Revenge of the Raptors. Big time.


Sacramento Kings 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 4-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +1Nobody needed the 4-day break more than Amir. He looked spry, active and diligent. It’s the Amir we’ve come to know and love. Timely help defense, creating separation with his screens, and tossing down a dunk in the pick-and-roll for good measure. Here’s hoping that Casey finds a way to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +11Screens + Kings = wide open three for Ross. The Raptors didn’t run anything complicated and they didn’t need to. The Kings wings mailed it in. Ross gladly capitalized.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 26 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +5Revenge game! Last time the Raptors played the Kings, Jonas was thoroughly dominated by DeMarcus Cousins. This time, Jonas jumped all over a visibly disinterested Boogie, and showed off his full arsenal of post moves. He dropped in a 10-foot jumper. He tossed in some hooks, He grabbed offensive rebounds and converted easy put-backs. The key to his success — aside from Cousins’ malaise — was making timely decisions.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 2-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +13Tweaked his ankle in the first quarter and looked a step slow thereafter. Knowing that his shot was off, Lowry used his craft and guile to generate free-throw attempts. Gambled a bit too much against Thomas on defense. Ho-hum from Lowry.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 7-10 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +4Played very well early on, dropping long jumpers and driving into the lane. Slacked off later on in the game. With his teammates stepping up, Dwane Casey was afforded the rare opportunity to give DeMar some rest. Good job on the drive-and-kick. Bad job with shot-selection (as always).

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Once you’ve seen Hansbrough play one game, you’ve seen all that there is to see with Hansbrough. Energy, Rebounding, Hustle, Crazy, Fouls. All of the fouls.It was hilarious seeing him contending for rebounds against Reggie Evans because that wasn’t basketball.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +92Pat is back! The Kings defense was slow to close out on the perimeter and Patterson capitalized appropriately. Popped out for jumpers and crashed the boards. Threw in a pair of nice weak-side blocks for good measure. He’s a man after our hearts.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9Solid Boogie duty from Chucky. He used his bulk to hold his ground in the post and utilized the swipe technique to great effect against Boogie. That’s all we could ever ask for from Hayes.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +6Rest for Salmons is like crack for Rob Ford — he needs it. Kept the Kings’ perimeter defenders off-balanced with his herky-jerky game.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6He played.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +9It’s always important to evaluate process over results. Vasquez played the way he always does — YOLO-ly, and it didn’t work out for this game. When his heat-check shots go in, we cheer. When they don’t, I’m compelled to toss verbal jabs on twitter. The results aren’t always bad, but the process always is. He could be one of the league’s best back-up PG’s if he just made sounder decisions.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -1He also played.

Dwane Casey
Good job managing DeRozan’s minutes. He made the gutsy call to take out his two lead-dogs with 2 minutes left in the third while DMC, Gay and Thomas shared the court. The gambled paid off as the bench-unit managed to actually outscore the Kings’ starters by 5 in that stretch. Ran some nice plays for Ross and Jonas.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Ben McLemore is really good at jumping and basketball. His jumpshot is quite erratic, but his combination of athleticism and length has shades of Terrence Ross. Unfortunately, just like Ross, Gay will most likely stunt his development, which is a shame. There’s a lot of talent in that kid.
  2. Speaking of talent, DeMarcus Cousins is really good at basketball. He isn’t very good with managing his emotions. When he’s frustrated, it’s readily apparent, and it takes him out of his game entirely. He basically spent two full quarters pouting, yet he still managed to finish the game with 24 points on 12 field goal attempts.
  3. DeMar continues to receive All-Star calls. Conversely, the referees have clued into Lowry’s craftiness (read: flopping) and he’s now getting more doubt than benefit. The pendulum swings both ways.
  4. Wait, Rudy Gay shot 5-of-13 from the field and finished with only 1 assist to his credit? You don’t say…
  5. The Raptors matched their win-total from last year with 22 games left to play! (credit: commentor Jeffrey Yau)
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  • rapierraptor

    Haha, loved the Ross equation. 2Pat was awesome and good little showing from Jonas. All and all a fun Friday night of Raptors basketball.

  • Reed

    Great job managing minutes?? Lowry played 39mins and Derozan played 33mins.

    • Paul

      Have to agree with this. I have no idea why Lowry is playing down to the wire in a blowout when he already tweaked his ankle. We’re tempting fate here..

      • DDayLewis

        Mmm, yeah I might have included Lowry’s name reflexively. I mostly meant Demar.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Look at Lowry’s fg% over the last 6 weeks.. I’d say fate’s already paying attention. He’s got no lift on his jumper, which is one of his most effective offensive options. He’s never been known for ironman play, nor played as many minutes. Not a great combo for a guard with an iffy injury history, especially one who sacrifices his body so much on both ends of the court.

      • asifyouknow

        Casey continuous to amaze me..He is hard to figure out, sometimes I think he opens a fortune cookie to come up with plays and rotation…

    • Aaron

      cmon he didnt play all 48…. lol but all seriousness he should have played 6-7 less mins.

    • FREEJV

      derozan usually plays 38+

    • Louvens Remy

      For Derozan yes. Not so much Kylie.

    • asifyouknow

      Seriously?

  • Jeffrey Yau

    Just FYI boys we tied last season’s win total already!

    • DDayLewis

      Gonna add this as an extra point in the game. Nice catch!

      • Jeffrey Yau

        Haha I see that you credited it to me, but I really got that from /r/nba so i’ll share the credit with my fellow redditors.

        • DDayLewis

          Upvotes for you!

          • asifyouknow

            Up vote mine I had a good analysis and did not say anything critical about you…lol

            • DDayLewis

              Done

  • Aaron

    Big V really impressed me that game. And im glad because ive been hard on him! Also you can see the difference T Ross Makes! Hes so valuable! HATE Grevis chucking up YOLO 3’s when the games close! I would love to try and get a jordan farmar or someone as a backup next year

    • afrocarter

      Is Farmar any better than Vasquez though? He’ll be taking those same shots, I imagine.

      • Aaron

        Farmar is quick and pretty athletic meaning even if he is chucking up those YOLO 3’s he sould be able to hold his own on defence. Plus he has always been an above average 3 point shooter. Something Grevis has not

        • Ghotte

          Farmar has always been a soft PG with no defensive ability whatsoever. Not even sure he can effectively run a team let alone a pick and roll. There’s a reason he was out of the league last year.

          • Aaron

            Yes but Grevis cant play defence, lost his ability to make plays for others (aside from a few good assist games) and shoots horrible from 3 despite making very few. Atleast Farmar is a good three point shooter and is a good backup PG for about 15-18 mins which is all any backup will get if Lowry stays. Besides Farmar was just a suggestion lol i cant stand Grevis

            • asifyouknow

              In going to have to dispute something my friend;

              Greivis Vazquez:
              Pre all-star game: In 21 min…. 38% FG….30% 3P….7 ppg
              Post all-star game: In 23 min….54% FG….48 % 3P….13 ppg

              Kyle Lowry:
              Pre all-star game: In 36 min…..43% FG….38%3P….17 ppg
              Post all-star:In 38 min….34% FG….31% 3P…. 18 ppg… and putting up a ton of shots.
              All guards had a bad shooting night 7-29 I think that is les than 25%

              • Aaron

                Lowry is playing on a bum ankle so unfortunatly his shooting % is going to be bad. Vaz has been better dont get me wrong but im just saying he needs to be more consistent.

                • asifyouknow

                  That I know, Kyle is not getting elevation…My point was that Vaz has been killing it after the all-star game just as he said. his biggest enemy is Casey’s paranoia after he misses a few…lol

              • essi

                Kyle really needs one of those “I dare you to trade me” kind of game.

            • Steverino

              Hilarious: “(aside from a few good assist games)” What the hell are you expecting from a backup PG? He’s averaging 20 minutes a game. So when he has a good game (like the 26 & 8 he had three games ago), it’s a fluke. Take a look around the league at consistent backup PGs.

    • JRedmond14

      Farmar is one of the most injury prone players in the league. Vasquez is most likely staying around unless we can find a solid PG in the draft

      • Aaron

        It was just a suggestion lol i was just trying to think of a solid PG that would be cheap for next year

        • JRedmond14

          Agreed. I would love to find an undrafted guy like Matthew Dellavedova. High IQ, good defense, shooter, and league minimum contract. Only good move Cleveland has made since 2010 haha

          • Aaron

            Would love to get Tyler Ennis from Syracuse but his stock is going way up so doubt he falls to us

            • asifyouknow

              I like that guy …

          • asifyouknow

            Oh my dear god the guy is a shorter version of Jimmer…lol

            • DDayLewis

              What? Dellavedova and Jimmer could not be more different.

              • Aaron

                lol my thoughts exactly! Dellavedova reminds me of a early Kyle Lowry! Seriously think about it

                • DDayLewis

                  Ehh, I wouldn’t go that far. The size of the fight is the same in both dogs.

                • Aaron

                  I meant early in his career not early this year. My mistake

                • asifyouknow

                  Aaron please I just gave a big complement on what a knowledgeable fan you were ….I don’t want to take it back…lol….The guy is too short, he has a hard time among the tall timber…Please. Bring back Augustine (is that the spelling) before you get that guy…please…

                • Aaron

                  Dellavedova has alot of Kyle Lowry in him is what im saying. Hes a pitbull on defence and plays the game hard at all times. His shot is shaky right now but so was Klows when he came into the league. Give him time

              • rapierraptor

                But they’re both white!

                • Aaron

                  and Kevin Durant and Sonny Weems are both black. Your point? 😛

                • rapierraptor

                  Um, I was being sarcastic.

                • Aaron

                  i know. so was i!

                • rapierraptor

                  Oh, ha. My bad!

              • asifyouknow

                My friend I live in the North Coast I watch the Cavs all the time. This guy is a pass through…

    • asifyouknow

      As a Vaz fan I agree with you because that is not his role on this team, his role is to maintain, but I understand that is hard for him to come off the bench.
      I know this for a fact and you can look at all his career stats, if he puts up 10 to 15 shots he will average 15 pts a game, period, that is as true as cigarettes causing cancer, he may chuck a few but same as you other guards, who I’ve seen go as high as 0-8, he will start hitting and many at important possessions.
      If he misses a few Casey gets pissed and benches him. Vaz is the GM’s guy, Casey does not like him, so just like you I’m hoping that if Casey stays Vaz leaves, but I got a feeling Casey is toast.
      Vaz needs to understand his role, Casey is not going to let him play his game. Believe me my friend this game you seeing from Vaz is junk compare to the type of passing and control he has, this is a 70% game he is playing. just saying. The good thing is that is only for one year.

      • Aaron

        Oh i know i loved watching the Vaz on the pelicans a couple years ago. Im just saying i would like a PG who can come in and keep the team afloat while lowry sits and sometimes Vaz can do it and other times he gets burned on defence and chucks up to many YOLO 3’s

        • asifyouknow

          Agree I think sometimes he still things he is the starter and tries to do too much.
          On defense at the guard position is a bogus argument now a days, next time you watch Westbrook , Paul, Wade and even the bottom of the pile guards tell me how many time they get stopped from going to the bucket,they can all get there, hell even Vaz can get there anytime he wants, those floaters were a killer at one time, could not be stopped and he is as slow as a Terp…lol
          Defense in the NBA is inside, after the guards break to the bucked, In the NFL there are shut-down corners, those are guys that just don’t allow the top receivers catch a ball in the NBA there is no such thing as shut-down guards.
          Don’t know how old you are but I understand rule changes are coming so there will be more hand checking and more banging so those ballerina guards will no longer get that free trip to the bucket without some pain.
          Take a look at the old Laimbeer days of the Detroit Pistons.
          By the way nice talking to a knowledgeable NBA fans. Hard to find in this age of mindless comments. Like mine…lol

          • Abused Raptors Fan

            PG defense is more about directing the ball handlers towards the help d or cutting off the middle of the paint. Some of its positioning and some decision making. But without a solid shot blocker behind him, Vasquez’s

            • asifyouknow

              I’ll finish your quote for you: “But without a solid shot blocker behind Vasquez’s is toast” lol I agree

          • Guest

            Where’d you hear of these rule changes? Cause I hope you’re wrong.

            90’s basketball was so goddamn ugly. Because no one could go anywhere without getting pushed, that’s where these iso-heavy offences came into play. You can still see the iso-ball psyche in the way the players play, even though with the no hand checking everyone should probably drive always.

            If they DO change the rules…. it’ll be too bad we traded Rudy, cause he’ll be a superstar again!
            Personally… I';d rater watched Westbrook take it to the tin like an animal than watch Anthony Mason molest people again.

            • asifyouknow

              The reason they made gurds untochable was to have more scoring …..obviously because of fans love that. I I think the nba is beginning to see the game becoming a one or two man show . Miami.,Thunder etc etc.
              Allowing more hand checking is one of the ways to change that..

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Sure you’re not his PR manager? Lol. But seriously, Casey can’t give him a pass on D and preach accountability to everyone else. Also, I think that the team needs his playmaking more than scoring right now, I just wish hed realize it.

        • asifyouknow

          I agree with you 100 % ..as I said in another post, scoring is not his role right now, his role is to maintain the game so folks can rest. he is in his contract year, I think Casey can let his put it up 10 in 20 minutes….Kyle and Vaz on the floor looks good.. but it can only happen for 5 minutes or so..

          • Guest

            Vaz notes…
            1) He’s a well above average backup so lets not get that twisted.
            2) I think he’s still playing like a starter, which is why his mistakes look so glaring. Backup PG gets a short leash… you can;t have sloppy turnovers or too many forced emo-shots, you need the steady hand where you may not offer quite as much, but don’t screw up either
            3) His dribble left then IMMEDIATELY go behind the back move is hilarious. He’s got a game and flare that no one else has so he;s fun to watch (Jamal Crawford super super super duper lite.), but because you’ve never seen it before when he screws up he looks goofy as.
            4) YOLO-y game is a perfect way to describe him. High risk high reward who runs on emotions… which doesn’t quite align with backup PG duties IMO.

      • Ghotte

        ??? Way too much finger-in-the-air exaggeration going on there. “Casey does not like him…” And you believe this is the primary reason Casey doesn’t trust him? It’s his in-game performance that is a more likely cause why he doesn’t have the coaching staff’s confidence. Injury or otherwise, Vaz has to have more good games than bad games while executing his role in the offense. IMO there’s been too much of him “trying to find himself on the court” rather than just playing within the system.

        He’s obviously one of the best backup PGs in the league. Jury is out, at this point in his career, whether he has what it takes to be a starting calibre PG.

    • Maputo88

      We should get Ray McCallum, he was very good tonight

      • Guest

        Because 6 foot scoring PG’s lead you to championships.

        *I’m so sorry I said that AI. I love you.

        • FLUXLAND

          You kids nowdays… Isiah Thomas – 2 time NBA Champ. Tyronn Lue – 2 time NBA Champ.

  • De Colo

    If JV can find consistency in his game, then this team has the potential to be more then just a team waiting to lose to the Heat or Pacers in the playoffs, he is the most important piece to the outcome of the season/playoffs

    • JCREX

      thats why they need to play him more minutes even if he makes mistakes, they wont be beating anyone in the playoffs playing hayes and patterson in the 4th quarter

      • De Colo

        I think saying Playing Patterson in the 4th quarter would be bad in the playoffs is a little much, but with Hayes i agree 100%

      • afrocarter

        Let’s not underestimate Patterson, though! That kid is a good player.

  • FREEJV

    De colo played 1 minute and had as many points as vazquez lmao

    • Guest

      Backup PG can be MVP of a game scoring zero points…. Not saying that happened but… Your logic is flawed.

  • FREEJV

    most boring game of the year today

    • asifyouknow

      No way JV no way …….maybe you did not drink enough Cerveza’s during the game..(beer)

  • rapierraptor

    De Colo is actually pretty crafty. I’d love to see him get more run the next time the opportunity presents itself.

    • JRedmond14

      He’s a shifty little frenchman!

  • afrocarter

    “BOOOOOOOOO NO PIZZA.” — Air Canada Centre.

  • Essi

    Good to see all of the role players playing well when DD and Kyle are having an off night.

    • Tinman

      Great point. Scoring was spread out.
      An easy prey or not we are winning the games we are supposed to win. Consistently.

  • Aaron

    Also shame on all of you who booed Rudy Gay. Sure he didnt live up to the hype but he was a really nice guy who always played hard. Sure he played way below his potential but he always played hard! He didnt quit or complain yet all of you booed him. For shame!

    • rapierraptor

      Agreed, no need to boo him. I’m sure seeing the team skyrocket upon his departure is enough salt in the wound.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      It seemed pretty half-assed. I doubt it happens again but at least it’s only once a year as long as he stays in the ‘Western’

    • jjdynomite

      I’m kinda neutral on the boo-ing; there is no reason to actively dislike the guy as opposed to one-man-tank-job Wince or effort-less Bustnani, but let’s face it, Gay played quite poorly on the court and his iso-heavy ball-dominant style made early-season Raptor games pretty much unwatchable, regardless of outcome. For that, I feel he deserves little respect, if not boo-ing at every touch.

      • Aaron

        Believe it or not Rudy wasn’t the one who calls the plays it’s DC so it was DC that had a alot of ISO heavy ball. I do agree there were alot of instances where he tried to put the team on his shoulder but it was because he wanted to win.

        • jjdynomite

          Then how could DeMar suddenly start averaging 5+ assists per game post-Gay trade? Did wing iso-ball advocating Coach Casey suddenly get transformed post-trade into bizarro motion offense Coach Casey? Not to mention Lowry’s assists have risen by 2 per game, and Ross suddenly sees tonnes of open looks from 3?

          Aaron, you are not making much sense and justifying the unjustifiable. Rudy sucked as a Raptor, other than the 5 or so games that he won in the final minute — and the other 47 minutes he played selfish hero-ball. He falls into the “goodbye and good riddance” pile for me along with sorry-asses like Vince, Bargs, Hedo, Mourning, Hakeem, etc. — each were Raptor franchise-killers for various reasons, but none of them should be respected for their time in Toronto. Well, except for Vince’s first 3 years.

          • Aaron

            Demar suddenly became the focal point of the offense and Casey changed his entire scheme around. Which also included lowry handling the ball more which makes his increase in assists pretty justifyable. Im not trying to defend his play while he was here. I am aware he was not good while in a raptors uniform. But guess what? Neither was Jermaine Oneal, Jason Kapono, etc but the thing is he tried. Never complained never said sulked or anything while he was struggling.He wasnt even here long at all so there is no reason to boo him

            • Steverino

              Never complained or sulked but was not an engaging player the fans could get to know.

          • Be a man

            No one said he didn’t suck as a Raptor. Just that booing him makes you a small, petty human being. As two others have told you. Grow up.

        • Steverino

          I’m pretty sure Casey didn’t tell Rudy never to pass the ball to an open teammate.

      • redrap

        man, you need to re-read what you just wrote. You’re not neutral on the booing at all. You love it. You love to spend your money on tickets and then boo players who were Raptors but somehow broke your little heart leaving you all squirmy butthurt. You’re in the group that doesn’t think enough to understand that our own players don’t like it; it might even throw them off their game some and it’s embarrassing to them and the rest of the fans who only want you to stop that stupid shit. Grow the fuck up. The Vince thing had its day, it’s done. Bargnani didn’t fit but he did what he does. Fans like you make the rest of us look like drooling dolts and it makes players think twice about even wanting to play here. And if you think that’s not true, you’re dead wrong.

        • jjdynomite

          Really redrap? Booing an OPPOSING player would throw off the HOME team? Are you nuts? Why is Duke a Top 5 ranked team year-after-year and not a bottom-feeder with the Cameron Crazies doing all they can to holler and distract the opposition? And those are college kids.

          I guess fans should sit on their hands when an ex-player who UNEQUIVOCALLY SUCKED comes to town. Thanks for confirming to us that you are a fairweather Raps fan.

          Oh yeah, how well did Rudy perform again last night? Didn’t he start like 2-for-7 from the field, rushing his shots? In a 10 point Kings loss? Maybe he just dislikes the basketball rims at the ACC. I think the efficacy of my point is made.

          • Eunys

            I can t believe you even have to argue about your weak point. Booing someone because he was traded and because he did not match the Raptors playing is just absurd. And don t mention Duke because we are just talking about booing a player not a team. Gay was a 20 millions Star who came here played hard without complaining…who else wants to come to Canada? New york, LA , Chicago, Indiana are way much into basketball than Toronto, yet they will never boo Metta World Peace, Steve Blake, Luol Deng or Danny Grainger just because they know it s a game and its NBA business and because they love the game….this attitute is just rudiculous and like Redrap said grow up….

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Ultimately, it hurts the franchise. Think of the message it sends to potential FAs.. Gay was brutal this season, but he only played 18 games. Its not like he was terrible last season. There’s a reason why teams playing in brutal media markets (I.e., Toronto w/ the Leafs or NY w/ the Knicks) have more difficulty than you’d think attracting quality talent. Some people aren’t equipped to handle that sort of pressure, especially when there are unrealistic expectetations. Obviously that’s not the whole story, but I do think it has an impact. That, and its kind of embarassing. It makes us all seem fickle and petty.

  • asifyouknow

    Good win but lets be honest we all expected this, maybe not this easy but this is a team you should beat.

    If you been watching the NBA for a long time you know that some years the playoffs are a foul festival and other years they let them play.

    My concern is that Kyle is been shooting 36% the last 10 games and tonight 18%, DeMar shot 30% and Vaz 20 % 1-5. The only reason Lowry and DeMar got double figure scoring is because they went to the foul line often.

    If this trend continuous and this years playoffs is not a foul feast than this guys are in trouble.

    Lets pray for a foul infested playoffs.

    Salmons looks good after a good rest , maybe he should play every other game? Just a thought.

    JV looked mean today vs. Cuz, not al all star performance but great job. That should silence the JV critics for awhile.
    SIDE NOTE TO THE TV BRODCASTING CREW:
    They mentioned a Cleveland area sports writer named Pluto, that is Terry Pluto a long time Cleveland sports legend working for the Plain Dealer and they called him the LATE Pluto, well if anyone sees those guys tell them that I just seen Terry a few week ago and I talked to him, unless it was a ghost he is still alive.

    • jjdynomite

      Um, I’m pretty sure Devlin said: “The GREAT Terry Pluto” not “The late Terry Pluto”, but nice anecdote regardless. :-)

      • asifyouknow

        I hope your wrong cause I tweeted Mr. Pluto and told him the story ..I’ll look at the reply tomorrow.

      • asifyouknow

        Thanks for telling me…

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      You see him while the team was in Cleveland?

  • Will

    Good game tonight. I can’t believe the fans booed Gay on every touch. I expected it during intros but during the game? Does that mean they think of him the same as Carter? Just be happy that the trade worked out great for us. And stop cheering/booing because of pizza!

    • asifyouknow

      That booing was a bit much after about the third time …lol..is not like the guy killed anybody…

      • Aaron

        it kills me because he always played hard! He didnt quit or complain about being here! He actually liked being here and despite shooting a poor % he was a great closer at the end of games

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Its the difference between expectations and reality for many fans. That, and its easier for some to look at the team’s improvement posttrade and demonize Gay as the cause, rather than trying to understand the more complex reality surrounding their resurgence

          • Steverino

            He wasn’t really warm and fuzzy while he was here so he never ingratiated himself with the fans. Add to that his selfish play — which was all on him — and you can see why fans booed.

            • Mexiballer

              Youre justifying booing Rudy Gay?

              • jjdynomite

                Why the hell not? It worked didn’t it? All of Rudy’s stats last night were much worse than his season norms with the Kings. In fact, his numbers were even worse than his (thankfully) short time on the Raps. He is on the opposition now; this is not like the fans who booed Bargs when he was still a Raptor (which I very much disagreed with). Man some of you fans get your panties in such a knot. The boo-ing and heckling at baseball stadiums is often way worse due to the quietness of the game. But we have to respect a selfish player like Gay?

                • Guest

                  Toronto/Canada, for better or worse, true or false, has a reputation as a hockey haven that doesn’t understand or care abou basketball. When you make a trade that drastically improves the product on the court, and continue to boo the person who was traded, it makes the fans look like they don’t care about the REAL game, and are spiteful children. If we traded him and got even worse and he was playing well then maybe boo him. But we’re doing fine for the most part. There are many less likable players across the NBA.

                • Mexiballer

                  Thanks for sharing the perspective of a classless fan.

    • MisterM

      Totally. I gave the guy behind me shit, coward was booing while covering his mouth. I told him if he needs a slice of pizza that bad, I’ll buy one for him. I also told him if he cares more about a slice than the raps, he should forgo his $450 tickets and by 180 slices instead. Booing our squad over a slice! STAY THE FUCK HOME. Half wit.

      • Will

        haha, good for you man. I bet he probably spent over $30 on beer too. The giveaway could be a roll of toilet paper and I’m sure some people would still boo for it.

      • TRocket

        Good for you man, it’s totally embarrassing people would boo Rudy for what???? getting traded… He never gave up just didn’t fit in with the team.
        Pizza promo has to go, when a team boos after the team just won a big game. Things need to change NOW!!!!

      • Guest

        And it’s PIZZA PIZZA. The worst pizza available in Canada.

        • Jerry Garcia

          Little Caesars might be worse….

  • peacedawg

    4 of 13 gets Demar a B? RR is feeling generous tonight. Lol

    Good win. Best game I have seen from Hayes. He really affected cousins.

    • Aaron

      Demar played solid despite the poor shooting %

    • jib

      Got to the line 10 times, had 6 assists, play ok d. B- or a B is a fair grade

    • Hoopsfan

      I was impressed with Hayes’ defense on Cousins , especially in the late third quarter. He stripped the ball twice from DMC. Prior to that, the Raps didn’t really have answer for DMC. Hayes doesn’t provide much at the offensive end except setting some bone crunching screens on the Kings guards.
      Overall, a solid win, good to see JV show more decisiveness in his shooting !

  • plaid coast

    chicago and brooklyn both lost tonight. i’m feeling the third seed more and more.

    • Aaron

      Gatta win against BKN’s on monday then ill start feeling abit safer

  • plaid coast

    it’s pretty good on Casey that Ross, Amir, and Jonas didn’t clock more than 26 minutes. wish he could have limited lowry a little bit more but i guess he’s gotten burned in the past with kyle on the bench.

    • Ghotte

      Here’s hoping they continue winning so that they can give Vaz more time to spell Lowry. Raps won’t be going past the 1st round if they don’t have a healthy Lowry. In fact, they will need Salmons, 2Pat and Vaz at full health to even have a chance.

  • HogyG

    Another great team win tonight. Nice to see them play with passion after the layoff. It’s really too bad the crowd booed Rudy instead of cheering on the team early in the game. It was worse to hear them boo at the end, simply because the Raptors had 99 points and didn’t go for the late insult basket and earn the crowd a free slice of pizza. Way to end a great game on a bummer note out there fans. Well they didn’t get their pizza, but they can enjoy this song for free…if they promise to stop booing when they don’t get pizza. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXM5yg7YaA0

    • Steverino

      Get over the booing. It’s all in fun. And please, an “insult basket”? Two more points is going to be insulting? You realize the Lakers lost by 48 last night, right? That’s not insulting because (presumably) the Clippers didn’t score an extra basket in the final few seconds?

      • HogyG

        You have the right to believe the booing was all in fun, as much as I have the right to think that it was low class. It’s simply two sides of the same coin. If people are looking to have fun, they should give a big collective “HA-HA” like Nelson from The Simpsons, instead of booing someone every time they touch the ball. Sounds like fun to me!

      • redrap

        It’s all in fun? That negative energy shit is “fun” for you? Sorry but you’re an arsehole. Believe me, outside the group of einsteins from which you were spawned, it’s the opposite of fun for everybody. Players – theirs and ours – fans, everyone.

        • jjdynomite

          Please find me a statement from Raptors players, redrap, that booing OPPOSING players is met with disdain and distraction for the HOME TEAM. So MLB fans shouldn’t heckle the opposing slugger and pitcher. And NHL fans shouldn’t create and sing catcalls about an opposing goalie’s name. Not to mention all the chants that go on in European football/soccer.

          Sorry you like to sit in your seat quietly and eat crumpets, but fans attempting to rattle the opposition with “negative energy” is part of competitive sports.

          However, what is not part of the game is cheering/booing for a 100-point win to get a free slice. Now that is retarded.

          • redrap

            It’s just as ‘retarded’ to boo a player who once wore our colours but didn’t live up to YOUR expectations. But you don’t get that, do you? How do you think current players feel knowing that it might be them next, if it so happens that one of THEM is traded one day, which will inevitably happen? You think that doesn’t occur to them? Most other places, not all but most by far, do not so routinely boo their previous players the way idiot-fans like you do, here. Current players don’t talk about it because they don’t want the looping video and extreme attention on them that would undoubtedly happen but believe me, they don’t like it. And neither do a WHOLE lot of fans.

            If you think that this is what Masai meant by making it ‘uncomfortable for other teams’, then you’re an arsehole as well.

          • Abused Raptors Fan

            Pretty sure some of the Raptors players said they hoped the fans wouldnt boo Rudy, and that he didn’t deserve it. Also, its different when its just an opposing team or player, rather than a former player. Also, opposing players usually don’t get booed unless they do something particularly egregious, certainly not every time they touch the ball.

      • Guest

        It’s not. The Lakers had all game to try harder and make it a game. You don’t score when you’re winning and the games over. It is an insult, its classless and moronic. And those who think otherwise are likely “entertainment fans” and not basketball fans… as the nba walks a fine line.

        I think the globetrotters are coming through town later if you need to be entertained… maybe even pizza?

  • De Colo

    When it comes to booing Rudy Gay, it doesn’t bother me, although I’ve never liked Rudy Gay, it’s a lot less annoying then fans calling Vince Carter “Wince”, that’s for sure

  • Tamberlyn Richardson

    John Salmons – Rob Ford analogy had me roflol. BEST comment in quick reactions all year and extremely timely given the Kimmel appearance. Loved it.

    People ask why I love Amir so much and tonight it was obvious for everyone to see how hampered he has been by those ankles. I had friends over watching the game who aren’t big ball fans, but I’ve coerced them into it this year and even they commented on his defense. Also, it was great to see JV shoot the ball and mix up his shot selection. The trick now will be to keep him positive and confident as he faces the barrage of sub-.500’s on tap so he can carry that mentality into the playoffs.

    Boston beating Brooklyn was huge in more ways than the win-loss column as it represents the 5th loss by Brooklyn against the division, whereas Toronto only has two. Toronto has 6 division games remaining: Brooklyn, Philly & 2 each against Boston/NYK. Just to tie the Raptors the Nets need to make up 4 games in the loss column and they need to win their 5 remaining Division games (including the one against Toronto) plus hope Toronto loses 4 of those 6 games.

    With 22 games remaining it feels like a win in Brooklyn on Monday might seal the deal on the Atlantic.

  • asifyouknow

    One last thing before I go to bed..
    Is Patterson a keeper for next year?
    Did we get a look into what JV will look like a few year from now?

    • Aaron

      Yes unless MU has a bigger plan in mind to get a star. And once JV recognizes the play faster and picks up on defence a little better he will be a good player.

      • asifyouknow

        You remember Robert Horry. Patterson reminds me of a young Horry because he can hit those big threes and play decent defense. He is about the same size…I like this guy very much, I think he can be a hell of a back-up in a top team.

        • Aaron

          yup i do as well.. although i have a feeling MU is brewing something up to try and bring a near top player to t.o IE, Love but who knows.

        • Tamberlyn Richardson

          Big Shot Bob! Great comparison. Both extremely intelligent players as well.

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      Absolutely you keep Patterson who was the steal of the trade.

      He’s only 24 and has so much upside: he sets screens, gets steals and blocks and is one of the team’s best help defenders. Most importantly he is one of the guys always talking on defense.

      Offensively he stretches the floor with his 3 point shooting, runs pick and roll well, has good hands and never seems flustered. He came into NBA without a 3-point shot, so we also know he is one of the guys who’ll work on improving something every summer.

      • asifyouknow

        I was just telling Aaron that Patterson reminds me of Robert Horry..For some reason…lol. I was a huge Horry fan.

        • Tamberlyn Richardson

          Except the year he blind-sided Nash and cost them the finals right? lol

          • asifyouknow

            I went on YouTube and watched again ..Honestly it did not look that bad then but of course as I look at it now that was terrible.. but I still love the guy..one of my fav of all times.
            A folk story about the guy: They asked him if he wears all of his seven rings and he said “I usually keep them in the bathroom in a drawer” I thought that was funny seven rings and they are all in the bathroom…

        • asifyouknow

          Iok

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Spot on summary of the 2Pat effect. But that’s kind of what worries me, as he’s a starter on a lot of other teams, which likely means he receive an offer above and beyond what MU could justify spending on a backup PF :S.

        On a related note, the way Lowry is finishing up the season, he might just come cheaper than we thought. But let’s hope his shooting touch comes back again for the playoffs!

  • Mexiballer

    To the fans who booed Rudy Gay or justify booing him. You are clueless and classless. The one thing that bothers me about being a Raptors fan is fans like you.

    • jjdynomite

      You’re right, we should all applaud lackadaisical and selfish play that cost our home team games.

      Just like holier-than-thou pansies who think there is only one way to root for a team — and against the opposition. Pansies like you.

      I will now wait while you look up how well Rudy did last night compared to his regular season stats on the Kings. I’m waiting….

      • Guest

        You’re small and petty. A shadow of a man.

        • jjdynomite

          “Small and petty” because I would boo an underachieving multimillionaire on the OPPOSING team? As opposed to you pansies, who are likely pleased if the CEO of your company runs it into the ground as long as he offers you free breakfast on Fridays. Wow, what a joke, especially since Rudy was apparently impacted by the boo-ing considering his play last night was sub-par. Screw you fairweather fans, you wouldn’t last a minute in a European football/soccer stadium.

      • Mexiballer

        Like I said…clueless and classless.

  • peter_7.701

    Honestly nobody expected DeRozan to be an all star when he was first drafted, so I don’t think it’s that out of the blue to say that Ross has a chance in 3 or 4 years

    • beezee

      I did

  • mountio

    Ross killin it. Its been SOOOOOO long since weve had a guy who puts up threes and you are surprised when he misses. Its awesome.
    Its been nice see the raps continue to win while KL has been going through a pretty serious shooting slump. Hes still ballin pretty well – but he hasnt been able to hit the broad side of a barn. Hopefully KL gets his shot back as he gets his bum leg underneath him. We should be kickin on all cylinders then …

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      Frickin’ Rainbow Ross! Nothing like seeing his shot (or the man himself) arc through the air on the way to the basket. And what’s always at the end? Nothing but GOLD baby, GOLD!!

  • robertparish00

    Would have been interested to see how Landry would have done tonight. He was coming off his best game as a Raptor only to ride the pine.

  • jakdripr

    I slept early last night and woke up to a raptors win, and brooklyn and chicago losses. God is good is all I can say to that.

  • doncity

    Regarding the booing of Gay – for whatever reason I’ve noticed the Raptors seem to have a lot mean-spirited negative people masquerading as fans, and for what it’s worth most of them seem to be Tim & Sid-types. You know, middle-aged white Canadian dudes (with a few others thrown in for sure) who watched a little NCAA ball in the early 90s so they think they know everything there is to know about the game. Now that I think of it, they are the same types who wanted us to blow the year because of course we didn’t have any real talent on the squad… Tank Nation stand up! lol

    Still, the team has been so bad for so long it’s no wonder it’s attracted these unpleasant types as fans. Pro sports tends to lean towards the cynical so they will probably never leave our midst, but I hope some playoff success will allow some optimistic new fans to take the place of some of these loudmouth sourpusses claiming to be Raptor faithful.