Toronto Raptors 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

106 Portland Trail Blazers
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -4He’s hurting and playing through it which we all appreciate, and when Aldridge was going at him in the first quarter you almost fell sorry for him. The fact remains that the Raptors are simply too thin up front to absorb any sub-par Amir Johnson performances, and when he’s struggling the team’s struggling because 1) without him the two-man game suffers, and 2) the presence on the offensive boards is reduced to near-nil.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 3-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -4He does everything correct right up until he gets to the paint which is when he contorts himself to throw up a low-percentage heave. I thought he’d have a better first half when the game was wide open, but a combination of missed jumpers and suspect defense sort of killed his game. Was tasked to check Lillard in the first half which he didn’t do well.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 31 MIN | 8-11 FG | 2-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -16He didn’t win a single positioning battle against Robin Lopez who kept him on his back all night. All but one of the fouls he picked up was predictable and easy to call. The offensive numbers are nice, and he had his jumper going, but tonight we needed his defensive presence and it wasn’t there.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 44 MIN | 7-15 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -2Had Batum checking him to start the game which had to have surprised him. It threw him off by taking away the drive, and it didn’t help that the outside jumper was spotty. With Vasquez out he was extended and when Portland’s long-armed wings kept swiping and playing the lanes, you felt that Lowry would much rather play off the ball. Recovered well in the fourth quarter including hitting some big threes in typical fashion, but it ended up all being too little, too late.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 14-29 FG | 6-9 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 36 PTS | +6I was going to criticize him for his first-half jumper heavy play, but he made up for all that with a blistering fourth quarter where he made everything under the sun fueling the Raptors great comeback. That All-Star selection has given him the confidence to do anything and some of his turnaround jumpers tonight were pristine. Turned it over with the game on the line, and that is his weakness, but the positive is that this will only make him try harder. It’s scary to think what can happen if he sorts out his long-range game and smoothens his drives just a tad bit.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -4Went up against Aldridge for about four minutes of tussle. This is what my mom texted me: This Hainsborough (sic) guy is Mr. Butter fingers. I tend to agree.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +5There’s nothing not to like about this guy. Gave Aldridge a taste of his own medicine with some long jumpers, played hell of a defensive game, not just in one-on-one situations but as a help-and-recover defender. I can’t think of a more versatile Raptor in years.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +16Beauty, this guy. Too bad Casey didn’t call on him to shut Aldridge down in the first half. His face-in-the-hand trick works ever time, and he even did well in high-post situations as the Raptors were comfortable enough to pass him the ball to star the play.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -17The stat-line is not impressive but his pressuring of the ball in the second half against Lillard was excellent. Had a couple defensive miscues that led to open Portland threes, but his mere presence on the court versus Batum and the length of the Blazers, I felt, neutralized their threat.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6I really thought he’d be better tonight, but then again the Blazers can cover some serious ground on the perimeter which takes away any opportunities for him.

Julyan Stone, SG Shot Chart 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -1This needs to be fixed. ASAP.

Dwane Casey
Good adjustment to bring in Hayes in the second-half. The offensive execution as poor in the first but instilled a sense of urgency in the second which worked. The last play didn’t look like it was going anywhere, and also didn’t plan particularly well for Lillard’s game winner (massive Salmons/Lowry confusion).

Five Things We Saw

  1. DeRozan was the reason we were even in this game on account of his fourth quarter, so don’t be made if he turned it over. Afford the young fella a break.
  2. Technically speaking, this game was lost at the FT line (17-25 for 68%).
  3. The Raptors were extremely sluggish in the first half, settling for a ton of jumpers and in the end it’s that that came back to haunt them, not the late turnover.  Raps were 4-7 3FG in the fourth, whereas in the first three quarters they were 2-13. DeRozan had 14 in the fourth.
  4. Refs called a jumpball (which DeRozan won) when it should’ve been a foul with under a minute left. Game-changer.
  5. It’s a tough loss but let’s not forget that’s against one of the NBA’s best on the road on a back-to-back. Well done, Raps. Proud.

  • FREEJV

    not to take anything away but why the hell is chuck hayes in the game for the last 2 possessions what the hell is he gonna do unless its a wide open layup (which he also misses). should ve put novak or JV in….

    • Colonel_Hapablapp

      Better question is why did Casey decided to run the same inbounds play TWO TIMES IN 20 SECONDS?!?!?!?!?!

      • FREEJV

        yea i was gonna say that too casey is not really good at drawing plays is he? when derozan got the ball there was no floor spacing we had 3 players bundled up which caused the turnover

      • Shadow Of Christ

        Go with what works until they stop it… Portland stopped it, thats your ball game… Can’t win them all

        • FREEJV

          the problem is the play that was working was on the left side of the court once we ran it in the middle it was game over

    • arsenalist

      Offensive rebounds. Jonas was completely ineffective in that area, Chuck Hayes might’ve had a chance.

      • FREEJV

        there was 5 seconds what is he gonna do if he got the rebound cuz we know he cant make layups either lmao

    • Mexiballer

      Yeah…I was trying to figure out why Hayes was in there on the last posession. Not for defence. I didnt get that at all.

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

        Not blaming Vaz on this lost…..I blame it on an all-star thinking that he can do it all…

        • What the

          I blame this game on our allstar giving the Raps a chance to win with 25 sec. to go against a good team on the road live and learn

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    This had all the hallmarks of a loss…Raps coming off a B2B vs. a well-rested Blazers squad. Major credit to this team for fighting SO HARD. A true moral victory, if such a thing exists. Still though…when we lost the ball…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmrJx32xefM

  • DDayLewis

    Cue the “WHAT?!?! DEMAR ONLY GOT AN A-?!?!?!” hate in 3…2…1…

    • Guest

      Warranted. Demar was the only one making shots (Ridiculously tough ones) with any consistency in the second half. His two-man game with 2Pat was beautiful to watch as well…

      • DDayLewis

        Agreed. A+ game from D&D

        • ScottBaird

          No A+. You get a + for getting a shot on the last play.

          • FREEJV

            a+ is for lillard he made the big play when it counted as he always does we need to find a new game finisher cuz demars clearly not it maybe lowry.

          • what the

            WOW!!

        • What the

          was it pretty? mr DDLewis was it?

        • What the

          you would have given our ALLSTAR playa! an A+ ain’t that right mr Lewis
          DD started at the bottom and he ain’t done yet

    • What the

      not today tim w jr.it’s sunday.don’t start
      trouble ok,don’t ever go there today leave my allstar alone please and thank you.

    • What the

      No hate mr.Lewis, just peace and love no (tANKS) needed DeMar is a ALLLLSTAR!!!! and will be one for the next 3 to 4 years as far as I can see mr.Lewis so keep talking cause “it ain’t pretty” where is your friend the one who told the lie on our ALLSTAR I guess he’s MIA, well he shouldn’t be too hard to spot in his tank i hope captain T is ok give him my LOVE, see no hate.

  • Mexiballer

    I love Patterson but he messed up and it gave Lilliard the game winner. He jumped out and blocked Lowry instead of Lilliard after Lilliard had already gone by. He took Lowry out and Lowry had to scramble back and fell. Maybe it was the mask and he didnt see what was going on. Strange play.

  • Shadow Of Christ

    Curious about that jump ball call that should have been called a foul… that put the momentum back to Portland. Good effort tho… The Raptors proved that they are NEVER really out of games. #Top10Defense #NoQuit

  • jakdripr

    This……. this has to be the most painful loss of the season for me. My body actually hurts coming right now. Props to the raptors for fighting till the final whistle, and demar just keeps impressing me. A lot of positives to take away from this game, but after fighting from 17 down, to lose like that…. on a botched defensive assignment and a turnover…… I’m gonna need some aspirin.

    • DDayLewis

      Worse than blowing the 27pt lead to GSW?

      • FREEJV

        yes cuz we had an excuse against them. His name was : Rudy Gay….

        • DDayLewis

          Not defending Gay, but he didn’t lose that entire game for us

          • FREEJV

            shhh yes he did

            • DDayLewis

              Lol okay I’ll keep it between just you and me

              • FREEJV

                actually he lost every game for us but dont tell anyone

      • jakdripr

        lol yeah because you see back then I was expecting a tank season, so not only did I not even watch that match, a part of me was happy at the loss. But now we’re actually fighting for 3rd place(which we lost last night, but the seasons still young) so the loss actually had bigger ramifications.

        Oh well, shit happens. Here’s hoping we can still go 3-2 on this road trip.

    • Will

      It was disappointing, but for me, this loss doesn’t compare to the ones to Golden State, Boston, Lakers, or Charlotte times two. I’d rather be in a game you’re expected to lose than lose a game you’re expected to win.

      • FREEJV

        we werent expected to beat gsw …

  • Adriiian

    Great writeup. Totally agree with you on Amir & the rest..

    Amir’s an important piece.

  • FREEJV

    Maybe we should give Buycks some run at least he can get by his guy and finish unlike stone who doesnt do anything on offense except dribble and pass it to demar

  • Abused Raptors Fan

    Casey’s lack of creativity in out of bounds play cost us the game. Probably wasn’t the best idea to use the exact same play the blazers just blew up the possession before. Granted, that play got us back in the game in the 2nd half, but its much easier to defend with a hobbled Patterson or an offensively challenged Hayes

  • ScottBaird

    At the game. Ross looked ineffective, but Demar was an all-star. Big comeback, better than I thought we would. Blazers fans are cray cray!

  • nickfromtime

    Chuck Hayes does not belong on the floor down one with under twenty seconds to go, there is nothing he can give you either ends that warrants him being on the court in such a situation. Down one the odds are they are going to drive it in, and what is he going to do? Protect the rim or even contest? C’mon now… you’re doing yourselves no favors by having him in the crunch, liability on offense isn’t worth it when you’ve got one or two possessions left

    • Will

      You can say he’s a liability on offense, and I wish Jonas was subbed in on offense, but Hayes played excellent defense on Aldridge for the last 5 minutes of the game. I don’t think he got one single basket.

      • golden

        Yeah, but Hayes STUNK on Aldridge in the 3rd quarter when the Raps were reeling in the Blazers. But Hayes couldn’t guard Aldridge without fouling him and putting him on the line. That was a critical point in the game and what kept the Blazers in it, IMO, when Raps couldn’t get closer than 6. Raps definitely had them on their heels at that point.

        I am just completely baffled how we always view Hayes through the glass 1/100th full lens. Even though he’s a zero on offense (all the time), and good on defense (some of the time), we only tend to focus on those 5 minutes the actually did something good. He gets an A? SMDH. Toronto really does have a hockey town mentally, don’t we?

        • CJT

          To be fair, no one was able to cover Aldridge. He abused all of our bigs all night and Hayes did the best job by far on him.

  • Rupert

    For 2 hours i was just like damn this sucks then boom Derozan became the greatest thing since durant and it was a crazy game as disheartning as the loss is it was a fun game we had no business winning and we almost did

  • ad

    First of all, GREAT EFFORT. I give demar major props. The strongest ive seen him. But why the fuck did casey have to draw up a demar iso that last play? Demar is not a great ball hander. Lowry was open and should have been given the ball to either shoot or create for dd. I trust him more in that situation but for some reason casey is really stubborn. Portland knew the ball was going to dd. Very poor decision by casey by not putting his players in a postion to suceed.

    • consmap

      DD was hot at the time, if he gave it to Lowry instead and he botched the play we might be criticizing Casey for not feeding the hot hand.
      I dunno

      • ad

        Iso is not really demars strength though and lowry hits more big shots than dd does. Im fine with giving the ball to demar but not in that kind of situtation where he has to create against the expecting portland defense.

        • ad

          Not to mention, giving the ball to hayes and wasting time when lowry is open was dumb also.

          • Kev

            Demar needs more time to work than Lowry and there was only 5 seconds left. That said, what an effort! I love this team.

      • FREEJV

        we already gave it to demar on the previous possession and he almost turned it over again hes just not a clutch player

        • buschfire

          His next step will to become a clutch player, its the next step in his evolution. Look how far he has come already, who would of though in year 1 that he would turn into a player like this. Theres going to be some growing pains like this but he will evolve.

    • FREEJV

      they should have ran that play with novak or patterson cuz they just left hayes and went to double demar. Casey showing his offensively challenged mind once again

    • Guest

      Agreed but also there little time for the Derozan to pass it to Lowry and get it back. Imagine if you were Derozan and the coach drew up a play for someone else after you did everything to put the raps in favourable position. The play could’ve been executed better but after 33 minutes in Denver and playing 41 tonight, I doubt Demar had anything left in him…

    • Adriiian

      yeah. easy to say that dude.

      hindsight is 20/20

  • ih8vasquez

    Why does Amir play…. wouldn’t it be better if he just rested, he hurt the team today more than he did help

  • Rupert

    Tough loss but Demar looked so good i mean wow they pick and pop with 2pat was beautiful and you just wanted the ball in his hands. Why cant we just get a shot off on the last play?

  • nickfromtime

    If this team is going to solidify their presence as one of better teams in the league they are going to have to win these close games, this team is very good at executing for good stretches, but without any out of timeout guidance you’re kind of throwing them into the fire against a much better crunchtime team. Casey NEEDS to develop some bankable plays, any coach with a brain can read and adjust to the fact that they ran DeRozans for about 7/10 plays in the last 5 minutes. You can not expect that to work down to the very last possession. That is Casey’s weakness and it is glaring. It eradicates the fact that he can get great effort out of his guys, because they fight hard to come back and he gives them nothing by way of out of timeout plays to help put them in positions to get easy buckets when the game is on the line and you can’t just outwork your opponent. This loss, in terms of the final 2 minutes, is on Casey. and hayes was a bad choice for the final two possessions. WTF is he going to do out there??

    • FREEJV

      hes going to “crash the boards” lmao

    • Will

      I was surprised as anyone to see Hayes play the last 5 minutes of the game but he really did shut down Aldridge. It would’ve been nice to see Jonas subbed in on offense though.

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        I agree with you from a defensive standpoint but the issue is he should not have been on for the final offensive possession.

  • Rupert

    There was too little time once the whole jump ball thing happened we needed to get demar the ball at the top of the key clear out and let him make his move going from one side of the court to the other is not helpful.

  • j bean

    The win would have been the cherry on top but still they turned what looked like a blowout loss into another exciting game to watch.

  • nickfromtime

    Can we just hire an offensive coach or advisor or something? Casey does not have what it takes to coach a playoff team on the offensive end, defense and motivation wise sure, but offense? heelllllllllllllll no

    • FREEJV

      should ve kept jay triano as assistant hes actually a good offensive coach.

      • Will

        I completely agree. I don’t know if Triano would’ve been willing to stay and go directly from head coach to assistant coach after Casey replaced him, but they would’ve been a nice pairing. Offense is one thing the Triano coached Raptors never lacked.

        • Chewwy No Matthew

          How quickly we forget. Jay Triano’s inbound plays were just plain awful. If you watched Canada’s FIBA qualification this summer, it was brutal watching the lack of creativity, or anything for that matter on the inbound plays. The only play that Jay ran well was the late game inbound from the sideline with the lead. He would send somebody backcourt, which at the time would surprise teams thus wasting a lot of valuable seconds off the clock. Once teams adjusted to it, Jay was awful.

    • raptorstand

      Derozan has just shot lights out to even give you a fing chance in the final minute, everybody in the huddle understands that its Demars ball, you fing guys running down the inbound play , this is about learning to win. We didn’t succeed in the end. Maybe the team learned something . Maybe next time they have practiced this situation and due to the learning of not succeeding they will have the right play. Absolutely great game , bigtime learning experience for everyone on the floor and coaching. Winning is hard , losing is really fing easy. They are learning the difference.

      • nickfromtime

        wasn’t a good call, no matter how you slice it. you can get away with that type of thing with LeBron, not Demar. Draw something up, put them in a position to win the game. that is exactly the reason for coaches, anybody could tell the he was hot, but theres other more effective ways to get him a shot. casey needs to improve in this area.

        • raptorstand

          No shit Sherlock. By losing maybe he can coach them. This was a big time learning experience, there are going to be games down the road that are exactly the same. I don’t give a f . you gotta give the ball to the person that got you to the dance. The 4 previous possesions are the ones that I didn’t understand. Having a 6’6′ center out there when you have your starting 7 footer on the bench is the real Casey question. The easy drive to the bucket and lay in might have been harder. maybe.

          • nickfromtime

            i mean, i would buy the “learning experience” excuse a bit more if this was a rare time that casey fell short on the offensive crunchtime gameplanning, but this is more of a constant than an outlier. there are no moral victories for good teams, which i think we are/very close to being. at this point in the season it is fair to call a spade a spade and point out that casey has an unmistakable weakness; crunch time playcalling/adjustments. this has cost us, and will continue to cost us legitimate opportunities to win close games down the wire unless it is addressed. We did ourselves no favours by spotting them 19 points, but they fought back and competed their butts off for the final 12 minutes. i do not believe casey put them in the best possible positions to grab the W by 1) choosing to keep hayes on the court for the final 2 minutes, especially for that lillard drive possession and 2) going to the handoff-derozan iso over and over again down to the very last play with little variation. you gotta know that this team is good enough to read this and make adjustments. how can you justify riding out the play that you used for 5 minutes straight, the one that failed twice in the final 2 minutes, and use it down to your very last play? c’mon, draw something up.

            • raptorstand

              I agree with every point. My point is , they know now that this doesn’t work and it must be addressed. The team seen it the coaches seen it the fans seen it. This team is learning to win, now Casey gets to coach, sometimes losing games like this helps us down the road. That’s what I’m taking away from this game. I refuse to be unhappy about this game. They gave everything they had and came up short. Next time it will be our turn.

      • FREEJV

        bro this isnt the first time demar coughed up the ball in crunch time. Maybe we should get him some football gloves cuz his hands get slippery when its crunch time. #richardsherman

        • Chewwy No Matthew

          Every game at least once, Demar get’s stripped due to his bad ball handling. Listen, I agree that this game was winnable only due to the amazing play of Demar. I also agree that Demar is a terrific player and a deserving all star. I also give him props for the double digit assists tonight. But 2 things about Demar’s game that I find glaring weaknesses are his ballhandling and his penchant for sulking after a turnover or non foul call. After Demar dribbles the ball off his foot, the first and only thing he does is sulk. I know there was pretty much no time left but Kyle Lowry was still busting his ass to committ a foul or steal the ball.

          • Chewwy No Matthew

            I will give him credit for another thing he did off the court. He 100% blamed himself for the turnover. In an interview after the game, he regained his composure and did what any good teammate would do, he admitted it was his fault. That is the maturity I have been looking for

          • john

            What do you expect? He just lost the game. I would be pissed too. I blame this more on Casey than DeMar. What kind of play call is that? A handoff to a iso with like 5 seconds left.

            • Chewwy No Matthew

              Demar turned it over regardless of the play call

    • Louvens Remy

      Definitely not Casey’s fault Demar turned it over.

  • FREEJV

    Raptors gotta win the next 2 games as we re playing the worst 2 teams in the west. cant lose against sacramento and cant let rudy gay go off cuz i hate that guy. but first gotta take care of utah.

  • plaid coast

    quincy acy had 10 rebounds in 14 minutes tonight. miss that guy.

    • Roarque

      Would you rather have Acy or 2Pat? There’s two years difference in their ages – look how polished 2Pat is in comparison.
      Would you like to have Landry Fields backing up TRoss when he makes his sophomore mistakes or John Salmons?
      Would you rather have Chuck Hayes or Aaron Gray?
      Kings lost when Rudy was their leading scorer but check the Assist column – 15 or 16 assists for the Kings? Wonder where the ball is stopping in Sacramento.

      • StabbyRaccoon

        It was a good trade but it’s just a shame that Quincy had to be a part of it. I’m sure the Kings’ GM insisted though. We can miss Quincy and like the trade.

        • Roarque

          I miss Q and I miss ED but the NBA is a biz that plays with our loyalties. I gotta love this new guy 2Pat – he’s got a lot of heart, taking that mask off to win a close one for the Raps.

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        I would rather have Acy than Chuck Hayes. If you notice, Dwayne Casey does not do the best job giving players a full opportunity to show what they can contribute to this team. DJ is flourishing in Chicago and never got a fair shot here. He should have easily been the backup guard, not behind Stone or Buycks. Acy played with passion, heart and grit with positive results yet Casey never rewarded him for it. I don’t care about DJ but I am very happy for Acy as he is getting a fair shot in Sacramento.

        • Roarque

          Chewwy,
          Fair enough – I won’t criticize passion, heart and grit and I agree that Casey ( in his final year ) wants to win now that he’s unshackled from the whims of his former GM. That means riding the experience on his bench. Q was the odd man out, just like ED. It hurts to lose the young guys who should be the future of the franchise but for Dwane, the future is now.

  • Roarque

    Very entertaining second half that was a morale booster for anyone with some perspective. The Raptors were not only tired but they were poorly prepared for what the Blazers threw at them in the first. Gotta love the Kings that were playing in Raptors jerseys tonight. Sign 2Pat ASAP. Chuck is tough and gives great glue.
    Trey Ross had a tough night – sophomore mistakes.
    Anybody knocks Amir’s effort gets my knuckles down their throat.

    • FREEJV

      Amir got schooled no other way to put it. Also why is he still shooting 3s especially when we were down 7-0 or something like that.

  • Louvens Remy

    I went to the game tonight. We have a legit good team. I have more to say but I am drunk on manly Long Island Ice Teas. This team is for real.

  • Superfly

    Is it just me or does Ross’ drives remind you a lot of a young T-Mac before he got a bit more consistent on the offensive end? I just remember Mcgrady always making athletic drives to the basket, only to finish them with a failed jordanesque move (ie. a windmill or 360 layup)that never went in.

  • caccia

    I only got to see the last 16 minutes or so due to time zones, but I was surprised, with the rebounding deficit so large, that Hansbrough was nailed to the bench. How can you give him a D- and Casey a B- when the coach went with jump ball shooters and no inside game for almost the entire second half? If DeMar had not gone white hot, this was a blowout. Hansbrough only played in the first half, and it looks from the play-by-play that he went against the center, Joel Freeland, not Aldridge. In other words, once again out of position. Casey deserves C- for this game.

  • ckh26

    Watched this one cover to cover. We are almost there as a dark horse or trendy favourite type pick in the playoff predictions. To get “there” we are going to have to finish off a couple of these miracle comebacks. Damn that was close.

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