Toronto Raptors 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Boston Celtics
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +1He and the rest of the front-court turned Jared Sullinger into 1990 Charles Barkley (h/t Braedon Clark of RHQ). It was an uncharacteristically awful game from Amir. Lethargic and pathetic. I’m incredibly disappointed by his performance.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +7There is absolutely no excuse for his performance tonight. His hooks weren’t dropping early so he hung his head and didn’t dig in to collect stray rebounds. The Celtics pick-and-roll defense was smoothering and the Raptors really could have used his presence in the paint.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 42 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -2He tried, man, he really tried. Bradley is an elite on-ball defender and the Celtics did an amazing job defending the pick and roll, but Lowry really struggled to run an effective halfcourt offense, especially in the second half. He also missed a key free-throw and committed a rare turnover with 1 minute left in the game.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 9-22 FG | 4-9 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | -9While everyone around him was bricking everything in sight, Derozan gave the Raptors a consistent source of offense. I don’t know why Casey left him on the bench for 4 minutes to start the fourth.

Terrence Ross, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +13I wish Ross had a better handle. The Celtics did a great job closing out so he didn’t get his usual dose of open spot-ups, which meant he was wholly ineffective. He needs to develop the ability to create off the dribble if he’s going to be anything more than a 3&D guy.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -12We really could have used his pick-and-popping goodness tonight, and he just couldn’t get it going. Piss poor effort on the boards. Not a great game for 2Pat.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -15I miss Hansbrough.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -6He did his part. He hit his shots on offense and gave the Raptors a capable ball-handler. He didn’t push the needle one way or the other, but if you’re counting on contributions from Salmons to beat a team on a 9-game slide, you’re in trouble

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7Seriously? How did this happen? 4 minutes and not a single tally in the boxscore?

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 11 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +13Here’s the thing about Novak — anything he gives you on the offensive end is mitigated by what he concedes on defense.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8See Novak, Steve

Dwane Casey
Why is there no F minus button? What was that? The Raptors were getting killed on the offensive glass, so your move is to go small and play Novak at the four?!?! Yeah he hit two threes but he also gave up a bunch of offensive boards. Also, why did Hayes play so many minutes? He did nothing for you on either end of the floor. And why did you burn that timeout while the refs went to the video review? Why? Horrible rotations.

Five Things We Saw

  1. I gloated about the Raptors superiority, but they played like crap tonight. Conversely, the undermanned Celtics had a fire lit underneath their seats all night and hustled like crazy. They were the deserved winners of a very hard fought game. I shouldn’t have taken pot-shots at their team in my preview. That was wrong and wholly undeserved. I would like to personally apologize to Sullinger and Bradley in particular as they were fantastic tonight.
  2. Is it just me, or do the Raptors only have one halfcourt set? If a team can effectively guard the pick-and-roll (like Bradley and the Celtics), the Raptors are forced to turn to Derozan isolation plays to generate offense, which is less than ideal. Part of this can be attributed to the utter lack of shot-creators outside of Ross, Lowry and Derozan, but the lack of variety and flexibility on offense is on the coaches.
  3. The Celtics were playing amazing halfcourt defense, so I understand why it made sense for the Raptors to try to push the pace, but all the leaking out from the wings really exacerbated the rebounding disparity. You need to grab the rebound before you do anything else.
  4. Speaking of rebounds, how’s this for a disparity? The Celtics outrebounded the Raps by a total of 58-44. They collected 19 offensive rebounds and Sully had 20 total rebounds all by himself. Also, the Raptors shot 12/25 on free throws. Weird night,
  5. You know that famous chessboard scene from season one of The Wire? The one where D’Angelo schools Poot, Bodie and Wallace about how the game works? Yeah? The Raptors are definitely the “bald headed bitches” of the NBA.

  • Carbon

    Ironically Raptors actually got more defensive rebounds when they played small. Poor effort by JV and AJ

  • FREEJV

    This is dumb Novak got them back in the game how is he getting a D. Also how the hell is Derozan getting an A how many shots did he miss when it was down to 3 and he let Avery Bradley go off by not fighting through the screens smh raptors republic….

    • FREEJV

      Also, Trade Amir pls this guy got the starting job back and played like crap ever since….

      • Andre Julian Ward

        one game and you’re ready to trade him? wow….. such loyal fans do the Raptors have …

        • FREEJV

          loool 1 game? have you watched him play the last few games the guy looks like Bismack Biyombo on offense and Bargnani on defense #startPatterson

          • Hassan Mehmood Khan

            I think patterson should start over Amir he gives us more on offence , Also he will help give JV some space in the paint

      • RobertArchibald

        Amir has an ankle injury. Fans here are ridiculous sometimes.

        • FREEJV

          Awww you gonna cry about it? lmao

          • ItsAboutFun

            Naw, just not whine in ignorance

      • sleepz

        Trade Amir? Come on man

        • j bean

          I’m happy if Amir plays out his career as a Raptor.

      • Zig Biv DeVoe

        No one is touching Amir u dolt, it’s one game, teams have bad games sometimes.

        • FREEJV

          its not 1 game go check his recent games

          • BANFREEJV

            You’d be a great GM. Trade away talent because of a rough stretch of games due to injury. Where’s the ban button when you need one. FREEJV doesn’t add to conversation here. Just a troll.

            • FREEJV

              didnt we trade rudy because of a “rough stretch” #clown

      • tweed8

        Amir belongs in a Raps jersey but, the guy is known for playing injured and not complaining. He admitted last year that he has chronic ankle problems. He should probably be coming off the bench when he’s having a rough time or DC should be subbing him early.

      • FREEJV

        look at all the Amir fanboys lmao.

        • tweed8

          Your name is “FREEJV” and you’re going to hate on people because they like a particular player? Relax a little man. Yeesh.

          • FREEJV

            ilyasova against amir: 29 pts
            sullinger against amir: 25/20
            kevin love against Amir : probably a 30/30 game tmr

            • tweed8

              Yeah he’s had some bad games ain’t excusing that. If he’s injured they need to do something about it. JV didn’t show up last night either and has had some poor games this season -for one reason or another-; Still glad he’s here and have high hopes for the kid.

              Whatever, the only one guaranteed thing Raps fans can agree on is that they want the team to be successful one way or the other. …and maybe, hopefully, please bball gods, don’t let Drake’s Gold and Black become the new team colours… It would be fine as an alt.

    • jvman

      He helped to get them back to within 3 then he should have sat down

      • FREEJV

        We made the run when Derozan was on the bench that should tell you something about Derozan and his shot selection…

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      I don’t understand the grading of a D for Novak and an A for Demar. Demar was brutal tonight. If an A is being awarded for a timely turnover, bad shot selection, sulking and terrible free throw shooting than Demar deserves an A

      • FREEJV

        Thank you.

    • DDayLewis

      This is why we have a vote function. Go ahead and swap the grades if it makes you feel better.

      • FREEJV

        it doesnt now what?

        • DDayLewis

          My bad. that was changed. You can vote if I graded them too high, too low or just right. Refresh the page if it doesn’t come up.

  • tweed8

    Ugly. one million free throws each next practice.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      10 suicides for the whole team after every miss

      • tweed8

        Yikes! No more Futurama for you, dude. Lol

        • Tanks-a-lot

          ??????????????????

          It’s a running drill. You know that, right?

          • tweed8

            Yeah man, hence the “lol”. I wasn’t the one who voted you down. I also couldn’t help picture Futurama suicide booths. …So I guess I’m the one guilty of of enjoying that show too much.

  • raptorstand

    I put this one on Casey. Didn’t have them ready to play, horrible feel from the team, showed up in the fourth but the flow felt strained. Derozan played hog ball in the clutch shooting Rudy Gay crap, lets all forget this one and put it down to youth and learning . Go Raps.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      I can’t put this one on Casey. The players had no energy and if they can’t find it within themselves to play with aggression and energy, it falls on them not the coach. JV had no idea how to put a body on somebody today. Amir never left his feet and Casey doesn’t shoot free throws, the players do and they were awful. This falls on the players not the coach.

      • Guest

        +1

      • raptorstand

        The Celtics had lost 9 in a row, the Raptors acted like if they threw out their jock straps the Celtics would swoon. They were under coached and didn’t come out with hustle or concern for their opponents. The better team won tonight , and the losing team didn’t come prepared. Coaching.

        • ItsAboutFun

          NO. Seriously naive if you don’t realize that was on the players. Look, stinking up a game happens to every team during an 82 game schedule. Live long enough and you’ll realize that. Example: after already losing their previous 2 games against the lowly Knicks and Nets, the Heat get blown out last night by the Wizards. Unless you were in the locker room and in the huddles, you’ve no idea all that coach did to try and squeeze a game out of those guys. Totally on the players.

    • http://www.facebook.com/asifyouknow Al Asifyouknow

      That comment sums it up……. Good one..

  • johng_3

    This game was left on a silver platter for us in the fourth. Just make FTs and rebound and we would have won

    • DePaul_Dropout

      Tell me about it! Could these guys find it within themselves to grab one rebound towards the end? I was literally screaming at my TV. Also, Salmons blew a key wide open layup late in the 4th, so his grade is a little too high methinks. Anyways, Casey better have this team ready to respond to a performance like that on Friday. Horrible.

  • clericalbeats

    Maddening game to watch. Really missed Hansbrough tonight. Not a good sign when he’s the only one that can agitate opposition on the glass. Sullinger has no business doing what he did tonight with his lack of size and lack of hops. Amir is hurt but our bigs need to be better than that. How Casey doesn’t scream for a timeout when Lowry followed his own FT miss is baffling to me. No excuses for a game like this. Gotta be better.

    • Trace Fairley

      Sullinger lack of size? What were you watching?

      • clericalbeats

        Size as in height, not width. He’s not a true C.

  • Josh

    Nobody seems to have pointed this out yet, so I feel as if i should: apparently JV was very under the weather coming into the game and was even throwing up. So, cut the guy a little slack. This would also explain the increased means for Chuck Wagon.

    • FREEJV

      its amirs fault not JV

      • off

        He has an injury he is dealing with right now

        • FREEJV

          so are 99% of nba players …..

          • Peter G

            I would love to see you back that statistic up…of course, you’re talking out of your ass so that won’t happen.

            • FREEJV

              shut up amir groupies

              • ItsAboutFun

                Getting a glimpse of age, mentally anyway.

              • Peter G

                STILL WAITING!!

  • FREEJV

    New trade: Raptors get: Sullinger
    Celtics get: Amir and Chuck hayes

    • Carbon

      How about Amir + 2 First Rounders for Love?

      • Alex Vostrikov

        how about derozan for Durant and amir for love straight up

        • FREEJV

          ^ this is the best trade i ve ever seen

          • Copywryter

            Said no one in Minnesota.

      • FREEJV

        loool if u think thats gonna happen then you can stop watching Nba

        • Carbon

          Love isn’t interested in signing an extension. Minnesota is shopping him right now to start rebuilding… I don’t see how this is not reasonable.

          • FREEJV

            what is minnesota gonna do with late first rd picks. if we get love we ll be a contender in the east so i dont think our first rd picks are gonna help that much

            • Carbon

              Good point… Kevin Love would be a great fit with the Raptors

    • Guest

      Amir + 2 First Rounders for Love?

      • Andre

        LOL the t-wolves would never do that

    • plaid coast

      instead of making 17 posts about how much you hate amir johnson, who happens to be everyone’s favourite player in toronto, why don’t you write a little article tomorrow with some stills of the game and show us why you think he sucks and why your good old lithuanian kid is so much better than him.

      i watched the game, amir was playing hard. the ball didn’t bounce to him when it came of the rim. some games are like that. it’s not like he was playing carelessly or not boxing out. and it’s certainly not his fault that he didn’t score 20 points, the raptors don’t run any plays for him. he’s battling to get open on every play. if you want amir traded, make a real case instead of this boring series of vague complaints and whining.

      • FREEJV

        shut up Amir fanboy lmao . Sullinger schooled his ass . #canthandletruth

        • plaid coast

          oh, okay. i never thought about it that way. interesting.

    • Andre

      come on man… really?

  • Trace Fairley

    How did Chuck Hayes ever make it to the NBA?

    Sullinger is a beastie

  • Andre Julian Ward

    I don’t even know what to say about this game ……..

  • Andrey

    Freethrows and rebounds. Tough loss but honestly it was something out of the ordinary. You take it and forget about it

  • hotshot

    This what happens when the Raptors get scouted and have their weakness exposed by a much more physical team and a better coach. The Raptors still do not have enough talent to be considered an elite team and Casey will still be out coached in a 7 game playoff series . This should be a wake up call to Masai that this team is far from being considered a solid team and the last few weeks have been fool’s gold.

    • Ghotte

      Got exposed by a lack of a physical rebounding backup centre they could turn to. (Where’s Gray when you need him!!) It was a bad night by the bigs – illnesses and ankles aside. DD went to hero ball and failed miserably. Hopefully this further teaches that that kind of play doesn’t get you wins.

      • ItsAboutFun

        None of the bigs could find the basket, much less actually put the ball in it, the celts packed the paint and were then running people off the 3 pt line. DD tried was was available, especially considering he had no help.

      • tweed8

        This loss was on the whole team. There was some pretty lazy passing going on at that floor, you would have thought the basketball was a 20 lb medicine ball. Demar may have tried a bit of hero ball but, the team played brutally as a whole.

    • ItsAboutFun

      lol, hotpanic is more like it.

      1. A team doesn’t turn into an “elite” team in 20 games.
      2. Oh, it took 20 games for a team to “scout” them, and Boston is showing Miami, Indiana, OKC, Bulls, etc. how to do it? lol
      3. It’s one game, dude. Miami got blown out by the Wiz last night, after having lost previous 2 by lowly teams. Are they fool’s gold?

      A game like this was going to happen. Expect more before the season has played out. Get over it.

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    Demar does not deserve anything near an A, especially while shooting less than 50% on the floor and the free throw line. This is suppose to be our best player ( all star) and he missed key free throws all game. He also had a critical turnover when we got the rebound off of another free throw miss and down 3 with 38 seconds left. He then took some really bad shots. Demar deserves no higher than a D. Oh and I will add the lack of effort at times as he took time to sulk when a turnover happened instead of getting back on defence. Bad game from everybody

    • FREEJV

      Word. he made Bradley look like Kobe out there

  • Marz

    I told you not to run your mouth Lou. I told you! You are now relegated to 12th man on Raptors Republic. Nay, put him on the IR arsenalist! Despicable you.

    • DDayLewis

      Yup. This one is on me. I didn’t box out and I couldn’t hit a free throw to save my life.

      • consmap

        Honestly man, how did you let Sullinger go off for 25 and 20?

        • DDayLewis

          That wasn’t Sullinger out there tonight. It was Shaq in disguise. I did what I could, unlike Amir and Jonas

          • Andrey

            Don’t worry Will….Lebron said he’s gonna go Ham against Wizards and they lost. It happens to the best of us.

      • DC

        Live and learn. Respect.

  • jimmy king

    funny, basketball has all those possessions but games can hang on one or two key moments.
    a) Amir’s dumb foul on Sullinger 30 feet from the basket in the fourth. It’s a “I’m trying too hard foul”
    b) Down 3 in the fourth demar goes up for a shot, instead drops it to amit and it goes out of bounds as a airball
    c) Salmons’ miss in the fourth after working the ball all the way around and he drives baseline off a pump fake and misses.

    We talk about leadership and energy but it would have been nice to see someone like amir, kyle or demar upset, passionate in the huddle. Demar’s body language was that he was annoyed, but he needs to develop the ability and willingness and confidence to be the type of player to get his team fired up. Team’s need an identity. It can be from a coach or player but that identity needs to be there when the team is playing well and when they are not. Think of pop, Riley, Jordan, Kobe, KD etc. Even Billups and Rasheed in the detroit days. Ah well, a ointless rant i know but I’m pissed.

    Finally how is it that Matt Devlin does TNT games in the playoffs. He is, for lack of better words a knob. And Leo is a dumb apologist “grinding it out”,” let’s recognize their effort”. No lets recognize that this team cannot have lapses like these. There were big flaws tonight and I think its more than okay to cal it as it is.

  • RRfanatic

    UGLY Game, that was the 2nd worst basketball game of the season. Raptors lost to a team with a starting 5 that no one can name and before tonight a team that had lost 9 straight.

  • CJT

    Well, William Lou you certainly put the mouth on this game. The first stinker all around in a while. Let’s rebound Friday.

  • rick

    How does such a game even happen? I know you gotta stay level headed and all but come on… I hope its just a learning curve, seriously, but I’d like statistical proof from history that a team thats 13-5including beating elite teams can drop such a stinker….

    • ItsAboutFun

      Don’t need to look far in history. Just look at schedule this year and you’ll see a wack of games where even elite contenders drop games to lowly ones. It’s the NBA, not the “Y”. In fact, look no further than Miami dropping 3 stinkers in a row, including getting blown out by Washington last night. It stunk. Move on, as the players will.

  • Tanks-a-lot

    Check out what happened to the Heat

    You will feel a bit better

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    I also would give Casey a break as the move to Novak was not a bad one. Amir and JV were absolutely awful on the boards and Sullinger killed them. They both had to come out as they were offering nothing on offence and nothing on defence. At least Novak had as many points as Amir and 1 more than JV while playing only 11 minutes. Amir was awful from the free throw line too so I’m not gonna give Casey grief for bringing Novak in

    • ItsAboutFun

      No kidding! I don’t know how one could see it any other way. *head shake*

  • Tanks-a-lot

    If TH is back next game, have Amir be day to day and give him a game off to heal.

  • RAPTORS

    all around bad game by the boys yet the game was there for the taking and flat out didnt capitalize. they played amazing defence but JUST COULDNT FINISH OF THE FUCKING POSESSION WITH A REBOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ckh26

    Didn’t think we would win every game but for sure thought we wouldn’t lose to the D-League allstar’s dressed as the Boston Celtics. Plenty of crow to go around William.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asifyouknow Al Asifyouknow

    I’m afraid Toronto needs to look for a backup point guard. Lowry can’t be playing 40 minutes plus every night.
    Kyle Lowry plays very hard, he can’t keep this stuff up much longer, soon you will see him missing shots, that is usually the sign of dead legs.
    Vasquez is not in Toronto, that has to be an impostor or maybe he doesn’t want to be there. The guy doesn’t suck this bad.
    I don’t know if they can trade him, but he is not helping Lowry at all. Vasquez only played 8 minutes, this coach has lost confidence in him.
    Lots of good back up guards available, could be a good time to make a move.

    • Mexiballer

      I’m glad you now see….Vasquez is terrible. He anticipates what he’s going to do, he telegraphs almost everything, he’s slow, he can’t play D, he hurts the rhythm of this team. Casey didn’t let him play point guard in the second half. We agree…we seriously need a good back up point gaurs to move forward.

      • Adriiian

        Dude is terrible. Every time he takes a shot I cringe.

      • http://www.facebook.com/asifyouknow Al Asifyouknow

        Well I’ll agree on the need right now …But I strongly disagree that the guy sucks, he will be a quality back up on a good team as he was in Memphis playoff run and as a starter in a bad team in New Orleans.
        I asked a Toronto sports media to ask him if he was still hurting from the foot surgery and he tweeted me back that he asked him and Vaz said no. I don’t believe it, I’ve watched the guy from his Terp day until now and he had gone WAY DOWN hill this year. This guy is hurt, period, I don’t care what he said, as a Vaz fan I hope they bench him rather than trade him (I don’t think they can trade him now) so he can heal.
        The guy can actually control a game and put people in the right spots for good open shots, in New Orleans last year he should of had 18 assist per games but the d-leaguers he played with could not hit the side of a barn and the ones that that were legit NBA players were hurt half the season.
        Remember the game he does take some time to coordinate the guy has 15 games playing 12 minutes, that is just not enough.
        The biggest problem you need to solve is that late fourth quarter shooting, that game was winnable but the principals could not hit a shot, I think they were dead tired and that I blame on coaching and their rotation..
        As for defense, and it was actually backup by an NBA TV analysis,
        there are no shut-down guards in the NBA as there are shut down corners in the NFL. Period. Most guards in the NBA will get to the hoop if they want to, the difference is what happens after they go by, just watch the Spurs and you will see what I’m talking about.
        If you are curious go to u-tube and search Vasquez games and look for New Orleans clips.
        Point I’m making is that he may be the good back-up you need when his is healed.

        • Free Buycks

          Who gives a fuck slow poke has got to go.

          • http://www.facebook.com/asifyouknow Al Asifyouknow

            Wow! I’m sure your parents are very proud of you for that language I’m sure you are a real man aren’t you…lol..I was trying to have an intelligent conversation with someone but as always there is always an idiot ..isn’t there? I’m out..

    • AB4EYE

      The guy we cut and the guy we’re still paying money too had 19, 9 and 5 with no TO off the Bulls bench tonight with a team high +8 in a triple-OT win.

      • FREEJV

        here we go again with Augustin….. umm can you tell me his stats from last game you clown

        • AB4EYE

          7 and 7 with 2 steals or 7 and 7 with 2 steals better than what we got out of out backup PG tonight.

          • GLF

            DJ seems like one of those guys that can’t play in limited minutes. He plays better when he gets big minutes. He sucked in Indiana and he sucked here. When he was in Charlotte he got big minutes because he was the starter. If he can’t handle bench minutes and produce he’s useless to us because the fact is he’s not a starter in this league unless someone gets injured.

          • tweed8

            …And to top it off, he’s gone, so what difference does it make?

          • FREEJV

            and what was his field goal attempts and makes last game? looool

          • http://www.facebook.com/asifyouknow Al Asifyouknow

            Just look at the minutes other than that this is not a serious discussion…

        • ItsAboutFun

          Do people still not realize this AB4EYE clown is simply trolling? Any mammal with fingers to type couldn’t be that stupid. My guess would be we’ve sen him before, under numerous other names, right Gots2go?.

      • http://www.facebook.com/asifyouknow Al Asifyouknow

        Why did you let him go? he should be an all-star…just saying…Salmons and Patterson were bums in Sacramento, now they are great back-ups..It always works out that way is basketball…

  • grey Nathan

    Meh. Bad games happen and good teams lose to bad teams all the time. Not the end of the world. Just one of those nights. Nobody panic.

  • Adriiian

    That’s what happens when you gloat I guess. Lose to a depleted team.

  • ScottBaird

    I hate playing Novak too, but your point about his personal defense makes little sense in THIS game, as he was a +13 with 0 TO.

  • Stau

    Shitty game, but stinkers happen with even the best of teams. I’m sure Boston was sick of losing 9 straight and had extra fire with their trade (like the Raps did in L.A). Free throws and a few more rebounds mean the Raps walk away with a W. It’s just effort and focus! Its no excuse, but that is clearly what happened tonight.

  • steve fisher

    WOW Didn`t think they were capable of playing that badly!! The refs were a disgrace to the NBA. Have they no shame?? With the guard play not working and GV watching players blow by him without even making the effort to lift his arms. He looked like a spectator who had wandered onto the court. With the guard position desperately needing help Casey keeps D Buycks buried on the bench. Nothing was working and the coach had nothing to lose. This is a very talented young man who led the entire summer league in scoring last summer. We could not put the ball in a bathtub and we leave him on the bench. This reflects one of coach Casey`s biggest and scariest weakness closed mindedness and rigidity, not being able to see the forest the trees and and apparent lack of common sense.It is obvious we need another BIG even when TH returns. AJ disappeared again? Why is TR getting so much playing time when he is such an incomplete pro. Yes his shooting has improved and there has been some improvement in defense BUT he continually runs at and by or into his check not to mention continually and ineffectively leaving his check and being made to look very in doing so.He must grow up and show some gumption and drive the ball to the hoop MUCH more often which would force his check to give him more space for uncontested shots. DD was doing the same thing in his second year.Now with a balanced attack he is approaching an ALL STAR level .GO RAPS GO!!! Steve Fisher.

  • ad

    DD does not deserve an A and lowry sure as hell deserves more than a C. Lowry has more of an impact on this team than DD does. DD took way too many ill advised shots in the 4th q. If he wants to be a true star, his bball iq needs to improve and stop taking those stupid 21ft fadeaways. The whole team looked tired and I dont know why. Is casey working them too hard in practice? Its not like they played 4 games in 5 nights. The FTs were atrocious.

  • just wondering

    strange ratings- check the FT shooting and +/- before giving away F’s and A’s

  • Amigo

    NO MAN’S LAND
    Again this team should use only the core of young bodies with a contract longer than 6 months and DNP / all the rest. Instead we have players fighting for their personal interests (see next contract) and I understand that and I m happy for them but
    NO IN MY F@####ING TEAM IN A LOADED DRAFT !
    Wake up people wake up.

    • Amigo

      DNP and Trade all the rest

    • raptorstand

      Tankers make me puke.

      • AB4EYE

        The idea of 7 East teams in the Top-10 of this loaded draft while we pick around 20th and not trading Kyle away and risk letting him walk during a career year is what makes me want to puke.

      • Amigo

        You can puke as much as you like. Different opinions shouldn’t be a drama after all. I m not a tanker fanatic at all as I m not changing my overall opinion every game if not every quarter.
        I m just considering the scenario and the big picture at the end. The 2014 draft has been reported as one of the best in recent years.Jabari Parker or Wiggins could be future franchise players. At the same time you have Miami and Indiana in the East.If this is not enough, Raptors have 2 young players in a rookie contract,plus AJ and DD rising their game to new levels.
        Steve Nash refusal to play for the Raptors is a prime example of the need for this team to build through ping pong balls.
        JV drafted by BC at n 5
        DD drafted by BC at n 9
        TRoss drafted by BC at n 8
        KL acquired using a top 10 pick
        Its all there, in front of you

    • ItsAboutFun

      lol, After the first stinker in 20 games, it’s funny how these clowns come out of the sewer. Sounds like the recipe for a Stephen King novel. Oh wait, he already did that.

  • ayyy

    What the hell is happening to amir hes stinkin it up every game ever since that heat game

    • FREEJV

      hes getting overconfident again cuz he got his starting job back and keeps taking those stupid long 2s and contested 3s

    • AB4EYE

      He’s been playing poor for longer than that. In the 12 games since we beat OKC he’s averaging 8 PPG and 6.3 RPG on 43% shooting and in that run he had a 8-of-12 shooting night so he’s under 40% at 39 for the other 11 games. He’s got into double digits in rebounds once in the 12 games and that was mostly getting his own misses.

  • John

    Sorry but is psycho T hurt? I haven’t been following the team that closely the past week, but he is exactly what was missing tonight. No way Sullinger would have gotten away with what he did if Hansborough was playing.

    • AB4EYE

      He was hurt 2 weeks ago but he could have been playing for better part of a week now as DC is playing it overly safe to get another one of his Kentucky guys some burn.

      2-3 days turned into 2+ weeks despite all the Media saying Tyler looked 100% in his pregame workout and expected him to play 5 games ago vs the Pacers only for DC to called it off late.

      • John

        Thanks for the update. In that case Casey got what he deserved. I can’t believe in a game like this a hard-nosed player like Tyler, who plays both ends of the floor strong and can throw anyone off their game by getting under there skin, didn’t see any playing time.

        • AB4EYE

          What’s real dumb about it is he’s been practicing and doing work before the game for most of the last week, so DC could have dressed him as insurance in case something like tonight happened even if going in he had no intentions of playing him.

          • John

            You’re right that’s incredibly stupid and arrogant of Casey. Not that I expected this streak to go on forever, but it’s really frustrating when you lose like that.

            • FREEJV

              i think he was saving him for the minny game cuz their frontcourt is a load but Casey underestimated the Celtics frontcourt good lesson for him

          • caccia

            Do you suppose Hansbrough is being held back because he’s on the trading block? An ankle sprain can be quite serious, but I have not seen him in action since December, even in practice. He did not make any of the road games since the injury…was he even on the bench this evening?

            • AB4EYE

              He could be on the block as they likely need a real center for the playoffs but the way they’re handling him since the Gay trade is only lowering his trade value by the day.

              Unless they want to give Tyler away for next to nothing its a better shot Pat gets traded at this point since he’s a restricted FA next year and been given the usage of a player being showcased while Tyler is 17th on the team in shots taken per 36 a full shot a game behind the player in 16th place.

              That’s almost 4 shots less Per36 than he had with the Pacers last year that resulted in him wanting off the Pacers and to look for a better fit so not a good way to bump up a guys value.

        • ItsAboutFun

          Don’t thank this troll for anything. He’s talking out of his butt, and steering you wrong. TH has been hurt and if he was ready, he’d be out there, period.

  • Roarque

    Boston Trades Jordan Crawford and Marshawn Brooks; Raptors Laugh says Arsenalist
    I’m writing this recap with a huge smirk on my face says Daniel Day Lewis
    Roarque’s Scorecard for RR analysts on Jan 15, 2014 F —
    Perhaps if DDL had done some digging he might have discovered the ‘flu bug in the Raps dressing room
    In the NBA any team can win any night – see Miami Heat three game losing streak ( Kinicks, Nets, Wizards)
    Remember when the Raps played the Lakers right after finding out they’d playing short-handed after the Gay Trade?
    Remember what happened? The Celtics played the role of the Raptors tonight.
    Please pass the CROW

    • DDayLewis

      Thanks!

      • Louvens Remy

        Gonna have to call you Smirk Dogg.

      • Roarque

        The good news is the Raps won’t be so cocky for the T’wolves who lost to the Rudy Gay Gangstas on Wednesday night. And Psycho will be back – you watch!

        • DDayLewis

          I really fail to see how the Raptors were cocky last night. They played hard.

          • Roarque

            When I played cocky my coaches benched me for (1) not playing to their game plan ie pass the ball > 4 times before attempting a shot and (2) missing bunnies/layups because I was trying to posterize the supposedly lower quality competition.
            As you can conclude – I wasn’t the type of player who always believed in the coach and so I rode the pine regularly

    • Mexiballer

      I was just going to say maybe there was a flu running around the locker room. Is that confirmed?

  • One relaxed fella

    This loss is just an old lesson. Everyone was so smart cracking jokes about how bad Boston is. And they are. But this time the joke is on Raptors. NEVER underestimate your opponent. Extremely sloppy game. Lesson learned I hope?

  • Bears

    Poor job with rebounding and free-throws = Loss.

  • Louvens Remy

    We came. We laughed. We lost.

  • AB4EYE

    Gay got 33 tonight on 63% shooting and added 6 assists.

    So now in 17 games with the Kings he’s had 12 games shooting at least 50% and 7 of those have been 60% or better with 2 games more over 57% after just one game shooing 50% in the 18 here this year and that was right at 50%!

    Shot 39% here vs 53% there. Much like Pats good jump shooting here ts not going to last but its still comical that he’s improved over night by that wide of a margin.

    • GoingBig

      He was dysfunctional here and made the offense dysfunctional too. Damaging the development of JV and TRoss. And that contract!
      I think he was a good guy in the wrong setup.

      • Andre

        I dont think he damaged JV and TRoss. Coach just doesnt play those two players. Beside, Casey could have bench Gay…

        I guess when you have a dominent post player like Cousins, you are freed up more. I still think the Raptors are a better team without Gay, but of course I am part of #tanknation

  • GoingBig

    Blew it. Players forget it. Coaches use it. Onto the next one.

  • morgan c

    I had a bad feeling as soon as this guy wrote such a inexcusably over-confident preview.
    News Flash: The Raptors are not, nor will they ever be for the remainder of this season, in a position to take opponents lightly and assume easy wins. We aren’t that good. We are a decent team playing solid ball. We aren’t a great team and we don’t have elite talent. We can lose to anyone. And it happened tonight.
    These are games we are supposed to, and have to, win. Can’t have many more of these if we want to be “good.”

    • DDayLewis

      Why does it have to be that the Raptors took them lightly? The Celtics played great and the Raptors couldn’t but their free throws, nor grab loose rebounds.

  • ahoang

    I only saw the last 6 minutes of the game and hated everything about it.
    Too many ISO plays with DD putting up contested fadeaway jumpers. You’re solid, but not Kobe yet.
    Go back to what was winning games. Spread the floor and penetrate or hit the open man.
    Boston kept us in the game, going probably like 3/10 from the FT line.

    I know they’ve been hot the past 15-20 games, but I hope Casey gets on their asses about how they finished because it was basically a Raptors game I expected to see last year.

    If we’re gunning for the top, then play how it got you there.

    I hope this is a one off, but I can see them losing the next 2 as well.

  • rapierraptor

    Poo poo game. Let down was inevitable at some point during this stretch but hot damn that Demar spin move was nice!

  • CashGameND

    Sullivan needs to be a raptor. Their pg too.

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    we better beat the wolves or its back to tanking for us and the run we just had is an illusion

  • Sadmike

    Let’s trade JV and see how it goes