Toronto Raptors 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

93 Washington Wizards
Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -2Got the start ahead of Amir Johnson (perhaps for good?) and showcased that all-around game to some oohs and aahs. Everything he does is above-average (love that charge on Nene) which makes him highly versatile and it’s quite evident that his teammates love playing with him. He’s like that guy on your 3on3 team that can step out and shoot but won’t shy away from doing the dirty work inside. Picked up a couple cheap fouls on his way to fouling out with under three left, good thing the Raps had a sizable lead by then.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -1Casey tried him as a defensive measure against Wall and he wasn’t able to deliver. To be fair, Wall was too much to handle for any Raptor and if it weren’t for his mates shooting bricks, perhaps this came could’ve gone differently. As I said on a podcast a while back, Ross needs to be involved in the scoring early for him to be effective throughout the game. Maybe it’s time for Casey to start scripting some plays for him in 1Q. Had a key steal late in the game.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 18 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -7Had some very, very impressive finishes in traffic against the gigantic line of Nene and Gortat. Even hit a jumper with a guy hanging on his hip, and was constantly praised by the Washington commentators for his work rate and skill. The reason the rebounding total isn’t high is likely due to Washington taking a ton of jumpers resulting in longer rebounds. I did notice that he was much quicker today in deciding what to do with the ball, don’t recall seeing a single instance where he looked like a mailman struggling to deliver a package to an address he can’t find.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 8-19 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +3He must’ve been sick of John Wall.by halftime and decided to up his game and deliver a 14 point (6-8 FG) quarter in the third. It extended the lead to double-digits and deflated the Wizards who were looking tired after playing from behind the majority of the game. His distribution was impeccable and it felt like the Wizards didn’t expect him to make the passes he was making. Shoot-first, my ass.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +9Played Robin to Lowry’s Batman in the third with 8 points on 4-6 shooting, a couple of them gorgeous drives that evade contact and supply enough English on the ball to finish. The long-twos were in effect and tonight he made them for the most part. It wasn’t a great defensive performance, especially on the perimeter, and was bailed out by Beal’s poor-shooting night.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +14I could probably repeat whatever I say about him for every single Reaction post. The guy knows how to play one way and one way only: aggressive, head down, barreling in the lane, creating space with his hunched-over ass, and muscling up a shot that rams into the backboard on its way to assaulting the rim. Good guy, him.

Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +9His shot-chart’s more congested than a U of T lecture hall. Had his pick ‘n roll game going and seemed to pace himself coming off the bench very well. His finishing in traffic always impresses me, even when the defense is anticipating the shot. Tonight was no different. You can slot him as a starter or off the bench, it makes no matter, the guy is a pro.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2This is like the seventh time this year where the box score says he played and my eyes disagree.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +14James Harden Lite had it kind of going on offense with a couple threes. More importantly, he pestered Beal and Wall on the perimeter just enough to cause them trouble, especially the latter. His ball-handling is very undervalued at times, especially when he’s the pressure-release for Lowry instead of DeRozan.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +9Where did that come from? He blew by Beal a couple times like he wasn’t there. Knocked down threes with nonchalance, and executed a couple floaters whilst chewing gum. The only thing he didn’t do is walk up to the White House, light a joint, and told the prez to ‘pass it to the right’.

Dwane Casey
Good call on Patterson starting despite Johnson being available. I thought the Raptors were in need of some timeouts much earlier than they were called in that tumultuous fourth quarter when the Wizards made a run out of nothing. This game was played at a tempo suited to the Raptors – a slow, half-court game which works against the tendencies of Wall, Beal, Webster and crew. It was almost as if Casey’s strategy was to dare their bigs to win the game rather than their wings.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Nene missed three huge FTs in the fourth quarter that could’ve cut the Wizards lead to five or so, which would’ve made for some very nervous times.
  2. Despite being the better team for three quarters, the Raptors backed their way to a victory here. Rather than putting the hammer down in the fourth they decided to protect the lead which might work in soccer, not so much in basketball.
  3. The Raptors were a –13 in rebounding which led to the Wizards being a +13 in second-chance points. It’s a gamble you take when you start Patterson over Johnson, but when things work you come out looking good.
  4. Did I mention the Raptors shot 57% in the game and had 60 points in the paint, compared to 48 for the Wizards. Got to say, didn’t see that stat coming against Nene and Gortat. Big credit to Lowry, DeRozan, Patterson and Valanciunas for finishing on their drives.
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  • Rupert

    Good win after the break damn lowry is good proved himself the best PG in the east cant wait to face kyrie on friday!

    • leftovercrack

      They have to go balls-to-the-wall to re-sign Lowry this offseason. He is so important to this team and I think we might regress next year without him

      • Adriiian

        Not “might” but definitely regress. Unless we bring in a better PG. And there’s not too many better ones than him that we could realistically get at this moment in time.

  • RaptorsKOR

    We just played like 3rd best team in Eastern Conference! Go Raptors!

    • leftovercrack

      Big, big game tomorrow against the Bulls, who are right on our tail

    • RaptorsInThisB#*!@

      Raptors are the 3rd best team in the East!! Hate listening to those TNT guys giving the raptors NO respect at all!!

      • Lefty

        Charles is the worst with that…. We need to make noise in the playoffs to gain respect! Go Raps!!!

        • PoonSpitoon

          Actually, Chuck a few weeks ago on TV said that Toronto’s going to win the Atlantic

      • jakdripr

        I know right? Chuck talking out his ass saying the wizards are 3rd best and Kenny spouting rubbish about the nets catching up to us. Shit pisses me off all the time.

        • #TankNation

          lol i don’t even know why people enjoy listening to the shit that barkley and smith spew out their ass every broadcast. even devlin + crew are better

          • jakdripr

            lol I actually like our broadcast crew. I mean I miss the shit outta chuck swirsky but Jack, Leo and Devlin don’t upset me the way they seem to upset everyone else.

  • Marz

    Are we not going to mention the string of ludicrous (mostly offensive) fouls called on the Raptors after the Wizards’ double-technical? Any enjoyment of the game was lost because of that.
    Sorry, good win Raps!

    • ckh26

      Yeah that was a pretty lame sequence of calls. This has to be the worst pro league when it comes to officials.

  • DDayLewis

    Steve Novak: +2 in 0 minutes — GOAT!!

    • Marc

      Infinite points?

    • StabbyRaccoon

      That was some excellent standing on the 3 point line so his defender couldn’t help his teammates. Just imagine how good they’d be if he started!

  • Tinman

    Good win on the road against a team we should be fighting for playoff positioning.
    A win against the Bulls tomorrow would give us a little cushion in 3rd.

    • plaid coast

      the nets are storming their way past us in early march, it seems.

  • FREEJV

    kyle lowry a- ? umm anyways…. lets see if we would ve won without him.

    • Louvens Remy

      I take absolutely no stock in any of all of these grades since TRoss didn’t get an A+. Jokes.

  • GetLicks

    Patterson seems to be getting off easy compared to Derozan. He also gets lost and makes some poor decisions on D. His help defence and close outs need work. Offensively he’s good tho, def no complaints there

  • Quest

    Lowry was phenomenal! re-sign his ass ASAP mr. Ujiri!

  • Abused Raptors Fan

    Wouldve liked to see JV get a few more minutes considering his effectiveness inside. They could have used his rebounding too, as they went -13 for the game. Oh, and the makeup calls the refs were making all game were brutal, even when they were in the raps favor

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      Also, instead of trading for Faried, maybe we should take Jordan Hill as a rentalfor the rest of the sseason to help down low? Contract expires this summer and the Lakers would like to get something for him without taking on a lot of salary, so maybe we could get him using stone or buyxks, a 2nd and our trade exceptions

    • leftovercrack

      We play Chicago tomorrow in a back-to-back game. Cased might have limited JV’s minutes so he will be fresh against the Bulls

      • Guan Yu

        JV is 21 years old, not a back-aching, bone-breaking octogenarian. Casey can rest him when he’s Duncan’s age and when he has the resume of a Popovich.

    • ItsAboutFun

      He didn’t get more minutes because he was way too slow at the defensive end. Gotta pay attention to the play at both ends.

  • Ion66

    Mr. Lowry……Tear down that Wall.

    • arsenalist

      Awesome.

    • GorbiRonny

      Well played sir, well played…

  • Alex Bill

    Vasquez was probably fired up to be in front of lots of friends and former fans. He spent 6 years in the area (high school and college) far longer than anywhere he’s lived aside from Venezuela.

    • Bendit

      2Pat is from the area too (at least he has extended fam there and he was born in DC). There was a large contingent when the Raps played there last.

  • jakdripr

    Honestly I know people are afraid of fools gold and the whole contract year thing, but lowry just keeps delivering. And he does it in so many different ways, from his scoring, to his distribution, to his defence, to even his rebounding occasionally. Masai’s got a tough call to make this of season, but if lowry can keep this level up even after the contract gets signed I definitely think he’s worth it.

  • Rapsfan

    Tonight they looked good tmw will be a big test

  • jimmy

    Vasquez gets A+, but yet Ross doesn’t when he drops 51 points…

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