Oklahoma City Thunder 119 Final
Recap | Box Score
118 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 50 MIN | 12-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 5 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +2

Amir was sensational tonight. Pick and roll beast—including several smart assists. His help defense was the best it’s been in weeks, netting 5 blocks (2 on Durant) guarding the rim while also tracking Serge Ibaka and doing as well as a mere mortal is likely to do guarding Durant. Amir was the most important player on the court for the Raptors tonight.
As an aside, at what point does it become wise to give Amir Johnson a week or two of rest to make sure that his battered ankles and other injuries aren’t holding him back come playoffs? He’s making solid contributions while playing through pain, but the Raptors are in deep trouble with a hobbled Amir in the playoffs, and dead in the water without him. The lack of frontcourt depth is an issue.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5

There is an alternative universe version of Terrence Ross somewhere who plays angry, physical and without hesitation. That Terrence Ross is terrifying on the basketball court. I would like very much for the two of them to spend some time together. A little more Evil Terrence would be a good thing.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 45 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -5

Jonas got several good looks early on and missed all of them. They weren’t bad shots, they just rimmed out. It happens. Roy Hibbert has shot >40% from the floor for at least one 30-day stretch of time each of the last three seasons. Nitpicky fouls continue to find him a little too often. It’s unclear how Jonas was whistled more than Steven Adams in their back-and-forth battles. If Valanciunas wants to win those physical battles, he’s going to have to learn how to invite contact on offense, play the body and get himself to the free throw line.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 46 MIN | 6-16 FG | 8-9 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | +1

Say what you will about Bryan Colangelo, but how one-sided does that Kyle Lowry for (the pick that became) Steven Adams look now? Kyle Lowry was at times the team’s most dominant scorer, best rebounder and best defender. Kyle Lowry was the only player to deny Durant from getting into the paint when guarding him off a switch. He was his usual bulldog self on both ends of the court, and hit a big onions 3 to keep the game alive for OT.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 49 MIN | 9-23 FG | 15-16 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 33 PTS | +3

DeRozan got his points in the first half, but he did not get to the free throw line. He settled for a step-back or fade-away on almost every single shot. That’s well and good when it’s dropping, as it did in the first half. But when it’s not hitting, which has been the case lately and, you know, throughout his entire career. DeMar is a 38% career mid-range shooter and a 30% career 3pt shooter. The second half saw DeMar drive more, continuing to push his recent trend of 10 FTA per game. 33 points and 8 rebounds is great, but 9 of 23 shooting is not. There is a way for DeMar to do everything he did tonight while taking less, or at the very least better shots.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -3

I was really hoping for more of a direct Steven Adams-Tyler Hansbrough matchup. I wanted to know what would happen when they both grabbed each other and pushed off on every rebound. Would they bonk heads in a comical elastic display? Would they accidentally hug? I was hoping for at least one of those double-technical fake fights scenarios where both players pretend like they’re going to do something while putting their faces way too close together and waiting for their teammates to step up and hold them back. Am I the only one who thinks these two are offsetting fouls matched in heaven?

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -10

Salmons came into the game having hit just 3 of his last 17 shots. Tonight he shot a reliable 0 for 4, bringing the streak to 3 of 21. Can Landry Fields seriously not provide similar defense? Not even worth a try? Is he just never healthy? Did he deeply offend Casey somehow? Maybe insulted his awesome old-man suit game? Is Dwayne Casey an old ex-boyfriend of Elaine Alden and it’s a petty jealousy type thing? Because I would get that. Interesting side-note on the state of Fields’ career, if you start typing Landry Fields’ name into Google, by the time you get to “Landry Fiel” the top suggested search is: “Landry Fields wife”. If you’re getting the impression that I’m going out of my way not to talk about John Salmons, you’re not wrong.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4

Steve Novak did an awesome job of checking in to the game for 15 seconds to run in a circle for a pair of inbounds passes.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 9-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +9

When General Greivis isn’t forcing his own shot he can be a tremendously helpful offensive player. Pick and roll, floater, wide-open 3. Those three moves are the General’s wheelhouse, and those are the 3 moves that he used to put up essentially all of team’s points off the bench.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

I have a theory that Nando De Colo doesn’t wear the facemask because of an injury, but so that nobody will be able to identify the face responsible for his play.

Dwane Casey

Casey put Ross on Durant; Durant glued Ross’ feet to the floor and burned him. So Casey put Salmons on Durant, but Durant fleeced him, refusing to grant the senior citizen’s discount. So Casey decided to put Johnson on to Durant. Johnson played great defense on Durant, blocking his shot near the basket and sticking with him. So Durant started draining deep threes over Amir. The point here is that Dwayne Casey should not be held accountable from a coaching perspective for Kevin Durant’s offensive onslaught. Casey made adjustments; it’s just that Kevin Durant isn’t fair. From a schematic perspective, the Raptors responded well to the Thunder’s habits of slipping screens for open jumpers or cuts to the basket. On offense, the Raptor’s exploited the Thunder’s habits of having their big men wait back on pick and rolls and Serge Ibaka’s habit of overplaying for the block. The result was 3 assists for Amir Johnson, either finding the open man low or kicking it back out, all of the free throws for DeMar and a bevy of team offensive rebounds. The decision to unabashedly double team Kevin Durant as soon as he got the ball in overtime worked for 9 minutes and 58.3 seconds of overtime.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Is anybody else concerned about the Raptor coming back too soon? He’s scheduled to come back this Sunday. He tore his ACL in the preseason. It’s too soon! Granted, I’m unfamiliar with costume dinosaur physiology, but do you really want to risk re-injury before playoffs or taking years off of his career?
  2. When is the Air Canada Centre staff going to finally get around to dealing with that Hardwood monster who lives around the free throw line and trips DeMar twice a game out of nowhere when he’s trying to drive to the basket? That monster is a dick. Those turnovers are adding up; something needs to be done about it.
  3. We need to gather together as a society and do absolutely everything we possibly can to protect Russell Westbrook’s right knee. They took Penny Hardaway from us. They took Derrick Rose. They cannot have Russell Westbrook.
  4. For anyone else who overdosed on first round college ball yesterday, tonight was your fifth and sixth overtime games in the last 24 hours. I’m starting to forget what life not watching basketball all day long was like.
  5. Kevin Durant is a cheat code.
  • Adriiian

    Salmons… All those millions won’t help you sleep tonight.

    • FREEJV

      Okc is takin him out to dinner so yes

      • Adriiian

        What were the chances of that comeback? I mean, we had to win in that situation 99 out of 100 times at least…

        • FREEJV

          no when salmons missed those fts i knew they were going for the 3. Basically the last seconds of the game we were playing 6 on 4 with Salmons switching to OKCs side

    • Minks77

      God told salmons he doesnt want the raps to get the 3 seed

      • FREEJV

        god told salmons to get OKC the win and so he did.

        • Guest

          Terrible reply. First joke hilarious. You’re joke sad and awful.

          • FREEJV

            thats what she said about you last night….

  • Andre Julian Ward

    Please, just give Salmons an F….

    • FREEJV

      Z*

  • Eric

    Heck of a game. Raps all the way. Tough loss but tons of heart.

    • not world class

      You cannot blow an 8 point lead with less than a minute remaining. This wan epic and inexcusable collapse, Durant or not. This team, other than the Brooklyn game, which was a total fluke, cannot execute down the stretch. I do not know an NBA team who in its history have given the opposition so many miraculous victories. This game will cost the Raptors the Atlantic

      • Nerius

        Over the years – maybe. This season they are leading the league in 4Q point differential. So it’s rather subjective – you remember these games better than the ones Raps won by 8 after they rallied.

        • not world class

          One and six in overtime. 4Q differential only shows Raptors can win going away. I can think of only the Brooklyn game where they executed and won in the last minute, and that was on Brooklyn for a retarded inbounds pass. This last month they blew a smaller lead to Washington in OT. Remember?

  • chacha166

    John Salmons serves an F

  • noname

    k at first i just wanted Salmons benched in favor of fields…but now i want him fired out of a cannon back to sacromento!!!!!!! F u Salmons i wish fields would just get your minutes i bet he would’ve made at least one of those free throws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • De Colo

    I blame John Salmons solely from this game, whether it’s warranted or not. He can’t shoot, he’s supposed to be the oldest veteran on the team but yet he doesn’t lead by example that’s for sure. How bout making 1 fucking free throw to make sure at the worst it goes to OT, I never thought I’d miss Landry Fields so much

    • De Colo

      Another OT obviously

  • FREEJV

    This is dumb. Salmons deserves a Z Casey deserves a Z for putting him in what a fuckin joke.

    • jakdripr

      Don’t blame casey, how was he supposed to know a veteran shooting guard would mess up an inbounds pass and then miss two bloody free throws. I mean sure, I don’t get why he plays the fish either but this loss is on one person and one person alone.

      Now if Casey continues to play him even after this debacle(and the string of games leading to tonight) I’ll jump on the “Fire Casey” bandwagon as well.

      • FREEJV

        nah man . we had de colo who played some minutes tonight why not put him in so we have another pg out there. salmonss wasnt doing shit on defense either .

        • asifyouknow

          Agree

        • jakdripr

          You know what, you’re right, he shouldn’t have put salmons in. But he did a lot right tonight, so I guess what I should have said was don’t let one mistake ruin what was a good night for the coach. I mean like I said, there’s no way he could have predicted salmons would stink it up the way he did.

      • JCREX

        dont blame casey? i dont know if you’ve noticed but salmons has been playing like garbage the past 3 weeks. he loves to bench t ross and jv if they miss 2 shots in a row but he doesnt care when salmons and hayes play like trash.

        • asifyouknow

          I see fans want to lynch Salmons but are giving Casey a pass on the loss…..Not a beep about how terrible the coach of the year candidate did in protecting an 8 point lead with 49 seconds left.
          Folks LET ME SAY IT again, and 8 (eight) point lead with 49 seconds left.
          Tomorrow I’m going to do research on how many times that had happened this year ..I’ll report in a few days.

          • jakdripr

            Didn’t the spurs blow a 6 point lead with 30 seconds left in the nba finals? I guess popovich is a horrible coach as well.

            • FREEJV

              8 pt lead and 6 pt lead are way different…….

              • jakdripr

                Are you actually being serious right now? They had 10 fewer seconds, two separate players missed free throws and they missed two defensive rebounds. Never mind the fact this would have been the winning game of the nba finals. Say what you want but that was a significantly worse breakdown than us.

                The only thing this team did wrong last night(other than salmons stinking it up) was that horrible offensive possession that resulted in lowry chucking up a long three. The thunder just hit some very very difficult shots.

            • Guest

              A+. Thank you for that.

            • asifyouknow

              Ok i only been whatching casey since the trade and time after time he has showen that he cant do finishes…..do you remenber yhe games? If uou dont ill post them later

              • jakdripr

                Oh I remember. I remember the Brooklyn game where his defensive scheme lead to a steal and a bucket, the golden state game where it lead to 5 turnovers in 5 minutes from steph curry, the pelican game where we held them to 30% shooting in the 4th. I remember this team being the number one team in the nba in fourth quarter differential, I remember them beating Dallas(twice), the thunder, the pacers, and the grizzlies all in the fourth quarters of their respective games.

                I’m no fanboy, Casey has a lot to learn before he’s on the level of the greats but he’s still a VERY young coach(5 nba seasons is nothing) and has a young team playing hard for him every single night. You’re talking about a team of 20 something year olds that have never lost by 20 all season, that is a sign of good coaching right there. But all y’all only chose to remember the losses and forget the wins, completely ignoring the fact that we are 8 games over .500 and have beaten a lot of good teams to get there.

                • mtaddy

                  100% agree with this statement, sure has made some bone headed plays but people need to fucking understand that Casey is not a “TERRIBLE” coach as everyone claims him to be. If Salmon’s came in a hit FTs and inbounded the ball properly, then Casey would be getting praise for inserting a veteran that has had experience in these situations. But he fucks up and Casey gets all the blame? Come on! People want progress so fast but this is valuable learning experiences for the team and, as pissed off as I was after the game, I rather have this type of game in the regular season than in the post season. We are the 3rd youngest team in the playoffs, first if you account our inexperience in the playoffs. We are 8 games above .500, a mark we have never been at in a long time, last time with Bosh with an OLD team. Now we have a young core playing good basketball and we have to fire Casey? Fuck outta here, unless we sign Lionel Hollins or someone of that nature I rather keep Casey.

                • asifyouknow

                  Hollins favorite player of all time is Rudy Gay and you can bet a mill that he would bring him back as soon a s he can, so please hire Casey…lol

            • JCREX

              dont ever compare casey to popovich again, when casey leads his team to 10+ 50 win seasons in a row then you can compare them

              • jakdripr

                And where exactly did I compare pop to casey? I said even a coach as great as Pop has blown big leads in games(didn’t he also let T-mac drop 13 points in a minute) so people need to stop acting like only terrible coaches have this shit happen to them.

                But you’re so determined to just start an argument that you ignored that point and came to some farfetched conclusion.

                • JCREX

                  Because you said even popovich makes these mistakes giving casey a pass for another blown loss. Do you not watch alot of raptor games? i watch every game and he makes the same dumbass decisions all the time. Play salmons over ross even though ross is superior in every part of the game. Plays hayes over jv most games even though jv is better at every part of the game. Does popovich play boris diaw over kwahi leonard at the end of the game because casey would. Im not saying he’s a terrible coach but he’s no coach of the year. He’s maybe around the 20th best coach in the league and thats pushing it, and thats why masai will not extend him because he is not a championship level coach and i dont think he’ll ever get there. He has a boner on for veterans and stars. Derozan for example plays weak defense, turns the ball over and takes long distance mid range shots alot and yet never holds him accountable, happened with gay all year until he got traded. Salmons played like garbage all game, made a bad inbound play, missed key freethrows, and he still left him in the game to inbound again!! look at teams like washington, portland or golden state they let there young players thrive and look how they developed.

                • jakdripr

                  I actually do watch a lot of these raptors games, and last time I checked we’re winning more games than we’re losing. It seems the only time y’all remember Casey is our coach is when we lose, because I can’t understand how in spite of all the big wins Casey has gotten out of this roster y’all are still convinced he’s not a solid coach. I mean sure, he blew an 8 point lead in 49 seconds, but his defensive scheme’s are what even got us that 8 point lead to begin with. Do you see where I’m coming from here? Y’all are always looking at the glass half empty, only ever noticing the mistakes he makes and not realizing that not too long ago we were on pace to become the worst defensive team in nba history.

                  Like I’ve said, there’s A LOT of room for improvement, but the solid foundation is there, he has this team defending and playing hard night in and night out(two signs of VERY good coaching). Under his development Derozan has improved his game year after year, he’s gotten a career year out of Lowry and for all your complaints about our young players Ross and Valencuinas are both developing really well this season, sure they’ve had their ups and downs(valencuinas especially) but the progress is being made.

                  He could afford to loosen the leash a little, but on the other hand our last coach was too soft on Bargnani and look how that turned out. The boys are developing solid habits under him.

                  The grass is always greener my friend, all those coaches you listed all have their issues but you chose to focus on what they’re each doing right, while ignoring what they’re doing wrong.

                • JCREX

                  hey man i agree with alot that you said there. he does have this team playing hard and defending which are probably the 2 most important things. i wouldnt credit derozans development to casey though he greatly improved in the offseason i knew he was going to be an allstar this year in the preseason. also lowry has always had the talent he just had a bad attitude he just matured as a person.

                  As far as being a solid coach i just dont see it. he makes alot of rookie mistakes in cruical moments and he does brag about being in the nba for 20 years. He iso’s derozan 90% of the time in under 2 mins in the game and it rarely works. He plays over the hill veterans instead of our lottery picks. The best way to develop young players is to play them in big situations they dont learn from the bench. 25 mins a game for a #5 draft pick(jv) and a 8th(ross) just isnt enough especially when your playing a scrub like hayes i mean these guys were bench warmers for the worst team in the west. You can see at times this year his short leash with jv and ross had ruined their confidence and hurt their development. Personally id feel alot more comfortable with a proven coach like hollins or karl moving forward i can see casey getting badly outcoached in the playoffs.

      • Adriiian

        Yeah, everyone acting like a coach after the game. You’re totally right man.

        TRoss was garbage, I mean it was the only move, a no-brainer. You put the veteran in. It’s out of his control from there.

        Hindsight is 20/20. Too many smart-asses here.

        • JCREX

          t ross was garbage but salmons wasnt? fuck outta here ross had a better game even while shooting poorly he held kd to 2-10 shooting the first half

        • FREEJV

          Salmons had like a million open 3s. If ross got those open looks its 50/50 salmons is like 10/90. stop defending his ass when was the last time he scored in double digits. you better go check his game logs from last year L.O.L

        • Guest

          They’re not smart asses though they’re dumb asses. I got no problem people ripping on the team, they just have selective memories. For instance, every time I’ve seen Ross pulled this year its never been for a missed shot, but a boneheaded turnover and stupid shit on defence. Mental mistakes. Not missing shots fool.

          • JCREX

            stupid shit on defence? ross is the best defender on the whole team. have you ever noticed he guards the best player on the other team every game? even the point guards. in the 4th quarter who has been guarding george, wall, irving, lebron, affalo, johnson, KD. do you actually watch the games or just listen to jack armstrong

  • Age

    I dont appreciate having my heart ripped out in a matter of seconds.

    Vasquez – just for future situations, until you won the game don’t be dancing and smiling on the sidelines.

    • De Colo

      Yep, another loss and more banging on Vasquez, without Vasquez there will be no OT 1 or 2, he can dance if he wants, what is this? Nazi Germany?

      • Steverino

        Vasquez couldn’t believe that call that gave him his sixth personal. Nobody could. Instead of whining and complaining, all he could do was laugh about it, both with Durant and the ref. I hope the league comes out and says it was the wrong call.

        • asifyouknow

          Everyone so far has said the call was a -protect the superstar call-.. I see those “lean in” all the time…..terrible call specially for the home team……….

    • FREEJV

      shut up.

      • FREEJV

        btw he was smiling at the call you re dumb

        • Age

          He was? Go back and see the dancing and laughing during time-out when raps up 8.
          Loved his play tonight, but act like you been there.

          • FREEJV

            8 pt lead with 40 secs id be smiling too. fuckin salmons fucked everything up once again.

          • not world class

            He should’ve been dancing, because an 8 point lead with a minute should be a lock, even If you are staring at Michael Jordan, the 87 Lakers or the 1960s Celtics on the other end. The only franchise in the history of the NBA who blows these leads plays in Toronto. If Chick Hearn would have called Raptors games, the refrigerator door would never close until after the final buzzer

            • FREEJV

              or if tmac was on the other side maybe but not This shitty okc team . when we started doubling durant this okc team looked like an 8th seeder.

              • not world class

                The point is when a team is up 8 with less than a minute, the other teams does not win the game, you lose it. Same can be said if there was 2 minutes on the clock and Toronto was up 8.

    • Adriiian

      Can we get a gif of that?

  • Shockey12

    How do you know this was a good game?
    The fans didn’t even notice when they got 100 points.

  • emau5

    disappointing recap, i wanted some emotion on salmons

  • FIELDS>SALMONS

    LANDRY FIELDS > JOHN SALMONS!!!!!!!

    • FREEJV

      AARON GRAY> SALMONS

      • Bobbby

        Your mom>Salmons

    • asifyouknow

      Yea I think is time to play salmons every other game… that appears to be the rest that he needs ,,,he does play defense…

      • FREEJV

        what defense!!!!!!! the game was basically amir vs durant SALMONS DIDNT DO SHIT!!!!

    • jjdynomite

      JULYAN STONE’S JOCKSTRAP >>> SALMONS

    • FREEJV

      ANDREA BARGNANI> JOHN SALMONS. nah jk they both shit

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Hahàha.. but at least primo could hit an open shot

        • FREEJV

          i know he would ve at least hit one of those free throws. i can guarantee that at least. salmons is a clown. he looks like one too with that creepy ass beard.

  • RobertArchibald

    There is zero reason to have John Salmons in the game. What is he bringing to the table? That’s on Casey.

  • FREEJV

    YOU GET PAID MILLIONS TO THROW A BALL INTO A BASKET AND YOU CANT EVEN DO THAT SALMONS GTFO!

  • Brett

    That part at the end was just so frustrating. The Raptors are above average but any elite team would have closed that game out properly. If only Kevin Durant was a Raptor…

    • Steverino

      If Kevin Durant was a Raptor, I’d find a new team to cheer for.

  • FREEJV

    Game ends with derozan shooting a long 2 fadeaway. Ironic? i think not

    • Steverino

      That was the worst. He’s just dying to hit a game-winner but has no idea how to. Meanwhile, Novak got open at the top of the arc and there was no pass. I’d much rather take my chances with Novak facing square up to the hoop than DeRozan fading back and to the right… back and to the right… back and to the right…

  • RobertArchibald

    If you take away the measly 4 REBs and 1 AST, Salmons had the classic Smitch line. 0,0,0,0,0. Useless.

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    Bench meet John Salmons. I think you two will get along fine .

    What a game though. Unbelievable effort by the Raps.

    • FREEJV

      u mean unbelievable effort by okc? cuz they were the ones down 8 pts with 1 minute

      • Colonel_Hapablapp

        In the 4th the Raps were down a bit and rallied to tie it. We played extremely well and took the best team to.it’s absolute limit.

      • Guest

        Seemed like he meant Raps man.

        R-A-P-S are all pretty from from O-K-C on the keyboard.

    • Minks77

      A mature reply from a raps fan? Wow, a rarity in these parts. You’d think KD just took all these guys lunch money, girl and banged their moms.

      Raps lost in double OT by a point to a superior team and one of the two best players in a generation. Suck it up, hate on salmons leave the rest alone. Casey gets judged on his body of work, not one loss. We’re still the third seed, need to right the ship and weather the injuries. It’s gonna be ok. See?

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    List of major mistakes in the last 35 seconds.
    1) Commercial ran too long so we didn’t get to see OKC 3 pointer to make it 118-113.
    2) Kyle Lowry deciding to hold on to the ball wayyyy too long and then attempt to get a shot off against the second leading shot blocker in the NBA ( Serge Ibaka). Kyle has to recognize that there is a mismatch somewhere and get rid of the ball.
    3) Officials stopping the game after Fisher hits 3 to make it 118-116. It was not even close so this only helped OKC set up their defence.
    4) Casey not calling a timeout that would have brought the ball to half court, instead of having to get it in under our own basket.
    5) Salmons getting himself positioned directly under our basket, Salmons deciding to try to throw a high pass with limited height available, Salmons throwing to no open Raptor, Salmons throwing the pass directly under our basket and last but not least Salmons turning over the ball.
    6) Salmons not making up for his brain fart by missing both free throws.

    This loss will be very tough to recover from.

    • GoingBig

      “This loss will be very tough to recover from”

      Winning – there’s your recovery – Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston, and Boston

      • FREEJV

        and after that i think it goes miami houston indiana…… bye atlantic division title

        • Guest

          You’re such a sad little pessimist dude. Living in Toronto must be brutal. You’re all so jaded. Must be the smog.

          • FREEJV

            shut up clown get off my dick noone asked you to comment

  • RaptorsKOR

    I don’t want to eat Salmons anymore. Getting sick of Salmons!!

  • Musik

    The vet chokes on his free throws…SMH. Crazy game though

  • Quest

    we competed with and should have beat arguably the best team in the league save for one mans costly errors and another’s unreal shot making ability.

  • Sam

    So biased. So much unnecessary hate coming DeRozans way. It’s blatant, petty and should stop.

    • jakdripr

      I don’t think that’s unnecessary hate, it’s honest constructive criticism. I mean he still gave him an A-, but the fact is he shouldn’t rely on those mid-range jumpers because they just aren’t consistent. I mean having them in your game is good, but that shouldn’t be your bread and butter like it’s been these past few games. He’s an athletic guard, why make the defenders job easier?

  • Lyall

    If I were Salmons, I’d be swimming my ass down river by now. 0-4 Mo Pete’s sake.

  • Fuck Salmons!

    No! Fuck this shit! You don’t get to pussy out and not give Casey or Salmons an F! Salmons did jack shit this game and threw the game for us! He deserves a fucking F! As for Casey, he gets an F too if not at least a D-. Why the fuck is he putting Salmons in the game when he’s fucking useless on the floor. He’s not playing defense on anyone particularly important. He’s been absolute zero cold this entire game. Secondly, why the fuck is he even inbounding? Seriously Casey?

    • FREEJV

      loool. Comment of the night.

  • Maahfaace

    the only thing john salmons provides is slightly above average defense, Ross, in my mind is a better defender, so why the hell not let him play in crunch time? Gotta learn at some point

    • Nerius

      Ross apparently hurt his hip and was unavailable. Or at least that’s the excuse.

      • FREEJV

        no he didnt thats an excuse so casey doesnt get ripped on hes a clown

  • golden

    Salmons spawned a long, long time ago. We all know what needs to happen next…

  • Ion66

    I had salmon in my fridge. I threw it out.

    • FREEJV

      There is human crap, there is dog crap, there is the crap that your grandma takes, there is andrea bargnani and then there is …… John Salmons.

  • FLUXLAND

    They took Brandon Roy and Jonathan Bender, too.

  • unknown

    Who was KD staring down in the corner sideline? That was sick…like he wanted to eviscerate the guy.

    Unbelievable. Not much else to say.

  • FREEJV

    KD is great but if salmons makes his fuckin free throws the game is over.

  • Antoine Rose

    next game salmons gets straight ass boo’d

  • Guest

    Why the hell does Casey let Salmons play through all his bullshit mistakes but pulls out Ross after 5 minutes. Landry does a better job than stupid salmons anyways, Casey deserves as much blame as Salmons friggin guy with his stupid unreasonable substitution patterns

    • JCREX

      i know its so frusterating. casey will bench ross and jv after one mistake and puts salmons and hayes in. i mean come on what is he thinking. he lets salmons go 1-9 shooting and will not pull him. chuck hayes will miss point blank lay ups and get burned on defense. i wonder how a coach whose “been around the nba for 20 years” still makes such rookie mistakes.

    • Quest

      ross hurt his hip

  • asifyouknow

    I don’t pay attention to the grades but Casey given an A is a gift.
    The bad:
    Casey taking the ball out under the bucket at the end of the game. Not a good move . Mr. Casey you let your guys down.

    Casey has proven once again he does not know how to close a game. He had an eight point lead with 49 seconds left and gave Durant a chance to beat him with a three. It should of never got to Salmons two missed foul shots.

    Salmons could of just dribble the dam ball…DeMar and Amir where wide open in the middle of the court, all he had to do lunch it pass half court……..Just bad moves all the way around…

    One more complain about Casey ..MAKE DURANT give it up, double him and let someone else beat you….It worked a few times during the game.

    The good:
    Guys are still battling hard.
    Amir appears to be ok, Patterson should be back soon and Vasquez since the all-star break is officially back to the Vasquez I know.
    Next !

    • Age

      Were you watching the same game??? They doubled KD both OT’s and KD gave it to Fisher for air balls…until it mattered.

      • asifyouknow

        Yes we were watching the same game …coaches in the NBA don’t lose 8 point leads with 49 seconds left…The ones that do don’t keep a job…
        Most coaches run the base line in this situation, I’m an idiot and I know that from watching basketball. He is a working coach! sorry I cant give the guy a break…
        Is all good we all will forget by next win…lol

        • Guest

          Wouldn’t you say most players run the baseline? I doubt Casey told Salmons “make sure not to run the baseline.” I seem to be the only person willing to defend my boy John (not for tonight’s debacle, just in general… I must have on my Iverson coloured glasses still.)

          The two giant mistakes were not calling timeout to advance to half and the side inbounds… and then john not running the baseline for a better angle on that pass… interestingly, last game (or the one before) Devlin went on a rant about how Amir confirmed with the ref about if he could run the baseline and how smart Amir is…. so what Salmons was up to I don’t know.

          Now, he should have hit those freethrows, but no coach in the league is concerned with that. Sometimes you miss shots… thats life. It’s about fixing the decesions that led to that moment… i.e. better inbounds, lowry not dribbling out both shot clock possessions, and everything before that. That’s what a COACH is concerned with. Bloggers and commentors can bitch about missed FT’s, they’re not really the point.

    • FREEJV

      there are no goods from this game. Blowing an 8 pt lead is a joke. Blame Salmons (2 missed Fts , turnover, 36373464 missed open 3s. want me to go on?)

      • asifyouknow

        Freejv my point is that it should of never got to that point , that sequence after the 8 point lead looked like a bunch of playground players ..that is on coaching…

      • Guest

        No. Children who overreact don’t add much to a conversation. There’s always something good to take away from any game. They’re called learning moments. And the Raps are clearly poor at studying cause they’ve had about 500 of them but we all learn at our own pace.

  • DXNNYVΣGΛ

    WILL DWANE CASEY FUCKING LEARN NOW? JESUS CHRIST MAN PUT IN LANDRY FIELDS OR ROSS? RAPTORS DESERVED THIS AND NOW BROOKLYN IS 1.5 BEHIND US. UGHHHH.

    • FREEJV

      no he wont. salmons will get 30 minutes next game.

  • Jonathan Wong

    Casey does not deserve a A, should have played Fields instead of Salmons. Be afraid everyone, Casey will play Salmons 20-25 mins a game come playoffs time

    • JCREX

      i know all this coach of the year talk with vanish in the playoffs once people strart watching the raptors for real and see his terrible coaching decisions

  • Chacha166

    I wonder what’s going on in Masai’s head right now

  • Andre Julian Ward

    Salmons had us “sleeping with the fishes” tonight.

  • jakdripr

    I’m sorry but no, I understand you’re probably trying not to throw anyone under the bus, but this loss lands squarely on the shoulders of Salmons. He hits those two free throws, heck he hits one of two and you’re looking at a different ball game, never mind the fact he almost threw the ball away towards the end. Dude deserves the lowest grade possible, and then he deserves to never, and I mean NEVER leave the bench again. I give three shits how good his defence is, I give a damn about his “veteran” presence(kinda vet misses free throws?), just please never let him play again.

  • coachftw

    I actually would not be surprised if Leo Rautins gave the ENTIRE Thunder roster BJ’s tonight the way he was praising them. It was beyond reason. I cannot stand him. He is disgustingly bad. I swear he beats off to KD .. seriously

    • FREEJV

      loooool word.

    • whatthe?

      Thanks for the laugh. My tv automatically mutes Leo when he speaks!

    • Eunys

      Prefer Jack…at least he says Baccardiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    • Dr. Scooby

      L E O Rautins – the anti-homer broadcaster

  • Eunys

    I went from jumping on my sofa to almost crying in less than 40 sec…This is scary I have never seen that especially for a team playing at home….Durant is a beast but he disappointed me with his arrogant behavior at the end…he needs to learn how to be a Kobe or a Jordan…no style at all…So proud of my raptors (Minus Salmons) !!! but once again Dwayne CASSY coaches like a cheerleader and getting an A

    • FREEJV

      he didnt even do anything he was just lookin out into the ocean. stop hating. If you gonna hate on someone hate on John fuckin Salmons.

      • Eunys

        go watch teh tape again Durant was shouting to the crowd

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Sat there beaking off at Amir before shooting at the line for no apparent reason. You could read his lips as he said “yeah you heard me… bitch”. Not sure what he said in between but it looked arrogant as well. KDs honestly one of my favorite players, but the way he acted throughout the game wasn’t classy.

          • Steverino

            I’ve never liked Durant. I might be the only one because he seems to get nothing but love from everywhere. When LeBron hadn’t won a championship yet, that’s all you heard — that he was a loser. But Durant gets a pass for some reason.

    • Guest

      He was flapping his arms and saying something about “chicken,” so I guarantee someone was chirping him all game about having chicken wings for arms or something.

  • EBERG151

    This loss doesn’t lie squarely on Salmons. The Raptors had two 20-second timeouts remaining when this game was over and should’ve used one of them instead of using Salmons to throw in from the baseline. What about the last two Raptors’ possessions where Lowry just dribbled around until the end of the shot clock? There is a difference between killing the clock and not running an offense.

    • jjdynomite

      Sorry, fish cakes are circular, not square, so the 3rd OT lies in Salmon’s gullet. Who the hell — ostensibly a historically good FT shooter — bricks two FTs in double OT? Can’t believe he gets $1 million for being bought out next season. NBA action… it’s FANtastic.

    • Mexiballer

      Are you sure about that? They could have taken the ball out on the side by using a 20 second timeout?

    • Eunys

      This coach is a really cheerleader..that s why I call him CASSY…he makes so many mistakes! Not ready for prime time

  • Honest Abe

    33 pts on 23 shots, whether you like it or not, is very efficient. It’s DeRozan so RR will nitpick and bitch about him non stop. This Fanbase is so hard on him. DeRozan is my favourite player, yes I know Lowry is a superior player, but that doesn’t mean shit on DeRozan and praise every other player. Just because Lowry is better does not mean DeRozan is bad. This is a recurring thing, it’s horrible. He’s a great guy and player, so is Lowry. They are the top two players on the team. Show both of them love.

    • or nah?

      To be honest, Lowry’s not superior. If you ask me, I say DeRozan is the best player on the team. But Kyle Lowry is the best player on the team THIS SEASON. Like really, this is his first good year. I’m not hating, I love Lowry but people gotta get the facts straight.

      • ad

        Lowry IS a superior player. This is both of their best seasons and lowry is better. Put it simply, he does way more things that help this team win games.

      • Minks77

        This is lowrys best year but not his first good year. Maybe his first good year as a rap but otherwise he’s been a pretty fine player in Houston and Memphis

    • Steverino

      DeRozan is talented but he’s not a smart player by any means. Plus his balance is horrid. How many times does he fall down in a game, seemingly out of nowhere? Plus I think he’s hit one game-winner in his career — and that was on a pass to him for a shot, not one that he created himself.

  • Eunys

    We need to win 5 straight wins before I forget this one……Go raptorssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Jared

    Hansbrough joke post game reactions are getting old. Explain the grade, give insight, some analysis, end with a one sentence zinger.

  • truth

    I blame Casey for putting Salmons as the in bounder on such a crucial play…he does not know how to read his players. The guy had been making terrible decisions all game and you leave him in to throw the ball away and miss 2 FT’s. Salmons was either high this game or told a buddy to bet the farm on OKC.

    Tough fucking loss

  • j bean

    Patman was sorely missed tonight.

    • FREEJV

      could ve used him at SG instead of that retard salmons even tho hes a PF. thats how bad salmons is.

  • Guest

    The way Dwyane Caseys mind works really should be studied. Salmons turned the ball over the first time and made up for it immediately. Then he misses 2 free throws which could have sealed us a season series sweep of OKC. Despite all this, what angers me the most is that Casey LEAVES Salmons in the game and then makes him INBOUND the ball again. I am sick and tired of the veteran excuse being thrown out there every time Caseys asked why he wouldn’t trust anybody else other than Salmons. He really does have an interesting way of thinking I’ll give him that…

  • asifyouknow

    Refs were star struck tonight ..they gave Durant multiple breaks,,,

  • Eunys

    That hurts…really..had to cancel my romantic night..Salmons you owe me this

  • holycrapolo

    All down hill after Vasquez fouled out on ref’s call. After that the game slowed way down and seemed to not want to end until okc regrouped and caught their breath.

  • bobmasa

    You are giving Dwane Casey A are you kidding me??? He deserve F- and I pray to MU to kick him and his John Salmons.

  • FREEJV

    when did salmons get traded to OKC i think i missed that part

  • ad

    What a painful loss. Fucking salmons. A vet should be able to make free throws like that. Now the schedule gets MUCH easier.Have to take advantage.

    • FREEJV

      have you seen our 3 games at the end of the month. G.O.O.D L.U.C.K

      • Guest

        Wouldn’t you have said that about this game? And yet you’re devastated we didn’t win. Why? Didn’t you expect them to lose?

        • FREEJV

          westbrook got injured. they have noone else other than durant who we kept doubling……….

  • ih8vasquez

    Eat a dick John

  • JCREX

    does anyone else agree that this coach of the year talk for casey is a total joke? were like 3-13 in games decided by 3 points or less, thats not coach of the year material. the coach of the year is a joke anyways because the best coach never wins it. if you asked the gm’s in the league which coach they would want to coach their team not one of them would choose casey in their first 10 choices. he is a good defensive coach but he cant develop players for shit, bad rotations, bad inbound plays, cant close out games. plays his old ass veterans instead of his young lottery picks. this is a young mans game why does he insist on playing salmons and hayes.

    • Hassan Mehmood Khan

      especially salmons , he has nothing to provide us he should not play for the rest of the season

  • Quest

    guys don’t worry, soon teh Pattman will be here to save the day and restore our bench to it’s former glory!

    • FREEJV

      im worried about our wings off the bench not our bigs. Did that rhyme or what

  • Abused Raptors Fan

    Wanna know why we lost this game, and other close games? Read the Canada.com article on the refs lack of respect for the Raps. In the 4th Q overall, we’re near the top in foul and FT rate differential. In a close game with less than 2 min remaining? Near the bottom of the league in both!

  • Eunys

    We lose anytime that Leo Rautins is broadcasting…his comments are just bad energies! Useless guy

  • bringthethunder

    hey just a thunder fan stopping by. I have mad respect for the raptors (players and fanbase) after tonight. that’s a good team, playoff caliber no doubt, the thunder played tonight. really liked the class lowry and derozan showed checkin on russ after he went down. good luck to your boys the rest of the season. Hope the raptors can give the heat and/or pacers hell come playoff time.

    • bringthethunder

      not that I ever disrespected em, since they almost swept my thunder this season 😉

  • Shugaz

    Bring back Sam Mitchell!!!!

  • Shugaz

    Raptors are always competitive and always play hard but in close games…. They are sub par….. No Execution down the stretch….. Every game in the play off is going to be decided in the last two
    Minutes and this team hasn’t shown they could win close games. So I hate to be a downer but a first round exit seems very possible….

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    TBH we should blame salmons for this loss more then we should congratulate KD . if salmons even makes one of those free throws we dont loose

  • HateCasey

    Casey an A that’s a joke for sure

  • HateCasey

    De Colo should had play instead of Salmons… We should be using him more.

  • HateCasey

    Great Amir!!! without a doubt we need him fresh for the playoffs… another good news is GV getting better and better. We need another C to help sorry but we can not depend on Chuck e Cheese. What we really need urgently is another coach…seriously no sense at all very poor basketball coaching. I’m proud of the guys but we need a better coach.

  • Blair

    Salmons +/- in the past 6 games are as follows: -10, -3, -13, -20 and -8. He had the worst +/- on the team in five out of the six games and the second worst in the 6th. You don’t need advanced stats to tell you this guy shouldn’t be anywheres near the hardwood. Also, he is shooting 28.6% in the past ten games, 36% on the season and has no lateral movement making him one of our biggest liabilities on the court (chuck hayes aside)

    • mountio

      Vets win games!

  • DP-Baller

    Salmons had money on this game. There is literally no other explanation than that,

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