Raptors drop close contest to the Nets.


Toronto Raptors 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Brooklyn Nets
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -2Fantastic offensively but a step slow defensively. Picked the Nets apart in the PnR, but failed to do much in the way of stopping the Nets’ small-ball fours on the perimeter. Being drawn out of the paint also put him out of position for rebounds. Some really solid blocks though.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +7Scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter, but disappeared down the stretch, save for losing the ball on a ill-advised drive into four defenders with the game on the line. Gave up too much size to Joe Johnson on defense and got burned a few times.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 22 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -12Not entirely sure why he played so few minutes. He didn’t look fantastic, but the Raptors could have really used his length to contend with Blatche’s largesse (or large-ass). Performed decently in limited minutes. Threw down a dunk, and had a nice block.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -5This man’s will to win is the renewable energy source that will save our planet. He was just everywhere on both ends of the floor. He drew 3 (!!!) charges, was the only consistent performer on offense and almost dropped a second-straight triple double. He missed a game-tying attempt over Blatche, but the Raptors wouldn’t even have been in the game had it not been for Lowry’s heroics.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 8-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -12Where art thou, DeMar? 14 points on 3-of-9 shooting is not going to cut it against a playoff team in a playoff atmosphere. Shaun Livingston’s quickness and length held him in check. Heck, even Alan Anderson’s defense held him in check. Didn’t do much on defense either.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +8“WELL IM THE BEST BRUISER IN THE GAME. WHEN YOU TRY ME WITH A SORRY BIG LIKE BLATCHE, THAT’S THE RESULT YOU’RE GOING TO GET. DON’T YOU EVER TRY TO TALK ABOUT ME!”*proceeds to bite everyone in the vicinity.*

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1He didn’t have a place in the game. Too slow to guard small-ball fours and too short to guard a legitimate center in Blatche. Basically, the story of his NBA career.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | 0So incredibly bad at times. If I had to pin the loss on one player, it would be Salmons. The Raptors got the rebound down 1, and Lowry pushed the ball up the court with DWill on the other end of the floor. Salmons had an open look from three, paused, waited for his defender to recover, paused, and finally, he handed it over to Ross with a short shot-clock. Dat veteran savvy.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3

The only thing worse than Salmons’ play was Novak’s defense. He wracked up 3 personal fouls in four minutes trying to guard Mirza Teletovic. MIRZA TELETOVIC. Mirza drove by him for a layup, got the step and got fouled, and collected an offensive rebound over Novak’s back. Let’s just say I won’t be changing my disqus handle to “FREENOVAK” anytime soon.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -2Not as bad as the boxscore says, but he was still fairly unproductive. With DeRozan having a poor game, the Raptors needed Vasquez to step up with his playmaking in the second unit, and Vasquez couldn’t get it done. He did collaborate with Amir for a few sucessful PnRs though.

Dwane Casey
Head scratching decisions aplenty. For example, why draw up a play for Lowry to run PnR on the game-tying attempt? The Raptors are down 3, so the Nets were certainly going to switch. This meant Blatche was guarding Lowry at the three-point line, which is clearly not a good matchup. Also, way too many minutes for Hayes, and too little for Jonas. Got outcoached by Jason Kidd.

Five Thing We Saw

  1. Here’s my issue with Novak as the small-ball four — it would work if we had a rim-protector in the paint, and some plays for Novak. Today was an aberration, as Novak’s defense is usually terrible, as opposed to “OKAY MR. TELETOVIC! HERE’S THE FRIDGE. HELP YOURSELF TO WHATEVER YOU WANT”. However, Novak’s defense can be masked in part if we had a Tyson Chandler-type defending the paint. It would also help if Dwane Casey could run a play for Novak once in ever, because otherwise he’s just capitalizing on dribble penetration + kickouts, which doesn’t happen often when he plays with Greivis Molassquez.
  2. Want a drinking game that will get you hammered in a jiffy? Drink every time Hansbrough fouls, or is fouled by someone. Very soon, your beer goggles will make Hansbrough look like Larry Bird. A very angry Larry. Angry birds? Moving on. (I’m here all week)
  3. Paul Pierce hit his 1, 900th three-pointer in the first quarter. He’s now fifth in total three-pointers made. Can you tell me the four players ahead of him?
  4. This was a “playoff-game”, and most of our young players failed to step up. In tight, half-court games like these, DeRozan needs to find a way to consistently put up points. Otherwise, this team will be stuck with Lowry pouring his heart out on every play to generate any modicum of offense.
  5. I miss Patrick Patterson. The Raptors needed his quickness guarding Pierce on the perimeter, and his flair for the dramatic.

  • RaptorsKOR

    Oh MERCY ON CASEY!!!!
    What he came up after a timeout was Lowry throwing a long 3 without getting any screen.
    and Derozan’s bonehead play….5 sec turnover…dumb dumb

    • Real nigg a form the streets

      also, that wide open . if he would have just stepped forward he might have scored.

      • What the

        and that is why he wears the panties tonight

    • FREEJV

      without lowry its a blowout

    • johng_3

      What was bad was the turnover by Ross with us down by one. Why drive so quick when he could just pass it to Lowry and settle the offense.

      • Minks77

        he was put in that position by Salmons who froze when he was wide open, killed the clock, stagnated the O and then dumped it off to Ross who was not open and with the clock down didn’t have much choice but to put it on the floor. Hell, Johnny S didn’t even slide over to get open after Ross started moving. Yes Ross turned it over but Salmons had to take that shot.

        • FREEJV

          salmons was put in that position by derozan who had an open shot or an open lane. so yea….

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          I went back to check and I think there was at least 16 seconds left when Ross had the ball. I don’t blame him though, as he doesn’t have enough experience to be aware of the shot clock in those situations

          • FREEJV

            did livingston foul him there i have to rewatch it

      • What the

        and that there ladies and gent is the play…

  • essi

    Overreactions in 3,2,1 Go!!

    • RaptorsKOR

      Assumption Fail No 1.

      • Steverino

        Patience.

    • ItsAboutFun

      haha, is there any doubt?

    • Ghotte

      Trolls wait for a loss and come running!

  • FREEJV

    Derozan really stunk it up tonight both on offense and defense. Also on that fastbreak he had an open lane when lowry gave him the ball but he gave it salmons he needs to grow some balls and dunk on pierces head there smh

    • ac1011990

      Must feel good to let it out, it’s been awhile since you could hate on Derozan.

      • FREEJV

        yep and like always he chokes in big games against teams that are on our tail.

      • Steverino

        I don’t hate on DeRozan, but I have no confidence in him. Even when he has a great game, I’m never confident he’ll do the job. I’m happy when he does, but it surprises me.

    • Age

      You waited a whole month of games to finally be able to bitch about DeRozan. Happy?

      He was getting blitzed and pushed around every time he had the ball tonight.
      He needed to pass off more. 1 assist in these tight games wont cut it.

      • FREEJV

        how many assists did he have yesterday? hes going back to his old ways.

  • rapierraptor

    As a Raptors fan it feels weird for losing to feel weird.

    • consmap

      I had to read that one over a few times…

  • FREEJV

    where were you yesterday william oh thats right hiding under a rock…. #clown

    • DDayLewis

      I live under the rock. I’m Patrick Star.

    • Guest

      well that’s aggressive. #mentalhealthissues

  • Aaron

    Im going to get hate for this i know it but…. this is a game we should NOT have lost. Why no fields this game? I felt he would have been a big upgrade over Salmons who was clearly exhausted from the night before. Why is it when Novak is out on the floor they never draw up a play for him? He always gets the ball near the end of the shotclock and is expected to hit over his defender all the time. Also think Ross should not have been taken out of the game so early hes young play him 38+mins and maybe he stays hot and engaged. One last thing and here’s where the hate comes in. We do not have a closer and its going to kill us come playoff time. The nets have 3 players you can give the ball to in the closing moments and know a good play is coming. The raps dont have one. Please dont say Lowry because everyone and their mother knows his go to move is a stepback shot. Derozen? Doesnt have the handles and either gets stripped or chucks up a horrible shot. We need to address this in the offseason…. But i will say this. This is not a team you want to play! They will wear you down!!!

    • KuH

      Agree. That’s the first thing that jumped out at me: why no Fields? Especially with Salmons and Novak not delivering.

    • FREEJV

      JV turned into a monster in the third but Casey like always shot the monster in the head and put chuck hayes in….

      • Aaron

        if you remember im a big JV Critic but i agree. JV should have played TON more this game. They dont have anyone who can stop him

      • johng_3

        LOL JV did nothing besides one and 1 play. I don’t know what game you were watching. For a guy that big, I would expect a bigger defensive presence in the paint. Guys were scoring at will.

        • FREEJV

          i said 3rd quarter learn how to read clown. you done suckin off derozan yet?

          • Ghotte

            So JV plays maybe one good quarter and Casey is an idiot b/c he didn’t play him more?

            • FREEJV

              yep

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Agreed. Im loving his utilization of the little jumper. His post game will be a lot more effective if he can keep hitting those consistently (I.e., his pump fakes will finally be backed up by the threat of a jumper)

    • Icarus Descending

      Totally agree. Ross has young legs he can certainly play more and why not when he starts he game that well? Other valid points as well with respect to fields and Novak.

    • Steverino

      I like all this sudden love for Fields, who everyone hated for most of the past two seasons. I’ve always liked him. He’s not the best athlete, can’t shoot a lick, but he’s a player. A role player, yes, but a player.

  • rapierraptor

    Despite not getting the W, Lowry continues to prove that his balls are too big to fit in a normal man’s underwear.

    • FREEJV

      Derozan is the opposite . someone get him some panties.

      • johng_3

        Okay so the guy is killing it after all-star break and you bust on his balls after one loss. Get a life

        • FREEJV

          you re the one on his dick not me . i criticize every player not just him so keep suckin him off. btw livingston shat all over him today :)

          • noname

            livingston was mostly guarded by lowry… it was joe johnson who shat all over him today… but still i think the criticism is unfair (unless its for his defense…dear god!)

            • FREEJV

              no ross was guarding johnson, lowry on williams, derozan on livingston. in fact in the 4th quarter i remember livingston actually posting up demar and demar got bodied and fell. Livingston btw weighs like 100 lbs Demar is a softie. if he had kyles mentality he would be a way better player hes too passive at times.

              • ItsAboutFun

                DeMar got tripped by Hansbrough on that play. You’re loud mouthed clown that should be ignored.

                • FREEJV

                  shut up he schooled him get off his dick.

      • What the

        NO NO!! my friend the player that need the Panties is Caseys boy TRoss, the pussy won’t take it to the rack,it’s like she is afraid of breaking a nail or something, they had the allstar KOmar in check and this guy dancing around like Bargs, MU get me some Tony Wroten jr in here somebody who can take licks going to the rack. 0-0 FT pussy and he should get the panties not KOmar the allstar

    • asifyouknow

      ???????

  • FREEJV

    Derozan c-? no fuckin way…. He deserves a Z.

    • Aaron

      I agree. Feel he wasnt in the game at all on either end of the floor

    • Real nigg a form the streets

      exactly, he missed me off so much this game.

    • webfeat

      Forget the 3-9. What’s more disappointing was his lack of intensity in the first three quarters. He didn’t work hard to get open for a pass, and he barely played defense. If he’s tired, he should tell Casey that he’s tired and let him sit his ass on the bench.

    • asifyouknow

      lol

    • What the

      yeah, i know what you mean dude on a back to back we needed the allstar and he failed and the Nets and Kidd had nothing to do with that, the allstar just failed you

  • The Red Fury

    Paul Pierce. Wow. The game stats speak for themselves. 6 for 23 from 3 point land. Way off their season average. Hit a few more and they win this game. They just weren’t dropping and that can’t happen on the road. Well played game though. And your comment above on Lowry… NAILED IT!!!

    Any aspiring professional ballers out there… watch Lowry in the last 3 minutes of that game… learn.

    • asifyouknow

      I’m confused …he folded in the end…

      • Saskatoon Raps Fan

        He missed the last shot sure. Doesn’t mean he folded. He fought to the end. Shot was short which implies tired legs, not surprising since he absolutely carried the raps on back to back nights. No one in the NBA has more heart and will to win than he does.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Would you have preferred Vasquez out there instead?

        • asifyouknow

          Yes he would of not of fumble the ball and he would of not been afreid of putting it up…Casey is a bust out they will not give him the job …..this the third game ive seem where the folks on the floor had no clue what to do to make a winning shot…
          Lowry is not Michal Jordan folks cant leave him alone to make his own shot…aperently Casey believes he is

          • Abused Raptors Fan

            Does that mean you think Vasquez is MJ? According to you, he wouldnt of “been afraid” to take the shot, and thus, wouldn’t have fumbled the ball. Im sorry, I do like Vasquez and was excited when I heard he was coming to the team, but there’s no way I’d rather have him in the game late over Lowry. Kyle has consistently made big plays on both ends of the floor and continues to be a key piece of our playoff run

            • asifyouknow

              There are times to be silly and time to be serious you’re being silly right now…..of course he is no mj but kyle is in the sme boat ..kyle has been shooting in the mid thirties in the last 5 WEEKS not one or two games but going into week six this is no longer a slump vs the top 15 nba teams hero ball is not going.to cut it….is ok now vs .500 teams remenber what i tod you ..he will strugle vs good teams his game.was always suspect now it may be showing ..time will tell and please remenber our conversation

              • Guest

                Sometimes your comments make sense, but this is is too much. If you don’t believe Lowry dragged the team through the past two games (really the season) you have no sense of timing, momentum, runs and simply read box scores to decide value/contributions. Lowry essentially drags the team through EVERY game with his win at all costs attitude. There’s very few people in sports who truly care 100% about winning at all costs. Lowry is one of these people. If you’ve ever played sports with someone who CANNOT LOSE (and I find them very rare) you know how much they carry everyone and inspire/drive the team. Kyle is that to the raptors this year bar none and no one.

                It can come across poorly sometimes too, as it often seems to have during Lowry’s early career. That’s why he swipes for steals and goes for crazy offensive rebounds (when he really should be running back on D as a PG), cause he can;t handle himself, too obsessed with winning to listen half the time. This year he seems to have harnessed it for good, and I do hope it stays.

              • Abused Raptors Fan

                Oh I completely agree, Lowry is no where near MJ, but nor is Vasquez, which is why he should nt be used as a comparison. And I’ve been pointing out Kyle’s shooting struggles for the past couple of weeks. The thing is, his off and def ratings are still much better than any of our backups, and despite those struggles his TS% is still over 50%. So I just don’t see how you’d want someone else in the game for him at that point.

  • Tamberlyn Richardson

    Lowry was so amazing trying to lead the team A+ just doesn’t feel like it’s enough for the effort he gave this evening. At the end of the day Brooklyn had 5 more three’s, were +4 in points in the paint and +7 trips to line. Pretty much every other category went to the Raptors including FG%, Assists and Rebounds. Craziest part of that is Lowry led team in points, assists and rebounds (LBJ type performance). What a competitor.

    Masai needs to sign him immediately, this type of effort comes from deep inside a person it’s not a contract type effort.

    • asifyouknow

      Oh my Dear lady please read my take on the game….A+ is a gift….I think the teacher just likes him…lol

      • Tamberlyn Richardson

        LOL, I get your take. I just LOVE anyone who gives effort like that. I’m like that with everything in life; passion & effort will always win out for me.

        Years ago I had two juniors working for me at a Marketing Company. One had all the ability in the world, but only did enough to get by, had no passion and no interest in encouraging the team. The other was passionate, willing to learn/give effort and was constantly trying to pass on their knowledge to the team.

        By the end of the summer I hired the latter who had taken the time to grow because of their passion and commitment. Just my way I guess. :-)

        • asifyouknow

          That is a winning strategy …BUT (you know that was coming) one still has to do the work when it counts, you have to close the deal.
          I know many salespeople who are knowledgeable about their product but can’t close a door. Effort is great but at 6 mill a year effort is expected, closing the deal is the pay back to the boss for hiring us…agree? …Just saying.

          • Tamberlyn Richardson

            That’s fair. In the above situation I was the closer though LOL 😉

            But I catch the drift.

            • asifyouknow

              Past my bed time see you next time…Got to close a deal tomorrow, if I don’t I’m going to have you preach to me about effort, passion and commitment…lol…nice talking to you…

        • I pray for you

          “Marketing company” absolutely does not take capitalization. May God have mercy on your soul

  • hotshot

    I felt that Ross was left too long on the bench between the first and second quarter, should have rode him while he was hot.

    • JCREX

      thats the story of the season. casey rides the bench for way too long and lets our starters get cold

    • FREEJV

      ross makes too many mistakes therefore he shall not play more than 35 minutes. From: Dwane Casey

    • DandB

      I can live with the late Ross turnover because that’s the only way he’ll learn. It should encourage and force him to develop his handles so hopefully he can turn into something reminiscent of DD by his 5th year too except with a better 3 point shot and handles. DD, up until now, hasn’t faced enough real, playoff pressure from the defence to force him to learn how to handle the ball comfortably. Hopefully it’s not too late.

      • johng_3

        blame BC for trying to tank and completely failing

  • Josh

    Jesus Shuttlesworth, Reggie, J Kidd?

    • Josh

      Just realized I missed the fourth but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say rashard lewis?

      • DDayLewis

        Close. Jason Terry.

  • Icarus Descending

    Why on earth was Salmons given that many minutes on the second night of a back to back when you know he’ll have no gas left?

    Ross was on fire in the first quarter and then benched most of the second quarter. Then when he was on the floor he never saw the ball. Also no clue why no one feeds it to Derozan when our bench was in the floor for the first half of the fourth quarter.

    That said, Brooklyn was just hitting big shots tonight, how many contested threes did they make? Hard to compete with a team when they are shooting that well. I take solace in he fact that in a 7 game series they will rarely be shooting like that.

  • golden

    Nets played an incredibly small lineup tonight, so the obvious counter would have been to pound the ball into JV and even Hansbrough and get Plumlee and other bigs into foul trouble. It worked somewhat with Tyler, but JV only played 22 minutes and was rarely involved in the offense. Really missed a guy like Patterson on the 2nd unit tonight. Having to play Novak is going to be hit and miss.

  • Tamberlyn Richardson

    #3: Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Jason Kidd and fourth person hmmmmmmm John Stockton is my guess now I’m going to go google it to see if I’m right.

    • DDayLewis

      JET

      Edit: Jason Terry, not Kenny.

  • arsenalist

    Raptors lost? Burn the fucking ACC down.

    • DDayLewis

      TANK! TANK! TANK!

  • FREEJV

    i hate how derozan rarely dunks anymore he needs to take it stronger like ross does trying to dunk on ppl.

    • JCREX

      totally agree, he doesnt use his athleticism to its full potential

      • FREEJV

        if you compare him to his rookie year he would actually try to dunk way more. hes trying to become finesse like kobe but thats not him. pisses me off

        • jjdynomite

          Except he is like Kobe with both the decrease in dunking over opponents plus the midrange game. Problem is DeMar has no range. Case in point, this game.

          It’s why Ross is currently so much more fun to watch. He can do it all. Unfortunately not with enough consistency.

          • FREEJV

            nah only reason kobe cant do that anymore is cuz hes like 40. go watch his highlights when he was derozans age.

            • jjdynomite

              I fully agree Kobe was a high flyer in his early-mid-20s, but starting from his age 24 year he started hitting at least 1.4 3PG for the following decade (except for 1.1 3PG in 2003-2004). I own the 81 point game on videotape. DeRozan for some reason lacks his — or Ross’ — long distance stroke.

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          DD dunks less than half as often now as compared to his rookie year..

  • JCREX

    great effort from the team tonight i am satisfied with the loss. it is clear that this teams biggest weakness is coaching. casey is a good defensive coach but his offense and rotations are just garbage. t ross starts the game off hot with 12 pts in the first q but he always sits him until 4-5 mins left in the 2nd and by that time he’s cooled off. he never rides the hot hand and keeps the bench players (salmons, hayes, vasquez) in the game far too long. there is no reason why ross cannot play around 38 mins per game we need him on the court. all of the sac kings players have cooled off considerably the past while, hansbourough is way better then hayes yet he plays hayes. salmons is brick city and vasquez shoots way too much. Patterson is a little more consistent but he is limited on the court. we need jv and ross to log alot of mins to improve for the playoffs. they are the key to this team taking the next step. it is clear that casey has destroyed jv’s confidence and we desperatly need him to be a factor in the playoffs. we wont win a series with hayes/patterson playing the 4th q

    • asifyouknow

      Do you understand that 38 minutes is on the edge no matter how young you are and that there is not much break time the rest of the year,,,,

      • JCREX

        melo, parsons, durant, butler, wall, curry, lillard all play around 38 mins per game. he is avg 14 ppg in 26 mins since the all star break and he is our best defender. instead you got salmons and vasquez playing as many mins per game as him

        • asifyouknow

          Durant has been playing lots but now that Westbrook is back that average will change….38 is on the edge…DeMar and Lowry are just dead tired…

        • asifyouknow

          Another thing there are no curry Durant types on this team.

          • FREEJV

            his name is dwight buycks hes definitely the next allen iverson.

            • asifyouknow

              You are kidding….right

    • asifyouknow

      I think they should hire you!!

  • FREEJV

    when was the last time salmons made a 3 this guy is so brick. would rather have fields if hes not gonna provide the shooting

    • Eunys

      True; Fields played really well against Golden State and since the guy got no minutes….CASSY will always surprise me

  • Tamberlyn Richardson

    Wow Jason Terry , he wasn’t even on my radar.

  • doncity

    Say what you want about Rudy but he wasn’t known for fumbling the ball away or being sloppy with two minutes to go in a big game. A lot of people only see what they want to see but the one high-level skill Rudy brought to the table – a clutch presence on the offensive end at the end of games – still hasn’t been replaced.

    Ross started strong but disappeared in the second half while DeRozan never seemed to get untracked. Without Lowry and Hansbrough, this might have been a blowout loss. As Casey is fond of saying – we haven’t won anything yet. Fans who want to get all cocky at the ACC booing dudes for no real reason might want to consider that. Save the boos for Paul Pierce.

    Still, it was an entertaining battle despite the loss.

    Go Raps!

    • jjdynomite

      Newsflash: the Raptors were terrible to watch and wins were a novelty with Gay on the team. But other than that salient fact, he was “clutch” and “wasn’t sloppy.” Good call, man.

      • doncity

        How about you go find a pickup game on the 401, “jjdynomite” – if I see you while driving by I’ll make sure to boo.

      • Steverino

        Exactly. Gay’s play throughout the course of a game was what made sure-fire wins turn into buzzer-beaters. He could only ever concentrate in last-second shots.

  • asifyouknow

    Lowry had great stats but he did make the “winning plays” he folded like a cheap suit in the end,, if he wants to get paid next year the “WINNING PLAYS” is what gets you the extra millions at the end.
    Ross ..well is best not say anything…

    Then NOBODY wanted to take the “big shot” the ball went around like a hot tamale.

    Two OPEN SHOTS passed up and then a desperation shot put.

    Does not Casey! Have a set play for this situations with a specific player or two to put it up.

    They looked like a cartoon, “You take it ! No you take it ! Well I guess if I have to !!!”

    Here is something everybody knows IF YOU GOT AN OPEN SHOT YOU TAKE IT UNLESS YOU’RE SCARED and if you are scared maybe you should be playing checkers. …Just saying. They pissed me off today.
    My dear friend Lou I want to keep you as an internet friend so I don’t pound on you much BUT are you KIDDING ME dear brother….A+ for the leader of this team who folded at the end.. Seriously.
    LOL LOL

    lol…lol

    • Aaron

      Id rather Lowry attempt to make a play then watch derozen fumble and turn it over. This is the one thing you gatta miss bout Rudy. He knows how to finish off a game

      • jakdripr

        Can’t take that away from him, dude was clutch. Hopefully that’s something Demar works on in the offseason, he’s hit some big shots for us this season but he does have a tendency to fold.

        • asifyouknow

          He could come back in a year…

          • jakdripr

            Don’t think I want him back, I mean even on a smaller contract he still doesn’t fit our team and still causes a pile up at the shooting guard position.

      • Steverino

        Nope. I miss nothing about Rudy.

      • asifyouknow

        Yes Rudy does and If I was a coach he would only play when I needed a few shots because the rest of his game is D-league…just saying

    • FREEJV

      lets see what the score is without lowry. probably 30 point blowout

      • johng_3

        Dude, your such a hypocrite. He blames Lowry for missing the shot and you are all over him for hating on him and saying the game would be a blowout if he doesn’t score 20. But what about the Chicago game and Derozan dropping 30 and missing the shot. You were all over Derozans balls but the Raptors wouldn’t even be in the game if it wasn’t for DeMar. Your are the biggest hater for no reason whatsoever

        • FREEJV

          well thats cuz lowry can actually inbound a ball…… L.O.L

          • johng_3

            Great response bud..

      • Rapchat

        Right. Hmm. So lets see what the score woulda been if Deron didnt play.. Yep, looks like it woulda been a Raps blowout too.. Very interesting to suggest that if the leading scorer didnt play it would be a lop sided game? How did you figure this out? It’s a genius discovery.

    • DDayLewis

      Lowry doesn’t deserve an A+ because he couldn’t sink a 3 pointer over 7’0 Blatche on the perimeter? Come on man.

      • Roarque

        That Lowry is such a loser. I wouldn’t re-sign the bum for TWO million. Let’s start grooming Buycks now!!!

        • DDayLewis

          But actually, lots of commentors were saying that during the off season. It was crazy.

          • Roarque

            And Ross! Just think about it. When he was in Grade 5, Joe Johnson was a rookie in the NBA. And When Paul was a rookie with the Celtics, TRoss was repeating Grade 2!

        • asifyouknow

          You joking?

      • asifyouknow

        Actually that was not the only thing he did, he reminded me of Thomas from the kings who at the end a close game has no clue what to-do…

    • TheSpiceTyrant

      The game I watched had a Lowry playing a friggin awesome 47 min. And then he FOULS when we’re only down 1 one possession and more than 24 on the clock? His decisions in the final minute of play were not good.

      • TheGG

        There was a second and a half differential; If he doesn’t foul Brooklyn takes a three with 1 second left in the shot clock, sends two to crash the offensive board to force the entire Toronto team back into a rebound position and waste time fighting for the board, while droppting three back. Toronto would then have 0.5 to 1.5 seconds (if they win the contested rebound) to get the ball upcourt against a set defense. Seems like a better plan.

      • asifyouknow

        That is what makes sports great.. you seen it differently

      • Guest

        I can tell you’re bandwagon, cause you must not have been watching the start of the year. We went through that situation with plus 3 second differential. Casey done learned to foul.

        • TheSpiceTyrant

          Bandwagon? “I can tell…” ? Don’t make me say

          Clearly you don’t coach basketball because you’d know all the things you could do with that time on the clock.

          I questioned his 3 point shot and the need for fouling so quickly. Let it be said that without KL we’d suck intensely.

    • Rapchat

      Whaddup!

      So youre saying Lowry deserved the extra millions last night because they won, but tonight not so much? Same with Demar. Hero last night, lots of hate tonight in general. I’d say both those guys have won more of these types of games for us than they’ve lost this year. A lot more.

      What if KL gets a near trip dub vs Detroit or Memphis and the W, does he get extra mills that night? Yesterday KL out rebounded Love and Pekovic (and everyone else), are you saying those guys are getting over paid? Plus they lost.

      I agree with all your other comments hahahahaha cartoon totttally, very hesitant to take it ughhhh (except Ross, he was jackin but they didnt get him the ball in the end other than in desperation!!!)

      On a more general note, why are do so many people say “if so and so didnt play tonight it woulda been a blow out”??? Shut up? Really…That could be said for the leading scorer or dominant player of every single game. Same coulda been said about KL last night but I didnt hear anything about it earlier today.

      I think tonight was a night where the team (specifically Demar being sub par) couldnt bail out some of Casey’s bad coaching. If 2 pat were there, much different game in just that alone (I know they missed KG and AK but 2 Pat is better than both). We could have and should have won this game. Early 12 point lead that Casey threw a wrench in for some reason. Brooklyn didnt swing the momentum, we handed it to them. Might have been trying some different (although ineffective) combos perhaps as a test before the playoffs with 2 Pat down? Some weird looks out there tonight right before BKN got back into it.

      Frustrating but still an exciting game! I know you jumped when TROSS threw down that dunk, yeahhhhhhhh

      • asifyouknow

        Great comments…Yea, but I’m talking about one game and I know it was a little over the top but we can agree they looked lost in the end. They appeared to be winging it. That is the perception I got, I may be wrong.
        Next game maybe he will make the last second shot for the win and I may take it all back, but for now I’ll stick to my comment..lol

  • peter_7.701

    This loss was on Casey

    • Real nigg a form the streets

      and Demar

      • FREEJV

        and the whole bench except hansbrough.

      • What the

        DUDE!! trust me teams are going to try a hold the allstar KOmar down and make other player try to beat them this is where TRoss comes in…

  • johng_3

    What game were you watching that JV actually played decent? He played like crap and looked to really hesitant

    • Ghotte

      If JV played more minutes this game would have been over earlier. He’s learning but dude has to suck it up. Deserved to get yanked after he stepped out of bounds.

      • Steverino

        That was Amir, wasn’t it?

      • Guest

        No. You don’t deserved to get yanked for having your spacing off by two inches. He was short corner, exactally where he should have been (well, a few inches too deep), and most coaches pull you for effort/mental lapses… not for having your heel in the wrong spot.

  • Paul

    “This man’s will to win is the renewable energy source that will save our planet.”
    This is why I keep coming back to this site. Fu&&in love this!

  • d_1212

    the nets won because of their 3-pts shooting, 55% for the game from beyond the arc, and d-will and Pierce, 64% combined…

    • Rapchat

      Or the Nets won because Demar had a sub par game. If DD was anywhere close to average we win.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        2pat’s absence was crucial as well. I realize the Nets weren’t at full health either, but they’re arguably better suited to absorb those losses given their depth and experience.

  • moe

    really clever commment for psycho T

  • Junior Qamar

    Casey should of played fields in a game like this instead of novak

  • Eunys

    Derozan is just not ready…Lebron score less than 10 points yesterday in the Chicago loss but he played hard defense and really participated; dude was everywhere…derozan hides as usuall when he can not make shoot..can t even rebound.. You can t loose this type of game.. Casey was not smart to take Ross out..even with some early fouls..the guy was too hot.. My dad is right Casey coaches like a cheerleader …going to call him CASSY now

  • santayana

    I only watched the second half, but there’s no way Salmons deserves an F. The Raptors win most of the time with defence, and Salmons is huge on that side. I have more confidence with him than Ross, he plays more under control and is better able to stay in front of opposing players. His offensive game is hard to watch, but defences still can’t ignore him. A very underrated contributor, in my opinion.

  • Public_Enemy101

    Best to avoid a matchup with the nets come playoff time. Garnett and Pierce are seasoned vets, Williams and Livingston are lights-out shooters. Come playoff time, they’ll grind down the youngsters like Val and Ross which will give more work for an already overburdened Derozan and Lowry. Instead, I hope we face either Washington or Charlotte as they’re relatively young and inexperience as we are. What do you folks think?

    • FREEJV

      i dont see charlotte moving up higher than 7 .

      • Public_Enemy101

        Yeah it’s a bit of a stretch, eh?

        • FREEJV

          i think we can beat the wizards and nets but idk about bulls.

    • santayana

      I doubt it will be Charlotte, they’re too far back. Whoever we play (Chi/Was/Bkn), its going to be tough. But we’ve proven we can play with (and beat) these teams.

    • Gary Gill

      This team is done if they face the bulls or the nets in the playoffs. Better chance with the nets but I don’t see it happening.

      • FREEJV

        are you the new scout at RR?

        • Gary Gill

          Wtf?

  • bobmasa

    This loss is from the coach (Casey) he favors some of his players and dosnt know how to rotate players, why he doesn’t give minites to other players on bench???? We are tired to see Salmons screw us every game.

  • jamesk

    This meant Blatche was guarding Lowry at the three-point line…..This is a great matchup….don’t talk about coaches, especially with rings on their fingers, when all you’ve got on yours is lotion.

    • DDayLewis

      Not if the goal is to get a three.

  • Rapsfan

    I never comment here, but always check raptors republic, and I have to say I was disgusted with the way Casey just left Ross on the bench for more than HALF of the 2nd quarter after he was the only player scoring and icing and dicing at will. Yeah, he cooled down the rest of the way and even potentially cost us the game. But bringing in John Salmons for 6 minutes in the 2nd when u know Ross has been heating up, Really?

  • Guest

    I am normally a huge Amir fan. But tonight I thought his defence was absolutely terrible. I don’t care what the blocks [fox] says, every one who was covered by Amir scored.

    • Guest

      aggressive

      • Guest

        disregard this statement.

  • AnthonyF

    All Ross’ fault….. Actually what we saw was how much we have come to count on him. He basically led the Raptors the first quarter and then his shot went. It has become almost unrealistic to expect every 3 he put up to swish….. And yesterday is a case in point. Let’s hope this was just an anomaly because he as much as the others is a crucial part of this teams success.

    Oh and Demar had a bad game too….. Happens.

    What is bothersome and again I bring it up is the team again lost another game where they had the ball and a chance to go ahead with under 30 seconds to go and lost. 2-11 now in those games (wins in OT vs. Dallas and Brooklyn, losses Charlotte X 3, Brooklyn X 2, Chicago, Miami, Houston OT, Portland x 2 OT, Washington), which does not bode well come the playoffs.

  • katmore9

    I’m now officially of the belief that Hansborough could post SOME very good numbers if he got consistent minutes. Would like to see him get more tPT with 2Pat out.

  • sitnonDfence

    Really thought we could have given Fields a look last night. Have him guard PP34 and make PP chase him on weak side cuts. Couldn’t have been any worse than what Salmons gave us.
    I don’t know if the nets defense would hold up in a seven game series. But that was some good grind it out basketball nonetheless.

  • RaptorFan

    Who’s this FREEJV guy?? Is this guy trolling or what? WOW

    • ItsAboutFun

      every day

    • FREEJV

      why are you on my dick doe……

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    salmons on the end of back to back is always horrible , casey should of gave fields and ross more mins. Getting out coached by a rookie head coach is comical for DC

  • I hate pierce

    Does anyone else really hate pierce for no damn reason?

    • asifyouknow

      He is old and crafty? ha

  • K.J.P

    I would give Kyle a lower grade just because of that last play….

  • why

    An F rating for Salmons is ridiculous – yes he may have made a critical mistake however he played good D (as usual) and made a number of nice plays to set up other players for scores through the course of the game and he scored 4 points on three shots which is a pretty good ratio.

  • Transcendant Man

    Refs were loving the nets last night. I dare you to rewatch Tross’ dunk in HD slow mo and tell him Paul Pierce didn’t foul him. No more then 10 feet in front of the ref. Also Johnson did not step out on that one play. All in all I count 4 no calls for the raps and 3 missed calls by the refs. They need to fire all refs and bring in a high tech system that doesn’t fuck teams over. I hate this bullshit of oh hes an allstar so thats a foul against him but not against a rookie. A foul is a damn foul regardless of who it is.

  • Philoveritas

    That loss hurt so much I had to take a whole day off from thinking about ball. It was a must win for Brooklyn and they squeaked it out on some poor decison making by Toronto late. That Lowry 3 just epitomizes my love-hate relationship with the guy, I know he believes he can make that but that is not what being a leader is. I was more pissed at Ross getting a 5 second call than getting stripped on the drive, in both cases though the lack of a time-out call was hard to take. These teams play some pretty tight games, maybe I have changed my mind about wanting them in the first round.