Toronto Raptors 104 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Brooklyn Nets
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +2Showed some signs of breaking out of his recent funk, particularly early in the fourth, where he ran a couple nice give and gos with Lowry. For the most part, though, he still looked a step slow out there – he missed the catch on two well-run pick and roll plays, which stood out the most to me. That’s his bread-and-butter on most nights. Pierce was a tough matchup for him defensively and he had trouble following him around the perimeter all night.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6Got the start in place of DeRozan in order to keep some stability on the bench unit, and proceeded to contribute nothing. It’s not on him that he’s getting more minutes than a player of his caliber should. It is on him when his one above-average NBA skill is 3-point shooting and he goes 0 for 5, and four of those could reasonably have been called “open looks.”

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +1He had a tough act to follow after his 51-point explosion Saturday, and early on, it looked like the good times were going to continue to roll. After a hot first few minutes, though, he cooled off from the field. However, he contributed in other ways: particularly defensively on Joe Johnson, whom he did an excellent job on for most of the game (Johnson finished with 12). It’s also great to see the effort he makes on the glass – if he could time those crazy jumps he makes from the wing to grab loose boards consistently, oh my.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -2After the first quarter, in which he was neutralized by an ancient Kevin Garnett and dunked on by Andray Blatche, you may have thought he was in for a rough evening. Nope. The following three corners were efficient, effective, and generally excellent. Lowry was the MVP of the game, and Patterson was the last-second hero, but Jonas was the key cog in the fourth – he cleaned up the glass after some questionable Raptor possessions, and scored in a variety of ways. Also showed some ‘tude after the game got chippy. I loved watching him stand up to Garnett.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 10-18 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 31 PTS | +1If this man doesn’t go to New Orleans, it’s a travesty. Absolutely eviscerated Shaun Livingston all game and went toe to toe with Deron Williams, drew 3 charges (should have been four) and played through foul trouble to help will the Raptors to a victory tonight. I realize that it’s beyond ridiculous to put him in the MVP discussion, and I’m not doing that at all here, but tonight was an MVP-type performance.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -5Turns out Andray Blatche is his kryptonite. Matchup-wise, he was in tough – he just couldn’t deal with the length and athleticism of Blatche, and got victimized on both ends, particularly in the third quarter. Possibly his roughest outing as a Raptor. He’ll bounce back.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +5Looked like the mask was bothering him early (a couple air balls), so what does he do? He ditches it and proceeds to go Elaine Alden-hot for the rest of the game. The last-second steal and score: CAJONES, my friends. Cajones.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -10Generally ineffective offensively (took some questionable shots), but played well defensively and didn’t take too many possessions. Came in late for Ross, which I think was the right decision with Lowry, Jonas and Patterson carrying the offence.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +7God, that floater he throws up drives me bananas. That said, tonight was one of his better efforts defensively – he managed to earn his minutes in the crunch time fourth quarter lineup by not being a liability. Ran some great pick and rolls, hit some open 3s, and could have had a couple more assists if not for some muffed catches.

Dwane Casey
One complaint: The four Kings + Novak lineup we saw late in the first quarter. Besides that, I thought he was excellent, tactically. Found ways to attack a Nets lineup full of tough defenders, made the correct matchup decisions, and crucially chose to not pressure the inbounder on the Raps final possession – a decision that directly led to the Patterson’s steal and crucial hoop. Well done.

Three Things We Saw

  1. This game had a playoff-type atmosphere. Three technical fouls were called in the third quarter – one an extremely questionable one on Lowry. The Raptors, to their credit, didn’t back down. It’s great to see this team fired up on a regular basis – pretty refreshing for long-time Raptor fans.
  2. The reason the Nets stayed in this one so late, incredibly, was Paul Pierce, who had 7 three-pointers and basically scored at will in the fourth to bring the Nets ahead. It was a vintage performance for Pierce, but the Raptors could have really used some more options on D – Amir was too slow, and Ross couldn’t guard Pierce and Johnson. I would have liked to have seen the Ross/Salmons tandem used more – it was largely abandoned after the first half.
  3. I can not overstate how impressive Kyle Lowry was this game. Shredding the defence, taking charges, knocking down open 3s: the guy did it all tonight. Quite possibly his best performance in a Raptor uniform, in a key game, with the team’s leading scorer injured. Make the man an All-Star, already.

  • arsenalist

    They see us rollin’. They hatin’.

    • Daren Brandman

      Riding dirty.
      I think Lowry hopped up out of bed…. Turn my swag on.

    • rapierraptor

      Raptin’ dirty.

    • FREEJV

      was this directed at Violet Palmer?

  • rapierraptor

    Somewhere Chuck Swirksy is screaming, “Oniiiioonns, baby!”

  • Dr. Dread

    FUCK YA BABY!!! What else is there too say?!

  • Anti Vasquez

    Hate Vasquez… he tries but he seems to mess up at inopportune times… I was screaming at my TV when he got the offensive foul when Amir drilled the three.

    • Adriiian

      he’s terrible. everything he gets he gives back, and more, on stupid turnovers and plays.

    • Mexiballer

      Thank you. I cant stand watching that guy play. I cringe every time he checks in because I hate everything about his game. He’s one of those players that grew up thinking show boating was basketball. I think he will totally choke in the playoffs. Masai must be looking for another gaurd before the trade deadline. Vasquez cant be gone soon enough for me.

      • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

        I like it when he’s on the court WITH Lowry. Sometimes he gets exposed, but overall he eats minutes at the Guard position.

        I saw a feature about him on RapsTV & his journey to the NBA was a pure dream as a youngster in Venezuela, & his swag is just a reflection of who he is

        • Mexiballer

          Thats fine if his swag is a reflection of who he is. But its not ok that it effects his decision making and bad style of play with fancy looking passes. He just hurts the team on to many possessions, especially since a lot of his bad turn overs lead to fast break points on the other end. They are killers. I do think its better when Kyle is out there with him, but thats because he doesnt have to be the principle ball handler and actually run things. Im not saying hes not a good guy or doesnt want to do the right thing on the court…he just doesnt know what the right thing is.

          • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

            yeah i know what you’re talking about. I’m not really a big fan of his, but he is better than DJ Augustin (even though he looks better with the Bulls). Unless/Until there are better options, he plays AVERAGE back-up PG. Everyone here keeps saying whatever he adds he also gives back~ it’s crazy how many peepz are saying that! I think that’s pretty true with his shot selection (and makes) sometimes good, sometimes bad. But with our 2nd unit, it fits. Other than PatPat, we need someone to score

            • Mexiballer

              I agree…he is better then DJ. At least he moves around and makes things happen, where DJ looked like a deer caught in the head lights half the time. Im not saying he doesnt have skills or doesnt do some good things or doesnt make some plays. He just never learned to play the game the right way and because of that, he makes some really bone head mistakes that hurt the team on a regular basis. Ive heard announcers say that he sees the floor well. I disagree completely. He has tunnel vision for the guy he wants to throw the ball to and he doesnt see that there are defenders with in reach of the passing lane that he has picked out well in advance of actually making the pass. Just because he can can make a nice no look bullet pass from time to time does not mean he can see the court well. A point guard needs to see all ten guys on the floor. Not just a couple that he can throw the ball too. Thats one of my many problems with the way he plays the game. He doesnt see the floor well, and even when he does see the floor he tries to make a thread the needle or show boat pass that often results in a turn over. We need a high percentage passing point guard that we can trust with the ball. Vasquez is not it.

              • Shifty

                DJ is doing well in Chicago, guess our system is not good
                Chicago is still 5th without DRose and Deng. Crazy

                When our PnR are less random and more actual gameplan, Greivis will thrive. So will Amir and so will Jonas. Its criminal we don’t go to them as rollers nearly enough

                • Ghotte

                  Reason they don’t go to JV as much is b/c his timing on the PnR are not always consistent. WHen you look at what Amir does you clearly see how timing is supposed to work. JV needs more practice is all I’m saying.

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

        Now I understand you…lol.. I have been reading you for a while and been keeping my mouth shut, I don’t mind good smack on a player but when you repeatedly burn the guy with baseless arguments it sort of burns me up, is nothing personal but I want to know some facts.
        lets do the first one.. CHOCKING:
        Vaz was a four year starter in the ACC, so lets ask Duke how many times they seen Vasquez choke in four years, also lets ask the other top team, you know, North Carolina how many times he choked in four years all as a starter of course.
        let me just save you time and tell you ZERO, he beat them in every regular season game they ever played, 8-0 vs the best teams in the country vs some great ACC guards. He torched the nets and the assists.
        Also take a look at his Rookie season in the playoffs with the grizz and them lets talk chocking.
        No big deal, just thought I tell you. As a long time blogger who will pound folks, including Vasquez, I can tell you is always good to test the waters.
        He be gone soon enough so don’t worry. Be happy….lol

        • Mexiballer

          Ive seen you mention a couple of times before about how Vasquez torched teams in the ACC. I didnt bother responding because it has very little validity when discussing how a player is doing in NBA now. Colleage ball is not the NBA where you are competing against the best players in the world every night. It doesnt matter what he did in the ACC years ago. It matters what he does on the floor now. The reson I think he will choke in the playoffs is because he chokes on a regular basis in regular season games now. Our definition of choking may be different. But to me when a guy makes bad passes that lead to quick fast break points, takes goofy high arcing floaters that even when they go in are not high percentage shots (and he is not Tony Parker) ..makes bad decisions with the ball often, and starts to play hero ball when he makes a couple. He’s an emotional hyper guy and it shows on the court, and thats not what you need at point guard…you need a steady hand. Having said that…if Casey can get him to clean up his bad low percentage passes and get him to take better shots, I think he could get the job done for the rest of the year and we could live with his slow footed defence and his other deficiencies.. But yeah…trying to compare the ACC to the NBA is not even a discussion worth having.

          • asifyouknow

            No one was comparing the NBA with the ACC, once again you just read into what you wanted to see. You were talking about choking…you are amazing I must say, like a ship without rudder, lol,
            Look through his NBA career he can assist and he can score big, if he puts it up 15 + he will score 20 just like most guards along with most assists. Look it up..lol..so please, if you just don’t like the guy, fair enough.
            The point is your assertions are based on pure hate,honestly friend I’m diminished by even talking to you about this, you have no knowledge of this guy to be able to talk about what’s going on. Just like I won’t comments on JV ability to guard anyone because I don’t know what he’s all about yet.
            The guy is an NBA point guard and you and your brother Anti Vasquez need to get over it…lol.. you already called him every name in the book…give it a rest and let it all play out, is all I’m saying….lol..all in good fun…

    • afrocarter

      I think you guys may be over-reacting a little bit. Vasquez came in a provided some solid minutes tonight. He was working well with Jonas during that stretch in the 3rd quarter; he shot the ball well from distance; allowed KLOW to work off the ball in the 4th. Sure he had 4 TOs, but so did KLOW. His floater is kinda problematic at the moment, but I’m sure the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction sooner rather than later.

      • Mexiballer

        Im looking at him more from the 20 plus games hes played. Without going into details there is a lot not to like about the way he plays. I will be surprised if Masai isnt trying to acquire another back up point guard before Feb 20th.

        • CJT

          I think you are going to be very surprised then.

          • Mexiballer

            Well see. Three and half weeks to go. He may keep Vasquez too. Im saying that I think hell bring somebody else in.

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

              I still don’t get you guys …look at the last 5 games, he is healthy, will only get better…the guy is still going from a starter to a bench player, playing good team defense and by the way him and Lowry are together on that… inopportune times turnovers some folks talk about.
              He is a good player and he will be gone soon, so relax, he is not Casey TYPE guard. There is a lots of anticipation in the game he plays , pick and roll are more dangerous plays than just hand the ball to some to create their own shot..
              High reward hi risk that is the P&R game ….now if you out and get Durant and LeBron ! well hell who cares who plays PG…LOL>>>>LOL

  • Philoveritas

    Close game…thought this one was gonna get away from them…seen too much of that from Pierce in the past, so glad he didn’t hit the desperation three at the buzzer…that finish was legendary…

  • JRedmond14

    Don’t know if everyone saw it but Masai hugged Lowry at the end of the game….. HE AIN’T GETTING TRADED

  • rc

    T-Ross averaging 30.5 points over the last two games!!

    • FREEJV

      if he gets 0 next game he ll only average 20+ over the last 3

  • tweed8

    Heart was pounding at the end there!

    Pic of Lowry given Masai a hug. Apparently he’s off the trade block.

    • James Slim

      90% of the time speculation is made up

      • tweed8

        No doubt. Which still leaves it going one way or the other. I’ll just sit back, watch and hope the best decisions are being made.

  • Brian L

    By the way, this Brooklyn team is a totally different team than last time we saw them (and the one before the New Year). They’ll be a force come playoff time. Glad to see the Raptors stick it out though. Defense… DEFENSE wins.. *c word.

  • FREEJV

    HEY VIOLET TELL ME HOW 2PATS ASS TASTE!

    • baklboyd

      LOOOL

  • Greg

    What a time to be alive!

  • raptorstand

    Jonas baby , The dunk after Garnett got in his face is pay back for Calderon, its nice to watch tough hard nosed basketball from a elite 21 year old.

    • FREEJV

      Now you guys see why Jonas is untouchable? When he gets some touches hes actually “ok”. with demar out he got his touches and delivered an easy 20/13

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Yeah they actually had to go to him with DD on offense.

      • Ghotte

        Has more to do with how JV decides to play. In the 1st qtr he was owned by Blatche b/c he took too long to decide what to do. Later, he made good cuts, grabbed ORebs and “made himself available.” Good game for him — needs to do this more often.

    • thatpeterguy

      Took the words out of my mouth. I’ve been waiting to for somebody take it to Garnett like that for years. He made him look ooooold.

  • Dagger

    Maybe the most satisfying game I’ve watched the Raps play since the Carter era.

    Recent funk notwithstanding, it would be a mistake to break up this young core. There might be something special here.

  • Feather Ruffler

    God damn it I’m proud to be a Raptors fan !!! There are franchises that try to manufacture grit and determination and sell it as fools gold, but this team is the Rocky f-in Balboa of the NBA. Brooklyn even has “Skinny Drago” with Andrei Kirilenko.

  • ad

    Reffing was AWFUL but the raps got away with that key salmons bucket late when amir clearly pulled and shoved kirilienko out of the way. Was a great game and was worried the team would piss away a lead again. Fuckin love lowry. Said it before, best pg this franchise has ever had, hands down.

  • doncity

    ha ha! *Denzel laugh*

  • Adriiian

    Kyle Lowry. What a stat line today. His game speaks volumes. What a finish to the game.
    #HOWSWEETITIS
    LETS GO RAPTORS!

  • Louvens Remy

    SWEET! And Still…..the best team in the Atlantic Division. I’m seeing them in Portland this Saturday.
    2Pat the son of Casey getting it done!!

  • Louvens Remy

    Awwwwwwwwwful NBA reffing tonight. This league,

    • Mexiballer

      Like I was saying.

  • ckh26

    Just a great effin win. Everyone up off the bench at the end. Hard to quantify team chemistry on sabre metrics report but that scene says we have it. Lots of it.

    On a WTF note.. there must be a clause in Violet’s Palmer’s contract that says she gets to make one absolutely boneheaded call per month against the raptors and it has to be in the last minute of the 4th quarter that puts the game almost out of reach. Really a charge on Lowry with less than a minute to go when the same play was a block all nite long.

    • jjdynomite

      With a little Bavetta hip twist too. Palmer’s a double affirmative action case. What a joke. Thank heavens the Raps won or Casey would be in line for a (justifiable) post-game rant and suspension.

    • James Slim

      Williams shuffled back, then sideways, the forwards within the same second – how is that position?

      • Delabar’s Weighted Balls

        to be honest, I thought it was a good call on that play

      • http://peterd.mp Beagle17

        It looked like a good call to me as well. It might have gone the other way, but I wouldn’t say it’s an obvious blown call.

        • CJT

          In live action I thought it was a terrible call, but watching the replay DW had better position than I first thought. I did still think he was moving though.

  • Abused Raptors Fan

    So Lowry punishes another team that passed on trading him?

    • tweed8

      That’s cool. He’s just saying, I got my pack right here bitches!

  • rtzyyz

    Great win
    missing Tyler of the bench is becoming more and more evident.
    Don’t want to say we can contend but this team is starting to really look legit. We need another skilled big.

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      Completely agree. Especially with Amir going through his annual mid season struggles

  • AB4EYE

    Big gift from the Nets tonight blowing a 3 point lead in final 20 seconds! If we lost that game with a 5 game West coast road trip coming up it would have no doubt locked us into selling at the deadline.

    Its amazing how important Lowry to this team if he has a off game we ended up losing and in most win he comes up massive.

    MU is in a bad spot. He should be able to get a lot for him in a trade while he’s playing at this level but if he doesn’t he will likely end up getting an offer we can’t afford to match but if he dumps him off while in first place its sends a bad message to the fans.

    • jacobd4

      Same thing every game, let the raptors have a win. Take your negativity to Realgm

      • AB4EYE

        The Nets did let them have a win.

        • RPT23

          Yeah and we let the Clippers win too… smh

          • AB4EYE

            Dude they had the ball and the lead with 12 seconds on their side of the court and blew it with getting no shot or FT up

            • RPT23

              So then, I would prefer that they “choked” and gave us the win we deserved. Either way, it was a win versus a team that had most (if not all) their players. Glad that Televoic (sic) didn’t go off again.

        • Shadow Of Christ

          You’re an idiot… How did Nets let the Raptors win? Explain that one to me

          • AB4EYE

            Did you watch the finish?

            • raptorstand

              fuck off

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Yeah… and the Raptors are never going to be anything other than mediocre until they lose enough to win. They should just crash the teams chartered plane on the way out West, fire Masai, hire Colangelo back and move the team to LA so it can finally be an attractive market for FA’s

          • AB4EYE

            Half right

    • Shadow Of Christ

      Lowry ain’t going nowhere!

      • AB4EYE

        He will if he hits the open market.

    • raptorstand

      And here comes abreye crawling up from the septic tank to spew his crap all over my screen .

    • ckh26

      A gift from the nets . Those guys would take the time to even kick your sorry negative ass to the curb. It wasn’t a gift we took that… RR is in a bad spot too so we’re trading you for a piece of gum a used condom and cigarette butt to named later and we still get the better deal.

      • AB4EYE

        Yes it was a gift all they had to do was inbound the ball and make FT to at worst go to OT

    • Quest

      what are you…

    • jjdynomite

      AB4IDIOT, take your tank to RaptorsHQ. Yes, Raps didn’t win this game, on the opponent’s home court, missing their leading scorer — the Nets lost it. Are you Tim W.’s brother, or just his butt buddy?

      • AB4EYE

        We owe the schedule makers a beer after beating them twice in a row on the second night of a back-to-back which is big for a younger team vs a old team like them.

        • raptorstand

          I can count 5 times off the top of my head when Garnett and Peirce did the exact same thing to the Raptors over the years, we finally get some pay back and you cant enjoy it ? lolololol Negative Nancy’s are amazing.

        • James Slim

          For crying out loud, stop going on about back-to-backs – it’s all mental. Everyone plays 82 games in a season.

          • AB4EYE

            Back-to-Backs are the very first thing every NBA player and coach look at when the schedule comes out Its helped us to no end this year being a young team but we aren’t going to get any in the playoffs

        • GLF

          I hear what you’re saying but what does a second night of a back to back have to do with the HORRIBLE pass Deron Williams made and the AMAZING steal Patterson made? Being old and being on a back to back does not excuse such nonsense. And non of them looked gassed to me. Pierce definitely didn’t and he’s old.

          • AB4EYE

            Tried players make bad choices he was out 16 days still not fully 100% This was the end of 3 games in 4 nights and D-Will hit a wall in the 4th shooting 0-for-3 with 3 TO and went scoreless the second half

            • GLF

              What the Hell!? You are standing up on the side line and all you have to do is pass is to a player. What the hell does tiredness have to do with that. If being tired is going to make a players whose been in the league for a number of years now and some thought or think is an “all star’ player then Brooklyn will never get anywhere. How you can use tiredness as an excuse for that play is BEYOND me. I bet you would NEVER say that if it were a Raptors player on a back to back that did that. Smh.

            • CJT

              Or it could be that D Will is not as good as people would like to believe. I think he is one of the most overrated PG’s in the league on the first or second game of a back to back.

    • tweed8

      Folks just need to stop replying to this guy’s posts. Who cares what he thinks.

      • Mexiballer

        I agree. I think that will be my last reply.

    • Bryan Colangelo

      Remember when you were going on and on about how nervous we should all be about the Knicks and Nets finally getting players back from injury, and how the Raptors should just roll over and die? And I told you that you were worrying over nothing and that both these teams had major weaknesses?

      Well, here you go. The Knicks are poorly coached and filled with knuckleheads, and the Nets are old and rusty as shit. We can take them in the playoffs. No prob.

      • AB4EYE

        We should be OK if we keep getting the old teams on their second night in backs to back

        • James Slim

          both teams have played the same number of games in the last two nights, and the Raptors have played 44 games in the last 89 days compared to Nets’ 43 – in other words, the Nets should have been fresher

          • AB4EYE

            They played last night in Boston we we’re off they also have key players who are much older hence why they lose so many times on night two of the back-to-backs

        • Louvens Remy

          Last time it wasn’t a legit win because KG and Truth weren’t playing. Tonight the Nets just gave up the game. Good teams win and capitalize on mistakes and don’t care who is in the lineup.

    • Mexiballer

      Are you still talking about trading Lowry. Seriously. And no Masai is not in a bad spot. His point gaurd is playing like an all star, he’s a great floor general, a great leader in the locker room, and he might be the the guy who leads this team in the future. Isnt that what you want your guys to do…play great.

      • AB4EYE

        Most all those things you posted is why other teams will offer him more money this summer, and also why this came out today

        todhttp://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2014/01/27/stein-lowry-likely-traded/ay

    • Maputo88

      What do ya mean “can’t afford to sign him”? Give him 7-8/ year plus 2-3 for getting to the playoffs/allstar berths and we r fine. They can afford to spend tons in baseball & soccer but not here?

      • JayTeam

        MLSE has no baseball, they own Raps, Leafs and FC.

  • Minks77

    Just wanna say:

    *ahem*

    FUCK VIOLET PALMER!

    Worst ref in the NBA. Certified Home crowd ref and definitely a Raptor hater. Been that way for years. If that was a block on Klow that was a charge on Dwill.

    For the record this isn’t cuz she’s a woman, just cuz she’s a shitty biased ref.

    • FREEJV

      Her being a woman only makes things worse cuz you cant really go after her that much cuz shes a woman…… she should retire already shes already having vision problems

      • Raptorozans

        On TV I could have sworn I saw D-Will give a look of love to Violet right before the inbounds, as if to say ‘hey baby, you’re saving this one for us tonight right’? 2Pat put a stop to those sleazy shananigans hahaha

        • Tamberlyn Richardson

          I saw that as well. Better yet was after the steal & score by PPat, all the Nets were standing around shell shocked. You see her yelling Paul you need to get the ball in. A FULL TEN SECONDS LAPSED before Brooklyn got the ball in play! They had no time-outs remaining so they had to in-ball the ball from that end. Now I know teams get 5 seconds when they are passed the ball but don’t they also have to inbound within 5 as well???

          The Bboyz and I were freaking watching Pierce run down court for his last second heave; with Kyle and Amir double team defending (in probably Amir’s best defense of the night on Pierce given PP torched him). One of the BBoyz was worried she’d call another foul but I said “she can’t she allowed ten seconds for them to inbound on top of yelling Paul get it in play, so if she called a foul the whole series would be reviewable & she’d look like what she is; a biased ref!”

          Still, I hope the Raptors send in the final play along with a couple other choice bits of film
          1) the DWill block which became a Lowry charge when the game was 101-100
          2) the foul call on JV from behind when he went straight up & the ref closest to the play deemed it fair
          3) No call on Teletovic grab & hit of Hayes but in next second calls him for traveling and on ensuing play Hayes gets called for a love tap on the other end comparatively

          Bottom line I cringe every time I see she’s officiating a Raptors game which leads me to wonder if the League couldn’t have more transparency of the officials. Teams and even fans should be able to pull up stats from every game to see how many fouls an official calls and view if one team is penalized consistently more by an individual ref. If, as I suspect Ms. Palmer demonstrates she consistently is biased vs the Raptors then either there are repercussions OR simply don’t let her call our games! That goes for any ref who displays bias to any specific team. Major League Baseball and the NFL are much more transparent regarding their refereeing than the NBA and it’s well beyond time they changed it.

          Thankfully this was a win for the Raptors which enables us to discuss this more prominently otherwise we’d be accused of sour grapes.

          Also you would think the League would start to get involved when one of their referees is trending more than a team or players on twitter! THAT can’t go unnoticed… Can it?

          • 2damkule

            the nba does track it, but more than likely, it either evens out over time (eliminating the ‘bias’ claim), or if it doesn’t, it’s not like that would ever become public.

            but she is – and always has been – horrible. i reffed for a good 10 years growing up (it’s the easiest money a teenager can make), and some refs are simply unsure of their abilities, and try to make up for that by being overly confident in their calls, which is how she strikes me (it’s not at all uncommon – when you see guys go into show-boating routines – bavetta, crawford, etc. – when making calls, it’s usually because they’re trying to sell the call because they aren’t sure it’s the right one). basketball is hard to officiate, because there’s so much emotion involved, and it’s hard for refs not to become part of the action.

            as for the final inbounds, they do have 5 seconds, but the count starts when the inbounder picks up the ball…i can’t recall exactly, but i know PP let it kind of linger on the ground while they got set up before picking it up. they were just shell-shocked at the preceding play, and clearly hadn’t planned on having to set up an inbound. and he’d have had to hold it for a solid 15 before they’d make that call in that situation…

            • Tamberlyn Richardson

              Thanks for providing that info, I wasn’t aware of that. If that’s the case I don’t know why more teams don’t do what BKN did i.e take a few extra seconds to decide what play they’ll run before picking up the ball. Still it seems like a hole in the system if this is allowed as in essence it’s like a free time out only on court not at the side line.

              • 2damkule

                np…it really is up to the ref in that case to get the ball & hand it to them so the count can start in a reasonable amount of time, and the nets aren’t given an unfair advantage.

                i’d just like to point out that pierce TOTALLY traveled on his last-second shot attempt.

                • Tamberlyn Richardson

                  So either way you slice it Ms. Palmer STILL gave them an unfair advantage by letting them congregate & form a play. In fairness Pierce DID NOT take 5 seconds once he picked up the ball he put it in play almost immediately, it was more the extended time they took prior to putting it in play.

              • Bonton7

                OR you can “accidentally” spill a drink on the court. ahem.

    • Mexiballer

      I dont think shes a Raptor hater. She sucks every night…it doesnt matter whos playing.

      • Eric Montross 00

        YUP, EXACTLY!

      • Louvens Remy

        Double entendre. Way to skirt the censorship. LOL.

        • Mexiballer

          Ha ha…that was unintentional….but true!

    • Thomas

      Her and Tony Brothers are two of the worst refs in the league

      • Ahem

        I think Joey Crawford might have something to say about that.

        • 2damkule

          salvatore & bavetta would like a word…

  • thatpeterguy

    I love this team.

  • Quest

    who should be an allstar? DD or Klow? why not both?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgk-lA12FBk

  • ih8vasquez

    If we just get a better backup point guard our team would be complete

    • Louvens Remy

      He was good tonight. We could always get DJ Aug…..ahh shit, we already had him and everyone thought HE sucked too. Oh well.

      • James Slim

        Everyone thought signing Augustin was a bad thing in the first place. I’m sure the Kings aren’t enjoying watching 2-Pat play so well for us. Anyway, Vasquez can play alongside Lowry, not sure the same can be said for Augustin

      • Mexiballer

        DJ did suck when he was here. And a good game for Vasquez is one level above sucking.

    • Ghotte

      We need a better starting PF is what’s needed to be perennially in the top 4 of the East. I think Amir is a great player and has massive amounts of heart. But, he would also be a great 6th man or 1st big off the bench and torch the 2nd unit of the opposing team.

  • RPT23

    Love it! I absolutely dislike the Nets team (for more reasons than the obvious they are in our division type thing). Also, Pierce is a Raptor-killer. Wow, just wow. He was on tonight!

    2Pat is bringing it! KLOW is the man, an all-star! He’s GOT to be.

    The team is proving they belong with the big boys with every hard fought win. Beating a tough Nets team who had (and still have) the best record in 2014! Love it. I tel ya, the chemistry is at an all-time high. Relating to the 2K series, I would say their chemistry is at 90% hahaha…

  • Abused Raptors Fan

    Loved the win, but watching Hayes get outperformed again and Amir struggle points to how badly we need Psycho T back. Apparently management is letting him decide when he’s 100% and ready to come back. Seems a little odd to me, considering his personality, that he’s taking so long to come back. If he doesn’t want to be here anymore we need to make a trade because we don’t have a ton of depth in the frontcourt and when our bigs struggle, the team seems to follow

    • FREEJV

      hes a fake tough guy didnt you see him when MWP came after him lmao

      • Thomas

        well who wants to get in a fight in a preseason game. not that big a deal if you ask me

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Between the fines and suspensions (and additional lost income) its not worth it.

      • tweed8

        There’s a difference between being an aggressive player and a douche bag named “Meta World Peace”.

      • AB4EYE

        LOL at people thinking he was scared of MWP like its the NHL and people get into real fights Metta didn’t do anything when Tyler elbowed him in the head a year or two back

    • Mexiballer

      He wants to be here. He has a badly bruised ankle bone. He’ll know when he’s ready.

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      He’s a decent bench big that acts as added insurance against a bad game from Amir or JV. Hes another big body, 6 fouls and much better than Hayes

    • James Slim

      Overall, Hayes has been pretty solid, and thus I think Casey wants to have Hansbrough fully fit before bringing him back into the rotation – otherwise we have 3 PF/C, none of whom can play Small Forward. I personally think Hansbrough is the most reliable of the lot, 2-Pat the best natural scorer, and Val the future. Amir then becomes the fourth big and Hayes the fifth.

      • James Slim

        Starting five of KL-DD-TR-Hans-Val when everyone’s healthy. Just my opinion.
        I tried a number of variations on 2K14, but found this to be the best
        (though I also did a three-way trade, sending Fields to Pelicans and
        getting Gary Neal from Bucks).

        • http://peterd.mp Beagle17

          I’d like to see Casey try that for a while too. I think having Amir on the floor with Vazquez more would be a good thing. They will likely develop some good PnR chemistry together.

  • Shadow Of Christ

    Who wants to trade Lowry now? Who doesn’t want to lock him up now?

    • AB4EYE

      I would love to trade him with his value at its peak.

      • Quest

        hush

      • Thomas

        seriously, fuck off

        -Everyone

        • AB4EYE

          That what I’m going to be saying to MU once KL walks for nothing

  • Kyle

    What was better than the Raptors win? Seeing Violet Palmer trending on twitter.

    just try and stop this team!!!!!

  • From the bench

    Absolutely AWESOME game! It has been a long time since I have been this excited watching Raptors games!

    Kyle Lowry was unreal…. Send that man to the All star game!

  • NextMusicFromTokyo

    What was up with that jump ball in the 4th quarter?! KG blatantly jumped the gun mocking JV before the toss, jumped a 2nd time encroaching right into JV and grabbed the ball on the way up before it hit its peak!! I thought it was a freaking joke and that they would redo the jump ball but no-one on the Raptors complained. WTF?!

    • Mexiballer

      They have to get rid of the jump ball. They always tip it on the way up.

    • SR

      It was a saavy old man move and some officials who were more than happy to let grey area calls go the Nets way all night long. Did you see Viloet Palmer yelling at Pierce to inbounds rather than just doing the 5 count on the last play of the game? I’ve watched Raptors ball for 18 years and I’ve NEVER seen a ref give the Raps that kind of benefit.

  • Lupe fiasco

    It’s weird how they don’t throw it to Jonas more often. He got 20 on 13 shots… Damnnnn

    • Lupe fiasco

      The nets had no one tall enough to guard him

      • James Slim

        Garnett’s taller

        • SR

          Basketball Reference has them both listed at 6’11”, which I don’t believe. A couple other sites has Jonas listed as taller and 10 lbs heavier (he must be more than that now). Nets’ announcers mentioned Jonas has a 7’6″ wingspan.

          Did you see Jonas back KG down and dunk on his mug? KG (the old man version) can’t handle Jonas. The Nets had as much trouble guarding him as the Raps had with Pierce.

        • Lupe fiasco

          Yeah but it looked like he would never miss cuz he owwwnnned garnet

  • Rupert

    Went to the game love 2pat for shutting up dumb net fans what a win #victorybaby

  • Abused Raptors Fan

    Whats up with the censorship?

    • Louvens Remy

      This is an ESPN affiliated site. Family, Disney, Kids, Caucasians in suits with corner offices, God…etc.

  • DryDry

    Re: Violet Raptor-heter Palmer:

    I noticed this too after Breaky Nosey P hit the game winner:

    “Someone needs 2 explain to my why Violet Palmer told Pierce to inbound the ball so it’s not a violation rather than just start counting”

    • Mexiballer

      Do you know…or does anyone know…what is the official rule on that. Do they have a certain amount of time to take the ball out of bounds before a violation is called?

      • Shadow Of Christ

        5 seconds to inbound… they took six

        • Mexiballer

          Thats not what I was asking. Ill look at it again, but I thought that they waited and waited before taking the ball out to even start the five second count. Like they were stalling not knowing what to do or wondering if Kidd was going to call a time out. There must be a time limit on how long you have before you actually step out of bounds with the ball before a delay of game is called.

          • SR

            Eff those refs. They sure wanted Brooklyn to win. Timmy D would be proud.

          • Tamberlyn Richardson

            I discussed the same thing above I also went back on the PVR and
            counted in a slow even beat one thousand, two one thousand and got to 11
            so we’ll say 10 seconds & I also saw her say to Pierce; Paul get
            the ball in. Its easy to read her lips. When the ref passes you the ball
            you have 5 seconds so the issue here is not that it wasn’t even close
            (though I do believe its the same as when a ref passes you the ball) BUT THE FACT SHE TOLD HIM TO GET IT IN PLAY.

            Find me any clip in basketball where the ref says to the in-bounding player “get it
            in play” b/c I’ve NEVER seen a ref tell the player to inbound it, they
            just blow their whistle for exceeding the time limit. THAT’S the issue
            and OBVIOUS display of bias. Hope Raps management reads this & sends
            that play into the league better yet lets copy it, post it on twitter and get it trending!

            Otherwise we could find ourselves playing Brooklyn in the playoffs with her being allowed to
            continue this nonsense. Next thing we know she’ll enter our huddles just
            so she can go to the other team and tell them the plays. YES, it’s that
            bad.

            For me it parallels the hate Crawford has for Timmy Duncan which isn’t funny either. As I said above it’s beyond time officiating was held accountable (like MLB & NFL). Hopefully Adam Silver can make it a piece of his incoming mandate.

            • Ghotte

              I’ve seen refs tell players to get it in play. I’ve also seen refs place the ball on the end line near the player then raise their arm to show they are starting the countdown – in other words, the ball is now in play.

              • Tamberlyn Richardson

                Ok that’s fair then BUT do they allow more than 5 seconds to pass??? She let 10 seconds pass and if it was another ref maybe I wouldn’t even comment.

                • Tamberlyn Richardson

                  And for those of you who DO believe this was a sign of bias I’ve posted it on twitter so retweet it with your thoughts if you agree. Maybe the league will finally do something about officiating in general. (not just for the Raps but for the league on a whole).

        • Ghotte

          5 seconds to inbound *if* the ball is handed to them. Other than that it’s more the ref’s discretion when to start counting down.

          • Shadow Of Christ

            still, it took them over six seconds to get the ball inbounded. Delay of game warning/call at the very least… SMH

    • Shadow Of Christ

      I counted… it was 6 full seconds before they inbounded the ball. Should have been a Nets turnover

  • RPT23

    Just creeping on the Nets’ forum… they seem to be taking this lose really hard.

    And they don’t like DWill so much, saying things like how when he’s “healthy” and has his game on, he’s “elite” but when the team isn’t clicking, he sulks and has his head down…

    Glad we got Lowry! :)

    Not sure why DWill isn’t starting, he looked pretty good out there minus the inbounds play to 2Pat

    • afrocarter

      They’ll be asking that a lot more in BK after the shellacking KLOW gave Livingston tonight.

    • Ghotte

      He just got back from injury so he didn’t want to disrupt their winning streak by parachuting in as a starter. He was the one who offered to come off the bench.

  • afrocarter

    Now THAT’S what I call an Eastern Conference game! Bodies flying everywhere, technical fouls left, right, and center….many of those men will have new bruises come morning. Gutsy win for the Homies.

  • Shadow Of Christ

    @ab4eye:disqus So you’re telling me that the 3rd best defensive team was handed a victory? Give me a break

    • afrocarter

      We’re currently ranked 6th in defensive efficiency. Your point still stands, though lol

      • Shadow Of Christ

        6th in defensive efficiency, 3rd in opponent ppg and fg%

        • afrocarter

          …..so therefore we’re the 6th-best defensive team. Cool, we agree lol

    • AB4EYE

      Yes

      • afrocarter

        trolololol

      • Shadow Of Christ

        Sure there buddy. If that’s what make you sleep at night

        • AB4EYE

          They had the ball and a lead on their end of the floor with 12 seconds left and just had to inbound the ball and make FT for at least OT and failed to get the ball in so yes that is getting handed a win

          • Shadow Of Christ

            you’re [something I can’t say or my comment will get deleted]. It’s a little something called scouting reports. knowing what the other team is most likely gonna do in late game situations.

            • AB4EYE

              Get real dude one or two games end this way a year, you can scout all you want but at the end of the day it comes down to luck

              • Shadow Of Christ

                You don’t play top 3 defense in the league by accident

          • SR

            There’s no such thing as “should have won.” There’s only what actually happened.

            The Raps were up 9 and pulling away with all the momentum and less than 8 minutes left in the 4th after leading for most of the game. An old Brooklyn team looked gassed on the 2nd night of a b2b after a very emotional game in Boston. Clearly, the Raps should have won. Then they missed some shots and the Nets went on a run. Then the team that was leading for most of the game got a key steal and sealed the W.

            How many plays back from 0:00 do you want to go to calculate who “should have won”?

            • AB4EYE

              What happened was they handed us the game, how anyone dispute this blows my mind its fine to get lucky and we did just that

              • GLF

                So you’re saying Deron Williams passed the ball to PPat on purpose so he could have an opportunity to win the game?

                • AB4EYE

                  No but he made a terrible pass thus why he gave the game to us

                • GLF

                  Your definition of “giving the game away” really confuses me.

                • AB4EYE

                  I thought you were done with me?

                • Louvens Remy

                  I love the win, but Raps should have lost that game by at least 2 or 3. If they didnt make such an awful mistake. Both teams played hard but the Raps had the smaller bone(r)head mistake.

                • GLF

                  I understand that but it isn’t fair to say Raptors should have lost. If Deron is dumb enough to make such a mistake then the Nets SHOULD have lost. Also that takes away any credit to the Raptors. Not only did PPat steal the ball but Lowry also made the right play and PPat had to sink the shot. Stealing the ball doesn’t guarantee the win. It was also a tough shot because PPat had to pump fake first which can sometimes mess up your rhythm. Raptors deserved to win and they won. They play hard to the end and they made the right play and finished the possession. Done.

                • Louvens Remy

                  I understand. But its the same argument being made in the Finals. San Antonio gave away that game to Miami. But you can’t take away the incredible Bosh rebound and the Shuttleworth 3 but the Spurs handed that win to the Heat. In the end Miami made some incredible plays and did all the right things. San Antonio needed to hit two FTs but missed. Gimmes normally, but sometimes its those little mistakes that give away the game when you can seal it. I agree with your assessment but I can also see why Ab4eye said what he said.

                • GLF

                  I just don’t like that word ‘giving it away’. To me that implies that they didn’t try and they just gave up and the other team had nothing to do with it. Not that they made some big mistakes that cost them the game. But if that’s what your definition of giving the game away means then I see where you’re coming from.

                • Louvens Remy

                  Ya, that’s kinda what i mean. I don’t know another term for it. or maybe we could just call it, ShouldaWouldaCoulda play.. #SWC. Whatever

                • GLF

                  LOL

                • SR

                  I enjoy reality.

                  In a 1 point game there are a dozen “should haves.” To choose one play over all the others is absolutely arbitrary. Change a “should have” play in the 1st quarter and you’d have a 5 point game instead of a 2 point game in the dying seconds and a completely different end to the game. How can you play that mind game? Is this Back to the Future?

                  Shoulda/woulda/coulda doesn’t matter. At all.

                • Louvens Remy

                  Naw I was saying in that moment. in the crucial moment of the game, Brooklyn effed up. Defence was tight but they SHOULDA inbounded it so that they get fouled. It was a great play. Also the lucky 3 by Lowry probably is the turning point anyway. I am totally down with what you sayin. This play was definitely a forced error. Not unforced like missing a FT.

                • Louvens Remy

                  Plus i just gave you a name for giving the game away. That’s all. ShoodaWoodaCooda.

                • AB4EYE

                  He isn’t going to like you saying that one bit

              • GLF

                I don’t understand how you can say they handed us this game when they clearly fought to the end. Why didn’t they just give up when we were up by like 8. No they came back and took the lead. They were playing hard and wanted to win. I don’t get where this handing us the game is coming from?

                • SR

                  Clearly the “real” game ended with 17 seconds left. The Raptors got ass backwards lucky because a steal isn’t “supposed to” happen in basketball, ever, let alone on the 2nd last play of the game.

                  The Nets “should have” won after trailing for the majority of 48 minutes. The Raptors were “lucky” to score more points than the opposing team and win the game. Everybody knows this.

                  /sarcasm

                • GLF

                  This AB4EYE is an idiot I am done with him. I don’t understand how someone getting a steal has NOTHING to do with them. How do you give NO credit to PPat for getting that steal is beyond me.

                • AB4EYE

                  He did still it but it was a terrible pass

                • Louvens Remy

                  I give credit to 2Pat for it but BK effed up.

                • AB4EYE

                  They had the ball and the lead with 12 seconds left and we had to foul, they threw it away how is that not handing the game to us?

                • SR

                  The key here being “12 seconds left.” If the game ended after 47 minutes and 48 seconds, then sure, the Nets should have won. But the game ends after 48 minutes.

                  The Raptors stole an inbounds pass. Just like Livingston did earlier in the game. Oops, that play’s not “supposed to” happen. Maybe the Nets should have given those 2 points back? All the Raptors had to do was inbounds the ball!

                • AB4EYE

                  You gave the game away if you can’t run a side line out of bounds with 12 ticks to go when they have to foul Its that simple, if you don’t think it its then you’re just lying to yourself

                • SR

                  Your right – the Raps were not playing fantastic defense on a critical inbounds play and did not force a turnover. Pretty sure I saw five guys in black shirts sitting in lawn chairs and sipping pina coladas.

                  Raps had nothing to do with this. Brooklyn should have won. Let’s isolate this one play in a 1 point victory and declare that it is this play that determines who really should have one. Not the dozen other plays that could have easily gone both ways. Or the Raps inbounds that was stolen by Livingston and led to two Nets points. Or the things that actually happened, aka “reality” in some strange circles. Yes, I like “should have.” Let’s make that a column in the standings.

                  Great stuff. Are you a journalist?

                • AB4EYE

                  He made a lazy bad pass all while having a guy open, Pat got to the ball but anyone in the NBA would have since it was a pass that would never have worked, ever!

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GK87r4ivyg

                • SR

                  Pause that video at the 6 second mark.

                  Pierce is double teamed. Garnett is covered. He probably could have gotten a cross-court to Anderson, but field of view is misleading on a camera – Salmons was leaning in and may have been able to intercept a lob. There was no time left for the inbounds and I believe Brooklyn had no timeouts (right?), so he did what you do in that situation – one guy sprints for your own baseline and you lob him the pass. The pass was a bit off because of the pressure and the rapiditiy of the play. That “bad pass” doesn’t happen without the pressure and the excellent coverage. That’s what great D is, man. It forces turnovers. Or are the Miami Heat just “lucky” in that teams “blow it” and “give them” the ball multiple times per game? Rushing passing lanes and pressuring ball handlers with super athletic defenders has nothing to do with it. Turnovers are just undeserved gifts.

                • GLF

                  PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG THANK YOU!

                • AB4EYE

                  I think you forgot to log in as a different name

                • SR

                  Ahhh, at last – it’s come to this.

                • AB4EYE

                  Stopping it at the 6 second make just shows how bad the pass was since there is no way on earth that pass doesn’t get picked off!

                  Anderson was wide open as he had a foot out past the 3 point line while Salmons is in middle of the lane All he has to do is throw it towards the arena name on that side of the floor and a few seconds runs off by the time JS runs up to foul and the get two FT

                  The bass to the backcourt was never there but to make matters worse D-Will turns his body telegraphing where he’s going before he throws it.

                  IF the stop the frame a 7 seconds you see Pat is right there to get it unless he makes a touch pass over their heads but he doesn’t and its picked with ease The whole time he’s telegraphing the pass Anderson is only getting more and more open and JS still has a foot in the lane

                  He can make that pass 100 more times and its ended up getting picked every single time!

                • GLF

                  I just don’t get how you can say making a mental mistake that the other team capitalizes on is considered giving away the game. If that’s the case we gave away the game many times tonight because we made a lot mistakes the Nets capitalized off of. We were up by like 8 at one point for God’s sake. So I guess if we lost we just gave away the game and Brooklyn wouldn’t have earned that win.

                • SR

                  The Raps definitely gave it away. Up 9, under 8 minutes to go, all the momentum and building the lead, the crowd out of it, old team on the 2nd night of a back to back. The Raps “gave it away” by missing 7 shots in a row. Then Brooklyn “gave it away” by blowing an inbounds pass that had nothing to do with the Raps D. Should we keep going back into the first 40 minutes of the game? There were several more “give away” plays. If we tally them all up, we’ll be able to determine who “should have” won and can adjust the standings accordingly.

                • AB4EYE

                  So Dallas gave both of those games to us and so did OKC since they all had 18+ points leads?

                • GLF

                  He was being sarcastic. Anyway we will agree to disagree because one you’re confusing and two I don’t agree with anything you’re saying. Supposedly when a team or player makes a mistake in a game it never has anything to do with what the other team does and it solely them “giving the game away”. Okie Dokes.

                • GLF

                  To me “giving the game away” is when a team makes a whole bunch of unforced errors. But when the other team is causing those errors then I don’t get how that “giving the game away”. Nets aren’t playing the game by themselves. Raptorozans already explained how we were a part of why Deron turned that ball over but it’s okay if you want to ignore that. There is no way that us pressuring the ball and blocking all of his open and easy passes had anything to do with him turning over the ball.

                • AB4EYE

                  He passed it to a player who had a guy right next to him, we didn’t force him to do that he chose to pass it there and did so by turning his body letting every single person in the world watching the game where the ball was going in advance.

                • GLF

                  Us pressuring the ball and covering all his easy passes did, but obviously you don’t agree so it’s all good. We shall agree to disagree.

                • AB4EYE

                  The easiest pass was to Anderson was was wide open all he has to do it throw it near the Barclay’s center name on the floor and its impossible for anyone to stop it.

                  2 guys have their backs to him keeping PP from getting it, then one each on the other two players but JS is in the middle of the lane and actually backpedaling while Anderson is going out towards that logo but D-Will over commits and telegraphs a pass that is never, ever going to work.

                • CJT

                  Isn’t this the beauty of sports, that they are played by humans who get to feel the pressure of good defense, with having the game on the line, with making an error in judgement. That’s why they play the full 48 minutes as you say, or else why would we be drawn to the drama of sport at all? To say that the game was handed to them is to completely shit on the effort that the Raptors made ALL night. If everything always worked out the way it was supposed to in Ball, why even play the season at all, just give the trophy to Miami in October and save yourself a bunch of cash.

                • AB4EYE

                  Then what the hell is it?

                  If you made a bone head move that never happens and it leads to losing a game, just how in the hell is that not giving it away?

              • Louvens Remy

                Actually, you are right. If it was a Raps play instead of BK, I would say the same thing.
                Raps did play well enough to win and sniff that play out.
                People need to look at it in the context of if it was the Raps up with ball and 12 seconds left and threw the ball away and lost.

              • GoingBig

                What a nice way to say the Nets choked, that they were not good enough to get the job done, that they choked under the Raptors pressure, that even with all the personnel(DD out) and salary cap advantages they had and the actual home-court advantage, the recent 10-1 Nets were not as good as the Raptors.

  • afrocarter

    Everybody (except for Novak) got to the line at least twice. Big.

  • kayell

    I wouldnt have given Casey an A. Since Brook Lopez is injured, he should have started Valanciunas and Hayes. Amir off the bench would have stopped Blatche and added a little bit more offensively. A solid B for Casey

    • afrocarter

      What? And have Hayes guard Pierce? That would have been a disaster.

    • Shadow Of Christ

      Make the opponents match up to us, not the other way around.

  • tweed8

    I gotta say, I think Lowry likes playing here in Toronto and just doesn’t want to come out and fully say it. He’s playing great ball, has a coach who finally has his back and he’s being allowed to run the team. I think there’s been so much up and down for this kid he’s just developed a good poker face and walks around with a lot of chips… I hope this kind of play goes beyond just wanting a beefy contract because, I was one of the guys who didn’t think he fit the scheme when he arrived. I’m glad he’s proven me wrong. Tip of the hat to KLOW.

    • Mexiballer

      Agreed. Hes in a good situation. Where else is it gonna be his team from day one? And a lot of those guys in the locker room have become like brothers.

      • Ghotte

        It’s such a fine line. *Numerous* RR members – many from Tanknation – were calling him out for heroball, saying he was directly responsible for the low team assist totals and even that, as a PG, he couldn’t effectively run a team.

        When the eye test merely shows he has a better understanding of what Coach Casey wanted to do and what his teammates’ capabilities were. Having JV and TRoss finally get it means he doesn’t have to force things as much. Having a more consistent DD means less of a need to carry the team.

        Allstar-worthy run post-Rudy!

        • AnthonyF

          Yep heroball had a chance to hold and take the last shot or drive to the basket….. He made the right decision and pass….. Yep every once in a while he chucks one up and needs to slow down, but seems to be doing most things right of late.

          Also have to give credit to TR coming off 51, he didn’t push it expecting shots and wanting to replicate Saturday. Maybe 1-2 bad shots, but good D and made some nice passes too.

          • Ghotte

            Not to mention, TRoss took the ball to the hole strong on a few occasions. He just seems to be listening to the coaches and executing without hesitating as much.

  • Urbanmonk15

    Did you see the crazy foul by Amir on salmons final drive to get in to one. Obscene foul. Great no call for raps fans. What a win

  • Mexiballer

    How many times do you see the General manager waiting in the tunnel to give his point guard a hug. The Raptors family baby!

  • GetLicks

    How can you not love this team? Lowry screaming at the crowd was amazing

  • Dr. Dread

    https://vine.co/v/MuXUxVrn9TM

    This Amir taking a page out of KG? take a look at what he does..

    • http://peterd.mp Beagle17

      Wow. That was a seriously blatant foul. Criminal almost. I can’t wait to get a torrent and download this game to watch it all.

  • TRR

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  • DC

    “I can not understate how impressive Kyle Lowry was this game.”
    I think you mean you can not overstate how impressive he was. You’re welcome.

  • Dr.Scooby

    Great, great win.

    Small correction needed: in Three things we saw #2 you say Ross couldn’t guard Johnson…however you highlighted his strong defense against Johnson in the grade section

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  • Andre Julian Ward

    https://vine.co/v/MuXUxVrn9TM Everyone watch this vine to see why we actually won that game … loll On another note, great win Raptors.