

    So close with Amir’s missed shot at 23 seconds left. Still, great game and stats were solid.

    Whats up with vasquez? Against mediocre teams he is good but against the elite teams (miami and indiana) the PG performance falls off when lowry is getting rest.

    • Roarque

      It’s an issue of self confidence and his is very low right now. Like TRoss, you gotta play him if you want him to improve. Go Raps.

      • What the

        buddy, we are going to war, we don’t have time to wait on this guy, we are talking about a backup for our leader here

      • What the

        PLAY HIM? dude, this guy needs to be Calderone out of town asap. we need a bull dog not a chiwawa

    • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

      From what I’ve heard he’s half a step slower than just a couple years ago

  • Suspisious Mind

    Ohhhhh that lowry 3 was 1mm away from going in….and Amir makes that little hook 9 out of 10 times. Great game!! Love watching this team!

    • RapFan

      Why did tonight have to be that 1 time.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        Patrick Patterson took too many shots.

        • Blacklash2k4

          Hansbrough couldn’t play so Casey didn’t really have a choice but to keep him in the game.

    • FREEJV

      still a loss idc if he always makes that or not he missed it today and it cost us the game #thetruth

      • 2Pat Shakur

        One play does not cost you the whole game and it was not like he took a bad shot either (ex. JR smith). Amir played great D and was effective on the offensive end as well. Gotta take the bad with the good. It’s unfortunate the shot missed but he is one of the reasons why our squad looked so good tonight.

        • FREEJV

          those are the plays you have to make if you wanna compete with the big boys one play can mean the difference between a championship or no championship (Ray Allens big 3 in the finals)

          • smrt

            You sound like someone who has absolutely no joy in life whatsoever.

            • FREEJV

              dont get butthurt over the truth. If you cant handle it then go over to the Milwaukee forum cuz they re the ones who miss bunnies like Amir did 😀

          • Ion66

            They made those plays when we beat some of the big boys earlier on. No team makes them 100% of the time. Even if you make 70% of your shots, you still miss 30% of the time. I’d rather have this team miss a key shot that they hit at a high percentage, than the earlier version make a key shot, but know they usually fail.

      • What the

        ease up Tim W jr.

    • TheSpiceTyrant

      Agreed. Tough losses like this should build character. You could see that the Raptors could have very well pulled it off had it been for some very reasonable set of variables: foul shots, a few missed layups, or KL 3 at the end of the game.

      They gave themselves an opportunity to win and you can’t argue with that.

      But what impressed me the most is that the players looked like they could win. That’s something I haven’t seen since Vince’s days

  • Phil Perez

    I hope this game shows the front office how much we need Kyle Lowry. Greivis Vasquez does not have the defence or speed to be a starting pg, which was evident in the few minutes he played tonight.

    • raptorstand

      I think he is injured.

    • j bean

      They may be better off forgoing their backup pgs and using someone else when Lowry needs a break.

  • nicebb

    Good effort overall but would have like to see more touches for JV and Amir down low where they were most effective.

    • consmap

      At the same time, the Heat were doing a really good job of fronting the post. They know how dangerous our Lithuanian big man can be.


    wow Derozan took some bad shots in the 2nd half idk what that was all about at 1 point he wasnt even close on 2 consecutive 3s not to mention that horrible shot he took when we were down 1 against Ray Allen.

    • LB

      Im Glad some1 esle sees this…. Coming from one the biggest Derozan Supporters This Team does not need a Wiggums to be Great it already has all the pieces but Derozan has to make better choices He takes Bad shots in groups that just kill momentum and passes out of the double way to slow, he looks to wing and top of the arc out of the double instead of the paint once this is fixed Raptors will be elite top 5 team!

      • Chewwy

        Demar is terrible when he get’s double teamed. I think he is a terrific player but sometimes he get’s in that ” I gotta score some points” mood, whether the shot is a good one or not. If he allows the game to come to him more and let Kyle find him, things will be much easier.

  • Louvens Remy

    Great effort. Love this team!!! Lets roll them Pacers!!!

    • Age

      Extreme cold alert in Indiana next 2 days. Maybe the fans will stay home?!?

  • guest

    Raps play hard. I didn’t like Demar in the third he got a little selfish and started gunning. Val has to get more offensive boards in 30 plus minutes versus the heat. Raps have to much size to get doubled up on the o board. With all that, if the raps keep playing this way they can get the third seed in the east. I like what I see from them.

  • Brian L

    We were eventually going to lose a game. This is the kind of game that builds character. It’s up the Casey to instill a sense of resiliency and keep these young’ins motivated… I remember the Jays falling under the weight of expectations after some bad losses, hopefully it doesn’t happen to the Raps now, they need some good fan support!


  • ibleedpurple

    A very complete game by the raptors and an absolutely fantastic effort by the starting five. These close games against veteran teams are learning experiences at worst and today the raptors took a huge step forward. 48 minutes of pure effort on both ends of the floor against a team that specialises in close game situations. Looking forward to seeing at minimum one raptor at the all-star game!

    • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

      I don’t like the “All-Star” or “MVP” mentality because it separates one or more players from the team and the team concept.

      That being said Amir could/should be but current popular stats are not reflective of that, and I suppose Lowry is playing at the highest level game in and game out

  • FedX

    Awesome game especially the 3rd quarter. PP needs to learn how to set a screen. The Heat defenders looked like they were going right through him like he was a ghost.

  • ad

    The missed FTs did them in. You cant miss so many FTs and expect to beat an elite team like the heat. Derozan took waayyy too many mid ranger jumpers. I get that he was hot in the first half but he needs to take the ball to the rim more. Lowry and amir were beasts as always. Great team effort. Will be interesting to see how they respond vs the pacers.

    • Suspisious Mind

      Yep, FT’s definitely the difference in this game on both sides of the ball. We missed ours throughout, and they made the clutch ones. Pacers are coming for blood Tuesday, so I’m curious to see how we stand up to them. Go Raps!!

  • RNsteve

    Team has gone from a bubble bottom 5 team to what seems to be top 3(top 5 if injuries didn’t cut to the core of the Bulls & hawks).

    Not to mention- how young we are, how much potential we have with Ross/JV, and we are not in cap space hell. This is a great situation to be in.

  • Adriiian

    Proud loss.

    This is a stepping stone. Lets go Raps.



  • roman

    Sad, but i think one of bigest mistakes tonight was starting fourth with Gravis. Good job team, nice to wake up at 1am Europe time and watch this solid game!

    • Suspisious Mind

      I live in Amsterdam as well, and I can tell you this was the LONGEST Sunday EVER!! Now I`m way too high on adrenaline to go to bed.

      • mike, prague

        Same here in the czech republic!

    • mike, prague

      Had to be done … though it may seem sometimes so … Klow is not a robot…

    • Will

      He can’t play the whole second half. Even with the break at the start of the 4th, he looked tired at the end. We just have to hope Vasquez can hold the fort a little better next time.

      • roman

        I agree Will, sad but this time team lost the momentum with Vasquez…

        • Tinman

          Nowhere near comfortable with Vasquez.

      • What the

        “hold the fort…” when ever this guy has the ball I stand in front of my tv with my hands on top of my head, Calderon and Dixon flashbacks, Vasgotstogo

  • Quest

    if there was such a thing as a good loss, this was one. we are for real, and the league knows it. dwade has not played a back to back since mid nov

  • Saskatoon Raps Fan

    I think I dislike Vasquez more every time he steps on the court. Unless he’s having one of his hot streaks, he’s worse than useless.

    Overall good team game tho.

  • raptorstand

    The better team lost tonight, that’s what pressure does to a young team. This is what learning how to win means. Miami a great team.

    • mountio

      Not sure “the better team” lost. I think its safe to say the Heat are / were the better team. BUT, we showed we can hang.
      DD, for his faults down the stretch, was absolute money in the first half – mid ranger after mid ranger. Without that, we arent in this one.

      • MalcomX

        And 2Pat in the first half – he could be our sixth man next season. Points off the bench.

  • ckh26

    Loved the game and the effort. Just a bit short at the end. We really could have used TH’s minutes tonite on the offensive glass.
    Beauty of sports.. we tee it up again in 2 days.

  • Lyall

    Um, actually -some- amount of coaching can correct player conditioning. LOL

  • Roarque

    My fave take-away was watching the Heat play their best defensive players throughout the game – ie, they were taking the Raps SERIOUSLY and what more can you ask for when the guys came this close to winning. Foul shooting practice all day Monday!!!

  • Will

    Great game tonight. Almost pulled off the upset. Hopefully the closeness of the loss keeps them hungry and they bring the same effort against Indiana.

  • Alex Vostrikov

    derozan got cold in the 4th, and played to selfish….. I mean, he drew lots of attention and all, but still, not a reason to force shots in ISO mode. its not what kept raps in the game, and actually made heat work overtime. ISO its what heat wants from opponents in the first place. they are way to strong one on one.
    anyways, raps are actually making other teams sweat big time. this “TEAM” is playing exactly how basketball should be played… share the ball, ride the hot hand, play in and out.
    raptors are probably overhyped for now….. not sure if they can keep playing like this over extended period of time. hope for the best

  • Layze

    Not having Tyler Hansbrough really hurt.

    • Derek

      I don’t know man..

    • HST

      If for nothing else than to rough up Beasley a bit. That guy was killing us!

      • why

        he gave it all back with his D – I think that is why Spolstra pulled him – Heat ar emuch better with Battier on the floor

    • FREEJV

      i just dont think we brought the same defensive intensity that we did against Indiana too many easy points allowed today along with us not being physical in the paint when rebounding

  • Swimmers

    Ujuri must feel compelled to stay with this roster after plowing through the elite teams and almost catching the champs!

    • Tinman

      Who knows. We still have little chips I’d like to see tinkered with.
      Back-up PG could be looked at, not 100 sold on Vasquez.

  • DDayLewis

    People will repeat “the Raptors going cold” ad nauseum, but the real reason the Raptors offense sputtered through most of the fourth was because the Heat did an amazing job doubling/trapping the ball handler on PR and then recovering to not concede open looks. The Raptors eventually countered this by hitting Amir as the roll man, but Miami blitzed the hell out of Lowry and Derozan.

    • mountio

      True .. although they were doing a good job of doubling / trapping the ball handler in the first half, and we just had fresher legs to either split the double, pass out of it and reverse the ball and (most importantly) hit the jumper out of either the first or subsequent pass.
      That what makes the Heat (and OKC) so good – their D wears you down eventually and makes you get lazy, take lazy shots ..

  • robertparrish00

    Good close game. Bugs me that Lebron is the best player in the world and still complains to the refs after making a shot, or flops (3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, so blantent or the Amir “grab”). I mean play with some pride dude.

    • Tinman

      Yeah and let’s not forget Wade

      • FREEJV

        Wade tripped Amir some point in the game if anyone else saw that

        • Peter G

          Yea I saw that too. Typical D-Wade move.

        • What the

          Nah, don’t forget you were watching a different game

        • Kyle

          lol I screamed at my TV

          Wade is a scum bag! After getting blocked, he blatantly grabbed Amir’s leg and pulled him down! (I think that’s the play you’re talking about… Wade prob tripped a lot of guys)

  • Will

    For everyone knocking DeRozan’s shot selection, he’s still developing. He’s already going iso less with each game and when the shots do fall, we love him for it. Don’t forget, he shot 11-19 and had 7 assists tonight. Remember when he didn’t have anything close to a consistent jumper. He gets better every year and I truly believe he can learn to improve his shot selection a la LeBron.

    • GetLicks

      He looked gassed near the end too.

      • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

        That’s one of the reasons I suggested the Raps should’ve rested their starters in the 4th Q up big in Washington, but didn’t get a lot of rope here… Lowry, Amir, Jonas, all could’ve used some extra lift in their legs tonight. And you can bet we’ll be feeling the effects down the road as well including in 2 nights vs. Indy… It’s a long season—

    • Will

      Another thing I think DeRozan can work on is passing out of the pick and roll. Right now, he only makes the safe pass, usually back to Lowry, but the screener is always open if he could just pass back over/though the two defenders. Easier said than done though.

      • Bryan Colangelo

        No doubt. Would you try to pass through Lebron and Anderson’s/whoever’s flailing arms? There were moments I was just relieved he didn’t turn the ball over.

  • knickz

    some questionable shots by derozan in the 4th but i loved our effort

  • Goodgoyim

    Ok it’s finally time to rester tank nation. Amirite?

  • Abdi

    Great game. I have total confidence now that this team can beat any team in the nba.

  • da kid deebee

    i got anxious when they went to DeMar so much in the first two quarters. even though he seems to have the widest variety of offensive moves, good defenses will figure them out over the course of a game, and to my mind, the raptors are at their strongest when they save that iso-versatility for the fourth

  • rtzyyz

    Right on with the analysis on Vasquez. Team looked tired in 4th. Started chucking up 3’s. As sit game disappeared in the 4th…to much iso ball.
    This team looks looks legit only problem is that there is no coasting with this team. They have to play hard intense ball for 48 min every game and I worry that they just don’t have the steam to do it.

    love it though go raps

  • doncity

    Great effort by the boys tonight. I know you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but we really could have used Rudy Gay both guarding LeBron (who did whatever he wanted the whole game) and making shots late in the fourth. Still we never backed down and with a few bounces here and there we might have won – Go Raps!

    • Will

      How dare you speak his name again. haha
      If we had Gay for anything but a last second shot, we wouldn’t be in the game where a last second shot is needed.

      • doncity

        LeBron James scored 30 and Michael Beasley scored 17 off the bench – even though he’s been playing great and showing growth lately Terrence Ross looked overmatched tonight. Maybe we needed a bit of Hansbrough’s grit.

        Also, Rudy is shooting 49% for the Kings. His poor start was probably just a protracted slump and not a permanent change in his game. But whatever – I never said I wanted Rudy back I’m just saying that when games are close we are going to need a closer or we’ll lose more than we win.when it counts.

        It’s a lot more difficult to play set offences late in the fourth than it is in the rest of the game for a variety of reasonss. Guys were gassed out there and you saw those ice cold jumpers LeBron made late to put it away. You can’t win without that at least some of the time.

    • Roarque

      We’re all going to pretend you didn’t say that in your out loud voice. If “he who won’t be named” had been wearing red tonight the delta would have been 15-20 points

    • Tweed8

      Man, even LeBron said it in the post game interview on the floor. “This team has been playing some good ball since the trade. …They’re a good team.” Not an exact word for word quote as I’m just pulling from memory but, pretty much it. We don’t need Gay, never did. I for one was really disappointed when BC brought him here but, we did get one thing out of him – a stronger bench.

  • rtzyyz

    I think the game taught us that our starters are solid and our bench is still weak. Couldn’t match up with beasly Anderson haslem cole allen etc etc…it seems like the heat just kept being able to throw guys out there…
    great game though.

  • Mexiballer

    We need a quality backup point guard to get to the next level. There is to much of a drop off with Vasquez to compete in the playoffs. Hopefully Masai is looking now.

    • Tinman

      Patience – I don’t last Vasquez either.
      PG is one of the question marks moving forward.

  • DonCarlos

    When the commentators started noting that the Raps were gassed, I couldn’t believe the old Heat, playing on the second night of the back to back, looked fresher. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

    1. The Raps were AMPED tonight. They ran through a lot of the game on adrenaline and burned themselves out. Casey having to keep a tight rotation due to Hansbrough’s injury and Vasquez’s ineffectiveness compounded things, as did Ross’s foul trouble. No blame here, everyone did what they had to do given the circumstances. Hopefully getting more used to playing this style will further help settle their nerves against the better teams.

    2. If there’s one thing that the Raps can learn from this game, is how the Heat transition from defence to offence. Their spacing on both ends is so good and they’re hands down the best team at passing the ball up the court after makes and misses. A passed ball travels more quickly than one dribbled up the court, and the Raps were caught many times with poor offensive spacing and had to sprint back as the Heat would leak out and fire the ball up the court. I’m sure if you stuck odometers on all the players, you’d find that the Raps logged more miles than the Heat tonight. I’d love to see the Raps do more of this, passing the ball up the court aggressively (but intelligently), as opposed to having our PGs sprint up the court.

    • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

      like i replied up above:
      That’s one of the reasons I suggested the Raps should’ve rested their
      starters in the 4th Q up big in Washington, but didn’t get a lot of support here… Lowry, Amir, Jonas, all could’ve used some extra
      lift in their legs tonight. And you can bet we’ll be feeling the
      effects down the road as well including in 2 nights vs. Indy… It’s a
      long season—gotta rest players when you can!

  • Minks77

    I don’t understand the high praise for Casey tonight. He rode his lineups into the ground in the third quarter and guys were gassed getting nothing off movement and front rimming everything. 2pat was great in the first half and just chucking in the second. This team really needs a set go-to play for when things start to get bogged down instead of playing hot potato with the rock.

    That being said it was a tough loss but a great game. Go raps!

    • DonCarlos

      I get what you’re saying, but who else could he have put in?

      • Minks77

        Tough call with th out but ya gotta find a way to keep legs fresh for the final 6 minutes, whether that’s playing small or reaching for guys like fields/Novak if even for a few possessions

      • FREEJV

        steve novak should ve been in at the end instead of Salmons. Novak is our best shooter even tho he doesnt play

    • ManInTheMiddle

      DC did run a decent play in the last min or so out of a timeout – he got DD on the move and he blew by Ray Allen for a dunk. Too bad we didn’t see more of that earlier in the quarter. I don’t mind riding the starters in a game like this – had we made our free throws and boxed out we probably would have had a better shot at winning and we’d all be happy right now lol.

  • Tinman

    Nothing to make me think this team is taking a step back. And you bet Indy is going to be waiting for tip off.
    When was the last time we had such an interior presence on D. And Jonas is only 21.
    Love the spirit in Raptor Community.

  • Phat AlberG

    I am happy, but the Raps blew that game. I am just nitpicking here, but Raps were running the Heat out the gym with their motion offence. I didn’t understand why would they run iso sets in 4th, when they’re destroying them with flex and pick and roll game. But no complaints it was great game to watch, and the Raps had the Heat on the Ropes. If they could’ve made their free throws, it would have been a different out come.

    • Age

      Reading some post-game commentary from Casey and it sounds like he feels the same and he is quite pissed at the players for letting this go.
      e.g. – a reporter mentioned offensive rebounds and he snapped back “to the 30th offensive rebounding team in league”
      Its good to see Casey not taking this moral victory crap and following the script. The haven’t done anything yet

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  • james

    I told you so.

    –Tim W.

  • Tanks-a-lot

    The Heat looked like they were trying to win, not just trying not to lose.

  • asifyouknow

    As big of a fan of Vasquez this guy is not helping Toronto in the last few games , raptors needs a backup who can give 15 + good minutes.

    Vasquez is not healthy no matter what he says. He just looks like he is still having problems with his movement, he is slow, but not this slow, jumping for his floaters just don’t look as crisp, his signature drive -high off the board- has disappeared and last he is not this bad of a shooter.
    The post-surgery Vasquez is not the same guy from the last few years, he came back too soon, maybe he had to because this was his year to show something so he can get paid.
    The way it looks he might be in his way out of Toronto as soon as the rules allow it (I think there is a waiting period once a player has been traded) His minutes keep going down, played only 10 minutes and didn’t even try a shot. I think coach shut him down.
    I hope he can bounce back some how.

    • Mexiballer

      I’m not sure why you’re a fan of Vasquez. His floor game is pre meditated, predictable and slow. It sounds like your making excuses for his play. Casey doesn’t trust him to be out there. Neither do I. He has the ability to mess things up quickly.

  • Cameron Becker

    Good to see Casey isn’t satisfied with an “Honorable Loss” and expects more. Shows the expectations have risen. Still proud of this team though, Love the way they play. Only DeRozan at times goes into hero mode, but the ball movement and spirit they show is so great to watch. Looking forward to the Indy rematch.

  • Chewwy

    Tim? Tim? Where are you Tim? Kind of funny not reading an ignorant post coming from you regarding this game. Can’t wait to read the negative drivvle you come up with

  • GoingBig

    The free throws were not just the fault of losing the game but a symptom of tightening up under pressure.

    Pressure is real and has real effects. THIS game against Miami is the next level of competition. The Raptors have to learn how to handle both the internal pressures (like increased expectations and scrutiny) and external pressures (like the solid Miami defence)

    One thing that pressure does is narrow your court vision or game vision; that can lead to too much iso-ball(as in the 4th quarter) and other effects. I hope that the Raptors are not going to slough this off as the inevitable win by Miami Heat. This was winnable and they have to learn how to win these.

    That is the value of the Raptors making playoffs. It’s a master class in learning to handle ALL the pressures. And if the worse-case scenario happens and Lowry walks, any free agent PG who is shopping around will see a team which has taken it to the next level and can handle itself. No saviours needed but players wanted who can fit in and enjoy playing on a competitive team. This will strengthen Toronto’s hand in the free agent market.

  • jordan

    I would like to see Stone get the backup minutes at PG. He’s a big guard and quick, able to do a better job than Vasquez. His offensive game had shown signs of improvement as well before the Gay trade, Vasquez can run pick-n-roll better though.

    • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

      Yeah why not give him a shot?

      • why

        they gave tone a shot and he sucked. to date vasquez hasn’t cost them games and at least he is a proven NBA player.