Go fix yourself a strong drink. Raptors lose nail-biter thanks to questionable decisions from DeRozan and Casey.


Toronto Raptors 113 Final

Recap | Box Score

118 Atlanta Hawks
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +6Don’t look at Millsap’s line and claim that Amir had a poor game on defense, because it simply is untrue. Amir was the only one who could reasonably slow Trillsap on the perimeter, and showed it on the last play of regulation when he forced Millsap into shooting a step-back two, which clanged out.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +3Played well early on, but was completely invisible down the stretch. He seems to wilt under the slightest of pressure. I understand why Casey doesn’t trust him — how could anyone trust him? His efforts come and go, and down the stretch, he’s usually a non-factor. Really questionable decisions on defense.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 20 MIN | 5-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +11Started off hot, dominating the Hawks’ small front-line which culminated in a 11-point first quarter. However, he succumbed to foul trouble, and had to sit until the third quarter. Strained his back late in the third and was ruled out for the night. It’s a damn shame.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 8-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +4A step slow on defense and couldn’t do much to contain Teague, who managed to break down the Raptors defense time, and time again. Made up for it on offense, netting the Raptors buckets whenever they needed one, including with 10 seconds left in regulation when he tied the game with a driving layup. Also took two charges. Kyle Lowry over everything.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 45 MIN | 8-18 FG | 13-14 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 29 PTS | +2No. Just no. I admit it — I’m not drinking the DeRozan Kool-Aid, because it’s just a vat of tears. The free-throw total was hugely inflated by the referees, and made him out to look like Kobe in his prime. Really questionable decisions down the stretch, including with 32 seconds left. Down two, he decided to drive one-on-three, pull out a behind-the-back dribble in traffic, slipped (predictably) and turned it over. Also, in overtime, he shot two straight long-twos (both bricked), inexplicably left Carrol to trap Pero Antic, which led to an open layup. Just, no.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -9Was horrible when he played, but I maintain that he was still more deserving of minutes than Chuck Hayes because he could, y’know, move laterally, which makes him an asset on defense.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -4A partial list of things that have more lateral quickness than Hayes: 3-legged giraffes, trees, Tree-Beard, Snorlax, the inverse of the speed of light, Hugh Hefner after smoking weed, etc etc. I have no idea why Casey insisted on playing him over Hansbrough for the majority of the fourth quarter. The Hawks simply put him in a pick-and-roll, and profited every time down the floor.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -13We’re going to need this guy to come up big in the playoffs? That feeling is crippling anxiety, Raptors fans.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -12Caught fire in the first half, and was the only source of offense for the second unit. Can’t fault his performance tonight. Would have preferred to see him play a little more against the Hawks’ smaller lineups.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -13On one hand, he shot 14 times because the second unit couldn’t get anything going. On the other hand, he’s responsible for getting the second unit going. Most of his shots were within the flow of the offense, and he bricked a couple of open shots, but he should never have a game where he’s shooting 14 times against 0 assists.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0The fact that he played non-garbage time serves as a metaphor for the atrocity of the second unit.

Dwane Casey
I was going to praise him for actually running a play for Novak for once (see below), but he erased any smidgen of good-will with his bone-headed insistence to play Hayes over Hansbrough for most of the fourth. That decision single-handedly cost his team 4-5 points tonight. He also makes the most predictable decisions with his rotations (see cover photo)

Four Things We Saw

  1. Raptors made an effort to run in transition early in the game, which was made possible by solid rebounding from the wins on the Hawks’ long jumpers. This strategy led to easy points, either by attacking the basket, or by hitting Terrence Ross as the trailer. Again, it was entirely predicated on solid defensive rebounding, with help from the wings.
  2. Finally ran a play for Novak. ATO. 10 seconds left before the half, ball inbounded to Hayes, passes to Lowry, beats the backcourt trap, Lowry drives, defense collapses, Lowry finds Novak in the corner for a three. Boom
  3. Casey’s rotation: starting five out there until ~5 min left in first, then Salmons replaces DeRozan, a big replaces one of JV/Amir. Second unit starts out with the bench unit and DeMar for 6 minutes. Usually Vasquez remains in the game as the starters are brought back to finish the half. Rinse and repeat for the second half. Down the stretch, if he wants defense or ball-handling, Salmons plays over Ross. If he needs more scoring, Vasquez plays in a two-PG lineup where Lowry roams off-ball. Clockwork.
  4. Second unit failed to generate any offense. Vasquez had to shoot 9 times in 9 minutes at one point. Failure arises because not enough shot-making ability, with Hayes-Hansbrough front-court stifling the interior. Casey changed his strategy to start fourth, by mixing in De Colo and Johnson. Mixed results, as Novak’s hot shooting kept the unit afloat.
  5. I miss Patrick Patterson.
  • FREEJV

    Derozan chokes once again…. what else is new?. Btw yesterday i was thinking about the lakers and how they ll have a high pick. Anyone think Masai can do his magic and try to trade for that pick since kobes window is closing. Derozan is from LA, hmmm…

    • Quest

      no

      • FREEJV

        Wiggins, Jabari, Exum > Derozan

        • Eunys

          Add Dwayne CASSY for free

        • Guest

          How many times have you watched Exum? Like a game. Not a highlight package.

    • Aaron

      No one on the raptors roster is worth a top 10 pick. Not anyone so aint happening

      • FREEJV

        well pelicans traded #6 pick for holiday …..

        • Aaron

          Holiday is an allstar with potential to get better. derozen is at his max and other teams know this

          • Nathan

            A 24 year old at his max? I guess there’s a first time for everything.

          • FREEJV

            Kobe only has 2 years left i think lakers would rather have a borderline allstar than a rookie playing with him. Also throw amir in that package if they want him he is also from LA

            • FLUXLAND

              No. The Lakers do not want a fake All Star. And Kobe would rather have Smush Parker back than this joker, trust.

          • Ghotte

            Didn’t you say Derozen was at his max two years ago? C’mon, tell the truth!

      • What the

        do you mean we couldn’t get a top 10 pick for the allstar mr. double double JV

    • JCREX

      no chance the kobe era is ending in LA so they will most likely hit the lottery and start the parker/embiid/wiggins era.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        I can see the Lakers “surprisingly” winning the lottery.

  • jacobd4

    Lowry is about a two full grades too high, he should be a C+ with that atrocious d he was playing on teague in the first three quarters.

    • DDayLewis

      Dude is injured, and defending the pick and roll is a two-person effort. He can only do what he could.

      • Ghotte

        Team defense on the pick and roll was terrible regardless who was defending. Teague turned a corner everytime and there was no wall to stop him from getting to the rim. Ever. Schroder, Scott,Carroll, Millsap. Whomever wanted to get to the rim did. Failure of the guards and forwards. 2 games in a row.

      • Mexiballer

        What injury?

        • noname

          the P.J Tucker knee-to-the-face-syndrome…very common among basketball players. Suprised he still played through it.

    • ad

      Lowry as their best player tonight. He deserves a b- to b+. Amir Johnson is four grades too high.

    • JCREX

      yeah i had a good laugh when they asked if he’s a 1st team all defense. he’s good at d but nowhere near a top 3 defender at pg

      • ad

        Not too many great pgs at defense. PG is a very hard position to defend. So many quick players. Lowry is top 5 at guarding Id say.

  • arsenalist

    It’s games like these where I absolutely hate DeMar’s game and Casey’s coaching.

    • asifyouknow

      Can’t argue with that…

    • Tee

      The whole team didn’t play defence
      Especially Lowry; so much pg penetration.
      Guys left open on the 3 pt line…

      Derozan kept trying to attack & balance distribution I kinda like that.
      Hayes killed us.

    • Adriiian

      Those few games back with the long 2s falling…. Ahh man, really thought he could keep that up consistently.
      Was building a house in OT with all those bricks.

    • DandB

      You should always hate Derozan’s game even when he is knocking down his midrange shots. It might win games here and there in the regular season but it’s fools gold over a 7 game series. This guy is 24 years old – what the hell is keeping him from attacking the basket? He’s playing like Kobe/Wade do past their prime – catch the ball, pump fake, hope for a jump and then make the move. Even when he does go at the rim now, he’s not going for the kill, he’s going for the finesse finish. Half those free throws in the ATL game were probably earned, and that’s being generous. The potential is there, people respect his jump shot now. I don’t know why he’s not driving more when people lock into him – probably the handles but he actually surprised me tonight with decent handling (outside of the disaster late game of course).

      • BeMe_2

        When his midrange shots are not falling, he should try to attack the rim more. Clearly he is either afraid or lacks the ball handling ability. He should practice more on this area to become successful in the play-offs. His shots will not always fall.

        • Chewwy No Matthew

          His ballhandling is awful. What I have found concerning also is his attitude. He sulks badly when a call doesn’t go his way and I have seen him take two of the dumbest technicals this season. One was Sunday when Casey had just taken one in defending DeMar yet he kicks the ball away from the ref. The other was earlier this season when he made a layup and the foul got called for an And 1. DeMar was still pissed at the non call before that so he decided it was smart to piss the official off even though he was about to shoot an And 1. Watching him sulk after a non call to the point of not hustling back is disturbing. These are my two biggest concerns about DeMar

          • BeMe_2

            Not hard on DD.. just some thoughts on how he can improve more to raise his game & the team to a notch come playoff time. He sometimes need to show his frustration though to jitter the refs as they’ve been biased & ridiculous against the raps.

    • LeeZ

      Oh Arse, ain’t it the truth, ain’t it the truth. On the VERY FIRST defensive possession of the game, DD is guarding KK. Now, my gf has never watched a second of basketball in her life, and even SHE knows that if you’re guarding KK, you do NOT help. You stick to him. So what does Demar do? He turns his back on KK when the latter threw an entry pass, then backed down several feet into the paint for no apparent reason, then realized, oh hang on, I should probably look at Korver, you know, the guy I’m supposed to be sticking to, who meanwhile has received a pass camped out at the 3. DD races out to get him, arriving about three and a half minutes late, just in time to watch Korver brick the three, no doubt because he was so astonished at having 18.75 minutes and a hundred yards in which to take his 3. That set the tone for the rest of the game. I have a new drinking game, btw: watch only DD, no one else, on the defensive side. Grade him for each possession. I absolutely GUARANTEE he will do the WRONG thing at least 80% of the time. And each time he does, take a shot! (in honour of DD, that shot should be a long contested 2 early in the shot clock…)

    • KJ-B

      Typical Raptors fans. Self-Loathers to the end. Hate the refs that swallowed. The whistle. Youngster has his limitations but this is mindless criticism.

      Do we have anyone else on our roster that could get to the line 20 times (and should’ve) tonight?!

      If DeRozan gets a D, Lowry gets a Z!!!! Worse PG defence I’ve seen in ages. Less minutes please. That’s where the game was lost. Then getting stripped in open court in crunch time?????

      • What the

        you know who the teacher is right ? KOmar always fail his class ” it ain’t pretty” Mr. lewis

        • What the

          Thats some fucking hate right there from mr lewis “it ain’t pretty” D+

    • RaptorFan

      Calm down…..seriously! I understand that your upset at a close overtime loss, but over-reactions like this are silly. Geez…. you’d think we got blown out! We lost a close game on Atlanta’s home court in overtime. Let’s see what happens when they come to Toronto on Sunday. I’m thinking we’re going to get revenge.
      p.s. That Demar drive where millsap (i think) drew a charge was actually a block. Demar was in the air before Millsap established position (still sliding). That was a bad call and could’ve easily been a three point play and we would’ve had the lead with 33 secs left in the 4th. Just saying….

  • YungHux

    Games like this show me how good and important to this team Patrick Patterson is

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      It’s more than just missing Patterson. This team, as a whole, has a very small margin of error. Our frontline is heavily reliant on 2 sophmores, and a pf who’s constantly injured (but playing through it). When it comes to the bench, Patterson is really the only reliable backup, as Salmons performance is ultimately dependent upon rest/PT, while the rest are situational players at best. And in our backcourt, if DDs jumper isn’t falling, the offense essentially falls to Lowry, who is better when he doesn’t have to look to score all the time. Yes, you can bring in Vasquez, but he’s streaky as well, and I’m increasingly convinced that he’s not playing for this team right now as his first priority. Rather than playing the right way, making the best decision for the team, he constantly looks for his own shot and the big play to prove he’s a starting pg, not a backup. And, when you consider the fact that if he stays here, he’s likely our backup, it becomes obvious where his priorities are. Ultimately, our key players only makeup about 60% of our payroll, with the rest going towards a group of grossly overpaid, worn out and/or moderately useful.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        Thank God Vasquez is going to be gone next season. He knows it, that’s why he’s trying to get his.

        • Mexiballer

          I second that. Except I dont think Grieves knows it yet. He thinks hes a lot better than he is.

          • Tanks-a-lot

            I think he’s the type that needs to start to have consistent success at this point in his career. Vasquez seems like he needs to prove something and get it out of his system. I hope he realizes that he’s better off as the back up on a successful team rather than starting on an also ran team.

  • FREEJV

    Chunky hayes had 4 straight fouls in the 4th smh …

  • Bendit

    Perfecto….and inventive.

    • FullCourtPress

      this game came down to DC’s poor rotation, 3 PGs and Novak and Chucky Cheese, wtf, also, General Greivis was horrible, I have yet to see him set up Novak for a 3. Shouldn’t that be his role, facilitate and take the buckets that are given to you? If you notice General Grevis rarely keeps a lead. The sad part is he has his one great moment which makes one forget all his poor plays and brain cramps. DD’s turnover at the end was like a high school play not an NBA play. DD has to improve his mental game in order for him to be a true star. This will come but we shouldn’t hate on him. I often find some on this site expect DD to a well seasoned vet like Kobe (in his prime) or LeBron. Those guys have been in the league for 10 years.

      • WHAT THE

        …and I’ll list some of their names teacher mr. dddlewis(TSN)look at me,freeJV cause he’s the best at rebounding with one hand,the FLUX why is KOmar not hitting shats like KObe and Mr.ASIFUDOn’tknow we lost every game this season because of KOmar

        • RaptorFan

          Why list them all? I just prefer to call them haters/goofs……its weird because you know deep down inside they know he’s arguably our best player (plays the most minutes, takes the most shots, faces the other team’s best defender while being double/triple teamed, etc.)….and he’s 24 years old getting paid like a 3rd or 4th option!!
          But but but ….continue to put it all on Demar. Yup, he’s the reason why we lose games (sarcasm).

  • golden

    Hard to really pinpoint a specific reason for the loss. Raps shot a great FG% and out-rebounded ATL. Maybe it was turnovers, IDK. Hawks are a well-coached team, though. All of these ex-Spurs assistant coaches in the Eastern conference are going to make treadmill teams look better than they really are.

    • DDayLewis

      Raptors took care of the ball (only 15 TO in 53 minutes) but the Hawks managed to only turn it over 7 total times, which is incredible given the amount of passing featured in their offense.

      • asifyouknow

        TO had nothing to do with it….but opening the overtime with 1-7 shooting sort of sucks …..agree?

        • DDayLewis

          “Missing shots is not conducive to winning.” — Captain Obvious

    • JCREX

      its are predictible late game plays. its just derozan and lowry playing buddy ball no one else touches the ball. the other team knows to double derozan and he cant handle it

  • webfeat

    One thing I noticed this game is that there was a lot of standing around on offense by the raps. The teams usually does better when they set multiple screens and swing the ball around. I didn’t really see that tonight. DD took a lot of contested long jumpers and held on to the ball way too long at times, almost as if he doesn’t trust anybody else to score.
    It’s a shame that JV got hurt. He seemed to be on pace for another career game. He probably would have made the difference between a win and an overtime loss.

    • asifyouknow

      They are dead tired

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        Hawks played last night, Raptors didn’t.

  • asifyouknow

    Not much to say, Casey got this team out of sync, they are dead tired and there is no rest coming. The coach might of taken his starters to the point of no return.

    They have lost 3 of the last 5 games. I look for a slightly over .500 team the rest of the way. The bench without Patterson and a healthy Salmons is terrible.

    Just an opinion: Casey is not a good manager of minutes, please understand what I’m saying, he may be a decent coach but I just don’t get the rotation. Why isn’t Fields playing? What does he have to lose?

    DeMar, Kyle and Ross played 125 minutes…crazy!

    I’m giving out some Oscars:

    And the Oscar for best flopper of the year goes to: DeMar DeRozan

    The Oscar for the most NON-winning calls of the year goes to: Donotknow Casey

    The Oscar for the most ball -off my foot- in the last minute of a game goes to: DeMar DeRozan

    The Oscar for best coach for -riding his horses until they drop dead tired- goes to: Donotknow Casey.
    Good night

    • FREEJV

      Oscar for best choker also goes to ….. Demar Derozan!

      • asifyouknow

        LOL… Done …lol

        • Tee

          wow

        • what the

          now lets build this team around JV and Vas then we bring back Bargs to spread the floor and Calderon the starting point guard and SAM as the coach and then we hit the ground running we don’t even need a bench mr.dddddlewis from (TSN) would be handing out A+ every game it would be pretty

    • caccia

      Toronto has looked tired since that triple overtime loss to Washington, where Casey ran his starters almost fifty minutes, until they started fouling out. The record since then is 5-3 with two of the losses (Brooklyn, Atlanta) on the road. The coach needs to start finding more breathing space for his starting unit, perhaps expanding the rotation until playoff time. A more coherent identity for the second unit might help, instead of the situational lineups shown in the above chart.

    • Steverino

      I always enjoy asifyouknow’s comments, not matter what he’s saying. I don’t mean this as an insult but is English your mother tongue? If not, what is?

      • asifyouknow

        Spanish, Italian and Portuguesa and Canadience…lol I do well on my blogs because I edit, here I just write in a hurry…This isn’t the New York Times…lol…Please! Give me a break!!! lmao

  • Eunys

    Dwayne CASSY really coaches like a cheerleader- Demar made the raptors lose at lease 7 to 8 games this season and his body language is getting so arrogant..you are not Kobe…or Rudy Gay lol in closing game time! and why did Hayes played so long………………??? JV going out is not a reason

    • asifyouknow

      I’ve been saying that all year…

    • Guest

      Demar made the raps lose 8 games? LOL good one…

  • Balls deep

    This game should have been won and could have been one if Casey was smarter. Why must he insist on running plays for derozan late in the game when 90 percent of the time he loses his handles or airballs. Also he has no idea how to develope youth. oh valanciunes is hot, better take him off. Valanciunes back on better never run a play for him. Derozen chucking up long two’s, better feed the brick machine.

  • Ahmed A

    Raptor fans are the worst. So quick to jump against a player and/or coach.

    • Balls deep

      So we just let our team lose without criticizing our players and coaches.

    • FREEJV

      You a “heatfan?”

    • Kevin

      The Atlanta announcers are the WORST. I catch every game on international league pass so I get a lot of other announcers and these guys were by far the worst. It doesn’t even compare. I should also point out that Minnesota had the best announcers I’ve heard in a long time. They were incredibly prepared.

      • DDayLewis

        The Minny guys are also really into the “advanced” stats (ie: presenting per possession numbers rather than bland per game numbers). Love their broadcasting crew.

      • Mexiballer

        Dominique Wilkens is pretty useless. He said some really stupid things.

  • consmap

    Our frontcourt is suddenly depleted.
    This is bad.

    • Dr. Scooby

      Yeah, I’d argue its been depleted since the Rudy Gay trade.

      The Raps need a Tall, big bodied (7footer) who can actually rebound and play 10-15 minutes per game behind JV. Hayes should be 3rd center.

  • ababs

    Landry Fields > John Salmons

    • BeMe_2

      I wonder why he’s not played. He had proven he can be better than the other guys in the last game that he was in.

    • Adriiian

      Is he even on the team? Not a word about him in the commentary..

    • JRedmond14

      What does Salmons bring on Offense? Maybe he makes a couple iso shots and then he will go 1-6 from three because his legs are old. What does Fields bring on Offense? Good cutter and passer, struggles with shot a little bit, and potential for offensive boards.

      Defense: Salmons consistently gets blown by on his tired nights and sub-par wing defending on most nights. Last time we saw Landry, he had to guard Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for most of the game and we won. Also defensive rebounding.

      Overall, there is a point where you are a savvy veteran (Leo Rautins catchphrase) and just a veteran. Salmons is too old to be taking Ross’s developmental minutes and taking Landry’s second string role. Like there is a reason Landry got a contract as big as he did. Yah he’s a little overpaid but I will take the consistency, effort, and readiness he’s shown over a guy who is asleep most nights

  • ad

    I would give val and lowry a b, demar a c, and everyone else a D-. Amir Johnson and ross played like complete imbeciles tonight. Bonehead play after bonehead play. Cant believe amir got an A lol. Was the grademaker watching the game?? Total lack of focus. Very disappointing effort from the team as this was a very winnable game. Going to be intereseting to see how they respond because im getting quite worried from what Im seeing. Going to be very tough to win a round in the playoffs Im thinking if they keep fouling at this rate and not playing smart.

    • What the

      the one arm rebounder didn’t even finnish the game and he got an A what the

    • Stizzl

      Agreed, especially with Amir getting an A? Watch the last OT possession again: with a chance to tie/win, Amir plays tug o’ war with Pero’s arm for the offensive foul? That alone should drop his score a letter. I’m an AJ fan, but come on…

  • Phat AlberG

    Vasquez was Jacking up to many 3’s today, I was getting so frustrated when Novak is right beside him at and he doesn’t swing the ball.

    • asifyouknow

      Good.. I wish he would of put up the ball 20 times, sure as hell was no worse than the bricks during the last 5 minutes and the overtime… …

  • Age

    Why does Amir always get a pass on his performance? He is continuously getting out rebounded and then he pulls a bone head move tonight by the offensive charge in OT. but yet somehow today’s game was at fault to Derozan because of Derozan who was 29 pts, 10 rbs, 6 assists on 8/18 shooting???

    • FREEJV

      tell me his overtime stats too.

    • ad

      Demar was taking awful shots late in the game and OT. He deserves a C.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Amir has been doing that lazy, stupid arm grab all season long. He got away with it earlier this season but he has recently been called for it. It’s nothing new, he has been doing this all season which is just plain lazy. I don’t blame DeRozan for the loss but he has to stop dribbling to create a shot. He is a terrible ballhandler but one of the best catch and shoot players in the league

    • What the

      this is what the allstar KOmar gets from teacher lewis “it ain’t pretty” Val an incomplete paper and he get an A what the

  • Aaron

    Well if JV is out for a couple weeks (very likely btw) then we are all but assured to lose 6-7 straight games. Our backup C is 6’6 let that sink in for a second. We could be in some serious trouble.

    • FREEJV

      After game interview he said he wanted to come back but staff wouldnt let him so yea

      • Aaron

        Back problems for a C are very serious and vary from day to day so wait and see if his back is good for tomorrow

        • ad

          Doubt he plays tomorrow. Maaaayyyybbeee Fri

          • FREEJV

            We got a doctor in the house

    • Guest

      All but assured he says.
      I’d heard Toronto sports fans were sad sacks but you guys are something else. Every game or two its a dramatic reaction one way or another. Rock the birdmester kids. Or monthly… even bi weekly. please. don’t over analyse after EVERY game.

  • Phat AlberG

    Can some one give Leo Rautins some cocaine before games please, before I starting cocaine when he calls raptors games.

  • Phat AlberG

    Can some one give Leo Rautins some cocaine before games please, before I starting cocaine when he calls raptors games. I know he’s Canadian, but I can’t take it, at least Jack has emotion for games and energy.

  • Guest

    I think the incompetence by Casey to draw up a good offensive set, as well as DeRozan’s poor play during clutch moments has every raptors fan worried for the playoffs. The inability to win close games is really hurting this team.

  • JCREX

    this is why we are gonna get killed in the playoffs. demar is an allstar but he isnt a superstar and never will be. he’s not the type of player you can just give the ball to repeatedly down the stretch and expect him to win the game for you. it seems in tight games its the demar and lowry show and no one else even touches the ball. demar gets double and triple teamed and always bounces the ball off his foot and turns it over or just shoots long range contested 2’s and bricks them, another thing that pisses me off, casey always coaches to match what the other team is doing instead of playing to their own identity. you run 0 plays for ross with korver on him who is a weak defender why not try to tire korver out on defense so he isnt so fresh on offense. jv is often dominant early in games then gets 0 plays run for him in the 2nd half. Derozan and lowry are really good players but not good enough to win on their own vs playoff caliber teams. also our bench is just terrible lately i think its time to give fields salmons minutes and use hansbourough over hayes

  • Icarus Descending

    While derozen played poorly at the end, his ft totals definitely helped our often anemic offence down the stretch. For some reason his decision making ability completely deteriorates in crunch time. It’s so painful to see him forcing the dribble when it’s not necessary and turning it over.

    Ross made some terrible passing decisions. When he was just taking the ball to the basket himself he looked great though. You see him executing really well in one or two facets of the game, but rarely a well rounded game, I’m hoping this will come with experience. Also, He should really get at least one touch in offence at the end of games like this, giving to demar every single possession is just too predictable.

    I thought de colo was great in his minutes, his defence looked really good. I’d like to see more of him vs Vasquez to be perfectly honest. At least you know he can play decent d to slow down the opposing pg’s which we really seem to be struggling against. Lowry should really be playing less too he seems like he’s getting more and more beat up with the high minutes every night.

  • devin

    Derozan may have stunk in overtime but when he does take it to the hole make a bucket and get fouled the refs call a charge. Millsap slid right under him. Then giving the Hawks the ball when it went off of Korvers finger. You don’t change the call on the court unless there is clear evidence which there wasn’t. Should not have been so close but refs kept the Hawks in the game.

    • ad

      Cmon reffing wasnt great but raps played like idiots tonight

  • Tinman

    Just don’t match up well against the Hawks.
    The Raps are banged up, second unit sure misses Patterson, but must credit the Hawks. They’ve been fighting off a streaking Knicks.
    Still not too down on this club. A game like tonight reminds you that we are still a team that’s growing. Still young, still building, shit we were in the lottery last season. Our record is a combination of players playing to our expectations or above and close to a third of the league in semi or full tank mode.
    I can’t argue with your assessment of DeRozan. Let’s just say his late game decision making needs work. But I am buying the KoolAid when it comes to him.
    It’s just to easy to pick out the flaws, and right now, decision making in final minutes, is this most glaring. But remember. This is the first year where he’s really been in the situation where he is an option to close games. Give him time, and by time, I mean a year or two.
    What aspect of his game has he not improved in? Yeah, you’re right, Lowry has been this team’s MVP, but don’t let it diminish DeMars improvement as well. He’s moving the ball better, rebounds are up, team has improved across the board statistically, and is trying to grow as a leader on this club. Give him time, and by time, I mean a year or two.
    I know he’s in his fifth season, but he came out a season or two early from college. Remember him in his rookie season. Even though he was starting, he looked like a little kid out their. He is just entering manhood now. Give him time, he will continue to be an AllStar, his game will continue to improve in all aspects.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      It’s the defense that must improve. If he can’t improve that aspect of his game he needs to be dumped.

  • hotshot

    Good I missed this game, I still maintain that this Raptors team will have a tough time getting out of the first round no matter whom they face.

    • what the

      who cares it is an evaluation season, MU gets to see what he has and what he needs… 20 years and never had a winning record on the road this group with no bench might do it

  • hope jv is ok cuz hes a beast

    fuck derozan, pisses me of..

    • Steverino

      I didn’t see the game, but I echo the sentiments. He has such a labour-intensive shot. Sure, sometimes he gets hot, but it’s so clunky. He dribbles around looking to find a way to score, then stops, then fades away, then hitches the ball behind his head, releases, and fades either back or to one side. Nothing looks effortless with him. So when the team needs a basket, he’s a terrible option as a create guy. It’s too thought out.

  • Tee

    They missed shots.
    Some open 3s would have really helped.

    Damn.

  • KMU

    I think Casey’s decision for playing 3 PGs at one time was the worst. As a consequence, we were getting ridiculously out-rebounded during that one stretch (especially OREBs).

  • Eunys

    Ok guys!! we are all mad but let not exagerate! Miami are 5-5 on last ten, Indiana 6-4 and raptors 6-4; bad games happen….let’s just wait for Patterson to return and I am sure we will be ok again…..

  • Tanks-a-lot

    Those first two fouls on JV were total bullshit

  • james

    Kyle should get a B. Amir and Ross should get a C-. They were both brain dead out there. Demar gets a C . Clueless on defense but was ok on offence. Big V gets an a A. Was great when on the floor. Get well soon. Casey you get an F—-. Really 3 pg with Steve and Chuck was that really good idea to you. C’ mon son.

  • Sahardeed

    So Demar gets a D+ cause of bad choices down the stretch, but Amir gets a A even tho he had THE worst decision of the night…Why did he HOLD Antic’s hand? Thats not a basketball play.

    • What the

      please notice who the teacher was, mr. lewis, KOmar always fail his class “it ain’t pretty” notice JV incomplete paper and he gets an A

  • DabossKwasia

    how da fuck does amir get an A???!!! with those lazy bone headed passes for turnovers and that awful offensive foul on Antic you gotta be smoking some good ish plz pass it on he should get an f- he always has a several brain farts a game from shooting those catapult 3’s or throwing outlet pass away…Will you loose credibility when your blind to amir’s mistakes but shit all over Derozan and ross…and Vazquez sucks here comes asifyouknow to defend in 3…..2…..1………..0.o

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Awesome post. Agree 100% with all of it.

  • Wiley

    I would love if Casey stayed with the team… as a defensive coach. Get a real head coach though.

  • James Nelson Tho

    Here’s some moves I could envision Masai doing.

    1.) Sign Vince and Drop Salmons this offseason
    2.) Fire Dwayne Casey
    3.) Move Lowry, Derozan
    4.) Pick up Bosh
    5.) Draft Marcus Smart (extreme speculation)
    6.) Starting 5 of Smart, Ross, Carter, Bosh, JV

    Feel free to comment if you agree/disagree with these moves

    • what the

      you are missing two allstars Bargs and Calderon

    • RaptorFan

      Why even ask for comments….. Carter is a bench player at this stage in his career.

  • jeeves

    lol amir is so mentally soft. i watched the nbatv broadcast and dominique wilkens was nearly pulling his hair out at all the bone head moves amir was making out there. yet another game where patrick patterson was sorely missed.

    a lot of other issues too, coaching, demar ‘dribbles’ derozan shot selection and timely turnovers, but amir still takes the cake for all around carelessness.

    the refs kept this game a lot closer than it should have been, amir and demar got bailed a bunch this game.

    • jeeves

      forgot to add that perimeter defense has been lousy lately, they’re not chasing anyone off that 3 point line. a lot has to do with the fact that a bunch of these teams theyve played lately play a stretch 4 (millsap, pierce, channing fry) and amir is both braindead and slow.

      but t-ross was getting lost out there too, hansboro lost pero on a 3…demar gets blown by every time his assignment puts the ball on the deck.

      the team really lacks an identity. if defense was the calling card, allowing 120+ to suns, and then 105+ to hawks in regulation aint cutting it

      on the upside, i thought nando de colo played pretty good on the ball d while he was in there…seemed to be the only guy, aside from lowry, interested in playing d (val was doing a decent job before getting injured)

      im still hoping and praying that masai ships amir out this summer…they can pick up a backup big in the draft and promote patterson to first unit. its too bad because amir is great at finishing around the rim for the most part, but 9 years in the league and still not understanding the ins and outs of the game is gonna be costly in crunch time. if anybody saw the steve nash interview on grantland, he commented how it wasn’t until nash’s final season alongside amare stoudemire (2010) that he felt amare had learned the mental side of the game (amare was another draft pick right outta high school). so it took amare 4-5 trips deep into the playoffs to figure out how to play both sides of the ball. amir johnson? good luck pal!

  • TheGG

    Good recap, I only saw the last 5 minutes of regulation and OT but the recap tells me the entire game was the same.

    From the time I start watching I see Chuck Hayes get burned on 3 consecutive Hawk possessions. Hawks are only playing one big so I wonder why Hansborough is not in. What do you know on the next possession Casey subs Hans for Hayes and Hans immediately forces a miss using his mobility.

    Then there was DeRozan. In the last 3.5 minutes of the game he managed to turn it over 4 times! 2 of those somehow officially became Atlanta fouls (thank that all-star magic), but absolutely atrocious. He also managed to brick a long jumper when he didn’t turn it over / get a fake foul.

    Very, very poor execution down the stretch.

  • bobmasa

    This loss is from the coach Casey:
    Amir shouldn’t play during O/T due to his engury.
    He should have tried more mintes to De Colo, Fields, Hasbrouck instead of Hayes, Salmons and Vascouse.
    The rotation was poor and if we play like this i dont think we will be able to beat any other team, hope Masai Ujiri watch this game.

  • RaptorFan

    WOW – Demar gets wayyyy too much hate from this site!
    Dude had 29 points 10 rebounds 6 assists while going 13/14 from the free throw line and taking only 18 shots and gets a D+???
    “I hate Demar’s game”….i hear that often around here. Would you rather have Kyle Korver?? Morons
    Relax – we lost in overtime. The team fought hard and some of our key guys were playing through sickness or injury (Kyle, Amir). Jonas left the game due to back issues in the 3rd Q i believe.
    Why do you guys over-react so much?? We are a fickle bunch aren’t we?

  • morgan c

    It’s just really frustrating to watch repeated and easily fixable mistakes continue. It’s great that Casey can get the team to play hard, but his actual x’s and o’s and rotations make me really think we’d be better off with another coach. This is his third year and he displays an alarming lack of intelligence there.

    DeMar can’t play a lick of defense. It’s a damn shame too, because if he could, he’d be a top-20 player in this league. Without any semblance of defensive acumen, the long twos are even harder to stomach. Fucking shit.

  • Dr. Scooby

    Novak

    I see Novak as a Steve Kerr type during his Chicago Bull days: The guy who plays spot minutes in each game./
    i.e. in the dying minutes of each quarter and has actual plays drawn up for him so he can get his shot off.