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Recap | Box Score
96 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -3

NO-NO-NO-NO- NO-NO-NO-NO- NO-NO-NO-NO- NO-NO-NO-NO to an Amir Johnson knee injury. I may have started to throw things and pace across the room in panic when he hit the deck holding his knee. Looks like he’s ok. Amir put up a 6-8-1-3-1 stat line that was a lot louder than it looks. He played a few less minutes after playing 50 on bad ankles friday night. There is such a notable difference with this team when anybody but Amir Johnson is playing the PF spot.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +12

Ross’ legs looked tired as everything from outside was coming up an inch or two short. He needs to put the ball on the floor and drive from the corner past the rotating defender closing out to try and find some rhythm. He responded to his justified benching early by coming back in to the game and immediately hammering a huge dunk into his 2013-2014-highlight reel. Ross then disappeared from relevance for a long stretch before Casey uncharacteristically put him back in for the key end of game push. He responded well and contributed to the team’s late comeback.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 33 MIN | 2-4 FG | 9-10 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +14

Valanciunas’ jubilant response whenever he actually gets a foul call to go his way is indicative of how the whistle has worked for him this season. That shouldn’t last for long because he is going to spend an awful lot of time shooting free throws in his career with the kind of offensive rebounding he does. He went to the line 5 times and hit 9 of 10. If you have any complaints about 13 and 13 from your center, you’re not going to get any audience for them from me.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +11

Kyle Lowry put the team on the back doh’. Lowry’s first half numbers weren’t overwhelming, but he was one of the few Raptors who at least brought his full effort and intensity on both ends. Kyle Lowry embodied the late comeback and sealed it with a beautiful steal off the inbounds pass for a breakaway layup to seal the win. He always works hard, plays physical and delivers. How is Kyle Lowry not the most overwhelmingly popular athlete in this city?

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 8-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +6

DeRozan came out like he woke up 20 minutes before the game and was still waiting for the coffee to kick in. Made a nice pass out of the pick and roll to Ami for a dunk to wake up, which is a big heads-up play for him. DeMar had Schroeder on him and everyone else cleared out for an iso. Instead of fading away for a jumper he posted the much smaller guard up and scored an easy bucket. That’s exactly what we want to see from him. He vacillated back and forth between the good and the bad DeMar on the offensive end for the rest of the game. Luckily, the bad DeMar logged in for the 3rd quarter while the good DeMar showed up for the 4th to help the Raptors close out and win a game they ought not to have had any business winning.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8

Hansbrough is so consistently over-aggressive when he gets a chance to roll to the rim or put up his own shot. Easy big fella. Energy and aggression can be good things, but we need a little less Anakin Skywalker and a little more Ob-Wan Kenobi control from ‘The Big Effort’ if he’s going to be helpful beyond rebounding. Hansbrough grabbed some tough offensive rebounds in traffic and got fouled. That’s his game. It isn’t pretty or high profile, but that’s what it is.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +16

Give Credit to Hayes for contributing in a shifting role on a night with musical chairs lineup shuffling. He put in a couple of weak-side put back and fought for position on backdoor lay-ups.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2

John Salmons came in to the game and the world didn’t collapse in on itself. Take note and find sanity, Raptors fans.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

Landry Fields lives! Well, briefly.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

Steve Novak actually had a good defensive possession, wrestling for the ball with Elton Brand and forcing a jump ball. Let’s celebrate the small victory here.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +1

Vasquez destroyed Schroeder, putting his shoulder past him and getting to the unguarded rim at will. He continues to create offence off the bench, but he needs to reign in that 3pt shot when it isn’t dropping and he isn’t wide open. Ray Allen he is not. 0 for 5 from 3, he is.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | +2

Nando De Colo hit a 3-pointer! That’s fun. He countered it with a pair of bad passes directly to the wrong team in the first few minutes of the 4th quarter. Let’s chalk it up to Nando still getting acclimated to a new offence and hope it improves.

Dwane Casey

Casey tried what he could to get his team to wake up. He benched half the team at one point or another, shuffled through a dozen different line-ups and yelled at just about anybody who would make eye-contact with him. It’s obvious that Casey is driven as crazy by this team’s lackadaisical approach to the first 3 quarters of the game against lesser-billed opponents. The reality is that he isn’t the one to blame for that. At a certain point the players need to be held accountable. The coach is the leader, but making him the scapegoat isn’t helpful.

Four Things We Saw

  1. This game was like a lazy fart from the Raptors. The fact that they came back and won it late is a good thing, but probably not as much as it is a sign of a bad thing, and the reason why they’ve lost a lot of the recent games that they have. Atlanta is a team that has no business being in the playoffs without Horford and Korver, but the reality is that they might not be bad enough to make it in to the lottery. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Eastern Conference.
  2. A LOT of Atlanta double-teams. The only exception was when DeMar got the ball on the perimeter, which the Hawks seemed very content to sit back and let turn into a long-distance jumper or turnover off the dribble. The Raptors did not do a consistent job of moving the ball out of it to the open man. Disappointing.
  3. The Raptors kept trying to bail themselves out on defence by simply resolving to foul late. Turned in to a lot of and 1s. The Raptors are one of the better teams in the league at foul-discipline, but laziness won the day this time.
  4. If you have a ticket to a Raptors game and they win, but don’t score 100 points, is there even a point to living?
  • De Colo

    My favorite part of the game is where Novak decided that he will lose the jump ball on purpose, worked out.

    • plaid coast

      the funny part was that he had such a serious face when he was walking up to it. and then…. nope, i’m not gonna jump. maybe next time? the only reason we grabbed the ball is because the hawks thought it was going to be redone.

  • Nerius

    YES for that cover photo!

    • j bean

      You gotta love it when he goes all Air-ence on us.
      His D in crunch time was excellent as well.

    • KJ-B

      TROSS is That Air Up There!!! B-A-N-A-N-A-S…….

  • Tanks-a-lot

    “Hawks seemed very content to sit back and let turn into a long-distance jumper or turnover off the dribble. The Raptors did not do a consistent job of moving the ball out of it to the open man.”

    Greivis Vasquez
    “he needs to reign in that 3pt shot when it isn’t dropping and he isn’t wide open. Ray Allen he is not. 0 for 5 from 3, he is.”



      You do realize Vaz will be a starter on another team next year and DC will be looking for a job, right?

      Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question… you have no clue my dear friend.. so I’ll let you be..


      • Tanks-a-lot

        Sure, he will be starting next year on a consistent lottery team. Vasquez is not able to run a consistently winning team.

        • FLUXLAND

          I was just answering as your friend asifyouknow would.. c’mon, of all people I expected you to catch that! LOL.

        • asifyouknow

          Change your name from “Tanks-a-lot” to “Talk-a lot-about things I know nothing about”…

      • noname

        Masai isn’t letting Vaz go anywhere…and after getting traded multiple times and being oh so wildly inconsistent, no he’s not gonna be offered a starting job for another team. But he can be a very good backup point guard and that’s the role i think he will get on the raptors. Plus he’s said it many times that he loves it here. As for DC, I think the best thing to do, even though this is probably something that is never done, is employ a Coach A Coach B system where one coach is in full charge of defense (Casey), and another in full charge of offense and rotations (new coach). Either that or just move casey to defensive assistant and hire a new coach (i dunno why i got this feeling Lionel Hollins would be absolutely PERFECT for the raptors based on their style of play).

        • FLUXLAND

          I’ll agree to all that about Vaz. He’s very much feast or famine.

          As far as DC, I don’t see why anything would change, right now. Masai said he’s not being evaluated on W/L.. and he’s the perfect fall guy when things start going south. I see him here at the start of next season.

          • nutcup

            The Fluxter is that guy that takes great enjoyment in the negative aspects of life. For years he has had a great run on the RR . This year he is not having as much enjoyment as previous years. Give him his due , hes having a very rough year. Winning is such a horrible thing.

            • FLUXLAND

              Good job on the failed insight there, Andre. At least your tried, right?

              • nutcup

                Bang on buddy, bang on.

            • asifyouknow

              Best comment here..I’ll give Floxter my favorite award:

          • asifyouknow

            DC is toast, very few Gm’s keep the same coach in any sport…

            • FLUXLAND

              Nah, I disagree. It wouldn’t be a good PR look if he canned the guy that brought him into the playoffs. I think he at least he gets to start the season.

              • asifyouknow

                He wants build something long term…And Casey is not his guy, he will make lots of moves and you will probably be a .500 team next year and no playoffs…

                • FLUXLAND

                  Yeah, I don’t think it’s his guy either.. but again, for PR reasons he would have to at least let him start the season.

                  Lots of moves? 0.500 team? No POs? Sounds like…. BC? I cannot wait for the off season, just can’t wait to see what Masai is made of.

        • asifyouknow

          Lionel Hollins …are you serious the guy gave the franchise to Rudy until the owners told him that Rudy was gone and he got all pissed off and got fired the year after….The guy will be coaching a D league team if hi’s lucky..His time has passed.
          I hope you are wrong I don’t want Vaz here in Toronto ….You guys can do better …lol…

          • noname

            wait so you were being sarcastic when praising vaz saying he was a starter and all that bull? and btw Lionel Hollins is the reason why memphis is the grit n’ grind team they are today. they still use his schemes. I think he would do wonders for JV and he would have the raptors playing good defense without the bad rotations and bad offensive schemes of DC.

            • asifyouknow

              Let me just say is time for vasquez to take more minutes away from Ross …Vaz should get about 30 to 35 every night,,and put ap the ball 10 to
              15 times…

      • afrocarter

        It should go without saying that the General is good enough to start in this league, but I hope he stays in Toronto. I, without question, have no problem with him hoisting YOLO threes; they always have just as much of a chance of going in as bouncing out.

        • FLUXLAND

          What makes you say he’s a starter without question? I think that’s highly debatable. Then again, I suppose it would depend on what team we’re talking about. An absolute starter on any team?

          • afrocarter

            I didn’t say a starter “on any team”, did I? He wouldn’t be a starter on Toronto, right? But there are teams out there in which he would definitely be an upgrade.

            • FLUXLAND

              No, but you said “without question good enough to start in this league”. Not a big leap for me to ask if you mean on any team, right?

              I agree, there’s a few teams where he could challenge for a starter gig.

              • Steverino

                Reading comprehension time, FLUXLAND. He said, “I, without question, have no problem with him hoisting YOLO threes.”

      • j bean

        Your previous predictions concerning the Raptors haven’t hit the mark,so why should we believe you now?

        • FLUXLAND

          Besides the fact you missed the point of the comment… where have you been? My predictions have been very much on the mark for the last… oh I dunno… 10 years?

          And no, I am still not drinking the kool aid, this year is 2007 v2.0..just keep watching.

          • j bean

            One of your biggest misses for the year has to be your prediction that they miss the playoffs this year. You predicted they would get hot near the end of the season but miss the playoffs.
            Another one was how the opposition looks at the Raptors. The stars look at it as a night off and the backups as a game where they get lots of burn.
            You really seem to have poor evaluation skills for someone who has watched the game for a long time.

            • FLUXLAND

              You have me confused with someone else. Unless you can quote me. Also, when was this prediction allegedly made? Pre or post RG? I don’t see how that prediction (made by anyone) would be far off, based on how the season started.

              The only prediction I recall is that they would cool off after the Rudy Gay trade.

              We will find out very shortly how inaccurate my assessment may be. I have continually been bringing up the PIP and rebounding… something that’s been brought up as an issue only as of late, but I am sure you were aware all along, with your keen evaluating skills and all.

              • CJT

                Historically you may be correct, but this year it has been the opposite, teams have been resting their good players in order to play against the Raps. Wade and Westbrook come to mind.

                • FLUXLAND

                  I would have to go back and look at this year closely. I will agree it’s happened a little less this year, but it’s still happening. Westbrook just picked the lesser team to rest against – I don’t really think that speaks volumes about the Raps.

                  There’s also the “injured/rested player coming back vs Raps” phenomenon; again, not exactly “we better play our stars because the Raps are a must win” situation.

                  In no way can you claim the opposite is transpiring.

                • CJT

                  You mean like Kobe?
                  That didn’t quite work out as he planned.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Like Kobe coming off an injury that would end every other players career?

                  That’s weak, man.

                • Steverino

                  Well it speaks to how poorly that team was constructed. If your star goes down, you should get worse, for sure. But you should not become one of the worst teams in the league. That’s a D-league roster they’ve got in Los Angeles. You should direct your anger in that direction.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Angry? What makes you think I am angry about anything? Perfect tank job by the Lakers, IMO…

                • Steverino

                  Sorry, poor choice of words. Petulant is better.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Meh. Take at as you will, but my form shouldn’t be up for discussion.

                • Steverino

                  Why not? Presentation is everything. And you don’t come off well.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Umm.. Because it is irrelevant? What is this? A Canon commercial? LOL Image is everything!!

                  Anyway, the focus should be on the topics, not how they are being presented… speaking of petulant! Holllee..

                • Steverino

                  They can tank all they want but it doesn’t guarantee them a chance to be your definition of good next season. They’ll have an old and maybe fragile Kobe, a potentially really good player from the draft (who might also potentially be a bust), and the rest of their D-league roster. But it is heartening that you can be a blind fan of your team just as you accuse everyone here of being one. Being a fan is fun, isn’t it?!

                • FLUXLAND

                  This is all true. Yet, historically speaking, the Lakers fare well. And I do not think the draft is going to be their only move. What you are saying now is similar what was being said before Pau arrived, the in between years.

                  Either way, they can go ahead and be terrible for a while and likely will, There’s plenty of history to look back at and smile, something you cannot say for our Raptors.

                • Steverino

                  Believe me, I look back on the Showtime Lakers and smile, too. Just as I look back on the Phil Jackson Lakers with disgust. So that’s what this is all about? Just because the Raptors have always been bad, means that they always will be bad. And just because the Lakers have traditionally been good, means they always will be good. I see your (il)logic. The difference between pre-Pau and now is that Kobe was in his prime (and the team still sucked until they got Pau) and the Clippers were the traditional Clippers (with no glorious history to look back on and smile). Now free agents will be thinking twice about hitching their wagon to the Lakers. But that’s just a prediction, which is just as useless as the predictions you’re making. All we’ve got is what we’ve got. Anything in the future isn’t worth fretting over. You just do your best now, make plans to try to do your best in the future, and then let the chips fall where they may.

                • FLUXLAND

                  If Stern didn’t veto CP coming to the Lakers.. are we having this convo? Sigh!.

                  But I do agree with you, and didn’t claim otherwise about the sucking until Pau go there. I think the L in general will suffer after Kobe is gone. And the Lakers franchise if likely done, if the current regime stays in charge.

                  As far as living in the now… again, to each his own. But for quite a long time, I’ve been fretting over the now and what it means for the future with the Raps, and it’s all been coming true, I am not happy about that, just saying that GMs think 5 years ahead, and what is transpiring now is saying nothing good about the future, as has been the case for a while.

                  Letting the chips fall where they may sounds like excuses and loser talk, no offence. And as far as the Clippers.. I don’t know where you are going with that.. the Raps do not have the players to attract FAs like the Clippers.

                • Steverino

                  It doesn’t matter if others thought the prediction would be far off or not. The only reality is the prediction. And you were wrong. I know it’s fun to be a devil’s advocate, but at some point you just become a joke. If your whole wisdom stems from saying the Raptors will lose in the playoffs, well, then, you’re a freaking genius. I don’t think anyone here thinks otherwise. It’s just how you look at from the trade to the inevitable playoff loss (which will be the same for 15 other teams, and 14 other teams won’t even get to the playoffs).

                • FLUXLAND

                  I agree.. it’s all how you look at it. You keep looking at this team and record and think something has changed? How about this team wouldn’t make the playoffs in the West? Their record puts them what? 12th overall in the L? So, middle of the pack, as always?

                  You are over estimating how “good” this team is.. and that’s fine. I just happen to disagree. Again, sure they will make the playoffs and you want to use that as me being “wrong”, but you are ignoring how the reset of the L played out. Basically the team went from garbage to average and you want me to get excited? Sorry, not gonna happen. If that’s your cup of team, KO yourself out.

                • Steverino

                  We’re making progress. At least now we have movement, away from not good to average. The relative strengths of the conferences is moot. If the team is currently 12th best in the league, and they did away with conferences, they’d still make the playoffs. 12th is still above average, if you want to get technical about it. But explain further: You only like good teams, it appears, so give us a picture what that looks like in the here and now (no crystal-balling).

                • FLUXLAND

                  Protect the paint and rebound. It’s not that difficult to understand what constitutes a “good” team.

                • Steverino

                  Contrary to your 20-something viewpoint, there’s plenty more that constitutes a “good” team. The primary consideration is wins and losses. That’s it. You beat the other teams more than they beat you. And there are plenty of ways of doing that.

                • FLUXLAND

                  There may be “plenty more”, but those two things are 1 and 1A, everything else is secondary. That much has been proven over and over and over again and is not even up for discussion.

                  So, while you may enjoy the “progress”, you are only witnessing a farm team scenario, because if you do not have those two things, you are going nowhere but to treadmill team status.

                  As far as W and L… if you want to be technical, sure. But it changes nothing about the above. And when things start to matter – in the POs – it will become abundantly clear. In the meantime, enjoy the “entertainment”, I guess. Some of us just expect more, because we have seen this move before,. circa 2007.

                • Steverino

                  Yes, it is entertainment and nothing more. If you think it’s anything more, I pity your life. We’re not talking your crystal ball predictions of the playoffs. They may be right, they may be wrong. So all one can do is enjoy the moment. I’d rather take five months of entertaining and winning basketball with a loss in the first round of the playoffs, than six months of dreadful basketball followed by no playoffs with the faint hope of a superstar rookie coming in to save the day.

                • FLUXLAND

                  To each his own.. but you shouldn’t make assumptions on how I take in the game of basketball.

              • j bean

                Sorry but I don’t date and catalog your posts but if you go through them yourself you’ll find it 3-4 months ago.
                What does before or after the trade have to do with anything? You never changed your tune after the trade. You said the players the Raptors got back were a bag of scrubs. you never acknowledged how good this team has become. They went from losing 2 of 3 to winning 2 of 3 after the trade.

                • FLUXLAND

                  You are right, I didn’t acknowledge it because it don’t think they did. You can keep talking about their W/L column… but you are ignoring the circumstances around it.

            • asifyouknow

              Lets be fair with Mr. Fluxland he is a fantasy and PlayStation player.
              He is accustomed to making his own reality. There is no crime in that, be gentle with him.
              I get along with him because I don’t take him seriously…lol

              • FLUXLAND

                Says the guy making comments as if he’s talking to the players? LOL!

                • asifyouknow

                  Actually some friends of friends of friend read this garbage… and get back to some folks just saying…lol

                • FLUXLAND

                  Hey, whatever fantasy works for you, I’m not hating. Go ahead, make your own reality, no crime in that. :)

                • asifyouknow

                  smart man you are…so said yoda…

          • Abused Raptors Fan

            Haha. That was pretty spot on. That guys been brown noising Vasquez so long he’s gone delirious from the lack of oxygen

          • asifyouknow
          • Steverino

            What difference does it make how they ultimately finish out the season? They are playing well now, and have been since trading Gay. That’s all that matters. And why would you drink the Kool-Aid when you’re a Lakers fan? You’ve got different flavoured Kool-Aid there.

            • FLUXLAND

              You keep looking at their record and claiming it is a good team.

              I am actually look at their play and disagree.

              • Steverino

                I don’t even know what their record is. I’m looking at the ball movement (on most nights) and the fact they’re in every single game and show no quit. Plus the entertainment value. If you don’t think they’re a good team, then it’s just semantics. Define your terms and then get back to us. If they’re not a good team, how many good teams are there in the league? Four? So they’re not in the top four. Big deal.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Fair enough…we disagree on “good”. I like teams that rebound and play D first. (Please spare me the ranking drivel)

      • asifyouknow

        LOL…I’m so glad you all remember who told you!!!

    • m

      What the hell is “reign” in supposed to mean, buy a freaking dictionary so you won’t look like a bloody lunkhead! This is, of course, for for the author of the blog, no you Tanks-a-lot.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        good catch.

  • Andre

    I’m with you on the Kyle Lowry thing. Kessel deserves credit for being top five in the league in scoring, and I mean when was the last time a Leaf did that, but this Leaf team is falling into the frustration zone. They lack the hustle, and tenacity that the Raptors have this year. I mean say what you will about the Eastern Conferance, but I consider myself a long time Toronto sports fan, and I cannot recollect, within the last decade plus, a SINGLE Toronto team that has shown this much fight, gusto and tenacity as the Raptors have this year. Kudos to them, if Kyle stays here next year, I’d love to get myself one of those purple throwbacks with his name on it. Dude’s a beast.

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  • Rupert

    I was depressed for three quarters thinking damn life sucks then boom the raptors remembered this is the hawks and they are the 3 seed raptors and I was happy (first time since beating the grizzlies). Just please win

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    Kyle Lowry has 100% pure ice-water in his veins. That turnaround 3 late in the game was disgusting. I hope he stays next year. DeMar might be the all-star, but Lowry is the engine of this team.

    Nice bounce back win after the heartbreak on Friday. We’ve got an easy couple of games so let’s get on a win streak and put more distance between us and Brooklyn.

  • why

    Lazy seems a harsh description – not unexpectedly there had to be an emotional and physical effect on today’s game from Friday night. Up to the 4th quarter Kyle, Demar, and Amir all struggled – the three guys who played huge minutes on Friday. Twice this week The Raps were able to grind out wins in games after really really tough losses. That is a sign of a pretty good team!
    JV seems to be out of the funk he was in.
    Once Patterson gets back I wonder if you will see Casey move away from the pre-injury 9 man rotation go to a 7 man rotation (GV and PP regular subs) and spotting TH, CH, JS, Novak, and DeColo depending on circumstances and match-ups?

    • mountio

      casey will never go with a 7 man rotation (and frankly nor should he given our players). He loves long rotations … I think its a huge push to get him down to 9 and we should be happy with that. TH should absolutely be in the rotation. I could certainly live without JS .. maybe DeColo – he doesnt seem to hurt us and brings some nice stuff also.
      Either way, you are right though, the rotation should tighten up towards the playoffs .. but wont get all the way down to 7

      • why

        I am imagining an 8 man rotation however the 8th man varying depending on what is needed in a specific game.

        • mountio

          id be ok with that .. just dont think casey is that imaginative

          • why

            you are likely correct.
            Popovich and Spolstra do this sort of thing all the time – if you looked at the NBA Finals and Semi-Finals last year I think you would see there were games where Haslem, Cole, Battier, Birdman, or Miller didn’t play and there were games where they had big performances.

  • GoingBig

    What I like is the silence about JV
    – he’s just getting the job done and providing a higher level of reliability.
    45 minutes against OKC and a solid 33 today.

  • jakdripr

    JV’s been on a tear since the memphis game, hopefully this is a sign that he’s found his footing because we’ll need this kind of consistency come the playoffs.

    • GLF

      I was just about to say that. He is quietly finding his groove down the stretch of this season and I’m really happy about that. This is the time you want him playing well and finding his confidence with the playoffs just around the corner. Defensively is where I find he’s made the most strides as of late which is great. He doesn’t make as many mistakes as he used to. And he isn’t fouling as much either.

  • HogyG

    36 – 15 in the 4th quarter, talk about finishing up strong!

  • ad

    Man, where would this team be without KLOW. Best player this team has had since vince.

  • JHP

    I’m glad they won. How did the Raptor look ? Hope everyone plays the next 3 games.

  • Will

    That final quarter was ridiculous. For the Hawks, this loss must’ve felt like the OKC one for us. I hope they still get in over the Knicks.

  • Bryan Colangelo

    I’m just happy the Raptors have developed to the point that the weaknesses are easy to identify. By the end of last year the team was a mishmash of parts in a pile of fail.

  • Age

    Great win especially with the Nets going on a 3 game road trip against. All 3 opponents playing strong too

  • Roarque

    As we watched the game and were becoming numbed to the entire Raptor effort, I decided to start a chant “Landry, Landry, Landry Fields!!” Those around me joined in as Leo and Matt wandered around the lineup on the floor suggesting that Dwane was trying ANYTHING to get the team going. “Landry. Landry, Landry Fields!!” I persisted.
    I must have become so baffled by my own chanting that I did not notice Landry Fields actually being allowed onto the hardwood, Can someone tell me precisely when there was a Landry Fields sighting?

    • Will

      I don’t remember it either. Also I would’ve been chanting right with you. Where were you sitting? You should’ve made a sign too.

    • Josh

      Landry came in as a defensive sub for the final possession before the half.

      • Roarque

        Thanks – that makes sense. Wonder how he felt about that – his 30 seconds of zeroes.

        • gman3

          Club trillion

  • asifyouknow

    Casey was in paranoid mode. I fell off my chair when I seen Vasquez coming in at the 7 minute mark IN THE FIRST QUARTER. Vasquez! Are you kidding me! ….LMAO
    Casey most of got a call from big papa after the Fridays game with a simple message, win or else. Kidding for those of you who take things too seriously. (Sort of ruins the moment)
    Couple of observations:
    1) Does Casey still do the pick&roll?
    2)Can anybody besides Amir know how to do a real pick rather than just go through the motion?
    3) Why not play Fields, specially now, what do they have to lose?
    4) Vasquez you had HAPPY FEET on the downtown shots, that’s why you were 0-5 from 3..set shot or were beating them to the bucket all day, what in the hell mi hermano por que no seguistes metiendolo adentro.
    5) DeMar , brother you are a great passer when you want to. Today you didn’t even look for people.
    Good win, good fight but this team needs a few easy ones. Just need some rest….
    A win is a win..

  • Eunys

    Alright!! 3 More and we can forget last Friday’s stupid mistake…Brooklyn loses the next 3 games for sure……Go raptors!!!!

  • HQ

    small edit you might wanna make: 2nd line in derozan’s blurb should be “Amir” instead of “Ami”

  • asifyouknow

    Greivis Vasquez ‏@greivisvasquez

    @asifyouknow:disqus it happens. We have many more to come. So don’t need to panic

  • DryDry

    That Novak jump ball: I thought you weren’t allowed to jump over the line – you had to stay on your side, or it was a turnover.

    Brand (was it him or whoever) jumped over a good foot or so to Novak’s side.

  • blackjitsu

    Lot to like about today’s game — eventually. But, I have to strongly disagree with Vasquez’ grade. I was at the game and there was so much fundamentally wrong with his game that I would have him in the D to F range.

    Things that me and buddy noticed (of what I can remember):

    1/Turnovers based off of poor passes that made little sense, because there were other options

    2/Passes off the pick and role that didn’t give recognition that he was passing to a big rather than a guard (passes to feet instead of higher up in the natural upward movement of a big)

    3/ Intercepting passes meant for other team mates

    4/Placing teammates in disadvantageous positions to score (1 broken play he passed to Amir on the high block — confused, he shot a rushed jumper. Instead of driving and kicking to Novak (to help create space for him) he passed the ball from the top to the wing and expected Novak to create.)

    5/ Defense — dear god! There was a sequence while Teague was on fire, Vasquez sagged so deep below the the three point line as Teague was bringing the ball up that Teague had enough time to fake a three, force another player to chase him off the line and dump in an easy bounce pass assist.

    There were parts of the 1st quarter that I covered my head to avoid seeing what he was doing…

    Kyle didn’t look right — maybe he was exhausted, hurt, sick (If they don’t have to tell us they won’t). Dwayne had little choice but to play Vasquez. Luckily, his scoring helped balance out all the fundamental mistakes he was making. That doesn’t mean he should be praised. Someone needs to sit him in a room, strap him in Clockwork Orange styles and play Synergy examples of correct fundamental play. It’s amazing how far he’s gotten on shear talent with no real grasp of the basics…There’s a lot there but it’s not being harnessed.

    • blackjitsu

      me and my buddy — or my buddy and I — wish I could edit this rant. :(