Orlando Magic 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 5-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14Was having a nice game in the starting role again before he got injured. He kept pretty much every ball alive in the opening quarter when everyone was missing everything, and his wiriness was causing the bulkier, more robotic Magic big men some problems. Got his ankle kicked and had to leave the game, I say the Raptors give him two weeks off just to recuperate from a long season. Keep in mind that this guy goes 100% at all times and has been surprisingly durable playing multiple positions.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +12Showed some endeavor in his game, and went beyond just launching long, albeit in-rhythm, jumpers. That drive with a stop in the paint for a jumper is something we need to see more of. He’s an under-utilized source of offense and come playoff time, we’re going to need more than just Patterson to step up. Now that Ross is in the starting lineup, the expectations and associated game need to be raised appropriately.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 28 MIN | 1-2 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 7 PTS | +11Sometimes he doesn’t so much get a deer in the headlights look on defense, it’s more like a man tied to the train tracks with a bullet train driven by a drunk driver approaching. He needs to get a string of consistency going. After the great game against the Cavs, he should’ve followed it up with something meaningful, but all he could muster was making silly mistakes on offense. I mean, keep the damn ball up high when you’re making a move or a guard WILL strip it out. Also, some shot-blocking would be nice. His post-defense isn’t terrible, but in pretty much every other situation he’s lacking.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 7-13 FG | 10-11 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 28 PTS | +25Proved to be the savior in the third quarter again, a bit surprised it took him that long to realize that Jameer Nelson has prosthetics for legs, a head of cabbage for a brain, and the desire of a sloth. Some of those turnovers were blech no doubt, especially the one when he’s jumping at the top of the key without knowing if/where/when he’s going to pass. Good thing against the Magic you can get away with that.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 9-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 24 PTS | +6Quiet game where he turned it up when needed, had it going early in the game and then picked it up in the third to put this one away. Defensively, he’s shockingly bad at times and on this night the quality of the opponent covered that up. Magic were missing AffflafflflfoolooLOL which helped his cause. Fought for post position a couple times but was starved of an entry-pass. His bread-and-butter remains running off baseline screens and catch-and-shooting from under the elbow.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 3-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | 0When he comes into the game I dedicated about two minutes just watching him and nothing else. It’s the same thing every time: pure activity and zero time wasted. The guy doesn’t take time making his moves, doesn’t stay still for a second on defense, and is always maneuvering for a rebound. Defended Vucevic well in his brief stint, but in a game which was already bordering on NBDL quality, his ruggedness was not as valued as at other times.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +6Missed a couple early jumpers resulting in a slow start but he still managed to contribute with some nice passes and steals. One of the good things about him is that he’s a two-way player so when he’s not hitting his shots, he’s still valuable and that’s something he doesn’t get enough credit for.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1Made an appearance, presumably by mistake.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | +8Kind of drifting out there tonight, almost like he was in a hangover and going through the motions.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -2General Vasquez stormed in during the first quarter taking the enemy by surprise. He proceeded to fire heavy artillery including two long-range missiles which were on target. He later celebrated by decapitating his enemies and putting their head on spikes.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4That ain’t a name, that’s a soft drink. We got another masked warrior on our hands, and his first activity was to make a nice pass which led to a score. Coming from the Spurs, the expectations that he’s all fundamentals and very well-coached. This game did not dispel any of that.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Is he still with the team?

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Just happy to be alive.

Dwane Casey
Delivered another effective halftime talk. Now if we can do the same thing right before the game starts, that would be great.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors need to run more plays for Terrence Ross. I think some of those long-two sequences for DeRozan should be diverted to Ross, who seems to have enough quicks to do something with the rock, especially in the first half when things aren’t so tight.
  2. The Raptors seem to have a switch which they can turn on to put away some of the more mediocre teams in the league. It’s good to have that, and at this point in the season where legs are getting weary, I kind of understand the slow starts and turning it on later.
  3. The Raptors shot 86% in the third quarter. Ross was 3-4, DeRozan 4-4, and Lowry 5-5. They outscored the Magic by 12 and turned a modest 3 point lead into a 15-point advantage that a team with the talent levels of the Magic don’t have a chance of overcoming on the road. Besides, they’re tanking.
  4. Easy win against an easy opponent. The first quarter was brutal with the Raptors and Magic shooting 35% each. This was not a good game to watch other than some individual brilliance in the third quarter by DeRozan, Lowry, and Ross.

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  • Justin

    I don’t understand why Casey insisted on keeping his starters out there for so long. With such a lead, why risk the injuries? It’s not the first time I’ve noticed this. Take Lowry and DeRozan out!

    Casey B-

    • FREEJV

      id rather have the guaranteed win. injuries can happen anytime

    • jakdripr

      Are you forgetting this is the same team that almost blew a lead vs the nuggets, pelicans, and the wizards? This team hasn’t shown it can hold onto leads so I respect casey for leaving the starters out there until it was all but certain.

      • asifyouknow

        Maybe the second team should start the game Do the math in the first quarter of the last 10 games, you will pass out…believe me…Terrible shooting terrible!

        • jakdripr

          lol yea we’ve been purty awful in our last few first quarters. I wonder why.

          • asifyouknow

            Is ok vs losing teams but when you get to the playoffs it will be SWEEP time if they pull this first quarter Hudini act…lol

            • caccia

              It’s a little early to discuss the playoffs, but I would be surprised if Toronto wins its first game, unless the opponent’s starters had also never been to the playoffs. After that, the team will regroup, recover, and start winning a few games, maybe even a series. This team has shown it has the desire and the moxie to put it all together at the right time.

              • asifyouknow

                For sure a good team will not let them dig out of a first quarter hole.. we can take that to the bank….

    • asifyouknow

      Casey is an enigma! what ever that means…lol

      • yassir

        It’s almost as if Casey’s wearing gold diapers.

  • why

    Leo Rautins was critical of the defense at the end on the first quarter when The Raps had given up 14 points. I wish there he Rod Black would disapear forever from Raptor Telecasts.

    • Mexiballer

      There should be a petition to get him off the air. Its embarrassing listening to Rod Black. Its like a bad SCTV skit.


    de colo 4 minutes 3 rebounds.

    • asifyouknow

      Starter? lol controversy starting!! lol

  • monocled_gentleman_scholar

    Valanciunas is a basketball idiot.

    • Matt

      and your reasoning being?…

      • monocled_gentleman_scholar

        Did you watch the game?

        • Matt

          yeah, he battled with vucevic all game, had good help defence, and got 7 points on 2 FG attempts. you can talk about turnovers if you want, but then i guess you’re gonna call lowry and derozan idiots too. this isn’t his best game, but he wasn’t dominated like he has been other times this season.

          • morgan c

            Vucevic is clearly better than JV. This is a concern, given that the former isn’t even a top-5 big man. JV’s ceiling to me looks to be a slightly above average center, not the franchise savior so many pegged him as.

            • Steverino

              So? And your point is? He is what he is. No need to cry about it.

            • big boi

              Then you don’t know what you’re looking at

    • morgan c

      Ya, he’s really disappointing.

    • asifyouknow

      21 year old boy who will become a man in a few years. I don’t get Toronto fans this is your future , do you really believe you going more then a round in the playoffs?
      JV needs to play more this year, even if he sucks, this guy will be a top center in a few years.
      You are building a team. Please give the kid a break…

      • Matt

        agreed. the NBA game is way faster than anything he’s ever experienced in his brief career. He’s still too slow to show and recover on pick and roll’s consistently, but he’s showing flashes of playing much better defence, which is reflected in his increased MPG this season.

        • asifyouknow

          In the paint is all about understanding what’s going on rather than pure speed, I think he has the speed but his positioning is not there yet, he gets fooled too often, time and coaching will cure that …21 years old, imagine having this kid bigger and smarter at 24 or 25 and still can play another 10 years…time will tell I guess. Fans just need to give the guy a pass for now.

          • Abused Raptors Fan

            Agreed. I’ve been saying the same thing all year. For Valanciunas, gaining a complete understanding of the subtle nuances and intricacies of the defensive schemes at this level will take a bit longer than most other bigs. Thus, patience is paramount to his overall development, a virtue I feel Casey is lacking (especially since we reached the 3 spot). As a reference point, I reviewed the career statistics of almost all the above-average bigs in the league, and found that they began to produce around their career numbers in either their 3rd or 4th year, between the ages of 22 and 24. The upper end of this group exhibited continuous statistical gains each season leading up to this point, similar to JV’s developmental curve. Granted, there are a few exceptions, but we knew coming in that Valanciunas wasn’t going to dominate early on. Anyways, I don’t think we can make any definitive judgments about his ceiling/talent until the end of his rookie scale contract.

    • big boi

      No, you

      • monocled_gentleman_scholar

        Please don’t interrupt when grownups are talking.

        • asifyouknow

          Well thank you for that, your silence is golden…lol

    • robertparish00

      Harris scored 28, pretty much all in the paint and JV was guarding Vucevic. So he is a basketball idiot because he doesn’t know how to guard 2 guys at once?

      • monocled_gentleman_scholar

        There was one play when JV was fully set on defense in the paint, and an Orlando wing (don’t remember who it was) drove right towards him – and JV saw it all the way – but his timing on the contest was so bad that he wasn’t able even to challenge the 5 foot floater. I’m not saying JV isn’t long and athletic, and I understand he is still young and I expect him to improve some. But so far the signs of his overall lack of focus and ability to read plays are not encouraging.

  • De Colo

    The guys on the post game show are kind of assholes

    • Why

      Sherm is great, Leo should work on Syracuse telecasts

      • big boi

        Ya, Sherm is just fine. He’s really upped his game over the years

  • De Colo

    The guys are the post game show are assholes

  • ad

    Magic are sooooo bad. Raps didnt have to try too hard in this one. Jval needs to step it up. Other than that, rest of the team was fine.

    • Matt

      the raptors aren’t good enough to have games where they don’t have to “try to hard”. Hustle and tenacity are valuable skills in this league, and it’s something that Amir and Kyle have tonnes of. A closer look at this game, Valanciunas did not get enough service to put his impression on this game. Fought hard for decent position in the post, but rarely got the ball fed to him. Had a decent rebounding game against one of the league leaders in Vucevic. Turnovers were bad, but they were in proportion with the team’s high T.O numbers as well.

  • RaptorsKOR

    Send Valenciunas to Hakeem school during the summer. It’s pain to watch our ‘would be franchise star’ playing so inconsistent and seeing no big development in him.

  • Peter

    Is it just me? Watching and listening to this commentary crew is just torture. Jack is Ok but Devlin? He is just one endless moronic statistic after another. TV ratings are awful. Why? ‘Cos its totally awful.

    • Matt

      Jack is the man, but Devlin is TERRIBLE at doing the play by play. It seems like Devlin learns about some buzz words, like “verticality”, or “analytics”, and throws them into generic sentences that have absolutely no depth and no substance. Devlin F-.

      • Peter

        Devlin NEVER calls the game correctly. He is either babbling about something totally irrelevant (“last week Lebron was four for four at the free throw line”) or he waits for the court announcer to tell him what’s going on and even then he gets it wrong. TV ratings should be way up. This is a fun team to watch, but Devlin is making it an awful entertainment experience

      • DC

        When he gets going, Jack won’t shut up – he likes the sound of his own voice. I have to mute the sound.

        • Steverino

          Can’t stand Jack and his phoney Brooklyn accent (yes, I know he’s from there but there’s no way his accent is that strong after all these years in Toronto). And his expressions like “stuck 9” drive me insane. Plus he’s a few years YOUNGER than Leo and he looks like he could be Leo’s father.

          • Adriiian

            Wow. No way. That’s actually insane. I never thought he’d be younger than Leo.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Oddly enough, Devlin has been invited to do the play-by-play in the post-season by the NBA/ESPN. He’s also appeared on the Blue Jays’ TV broadcasts. If he’s so brutal, you’d think they’d find someone better, no?

    • asifyouknow

      Is not just you!!!

    • j bean

      Saw Sam Mitchell doing commentary at the Cavs game. He would be abig upgrade. A guy with a legitimate nba career, who has a great sense of humor.

    • The Grey Nathan

      Gotta stand up for Devlin. He gets trashed a lot on here, but I think he’s actually good. We probably just get a little tired of hearing him every game. There’s not a lot of other teams’ commentators that I would trade him for. He may get irritating at times, but he’s much better than most. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t get snatched up by the big networks for the playoffs.

      • Adriiian

        A little too much Devlin hate, I agree with you. Otherwise he wouldn’t be doing bigger games…

      • Phil


      • elarmthecity

        preach bro …preach!

      • Nilanka15

        Agreed. Not sure Devlin deserves the hate.

        Like in any healthy relationship, if you spend enough time with someone, you’re going to notice some annoying quirks.

      • Steverino

        He gets snatched up by big networks because he’s competent, not because he’s good. I just marvel at how a guy with a pretty obvious speech impediment makes a good living talking for a living. Anyone notice how he adds syllables to words? It’s the oddest damn thing.

        I also don’t like how he has no clue about when to start in on his home-spun off-topic nonsense and even less of a clue when to get back to talking about the game.

        And finally, he’s pretty clueless about many of the calls. I’m sitting there watching the game on TV, the ref makes a call and I immediately know what it is. Yet Devlin, who’s sitting courtside often doesn’t know. He guesses at the obvious then has to wait until a PA announcement to correct himself.

        In his defense, he sounds brilliant compared to the vacant Rod Black.

  • De Colo

    DE COLO!!!!!!!!

  • Alex Bill

    Given what’s going on in his home country, and how emotional he was talking about it at half, was that really the best way to describe Vasquez’s night?

    • asifyouknow

      Here is a tweet I got back from Vaz the other day:

      @asifyouknow:disqus I know… I'm feeling great man.. I got my legs back…— Greivis Vasquez (@greivisvasquez) February 22, 2014

      As he said in the interview, you will see a different Greivis after the all-star game. I been watching the guy from his freshman year as a Terp. He is back to his old form, the only thing that will hold him back is Casey getting paranoid when he misses a few shots. funny I see some guys on this team miss 7 in a row. lol..just got to get him at least 10 shots a game and you will get 10 to 16 a night..
      That is not bull that is his stats as a pro.
      No reason for Lowry to play almost 40 tonight, Casey is ridding his horse too much, if he keeps this up he will have a LEG TIRED Kyle in the play-offs.

      • GLF

        Great to hear! I knew Vasquez was still hampered by the surgery he had in the offseason. He’s much better than he was playing. You can just see that he has that bounce now. I’m glad he’s finally finding his shots again.

        • asifyouknow

          Yea it is, He is a good team guy, in his last 5 games he has done his job. He can do more but he is doing- just the role- Casey gave him……

  • Frazzle.

    Question: Did we have any dunks in that game? I lost my stream for a bit so maybe missed one but I don’t remember any. Completely irrelevant but just a random thought, I don’t remember a raptors game without a dunk in recent times, and if we didn’t, it says a lot for our shooting that we shot over 50% without any dunks.

    • Frazzle.

      hmm musta forgotten about them, thanks.

    • tyson

      Now that you mention it I haven’t really seen “highlight reel” dunks from the team lately. Remember those nasty dunks Derozan use to throw down?

      • elarmthecity

        derozan doesnt even dunk n e more, he’s too shot happy…and besides he is leaving all the dunking to ross….i miss when derozan just attacked

        • Wince Carter

          “dunking is overrated”

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          No kidding eh?! In his 1st 2 seasons, Derozan had highlight dunks almost every game. This year, I can barely remember a game where he had a vicious backdoor cut jam… Sad

  • De Colo

    Lets Go Lakers!!(seems unlikely to happen though)

  • vino

    Orlando is awful! Nuf said…

    • De Colo

      Still have to win the game, that mind set is how you end up losing to bad teams

  • Adriiian

    Was thinking the exact same thing about Landry Fields. What is up with that guy? What a waste of a roster sport. 6 mill too. What was Colangelo thinking.. Jesus.

  • ayy

    wow were 6 games over .500… I dont know what to feel its been awhile

    • #TankNation

      someone’s got low expectations 😛

  • Kg21tmac1

    First time writer, long time reader… People who are trashing Devlin.. Go hear Boston Celtics commentators and then, come back to me about how awful Devlin is..

    Also, Toronto fans are the most impatient people I have ever seen.. Valanciunas will be fine.. Bigs take a lot more time to develop especially when they need to grow into their bodies. Also, I have one other problem with Raptor fans. Why are you going crazy over a slice of pizza? It really irks me!

    Hope to hear your thoughts about this.

    • yassir

      I donate my slice to the homeless guy Pete near the tracks. He usually eats it cold because he warms his hands first with it. Then he decorates his box shelter with the pizza box bower-bird style.

    • Guest

      Devlin, Jack and, to a lesser extent, Leo and Rod are all just fine.

    • morgan c

      Agree with pizza comment and bashing Devlin comment. They are solid for home-team local commentators. But I disagree about JV. Not that I don’t think he can be good, but it’s totally normal to be frustrated by a dude who makes the same mistakes over and over. It’s not so much that we don’t think he can develop, more that we expect consistent improvement and he hasn’t seemed to show that. He now has a habit of being consistently outplayed by the opposing team’s big. That is very concerning, period.

  • RaptorsInThisB$#!@

    LOVIN this routine shyt!!

  • big boi

    Val is young. Centres take a long time to develop. He has a high ceiling, he’ll be fine, but it will take some time. We should be looking for season over season improvement. Overly harsh commentary wrt to Val, and the writing about Jameer Nelson is just silly.

  • elarmthecity

    honestly, some of you fans make me so sick to my stomach…u guys have no patience at all.. did u think JV was going to be a pau gasol in his first two years…he is 20 years old and still growing and maturing…same with ross…they need to play more games and gain experience….its like they have a bad game and everyone panics…why because he had a beasting summer league….oh valanciunas was summer league mvp….thats exactly wat it is …THE GODDAMN SUMMER LEAGUE…jerryd bayless won that before….just relax people

    and one more thing…ok you may hate matt devlin…but he is the most unbiased commentator in the league hands down….looks at the kings, the celtics, the magic and etc… there commentary is so my team is better then your team..matt devlin does playoff games…do you see tom or mike fratello do games n e more for big networks…i dont

  • elarmthecity

    the raptors should sign gordon hayward in the summer and make him our 6th man….or go all in on aldridge lol

  • jesus

    agree with the startes being in there too long. its a 90 point lead casey, quit worrying about your job so much

    lowry played 37 mins against the magic of all teams, completely unnecessary. salmons, nando, vask, any of these guys could have taken up some of those minutes. people saying that the bench cant keep leads… in games where lowry plays 37 minutes or more, the raps are 9-18. casey pretty much runs him into the ground 2 out of 3 nights. but i get it, orlando has a really scary backcourt that could possibly string together as many as 3 back to back baskets, so gotta play it safe

    i think lowrys played all 56 games this year, and only 3 times has casey played him 30 minutes or less. one of those happened to be when he got injured, so really, casey has limited lowrys minutes twice this year. COY!!!

    i got the feeling a lot of those turnovers were due to lowrys fatigue. hes typically running after the fastest guy on the other team each night, and since demar doesnt feel like rebounding, he has to pull double duty in the paint.

    whatever. hopefully casey will be gone after the season, even if they post a 500 record. it happened to butch carter, it can happen to casey.

    also props to jv for doing a whole lotta nothing again. and novak riding pine, again, because the magic are a real powerhouse.

    • asifyouknow

      Poster Jesus said (not the real Jusus lol):

      “agree with the startes being in there too long. its a 90 point lead casey, quit worrying about your job so much..”
      Great quote there my friend. I agree, Toronto needs to give this guy an extension now…(if that is what they gone to do) so he start coaching….

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      In Casey’s defense, the team is basically in a 2 week stretch where they only play 5 games overall, which is an easy schedule. From Feb. 22 – March 8 they have a total of 5 games, with only 3 in the 12 days in between the games against the Magic and the Kings (Mar. 7).

  • AnthonyF

    A very new spot to be where as fans we can complain about a 15 point win. Unchartered territory…..

  • rapfan10

    Lowry was damn +25!!!!!!!!!!! How does he not get at least an A? Plus he scored 17 in 3rd.