Memphis Grizzlies 86 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +12A great defensive set vs Gasol late in first quarter led to a rebound, a push up court and a decisive dunk by Valanciunas under the bucket. Whenever he was on the court the Raptors’ defense was simply better. As soon as he returned to the game in second quarter Raptors closed the 8-point gap and finished with a 3-point lead.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +1Picked up two quick fouls in first quarter with only a turnover on the board to account for his time on the floor. Well rested, he was improved in the second half on both ends. Held my breath when he twisted his ankle in the third since we can’t afford to have him join Patterson on the injury list.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 36 MIN | 11-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | +16Absolutely his best game this season! Scored 10 of Raptors 19 first quarter points. Utilized an offensive variety capped by a 17 foot shot he drained with ease and a put back dunk to tie the game in the first half. This offensive output continued through the second half. Playing this well against a solid lock down defensive team and imposing front court of Randolph and Gasol indicates signs the young stud is maturing.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 6-14 FG | 6-7 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | +18It was a battle of two very good point guards, but Lowry won the battle handily while filling up the box score. The Raptors MVP excels in grind out high octane games such as tonight and he didn’t disappoint.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 43 MIN | 4-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +14With Prince guarding him it’s obvious the book on DeRozan has spread around the league to use tall guards or forwards on him. He struggled forcing up shots and rushing his game. Although he was better in the second half he needs to figure out a way to conquer tall opposition.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5Against a team who seem tailored made for his game he didn’t block out under the basket on several occasions which led to easy put backs by Grizzlies. That equated to Casey yanking him and Hayes getting the minutes he likely would have received.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3Most important contribution came while he wasn’t on the floor. During a time-out he pulled DeRozan aside to tell him to calm down and take the ball with aggression to the basket. The very next play DeRozan drove the key and got his first free throws of the evening. Veteran leadership at it’s best. He earns a B just for that speech.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8We’ve come to expect Salmons to perform better on a days rest, however tonight it seemed like he was playing on a back to back as he provided little to no contribution

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +1He played and spread the floor, that’s about it.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +19Also his best game as a Raptor. Showcased a couple of highlight assists as well as some key scoring, showing glimpses of what Ujiri was expecting from him when he was touted as the key player in the Kings trade. Kept the Raptors close in the second quarter with 10 points. If we ever get this consistently out of him, watch out.

Dwane Casey
We’ve nailed him for not keeping players on the floor when they start the game with strong offensive performances (Ross in Brooklyn) so the fact he played Valanciunas additional minutes following a great start deserves credit. He was on the zebra’s all game and did a decent job on match-ups.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The fact the Raptors out grinded the Grind House speaks to how far they’ve come as a team.
  2. Several players had their best games of the season (Valanciunas/Vasquez) which bodes well if they can sustain these efforts with 18 games remaining.
  3. Raptors magic number to clinch playoff berth is now 5 and magic number to clinch Atlantic Division is 16.
  4. At 6:10 of the fourth the game was tied at 80: Lowry drew a critical foul leading to a Vasquez 3. The very next play Vasquez stole the ball and scored again. Raptors never looked back.
  5. Raptors are now 10 games over .500 and 5-1 in March

  • Andre Julian Ward

    Why did Vasquez get an “INC?”

    • noname

      thats what i’m trying to figure out…it’s probably a mistake and he should’ve gotten an A.

    • Brian Gerstein

      It was a mistake obviously, will be corrected.

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      He was an A. (had technical issues and missed re-inputting on my rush to get it up)

      • asifyouknow

        Honestly dear lady I don’t pay much attention to those grades but I did like your articles…lol

        • noname

          the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round! Thew wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town!!!!

        • noname

          LOOOL im just pulling your leg man.

    • FREEJV

      he got inc cuz A+ wasnt enough for him.

  • CJT

    Val earned extra minutes tonight and Casey put him out there. It’s as easy as that.

    • asifyouknow

      NO had nothing to do with earning anything, Casey he had no choice but to play him, if Casey would get his head out of rear and would understand what he has sitting on the bench he may benefit from him night after night, Casey does not give him the time to get into the flow. Casey is too set in his ways, this guy should be plying more …read my take and will explain it further..
      This is a normal game for Vaz as a starter..

      • noname

        he’s talking about JV mate.

        • CJT

          Nope I was talking about VALsquez?

          • asifyouknow

            lol

        • asifyouknow

          I know now but I still stand by my comments….. :0)

      • Ghotte

        For all of the great scoring JV was doing he was also turning the ball over and making mistakes. This and learning are acceptable for your run of the middle regular season game. Come playoffs it will be a huge liability unless he can tighten up his play.

        This whole “Casey is limiting” JV and Vaz argument is a load of crap. The players need to perform and give the coach a reason to trust they’ll perform consistently when they are put on the floor.

        Vaz is rounding into form. JV and Ross seem to be getting it. Great thing for the team.

  • dp

    probably to see if he can sustain it

  • FREEJV

    3 things guaranteed in life: 1. you are born
    2. you die
    3. Derozan gets at least one airball a game

    • john

      I hate myself for getting a chuckle out of that.

    • asifyouknow

      lol,,How about taxes……is there taxes in Canada?

      • FREEJV

        not every place has taxes.

      • Jerry Garcia

        No..we are completely tax free …we live in igloos and party 24/7…..anything else ?

    • noname

      well whenever you see demar airball and want to cringe…just watch the first 20 seconds of this video and you will think demar is ray allen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhWbo1obAF8

      • FREEJV

        i didnt even click the video after you said ray allen…

        • noname

          ugh its not one of dem epileptic videos that make you high and think demar is ray allen (too much exaggeration with that comparison). jus watch the first 20 secs and you’ll see.

      • Josh

        Funny enough, Chuck Hayes was #1 lol.

        • noname

          that hitch makes me wanna jump in a ditch…even if it does trick players into lane violations.

  • FREEJV

    i hate how salmons is playing on offense. he only has 2 moves. Dribble to the elbow amd shoot or catch and shoot a 3 (which he missrd most of the time). might be time for mr fields .

    • asifyouknow

      You notice that most of the time with a few days rest Salmons does well….Fields should play a little on those off nights. Going into the playoffs the more people you can play the better off you are.
      They need to get that Colo guy ready because the way Lowry and DeMar play is high risk for injury…..

      • Jerry Garcia

        exactly…you got to think that getting Landry some burn is going to helpful… …i think way helpful

    • bobmasa

      The problem is Casey he just love Salmon the fact is Fields and de Colo are the best player but Casey dosnt give them minites at all the same problem with DJ Agustin he didn’t get no minites in Toronto and look what is he doing in Chicago. It is important Masai Ujiri has to get another coach end of the season otherwise Raptors won’t go no where.

  • vgosu

    The grammar in this article is a bit messy…

    • FREEJV

      oh no the grammar police is here.

      • Steverino

        Not grammar police but this site’s writers generally take pride in their work. They want to be the best writers they can be. Nobody’s complaining about the comments section.

  • john

    Great game! Also, Salmons looks like he could Forrest Whitaker’s son. How did I not notice this before??

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      That’s funny I think he looks like Wesley Snipes

  • why

    alot of people on this board shit on Vasquez however how time and time again he has injected energy into The Raps when they have been flat
    the only thing I didn’t lime was the Novak, hayes, salmons, vasquez lineup to end the third start the forth. A lineup that has little chance of suceeding

    • A. Finol

      Agree with you 100%

    • asifyouknow

      Not a lot of folks just the ones that have no clue about this guys history..no crime in that , those are probably 12 year old kids….Vaz is a starting PG and for those of you who don’t believe it wait till next year….Hope he does not play for Casey after this year…

      • CJT

        He had a good game tonight and I appreciate his effort every night, but he is not in the same conversation with Lowry as a point guard. I hope that he learns to appreciate his role and thrive in it.

        • A. Finol

          KLow is been great this season no doubt about it, but GV when is at 100% can be a starter too. I believe all depends what they want to accomplish right now they want to win badly so they will do whatever it takes to get that. I’m happy for that and that shows a lot of professionalism in both players.

          • CJT

            don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of GV and was happy when we got him, but there aren’t many teams in the league whose starting pg isn’t as good or better than him. He is a great back up pg and plays well with KL on the floor at the same time. If I am GV, I look at where I am and what I can accomplish here and do whatever I can to be the best guard possible.

            • A. Finol

              He will do a great job I’m sure about it, he will continue growing and then we will see, right now I’m having a blast watching them playing together and winning games like today’s game.

            • asifyouknow

              Yes coach Feldman! lol

        • asifyouknow

          Yes coach Feldman…lol

  • Icarus Descending

    Great game by big V, a joy to watch him matching up so well against top tier bigs.

  • Tamberlyn Richardson

    Hansbrough was supposed to be a D- (oops)

    • noname

      i was going to say…i mean you do like hard workers and all but a B for hansbrough??? I can’t imagine the proverbial “grade” us RR readers would’ve given you for that one if it was for real.

    • Steverino

      I was wondering about the minus. Isn’t a D bad enough?

      • Tamberlyn Richardson

        I guess it’s all relative. I don’t grade them until game end, so I have to quickly look through my notes, the box score etc and in his case I didn’t think he deserved an F, but definitely less than a C. As for the minus I guess I just associated his play as a negative tonight since I was expecting him to actually perform more like the Tyler we’ve become accustomed to.

        I’m okay with his offense: it’s a bonus whatever he gets (though I do love how he draws fouls to get to the line) however his defense was abysmal tonight. Does that make sense?

        • caccia

          I went back to see where Tyler failed to box out and saw not a single play. Once he had Randolph boxed out and the guy out-jumped him and grabbed the rebound from behind, then scored. Otherwise, the centres and power forwards scored only one point and had no offensive rebounds while Hansbrough was on the court: a whopping five minutes. Also, this is the second time that Valanciunas and Hansbrough have shared the court this week, and it’s clear they need more work together.

  • A. Finol

    The General deserve an A minimum

  • FREEJV

    JV has finally been freed.

    • noname

      understatement of the century anyone?

  • Antoine Rose

    Glory Glory Raptors won again .. We need to be louder in the ACC, I’m tired of watching other teams play and their crowd is all standing and chanting “DEFENCE”, from the get go. We need more support on the TV as well. They say the Raps games ratings suck but I guarantee you most of the people supporting the raptors don’t have the financial capabilities to get those extra channels. Its nuts! How do they have race car or even poker rather then the effin raps game. I just have to shake my head at the broadcasters. The ratings will never get better as long as they put it on those extra pay channels, and believe me, they know it. So I say fuck’em, I love the victory boys and keep on supporting these Raptors, they deserve it,

    • Balls deep

      I say we show the nba how loud and supportive toronto can get in the playoffs. Them the ratings will go up.

    • Colonel_Hapablapp

      If ESPN were smart (they’re not BTW), they’d put the Phoenix game on ABC. That’s would be in their best interest.

      But more importantly fuck the sports broadcasters in this country. All they wanna cover is hockey for hours and hours on end. It’s why I’ll stick with League Pass and streaming Raptor games rather than pay for cable and give those monkeys my money so that they can cover more hockey.

      Rant aside, great win for the Raps. Let’s get Phoenix on Sunday and get ready for OKC next week.

      • Derek G

        It’s fuckin brutal. Too many idiots in this country man that can only comprehend one sport. I’m a big hockey fan. I’m also a big Basketball fan. I’m also a big footie/soccer fan. Etc etc. It’s not hard to enjoy every sport for what it is. These fuckin hillbillies if it doesn’t involve people punching each other in the face they just don’t get it.

        Can’t fix stupid.

        • Matteemo

          The strange thing is, I hear this argument a lot, that Raps/NBA get no TV coverage in Canada. I live in New Brunswick, and lived in Nova Scotia last year (and many years prior) and I have been able to watch every single Raptors game without any special channels (Just Sportsnet East, Sportsnet 1, TSN and TSN2 – all part of a regular cable package). Every single game! and I love it. Alternatively, aside from being a diehard Raps fan, I am also a diehard leafs fan and the only Leafs games I get are Saturday night on CBC and 5 or 6 games a year on TSN. Every other game is blacked out, even though I have the channel (Sportsnet) that is airing it. If you live outside the GTA it is impossible to watch most NHL games without Center Ice or illegal (low quality) streams. Basketball is on every night. Just wanted to share this, not hating because I love watching ball, just wish I could watch hockey too.

          • jjdynomite

            In the GTA, with both telecomm behemoths, you *have* to pay extra for Sportsnet1 and TSN2. I pay an extra $10/month for the “privilege” of getting those 2 extra channels in HD — plus a lot of other crap I don’t need (except for Comedy Network). That is the reality for most Raps fans.

            It is also ridiculous that NBA fans have to pay an extra $10/month for NBATV (which is awesome). And along with it a lot of other unrelated crap like the sportsfishing channel that I don’t need. Since the telecoms don’t offer single-channel selections.

            Given the above, it is ridiculous when, during non-hockey coverage nights, TSN or Sportsnet offloads the live Raps games to their premium channels.

            And sure, I could stream online all the games, but I often PVR to watch later w/o commercials after the family is asleep and can’t really do that streaming online.

            So yes, Matteemo, there are no blackouts like in out-of-region hockey, but you have to pay extra to get a full suite of live games (on TSN2 and Sportsnet1), and even more for NBA TV (which has the Raps pre- and post-game shows) which is pricey if you’re a student or not a full-time employee.

  • asifyouknow

    Another GUT CHECK game that was passed with flying colors, one of the best all around fourth quarter I’ve seen them play.
    The way this game was going Mr. Casey was forced to let Vaz play his game and leave him in for 30 min. And guess what? He did a starting PG job. That is I’ll say about that.

    Vaz post game interview will tell you why is hard to come in and play 15 min split between the whole game, you know, that Casey 6 min first half that makes no freaking sense kills this guy.

    I hope Casey wakes the hell up, he is wasting a valuable guy in the bench that can rest up some guys. The guy needs 30 min to get into a flow.

    Don’t look now but you got two starting PG. I’ve been telling you folks that .lol
    Lowry and Vaz:

    22 & 17 points

    12 & 6 assists

    6 & 5 rebounds

    Hint hint Casey ! Lol ….But he won’t get this, Casey is like my abuelo. is hard for him to try new things…lol..You want to know what abuelo is? Look it up….

    V was working so hard, you just can’t help loving this guy, I was jumping off my recliner every time he hit a shot.

    DeMar and Ross..just a bad game, no big deal. That is what a team is all about when someone is off somebody else takes over. Good teams play just like Toronto did tonight.
    I got a feeling we will be surprised.

    • john

      Yes, when you take his best game and assume it’s the norm a very strong argument can be made for him to get more minutes.

      • asifyouknow

        John I don’t assume is normal ..I know is normal, there is a difference…Look I don’t mind all the hate etc is sports and we are fans but at least look into the guys history before one says the guy is garbage. Is all I’m saying.
        I know the people who talk like that have no clue and are just fantasy gamers and not real NBA fans, There are no garbage players in the NBA , they all get pay, some of them are better than others and their pay tells that story, but there are no garbage man in the NBA. Just a rant of mine…lol

    • A. Finol

      Asifyouknow do we have a coach?… This guy Casey is not the coach this team needs. Your comments about General Greivis denote how well you know him, today he showed me and everybody that he deserves more minutes and that he can deliver a great game. As a GV fan I appreciate your comments. It is very easy to shit on a player instead of looking how he struggles to get better and contribute to the team.

      • asifyouknow

        What many folks here don’t understand this is normal for this guy…he was recovering from foot surgery and came into camp with ZERO conditioning, he said when he got to Sacramento that his game would come back in the second half of the season.
        Casey may be forced to play the guy more, he will not doing willingly, believe me…

        • CJT

          Didn’t he average 9 points as a starter? 23 points is not his norm if he averaged 9 points. I like him and I’m not trying to slag him, but come on.

          • asifyouknow

            He averaged 15 and 9 assists and 4 rebounds as a starter so please go talk about something you know about ..go work on your fantasy team…let us NBA fans talk about reality..thanks,,,lol

            • CJT

              That is still an 8 point difference, so this was still not his norm.

              • asifyouknow

                Hey see if you can get Tim Duncan in your fantasy team he is going to start shooting a little more to get ready for playoffs ,,,Hint from a Spurs fan..me..

                • CJT

                  It’s just math. You should try it.

            • Abused Raptors Fan

              He did put up good stats as a starter, but you have to admit his net rating was brutal. If he had better defensive instincts, he’d be a great starter, but to really compete you need D from your pg given the league-wide depth at the position. Personally, I think he’d do the most damage as the first guard off the bench on a contending team, especially considering the insurance he’d provide for your starter. And believe me, that’s a big complement.

            • Guest

              You never reply to the defense related comments everyone mentions. So… you’re thoughts on being a sub par defender at an important position to defend that is currently littered with talent in the NBA? Because that seems to be most peoples argument for him not being a legit starting PG. Kendall Marhsall also averages like 9apg.

      • asifyouknow

        By the way I do mean FORCED to play the guy with Ross having so much trouble…Unfortunately Casey will handcuff him again…

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      I knew you would be thrilled with Vasquez game, in fact I even thought of you while rushing to write the quick reaction post game.

      • asifyouknow

        That was the game I’m used to seeing in New Orleans night after night….This is not luck is just he got a chance to get into the flow of the game ..Be nice for him to play here next year but only if Casey is out…lol

    • FREEJV

      what was his line against brooklyn again? i seem to have forgot. Maybe cuz he was invisible hmmm

    • cole55

      Alright man youre driving me nuts. I dont know if your Vasquez’ agent or whatever, but enough is enough. We get it, you’re in love with vasquez. Thats cool, but stop with all the fuckin nonsense man. And dont respond that Im a fantasy bball fan or I dont look at stats or whatever, save yourself the time. Vasquez is a really good backup pg. He is slow which limits his defensive abilities. He cant start on a winning team because he cant really defend his position. And offensively, he is pretty solid. That running floater still makes me cringe but its fine. He can improve by working on his spot up 3 and his midrange game. But the guys a good backup. He will never ever be the starting pg of a good playoff team. Ever.

      • onemanweave

        Hey, We had a guy on here obsessing about Gray. Vasquez isn’t so bad.

      • asifyouknow

        I’ve been writing and blogging for a long time i love to interact with people and give them explanations on what i do, but i have one rule that has served me well all this years and that is that as soon as I hear cursing …I’m out…. so sorry!

  • Rapchat

    What happened to Ross??

    • FREEJV

      he rolled his ankle . casey probably didnt wanna risk it so he stuck with the hot hand. we ll need him sunday against the run and gun suns

  • Haim not Feldman

    Congrats Raps on a good win. Shout-out to JV who went beastmode. The team may have turned a corner by winning games that on paper look like losses. Then again, qualities like heart and determination aren’t included in reports.

  • Philoveritas

    That win was sweet, it was surprised that the Raptors were the ones causing matchup problems. Randolph pushed Jonas around but then the kid pushed back and he dominated. That buzzer beating dunk with literally one-tenth of a second left was just gravy. Gasol was mostly invisible(a couple a ugly swats though), Conley was M.I.A. A’s all-round from me today, even Landry and Nando heatin up dat bench with the DNPCD’s.

    • Ghotte

      Gotta give credit where credit is due: Casey putting JV on Randolph and Amir on Gasol ended up working although it started out kinda shakey. They stuck to it on the defensive end and were rewarded once the offence caught up.

  • FREEJV
    • Abused Raptors Fan

      This is nothing new for Kupchak. Apparently he used to watch a lot of Wiggins’ high school games, but after the PTA complained security wouldn’t let him into the games anymore hahahaha

  • d_1212

    very good win, getting to 50 wins seems quite possible with the remaining of the schedule

    • FREEJV

      gonna be tough to go 13-5 with games against indiana, okc, miami, houston, phoenix, and ill even say the knicks cuz we ll be playing them twice the last week of the season and you know they re gonna go all out to get the 8th seed.

      • d_1212

        I think Miami, okc and houston are loses, but the rest are all up for grabs, Indiana is struggling

      • noname

        and since when do the raptors not go all out in a game? especially with Lowry in town

        • FREEJV

          we might be resting guys

          • Tamberlyn Richardson

            Its likely Casey will reduce minutes but I doubt anyone other than Amir or Kyle get a full night off.

            My rationale is although Casey wasn’t with Dallas in 2006-7 it’s well documented how the first place Mavericks lost to Golden State with many pointing fingers at too many Mav’s being rested multiple games in the final weeks. It likely had more to do with match-ups: Dallas was 0-3 to GSW during season. It did however create a valid argument for keeping a hot team running on all cylinders which is easier to achieve by maintaining regular flow and just cutting back on minutes per game.

            Since our final 6 games feature basement teams and many Atlantic Division rivals I think we’ll need those to keep growing the confidence of JV & Ross while also securing the tie-break column of divisional wins. Note: Raps are currently 8-3 while Brooklyn are 7-5 so if Nets were to win their final 4 divisional games (2 vs. NYK) and also tie the Raptors in Wins then Raps would clinch by virtue of winning 4 of their final 5 divisional games. Likely a moot point since I believe Raptors will clinch it outright given how many back to back’s Brooklyn would need to sweep to tie the Raps.

            I maintain my prediction in (Feb 4 article) Raptors will win Atlantic and set a franchise record of 48 wins.

            • d_1212

              I think Dallas were coming off a lost in the Finals the previous year to Miami, so they were probably resting the older/starters players for another run, and underestimated the Warriors. With a young team like the raptors I think we need to head in the playoffs with confidence and on a roll. Players can rest when the season is over. Also I would think Casey will try to get as many wins as possible since it’s his final year on his contract.

  • Tamberlyn Richardson

    Hit refresh as the grades I missed copying it over are now in place.

    • noname

      wow…so when i said vasquez should get an A i actually nailed it? i’m sorry i’m having my first Nostradamus moment. I’m not used to actually getting predictions right.

      • Tamberlyn Richardson

        Yep. I teetered on a bit higher score however he did have 2 turnovers, and since Lowry had 12 assists to his six I felt the A was appropriate. :-)

        • Steverino

          Okay, now go back in and fix this: “…for not keeping players on the floor when their hot”

          • Tamberlyn Richardson

            Who said I was talking about their shooting? LOL just kidding

        • onemanweave

          How could you not give him an A+++++ ? He handles the ball like Cousy; controls the game like Oscar and has more moves and range than Pistol Pete.

  • j bean

    Wow! Steve Kerr is right, they’ve found some magic up here. Getting there is half the fun and this is a young team that is taking us on quite the ride.

  • plaid coast

    matt devlin is driving me crazy. every time he started to say that this was ‘like a playoff game’ i had to mute him. the whole three point ‘from wherever else in ontario i can think of’ schtick is getting so old. his melodramatic style just rings fake to me and i just wish he would chill out once in a while, tell a story, i dunno. anything but the constant drumroll thing he does. end of rant.

    • Plus

      He’s not so bad. Jack on the other hand is so pessimistic. Always shittin on the Raps in the first half. Doesnt he know they own the second half? I get his role blah blah blah but he needs to chill and say more positive things. Just hard to listen sometimes.

    • jjdynomite

      You mean you don’t love “SuperNovak”? And “Ross is Boss?” And “Here. We. Go.” in a close game — like he’s Mike Goldberg calling the start of a UFC main event?

      Agreed with you, plaid coast, Devlin is lame. His catchphrases aren’t endearing or funny like Swirsky (“onions”, “salami and cheese”, etc.).

      But “Matty D” could be a lot worse. The homers like Heinsohn suck so bad, even if I was a Celtic fan I wouldn’t want to listen to someone arguing that the home team is always right and the refs screwed up the call against them. Just brutal.

      Honestly, hockey announcers are usually far better. Maybe because the action is so end-to-end (with no stoppages for fouls) that they don’t have time for shtick.

  • ZQ

    I don’t know Tim. W that well, but every time I wrote anything about a winning culture or trying to win this season he shot me down. I’m a raptors fan above all and really only seek their success. However his name is one of a few that come to mind every time we win, accompanied by the classic “in your face” thoughts. Go raps go. Bye Tim Bye. Told ya so buddy. Ahh how sweet it is (Devlin voice)

  • Guest

    Was at the game tonight…
    Obviously a great result that I don’t think anyone in the pre-game thread predicted. It looked close until the fourth. We are now the team that can now step on the throat of other, very capable teams down the stretch.
    Dominant offensive performance from Jonas. Some season ticket holder won 2K because he was leading scoring at the half.
    For all the praise Vasquez is getting here, it is obvious that Lowry is the engine that makes this thing work. With him, there is ball movement, player movement and competent-and-well-led D.
    DeRozan was not killing it. I can handle that on offense, but he was giving it up on D too. That was uninspiring. It was nice to see him drain some shots down the stretch.
    The neatest part of Ross’ game was unfortunately watching him drain 3s in the warm-ups.

    • asifyouknow

      I know of no one here who does not know that….Thanks for sharing that…and giving ZERO credit to others …but you always have to be you…lol Man I’m on fire today…LMAO

      • Guest

        Read the post again.

        • asifyouknow

          I did…. got same result..just your opinion ..is all good…

  • asifyouknow

    JV number one fan is al asifyouknow…lol… I feel bad for the guy because if my fanhood for him goes as bad as mine for Vaz ……Poor guy is going to get pounded by this board!!! lol
    I don’t know what got JV mad but man the guy was just fighting through everything.. Great job for my boy JV..KEEP IT UP!

  • De Colo

    It’s time to lay off Dwane Casey, is he perfect? No. But he has got this team to play good solid defense for the 1st time since like 2001. You can hate on him for doing some bone head things, which he has, but he is not bad enough to be talked about how bad he is after every win. Cause trust me, if he was so terrible at doing everything like some people say, this team wouldn’t be 10 games over .500 no matter how bad the east is. It’s time to give credit where credit is due and Casey deserves it. The same can be said about Vasquez, he is a damn good player with a lot of skill, the only reason he is a back up instead of a starter in this league is his lack of defense in some instances(he’s too slow to keep up defensively with a lot of the starting guards in the NBA). Lastly, I have talked bad about JV for the last month, or at least up until last week when he was struggling but he has so much promise, and tonight he showed it. and like i said before, he is the key to the success of the team this year. He decides how far this team will end up going in the playoffs, because if he dominates, then the sky is the limit for this team. Oh, and 7 and a half games behind the Heat!

    Go Raps!!

    • robertparish00

      I am the first to rip on Casey, but man he has them playing like a team. Somehow the chemistry works. I have no idea how it works, but keep pounding the rock!

    • Guest

      I agree on the Casey critiques. It’s not an accident that we are so dominant in the 4th or play such great D.

    • Steverino

      So what does this tell you, De Colo? You were ripping on JP while he was struggling… to what end? Players have ups and downs. You can’t rag on someone who’s struggling if you see their potential. Trust me, he’s going to have other dud games, just as every player does.

      • De Colo

        Just because he has potential, doesn’t mean he was going to use it, tons of players have potential but never reach it, he has to be more consistent or his potential wont matter.

    • John_Doe

      Kevin O’Neill had the Raps playing some defence……

      • De Colo

        Top 5 seeds in the East that year scored 92 ppg or less, everyone played good defense that year, or everyone just sucked on offense

  • KDurant

    NIGGA WE MADE IT

  • asifyouknow

    Why don’t I see any Love for JV?

  • tonious35

    For Greivis, this game was friendly middle finger to the team that traded him for Bayless.

    • noname

      LOLOLOL i just thought of that.

  • Aaron

    Such a good win. Val played great, Grevis played great,Lowry played amazing. Every game is a must win if we wanna keep our division lead. The playoffs are almost a given now assuming we dont slide to 7 or 8 which would be a nightmare. But i dont see that happening. Who else thinks that Casey should stay next year as long as they bring in a offensive mastermind assistant coach?

    • jjdynomite

      How about Triano? He’s doing pretty well managing the O of the Blazers.

      /Only half-joking.

  • Raptor stand

    Real nice to see everybody breaking their ankles climbing on the band wagon . I hate to say I told you so but I knew right from the start we had this team. JV 5 minutes ago
    having to defend him to every hater here. GV anyone with a brain knew he was hurt . Tanking lololol In the infamous words of that snow leopard , 5 minutes ago
    Sheen ……. WINNING !!!!

  • gizzly73

    Raps a lot of fun to watch again. I like the way they move the ball. Wait til PPatt gets back. What happened to Ed Davis? A falling out with the coach and GM? Not allowed to play against his old mates? hmmmmm. Way too good a player to not get minutes – a mid first rounder no less.

  • TDot Mix Productions

    Great statement win against a good tough team. Raps are for real! And good job JV http://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=AsPqWBvrRFY

  • TDot Mix Productions

    I love this team and defn loving playoffs …but what happens next year?..just wondering..if Kyle resigns and we draft a role player … (Resign Casey?) and how bad/good will east be? Can we be 3-6 next season?

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    Cant wait to face Brooklyn or Chicago in the playoffs

    • ItsAboutFun

      Likely won’t face either cuz they’ll end up 4/5 seeds

      • katmore9

        don’t forget about the wizards. they’re in that mix too.

  • Eunys

    So happy I moved to Canada….the raptors winning offsets the Cold and the snow…31-15 since the rudy gay trade which means they would have probably been around 40 if the trade was made before the season started ….lol and they could have easily won 7 really close games they lost this year…Conclusion: the raptors are not just a decent team; they are GOOD . For those who think that the raptors looks good just because the EASTern conference is weak…please ask Kevin Love, Zach Randolph and probably Goran Dragic on Sunday (after 4 Pm)

  • Will

    Was at the game today. Great win against a good opponent, even with DeRozan struggling. I was embarrassed to be in the crowd when the boos rang out at the end though. Anyone who boos for pizza has obviously never played competitive sports. You don’t show up the other team for a damn freebie. Leiweke needs to kill this stupid promotion before the playoffs start, even if he has to give back every sponsorship dollar Pizza Pizza has paid. If they can’t get rid of it, it has to at least change to free pizza for a win, regardless of score.

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