Toronto Raptors 111 Final
Recap | Box Score
104 Minnesota Timberwolves
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8

Amir looked exhausted early on trying to cover Kevin Love. Caught out of position boxing out for boards and out of place trying to stick with Love around the perimeter. Injuries might have brought the mileage down on his motor for the time being, but it hasn’t stopped him from trying. 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting is pretty good for an off night.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -1

I dream of living in a world where Terrence Ross gets full minutes. It’s nice there. Every time Ross was on the court the announcers couldn’t stop gushing over his shooting, transition scoring, gravity defying rebounding potential and sharply improving defence. We’ll get to that world someday.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +3

Jonas got a chance to get involved early, so it was a game where he played engaged basketball. Unfortunately, it’s next to impossible to stop Nik Pekovic from scoring once he’s got position low. So Valanciunas got scored on, a lot. Which had Valanciunas sitting on the bench, a lot. But breaking from habit, Casey gave big Val a chance to get back in the game late and it paid off. Valanciunas was the centre-piece of a key offensive possession late in the game that helped the Raptors break away from the Wolves when he set a high screen, rolled to the rim, drew in both defenders and then hit Amir with a beautiful pass for the easy and 1.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 9-10 FT | 12 REB | 11 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +5

Kyle Lowry is a monster. on a terrible shooting night he still put up a triple double, dominated the flow and attitude of the game and refused to let the Wolves take this game. Kyle Lowry just plays so much bigger than he is. When you’re standing beside them, there’s hardly a difference in size to notice between Lowry and JJ Barea. But watching on TV, Lowry looks like he’s 6 inches and 60 pounds bigger because of the way he plays.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 8-17 FG | 7-9 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 25 PTS | +3

DeMar bailed out a lackluster game and bad opening quarter with a fantastic close to the game, hitting a series of tough and key shots down the stretch. Corey Brewer was making a living off of DeMar carelessly dribbling through the middle of the offensive zone in the early parts of the game. Those turnovers were the only reason that Minnesota stuck around in the first half of the game. It helps make those easier to swallow when you end the game on such a high note though.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4

The big effort was not much of a factor in his time on the court. He lacked the size to contain Pekovic (which is to say that he too is human).

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | +1

Casey put in Hayes to try and contain a dominating Pekovic just as Pekovic came out of the game. Hayes would probably improve his offensive efficiency if he decided to actually aim his shots. Being right beside the basket can be a considerable advantage if you, you know, try to do more than huck the ball in the general direction of the backboard. It’s worth mentioning that Ricky Rubio beat Hayes in a jump ball.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +5

It’s unclear why Salmons played so many of Ross’ minutes tonight. Shooting 1-for-6 doesn’t exactly explain it.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

Landry Fields getting subbed in for 8 seconds of defence a game just feels kind of mean. Casey treats Fields playing time like offering he’s offering him a high five and then pulling it away at the last second.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +16

Novak is the basketball equivalent of a really good food vendor cart. Stick with me, because that’s not meant as an insult. Steve Novak only does one thing, but he does it really, really well. Like a dynamite BBQ food vendor that goes to trade shows, concerts, festivals and parks and absolutely kills selling BBQ ribs. It’s not enough to sustain an entire restaurant; it’s only one food option, and it probably doesn’t even have a side. But in the right circumstance, doing that one thing really well gives it a niche to exploit. Novak doesn’t do anything other than shoot 3’s, but damn, he does it really, really well.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +12

Tonight we learned that General Greivis hates JJ Barea. He took it right at him with increasing anger every chance he got. It’s an unnatural feeling to have so much fun rooting for the bigger guy whose bullying the little guy. But something about Barea makes me feel OK with that. Has anyone ever gone from universally adored to somewhere between annoying and despised so fast? The journey from the 2011 NBA finals to now has not been a popularity uptick for JJ.

Dwane Casey

Casey’s minutes allocation continues to be a source of curious frustration. But the defence that he’s been developing with this team over the last few years has finally started to come in to it’s own. It’s tough to complain too much when the team picks up a win on the road, so let’s save our sour grapes for another day.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Primo Pasta and Sauce commercial that looks like it predates the Raptor’s organization. Is that where the idea for the 20th anniversary throwback jerseys came from? I’m not ruling it out.
  2. How careless the Raptors can be with the ball. The lack of discipline and focus that the Raptors had been prone to opening games with has largely been cleaned up on the defensive end of the court. It doesn’t matter how good you are on defence, or how bad your opponent is on defence, if you give up 5 turnovers leading to fastbreak points in a single quarter.
  3. Nikola Pekovic’s head is the same size as an average male human being’s torso. He’s the size of a Deceptacon. I wouldn’t be that surprised if he transformed into a Trabant and drove himself home from games.
  • MoPeteRules

    steve novak for president!

    • Balls deep

      *Prime minister

      • asifyouknow

        That too…lol

    • asifyouknow

      Second that!!!

  • Adriiian

    Vasquez is garbage. Why was he in the game for so long? I don’t get it.

    And why Hayes over THans?

    • afrocarter

      Clearly you were watching a different game than the rest of us were. Vasquez had a good game despite not shooting well. He rebounded great and hustled hard all night. Stop drinking the haterade, friend.

      Secondly, since you watching a different game than the rest of us, you must have missed Hayes’ post defence on Love, who disappeared in the second half.

      • Philoveritas

        Love trying to back down Hayes in the post pure comedy gold…like trying to post up a brick wall…don’t understand why he wouldn’t just face him up and shoot over him, but it was entertaining to watch.

    • asifyouknow

      Are you serious or are you just trying to piss me off? lol he had everybody in place, was getting the ball to the right spot ..this was a top point guard play. I wish he could of put the ball up 15 times, it of would of been an easy 20..If you are serious about what you saying you need to go watch hockey or that game with the broom and the stone…lol

      • De Colo

        I dont know why i know this information, but curling

        • asifyouknow

          Thanks De Colo.. that is it…lol

          • De Colo

            I’ll be here all week

    • Mexiballer

      Because Hansborough cant hold his ground over Pekovic. Its not even close.

      • Gerald

        Nobody can hold the ground against Pek. Strongest guy in the NBA bar none.

    • ItsAboutFun

      Guess you missed the much needed D Hayes provided, while Hans got chewed up. Andrew seems to have missed Chucky’s D on Love as well. Hayes was actually huge in this game and deserves better than a damn C.

    • Ghotte

      If JV can provide this type of performance over the rest of the games the Raptors will be just fine come playoff time. And they could even stand to bump his playing time up to 30 min to spell Lowry if their winning continues.

  • asifyouknow

    I can’t say I remember when this team ( to quote Pops) has played with so much “NASTY” they were elbow swinging, shoulder lowering, hand checking beasts tonight ..PROUD OF THEM TONIGHT.

    Kyle woke up. .great job.

    Vaz was awesome, so in control of the game that the second half they were trying to keep the ball out of his hands. . I seen a great quote on tweeter tonight about Vaz:

    Zach Harper ‏@talkhoops 51m

    How do you get Greivis Vasquez to play great defense? Have Barea piss him off.”

    That was an awesome tweet, he was all over Barea.

    Negative : The guards got about half the rebounds…not good…

  • Frazzle.

    Lowry’s shooting was definitely thrown off by the amount of shots he took at the end of the shot clock, his stat line makes it look like he shot worse than he did

    • asifyouknow

      ok

  • RaptorsKOR

    Super Novak!!!
    The game just gets 10X more exciting when Novak puts 3 pointers like a machine!
    Brooklyn is our next sacrifice. Let’s go Raptors!

  • Balls deep

    It scares me to think where this team would be without Fields

    • john

      9th in the east

    • FREEJV

      obviously last place. Didnt you see that 4 seconds of defense on cunningham?

  • afrocarter

    That Novak heat check was AMAZING

  • Maahfaace

    TRoss had foul trouble, as did demar, thats why salmons was out there

    • jacobdr4

      Wouldn’t really call what ross had foul trouble. Pretty sure he had three until the last seconds of the game.

      • Maahfaace

        he had 4 fouls early in the third, its why he was sat down

  • tweed8

    And they come off the break with two wins, very nice. Kinda shaky at times, but overall confidence looks good.

  • bizzy

    Well looks like Blake got it backwards lol

  • afrocarter

    Is it just me, or does Minnesota flop a lot? The entire roster just seems to flail at the slightest bit of contact. I don’t blame the Raps for throwing some frustration ‘bows.

    • asifyouknow

      There is lots of international players in their roster, they look at flopping as part of the game…

      • Steverino

        Some of the best floppers in the game have been non-international players, like Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox. I guess we could check into the league warnings and suspensions to prove it one way or the other.

        • Steverino

          Okay, just looked into it on the NBA official’s page where they list all their fines and warnings for floppings. So far this season 24 black players have been warned and 4 white players have been warned. Of that total, 5 have been international players. Further, 4 black players have been fined, and 0 white players, none of which were international players.

    • NBA Euro-Players Association

      The word flop is thrown around way too much these days. In most cases it is an attempt at drawing a charge, which is as a legitimate of a defensive play as an attempted block. On tries to stop an arrant shot, the other an out of control player.

  • CJT

    Did anyone else see that stat that we have only lost once to minny? That’s pretty amazing.

    • Rapchat

      18-1 now…nuts!

  • FREEJV

    Report: Steve SuperNovak will replace Rob Ford as Mayor.

    • asifyouknow

      I don’t think Novak smokes crack with hookers..just saying..

  • age

    Corey Brewer is my new favourite player.
    he got quite animated and was trying to pump up the crowd on so many mediocre plays during the game. it was hilarious.
    Then he did those free-throw chucks to try and save the game
    He is hilarious

    • afrocarter

      He reminds me of Hansborough: if the guy is on your team, you love ‘im; otherwise you hate his guts.

    • rapierraptor

      I also thought it was funny that Love needed just one more assist for the triple double and instead Brewer went to the basket with reckless abandon the last 5 possessions

  • Philoveritas

    Thank the gods that the three was falling tonight for everyone in black and red. Very poorly reffed game. All worked out in the end I guess. 9 games over, above .500 against the west, winning road record, and still the talk is about how the Raptors are somehow not legit. Brooklyn just got over .500 for the first time this season yet they get so much love for coming on strong lately…I can only optimistically assume that Casey’s baffling minute distribution was because he was saving the end of the bench for tomorrow’s game…or maybe he just sucks at everything but defence…

    • asifyouknow

      ?????

    • afrocarter

      What was wrong with the minutes distribution?

      • asifyouknow

        I did not get that …It appeared to be normal…

      • CJT

        It allowed the Raps to win the game. I guess that is bad coaching some how?

        • Philoveritas

          Ya I bet Casey said “okay boys tonight the game plan is to shoot 60% from behind the arc and Amir don’t worry about rebounding cause my boy Kyle is gonna get them for you”. For the most part the players actually win or lose games. I won’t just accept that this one season of winning changes my overall opinion of Casey’s game management skills.

          • ItsAboutFun

            He’s managing the game of a continually improving, winning team in the NBA, but you know better. Right, okay then

            • Philoveritas

              I will say that his timeout usage has gotten noticeably better of late, and I guess his anticipation of Brooklyn’s last play may have won us that game(though Patterson still had to make the steal and the shot). I am still firmly in the camp of not resigning him as head coach, I would like to see him stay on as a defensive coach though. Just my opinion, but I know I am not alone in this opinion…

              • What the

                IF Casey have this team finishing 9th in the NBA he should ge all of Canada and thats where we’ll finish right behind Golden State

      • Philoveritas

        Knowing they have a big divisional game tomorrow, and 2pat out of the lineup, I would have expected to see Hansbrough get more than 7 minutes of burn. IMO he left Lowry out there too long, I mean everything went right for Minny at the end and they still couldn’t come back stuck 10 with 2 minutes left. DD and Kyle out there getting hacked adding some garbage time free throws. He takes it easy with Ross cause he is banged up but plays hobbled Amir who is getting exposed on the defensive end…and that is just this game…I could go on…

        • afrocarter

          Tyler was getting chewed up and spit out by the Minny front court — and you think Casey should have subbed him back in? Especially considering the effective minutes Hayes was providing on defence? I don’t get it. And in a tight, hotly contested game with an unknown outcome down the stretch, of course Casey is going to have his best players in the game. Why would he sub out Lowry with Minny making a final push in the closing minutes? Meh.

          • Philoveritas

            Maybe I am being a bit unduly harsh, I have just always felt like Casey makes decisions with heavy bias against young players, and white guys. Yeah I said it…

            • ItsAboutFun

              that’s just idiotic

            • Ghotte

              You should really stick to the pucks…just saying.

            • Gerald

              Yeah he keeps benching that guy Ross, and Buycks and oh wait.

              • Philoveritas

                I said young players first, and he only plays them when his hand is forced. Buycks should be in the D-League, sure he earned a spot on the team out of camp but the guy has been garbage ever since(He should have been cut before Augustine). I am not accussing casey of being an outright rascist but is it so inconceivable that a coach might just have some preconceived notions about white players. Then again he plays Hayes and that guy has less hops than the average white grandmother. I’ve been the only white guy on the court before and know that it’s just as tough as being the black guy that plays hockey. When the other side suggests that Rudy was disrespected because of his race it’s plausable, but I guess discrimination is something only heterosexual white men do.

        • Steverino

          Please don’t ever say “stuck x” ever again. Jack Armstrong is the only person in the world who says that, and it’s maddening enough when he says it.

  • rapierraptor

    Raps have the best 4th quarter point differential in the league. Gotta love a cohesive team that closes out games.

    • Ghotte

      Cohesive and doing a good job of listening to the coaching staff. The are making a habit of coming out of half trying to make a run as well which speaks to sound preparation. (Still need work on the opening quarters though.)

    • morgan c

      Really? Damn, that’s an impressive stat.

  • FREEJV

    To all the people who say Novak cant play any defense. Cunningham: 2 pts Novak: 15 pts. how do them apples taste

    • Guest

      What does that have to do with his defense? lol

      • FREEJV

        he was guarding cunningham (1-4)

    • jeeves

      i like novak a lot, but muhammed turned him inside out every chance he got. not saying novak shouldnt be playing, but he doesnt defend or rebound well. its just a matter of matchups, sometimes you can hide novak on the floor, other times, not so much. even still, he should be averaging 7-8 minutes a game…

      • FREEJV

        He also had a backdoor dunk when ross was guarding that was an unfair matchup for novak mohammad is a sg.

        • Gerald

          Mohammed is a SG that outmuscled him. You need to hide him defensively. If Novak was the defender you’re trying to make him out to be he would see way more floor time. The reason NYC got rid of him was because of his defence.

          • FREEJV

            yea cuz ny clearly cares about defense by getting bargnani……..

  • jeeves

    salmons did a better job on brewer than ross did, to answer your Q about minutes played. t-ross was biting on every pump fake, whether it was brewer or martin…i might have tried landry in a game like this, especially with demars shot selection being pretty bad the last couple games…hes gotta stick to catch and shoot or one dribble pull ups. more than one more dribble for DD = turnover.

    amir 2 rebounds in 32 minutes, 0-3 ft, keep gettin them checks boi!

    hayes gettin a c grade? lolol he was the only thing standing between love and the hoop all game. amir was garbage on love. outplayed in the paint…didnt seem to want to guard love on the perimeter either…its hilarious to me that casey says rebounding is “our bugaboo” and then
    benches the only guys rebounding (tyler, chuck) but goes out of his way
    to play amir johnson against stronger frontcourt guys. if lowry can
    grab 12 boards…

    for a team thats supposed to preach defense, its weird that you’re startin PF plays practically none of it (dont give me those block stats, hes routinely drifting off his player to get those, for every block amir gets, the opposing team gets 5 offensive boards while hes drifting out into no man’s land). this would have been a great game for patterson to play in, he’s a quick 4, would have better defended love on the perimeter, and played the stretch role too…but novak stepped up (offensively at least)

    jv surprisingly held his own, wasnt expecting that, considering he rebounds with one hand most of the time, but hey, good game by him all the same.

    • afrocarter

      LOL @ this whole post. Yes, Amir had only 2 rebounds — but did you bother to check how many team rebounds the Raps gathered? Amir spent most of his time either 1) protecting the rim or 2) fighting the T-Wolves bigs out of position. Pretty sure he was a big reason why our PGs amassed 18 rebounds total.

      • jeeves

        nah thats a bs excuse. team rebounds are when bigs cant grab them and tap them around willy nilly hoping somebody else does the leg work and tracks them down.

        lowry and derozan and vaskez got rebounds because they were hungry. end of story.

        • afrocarter

          I am well aware of what a team rebound is. Amir was charged with keeping Pek and Love off the offensive glass as much as possible, which lead to Minny knocking loose balls out of bounds (due to defensive pressure) instead of corralling them.

        • Gerald

          Beginning of new story…what you wrote was complete BS. When you don’t have the mass to deal with the rebounding of Minny that’s exactly what you need to do. Box out so that the rest of your team can get the boards. I guarantee that was a part of the sets they were running at practice.

          • jeeves

            yet somehow, by some miracle of nature,JV was able to box out his man and still grab 9 boards in the game – and he was giving up 50 pounds to pek. the fact of the matter is amir was outrebounded by hayes and hansbrough despite playing 14 more minutes than both those guys collectively. amir wasnt boxing out shit. he was getting boxed out and giving up offensive rebounds. watch the game, the guy was out to lunch.i wouldnt be slamming the guy if he played solid d elsewhere, but he wasnt. he was -15 in first half, the team went on a run with him when he sat, and suffered when he played.

            • Gerald

              I love how you read a single stat and think that defines what actually happened. Amir, currently, is a much better player than JV. He’s a much better defensive player. That’s why Casey goes to him and sits JV regardless of the fact that Amir is hurt.

              And again remember…keep your eye on what I’m saying…Amir is hurt right? He’s not playing his best ball. So if I saw you down at a game at the Y after somebody had smashed your ankle with a bat.

              Wow, that Jeeves guy, he has zero lateral quicks. Can’t jump. What a loser. That Yoga mom from Scarborough rebounds better than he does.

              Have a little perspective, all right? It’s no where near as simple as you’re making it out to be. There’s a very good reason this guy is our starting PF. Could we have an upgrade? Sure. Is Greg Monroe an upgrade? Yes, if you look at both sides of the ball. Can we get him? No, there’s zero chance until the summer so why B*tch about it now.

              • jeeves

                why would somebody smash my ankle with a baseball bat during a basketball game, what’s going on at the Y that I don’t know about? i hope the ref would at least call a flagrant and get me a couple extra free throws (in classic amir johnson fashion i’d proceed to hit 1 out of 2 – only diff being i wouldnt be getting 6.5 million bucks to miss those free throws).

                if somebody smashed amir’s ankle with a bat, the guy should be sitting out. theres no doubt he looks a step slow out there, he has a history of having weak ankles, so it doesnt surprise. sit out and get healthy. the team was doing fine with patterson starting, and the team does fine with tyler and chuck covering for him. i love people reminiscing about amirs monster performances in 2009….guess what, its 2014, time moves forward, guys get older, injury prone..etc…i dont see why the rest of the team should have to suffer through it tho.

                by the way im not arguing amir is worse than jv, i mostly find jv unwatchable too, but he has youth as an excuse…amirs been in the league 8 years, which is actually turning out to be a knock against him since he skipped college and was drafted out of high school. he could have benefited from playing college ball. there is a much greater emphasis on defense in college than in the pros, he would definitely picked up a thing or two. look at patterson, dude’s got a college pedigree and plays like it too.

                unless masai can get him on the cheap, i expect next season will be amir’s last with the raps. he’s gonna be looking for a long term deal, and with his declining health, i dont think masai is gonna bite on giving him that…especially now that patterson is lining up to get paid.

                • Guest

                  Oh man you’re so confused. I’m sorry about that.

    • jeeves

      i forgot, while im hating on amir, he was -15 in the first half, the next closest guy on the team was -4. minnesota had 10 offensive boards in the first half to toronto’s 2.

      amir finished -8, with only one other raptor in the subzeros (ross -1)

      the raptors thrive off their defense, which seems to operate better with guys like hayes and hansborough out on the court…amir was a cancer out there. raps went on 18 point run in 2nd with him on the bench. for some reason casey took out novak and put in amir and the twolves went on a 17-2 run. amir plays no defense…thank god for teams like orlando and cleveland that allow him to pad his rebounding stats every 4-5 games. the guy is garbage (i appreciate he was the heart and soul of the team for awhile…before lowry got here at least…but dudes gotta step it up or sit out games if hes gonna half ass it)

      • Tanks-a-lot

        It could just be that he had to guard Kevin Love tonight. We’re they going to have Amir on Pekovic?

        • jeeves

          hayes guarded when amir was sitting on the bench, including in the second half, he managed to stay at +1 through 12 minutes of play.

          i agree that amir cant guard pekovic though, but the fact is he cant guard any legit big…hes lucky he’s in the eastern conference, you only have to face al jefferson a few times a year…and lets not forget the great jared sullinger.

          aside from chicago and indiana, i cant think of many east teams that have strong front courts. amir was outrebounded by west in the last two games against indy. rebounds aint the whole story, but the reality is he gets muscled around in the past, and has a tendency to drift all over the place…..he never proves me wrong when it comes to that end of the floor

          • bizzy

            Which is why we need Patterson back asap. I understand he loves this city but compared to the other raps his skill set is severely lacking.

            • Guest

              So the best help defender and best screen setter has a lacking skill set?

          • Guest

            By “drift” do you mean recover consistently for his teammates getting beaten? As in my in legit help position? He’s regarded as one of the better team defenders across the league. Stats back it up for like the past 2, 3 years…. but, you must see something the rest don’t. This, drifting. A good defender would stick solely on his man, holding him to zero points while the rest of the team goes nuts scoring at will…. but if YOU hold YOUR man to zero points then you must be sick right?

            I find this most humerous because of all the things to pick on Amir about, you’ve picked the worst one, where he measure quite well. Rip his 3s or something.

            • jeeves

              nah, ill post video later today, his defense was atrocious against minnesota. maybe you can blame it on him not being used to guarding a stretch 4 like love…thatd be half an argument.

              your bar must be real low on better defenders in the league. if the stats back up anything, it’s that he fouls a ton. he’s leading the league in fouls since 2009…he might actually put up back to back 300 pf seasons…i guess that qualifies as defense.

              the reason he fouls so much is that he often rotates too early (you could call it bad anticipation) and is out of position to recover to his own man (drift), or gets caught up on switches and loses track of his player ….

              and yeah, him jacking 3s or picking and popping instead of picking and rolling are maddening too, but again, the team lives off its defense, it just so happens they have a pf who does very little of it.

  • jakdripr

    Nice write-up, FYI though it’s decepticon, not tacon. Also, what’s up with the story about JJ Barea? Did he do something in between now and the 2011 finals that I missed?

    And good lord we need to upgrade our front court in the off season, we keep getting killed on the glass and just straight up pounded by other teams big men. I’m down for giving greg munroe a contract, start him next to JV and move Amir to the bench or something cause our current front court ain’t cutting it.

    • afrocarter

      Um, we were +11 on the boards tonight.

      • jeeves

        the guy was talking about front court getting killed ie. minnesota starters had 22 to toronto’s 10. um, we were -12 on those boards tonight.

        greg monroe would be an upgrade, but between paying patterson and lowry, you might be outta luck there…unless they can move amir’s 7mil somewhere……….

        good news for amir they play the nets next, one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. bad news for amir is they lead the league in steals per game, and amir coughed up 4 turnovers tonight…for a guy who doesnt dribble the ball much, thats saying something.

        keep gettin them checks amir!

        • afrocarter

          The fact that you complain about Amir’s defence — then say we should replace him with Greg Monroe tells me all I need to know.

          • jeeves

            monroe plays a on team that plays ZERO defense collectively. they should be top-10 in the league, but could give a fuck less. i think in the right system, he would thrive, hes already averaging 9rb/gm and has yet to play his best ball, and is 3 years younger than amir, so yeah, that would definitely be an upgrade over amir.

            i dont think amir is incapable of playing d, hes just got low bball iq. that play in the 2nd quarter when minnesota swung the ball around the horn and found love wide open was proof of that. he just fell asleep watching the ball. he was the only guy who didnt have to rotate or fight past a screen, but let just love drift out to the line and get ready for an uncontested 3. he’s their best 3 point shooter…how do you leave him wide open. it was amazingly bad. amir makes james harden look like an all-nba defensive team guy.

            • xtg

              forget G Monroe he wants a max deal! whitch he is not worth for god sakes

            • Gerald

              Wow, Amir is actually an excellent defensive player that’s currently hurt. He’s one of the anchors of one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. I don’t know if you’ve heard of them, the Toronto Raptors. And no Greg Monroe is not considered a good defensive player by any stretch of the imagination.

              Is this play time for you? Are you just sitting around in your princess castle making up stories at tea time?

        • Philoveritas

          Amir’s is a team option so they don’t even have to move him, just cut him to free up that 7 mil. Not that I think they should do that.

          • jeeves

            Amir isn’t really team option, hes guaranteed 5 of his 7 mil next year, so thats a bit pricey as a buyout.

            ill bust out the editing software tomorrow to throw together some clips of amir johnson boxing (getting boxed out) and playing defense (forgetting where kevin love is). i’ll even throw in his block as a cherry on top for all the sycophants

      • jakdripr

        I was speaking in general, correct me if I’m wrong but other teams usually get a lot of offensive rebounds on us. Plus it’ll be nice to have a post player who can actually play in the post(least till JV develops). Although with that said, I’m not even sure if GM has any post moves.

    • XTG

      funny thing is we were +11 in rebounding so…..

      • jakdripr

        I was speaking in general(didn’t watch tonights game), we usually get killed on the defensive glass. Least, the past few games I’ve watched we got killed on the defensive glass, plus other bigs just have their way with our front court. I mean we gave up 30 points to Marcin Gortat.

        Of course, if you have a number that proves otherwise ill be glad to see it, every match I watch though we tend to give up a lot of defensive rebounds.

        • afrocarter

          You didn’t even watch the game and you’re complaining about players’ performances? Performances that you didn’t even see? Pfft.

          • jakdripr

            Did you not read the part where I said “in general”, as in overall this season. It’s just something I’ve been noticing the past few games that I have watched.

          • stooley

            he makes a pretty good point. we get absolutely killed in the paint every game. just imagine how good we’ll be when Jonas develops

  • doncity

    Another Raps road win, baby!
    Tank Nation was spectacularly wrong. Burn them at the stake!

  • Jonasbrutha

    Bugaboo?! Bugaboo?! In yo face Casey! +11 against the third best rebounding team in the league.

  • jacobdr4

    Not sure what casey has against ross, he played ten times better than salmons. Ross could of had a great game and put it away quicker had he went away from the fish man.

  • T Wolves

    BITCH FUCK CUNT SLUT HOE NIGGA

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    • Rapchat

      Yeah but which 5 start?

  • Icarus Descending

    Couldn’t agree more with your comments on Ross. Why Casey would play Salmons more than Ross the first night of a back to back makes no sense to me. I can only hope he’s considering playing Ross a lot more tomorrow night since Salmons always performs so poorly the second night of a back to back.

    I just love how these guys continue to turn it up a notch in the fourth quarter. Looking forward to watching the game with Brooklyn.

  • tonious35

    That odd analogy for Novak was one the most unsuspecting comparisons I have ever read. Too add to it, could Novak be a BBQ vendor stand at that one occasion when the expo had unloaded two bus loads of starving Texans that lived off a diet of BBQ farm animals?

  • jakdripr

    Only road team to get win tonight, not a big deal but still pretty cool considering who the other road teams are.

  • asifyouknow

    Most of the year Kyle had been shooting 45 % overall and 44% from three, as of February 1st he went on a downhill spiral to 38% overall and 27% from 3p, in March 34% overall and 20% from from 3p
    That is about five weeks under 40% when does this become more than a slump?

    Good question?

    • DDayLewis

      My guess is that teams are cluing into his proficient shooting and running him off his spot. Luck/randomness also factors in as well.

    • jakdripr

      But the beauty is he’s still finding ways to be effective. I really like this guy, wanna see what Masai decides in the off season.

      • Philoveritas

        Beware the contract year…Lowry plays with such intensity that he must have a ton of little nagging injuries, he is playing through them now last year he missed half the year…contract year…he is buying in to the team, listening to the staff about how to present himself when he has had a reputation for discipline issues…contract year…I am not sure that he keeps it up at this pace if you just throw some more dollars his way…it’s hard not to like what he is doing out there but man I hate the contract year…

        • Gerald

          And hopefully the Peeps in the front office are weighing all of this in the offer they’re planning on making for him.

        • what the

          no disrespect sir, but when did you start watching BATMAN? the million year Kyle has been playing like this since he came to the rapcave

    • Ghotte

      Triple. Double. Dominant performance tonight.

    • ckh26

      Great question. Hopefully this is a great answer.
      Fatigue.
      He plays a lot. Not sure but he must avg close to 35-40Mins a game and he just might be tired. Tired body means tired legs and sloppy shooting.
      Just a theory.

  • Ion66

    As someone who, many years ago, got let go of a job, while dealing with a major illness, I have a special empathy for Amir. Playing with an injury(ies) that keep you from performing at 100%, and having people declaring you expendable, has to hurt worse than sprained ankles. Play healthy and people rave about what a bargain of a contract you turned out to be. Play hurt, and people suddenly consider your injury limitations to be your worth as a player. Take a bunch of time off, and people would be calling you soft and injury prone. Hopefully the team management knows his worth better than us.

  • Mike

    What’s up with all the hate tonight? Overall these guys played a solid game, and got a good win over a decent team. All without a key player too. All I’m seeing is how they underperformed so badly. Don’t forget to talk about the positives too. Guess we’re a cynical bunch after all these years haha.

    • Gerald

      I believe the term you’re looking for is pathologically neurotic.

  • bobmasa

    I don’t understand why Casey don’t give minites to Londry Field

  • bobmasa

    Salmons 20 minites? 1 of 6 Ross 25 minites????