Playoff basketball for the first time in 6 years!


Boston Celtics 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -13Battled all game long, breathed life into the second-unit in the second quarter, fought hard for rebounds and HIT THE GAME WINNING BASKET TO SEND THE RAPTORS INTO THE PLAYOFFS! It was meant to be. We love you, Amir!

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -3Scorching hot shooting to start the game. When DeMar subbed out early in the first due to foul trouble, he stepped up on offense and held the fort down. Glued to the bench down the stretch for no reason whatsoever, and Dwane Casey elected to play Salmons over Ross in a defense-for-offense situation, which is questionable. His length and athleticism netted him two steals in the third quarter.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 3-6 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +9Dominated early, faded down the stretch. Provided a steady source of offense, rebounding and defense. Against a relatively height-challenged Celtics front-line, he held his own. Some key blocks on Rajon Rondo. Good stuff from the youngster.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +5Every Raptors fan shit a brick when he went to the locker room late in the second after tweaking his right ankle, but he managed to come back after halftime, and finished the game strong. His low statistical output was attributable to him taking it easy in the third quarter, but he stepped up when needed, scoring on a key drive down the stretch, and driving hard to the rim on the second-last possession of the game where Amir Johnson managed to collect the rebound.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 12-27 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 30 PTS | -16Battled early foul trouble which held him to just 3 minutes played in the first quarter, but then he came back with a vengeance (and a LOT of shots). His mano-a-mano shootout with Jerryd Bayless ended in a draw, but DeRozan’s team ended up with the victory, and DeMar was the one who put the Raptors up 2 with a rainbow arching jumper over Jeff Green late in the fourth. He’s come a very long way.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -9Crashed the glass for a buzzer-beating putback to end the first half. I don’t have anything else in my notes about him, so I’ll assume he did the usual energy + rebounding thing.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +15Chuck Hayes has leap-frogged Tyler Hansbrough as the first big off the bench, and he’s surpassed Jonas Valanciunas as Dwane Casey choice  big de jour for defensive possessions down the stretch. Why? I’m not entirely sure, but he did make a number of good plays tonight, including some solid put-backs, and a pair of slap-away steals on dudes in the post. Good stuff from the Chuckster.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +15He hit his first two shots and Toronto Raptors basketball Twitter exploded. He was entrusted to guard Rondo in the final minute, which was extremely questionable. Ended up doing a good job, fouling Rondo with 3 seconds left (he had a foul to give). See, he can do something positive when he gets enough rest. Maybe it’s time to put the pitchforks away (for now…)

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2He was a decoy for a possession, but at least a strategically used one. Casey elected to run the high screen-and-roll with Lowry and Amir to end the game, and Novak provided floor-stretch. Cool beans. Incomplete because he didn’t actually do anything.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 24 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +5Played within himself all game long, and submitted one of his finest performances as a Raptor. Totally let Rondo blow by him on the Celtics’ penultimate possession, but that’s on Casey to for failing to sub him out when he had the chance to play OFF/DEF. Worked well with Amir Johnson in the pick-and-roll, and he hit his spot-up three-pointers. As I’ve preached many times with Gravy, less YOLO is more.

Dwane Casey
Forget his questionable offensive/defensive switches (or lack thereof) near the end of the game. Rather, focus on his play call to put the ball in Lowry’s hands with the game on the line. It was smart of him to run the high screen and roll with Lowry (best ball handler) and Amir (best screener). The Celtics panicked, switched on the play, Lowry got to the rim and drew Sullinger out of position on the contest. This left Amir wide open for the put-back. Smart play call there.

Five Things We Saw

  1. A healthy Amir Johnson makes all the difference. As fans, we tend to have a rather short memory (it typically spans the duration of one-game; we’re all recording on floppy discs, basically), but there’s a reason why everyone lavishes Amir with so much praise — he deserves it! When healthy, he can make the pick-and-roll work. When healthy, he’s active enough to shut down the pick-and-roll. When healthy, he can crash the offensive glass because he’s not too slow to get back in transition. I mean, he was able to make the second unit functional today. That’s a tall order.
  2. If Terrence Ross were able to dribble-drive on a consistent basis, the Raptors’ offense will instantly move from “slow, predictable, and average” to “slow, mostly predictable, and above average.” Right now, Ross only hurts the defense when he’s open on the three-point line. However, if he’s able to get past the flying defender on the closeout with any level of consistency, then he forces a big to step up and contain his drive, which opens up cutting lanes for everyone else. In short, this should be his next area of focus in his development. Or not. What do I know, I’m just a blogger.
  3. Does every interview with Chuck Hayes have to begin with a disclaimer from the interviewer that goes something along the lines of: “Hey Chuck, you really shouldn’t be any good whatsoever, but you actually did some positive things on the court. How did you manage to not suck?” Come on guys, he’s no superstar, and he has some obvious shortcomings, but he’s an NBA calibre player. There’s no need to diss the man every single damn time. Your artificial “Rudy” storylines are tired, and aren’t worth it.
  4. I’m not entirely sure why Leo Rautins and Matt Devlin insist on making Jared Sullinger out to be some sort of Frankenstein cross between Dirk and Shaq. Truth be told, he’s Big Baby v2.0 with a little more offense, and a little less defense. That’s all he is. Also, he shoots 25% on three-pointers, which is why the Raptors bigs aren’t closing out hard on his attempts.
  5. PLAYOFFS BABY! PLAYOFFS! FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 6 DAMN YEARS. PLAYOFFS! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (also: I miss Patterson, but he’s slated to return. According to Nene doppelganger (and all-around good guy) Eric Koreen, he’s due back either on Sunday (vs the Magic), or Monday (vs Heat). Hooray!
  • DDayLewis

    FUCK YEAH! PLAYOFFS, BABY! WWOOOOOOOO!!

    • asifyouknow

      I’m not Debbie Downer but why did you not speak of DeMar getting beat in just about every drive ,badly, Just wonder.

      • DDayLewis

        Because I was really excited, and I didn’t think his defense was all that poor to be honest. He got burned by Jeff Green whenever Green spun baseline, but the defensive strategy there is to funnel him towards help, to which there wasn’t any.

        • asifyouknow

          Fair enough, for some reason they are- at times- a defensive help poor team. I just don’t get that, specially with Casey being a defense first guy.

          • DDayLewis

            Maybe miscommunication? Amir and Hayes are generally good decision makers on help defense.

            • asifyouknow

              Yea I seen Hayes yelling at JV to stay where he was and JV got the stop, that was a cool play…I think it was that Leo guy who mentioned it

              • DDayLewis

                Leo’s finest moment as a broadcaster

                • Aaron

                  His only moment….. lol

        • Guest

          One thing I noticed about Demar… I know he’s not a great defender but in the second half there was a sequence where he was guarding Green on the perimeter near the Raps bench and Casey was going NUTS flapping his arms yelling at Demar and I realized Demar just had his hands chilling beside his body. They teach you when you’re like ten and twelve to always have your hands active, and if Demar can’t remember to raise his fucking arms on defense after 5 years in the league then his problems are probably all mental. Get yo shit together guy.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Soooo, if you’re not a Debbie Downer for saying THAT, does that mean you’ll stop calling other people one for saying the exact same thing about your bosom buddy Vasquez?

        • Steverino

          Not to speak for asifyouknow, but I think he was probably just pointing out the hypocrisy. People get tendencies in their head so tend to always point out bad defence by certain players while letting others get away with just as bad defence.

        • asifyouknow

          If you would come up with better smack i problably enjoy dealing with you but your stuff is d leugue… :)

          • Abused Raptors Fan

            Just trying to keep it clean. I didn’t know we were playing by prison rules lol

  • chacha166

    YESSS AMIR AND KYLE ARE GOING TO BE SO CLUTCH IN PLAYOFFS

  • Raptors UK Fans

    INC for Vasquez???

    • arwinohofgerdg

      he made a mistake

    • DDayLewis

      Fixed! Sorry, I got way too excited while writing the recap

  • RPATORS <3

    PLAYOFFS BABY FINALLY!!!!

    I LOVE DEMAR AND AMIR SO MUCH RIGHT NOW,
    both of them came to this team at the same time and both of them are still together as a RAPTOR going to the playoffs after 6 long ass years

    • FREEJV

      5*

  • FREEJV

    next up: Atlantic Division

  • humza

    corrrection: derozan hit the fadeaway for the lead 103-101 not tie it up at 101 :)

    • DDayLewis

      Fixeddd. Also, I posted the score wrong. I got way too excited when I was writing this.

  • FREEJV

    Chicago getting blown out. have to build the cushion before next weeks games.

  • asifyouknow

    Once again Great Job from the Sacramento carpetbaggers , Vasquez, Hayes and Salmons played great defense and scored points. On the last Rondo play Vaz had him all the way but nobody rotated.

    DeMar was MJ like with a few problems, one was Rudy like 27 shots and the other was getting schooled, his defense was like Swiss cheese, you know, with holes all over.

    OLD MAN SALMONS AND OLD MAN HAYES (not my quote, I got those from this board) looked to be back to form, the last few games Salmons or the fish- as he was called in Sacramento- played good defense thus he go over 20 minutes, sometimes Casey is a good coach. Lol

    Amir is by far my second favorite player on this team. This guy is a mans mans. Great player and appears to be a great guy.. Class act.

    Vazquez had another great game to add to his post all-star game resurgence. Here is a tweet I got from my boy the other day:

    Greivis Vasquez ‏@greivisvasquez Mar 26

    @asifyouknow:disqus it’s abt winning…. I told you abt me and the 2nd half of the season… How are you?”

    Yes you did tell me my brother!

    Lawry and Vasquez just look good in this backcourt. It clicks well and the stats prove it:

    “Net rating: +13.6 (10.0 better than Toronto’s season mark)

    No Eastern Conference duo has played together that much and produced such a high net rating this season.”

    Like to see them together more.

    The playoffs please Casey get the horses healthy, with some luck you can get past the first.

    Cant wait for the show! Congrat Toronto……GOOD FOR YOU…..

    • Jerry Garcia

      Really enjoyed the “fish” reference. These are good times !!

    • Guest

      I like Vazquez. BUT…. In order to deserve help defense, you have to effect the drive in some way shape or form. That was a relatively straight line drive, which is hard to help on, because the angles are too sharp. So…. yeah that last play was sub par defense. Good game from vaz, just your defense of his defense was indefensible.

  • Adriiian

    Great stuff from DeMar and Amir. LETS GO RAPTORS.

  • jjdynomite

    A’s all around to the starting lineup — for a game the Raptors almost coughed up to a bottom-feeding team. You’ve gone soft, Will.

    /just kidding! Playoff basketball, bay-beee!!!!!

    • DDayLewis

      Lol yeah some of those were definitely not A’s on a normal day, but what can I say, I’m in a good mood.

  • Rapsfan

    Playoffs baby Amir with the put back only right we sends us to the playoffs he a raptor for life

    • WhiteVegas

      Amir played 4 seasons in Detroit, and has played 5 in Toronto. Can’t really call him a Raptor for life when half his career was spent on another team.
      Either way, great put back Amir!

  • Nerius

    Yay, playoffs! Ok, since I got that out of the way a few words of reason – DD nearly lost us the game with his ISO long-two thing. A few went in and he was hot at 10-19 and then he went to miss like 7 shots in a row all the while allowing Bayless get anything he wanted. He was bailed out by Amir and Vasquez’s important FTs. Stupid stupid sequence, I guess just as much DC’s problem.

    On the other hand was very much impressed with JV’s defense, esp. when footwork was concerned, really was moving nicely with the ball handler and contesting.

    Happy that they won but bloody hell did they try to shoot themselves in the foot.

    • asifyouknow

      Great comment…DD did well but 27 shots is bordering on Rudyness syndrome…lol…His defense was horrible, he does get a pass from many fans here…Is like a big secret that he sucks at defense…

    • What the

      lick shats like KObe KOmar lick shats, and don’t stop .ina you mout

  • noname

    I do kinda have the urge to nitpick on some of the things they did bad, especially when they let a rebuilding team come *that* close to stealing one. but FUCK THAT SHIT!!!!!! PLAYOFFS BABY!!!! AMIR FOR MAYOR!!!!! SCREW YOU ROB FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DDayLewis

      Nah, it was just Jerryd Bayless going supernova for half a quarter, while the Raptors went jumpshot happy. They played well otherwise.

      • noname

        ok fine i’ll nitpick. Demar picked up on some of Vas’ YOLO “I like to shoot the other team and my team in the foot” style of play after he hit some NICE shots though. The bigs did a good job on D in general (JV, Chuckster, and MVP JOHNSON!!!!), but the guards *SUCKED*. Demar being lazy and inactive on D during some stretches, Vas showing us why we call him Molassquez, Salmons actually did decent (I honestly was a little pleasantly suprised even though I’ve had this deep hate for him ever since OKC, starting to get over it), Ross was a little inconclusive for me, but that’s not good enough if you’re supposed to be a good defender. They need to tighten the screws before the playoffs, but I’m not worried about that tonight. PLAYOFFS BABY!!! *in Uncle Phil’s voice* “This calls for champagne!!”

        • DDayLewis

          Yeah, DeMar did go “full Rudy Gay” for a long stretch in the fourth. This is true.

          • What the

            shoot KOmar shoot and don’t stop until Casey says stop m#%#ai#pretty

        • ardefen

          please explain yolo. thanks

          • noname

            You Only Live Once, YOLO.

    • asifyouknow

      lol

    • Tanks-a-lot

      Chairman Chow will do for Toronto what Kim Dong Wynne has done for Ontario

  • Eunys

    We’re innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!

  • Guest

    Flick the pre-season and current day haters! We’re playing for home court in the playoffs. Problems can be addressed another time. Sometimes it’s worth it to smell the coffee, and this is a good grind!

  • De Colo

    Can’t wait for the playoffs, waited for years and now it’s finally here again

    • asifyouknow

      Speaking of DeColo ..where was he? I think the foot and groin etc etc problem with Kyle is going to continue. Casey got to get another PG ready….Just telling you. If Kyle goes down Toronto is screwed. Vaz can do a good job but he does better with Kyle on the floor.

      • De Colo

        Yep and idk where De Colo was, probably taking a nap.

      • Saskatoon Raps Fan

        Your right if Lowry goes down they don’t have a chance, i don’t really think it’s going to matter either way if de colo is ready or not. Seeing how close the game was Casey had to ride Lowry and Vasquez, no time for de colo. hopefully the raptors can start taking care of business earlier in the game, then Kyle could get some rest and de colo can play some garbage time.

  • Ion66

    I have a theory that when coach Casey takes a pee break while making love, John Salmons subs in for him. Other than that…….Playoffs!!!!! No more “fools gold”, or “Loooool, now we get swept by the Heat in 4.” crap.

    • bobmasa

      Casey and his pupy Salmons will be looking for a new job soon, I believe with Dwen Casey bench rotation we wont beat no body in playoffs.

      • Ion66

        I’ve seen big improvements in him, other than a baffling lack of playing time for Landry Fields. He may continue to improve. I figure 65% chance he’s back next year.

  • coachftw

    wherefore art thou patterson

    • asifyouknow

      I think in the next few games..

    • FREEJV

      probably against miami. dont wanna rush him back against basement teams

  • asifyouknow

    Lin will be the starter in Huston because of injury…

    • DDayLewis

      He’s really good at driving to the basket, so Lowry’s ankle will be put up to the test.

      • jjdynomite

        But at least with Beverley out Lowry’s knees won’t be put to the test. :-p

  • Icarus Descending

    Nice to see the raps actually take a game that close at the end, even if it is just the celtics. Hopefully the team can build on that for the next tight game in the clutch.

    Also, liked seeing Ross become more of a focus of the offence in the first half. The more touches he and JV get on offence the better.

  • leftovercrack

    Who would you guys prefer as a first round opponent: Washington? Charlotte? Brooklyn?

    • Bendit

      Wash.

      • leftovercrack

        Wall scares me a bit, I think I’d prefer Charlotte

        • JonasBrutha

          Wall? Al Jefferson is a top 5 player in the league right now and he is the main reason why that Charlotte team is where it is. No one on the raptors comes close to matching up with him and we suck against the bobcats. Pray we don’t get Charlotte.

          • leftovercrack

            Wall can get incredibly hot and Beal is starting to develop his game in his second year, perhaps it is still early but they can be a very good back court. Also, Washington actually has a winning record on the road, unlike Charlotte which is 14-22

            • leftovercrack

              But yeah, the Bobcats are one of those team we suck against

              • Tanks-a-lot

                I dread the matchup nightmare the Bobcats represent

          • FREEJV

            actually chuck hayes locked him down……

        • Bendit

          Al Jefferson scares me even more!!

  • Essi

    It’s a celebration bitches.

    • Quest

      mazel tov

  • JonasBrutha

    Forget the fact that you were and probably still are pro tank; shit I think even if you weren’t a fan of the team and you happened to turn it on the moment that final buzzer went off, that feeling of euphoria inside the air canada center and the emotions that the players just couldn’t and wouldn’t hold back was contagious and gave me chills.Seeing Val push people around, high fiving the shit out of everyone because he knows he will soon get his first taste of post season basketball was awesome! You felt happy for the kid. Heck, seeing Amir and Demar doing their handshake was awesome, they deserve it, it is they who have been around the longest. They said it best, above all else, there is work to be done. They may be flawed boys and girls but you just can’t help but cheer for these guys.

  • Ryan

    Toronto wins Atlantic division but finishes in 4th- Chicago 3rd. Raptors will play Nets in first round. Series will go to 6 but Raps will ultimately lose.

    • Bryan

      You must be really fun at parties

      • Ryan

        It’s probably why I never get invited.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      Or, the Raptors beat the Nets and make all of Brooklyn weep for their franchise’s immediate future which rests on NBA old men.

      • Ryan

        You think in a seven game series the Raptors can outplay Williams, Johnson, Pierce, Kirilenko, Garnett, and Terry. Ask Thunder how it was going up against Spurs. But anything is possible.

        • Mexiballer

          At the moment they are scheduled to play Washington…not Brooklyn.

          • Ryan

            Yes, but look at Chicago schedule and they have the easiest remaining schedule. Nets have the second easiest while Toronto still has to play Houston, Miami, and Indiana in the remaining ten. That is why I think Bulls will finish ahead of the Raptors

            • Mexiballer

              I dont disagree that its a good possibility Chicago takes 3rd. Im just saying that its a little to early to start talking about what the Nets could do against the Raptors when we still have a ways to go, and Toronto is up a game on the Bulls. After the Indiana game, the Raptors have six very winnable games to finish the season. And they play both the Houston and Indiana games at home. Aside from Miami they have no other tough road games left. I think the real issue is fatigue. This has been a brutal month, 13 games in 22 days with 3 back to backs, and there is more to come. Well see what happens. To be revisited in a couple of weeks.

            • FREEJV

              we can beat indiana and houston. We match up well against both.

        • FREEJV

          yes i do think that. you mad ?

          • Ryan

            The only thing funnier than clown is your grammar.

            • FREEJV

              but you fucked up your sentence. nice grammar clown ahahaha

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Well, considering the fact that Terry no longer plays for Brooklyn, we will never know. As for Garnett, AK47, and Williams, all of them have had a difficult time staying on the court as a result of injuries and/or age. Finally, comparing the Nets to the Spurs is even more ridiculous than comparing the Raptors to the thunder. Not only do they have one of greatest coaches in professional sports history, Pop’s also had over a decade to develop his systems and schemes, with a core of players who’ve been together long enough to absorb and integrate almost anyone (see Austin, Daye).

          • Ryan

            So you are predicting Toronto will have to hope the bulk of Brooklyn starters are injured for the playoffs. Otherwise we have no chance.

            • Rapchat

              Yes, the city of Toronto is collectively hoping that Brooklyn starters all get injured. We have concluded, that this apparently, is the only way we’ll survive the playoffs.

            • Abused Raptors Fan

              No. Not sure where you got that from. Your intial premise was that the Raptors couldn’t outplay the Nets geriatric crew in a 7 game series. My reply noted that the Raptors would probably never have to worry given their difficulty staying on the court. That is not the same as saying the Raptors couldn’t compete unless they’re injured. In my opinion, the Raptors play a better brand of basketball, particularly with patterson back in the lineup. One of the Raptors biggest issues has been their lack of depth, which hurts them during the regular season as the bench usually gives up our leads while the starters rest. But in the playoffs, I expect our starters to all play 35-40mins a night, with Patterson coming back to resurrect the bench. Oh.We’ll also most likely have home court. So the Nets won’t, which is where they’ve done most of their damage of late.

        • Guest

          What exactly should they ask Thunder about the Spurs? Last time those two met in POs, it didn’t end well for San Antonio…

        • ckh26

          More than possible Ryan…
          Derron Williams has bum ankles, Joe Johnson is a shell of the player he was in Atlanta, Kevin Garnett is hooked up to an IV after a game and hasn’t played much in the past 20 games cuz the toll on his body is immense, Andre Kirlenko is playing 10 mins a game. The only guy that can bring it is Pierce but he too in not always on.
          I like our odds… Winning starts somewhere and its starts in round 1 of this years playoffs.. Do you think that Brooklyn really wants to play us ? We are a very young very athletic team that just keeps coming. They Nets wanna play chicago in a slow half court game so their old.. make that ancient players don’t have to run.

  • CJT

    Fantastic effort by the bench for much of this game. Chuck was huge on D, GV ran the team well also. Looking forward to the post season.

  • A G

    I feel like you have given out FAR too many ‘A’s considering how close the raps came to losing. Still, good to be positive :)

  • Louvens Remy

    I would love to thank Bryan Colangelo for putting together a good team by mistake. Thanks to Masai for making his former understudy take Rudy Gay.

    • Steverino

      Yeah, the former executive of the year couldn’t possibly have known what he was doing. Total fluke.

      • Louvens Remy

        He threw a lot of shit at the wall. It was hard to tell if he actually knew…but I’ll take it.

      • Bryan Colangelo

        I assure you I only knew what I was doing half the time.

  • Louvens Remy

    On the bright side, we still have an outside chance of catching Miami for the second seed. ALL we have to do is win 11 in a row and Miami lose all their remaining games. SECOND SEED BABY!!!!

    • FREEJV

      gotta beat them monday then.

  • kayell

    Yes, we miss Patterson’s veteran leadership (whatever that means). Speaking about the dude why do people always talk about his veteran leadership, especially Devlin and Leo. Hasn’t Patterson only been in the league 3-4 years?

    • Guest

      As bad as Hayes often looks to the casual fan, he does all the little things right that coaches love. Even before he was a “veteran” he kind of fit into that category, cause a 6’6′ center who can’t jump ain’t making it far unless he excels at the little stuff.
      Talking on defense, proper rotations, understanding the pace and flow of a game. All that stuff sounds small but it adds up. Hansborough looks great because he flys in for offensive rebounds all the time but his help defense is AWFUL, he’s not regularly in the proper position on defense, and he can get “carried away” with his psychotic play.
      Same with Salmons and Ross stuff. OKC fuck up aside, Casey trusts Salmons to make the safer play more often than Ross, who for every explosive and sick play he has, also has some forced turnovers from trying to do to much. That’s fine in the 1st quarter, but with 2 mins left you do’t want Ross driving and getting a TO.

      I do understand the OKC eff up generally ruins my statement about Salmons, who had a to with like 30 seconds remaining than bricked the free throws… but give them 100 chances and Salmons will make more “safe and smart” plays than Ross, which is why he seems to find the bench with about 5 mins left. He’ll learn though.

  • cptobvious

    yo william, how many more times are you gonna point out derozan shoots a lot, annoying af bro, give some more analysis

    • DDayLewis

      Yo, I mentioned it once in DeRozan’s blurb, quite possibly because he did in fact shoot a lot.

      • CJT

        You BASTARD!!

  • Guest

    Novak is on pace to set a NBA mark in “trillions” per season (ie. a box score showing one minute played and zero for all other statistics).