Raptors outlast the Mavericks to grab the huge come from behind victory.


Dallas Mavericks 85 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +10

He’s back! The energy! The excellent positioning and rotations on defense! The pick and rolls with Vasquez and Lowry! He even hit a three pointer in crunch time! Can you tell I’m excited yet:?

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +2

Classic tale for Ross. Shot wasn’t falling, which means he had little else to offer on offense. Casey trusted him to be his designated stopper, matching him on Monta in the first half and Calderon in the second, and he didn’t disappoint. This will be a key development in his game — he’s got to find a way to contribute when the shot isn’t falling, and tonight, he did that.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 6-8 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +2

How you like me now, Hayes? Casey rolled the dice and put Valanciunas in to close the game and the Baltic Giant didn’t disappoint. He controlled the glass down the stretch and was a reliable option in the post. It’s a work in progress, but it’s going to come eventually.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 0-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -5

I was really surprised when I pulled up his boxscore midway through the game to see that he was scoreless. Turns out he had the flu and was sick all day, but in classic Lowry fashion, he found other ways to contribute. Contesting rebounds, moving the ball, drawing charges, grabbing steals, and bullying his way to the free throw line. He’s the heart and soul of this team.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 15-22 FG | 9-14 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 40 PTS | -5

Move aside Durant, there’s a new sheriff in town. Okay, not really, but Demar had it going all night long. He was money from midrange (take that, stupid writer who penned this piece) and he beat his previous career high of 37. Could have had more if he sunk those two FT with the game out of reach, but dude was gassed. Honestly, Phelps should say that “We out here like Demar Derozan” tonight.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -6

Moved his feet on defense, collected rebounds and hit the occasional jumper. Had a nice little play where he stepped out and gave Demar an outlet which resulted in an open jumper for 2Pat.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +18

Outplayed Jonas through the first few quarters, especially on the defensive end, but the young buck stepped up so Hayes stepped off. There’s no shame in that. Solid effort as always. Sets some pretty mean screens for Vasquez. They’ve got some good chemistry.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3

Let’s not kill the vibe. He’s probably still suffering from the lingering effects of his back injury. Looked really rigid in the first. Got better as the game went along, but the two-PG lineup of Vasquez and Lowry, combined with Derozan’s scoring thankfully sent Salmons to the bench.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +21

Here’s my second crack at a nickname for Vasquez: Gravy, because everything he gives you feels that way, no? I mean, I know this is Toronto and this is where the gravy train stops and everything, but I think it’s an apt nickname, especially with the gravy muncher on his way out of town. Anywho, Gravy was hot tonight and aside from his usual heat-check here and there, he was great.

Dwane Casey

Boom! He plays JV in crunch time? Check. He goes with his best line-up in Vasquez-Lowry-Derozan-Amir-Jonas down the stretch? Check. He makes adjustments and uses Ross’ quickness and athleticism to hinder the Mavs’ best perimeter players? Check. Kept Derozan fresh for the fourth quarter? Check. Four check gets you an A. Well done, sir!

Four Things We Saw

  1. Vince Carter went into the Delorian and went back to 2004 with a one-handed jam in the lane! On a related note, Matt and Leo spent all night pimping the return of Vince, which I’m fine with in principle, but don’t make it out to be this huge deal and ram it down our throats every 3 minutes. There was a great game on tonight!
  2. I love Lowry’s tenancity. His shot clearly wasn’t falling, but he didn’t let it affect him. He was everywhere on defense and gave the Mavs guards hell to contend with. I know his numbers look awful but he was instrumental in the fourth quarter comeback.
  3. The bench unit brought the Raptors back into it tonight. The starters fell behind by as much as 21 in the early going, but Vasquez and co. brought it back like bright nylon tights, and the Raptors went punch for punch with the Mavs until they finally tired them out down the stretch. There was no quit in the boys tonight.
  4. One more time for Demar’s career night. I clearly picked the wrong game to chastise his jumpshooting tendencies. Hey, if he could hit it like he did today, fire away!
  • Tanks-a-lot

    I get the feeling that perhaps some actual Raptors lurk on this site.

    • CashGameND

      dinosaurs are extinct bro

  • AB4EYE

    Poor Greivis gets 17-7 on 13 shots while Augustin goes for 27-7 on one more shot and his 2nd 27 point game in a row. GV picks up 43 points the last 3 games and people are hype while DJ nets 30 more over the same period on just 3 more shots.

    • tonious35

      Well all we can say is that DJ Augustin fits in the Thibideau system as comfortable as the actual glove on OJ’s hand (open interpretations are welcomed). It was a match made in Heaven and good for DJ finding the right coach and right team in the right situation.

      • AB4EYE

        Every player fits Tom Thibodeau’s system because he’s an elite coach just like Pop who can take anyone in the league and get the best of out them.

        • DD10

          You do realize that the same thing could be said for Vasquez. So if Vasquez played for Thibodeau he’d be wayy better than Augustin. Therefore DJ Augustin sucks fat dick and Vasquez is better. Now fuck off

          • BigVnumba17

            Also DJ played for Indiana (currently the best team in the east) and he was atrocious. If you play for 3 different teams and you can’t find a way to contribute even a little then you are not a good player. He’s lucky he got picked up by a team like Chicago or his career would have been in jeopardy

            • AB4EYE

              And yet DJ WS/48 with the Pacers was almost double that of GV

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

            I don’t Cuz but thank you for doing it for me …lol…the guy AB4EYE is a jurk…

            • AB4EYE

              SO it take it you like GV because of where he’s from not his skill?

          • AB4EYE

            GV doesn’t shoot from deep good enough to play fill that role for the Bulls.

        • GLF

          The only thing I find with DJ is he seems to play better when he gets bigger minutes. He played bad with us and with Indiana but good with Charlotte. The only real difference was the minutes. In Charlotte he was the starter. Some guys need to ease their way into the game and it’s hard when you’re coming off the bench playing 12 minutes. I think he’s one of those guys. The problem is he’s not a starter in this league unless someone is injured so he needs to figure out how to contribute in less minutes. I always liked DJ though so I’m happy for him.

          • AB4EYE

            Every NBA player does better with extended PT but DJ has some massive splits that show he’s a plus PG when getting PT and has issues when not playing anymore than 12 or less a game.

            Same reason why GV as seen a uptick in play when he’s been getting well over 20 MP a game the last 3.

            • GLF

              This is true to an extent but I believe you have to EARN your playing time. You cannot tell me when DJ got on the floor for the Raptors he played well. Anytime he came into the game everything went south and he played like shit. He couldn’t even solidify himself as the back up point guard over Buycks and Stone. Why would you give him more minutes when he does nothing with the minutes you give him. GV is playing better now so he’s getting more minutes. Simple. It’s not the other way around. You got to play well in the minutes you’re given if you want to get more minutes. By hey I guess that’s just me. Also fit is a big part and I truly thinks Chicago is just a better fit for him. Look at how Rudy is playing in Sacramento as apposed to here. Fit is huge.

              • AB4EYE

                He was never given a shot to earn his PT and he had more assists than the other 2 bench PG here in less PT so he was playing better than them all at the same time DC was wanting better ball movement.

                • GLF

                  He was given the opportunity. I don’t know why you feel he deserved anymore minutes than the ones he was getting on OUR team. He played really bad here. And getting a little more assists than a rookie point guard and a combo guard who is a third stringer and has only been in the league like 3 years and barely played in those three years doesn’t say much. It’s VERY easy to say we should have kept someone when they go to another team and play well. Who cares. It’s about what he did when he was HERE and that wasn’t much of anything. There are MANY examples of players going to another team and playing a lot better than they played on their previous team. It’s about fit and confidence most of the time and he had neither here. I believe if you give a guy 10 minutes and he plays like shit in those ten minutes, which was DJ, he doesn’t deserve anymore minutes. Unless you are trying to develop a young player or have no one better and that wasn’t the case here. When you’re a bench player you have to be able to contribute in the amount of time given. With the way DJ was playing here Casey would have been an idiot to give him the kind of minutes he’s getting on Chicago. So if he goes off to another team and plays well when then it is what it is. He found a home but it definitely wasn’t here. Would you say we should have kept Rudy Gay as well? He’s playing really well on another team just like DJ.

                • AB4EYE

                  82 MP in 10 games is no real opportunity.

                • GLF

                  So in those 82 minutes do you think he played well enough to deserve more minutes? I just want to understand your logic. Because to me you’re saying that if a guy plays 10 minutes of shit he should get 30 minutes even though he didn’t earn it because he can’t do anything in 10 minutes. When in actuality you can impact the game in a positive way in 10 minutes. He never did that here though. If he did he would have got more minutes. But maybe I’m misunderstanding you.

                • AB4EYE

                  Well since he’s been gone for half the year and still has the same assist total and less TO as the two guys he was losing PT to in a combined 65% less MP.

                  His shot was off here and he still our produced the others but the joke is on us because he’s clearly shown his worth with the Bulls an is the latest player to take off away from DC.

        • Ghotte

          Thibodeau did wonders for the careers of Nate Robinson and Richard Hamilton. He’s an elite defensive coach who leans way to heavily on his players (minutes per game) so they eventually burn out or get injured.

          DJ played like crap while on the Raptors given many opportunities. Good for him he’s performing now. Too bad he’s a starter on a sub .500 Chicago’s team.

          • AB4EYE

            82 MP isn’t an opportunity let alone many, also the Bulls have the same record we do.

    • mike, prague

      I’m happy for both of them. They have both found a place they can flourish good for them.

    • Sowce

      We get it, you have a crush on DJ Augustin. It’s ok though, nothing to be ashamed of. Let it out

      • AB4EYE

        I honestly could care less about DJ its more about how we shit on an asset refusing to play him here. He’s a year younger than GV and cheaper so now we’re paying both players and the one we have is playing far worse.

    • Public_Enemy101

      Jeeeeeez! You seem to have such a hard-on for DJ. Just tell him you love him already! As for his skills, the dude sucks, plain and simple. That’s why he was bounced from previous teams. He’s only good now because everyone else actively playing in Chicago sucks, with exception to Noah.

      • AB4EYE

        Then DJ must be even better than I give him credit for if everyone else blows and he’s winning all these games for them.

        • Public_Enemy101

          Actually you are correct in that way, sorry. So I’ll rephrase….
          DJ is a slightly less suckier as a player since he’s doing well on a crap team.

    • tweed8

      Pretty sure DJ isn’t thinking all that much about Toronto anymore so, whatever.

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

      I say bring him back ,,,give up a Ross and a first round….lol Dude Augustin,,, can’t run a team, IF you are a basketball junkie you would understand what a point guard does. Thomas in Sacramento can score a million points but can’t run a team. But hey I like to have Vaz in LA or New York Knicks so please love to work a deal to get him there and get your your beloved Augustin,, back.. deal???lol

      • AB4EYE

        If he can’t run a team then what the hell is he doing with the Bulls? They’re 9-2 this month and he’s scoring 15.7 and getting 6.4 dimes with 10 of the 11 games coming OFF THE BENCH!

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

          Like I said bring him back…

          • AB4EYE

            Would take JV

            • FREEJV

              nah i think we can get him back for julyan stone

              • AB4EYE

                I wouldn’t even have dumped off Marquis Teague to us for Stone/

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

          Vasquez IS a hell of a PG.. Period and he gets paid to do it and you in turn ARE just sitting in front of a computer in some old RAGEDY hole ridden panties saying silly thing …is all I’m saying….lmao…

          • AB4EYE

            He can pass but that’s about it.

            If he was that great he wouldn’t be on 4 teams in 4 years and only team he had good success on was losing all the damn time and was still 8h in WS/48

            GV is a losing player and owns a WS/48 of 061 in his carrer, DJ who is medicore owns a 099 and makes less and is a year younger.

    • FREEJV

      lol look at the teams Augustin is going off against. Lets see him do this against elite teams bro their schedule have been one of the easiest so far lool

      • AB4EYE

        Didn’t we lose to LA the game before he put 27 on them in a win? We’re 0-3 vs the Bobcats he got 20-12 vs them in a win.

        • FREEJV

          what did he do against indiana and miami again?… LOL

          • AB4EYE

            They haven’t played them yet since DJ got there but it can’t be worse than what GV did vs them with us.

            • CJT

              What do any of your comments have to do with this topic? What do you comments ever have to do with the topic being discussed? Maybe try and get a new comment or an original thought for next time

              • AB4EYE

                If people post to me I will respond.

          • AB4EYE

            Here is what he did vs LA. I’m sure you’re not going to watch but it was more or less win the game all by himself with about 10 clutch plays putting them up or pushing it into a tie game most of which was in the 4th and OT.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuXDsTcalec

            • FREEJV

              noone cares about Augustin now stfu dick muncher

              • AB4EYE

                They should we may end up playing him in the first round with Rose back and them having home court.

    • GoingBig

      Augustin had to prove himself – and he totally failed. You could not trust him with the Raptors. Augustin was not head and shoulders above Stone and Buycks – definitely inferior to Vasquez

      Waiving Augustin was the price that the Raptors had to pay for:
      – Getting rid of Rudy’s contract
      – Getting an actual bench that is good enough to pull the Raptors’ nuts out of the fire
      – Getting rid of Rudy’s black-hole effect on the Raptors’ offense

      • AB4EYE

        He played 82 MP here total nobody is proving anything in the little time, He left here as a positive plus/minus and .500 in games played and more or less won his next to last game here coming off the bench in the 4th.

    • CJT

      I liked you better when you were bcabgotstogo or whatever your handle was last year. The good news is that BC and AB both gots to go!

      • AB4EYE

        I wasn’t here last year or under another name but its cool if you think I was.

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    MU is a genius. Can’t you guys see what he’s doing????

    We’re losing to the tanking teams that draftees WANT to go to (Lakers, Celtics). Losing to them is MU giving them a giant “F*($ you” to their tanking plans. We keep beating up on the Bucks, and they end up with the #1 pick and most likely draft Wiggins. Charlotte is just an anomaly, but they won’t end up with a high draft pick.

    Then we beat the good teams (OKC, Dallas x2, Indiana) and look like a team that can contend (which we are).

    And in seven years, when Wiggins (who is gonna get drafted by the Bucks) is a UFA, he comes to Toronto ala LeBron style.

    Genius!

    • tweed8

      lol Dude you’re funny.

    • AB4EYE

      Dallas isn’t that good they just smash losing teams at a 80% clip vs 37.5% vs teams .500 or better.

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

      Please tahe your happy pill today you know the Prozak…

  • FREEJV

    We missed Landry Fields today…. hes a game changer hope he gets healthy soon

    • Hater

      Landry Fields “I’m only up here for the free healthcare. Thanks you chumps”.

    • http://www.probballreport.com/ Stephen Brotherston

      supposed to take 3 weeks before he’s practicing again

      • FREEJV

        i wish it was 3 years lmao

    • robertparrish00

      This may sound really stupid, but did the Raps have a chance to give Fields a physical before signing him?
      You know you are in trouble when Dolan goes…you want to pay him how much????

      • tweed8

        It’s something they discovered after signing him. And nerve damage isn’t something you always pick up on immediately.

  • OakTree

    Gravy Baskets!

    • TheR3dMenace

      Greasy Buckets

  • AB4EYE

    Dallas have mastered the mega-choke now blowing 19 and 21 point leads in both losses to us this year and almost blew a 24 point game last time out in Cleveland with the Cavs getting down to a 2 game game before going cold keeping them finishing the comeback.

    We were lucky several bad shots fell for us tonight and then Dallas went into full self destruct in the 4th scoring just 9 points after hitting a 3 to start the quarter to go up 8. After they took that 8 point lead they had 9 TO and just 9 points on 2 made baskets the final 11:45 of the 4th.

    Also very lucky Dallas was cocky enough to sit Dirk Nowitzki giving him a rest night against us, if he plays we no doubt get beat since he would be in there taking the big shots in the 4th rather than than the mediocre players they had shooing in the 4th and in an added bonus Dirk will be rested for Brooklyn who Dallas plays next.

    Without Dirk in there to draw fouls we smashed them at the stripe taking 18 more FT and made 12 more in a 8 point win and shot 1 less FT in the 4th than they took the whole game!

    And on top of all that we sill needed DeMar to play his best career game scoring 40 on 68.2% shooting which gives me even less hope for the playoffs. DeMar missing that late FT left him a point off his boy Rudy’s 41 from last night.

    • DDayLewis

      Look, I speak for everyone when I say this:

      Could you just leave us alone for one night to bask in the glory of a hard fought win? Just one night? You have enough decency to give us that, right?

      • AB4EYE

        Sorry I don’t get pumped about a win vs team who can’t beat decent teams teams, espcailly without their best player. At the end of the day Dallas will likely miss the playoffs if you guys want to have a party enjoy it.

        • mike, prague

          It’s not as much about that they won, as it is about how they won it. Final 3 quarters were played like pre-boston basketball. That’s what we’re excited about.

          • AB4EYE

            Dallas blows leads like its going out of style they blew 40 total to us in the 2 games, and blew 24 last game before holding on once the Cavs got cold late.

        • DDayLewis

          Yeah we do. Thanks for not coming.

          • AB4EYE

            If we’re this pumped over beating a Dirk-less Mavs at home with DD
            shooing 68% which will not happen very often then things are worse then I
            expect.

            • DDayLewis

              Honest question — do you actually like the Raptors?

              • AB4EYE

                Yes but I hate we’re winning this season which will 100% set us back a couple years in the rebuild.

                • DDayLewis

                  Sure, you want them to tank which is totally fine, but why come on this site after every game to poke holes in their victories, or to bask in their losses? What does that do for you?

                • AB4EYE

                  That fact I watch all these games should show you I care, if I liked x team why the fuck would I be here every game and not that teams board?

                  When we had our lone real good win I gave them tons of credit.

                • DDayLewis

                  Why are you getting hostile? I never said you don’t care. I’m sure everyone here cares in some way about this team. I’m just curious as to why you come with axes and fire to every comment section. It’s just odd.

                  So…out of the 21 victories the Raptors have earned this season, only one of them was real? Which one was that?

                • AB4EYE

                  Pacers that’s all, Dallas looks good on paper but they win 80% vs bad teams vs37.5% vs teams .500 or better.

                • DDayLewis

                  What about when they beat a fully healthy OKC on the road?

                • AB4EYE

                  My bad I forgot about that so 2 games, but they did play the day before vs SA and blew a big lead to us.

            • Chewwy No Matthew

              I don’t get why you keep saying we. You clearly are not a Raptor fan. In fact, I believe you are a Brooklyn Nets fan as I remember you ridiculous posts with tons of written in excuses when we beat them last time.

              • AB4EYE

                You mean when I said we were lucky to beat them the day after they played a Double-OT and had to travel to Toronto and then didn’t have 3 starters.

                • FREEJV

                  aww go cry about it lmao #retard

        • ckh26

          You must be taking your lemons and going home. You and Tim W. You’d find a way to whine about winning the lottery . It wasn’t enough. The money was in 20’s instead of 50’s.

          • AB4EYE

            Me and Tim aren’t the only one who hate the fact we’re not doing the smart thing this season. Its why MU fan approval rating is so low right now as show in the news links of the day posted earlier.

        • jjdynomite

          ABFORKINTHEEYE you genius yes, the Raps would have lost to the Mavs tonight if Dirk played… just like last month. Go troll on another board.

      • GetLicks

        Lol I guess he forgot we beat them when Dirk was playing.

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

        That guy is sort of a jurk…It was a great win and a great show to watch,,love DeMar and love VAZ…

    • AB4EYE

      Dallas must fully regret sitting Dirk now that the Suns ran the Pacers out of the gym tonight jumping them in the standings and sending the Mav’s down to 8th with Memphis who’s getting thier guys back healthy and Denver on their heels.

  • Sprechen

    My nam for GV is Unfrozen Caveman Point Guard.

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

      Meet my little friend!!!!!! lol,,, I told you guys he was hurting still from the surgery now he appears to be good….

    • plk

      Gold. Pure gold. Phil Hartmann is laughing in his grave.

  • tonious35

    Sorry I had to state this, but seeing Calderon physically bothered by Lowry, Grievis, and the other guards tonight made me so relieved that we now have a better point guard pair on the floor since Calderon signed that contract in 2008. Love ya Jose, but facts are facts when it comes to defense.

    • CJT

      Calderon destroyed KL in the first. I am happy with our point guard situation as well, but they put Ross on him to slow down his offence. Had nothing to do with KL or GV

  • KJ-B

    TO ALL THE DEMAR DEROZAN HATERS, GIVE ME A BLOGGIN’ BREAK + GET TO STEPPIN!!!!

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

      Get to steppinnnnnnn fast!!!! Ke was Jordonesk tonight..love the guy!!!

      • KJ-B

        Points Per Shot was All Star. KD is Jordsneque right now.

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

          I agree!

    • http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/forums/activity.php Doc

      As the saying goes, “even the sun shines on a dog’s arse sometimes”.

      Regardless, solid performance from DeMar tonight.

      • RaptorFan

        Always disliked that saying….lol

      • KJ-B

        Almost 22 ppg, near top 10 scorer and shoe-in as an All Star reserve has nothing to do wit dumb luck.

        • AB4EYE

          It has to do with being 6th in the league in shots .1 behind Curry for 5th. Dude’s like 80th in Points per Shot. Games where he hits like tonight are extremely few and far between as he was under 40% during this little bad run.

          • http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/forums/activity.php Doc

            And 119th in field goal percentage. Not hatin’ though, just statin’ yo!

          • ckh26

            But they go in . Lots and lots of them go in. If it was as easy as you make it out to be then Rasul Butler could be an Allstar if he took all those shots. But he’s not.

            • AB4EYE

              Some go in but not as as many as most players, that’s why he’s 119th in FG% like Doc posted and 80 something in PPS.

          • Nerius

            Exactly my thoughts. Very happy for DD’s career night, however I’m not sure if he isn’t one of the reasons the Raps need to claw back in, I mean at like 2 mins left in the 1Q he had taken more shots than the whole team combined. I know that the team didn’t hit their shots, but they need to start warming up otherwise they go -21.

        • cdub

          if derozan is getting to the line and trying to get closer to the basket for his shots I am ok with his mid range game. it’s when he starts settling for long twos that it becomes an issue.

      • akashsingh

        yes demar’s face does look like a dog’s arse. But, he made me eat my words today, great performance.

        • Sowce

          You’re an idiot. I’d be willing to bet your face is the one looking like a dog’s ass.

    • Ashwin

      I like Demar as much as the next fan, but the only wrinkle in his phenomenal night was that despite his 40 points, his +/- actually tallied in the negatives…

      • KJ-B

        Q: so u wanna take back his 40 pts 3 rebs, 3 ast 15/22.

        • Ashwin

          I’m not necessarily saying that. I’m just pointing out that while he was on the floor, the opposing team scored more than the Raptors.

          • KJ-B

            Did you see the 34-14 1st quarter where he was the only raptor to make a fg… without that -20 points, raps would’ve been -40 on the scoreboard in an absolute blowout.

            Interpret the stats, is what I’m saying – – don’t just read them out of context.

            For all the fg% folk on here I’d like them to find out % of contested of field goals DeRozan scores vs Ross’ non-contested, as a result of everyone else’s work to get him open corner threes. Contested 2’s should be weighted more heavily, and not just equal to catch n shoot or catch n finish bigs rolling to the rim with inflated fg %.

  • Tee

    Shocking win
    I can’t remember the last time I saw them fight so hard to win

    JV? Wow
    Demar?…… insane

  • tweed8

    Ya. I guess Demar doesn’t deserve that all star nod at all?
    Let’s face it, even when he’s been falling into some RG impressions the whole team has/had been stinking as a whole.
    It would be nice to see the Raptors represented, regardless of whether it’s him or Lowry; Who still took to the floor while ill tonight… leading the league in charges, baby. He makes it look like an art form sometimes.

    Thank the universe for that win. Good come back because I was really tempted to turn the game off in the first. Didn’t know if I could handle it. whew

  • Philoveritas

    I tuned in to the game in the 2nd, which was probably a good thing…heard that the raps were on a 10-2 run but they were still down 13 and I was like wow that must have been some brutal first. Lowry looked off(so the flu thing makes sense I guess) but it wasn’t from lack of effort. Derozan did his best vintage Vince Carter impression…I like the way he just drove the lane like no one could stop him(and no one could without fouling)…Glad they kicked the mini slump…The Dallas broadcasters had a fun fact about Amir. He has amassed the most personal fouls of any player since 2009, not exactly the record you want your name beside in the books, but it’s one more record than I will ever have.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      that’s an amazing stat. Amir makes professional fouls.

    • jonazzing

      last out of high school player too. woot woot.

  • Fresh_Prints

    Enough with the booing. It’s pathetic.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      It’s a reminder to every NBA player that vindictive personal tanking is the worst possible thing to do.

      • C JT

        Do you really think that is what other players are getting out of it? Or is it just confirmation for them that Raptors fans are worse than NY fans?

        • Tanks-a-lot

          Imagine if Patrick Ewing had done what Carter did. NY fans would probably try to kill him.

      • Fresh_Prints

        It makes Raptors fans as classy as Vancouver Canucks fans.

        • robertparrish00

          Let’s keep the hockey talk on TSN.

    • jjdynomite

      Enough with sucking up to star power no matter how unapologetically unprofessional the behaviour. Now that’s pathetic.

    • SR

      Who cares. The fan bases of the two winningest franchises in NA pro sports – the Yankees and the Canadiens – will happily boo their own players when they feel it’s deserved. There’s nothing bush league or pathetic about some lusty booing.

      And I’m not one to do it. I really don’t care enough to boo former Raptors. But at this point it’s so over the top that everyone recognizes it’s kind of just for fun.

  • Rupert

    Demar freakin Derozan when hes hot he is amazing and so fun to watch tonight bless his soul

  • Tinman

    That first quarter was horrible

  • raptorspoo

    If you’re going to trade DD do it today ­čśŤ

  • DiseaseMusic

    Fall away jumpers with and-1’s, ridiculous up and unders. Was that DeRozan out there tonight or Kobe?

    • DDayLewis

      It was Durant

      • raptorspoo

        Durant was pretty awesome. Beat up the Spurs tonight sans Westbrook. Impressive indeed~

    • GoingBig

      More pleased with his going into the paint. 9-14 this night. Was 3-4 in each of the previous two losses.

  • Roarque

    So glad I was wrong about predicting a Mavs rout although by the middle of the 2nd I was as frustrated as other Raps fans. I have to hand it to Dwane in that it appears he’s figured out how to deal with slow starts by the starters – he just puts in the “Kings” and whoever else is willing to help out ( usually it’s DDR or KLOW or TRoss) and these vets come out and stop the bleeding. Where o where would we be without the pick-up of these four guys from Sacramento.
    Thanks Dwane and to DDR – enjoy!!

  • Tanks-a-lot

    The Bobcats beat the Clippers. Makes me feel better.

  • arsenalist

    Haha…DeRozan A+…57% say too low. I love you guys.

  • Ghotte

    As far as former top-level PGs go, how badly has Devin Harris fallen? Guy was a very good player with the Nets ages ago

  • Andrey

    I watch Boston game we lose. I watch Bobcats game in 4th quarter we lose. I miss Timberwolves and purposely didn’t watch Mavericks game and we win. I guess I can’t watch games if I want this team to win. T.T what did I do basketball gods.

  • http://www.probballreport.com/ Stephen Brotherston

    Casey wasn’t ‘rolling the dice’ with JV, that was ‘player development’ & if it doesn’t work out so be it. First priority remains player development on this team. But it was great to see JV shine in the 4th

    • JayTeam

      Coaches 1st priority is to win ballgames.

  • http://www.probballreport.com/ Stephen Brotherston

    that’s not probably on John Salmons back – he confirmed it still hurts pregame

  • BigDickKamen

    **********WHY IS AMIR STILL TAKING THREES DURING CRUNCH TIME!!!!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!

  • Andrius

    I think the problems that come with Jonas, is the team needs to get him involved in the game, he’s not a seasoned vet that just can push around the established statesmen of the league just like that.
    You can see when he scores, he jumps from 1st to 4th gear, on defense he contests, grabs rebounds on both ends like it’s nobody’s business, just like he did in the 4th quarter last night. But the team seems to forget he’s a 2nd year player. If they don’t look for him when he’s open and asking for the ball, you can just see him out of the game, just running through the motions, setting screen after screen running laps out there back and forth. Jonas is still just 21 years old, not even 2 years living in a new country and all that, his biggest talent is his heart, and when he’s into it he can do damage.
    For those who forget, he was the top young international player at his age, pushing around teams like USA, just dominating when the team was leaning on him. He does look tired at times, but everyone is at this point in the season. Looking for Raps to win next 4 games and hopefully in Denver we’ll manage the altitude. #GoRaps

  • Bloato

    Pistol G not Gravy

  • asifyouknow

    Someone explain to me the “gravy ” comment by William Lou on the grades columns….I don’t get it…Thanks