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Toronto Raptors 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
109 Sacramento Kings
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | -10Looks like Gary Cole,
Man! what happened Amir?
Outplayed by Thompson?!?

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -18Out from the cocoon,
A butterfly flies freely,
Nope, just not tonight.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -4Mauled by the Lion,
Swallowed by the challenges,
Run from DMC

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 7-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +3Lonesome Lowry lost,
Lego lemur lust loquaciously,
Second line too long.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 5-17 FG | 7-7 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +2Jack and Jill up the hill,
To swallow the bitter pill,
Of Demar’s long-two’s

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -5ALJDJ;';QL ;JLDS
l;LJS;LFJ;LK KLAJK;L KAKFJ
Al;SDKLFJ- said Hansbrough

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -8TuPat hit ’em up,
Ambitions as a Raptor,
He don’t give a f***

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -1“Round mound of rebound,
Dance to the whistles”, said the,
Zebras who hated him

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -13Live in Pineapple,
Spongebob lives under the sea,
Salmons flops on deck

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +11AC/DC shocked,
Lightning Steve McQueen caught fire,
Only to crash and burn

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +3Racing against Ford,
Car in park, or mayor Ford,
Winner will be Ford

Dwane Casey
Pound and pound the rock,
Liquor and cigars treat pain,
Please share with your team

Five Things We Saw

  1. Don’t gripe too much on the officiating. It was brutal, and quite possibly the worst I’ve ever seen, but it was bad for both teams. Yes, Lowry’s potential four-point play being waved off the Raptors should have never been down as much as 22 points to the Western Conference’s worst team (by record)
  2. Having said that, the offensive foul call on Lowry was the poops. I can’t express my feelings for it on this forum, so here’s Ltd. Daniels from The Wire. Well said, Cedric. Well said. The whistle represented a potential five-point play: no three-pointer for Lowry, no free-throw for Lowry, and a technical free-throw for the Kings. For the record, Gay took and missed that free-throw. What’s that, ‘Sheed? Oh right, ball don’t lie.
  3. Aside from all the referee hate, the Raptors were just totally overwhelmed by the Kings. Cousins, Thompson and Gay crashed the offensive boards, and the flummoxed front-line had no answers. It would have helped if the wing players either A) limited dribble-penetration, or B) helped out with defensive rebounding, but outside of Lowry scaling up bigs, there was no help. The results were long, arduous possessions in which the Kings either came away with buckets, or free-throws.
  4. This should be noted as the only silver lining from this game: early in the second quarter, Quincy Acy hit a turn-around, fade-away 15-foot jumpshot that went glass, and into the basket. I miss that man so much. I’m going to gif this as soon as possible. Check back in 20 minutes.
  5. So…Rudy outplayed Derozan on both ends of the court. How about them apples? Demar hit a couple of jumpers and he drew some fouls (but let’s be honest, who didn’t?), but Gay’s length bothered him all night. Defensively, Demar wasn’t matched up on Gay, but Marcus Thornton was getting open look after open look by running Derozan through screens. I know Derozan plays a Thibideau-ian amount of minutes, but he needs to give a more consistent effort on the defensive end, especially when his shot isn’t falling.
  6. Here’s a mini recap, since everyone is so furious about my attempt at creativity:
  7. Sacramento dominated early. The Raptors wings couldn’t generate any offense and Jonas landed in early foul trouble. The Kings front-line crashed the boards and netted extra possessions and free-throws. The perimeter defense for the Raptors wasn’t all too hot either.Second quarter looked much like the first. The Kings ICE’d pick and rolls, which really stymied Lowry and Derozan, who constantly reset the play, rather than attacking head on. Part of that was due to DMC’s defensive presence, and part of that was the activity level of the Kings’ wing players, who’s length and quickness effectively contained the Raptors guards. Greivis Vasquez and his super-slow motion everything wasn’t helping. The only offense came from Patterson popping out for wide-open midrange jumpers.

    Too much iso-ball was played in the third, while the Kings continued to parade to the stripe. The Raptors shot a jumpshot on five straight possessions near the start of the third, which allowed the Kings to push the lead to 22. Casey threw everyone he could at DMC — Val, Hayes, Johnson, Hansbrough — and nothing worked. He continued to block shots and collect rebounds. Kings led by double-digits going into the fourth.

    By this point, the whistles and constant stoppages killed any semblance of flow for both teams. Play was stopped every few seconds. Novak was brought in for some instant offense, and he hit a couple of big three’s to bring the Raptors to single digits. The Raptors eventually clawed until they were down just 6 points with 28 seconds left. Lowry hit a three, got fouled, but the refs called Lowry for the offensive foul instead, which as you can see from Observation #2′s link, was completely bogus. Exasperated, Lowry runs away from the refs to avoid picking up a tech, but instead the refs do whistle him for his second tech, and the game is effectively over.

  • Thomas

    One of the worst calls against the Raptors I might have ever seen. What do the Raptors have to do to have a game officiated fairly? Absolute BS

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      To tell you the truth, I think this and the technical called against Morris Peterson against Vince Carter are the two worst foul calls I have ever witnessed against the Raptors.

  • FREEJV

    raptors 28 kings 51 can anyone figure out what those numbers represent? nice refs. Fuck you Adam Silver he probably got a nice bj right before the game from the Sacramento Owners.

  • Age

    I felt like i was reading Tim Donaghy’s book. 25 extra free throws and a BOGUS call when things were too close.
    These are prime examples why the NBA officiating is the worst in sports

    • FREEJV

      its all Adam Silvers doing trust.

      • ScottBaird

        scapegoat?

        • FREEJV

          no… its just obvious

          • raptorstand

            Sacremento tonight announced the new arena, Silver came in from the resort in Palm Springs to celebrate the rape of the taxpayer, there was no way that Commie team from socialist Canada was going to win tonight , refs had their marching orders and they did their job. NBA must be so proud.

      • wrooster

        Adam Silver will be henceforward known as the bobblehead commissioner.

  • Jay

    I think it’s pretty unprofessional to turn frustration into a shitty reaction post… I don’t get it.

    • George hj

      Shut up man that call sucked and we all know the raptors played like crap and somehow lost from a blown call what more do u need

      • Jay

        Just asses the game properly like we expect from a raptors blog. The fuck is this dumb Haiku shit.

        • Tanks-a-lot

          ‘asses’

        • George hj

          I would understand if the writer was to pissed off to focus based on the grueling 3 hours he just expirienced

        • DDayLewis

          “Just asses the game properly like we expect from a raptors blog. The fuck is this dumb Haiku shit.” this isn’t complaining?

          Look, there’s a whole five points of notes about the game, and if you actually read the haikus, there is some commentary about the players in there. In addition to this quick react, there’s a whole recap coming tomorrow morning.

          And let’s be honest: regardless of what I could have written, would the response be any different? Would you guys fixate on anything other than the officiating? No, and that’s totally cool. So why not try to lighten it up with some humor? Is that so unprofessional?

          But more than anything, what entitles you to this content? What entitles you to criticizing people for providing you a free service? Who/what gave you an all-consuming sense of self-importance, such that you feel that your opinion even remotely matters?

          • Jay

            I actually look forward to reading this blogs opinions. I appreciate your “5 whole points”. My apologies. But looking at the votes on my posts other people agree… Just saying.

            • DDayLewis

              I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have unloaded on you. It’s really late and I’m frustrated like everyone. I tried something, and apparently it didn’t work whatsoever. Your feedback does matter, as does your opinion. Lashing out was silly and irresponsible.

            • WJF

              I think you comments suck!

          • greenmidus

            what about people who can’t watch the game? glad to know vasquez would lose a race….

            • DDayLewis

              There’s an entire recap coming tomorrow, and the general gist of the game is in the “Five things we saw”. But since you’re here, I’ll give a brief synopsis of the game:

              Sacramento dominated early. The Raptors wings couldn’t generate any offense and Jonas landed in early foul trouble. The Kings front-line crashed the boards and netted extra possessions and free-throws. The perimeter defense for the Raptors wasn’t all too hot either.

              Second quarter looked much like the first. The Kings ICE’d pick and rolls, which really stymied Lowry and Derozan, who constantly reset the play, rather than attacking head on. Part of that was due to DMC’s defensive presence, and part of that was the activity level of the Kings’ wing players, who’s length and quickness effectively contained the Raptors guards. Greivis Vasquez and his super-slow motion everything wasn’t helping. The only offense came from Patterson popping out for wide-open midrange jumpers.

              Too much iso-ball was played in the third, while the Kings continued to parade to the stripe. The Raptors shot a jumpshot on five straight possessions near the start of the third, which allowed the Kings to push the lead to 22. Casey threw everyone he could at DMC — Val, Hayes, Johnson, Hansbrough — and nothing worked. He continued to block shots and collect rebounds. Kings led by double-digits going into the fourth.

              By this point, the whistles and constant stoppages killed any semblance of flow for both teams. Play was stopped every few seconds. Novak was brought in for some instant offense, and he hit a couple of big three’s to bring the Raptors to single digits. The Raptors eventually clawed until they were down just 6 points with 28 seconds left. Lowry hit a three, got fouled, but the refs called Lowry for the offensive foul instead, which as you can see from Observation #2’s link, was completely bogus. Exasperated, Lowry runs away from the refs to avoid picking up a tech, but instead the refs do whistle him for his second tech, and the game is effectively over.

          • ItsAboutFun

            Rip him a new one Will! For a one of piece of creativity, it was cool. Entitled as…..

    • ScottBaird

      what, you think these guys get paid?

    • DDayLewis

      It’s 1 AM and you’re complaining about free content. Are you being serious right now?

      • Jay

        Nobody’s complaining. Just made a statement.

  • Ronald

    Screw the NBA and adam silver they made sure the kings would win i mean 51 free throws are you kidding and Lowry holy crap the NBA clearly hates this man despite giving him player of the week who gives a crap about that f*** you NBA.

    • morgan c

      We fouled a lot. We couldn’t handle the Kings, esp their front line, and played shitty defense. Ya, 51 free throws are a lot, but even homer Armstrong pointed out that most of the calls were legit. Raptors just played terribly. THAT needs to be the bigger take-away / lesson than the shitty refs.

  • JRedmond14

    Seattle Seahawks have the 12th man. The Sacramento Kings tonight had the 6th, 7th, and 8th man tonight in the refs…..maybe this team does belong in Seattle

  • FrustratedRapsFan

    That call on Lowry has to be one of the worst calls of the year. I have absolutely no idea how the ref could possibly call that an offensive foul. Granted, the Raptors were complete garbage for three quarters, but they were robbed in the fourth. Way to go Refs.

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    -poor effort by the bigs, JV and Amir were absolutely terrible.
    – score was flattering, This game was not close.

    – silly technical by Demar as that was 100% no
    foul. Lowry actually made a great defensive play but not one Raptor hustled
    back including the sulking whining DeRozan.
    – Do not understand the love fest Casey has with
    Chuck Hayes and Vasquez tonight. Thomas had no trouble with the slow footed
    Vasquez. I would have preferred Ross at the 2 and Patterson instead of Hayes.
    Ross is bigger, faster and shoots the 3 better than Vasquez and Patterson was
    the only Raptor who actually shot well. He is also taller than Hayes.
    – Foul on Lowry at the end of the game was one of the worst calls I have ever seen. If
    properly called it is a 3 point game with Lowry on the line for an And 1.
    – Cousins is an absolute stud and we had no answer
    for him. Hansborough looked like he was pissed off and I am sure not playing a
    single minute in Utah contributed to that.
    – Even though I still believe the Raptors deserved
    to lose, the officiating was awful. League high for free throw attempts and
    makes tonight by the Kings.

    • FREEJV

      JV was alright he was our best big today along with Pat. Did you even watch Chuck Hayes and Hansbrough? and dont even get me started on Amir….

      • dumbrefs

        amirs needs to take a game off the guy is clearly injured

        • webfeat

          Amir is type of guy to play through pain. It’s up to the coaches to make sure he sits.

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        That’s why I said I do not understand the love fest Casey has with Hayes. JV did not play well

        • Tanks-a-lot

          JV was taken out of the game early by the refs when they called that 2nd foul that wasn’t anything.

        • FREEJV

          so 12/11 is a bad game by a sophomore now? while also battling with the refs let alone cousins lmao.

          • Ghotte

            Hayes should not have been in the game that much in the 4th. JV had a very poor defensive game.

      • caccia

        Hansbrough was 2-4 and the two he missed were tip-ins. He was in position on every shot, unlike every other big on the team except Valanciunas. That’s how he had two offensive rebounds, one of which led to a Patterson three. So, yeah, he deserved to play longer. You can’t get in the groove or help your team after a month-long layoff by sitting on the bench the entire second half, while the team jacks up shots from outside. If he is annoyed by the coach’s lack of respect, he should be.

  • Greg

    I’ve watched a lot of raptors games in my day and that call on Lowry has to be the worst call I’ve ever seen in the NBA

  • dumbrefs

    fucking horrible refs..hows does a rookie get the benefit of the call

  • Carbon

    WTF THAT CALL AND THE TECH?!?!? WAT THE ACTUAL FUCK

  • Shadow Of Christ

    What a shit show! Excuse my language, but that completely changed the outcome of the game. Lowry hits a three AND gets fouled with a chance to make it a 2 POINT GAME! Instead, Lowry gets called for the offensive foul, AND gets TECHED for WALKING AWAY FROM CONFRONTING THE REF! That is bullshit of the highest grade!

  • Puzzles

    Pretty sure the Raps had like 7 shots within 5 ft.
    And you know that ref had his hands in the form of the letter T after he called that off. foul. Bad call. Just, bad call.

  • Rupert

    Take your player of the week award and shove it up your a** Adam Silver, make the right calls dammit

  • AngryMF

    Why was has in at the end of the game instead of JV? It was so painful to see the ball bounce over his head time and time again and the guy couldn’t reach it. Defensively DMC had no trouble looking or shooting over him. So frustrating. Team down 7 with 3 minutes left and Casey puts our worst offensive player on when we still need points. Plus JV was part of the group that made the run in the first place.

    And that call… F*** this shit. Staying up here in the UK till 6 in the morning, watching my Raptors mount an impressive comeback, then the refs rip the game right from us. Should have gone to sleep hours ago, Adam Silver could have given us international fans a heads up that he wanted to try anal with us fans tonight. Feel totally f****d over. Now im going to miss my lecture. F*** you NBA.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      I, for the life of me did not understand why Casey had Hayes in there. Patterson played well and is taller, more athletic and can shoot the 3 yet he was glued to the bench. Ross should have been in for Vasquez covering Thomas. Call on Lowry was unexplainable

      • mountio

        Vets win games!

  • FREEJV

    novak should play more he creates mismatches at the 4 cuz noone wanna come out to guard him

    • StrikerAI

      He also can’t guard a pylon, so Thompson and Cousins would have beasted even more in the paint.

  • James Slim

    Having seen a bit of the raps lately and particularly tonight, I no longer think I get the worst deal from the reds. Kyle my favourite raptor, definitely the new number 1 – I want your jersey if you resign.

  • Puzzles

    I try not to curse both online and in real life. But in certain cases, they are warranted. Actually, in certain cases, they are more appropriate than nice wordies.
    Demonstrable action…my ass..You know what is a demonstrable action, Noah flipping the refs off. That’s a demonstrable action. I really wanted anyone to take their jersey (or suit jacket) off and throw it in the ref’s face and then flip them off. That would be a demonstrable action I’d pay to see.

  • DDT

    I always read this blog but never post, but I need to today. nothing was going well for us but somehow we got back into it (see Novak, Steve) and then Lowry`s 3 was the worst call ever. Killed the momentum totally. And likely was meant to do that. Silly. Just silly.

  • TheR3dMenace

    That call was atrocious. When the raps get ZERO respect like that there was no way we were ever going to win that game. What a buggering

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    I’m waiting to hear the NBA state that the officials erred in calling Lowry for a foul at the end. I’m sure the NBA knows how much us Toronto fans love that.

  • greenmidus

    this is probably the worst reaction post ever, not everyone can watch the game, and then we come to this haiku garbage? i would of really liked to know how each player played, instead of rob ford’s car….

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      I won’t be as strong pointed as others have been but I do agree I found the Haiku stuff boring and disappointing. Was looking forward to your usual good player by player commentary besides the obvious bad call at the end.

      • ItsAboutFun

        Shit, what’s with you guys?

      • DDayLewis

        Refresh your page, see point number six

      • greenmidus

        quick reactions are by far my favourite posts on this site, quick, sweet, nice little rating to go along with a nice description which fans can vote on, has everything you could want other then haikus

    • Guest

      Wtf? Calm down. Take your frustrations out somewhere else, he was just trying to lighten the mood. I found ithilarious. That Rob Ford shit killed me lool

    • ItsAboutFun

      If you’re on a computer, you can watch the game. It was very late at night, a quick bit of creativity for a change of pace. Relax

      • greenmidus

        people do work during games

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    Is it me or is Leo Rautins the worst? Besides the constant drivvle thus making us not find out things like Cousins getting his third foul or why was there a jump ball after Hayes free throw, Rautins constantly seems to back the refs up when a call is made against the Raptors. I know that homer announcers can be annoying but man does Rautins always seem to see the officials viewpoint, even if wrong. He is terrible. Miss Jack Armstrong who is straight forward and fair

    • webfeat

      Count your blessings. I was listening to the Sacramento announcers and they started complaining about Lowry’s reaction saying that players are ruining the game by contesting every call. I mean, Lowry was just leaving the game ’cause he got his sixth foul – how is that the same thing???

      • raptorstand

        How about the interview with the commissioner , I turned the sound off, I actually think the commissioner was drunk he talked loudly on and on and was openly seen laughing and celebrating at the time of the worst officiating, the only reason Casey isn’t thrown out is silver is sitting two rows away, silver will never get my respect after that performance. Pathetic.

        • wrooster

          Adam Silver, as a commissioner, is just a bobble head.

    • Leo IS the worst

      No, it’s not you, Leo Rautins IS the worst. The absolute worst. Every time he announces the thought occurs how if I was a player and he was the coach, I would HAVE to find a new team to play for. The tedious, one-note bore-fest that is Leo makes me long for Jack. Every time.

  • MisterM

    The line on the game opened at SAC +1.5. That in and of itself seems like a trap. THEN enough money gets played on the SAC side, that it actually moves the line down to SAC +1. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but after watching Tim Donaghy’s 60 Minutes interview, it really makes you wonder. And don’t give me this 2-16 playing in Sac crap. We are a substantially better team (despite tonight’s score). Why so many people betting on SAC? At such a tight line? Then all of a sudden it’s Whistlebowl 2014? Really makes you wonder about this league and whether the reputation (in jest) about how corrupt it is, is well founded.

    • Mexiballer

      I wouldnt be surprised at all if there are refs that make money by betting through back channels, friends or family members. The way that some games are refed just doesnt make sense. That call didnt make sense.

  • ad

    Refs were incompetent but raps still played like complete dogshit for 3 quarters.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Well said!!

  • http://skritch.blogspot.com/ Nathan Ng

    I know I’m going to be in the minority, but the haikus were gold. I laughed. It was a tiny bit of compensation for the crap call at the end. Well done.

    • DDayLewis

      Thanks. I tried to lighten the mood. Looks like it just made most of the people here angrier.

      • ItsAboutFun

        Screw them. Good job

  • Puzzles

    WE DONT LIKE YOU REFS

    god damn it I cant sleep

    FUCK

  • Guest

    How about an emotional roller-coaster eh? Went front being a one possession game to a 3 possession game and our best player out. That just ain’t right…

  • Steverino

    I don’t know who I’m pissed at more — the refs or the Raptors. I’m sick o ftheir play lately, where they half-ass it through 3 quarters then start playing. They deserved to lose. But that doesn’t excuse the horrible officiating. If the Raps played their swarming hustling defense from the start, they wouldn’t have been in that position. Hey Raptors: you’re not as good as you think you are so start showing up at tip-off because you’re not always going to come back and win.

  • RPT23

    Haikus written in the time span for a quick reaction is impressive. It takes a lot of creatively to do that early in the morning while fuming over the refs.

    To the refs, man, we should get a list of refs for all the Raptor games and try to see who makes what calls against the Raptors. I smell a conspiracy brewing here, ESPECIALLY with good ol’ Mr. Adam Silver in attendance. Looks like the refs want a raise…

  • Raps Organization – F*** u NBA

    Dear Adam Silver,

    I expect an apology letter in the next 48 hours for how bad those refs were tonight and the Lowry call at the end of the game. I don’t want an apology letter nor does this organization. So shove it up your ass and fire the three paid off idiot who reffed the game tonight. We have had the short end of the leash for too long now and that should be your first order of business. Letters don’t equal wins.

    A disappointed fanbase,
    Raptors Fans

    • FREEJV

      why so cheesy

  • ih8vasquez

    I just want to shit all over Adam Silver

  • RPT23

    I think it’s difficult to play your brand of defense when the refs are calling tic tac fouls on you every single possession. It definitely takes you out of your game…

    But I agree, in the previous games they could have started out stronger but in this game, especially tonight against the Kings in front of the new commish, making a comeback was going to be a challenge.

  • Roarque

    Demarcus Cousins averages 23 points a game playing in the west. Toronto let him score 25 but 9 of those were FT. Cousins also averages 12 rebounds a game which was again about what he had against Toronto so I don’t see how he was any more a beast against the Raps than he is game in and game out this year. BTW JV had a double double against the KIngs which is about his typical game as of late. My point is the problem was not JV.
    In my humble opinion, the problem is Amir and he needs to sit until he can play effectively. The man is injured and not very effective as such. Since this team is going to the playoffs why not let him heal? Tyler and Patrick can fill in for the time left before the All-Star Break.

    • Carlos

      Couldn’t agree more. JV has been playing extremely well of late and Amir hasn’t been himself. He needs to be benched until he is healthy and playing more like the proper Amir we all know. Remember when he started sitting earlier in the season then went on a tear? I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the motivation he needs now.

      • conman_15

        Games like this are why I feel we need another true center on the team over another power forward. Amir is not as effective at center and would be a good pairing with Patterson at PF. Add a big body down low to back up JV. My hopes would be someone better than Aaron Gray but even he would help this team.

  • StabbyRaccoon

    I like the haikus too. Some games are just bad for whichever reason and the best thing to do is laugh and have a little fun. Bad trends of multiple games are worth being upset over but not a single bad game in an otherwise good trend.

    Those refs however… Nevr4get :'( I hope they trash that call on BBallBreakdown with all the fury Ronnie Nunn can muster.

  • john

    Overall shit effort. The game, not the write-up.

  • Just Is

    Here’s how you know how bad that foul call was on Lowry…even the KINGS’ fanbase called the call bullsh*t. You also gotta love that they threw a tech on top of it…you know…for balance. Its hilarious considering the reason Lowry essentially ran away WAS to avoid a technical but it found him anyways

  • Chuck Johnson

    I can’t decide if the tech was worse than the offensive foul.

    But let’s not let the Raps off the hook for playing like shit for 3 and a half quarters. I they managed to defensive rebound in the first half, it never would have come down to a desperation 3.

  • Shadow Of Christ
  • Josh

    I for one William, enjoyed the haiku laden quick reaction. That Salmons one had me cracking up for a solid 5 minutes straight

  • Mexiballer

    I think Novak should be in the rotation even for just 6 or 7 minutes a game. Hes a weapon and he keeps other teams honest. It would also keep him in rythm and you never know when he is going to go off and win you a game. I know he doesnt play defece but hes wasted sitting on the bench.

    • asifyouknow

      I’ll a monkeys uncle… I agree with you…..world is going to end!!!

      • Mexiballer

        I wish you wouldn’t agree with me. And I agree with you…I think you are a monkeys uncle.

  • nickfromtime

    That call was easily the worst call i have ever witnessed in an NBA game, ever. I have never seen such a blatantly incorrect call in such a pivotal moment in any game. Nobody can tell me that Lowry fouled McLemore on that play, thats BS. And another thing, if I was Casey I would have tried to get ejected from the game along with Lowry just for the sole purpose of sending a message to the refs with Silver in attendance. But that would be sort of a heat of the moment thing that would be deeply regretted later lol. One of the few nights i felt sorry for him, team wasn’t bringing it, and when theres finally hope at the last second, the refs bone the whole team. smh.

  • tweed8

    NBA refs are sometimes like hippies at a rock concert, waving their hands and blowing their whistles. You watching, have no idea what show they are seeing.

    Ugly game.

  • Andre

    Waiting for the league to apologize… horrible call on lowry

  • nba ref suspicious

    Refs highly suspicious

  • nba ref suspicious

    nba refs exposed corrupt

  • Icks

    I was hesitant to read reactions cause I’m upset by the game but I really enjoyed haikus! Made my day.

  • morgan c

    Worst performance of the year. Refs were bad, but that’s not the point / certainly shouldn’t be the take-away. We were dominated by a terrible team. Didn’t show up, and didn’t try. Truly disappointing performance and really surprising for this team. We have a long ways to go yet.

  • tweed8

    The reffing was horrible in this game and I totally agree that the Raps played like crap. But, Leo R. -oh I wish he would shut up sometimes- said something I totally didn’t agree with; “You have to realize when it’s you and not the refs…” While this may be true sometimes, I think in this case the horrible reffing totally affected the game and helped to stymie any attempt to create flow!

    What was that third foul on JV? A no contact foul!? An offensive foul on Kyle for shooting a three? Two techs for walking away from a bad situation? I really wished Casey had thrown a shoe at someone! The list goes on… When I see this stuff happen, I can’t argue with the conspiracy theorists out there who hate the league because this crap just make them look right.

    Again, the raps didn’t play all that well but, teams should be allowed to lose on their own terms.

  • asifyouknow

    There is only one thing to blame here, the Raptors got exposed, they are weak inside, period, that was the main story here.
    The Kings made a zillion second opportunities while the big guys stood around getting pushed like rag dolls.
    Some more stats from this train wreck:
    Ross and DeMar 8-26 do the % math…not very good.
    These officiating crew called close to 60 fouls! They should be fined by the NBA for obstruction of a game…lol
    DeMar most of been a soccer player at one time cause he really loves to kick that ball around.
    Lowry took it upon himself to win the game, don’t really know what else to say except only Michael Jordan could do that. That is all I’m saying on that. Here is the sequence while down six points:
    Kyle Lowry offensive foul (Ben McLemore draws the foul) 99-105 0:25 turnover 99-105 0:25
    Kyle Lowry technical foul(1st technical foul) 99-105 0:25
    Kyle Lowry ejected
    All that is a few seconds.
    Vasquez fell asleep at the wheel most of the game, woke up to help the team get close and hit a three and a few timely rebounds to get them to 5.
    The positive:

    1)JV came back and finished with a respectable game, he didn’t fold like a cheap suit, this 21 year old will be a hell of a 25 year old center. Just need time.

    2)Paterson needs to start or get 30+ minutes a night, that is becoming obvious.

    3) One question , should Ross be the starting SF? Should they go out and get a starting type SF before the trade deadline ? Salmons is a good backup but that is all he is.

    Lets remember this is just one game, everything might be alright tomorrow….lol

    • DDayLewis

      “Kyle Lowry offensive foul (Ben McLemore draws the foul) 99-105 0:25 turnover 99-105 0:25
      Kyle Lowry technical foul(1st technical foul) 99-105 0:25
      Kyle Lowry ejected”

      You might want to watch the actual game. That’s the call that got everyone all riled up. Go watch that sequence, then come back and tell us that Lowry “tried to be like MJ” on that play.

      • asifyouknow

        Just got done watching the replay of the fourth I’ll what the whole thing tonight.
        When coach said they needed to play this guys aggressively because they are a good one on one team I said to myself, this will be a foul feast, what else can we expect? And that is what this game became.
        We can argue the call all day but it was what it was, if you know they are calling everything and you are in a critical part of the game you got to be careful, that is all I’m saying.
        Just watched that play on NBA Replay. That call could of gone either way.

        • DDayLewis

          http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2014/02/06/gif-raptors-robbed-worst-call-ever/

          That call could have gone both ways? What about the technical called on Lowry for simply walking to the bench because he just committed his 6th foul?

          • asifyouknow

            Look we don’t know was had been going on all game, players do lots of talking and most reffs put up with it, but after awhile they will get you. I assume this had been going on for awhile and Lowry pushed a little too far.
            Lets be honest Mr. DDayLewis that call was not the game, the game was lost in the first half, can we agree on that.

            • DDayLewis

              That was not the game, as I clearly stated in point one:

              “Don’t gripe too much on the officiating. It was brutal, and quite
              possibly the worst I’ve ever seen, but it was bad for both teams. Yes,
              Lowry’s potential four-point play being waved off the Raptors should
              have never been down as much as 22 points to the Western Conference’s
              worst team (by record)”

      • asifyouknow

        By the way I was not talking about one play…please….I do agree that leg wipp call should not be called on a critical possession..reffs were petty on that call, maybe home cooking, who knows…. facts are they were calling everything. I whatched Lowry shoot other 3 pointers and that leg wipp is not part of his motion (as big) so I assume he was trying to at least get a foul but it worked against him..Just an opinion…

  • asifyouknow

    The good think is that everybody talked it over and got everything out of their chest, can’t wait for the break this team needs it bad.
    Going forward the team needs to split more time and get to the playoffs healthy and rested. Rest the horses even if it means a .500 record going forward.. That will get you to the playoffs with a shot to win at least one round..

  • Mike P

    fucking nba, fucking silver, fucking sac town and shit, fuck this. go raps.