Toronto Raptors 105 Final

Recap | Box Score

118 Los Angeles Clippers
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -18Very lethargic game. He missed a pass that would have left him wide open two separate times. Credit for hanging in there against Griffin, who was more or less unstoppable, but it wasn’t his night. He doesn’t look 100% and the All-Star break couldn’t come any sooner for him.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -3Gave us this, which was the highlight of the game from a Raptors’ standpoint. Besides that, though, he had a difficult night on both sides of the ball. Looked sick (allergies?) but tried his best to play through it, which is admirable.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-9 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -14Got destroyed down low defensively by both Jordan and Griffin at different points during the game, but demonstrated a versatile offensive game that was far more effective than the amount of points he had would suggest (blame his struggles at the line for that). He battled hard in an awful matchup for him.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -10He was the main beneficiary, points-wise, of the hack-a-DeAndre strategy in the third. In the first half, he looked a step slow, but was able to pick things up a tad late. Got destroyed by Crawford to end the first half, along with Vasquez.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 9-21 FG | 17-19 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 36 PTS | -15The bright spot for the Raps tonight. Hung in there with Griffin in the first half, and picked things up in the fourth once again to keep the Raps semi-in the game. What really impressed me tonight was his decision-making – he looks more and more confident dishing the ball off drives, and Johnson and Valanciunas were the beneficiaries of some nice passing from him tonight.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +12Came in halfway through the third, seemingly as an extra 6 fouls for the hack-a-Jordan strategy. Played his usual brand of hard-nosed ball against the much larger Clips frontline when he wasn’t fouling DeAndre, though one wonders what he’s done to get into Casey’s doghouse. He didn’t see a minute of meaningful playing time.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -5Along with DeRozan, the only consistent source of offense for Toronto in the first half. His jumper was on point until late, when he forced up a couple threes. He’s becoming a more and more valuable part of the offense.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Griffin destroyed him in the 3 minutes he was in. What did you expect?

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -6Wasn’t really noticeable out there – didn’t move the needle on either side of the ball. The Raps could have used his hero-ball antics a bit tonight on the second unit, as much as I rag on him for it.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3Normally, we’re pretty hard on him in this space. But tonight, I’m going to sing his praises. We all know he’s limited defensively, but he hung in there as well as anyone else (not saying a ton, admittedly) and hit a couple 3s. If he can do that most nights, we’re happy.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5He wasn’t really noticeable tonight when he did get in the game, except for the fact that Jamal Crawford absolutely decimated the two point guard lineup late in the first half. That was more of a personnel decision than anything he did, though.

Dwane Casey
The hack-a-Jordan, admittedly, was a reasonably smart strategy, even if it made the game impossible to watch. I question the two point guard lineup when Crawford was running amuck, and it’s weird how Hansbrough didn’t get his chance to stop Griffin, but this loss wasn’t on him as much as it was on lethargic defense and the Clippers’ seemingly-unstoppable front line.

Three Things We Saw

  1. This game was lost in the frontcourt. The Raptors had absolutely no answer for the size of DeAndre Jordan, and the everything of Blake Griffin, who basically got whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. The score is far closer than the game actually was, even though the score isn’t that close.
  2. I HATED watching the hack-a-Jordan halfway through the third, which made the last 6 minutes of the frame take over half an hour in real time. Hated it. But it really slowed down the pace of the game, and, once the Clippers finally caved and took DeAndre out, the Clips couldn’t get their rhythm back until the quarter had ended. The Raps cut the lead from 21 down to 9 since the hacking started, which is as impressive as it was absolutely, interminably boring.
  3. Rising from the miasma that was the Raptors tonight, DeMar DeRozan deserves some praise. He looked as fluid as he ever has on offense and managed to keep this game as close as it was.

  • bballi bballi paradise

    How many of those DJ Fts kicked right back out to the clips…..frustrating

    • Junior Qamar

      I think the season high for free throws by a team this year was 51 which was in that sacremento game…. the clippers had more than 55 tonight im pretty sure and didnt hear about it as much as I did after the sac town game.

      • DDayLewis

        Clippers had 54 free throw attempts, and 16 of those were directly related to Casey going “hack-a-DeAndre” (he was 8 for 16 on those attempts). No conspiracy or mystery on this game

        • Junior Qamar

          Yeah no conspiracy but still found it cool how we broke the season high the very next game

  • DDayLewis

    Chuck Hayes’ 3 minute stint: First possession: fouled Griffin on an and-one in the post. Next possession: fouled Griffin in the post, Griffin goes to the line. Third possession: Hayes sags off, gives Blake the 18-footer, Blake cans it. Whistle: Hayes comes out of the game.

  • Tanks-a-lot

    I like the Clippers to win the West.
    Gonna be some classic series in the West.


    Terrence ross been smokin dat joint the last 2 games i see ^_^

    • JL

      According to Devlin, there’s some sort of eye infection/irritation spreading through the locker room. Buycks has it as well he said.
      As much as it is a possibility that he could be smokin Kush since it was his birthday on Wednesday, I don’t think there’s anyway that he could get that past the team doctors/trainers.

      • Nilanka15

        They need to stop farting on each other’s pillows….

  • Will

    I really felt like Amir was hurting us tonight by trying to tough out whatever injuries he’s still got. He clearly couldn’t move very well and I would’ve loved to see his minutes go to Hansbrough. He’s never going to ask to sit so Casey needs to tell him to take a game or two off.

    • Age

      Just tonight? Something is wrong with Amir besides his recent ankle twist. He has been playing with no heart. Something is off….not Amir like

      And Tross is hitting the wall. I wish he would have passed on dunk off and would sleep for a weekend.

      • oioi

        I agree, Amir hasn’t been himself for the past two months to be honest. I don’t think it’s his ankle, he’s not playing with any energy or intensity that we’re used to seeing from him. I’m starting to suspect him a bit.

      • Copywryter

        Amir had a few hustle plays last night on transition defence. Playing hurt is just as hard mentally as it is physically.

  • Will

    Disappointing to finish with a losing road trip but we are still .500 on the road. Gotta start piling up those home wins.

  • Abdi

    Tough game to watch. I still think that kyle,demar and t-ross can win in the playoff. But do we need an upgrade in the frontcourt or do we wait intill amir gets back to 100%. Thought’s

    • jakdripr

      I think amir just needs to rest, dudes been stinking it up since the new year came around and I’m not sure why. He had one or two games where he looked like he was back then he sprained his ankle and started stinking it up again. If I was casey I’d rest him and give hansbrough some minutes.

      Least jonas is showing some consistency.

      • Abdi

        I think Amir will be back to normal after the all star break. We need him to play at a high level to keep the three seed and push the Heat and Pacers in the playoffs. But we need more length and need more athleticism in the frontcourt. Thank god all of the best scoring big man play in the west.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Amir’s poor performance goes further back than that. If you exclude his brief stint of excelence after he got benched, this goes back almost to the beginning of the season

        • jakdripr

          I wasn’t really following this team pre-gay trade because I expected them to be bad(and boy did they deliver), so ill have to take your word on that. I don’t know what the problem could be, but maybe moving him to the bench might help. Maybe start 2pat or psycho T.

  • GLF

    If Amir isn’t 100% he needs to stop playing. Simple. I’m tired of seeing him get out worked time and time again in the paint and being late defensively. When Amir isn’t playing well it really messes us up.

    • StabbyRaccoon

      I agree, though they knew this was going to be a tough game and might need him. But they have an easier schedule coming up and Patterson and Hansbrough should take over until he can get back to 100%.

    • caccia

      No one seems to have noticed that Hansbrough was +10 while he was in the first time, in eighth minutes, and not just because of the hack-a-Jordan strategy. He and Novak were the only plus guys on the squad. The defense was suddenly more effective, DeMar had more room to operate because the bigs were worried about boxing out Tyler. Then when Hansbrough went out, the rally fizzled.

      Coach Casey thinks he was “dogging it” by waiting until his bone injury was healed, so now Tyler’s in the doghouse, even when it hurts the team–this road trip has exposed the lack of an inside presence on the Raptors.

      • jakdripr

        I think we always knew we lack an inside presence, jonas still has a long way to go(although he’s showing steady improvement) and amir was never an offensive player. I think as bad as this road trip was, we were a few mistakes away from going 3-2 or even 4-1. This was the only loss we had where we were pretty much out of it the whole game and I’d blame that on just fatigue.

        Although now we’re going home to get torn up by anthony davis, should be painful to watch.

        • Roarque

          Should be a show altho I’m not convinced that Anthony Davis is any closer to Blake Grffin than Jonas Valanciunis is to Roy Hibbert. One day, they both will be and won’t THAT be something to see.
          SIT AMIR, SIT AMIR.

      • Roarque

        Tyler may be a guy who heals differently than Amir and so he can’t / won’t play hurt. So be it. Not everyone is Amir who plays hurt most of the second part of every season. If Tyler is now ready to play and Amir is not then it seems like a no brainer to share the load between these two. Dwane would tell you that he has been easing back on Amir’s minutes – I’d like to see Amir shut down until after the AllStar break and let Hansbrough earn his stripes.

    • tmk

      Agreed. Though I feel like it’s been the norm for him every year. Last year he did the same thing, he’d be listless and not playing well at all, and then he’d go on a streak for a month or so and we praise how valuable he is. This year has been no different. He had a stretch earlier in the season where he was killing it, but now he’s reverted back to the norm. And it’s always something that’s up with him. I think last year it was some kind of personal reasons.

      I don’t doubt that the dude gives his all every game, and I don’t doubt that he’s a valuable part of the team, especially defensively. But I’ve yet to see him put together a whole season of sustained play, it seems like he can’t maintain it. But hopefully he can turn it around soon.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Im not sure Amir can in a sustained starting role. If you look at his stats, they stop improving around 27 minutes a night. After that, more PT doesn’t result in better stats

    • rtzyyz

      Amir is not 100% but I think there is more to it than that. Reality is this…The raps do not have one starting caliber 4-5 player. Amir would be more effective coming off the bench with 2pat that would be a great Second unit tandem. JV has a LONG way to go, love Tylers energy but he doesn’t have the skill hays is over matched…MU needs to find us a legit big if we are going to compete. How? Idk…any thoughts????????

  • Andrey

    DIdn’t expect a win tbh. So hopefully we can win next 2.

  • GLF

    Also this horrendous defense we have been playing the last little while better be an aberration and not the norm. Or else we won’t be winning anything is this “easy” second half of the season.

  • Nerius

    The refs were not allowing any defense again. The fouls on Hayes are very illustrative of that, as was JV’s first foul.

    • Mexiballer

      I totally agree. Blake Griffin had the red carpet to the hoop rolled out for him. What was Hayes supposed to do.
      Those werent even fouls.

      • Minks77

        Jordan got all kinds if leeway too. He clearly shoved Jonas under the basket in that outback over him and apparently both he and Blake are allowed all kinds if extra steps. I hate the clips. Can’t wait to see em flame out in the playoffs.

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Agreed. You can’t deny their talent, or that they’re a great team. But that doesn’t, mean I like them. The entire team just oozes this obnoxious arrogance

  • Roarque

    Masai Ujiri said his Raptors would not be in the middle. After this road trip, it appears to me that the Raptors are smack dab in the middle. And playing against the teams in the West, they are dull to watch. I don’t know why but they are dull to watch.
    Your move, Mr. Ujiri.

    • Mexiballer

      He didnt say that they would not be in the middle. He said they would not be caught in no mans land. They are leading the Atlantic division. They are tied for third in the Eastern conference. If the playoffs started tomorrow they would have home court in the first round. How is that no mans land?

      • no clue

        I would help you with this but the bottom right in the forums is epic, so ya, I shouldn’t.

        • ckh26

          I don’t what is the higher quotient of your impotent mix…your
          arrogance or narcissism. If you have something to say in rebuttal say
          it. Your comment makes you look like a snide punk.

  • Doc

    For a great player Blake Griffin is such a bitch.

    • DC

      A narcissist for sure.

    • Steverino

      I never realized what a pussy he is, over-acting on any touch to get a call.

  • Guest

    The only positive I can take out of this road trip is Derozans development on offence. He seems to have big games whenever the raps are over matched talent-wise. Also, the one facet of the game that the Raptors seemed to hold the advantage on completely vanished these past few games….

    • Big man

      Demar has be great on this road trip. He keeps getting better by the game. His floor game has improve so much in a short amount of time easily could had 12 to more ast last night. Also the handles are really improve to. Need to take less jumper but that will come. I want the MU to trade him sell high on his value but the more i see him play I think it a too risky trade some one like this.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        He CLEARLY needed that 2 game rest after the last Clips game. He’s had a lot more lift on his jumper and is playing with a lot more energy overall

  • splattkhs

    I was at this game, and the Clippers fan were pissed over the Hack-A-Jordan approach, I wish Casey had gone back to it in the fourth because because it really disrupted the Clipper offense. Seriousl, isn’t that what Hayes and Daye is for? Other than that if JV could hit a FT …

  • JHP

    This team will make the playoffs but are still a trade or 2 away from really competing. The lack of depth shows in games like this and the team is worn out. All Star break will really help this team. Plus a lot of home games are coming up.

  • Wes mantooth

    The hack a Jordan was so pointless. I get why teams do it, but they were fouling him with griffin on the bench , so they were basically slowing down the wrong unit!
    Tyler isn’t getting minutes because he’s just bit good. Can’t finish around the rim, never naked good decisions. Not a fan.
    Interesting how hard they went at Jonas in the first quarter, definitely making a point of it. Wonder what they’ve heard.
    The hack a Jordan is demoralizing for our defense.

  • ckh26

    A tired crew on the last game of 10 day 5 game roadtrip and it sure showed last nite. It just blew. No jump. The silver lining is that we came back 2 and 3 instead of our usual 0 and 5. Were in the games in Portland and Sacto and we are coming home with this last western road swing done.

    What is starting to become a pattern is we are being bitch slapped by teams with bigger heavier 4’s and 5’s. Amir just wears down when he has to give up 15 lbs a nite and Jonas seems to have lost the fluid flexibility he had in his rookie year. Just watching him and Jordan run down the court and you can easily see who the athlete is. I was whining for more weight for JV but not at the price of quickness and speed.

    AND !!!!

    The nets got beat last night. So a quick head math exercise says if we go 18 up and 14 down the rest of the way (and our sched is pretty good so thats not out of the question) we have 44 wins and that says the Nets to win the division have to go 23up and 11down with a 680 winning percentage to hit 45 wins. Math is on our side.. We shape up to finish 4th or even 3rd depending on that record. Only guys you don’t want to see in the first round is the Nets… Go Raps !

  • thatoneguy

    What happened to Casey’s tight 9 man rotation that was working so well? I get that he doesn’t want to cut out Hayes or Hansbrough or Novak completely but I think before the game he needs to decide which 9 guys he’s going with and stick to it. Maybe sit Amir for a couple of games and let him get back to 100%

  • Steverino

    Only thing worse than watching an intentional foul-fest is allowing professional players who can’t even hit 70% of their free throws. They’re an embarrassment to the league and should be exposed.

  • Copywryter

    The Clips are a near-elite team playing at home against a team with tired legs on the back end of an off-coast trip.

    Most teams will lose most times in this situation. See: Thunder in Orlando.

    The only game that we ‘should’ have won on this trip that we didn’t was the Sacramento game.

  • asifyouknow

    Tyler Hansbrough is probably a great guy but he should be playing in Europe somewhere, I don’t see his contribution except that this team is weak inside and they need some bigs. if you gone play Tyler might as well hire an NFL defensive lineman to guard the middle, This guy does nothing…

    • Will

      Are you serious? He may not be the most athletic or graceful player but he gets results. He gets tons of rebounds on both defense and especially on offense. He draws fouls on offense. He gets all the 50/50 hustle plays. He’s not a starter in the NBA but he’s a great bench power forward. If he had Chris Anderson’s size, he’d be a great backup centre for us.

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