Raptors 107, Pelicans 100 – Box
Are you not entertained?

The Hawks loss was something of a downer yet it can’t be said that it wasn’t an entertaining and pulsating game that went the wrong way. A night later in New Orleans, something similar transpired against a Pelicans side which had to overcome the absence of Anthony Davis, while the Raptors had to make do without Jonas Valanciunas (back) and Patrick Patterson (elbow). This mean that Tyler Hansbrough (13 rebounds) got the nod in the lineup and so the Raptors embarked on a quest to rectify the wrongs of their last two outings.

Events unfolded in a manner that were not pleasing. As an indicator of how poor the Raptors defense was, let this observer only point out that Bryan Roberts was made to look like Chris Paul. With no Valanciunas to clog the middle and Patterson out, there was no rim protection which invited pests like Austin River, Tyreke Evans and Roberts an open invitation to feast on the hefty-legged and hot-minded Chuck Hayes and Tyler Hansbrough, respectively.

The gentle reader, at this point, might wonder why there was such a dire need for help defense on driving guards and what became of the first line of defense. To illustrate that, I will rely on advanced internet technologies such as GIFs to show the reader how easily the Raptors perimeter defense was split, thus initiating a call for interior help. What follows are breakdowns from different parts from the game, indicating that the problem was pandemic rather than an contained to a specific period in time [1, 2, 3, 4]:

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There you have it. I have given you a visual taste of just how porous the Raptors perimeter defense was, and I haven’t even talked much about how Aminu and Evans were jogging their way to the rim at will and finishing easily against a lunging Raptors defense that was more recovering than reacting. I suppose this was somewhat expected since Hansbrough and Hayes were being asked to play roles that they’re not accustomed to this season. The stat that speaks volumes is the Pelicans’ 20-2 points in the paint edge to start the game, and that they didn’t miss two consecutive shots till 4:20 of the second! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a stat.

More from RR today:

DeMar DeRozan (31 pts, 9-19 FG, 3 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl) and Kyle Lowry (23 pts, 6-18 FG, 8 reb, 5 ast) were forced to carry the load and were 10-17 combined in the first half. The shots they took weren’t products of the excellent ball-movement heavy Raptors offense that we’re accustomed to, but born of necessity given the surrounding options. Terrence Ross tried to carry the load, often quite on his own, and went 3-9 in the half. It was understandable as the Raptors were getting killed on defense which affected their offensive patience. My only complaint was that the Raptors should have looked to run more plays with Amir Johnson as the recipient of the ball rather than him being reduced to setting the screen and then being sent away on rebound-collection duties. He’s a good finisher in traffic, even against size, so I felt it was a road that went less travelled for no particular reason.

Incremental corrective measures were applied by the Raptors as the game progressed, and the 13-point lead built by the Pelicans was whittled down to a single point after a 5-point 2-for-1 executed by Lowry and DeRozan to end the first half. Mother Momentum, unlike the night before against Atlanta, was on the Raptors side heading into the break.

The halftime score offered an opportunity to reset and get it right for both teams. The Raptors had to have been thinking that they couldn’t possibly repeat a defensive performance so bereft of organization, while the Pelicans would have hoped to return to their early penetration-focused dominance.

The third quarter belonged to Alexis Ajinca. I’m pretty sure those words have never been typed before on the internet. The sheer size of the looming Frenchman was causing Hansbrough fits, and the Pelicans were looking to play to their size advantage every single time down the court. I would like to single out Hansbrough for playing like a man possessed. Ignoring the hustle and energy he contributed in getting several key offensive rebounds while focusing solely on his height-oriented defensive issues would be unfair. I thought he was immense in giving the Pelicans a taste of their own medicine and provided a psychological boost with his energy. The same can be said for Chuck Hayes, although to a lower degree. The latter did have a couple key moments in the fourth, though, including a block and out-of-bounds recovery that made me pump my chest in pride.

DeRozan had 10 points in the third as the the Raptors and Pelicans traded punches in what promised to be a tight game, with neither unit looking likely to extend the lead which remained in the 2-6 range in favor of the home team, until Greivis Vasquez’s three tied it late in the third. The Raptors went into the final quarter down four.

There were frustrating moments in the fourth quarter when DeRozan or Lowry got to the lane, were met with the defense and dished out to someone like Hansbrough or Hayes as a pressure release. That’s where Patterson would usually be to make something of the play, but instead Hansbrough and Hayes opted to pass back out and reset the possession, resulting in some late-clock situations.

Casey on Toughness

“They brought it and no matter how many guys we have out, no matter who walks on that floor, he has to bring that intensity and that toughness and all the skill things will take care of themselves if you do the hard things. I think Amir had one rebound in the first half and came back had eight … Tyler had 13 boards.

This game was about mental toughness, physical toughness more so than skill. No matter who you’re playing, you have to bring that each and every night and I thought our guys did.”

Dwane Casey


DeRozan, who was the sole reason the Raptors survived the third quarter, was 1-8 in the fourth, five of which were jumpers (all missed). The defense had figured out that on his post-ups, DeRozan prefers to turn baseline and fake the shot, and that if you don’t bite the possession dies as he’s trapped. With DeRozan neutralized and Lowry misfiring, who would step up? Who would seize the day and rescue the Raptors on a back-to-back on the road? Who would go into the nearest telephone booth, don their Batman cape, and spawn the web that would ultimately lay the death blow on these annoying, vile creatures known as the Pelicans. Greivis Vasquez, that’s who.

Having spent the pre-game signing autographs for the New Orleans faithful who remember him fondly, the Venezuelan went 3-6 in the fourth for 9 points and 2 assists, which included baskets that made the score 86-87, 96-94, 98-94, and assists that made it 90-91 and 94-94. That is clutch. His drive/floater was in effect which made his passing an even greater threat. No doubt he left the arena with an even more elevated reputation. Credit to Hayes for standing tall against Ajinca on some critical possessions in the fourth, Amir Johnson for finishing in traffic, Hansbrough for keeping balls alive, and John Salmons and Kyle Lowry for executing Dwane Casey’s strategy of trapping Eric Gordon whenever he had the ball in the fourth. It paid off.

The Raptors escaped New Orleans with a win and if there’s one thing we learned on this back-to-back, it’s that the Raptors don’t have great team depth and missing key players like Patterson and Valanciunas puts them in tough situations that take some serious shot-making to overcome. Let’s get healthy, nail the third spot down, and head to the playoffs on a high.

Much like the Raptor on the back-to-back, Will and I sign off on back-to-back Reaction/Post-Game coverage. Raptors win, all is well.

Game Notes via Associated Press: The Pelicans went 3-3 on their six-game home stand. New Orleans next plays at Atlanta on Friday, then hosts Miami on Saturday to open a four-game home stand. … The Raptors have not lost three straight since making a seven-player trade with Sacramento on Dec. 9.
  • ckh26

    Not much depth is a little unfair Z. When you go with 9 players and take down 2 that’s over a 20% reduction in manpower. And its targeted against a specific area. The front line. Don’t know of many teams that would be able to respond to that type of 9-1-1 problem with their depth. While not in the same snack bracket and for illustrative purposes only …How does Indy do without Hibbert and West ?
    That said.. Happy Happy Happy that the raps in a gut check game came through.
    Was it pretty ? Hardly.
    Were invectives hurled at the TV screen outside of Leo shots ? Lots
    Does it matter ? No.
    Getting a win when they absolutely needed one ? Big time …
    Outside of a badly need W this may solidify the chemistry of the team further. Good “teams” pull together when the go to guys are on the limp and you need a big effort from guys who normally aren’t called on to do so. We got that last nite in one of the games where the video should be burned and this outing never spoken of again.

    • arsenalist

      I see your viewpoint. I also think that the center position needs to be three-deep and the Raptors have only 2. Basically, they have an extra PG on the 15-man roster and need to have a C there instead. I think an injury to your starting C should not result in Amir being shifted over and Hansbrough starting. There needs to be a like-for-like sub there, not shuffling.

      Very glad we got this win. We had lost 3 of 5 prior to this, and 2 of those games could’ve gone either way. Good win.

      • WhiteVegas

        If BC hadn’t screwed us out of our 2nd round pick last year we could have someone like Muscala as our 3rd big. He has been doing quite admirably for Atlanta in that role. Basically, Ujiri was handcuffed quite a bit from fixing the roster by BC’s previous moves (e.g. no draft picks). Much better to draft a 3rd big than to overpay for an aging vet who you only need in case of injuries.

    • What the

      Burn the video? burn the video? you see thats the same kind of thinking the Raptors video guy has “burn the video…never spoken of again” the video needs to be shown and it needs to be talked about what players did wrong cause we have pups on this team…yeah lets burn the video and not show TRoss what he was doing wrong

      • ckh26

        Yeah burn the video evidence on this one. Other than the win there is not much there that should see the light of day again save for the Demar and Kyle show.
        Just like the wideout who drops the ball when he is wide open in front of 80,000 people and a national television audience AND then has to go back to the sidelines to see some near maniacal college football coach in full rant both the wideout and TRoss know what he did wrong. Hell they were right there and they know it. No use putting a 6th round in a dead man. Burn it baby.. and on to the next one.

  • DandB

    This was a depressing game. Shades of 2007 Euroleague Raptors led by Jose Calderon who were beautiful on the offense but playing matador defense. The first 3 quarters were ugly defensively and this is starting to become a trend. Obviously some key players were out but it should really be possible to contain Tyreke Evans and Jeff Teague if you want to be a successful team.

    • robertparish00

      I am always surprised they don’t back 7ft off Evans and urge him to hit jumpers.

      • DandB

        Yeah, I was kind of confused by that too. I don’t recall him making a single jumper so I don’t understand why people were not as far as possible from him without getting called for illegal d.

    • asifyouknow

      I only have one name for comments like your ,,,Debbie downer..lol….Do you watch Saturday Night Live… here is a link…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctM3U1SOVQg

      • DandB

        lol….o….k….
        I guess I’m just a crazed fan actually looking beyond these regular season gamed and actually thinking this team could surprise in the playoffs (Eastern Conference Final kind of surprise), but will have to play damn near perfect to do so. Shit like this won’t cut it and it’s frustrating when you know they can do better.

        • What the

          man power we just don’t have the man power right now, just think , next season we have a bench that can hold it down for the starters and KLoe and KOmar are allstars WOW WOW WOW the KOOL-AID is tasting good

        • asifyouknow

          Everybody will have to play their best game ever to advance ..I agree..

    • WhiteVegas

      Injuries man. We can’t play solid defense without JV because his backups are undersized PF’s who are super duper slow. If we had PP, we could have slid Amir over to C some and left Chuck Hayes on the bench where he belongs. We basically won’t be able to play good defense again until JV and PP come back.
      Hayes only skill is preventing back to basket post up scorers from backing him down in the paint. It works great against guys like Cousins, but is freaking useless against 90% of the NBA. He is as situational a player as they come, and when you see him playing nearly 20 minutes per game you know the team is screwed both offensively and defensively for those 20 minutes. Just praise Raptor Jesus we pulled out this win as the Nets are creeping up on us and we can’t afford to lose to terrible teams missing their star player.

    • Steverino

      If I knew how to make GIFs, I would put together little packages like the one above to show that EVERY SINGLE POINT GUARD IN THE LEAGUE can get through the defence a few times per game on average. Show those and you’d think the defence sucks. Basketball is fluid. People score. People make stops. Highlights are a funny thing: You can show makes from the worst player in the league and they’d look like all-stars. You could also put together a package of bad misses from the best players in the league and they’d look hopeless. It’s all in the editing.

  • CJT

    I’m a little surprised that you failed to mention De Colo at all. To me, he was the main reason that the Raps were able to claw back when paired with another PG and was instrumental in the team finding its defensive identity. He was the game changer last night. Important win in a gritty game. Go Raps.

    • arsenalist

      Yeah, you’re right. De Colo deserved a mention. I simply looked over him here. His pace is something that is missing on this team. He’s like a little hound that can make a difference on defense. On offense, his movement is quite good which at least forces a defense to keep track of him. On Steve’s podcast this morning he got some love.

      • CJT

        Thanks Arse, I like that this kind of grind it out identity has slowly become the norm for the Raps, they would have rolled over in years past. Keep up the good work.

      • Milesboyer

        Yeah, really like DeColo. I wonder why the Spurs thought Austin Daye was more valuable, I know they have a host of good backups with P. Mills and C. Joseph but it’s not like the Spurs to let go of talent for nothing (aka A. Daye). BTW, can we not get the man a decent mask, what’s with the beak?

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          I think de Colo plays a bit too loosely on offense for the Spurs. And, with a litany of capable backup pgs, de Colo became expendable. I guess they figured they weren’t going to resign him, so why not take a year n a half flier on Daye.

        • KuH

          Also, de Colo asked for a trade to a team where he had a better chance to crack the lineup. Burford obliged.

  • Tee

    Nice job Arse.
    Good write up; Vasquez was possessed last night.
    But
    I really think you under estimated dermar’s contributions to this game.
    He drove to the hoop countless times; he was the offence.
    He got mugged while driving and a couple of those shots he missed in the 4th were from 2 feet away from the basket. Sometimes you get those bounces.
    I think your bias is clouding your analysis.
    If any player put up that box score against the raps we would be livid. He played in over time the night before!
    31 3&3!!!? 1 turn over!?

    C’mon man.

    Again Good job and thanks

    • arsenalist

      Thanks for the comment. I did say that DeRozan was “the sole reason the Raptors survived the third quarter”, so I’m not slagging him. He did drive and kick it out, which I was impressed by because I thought he had gotten himself into trouble by going too far under the basket.

      I really don’t have any bias towards anyone on this team. The only guy that I like above the rest is Patterson. DeRozan’s a good, humble dude who plays hard, stays out of the news, respects the fans and city, and is turning into a legitimate player. I appreciate that more than anyone and I would never go out of my way to slag him (like it really matters what I say, LOL).

    • GetLicks

      Not to mention that 3 of the 4 ‘poor defence’ gifs he chose to post involved Derozan. What about Z’s boy Lowry getting torched by Brian Roberts and Austin rivers throughout the game? No no, can’t show that..let’s just pick on Demar cause he’s the easiest target. As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m all for pointing out a player’s shortcomings. But the biases are starting to shine through when Lowry and especially Patterson get a pass even when they have a poor defensive game.

  • Adriiian

    I’m the biggest Vasquez hater, but he did come thru for us in the clutch. Lowry had a lot of TOs, but we’ll let it slide.
    De Colo was def a huge catalyst, DeRozan was as well, making a couple threes and that nice buzzer beater to end the half.

    Let’s go RAPS.

    PS. We miss you PatPat. Come back soon.

    • What the

      that buzzer beater to end the half must have put a smile on Flux face but we wont here about it because the Raptors won and he only drop by when we lose. soon KOmar will be droping shats like that in the 4th Q

      • afrocarter

        What’s the story behind the “KOmar” nickname?

        • What the

          Ask Fluxland, you might have to Google, # or Facebook him on Greglist (uncle Si) because the Raptors won and he dosen’t manifest… blah blah blah Antony Davis didn’t play blah blah the Reserve allstar blah blah blah but Im sure the Fluxman saw some of his boy KObe in KOmar last night at the end of the 2nd Q and would like to see these kind of shats at the end of games like the old man KObe but with the help of coach Casey and the video guy KOmar will get there
          I can hear Flux coming

          • What the

            come on Arse you must put that shat up for FLUX (KOmar at the end of the sec.Q) because these are the kind shats Flux wants to see form KOmar after 5 years because it didn’t take KObe this long blah blah blah Reserve allstar blah blah blah even teacher Lewis gave KOmar an A last night “It wasn’t pretty”

            • FLUXLAND

              LOL! You’re a cool cat, man.

              • What the

                did you like that shat by KOmar FLUX ? are those the kind of shats you would like to see from the allstar going forward ? for a split sec there i thought it was KObe didn’t you? it sent a tingling down leg what the

                • FLUXLAND

                  5 years.. 1 miracle game winner and a halftime buzzer beater! I’d say at this rate…by 2024 he’ll be just like Mamba.

                  I wanna see KOmar rebound and play D like Mamba.

    • asifyouknow

      If you knew the history of the guy you would not say the silly things you do. This is normal for him, he is a winning play making player. BUT to do it you got to get the chance.
      I can tell in two seconds what Casey’s “junk” game plan is for Vaz ! If he gives up the ball on top of the key and goes to hide in the corner I know Vaz is going to have a terrible game, is like he puts him in but wants him to do nothing..
      He can help the team when he directs the flow with the ball in his hands, plus he does not panic when the clock is running out, as proven by the last couple games finding open folks with seconds left.
      The good thing is Casey has no choice right now but to give him more minutes, he hates it, Vaz is not his kind of player, but has no choice.
      Casey should be coaching back in 1950 or 1960..lol…….He DOES NOT know how to get the best out of what he got, he puts them in a box and that is it.
      You can talk about Vaz getting beat, I see no difference in getting beat by a full step or a half step those guys still get to the bucket and make the shot if NO ONE is waiting inside.
      I seen DeMar and Ross and Kyle get beat all the time, perception is everything my friend, a quarter or half step don’t look as bad as a full one but guess what those guys still get there and score.
      As a Spurs fan I watch Parker get beat all the time, but guess what? Tim Duncan and company are helping and waiting. Maybe Pops should bench Parker…lol…lol
      Fair enough you do all the hating you want …lol

      • Adriiian

        I don’t like him because he misses shots… And keeps taking them, and keeps missing. The coach has no effect on him missing shots and turning the ball over, doing too much. Stop blaming Casey dude. It’s not all on the coach man.

        Vaz’s history is exactly that, HISTORY. I know he was good on the Hornets, and was like 3rd in assists. But that’s in the past, on the Raptors he’s been 50/50. At best.

        • what the

          NO! it’s the Video Guy I tell you

        • asifyouknow

          My nephews play PlayStation basketball I guess there is a way for a player to never miss a shot. Maybe that is what you been seeing and not real NBA games. Just guessing.
          I see the best players on this team go 0-6… 0-7 Lowry always goes brick before he gets hot . All the players on this team are hot/cold guys.
          You can believe whatever turns you on, but facts are that when the backup Vaz misses a few shots the paranoid coach Casey shuts him down. How do I know this? You just have to believe me.
          Lately there have been a few game where the situation has not allows Casey to shut him off and guess what? In the last 5 games he has bailed this team out twice because Casey had no choice but to keep on playing him.
          You and Casey are in the same boat you just don’t like the guys game. Fair enough.
          Vaz will be a starting PG somewhere next year and Casey will be looking for a job. lol..
          ONE more thing, he doesn’t choke by dribbling the ball off his foot on WINNING PLAYS or miss multiple opportunities to win a game by missing shots, if you take your hate mask off you may notice he always makes the winning plays.. So please give me a break.
          One more thing , his teammates love the guy and that is all that is important.
          Talking to you is useless exercise, so this will be the last time I address your comments. Is all good. Nothing personal

          • What the

            my friend the next time you talk to Vas could you tell him that it’s ok to pass the ball to Novak he can shoot the three, last night for about 4 mins this guy looked off Novak until casey had to take Novak out all 5 players on the floor need to be involve/touch the ball

            • asifyouknow

              I agree I noticed that..but we naver know what they were trying to do …..maybe casey did not want novak to put it up..and im not a vasquez insider i just know thing..lol…tweet him he loves to awnser back

          • noname

            you have a point but i think a) Vas is getting resigned and he has shown that he likes it here. b) Casey isn’t getting fired, but Masai should either hire a good offensive-minded assistant coach or move Casey to assistant coach in charge of all things defense and hire a coach who develops his players better and makes better rotations.

      • afrocarter

        Casey doesn’t know how to get the best out of his players? The same players that play on what has become arguably the 3rd-best team in the east? The same team that was supposed to be a lottery team? Hm.

        • asifyouknow

          Tell you what I will buy a case of beer if he is rehired here? deal?

          • afrocarter

            I will never turn down a case of beer because beer is the heavenly nectar bestowed upon us by the gods themselves. Well, beer that is not called Coors Light, that is. You’re on!

          • bobmasa

            Casey deserve to be assistant coach he is just lucky to have Masai Ujiri as a GM I believe MU wont be stupid to keep him for the next season.

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Remember who you’re talking to, Vasquez the sole reason he initially joined this site. He regularly shit talks Lowry, Derozan and Casey in his efforts to defend Vasquez and make him look like CP3 lol. Don’t get me wrong, I think Vasquez is an important part of our team, it just gets a little hard to listen to sometimes.

      • bobmasa

        Good points!!!

      • nutcup

        Vaz is a very solid piece on a good team, he has heart and passion and hustle. The man was obviously injured when he came here and has improved steadily. The hating by some writers here and fans is inexcsusable. But everybody has an opinion, and sometimes you can even voice it here.

        • asifyouknow

          As a long time bloger I have always said all opinions are valid with reasonable facts …..but im not a believer in making up my own reality,…..we can all agree on that

          • FLUXLAND

            “im not a believer in making up my own reality,”

            “Vaz will be a starting PG somewhere next year and Casey will be looking for a job.”

            LOL!

            So you just have a crystal ball?

            • onemanweave

              Flux, old pal, you’ve been hovering silently watching what moves and hoping it doesn’t — kind of like a turkey vulture.
              Three losses in a row would have been a great opportunity to land. Why not just enjoy the ride. Competitive, entertaining — mostly winning — basketball. Kind of like the Showtime Lakers. Jump on the bandwagon, old buddy, it’s filling up fast.

            • asifyouknow

              Lol time will tell but remember who told you ……you talk as if you know lol

  • Stephen

    Still would rather take my chances on the 4 than the 3 seed, since SCS still has that as more likely to be the Wiz than anyone else (albeit it’s now merely a plurality of their sims – the Wiz are at 40% for 5, Brooklyn is at 33%).

    Looking at the chart, you know what’s really interesting? SCS indicates that the only time that the Raps didn’t have a 50%+ chance of making the playoffs were the two games right before the Gay trade. That’s how bad the East was; a team as dysfunctional as the early-season Raptors still would’ve snuck in more often than not.

    • what the

      NO! we want 3rd, we want banner, we want 1st time in Raptors history a winning record on the road ,we want DEF +4 ,we want to take on any team in the first round come hell or high water cause that the olnly way our transthingy can be born while hearing ” USA USA USA”

      • Stephen

        We can finish 4th and still get the banner, you know. :)

        Win the division, Chicago passes us, bob’s your uncle. And Washington / Indiana is INFINITELY preferable to Brooklyn / Miami.

        • What the

          NO! 3rd is 3rd and 4th is 4th we want 3rd…only 2 teams infront of us and we build on that next season, MU knows what he has to do next season

          • What the

            Book it Raptors will be 2nd in the east next season

            • afrocarter

              !!!

              • What the

                yes you heard me 2nd ,what? don’t you think with a good bench and our two 2015 allstars out to make a statement this will not happen, trust me buddy INDIE or MIA one of them is coming down and the Rap fin 2nd !!!

              • What the

                we have 5 starter avg, double digits in scoring this season how many teams can say that about their starting 5 and its only gonna get better next year drink the kool aid and your evey will open

      • What the

        We want to be 10th in the NBA this season ,we want a killer bench next season and a new video guy, Arse puts up nice videos maybe he can apply for the job .

        • What the

          We want home court …and if Kyle gets us to the 2nd round WOW WOW WOW!

          • What the

            BC to Kyle ” Kyle can you play for Casey?” Kyle to BC “yes I can” do the math

  • golden

    Timely Vasquatch sighting last night and he gets the game ball. But Nando de Polo running around like a chicken with his head on right, definitely injected life in a beaten group and turned the tide. The best zero point game of the season by any Raptor. Equally unsung was DD, with the quietest 31pt game of the year – and efficient.

  • morgan c

    Hayes seems like a great guy and teammate, but he has no place playing the game on this team. Okay, save for last night, we needed him with only 3 bigs on the bench, but Casey’s insistence on playing him 8-13 minutes every game even when the match-up doesn’t call for it, is super dumb. Great write-up. Salmons is such a blah player.

    • What the

      he can also take 6 foul

    • afrocarter

      I think perhaps he just needs to better respect his own limitations. As shown in the above GIFs, there’s no reason why he needs to try and hedge on the pick-n-roll; he’s just not quick enough to do so effectively. Casey should just instruct him to sink down into the paint a la Hibbert or Jefferson.

  • D22

    “Who would go into the nearest telephone booth, don their Batman cape, and spawn the web that would ultimately lay the death blow on these annoying, vile creatures known as the Pelicans. ”

    In one line you managed to morph a Superman, Batman and Spiderman reference into one person? Superman would go into the phone booth and Spiderman spawns the web – not sure where Batman came in?

    • arsenalist

      Batman has those nipples that poke through his kevlar suit. You need them nipples.

  • jlongs

    If I’m the opposing team, my go-to-play would be to do a pick n roll with whomever Demar is guarding. He either gets stuck or gets beat. Every. Damn. Time. I really hope he can improve because we need him to if we want to build on this season’s success. But if he can’t then moving forward I would like for Masai to trade for a two-way all-star caliber wing to replace him. It would be a shame to resort to that because of how much Demar means to the city, but if we want that title, then he either has to improve defensively, or has to go.

    • nutcup

      Yea , what we need to do now that we have won some games is to trade the leading scorer on the team . Then we have to fire the coach , not sign Lowry , trade Val because he obviously is never going to be a player we build around. Tross is not improving and should be let go in some sort of a trade. Matter of fact Masai needs to be fired for putting us in this horrible position of mid pack and no chance of getting some kid one year out of high school that would have absolutely won us a championship next year. What a horrible year to be a raptor fan.

      • Steverino

        Well said, nutcup. I love that jlongs says to trade the one-way all-star wing for a two-way all-star wing. Easy. And while it would be nice to win a championship, and that’s what teams play for, blah blah blah, it’s really irrelevant. You play and compete each game, do the best you can, and hope to win it all. I’ll take any season like this, with an entertaining product on the floor almost every game, even if it results in post-season losses. And yes, I know I’m in the minority.