Toronto Raptors 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Orlando Magic
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -2Regardless of his stats, he gives effort every game and does the little things like setting screens and providing help defense. His offensive rebound late in the 4th was huge. If the bench can produce like they did early tonight, then Casey should rest Amir as much as possible so he can get those ankles right for the post season. I have a hard time giving him a poor score (even if he wasn’t at his best tonight) because I’m still picturing THAT offensive rebound and game winning put back from Friday which cemented the Raptors playoff berth.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -2Raptors trend of getting the sophomores involved early continued: by the first commercial break Ross already had 7 points and a rebound. Problem was he disappeared after that early onslaught. Granted, he didn’t get a ton of minutes in the second half, but that bodes well for him being well rested for Miami game tomorrow.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 37 MIN | 6-8 FG | 8-8 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +1As per above, the team is engaging Jonas on offense from the onset. It results in a full effort on both ends. Using these last few games to continue that trend will reap benefits to take into the playoffs. He finished first quarter with 10 points, 2 rebounds and a block.Of note: in the past few games he’s getting frequent trips to the line which merits asking the question: has he finally earned the refs respect or is he simply playing better? Leo highlighted how much Chuck Hayes is helping him with positioning on court so perhaps that’s why.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 6-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 16 PTS | 0 Lowry must love playing the Magic as he tends to have huge games against them. He’s scored 33 and 28 points in previous games this season. Tonight he appeared content to focus on getting everyone else involved early. That was until the Magic made a big run and then he put on his closer hat and took over the game.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 15-16 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 28 PTS | -1Had a thunderous dunk in the second quarter while he was on the floor with the bench crew. Utilized his left hand a lot tonight successfully. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed like he was working on trying things out vs. the Magic.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9Got an elbow to the throat and was his usual scrappy self, but stat sheet showed how ineffective he was.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5It’s easy to highlight his negatives: height, foot speed etc, but his mentorship of Jonas is worth it’s weight in gold. He might not have the skill of Zach Randolph or Al Jefferson but he has the same intelligence and old man game as those guys. In the past few games there is at least one play per game we see him use this knowledge to out smart a younger foe.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 8 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -1I’m wondering how much his back issues were playing into his results (or lack there of) the past two weeks. Last game he played much better and his mobility seemed improved tonight.Remember his defense and play in Chicago New Year’s Eve? Well one or two games like that could make the difference in wins this post season, so with Fields available I’m hoping Casey gives him the rest.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +12Vasquez took an elbow to the face requiring medical attention so Casey turned to Fields. He entered the game with 37-seconds remaining in the first quarter and promptly got a steal, a block and scored two points. Had a highlight dunk in second quarter.Last time he got multiple minutes was against Golden State when he provided a similar effort. It highlights the need to ask the question why he’s not getting more minutes especially in games requiring effort on defense.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 10 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5Not sure if it was the Orlando sun or if he just enjoys playing with de Colo and Fields but it was one of his better efforts.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -2When Magic cut the game to single digits and Raps went cold it was Vasquez who stopped the bleeding. Made some bad turn overs late in the game.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 8 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +11Got a rare showing of de Colo as the only point guard on court early second quarter and he didn’t disappoint. He took a hard foul to stop an easy Harris dunk, hit the floor hard and bounced right back up. I enjoy the way he moves the ball up court quickly, his crisp passes and his focus on getting the ball in the paint.

Dwane Casey
With Vasquez in the locker room getting 5-stitches for a Dedman elbow, Casey went with an unusual line-up of de Colo, DeRozan, Fields, Hansbrough and Novak. It was an odd mix but they went on an early 6-1 run. Perhaps we’ll see more of this going down the stretch especially if they can maintain/sustain a lead because it affords rest for key starters.Got his 99th win as Raptor Head Coach.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Is it possible the Raptors are playing with less stress now that they are ensured of a playoff berth? They certainly seemed to be clicking on all cylinders and carried a certain swag on the court. Even when the Magic fought back the game never seemed in question. Let’s see if they can take that into Miami where a win would psychologically do wonders for their confidence.
  2. It’s indisputable the Raptor’s leaders are Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson. When games get close you can count on one or all three to make a huge play.
  3. At season start I picked Nicola Vucevic as one of my top three players to win Most Improved. A myriad of injuries kept him off the court but he’s been showing lately why he merits that type of attention.
  4. Odds are Kevin Durant will win MVP but how Kyle Lowry isn’t even on the top 10 list considered is beyond me.
  5. In pre-game tonight Casey said Patterson MAY be back tomorrow… Hallelujah!  Check out the Raptors Weekly podcast which is fresh out of the recording studio.

  • asifyouknow

    I’m just asking for one game, just one game with this scenario:

    5 minutes left

    Up by 40

    Colo, Stone, Landry, Novak and Hayes on the floor to finish the game

    Just one time por favor, Just once please

    Still don’t like those 35 to 38 minutes for the horses. I thought that second unit was doing well.

    The Salmons/Vasquez in bound combo should never be seen again. Please Casey! Maybe the Toronto mayor should make it illegal. Lol

    Good job once again by JV, also -once again- Amir tips in a must shot at the end, he has become like Lowry’s late game guardian angel.

    Vasquez eye cut could work out well for the team, we got to see Fields. I still can’t believe that Casey can’t give this guy some minutes from Salmons and cut a few minutes from Ross.

    Not a proud night for sure, they were playing in slow motion, everybody was getting beat to the ball and to the basket, when Vasquez looks fast you know you got troubles. lol

    All that can be said about this game is….. NEXT…..

  • Matthew

    Another reason fields should start over salmons

    • CJT

      Salmons doesn’t start.

  • webfeat

    This game was about the line of de Colo/DD/Fields/Novak/Hansbrough. They were surprisingly effective against the Magic bench.

  • jacobdr4

    Definitely not ross’ fault he disappeared late. Hard to show up when you play ten minutes after the first quarter.

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      Yeah, he tends to play great in second game of back to backs and I wondered if perhaps Casey was resting him up because of the defense he’ll need from him tomorrow.

      • jacobdr4

        Yeah, hopefully he can hit some key threes. Really going to need him against Miami.

      • asifyouknow

        I think you hit it right on the nose…But lets be honest rest wont help him tomorrow , he needs about 3 more inches and 30 more pounds…lol…The poor guy will get eaten up tomorrow…I hope I’m wrong

      • cdub

        The thing is Ross doesn’t need rest and Casey seems inclined to sit him quite often for Vasquez and even Salmons. I’m really concerned with Casey’s subs going into the playoffs. With the raps up late it was a no brainer to put Ross in just for his D alone. He sat the whole 4th quarter.

  • Guest

    Despite the late 3, a game like this really makes some of the earlier-in-the-season threads suggestion that Afflalo is better than DeRozan seem patently ridiculous.

    • DabossKwasia

      Danny Green is better than Derozan….-__-

      Lol the comedians on this site

    • Guest

      It was just analytic nerds.
      No one with sense or who considers context.

  • Musik

    wish that DeMar would show up every game. attacked the paint instead of long twos.

    • afrocarter

      He attacks the paint in every game.

      • Musik519

        not consistently like that.

        • Tanks-a-lot

          DeMar seems to have used the season to practice hitting tough jumpers. He’s got attacking the paint down pat. Now we see that he will have tons of tools for the playoffs.

        • afrocarter

          5th in the league in FTA says differently

          • Tamberlyn Richardson

            Not sure if it’s a season stat or just since All Star but he is also top 5 (I think 4th) in fourth quarter scoring.

          • CJT

            I hate when facts get in the way.

      • Turdo Sandowich

        http://stats.nba.com/playerShotchart.html?PlayerID=201942&display-mode=distribution

        For what it’s worth. Just so we’re not relying on “Well he get’s FTs, so he must be attacking!” or “Look at his FG%! Bad shot selection!”. Demar takes more shots at the rim and more long twos (from all over the court) than the average league player, and he’s about league average at hitting both (doesn’t adjust for difficulty of shot, but take it for what it is).

    • ad

      Against teams with weak d like the magic he can do that. Agianst teams like chi no way he would be able to pull that off.

  • coachftw

    A wild Landry appeared.
    It used smart cut to the basket.
    It was super effective!
    !!!!!!
    Landry is evolving!
    Into…Into….
    Landry evolved into SemiBench-Landry
    It learned “huge dunk!”
    SemiBench-Landry is trying to learn “huge dunk” but SemiBench-Landry already has four moves
    Delete older mvoe to make room for “huge dunk”?
    Yes delete sit-on-the-bench
    SORRY NOPE DWAYNE CASEY HERE JUST LETTING YOU KNOW LANDRY IS NOT GOING TO LEARN HUGE DUNK

    • Quest

      the wild Landry Fields fainted
      John Salmons gained 500 exp points!

    • Mack

      LMAO

    • MoPeteRules

      at what level does SemiBench-Landry learn shoot?

      • FREEJV

        he hasnt evolved that much yet lets relax…… ._.

        • MKB

          It was a final fantasy/rpg video game reference young one…and pretty damn funny too.

          • Morty Zorgan

            Pokemon

      • afrocarter

        I think he only learns “Jump Shot” after he evolves into Bench Landry.

    • Andre Julian Ward

      Hilarious.

  • Nerius

    I was the first to criticize DD on his Rudy ways in the last game, so this time I must say that I was happy to see so many more drives and drawn fouls from him instead of jumpers. What he lacks very much though is the ability to see his bigs while driving, on numerous occasions he had the chance to kick it to Hayes, Amir or JV but he didn’t. It’s contact or a kick to the 3 line with him, and he was lost on a couple drives in the 3rd.

    By the way, was watching it on the Magic stream – the announcers there are terrible, at end of second the said JV had 13, beginning of 3rd they said he had 15 (he had 16) and they called TR Quenton Ross a couple times lol.

    • Guest

      Not to mention they are the defenition of homers and are extremly annoying.

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    To quote the immortal Booker T:

    MIAMI HEAT, WE COMING FOR YOU #^&&@!!

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      I’m going to be very interested to see which Miami Heat team show up tomorrow. Will DWade play? Will they be locked in like they were against Indy?

      Toronto has come close (especially the last game) but have yet to clear that hurdle and in some games I’ve felt it was in their heads. Psychologically I would really like to see the Raptors take this game just so they know they can beat Miami. They’ve done it with Indy, OKC and others but not the Heat. Let’s see if they can clear that hurdle tomorrow.

      • Mexiballer

        I will be very surprised if the Heat dont come to play tomorrow now that they have moved to within one game behind Indy for Eastern Conference home court advantage. They know what these remaining games mean and they are going to crank it up. They meet Indy on April 11th in Miami. They are geared up to position themselves for that.

  • JonasBrutha

    Casey for fucks sake man! If salmons couldn’t log minutes for Sacramento, why the fuck is he getting PT for a possibly top 4 seeded playoff team?! Again with the friggin inbounds! Why do we have two bigs in there when they have Vuc and Harris! Fields could have done a competent job of guarding him (harris) as opposed to having Amir guarding him on the perimeter. WTF happened to Ross? Asifyouknow is gonna hate me for this but “When Magic cut the game to single digits and Raps went cold it was
    Vasquez who stopped the bleeding. Made some bad turn overs late in the
    game” – Vasquez got injured and we piled it on with De Colo as PG.
    Vasquez comes back into the ball game and they blow a 21 point lead. Coincidence? He’s a bench guy, why is he taking Ross’s minutes? Love this team but Casey makes it so hard for us sometimes.

    • asifyouknow

      I agree Vasquez is a bum …cut him now!! so he can be picked up…lol…Were you watching the game or playing X box?

      • Jonasbrutha

        LOL! I didn’t say cut him, we don’t know if he’s gonna be back next year and its not even like he’s got a huge advantage over Ross so why risk his development? I have seen nothing to suggest that Ross should be benched in favor of Vazquez nor has Vazquez done anything out of the ordinary to earn that right. For a second ball handler, dude is quite lackadaisical, like I don’t have that comfort when he has the ball as opposed to a Lowry. There was one sequence where it was a loose ball and instead of securing it he completely whiffed on it. Another on the in bounds play from salmons where he let it slip through his hands. I like his confidence, but come on.

        • asifyouknow

          Yea he could of had that turnover but he started running before securing the ball..is ball it happens all the time…salmons gave him a ball in a double team ,,who in the hell does that?…

          • JonasButha

            I agree with your point that they look kinda sluggish but its a race to the finish now, there’s no respite if they want that third seed and Casey’s gonna push em as hard as he can because he’s coaching for a job.

            • asifyouknow

              He is coaching for a job. I believe that is why he is dogging the started with minutes….De Colo and Landry need some time, the way Lowry plays and DeMar drives are hard on a tired body. I pray I’m wrong but because this guys are so beat up and tired. I see an injury coming..so he needs to get everybody some playing time…

              • James Slim

                Maybe Ross is being saved for Miami!

        • asifyouknow

          Can we agree that all this guys looked dead?

  • FREEJV

    John fuckin Salmons almost turned the ball over again on the inbound pass. This guy should never see the floor

    • mountio

      TWICE! Both the first pass to Greasy and the 2nd one to demar were very close to tunovers. Cant believe he was throwing it in there…

    • asifyouknow

      DO NOT AGREE!!!

      • JCREX

        dude why are you defending vasquez and salmons over ross? ross is better then both of them at every facit of the game. vasquez might be a slightly better passer but thats it. why would you not want ross on the floor he’s the teams best defender and a better 3 pt shooter then both vasquez and salmons.

  • guesting

    Ross disappeared cos Casey bench his ass for no reason. SMFH

    • asifyouknow

      He got beat and looked slow going down court…might be sick or tired,,

      • FREEJV

        what did vasquez do tho…….. oladipo lit his ass up

        • CJT

          Oladipo lights everybody’s ass up. Not a comment on GV.

          • jacobdr4

            No oladipo does not light everyone up he is averages 14 a game thats not really lighting up. Vasquez is a horrible defender.

            • asifyouknow

              I’m all for cutting the guy …please….lol…

              • jacobdr4

                Im definitely on that boat, really not a fan.

            • CJT

              14 off of the bench is pretty solid.

              • FREEJV

                he was a starter earlier on

            • Steverino

              Wait, so he scored 16 tonight and that’s lighting Vasquez up? He had 26 against Washington, 30 against New York, 23 against Indiana, 24 against Atlanta, 35 against the shoddy defence of Chicago, 22 against the Clippers, 26 against Cleveland, 26 against Philadelphia… yeah, he really lit Vasquez up. Never mind the fact he played 11 more minutes than Vasquez.

        • asifyouknow

          freejv I thought you were a fair and balance opinion maker but if you did not see everybody got their ass beat then you are letting you fan hood dictate what you see. In other words you just giving passes to who you like.
          The reason Vaz is playing late games is because he is playing well. Tonight Salmons gives hin the ball in the middle of a double team, who in the hell does that? nobody…

          • FREEJV

            but what did vasquez do today? waiting for an answer…..

            • asifyouknow

              Got 5 stiches in his face from an elbow hit some momentum shots , I’ll let you read the take by Ms. Richardson:
              “When Magic cut the game to single digits and Raps went cold it was Vasquez who stopped the bleeding. Made some bad turn overs late in the game.”
              Turnovers did not hurt anything…..He had a decent game today.

              • FREEJV

                turnovers didnt hurt anything?… they almost lost……. also vasquez had like 3 airballs today dont know what that was all about…..

                • asifyouknow

                  So your solution is to bench him and not give him one minute,,,,Well I got some unfortunate news for you and I…lol…He will play and from what I understand will be signed along with Lowry….Ross or DeMar will be gone and a Dang type of SF will be brought in…Does that sound good…..Just guessing…lol

                • FREEJV

                  id rather have tyler ennis than YOLO vasquez

                • Steverino

                  Good for you. And maybe Ennis will end up a better player. Maybe he won’t.

                • FREEJV

                  Well he can already do one thing vasquez cant. Dunk in a game

                • Steverino

                  Remember Terrence Stansbury? How about Antonio Harvey? Yeah, they were great NBA players.

                • FREEJV

                  no i dont. which era did you live in :s

                • Steverino

                  I’m old, but that’s irrelevant. Stansbury played in the ’80s for three seasons, and competed in the Slam Dunk competition three times. That’s it. He couldn’t play basketball, just had the jumps. Big deal. Another one is Harold Miner, who played in the early ’90s. Nicknamed Baby Jordan, he played a whopping 200 games over four seasons and won the Slam Dunk Contest twice. But couldn’t play a lick. Harvey played in the mid-90s for the Lakers and Grizzlies. Great jumper, horrible player. Want someone a bit more recent and local? Fred Jones. Played for the Raps for a bit. He was a guard who won the Slam Dunk competition once. Couldn’t play at all.

                  As for players who can clearly play but who can’t dunk, or not very well? Beside Vasquez, I’ve never seen Lowry dunk. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, while they could dunk, weren’t very athletic or vertical. Jose Calderon I’ve seen dunk once. Not sure I’ve ever seen Steve Nash dunk. Or John Stockton. The point is, it’s irrelevant whether a player can dunk or not.

                • Guest

                  What does that have to do with anything?

                • FREEJV

                  you re right jumping has nothing to do with basketball………. #didyouevenplay

                • FLUXLAND

                  wow wow wow. Did you get a protection plan for your bola de cristal? Because last week your boy was starting for the Spurs next year, this week he will be signed here? Can you tweet him and get to the bottom of this? C’mon you don’t guess, that’s for people that play Playstation and live in fantasy land, that’s not you.

                • Steverino

                  Damn, you’re right. They *almost* lost the game… and didn’t.

        • JCREX

          agreed why ross is not playing at the end of the game is puzzling. vasquez makes alot of mistakes and doesnt get benched yet he is a poor defender

        • Steverino

          Oladipo has lit plenty of asses up this year. Who won the game again?

          • FREEJV

            he lit your moms ass up too L.O.L #getoffmydick

            • Steverino

              My mom’s dead.

  • Fire Carlyle

    Casey should’ve sat down Vasquez & Salmons and let de Colo and Fields finish up the game. Vasquez needs his ass to be lit sometimes and Salmons looks gassed and/or too old to play a 82 game schedule.

  • FREEJV

    Idk what vasquez was doing out there today…….

    • Steverino

      In your world, every player is consistent every game. No one has an off game. Nobody misses open shots or makes a bad play.

      • FREEJV

        yep. Btw did you hear durant has had 25+ pts in 38 straight games…. talk about consistent ………… bye

        • afrocarter

          KD has been the BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD this season. You seriously going to compare every Raptor player to him?

          • FREEJV

            they all play in the nba…. so yes

            • Steverino

              Ha! So does every other player in the league play in the NBA. But you know what? He’s also had a few games where he shot below 20 points! For shame.

            • afrocarter

              lol

  • acfaubs

    Score watching: Celtics vs. Bulls in a tight one (for now). Every game the Bulls and Nets play are huge from here on out… GO CELTS.

    As for tonight, good effort until the starters blew it in the late third/early fourth. I’d like to say I’m surprised but this has become a trend and it’s hard to expect this team to change their late-game lackadaisical ways… they play their best with their backs against the wall. Just a thought, I wouldn’t mind seeing Ross get some more minutes late in games. I don’t think he’s really done anything to earn his stapling to the bench in fourth quarters.

    • acfaubs

      And Augustin ices it for Chicago, of course. Looks like we don’t gain any ground tonight with BKN and CHI winning, but at least we keep pace.

      • CJT

        Correction, THEY kept pace with US.

      • asifyouknow

        Augustin will be available next year and Rudy wants out of Sacramento it could be the good old days again next year…lol

    • Tanks-a-lot

      Brooklyn might lose on purpose if it allows them to play the Raptors first
      It’s going to be interesting right up to the last game

      • Mexiballer

        No chance of that. Brooklyn is chasing 1st round home court advantage. They will have that if they win the Atlantic division. Theyre fighting theyre asses off to catch the Raptors.

        • Tanks-a-lot

          If they can’t they will try to position to play the Raptors. So I guess when the Raptors clinch the division then purposeful losing could happen.

          • Mexiballer

            Well no. Because they are also fighting with Chicago for 4th place which is also home court advantage in the first round.

            • Tanks-a-lot

              If the Nets want to play the Raptors over the Bulls as their primary goal they might not hold home court advantage in as high esteem as you think. The advantage is only really good for the first round as it’s completely expected that the Pacers and Heat will advance and no matter what one will be the second round and then Conference finals and either have home court advantage over the Bulls, Nets and Raptors.

              As most people here suspect, the Nets want the Raptors because the Nets expect to get special treatment for TV ratings reasons. The Nets won’t get that kind of special treatment if the Bulls are their opponents in the first round, home court advantage or not.

      • Tamberlyn Richardson

        I don’t think any of the 3 through 7 seeds honestly believes they can just do what they want to end up in the position they want. If that were the case the top 2-seeds Indy and Miami would have wrapped up first in the East.

        So, the Nets can say they want Toronto, but there is no way they can determine that on their own given the log jam with seeds 3 through 7. All we can do is look at trends, stats and their final games to make our best guess. I’ve broken it down below & note: it’s a long post.

        Record in last 10 games:

        Brooklyn: 7-3
        Toronto, Chicago and Charlotte are 6-4
        Wizards: are 5-5

        Toronto:
        – 3rd with a 2.5 edge on Nets for Atlantic Division and are +1 on Chicago.
        – Have a 20-17 road record (second only to Miami in the East)
        – 9 games left: 5 home/4 road
        – 2 back-to-backs
        – 3 tough games vs. Miami, Houston & Indy

        Chicago:
        – 4th & are 1 game back of Raps and 1.5 ahead of Nets
        – 500 on road at 18-18
        – 9 games left: 4 home/5 road and 2 back-to-backs. Key opponents feature teams chasing them: Hawks, Wiz and Bobcats and are all on the road

        Brooklyn:
        – 5th trail Raptors by 2.5 and Chicago by 1.5 while holding 1.5 lead on Wiz
        – 14-22 on road.
        – 10 games left: 5 home/5 road and FOUR back-to-backs (3 of which run consecutively)
        – The main problem for Brooklyn is how bad they play on the road (all 4 losses in March were on the road) and the fact they do play 4 back-to-backs in their final 10 games with 5 out of 8 of those games on the road.
        – They also face Miami who’ll be looking for revenge having lost all 3 previous games.

        Washington:
        – 6th trailing Brooklyn by 1.5 and are ahead of Charlotte by 3.
        – 19-18 on road
        – 9 games left: 5 home/ 4 Road and 2 back-to-backs.
        – Their key opponents feature inter-division Bobcats twice as well
        as Miami and Chicago.

        Charlotte:
        – 7th trail Wiz by 3 and ahead of Atlanta by 3.5
        – Their road record is 14-22
        – 9 games left: 4 home/5 road, 2 back-to-backs & although they have a relatively easy schedule they have to play division foes Washington twice and Atlanta once.

        Some Key Points:
        ·
        – Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn and Washington are all still capable of grabbing the third or fourth seed for home court advantage which I believe is truly their focus.
        – None of these teams can even try to look ahead to the second round to try to align to play Miami or Indy given the uncertainty of who’ll get the top seed.
        – With New York still making a push (trail by 1) to surpass Atlanta things get interesting as their final 8 games feature: Toronto & Brooklyn twice, Chicago and Miami

        Realistically the Raptors have hovered between 63% and 69% win percentage since the trade so
        it’s reasonable to expect them to win between 5 and 6 games taking them to 47 or 48 wins. For Brooklyn to pass them they’ll need to surpass them or hope Toronto loses all 3 division games (extremely unlikely). This means the Nets would need to win 8 or 9 of their final 10 games with is also highly unlikely given the back-to-backs and road games remaining.

        Using these numbers my best guess is there is no change in 3 – 7 and the shifts actually come at the top and bottom of the Eastern bracket with New York just falling short of over-taking Atlanta and Miami and Indy going to the wire on who will take top spot.

        • Tanks-a-lot

          All I’m saying is that given the right set of circumstances (Raps lock up 3rd seed) I have little doubt that the Nets will deliberately lose to allow the Wizards to “earn” the 5th seed so the first round will be Raps (3) v Nets (6) and Bulls (4) v Wizards (5).

          If the Nets had not made their preference known I wouldn’t think they would try engineering their first round opponent.

  • Balls Deep

    I am getting scared right now. Casey is now sitting on 99 wins as a head choach and everyone knows that that means a 3 game losing streak and at least 80 demar airballs. On the bright side we won today.

    • asifyouknow

      lol

  • Will

    If Fields doesn’t get more minutes going forward, Casey needs to get smacked. If you’re an analytics guy, his value is clear. If you go by the eye test, it’s even more obvious. How many more wins could we have if Fields got Salmons’ minutes.

    • JonasBrutha

      Casey’s system (if one exists?) is perimeter oriented with a lot of floor spacing involved. Add to that the fact that there isn’t a lot of cuts to the basket, rather shooters coming off screens and catching the ball. Lowry is a decent distributor but we don’t necessarily have a guy that possesses creativity with regards to watching for players making those cuts because majority of the time Demar is holding on to the ball for an eternity or dribbling the ball of his foot or getting stripped on the way to the basket. Btw totally agree with you, it sounds crazy but I’d love to see more Landry as well.

      • Will

        It doesn’t sound crazy to play Landry more. The guy knows how to play. He was good before he got injured. There’s a reason Spike Lee used to wear his jersey in NY.

        • FREEJV

          who elses jersey he gonna wear? lmao

          • Jonasbrutha

            melo?

            • FREEJV

              was he even there during landrys first year

              • jonasbrutha

                If I recall correctly, pretty sure he was rocking the landry fields jersey when melo came his second year as well. And then landry fell off lol

              • Steverino

                Yes, he was.

                • FREEJV

                  nope you re wrong.

                • FLUXLAND

                  LOL! How is he wrong, exactly? LF was the staring SG on opening night 2010, as a R. Melo got traded in Feb 2011.

                • FREEJV

                  nope you re wrong too

                • FLUXLAND

                  Sure I am, on whatever planet you live on.

                • FREEJV

                  Dwane Caseys Planet

                • Steverino

                  Here’s Fields singing at a team function, with Melo right there.
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4K_SnsXMwM
                  I accept your apology.

      • CJT

        Demar dribbles off his foot or gets stripped the majority of the time? It seems amazing to me that he has scored 30 points so many times this season, is in the top 10 in scoring and free throw attempts etc. considering he can’t hold the ball and walk at the same time.

        • JonasBrutha

          Top 10 in scoring and 30 points so many times this season? He’s sixth in the league in fga per game ahead of guys like Lebron, Steph, PG, Kyrie, Harden. On what team other then the raps is demar gonna get 18 shots per game? He’s a product of the Casey you’re my guy system. If he’s so good at getting to the line then he should be doing it more. No way in hell should a guy like demar be a volume shooter especially considered his inefficiency from three. I like the guy, I just want this team to be more offensively efficient because we know they can dig in defensively.

          • CJT

            That is not what you said in your comment. I agree with wanting him to be more efficient and use his ability to get to the line more to his advantage, but to say that the majority of the time he dribbles off of his foot or gets stripped is pretty inaccurate. I would like to see him get better at passing on his drives etc. to me he seems to get blinders when taking it to the hole.

          • asifyouknow

            Lets ask one question and see what we get:
            WHO LOOKED GREAT TONIGHT?

            • asifyouknow

              I say ONLY JV looked good today!

              • Steverino

                And amazingly they won! That’s a sign of a good team.

          • #TankNation

            Hmm, he’s also 4th in the league in FTA per game. Not exactly sure what you’re trying to say here. Wait, let me take a stab at it! You’re trying to vilify DeMar because he can’t make more FTA per game than Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kevin Love! Wow, DeMar must be an awful player then… I mean, he gets more free throws in than LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard, but hey, that doesn’t make a difference because… because…

          • #TankNation

            No it’s actually pretty f***ing impressive. Maybe you’re just too close-minded and uninformed to see what’s in front of you: that DeMar is a really good player, and that we are lucky to have him as a franchise.

        • asifyouknow

          I noticed that but save yourselve…..be silent because you will get smacked by the adoring DeMar fans,,the guy shots about 30% from 3..

          • Tanks-a-lot

            Michael Jordan wasn’t a great 3-pt shooter either. Just saying, it’s a bonus if DeMar improves that percentage.

            • JonasBrutha

              Michael Jeffrey Jordan was also a 9 time All Defensive first teamer and a one time DPOY, he can do whatever he wants on the offensive end. Forget a three point shot, I’d rather have Casey hold Demar more accountable on the defensive end.

              • Tanks-a-lot

                I agree with that.

            • asifyouknow

              Actually after a few years when MJ figured out that it was painful to go in there and get your ass beat every night, he worked on his jump shot and became a great shooter…DeMar has a great mid range and drive, if he gets a 3 shot in the upper 30 % ..now you talking elite player.( got to work on his traffic dribbling…lo

              • Tanks-a-lot

                makes me wonder how DeMar would do in the days before Zone D was allowed

          • JonasBrutha

            Lol i love Demar man. I was using a little bit of hyperbole but I got crucified for it. He’s one of my favorite raps. I just want to see him get better because come playoff time, that settling for mid range shtick isn’t gonna settle man and this offense will consequently struggle to get into a rhythm. Tonight’s game was perfect he had that I smell blood mentality and got to the line. If he can have that same mentality against top tier teams and stay aggressive we’ll be well off.

        • FLUXLAND

          So many times? You mean like 20%? And half that time in losses? Meh. I wouldn’t be too amazed. He scores more in the teens than in the 20 or 30 point range.

          • CJT

            His average is 23 a game. So I wouldn’t say that is accurate either.

            • FLUXLAND

              It’s accurate. You can look it up.

              The point about him dribbling off his foot/holding the ball, etc. is also very valid. For all the “hard worker” talk we hear, it’s amazing how poor of handler he is for his position. And the fact it happens during crucial moments of the game also shows you how incapable he is of processing information/making decisions, while dribbling. No one cares if you are top 10 in scoring or whatever else ranking you’d like to use (particularly when you are being given the minutes and touches like he has), what matters is what you’re doing when the game is on the line.. in that area, after 5 years and all the alleged “hard work”, he leaves much to be desired to say the least.

          • #TankNation

            Clearly you can’t count, or you don’t bother to, because DeMar actually averages 23 PPG on the season, and 24.5 PPG over the last two months. :O

            • FLUXLAND

              Son, I suggest looking things before speaking and looking like a tool.

              • Steverino

                Have patience, old man Fluxland. Not everyone has the innate rationality you have.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Oh, no need to be rational, he clearly is not. But you’re right, I am asking too much from someone who’s under the impression that an average of 23 means he scores 23 every night. But I am the one that “can’t count”. The future of our nation, in the hands of brilliant minds like his – the future Rob Fords of the world.

                • Guest

                  Damn fluxland, you need a hug or a several hugs for sure. Why are you so bitter about demar? The guy is good, D Wade could never shoot 3’s either and he’s been a top 2 SG for the last 10 years. Demar has other strong assets like his size, athleticism, ability to get to the line and a strong mid range game. Just cause you need a hug, don’t spread that around here. Give props where they’re due, stop being so mad. Jonasbruutha you too.

                • fullcourtpress

                  I guess being compared to MJ says it all about Demar. Some here are just nuts. If he wears white shoes, everyone complains that he’s not wearing red. He’s one of the best players in the NBA, say top 20. An all star. What more do you want, 5 blocks per game, 15 rebounds and 40 points per game. A team is comprised of many talents, offensive and defensive. A team full of Rodmans cannot win a championship. Give the guy a break. Raps win and people complain that they only won by 6 and Demar didn’t defend on the help. The opponent is going to score at least 80-110 points per game, so the defensive will break down.

                • JonasBrutha

                  Apologies, I should’ve used better grammar. When I said majority of the time, it was in reference to Demar “holding on to the ball for an eternity” and you’d be lying if you said he isn’t a ball stopper. I still stand by my comments about him
                  dribbling the ball off his foot or getting stripped on the way to the
                  basket because it happens more often than it should, especially in crunch time. I’m not spreading anything around here to be perfectly honest because I’m a fan of Demar. I’m happy that he got national recognition, it is great for the raptors as an organization. Would I have chose him to represent us as a team? I think Lowry was more deserving but that’s debatable. Heck both should have got him if It was up to me. I’ve enjoyed watching him mature but there’s no way to justify him taking 18 shots a game when we have guy named Terrence Ross who averages half of that. The kid’s got better shooting potential and he is a better defender and he is rewarded for his play on both ends with a seat on the bench. Demar won us the game last night, I’ll be the first to admit it, but don’t crucify me because I’m not settling for his current play and would rather see him develop further aspects of his game.

                • #TankNation

                  So you still think he scores “in the teens” rather than “in the 20 or 30 point range” huh? Treating that as a fact and bandying that about, trying to make me look like the idiot? Think again you joke. DeMar’s scored 20 or more points in 43 games this season. Of those 43 games, Toronto won 23 of them. That’s 43 games out of 71 games (not including the last two games). Which translates to 59% of the time. Which begs the question, either you haven’t actually followed the Raptors this season, and you’re still deluding yourself based on DeMar’s performances from past seasons, or you’re just an idiot.

                • FLUXLAND

                  ” you still think he scores “in the teens” rather than “in the 20 or 30 point range” huh? Yes, this is fact.

                  Are you f stupid or what? LOOK IT UP. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT RANGE MEANS?

                  Who the f said anything about how many times he scored over 20??

                  What are you even talking about? Do you understand the f argument? A f child could get it.

                • #TankNation

                  Oh and by the way, yeah DeMar has scored 23 or more points this season MORE than half the time. And that’s not based on my supposed inability to do math. Out of the 71 games DeMar has played this season, he’s scored 23 or more points in 36 games. So again, in what way can I not “count”? You’ve been wrong on every front, in every post that I’ve read.

                • FLUXLAND

                  You are so unbelievably retarded. You cannot even understand what I wrote, you mongoloid.

                  I said he scores more in the teens then in the 20 or 30s RANGE! The f RANGE, you idiot. LOOK IT UP YOU CLUELESS MORON.

                  No one here said anything about how many times he scored over 30 or 23. Do you understand the difference in those two things? You do not, at all.

                  Who the f cares how may times he scored over 23??
                  Here it is again, and you won’t f understand in again, I am guessing:

                  After last nights game he is tied his totals for the 20s and teens range. Period.

                  You really need to stop posting, you keep looking like a dumbass, you cannot even comprehend the argument someone is making, you are going off about counting. A f second grader could understand what I am saying FFS.

                  Do yourself a favour and stop posting.

              • #TankNation

                Hahaha you’re such a joke of a human being. Quit commenting on basketball fan forums when you don’t know jack shit about anything

                • FLUXLAND

                  At least I understand math, something you clearly didn’t do well with after grade 1. I can’t believe you you’re going to keep posting after embarrassing yourself like that. Sad.

                • #TankNation

                  Says the guy who wrote: “He scores more in the teens than in the 20 or 30 point range.”, even though Demar averages 23PPG. I’m surprised you’re trying to insult me when you’re own stupidity is the only thing that’s demonstrated by your comments. It’s almost as if you’re completely shameless. Either that, or you’re just really, really, really dim.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Do you get the irony in calling me dim?

                  No one is talking about his average.

                  I don’t have to insult you, you are doing it yourself by what you are typing. You make it too easy.

              • #TankNation

                It’s called rounding. 22.8 rounds to 23 when you don’t include decimals. How does that make me look like a tool? But wait, you’re probably only saying that because you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you’re too stupid to come up with even a half-valid counter-argument. Completely shameless. You’re probably some 25 year old hack who lives in his parent’s basement and works for some fast food joint flipping burgers, and the only time of day when he’s not yelled at and belittled for his inferior intellect is on online forums like these. Unfortunately, you don’t even realize that the shit you type on this forum only makes you look uninformed and ignorant. Crawl back to the hole you came from you miserable and pathetic little shit.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Your boy just scored in the teens again! Guess what? Now he’s scored more times in the teens that in the 20s or 30s. But, hey how about you tell us more how he averages 23.

                  HAHAHHA.. still wanna talk about inferior intellect you stupid clown?

            • FREEJV

              22.8*

          • #TankNation

            “And half that time in losses?”…. Is that even an argument?

            • FLUXLAND

              Yes, it is. He scores 30 and half the time when he does that, it’s a loss. So, are we better off when DD is chucking to get his 30? Do you even think before you type?

              • Steverino

                Do you look at stats before you type? If you look at the whole season (which is ridiculous, since the team sucked with Rudy), he scored 30+ 17 times, and won 9 of those games. Just over 50%. But let’s look at DD since the trade: He’s scored 30+ 14 times and the Raps have won 8 of those games. That’s 57%. To make an argument that that’s low, we’d have to have a large enough sample size from other high scorers. The rap on your beloved Kobe used to be was when he scored a lot, the team was in trouble. But I don’t know how DD’s numbers compare to other high scorers. I’d be interested to know, though.

                But why the arbitrary 30? Let’s look at his scoring when he nets 25 to 29 points. Since the trade, he’s scored 25-29 points 12 times and the team has won 8 of those. Now we’re at 67% of the time.

                Let’s add those two columns up. He scored 25+ (since the trade) 26 times, and the Raptors have gone 16-10 in those games. That’s not bad.

                Now don’t get me wrong. He frustrates me more than any other Raptor, but let’s be reasonable about the stats.

                • FLUXLAND

                  since the trade, since the trade, since the trade. I didn’t say anything pre or post trade, did I?

                • Steverino

                  No, you didn’t. As I mentioned in my first paragraph. Again, reading comprehension, reading comprehension… But don’t you think there was a sudden jump since the trade? The Raptors were 6-12 before the trade so it only stands to reason DD’s record when scoring 30+ would also not be good.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Was I not to expect as sudden jump after the trade? Shocking, really. But no comments about his handles, which was the original discussion?

                  I really am not a stats person, the only reason I even mentioned something about his scoring was because it was implied he scored over 30 “so many times”.. which is not true.

                  Good on you for breaking down his scoring and attempting to prove I am not even sure what… his scoring is the last of my concerns. There are plenty of players in the L that could replace his point production on this team, with ease.

              • #TankNation

                Do you know why I asked you if that’s even an argument? Because it’s not, you twat. You’re not only wrong about the Raptors losing half the time when DeMar scores 30 or more, but you’re pathetic attempt at trying to insult me doesn’t even make any sense. If I didn’t think before I typed, I wouldn’t have been able to clearly show why you’re wrong in all your comments, and justify why it shows that you’re extremely stupid.

    • bobmasa

      Dwen Casey will go down with John Salmon, and what are these other coaches doing? are they blibd? it is very clear from the beginning LandryField is better then John Salmon and why reporters afraid to ask Casey this question? What is behind John Salmon and Duwen Casey are we realy gonna make noises wirh Salmin during playoff? Its realy frustrating.

      • El duderino

        I’m convinced that Casey and salmons are having butt sex!

  • FREEJV

    casey never holds his star players accountable. thats why we always see these leads disappear.

    • Steverino

      Totally. That’s why the Raptors are the only team to give up leads. Why can’t Casey see that?!

      • FREEJV

        maybe hes blind like you

        • Steverino

          Zing! Wonderful comeback! I’m speechless!

  • Will

    Also, if Casey insists on having Vasquez in for Ross at the end of games, he should at least do offense/defense substitutions for Vasquez. We don’t need the extra ball handler on defense. At least he’s letting JV finish games.

  • Aaron

    I’d like to point out come playoff time Lowry Derozen and Johnson will have nothing left. why? Because even when a certain lineup featuring (Colo,fields,Novak) are doing very well and the lead is growing Casey decides well time to bench them and bring in my sex slave salmons plus starters.

    • asifyouknow

      LMAO…funny…

  • coachftw

    Hey Casey how bout that Fields guy eh ;)))))? ..What’s that?? Oh.. sorry.. nevermind

  • God

    Landry played because I let him play..that is all.

    • Andre Julian Ward

      smh …

  • Demar <3

    #FreeFields

  • StabbyRaccoon

    Kind of a meh game and I think everyone knew that it was going to be one. The Raptors killed them in the first half and it’s encouraging that they know that they’re so much better than teams like the Magic that they can slack off in the second and still win. Sure you never want to lose a lead like that but I’m not making much of it, you don’t have to give it your best effort in an away game when you have lots of injuries and are preparing for 3 extremely difficult games coming up before the playoffs.

    The upcoming week will test them and give us a better idea of their playoff potential. Go Raps!

  • Quest

    I see that a lot of people are discounting how clutch the raptors were today. with the game in question, we settled down and took control of the game, an excellent sign going into the playoffs.
    on a similar note, i have noticed that Demar is actually pretty clutch (that big time three in front of the magic bench). he may not be the best guy for last second shots, but he sure does score a bunch late in the fourth. good win by the raps, now off to MIA to take down the defending champs!

    • ad

      The problem is they should have never put themselves in a position to have to be clutch.

    • JonasBrutha

      Clutch? Clutch is sealing the game when we had that big lead and maintaining it from then on. That’s the sign of a good team. The game should never have been in question my friend.

      • Steverino

        You’re absolutely right. Let’s all get grumpy and depressed over the way they won.

    • Haim not Feldman

      The win was never in doubt. Casey used this game to test drive his subs De Colo, Fields, Novak, Hayes, etc. At least De Colo got experience being the sole PG, Hayes gave quality minutes while JV rested, Novak hit a key 3 late and Landry “Mrs.” Fields baked a sweet dunk.

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      I’m not sure I’d use clutch for the game word, however I would say Lowry played clutch in the 4Q as did Amir on a put back and DeMar’s late 3 was also clutch.

      What I would say regarding some points made about us losing the lead is Portland had a 16 point lead on the Magic that they came back to win. The Magic are close to 500 at home as well.

      If we think back to the Raptor teams of the past couple seasons many of our wins came late in the season vs. good to great teams. I think this is a factor of teams just wanting to get to the post season that have qualified and teams who have nothing to win/lose deciding to play spoiler. These under dogs rise to the challenge because they have nothing to lose. Plus you get players who want to finish the season strong on the sub-par teams so they can leave an impression/make a name for themselves for the next season and/or are less stressed now, knowing they’l be done on April 16.

      • James Slim

        great comment

    • Guest

      Clutch he is. That free throw line step back over Green vs Celtics, bang bang buckets. That 3 on the Magic in the last couple minutes, bang bang eat food. Toronto fans, appreciate this guys ability to get buckets cause we are lucky to have him. Haters gonna hate.

      • Guest

        Really, everyone seems to forget all the good things he does throughout the game and then focus on a turn over or something he did, maybe cause he makes 25+ pts look easy? IDK tho.

  • ad

    What an ugly win. They mentally let up midway through the 3rd q. Magic should not have made this a game against the supposed 3rd seed in the east. I thought Amir and greivis were awful today. One positive from this game is the respect DD gets from the refs. Im not his biggest fan but the guy gets to the line at a great rate when he wants to.

    • Mexiballer

      I agree. I thought they mentally checked out after they built a good lead lead in the third. They seem to do that a lot. Let weaker teams hang around for the close finish instead of putting them away.

  • rapierraptor

    Keep the Efficiunas train rolling! 13 pts, 9.4 rebs, 56 fg% and 93 % from the line (25-27) over the last 5. BOOYA! 30+ minutes a game to boot.

    • JonasBrutha

      Rolling at the right time! Hope he earns Casey’s trust enough to get steady minutes in the playoffs, lord knows we’ll need him. Though I have a slight suspicion we’ll see a lot of the Chuckster

    • FREEJV

      once casey’s stepson (patterson) from kentucky comes back he will give him JV s minutes watch….

  • Peter

    It’s got to change. No , not the basketball, not the coaching and not the personnel on the floor (although we could do with a little tweaking on all fronts). What has to change is the broadcast crew(s). Devlin simply should be fired, not tomorrow, but now. He not only ruins the game but makes it literally impossible to follow. 10% of his babble is play by play, the rest monotonous, irrelevant , egocentric, statistics or personal refelections or some other totally meaningless garbage, So ,you say, turn down the sound and watch. Tried that, and its just not the same. I want to know who fouled whom and the penalty. I want to know whose on the floor for the ops and why. I know basketball . but need someone to explain certain muances. For a Hockey town, Devlin is the absolute worst with his stupid fancy catch phrases and phoney excitement….”.for thraeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey “. It is no wonder that the TV ratings are terrible. The only solution is to turn on the radio, switch off the TV (‘cos they are not synched) and listen to the dulcet tones of Jones and Smith. As bad as Devlin is, the radio crew is good, They have great chemistry and they’re not afraid to criticize the home team. Why they are not the TV crew is baffling.
    To those who argue that Devlin is hired by the NBA and the Jays and therefore is recognized as good at his craft, I would simply refer you to those awful ratings. Here we have a really exciting young ‘cool’ team, and noone is watching. Why?

    • noname

      cuz the games are broadcasted on channels you need to order separately (TSN2, SN1) so I say fuck that shit and I livestream.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        I do that as well. Man does it eat up the monthly Gigabytes

        • noname

          if you do it on firstrowsports it doesn’t really, but that’s cuz it’s low quality.

          • Tanks-a-lot

            yeah, I use that site. I have a program that tracks my upload and download totals. I haven’t checked lately for an exact figure for an unpaused game but I guess it like 500+ MB per game.

    • Steverino

      I don’t disagree on Devlin, but Jones is young? In what world? The guy’s older than Devlin. Probably mid-50s. Devlin was born in 1969.

    • Howie

      Couldn’t agree more. Devlin is the worst play by play guy outside Boston.Jones/Smith are first class

    • FREEJV

      Devlin welcomes his haters.

    • Guest

      If you want to know who fouled who don’t listen to Devlin. He thinks a travel was called on Lowry half the time Derozen gets called for a foul. His lameness has become endearing to be but the guy has zero natural conception of whats happening on a basketball court.

  • Swimmerslooniestoonies

    Fields reminds me of Vasquez. Unselfish, moves the ball, gets the team involved. I could never understand why he gets bench so extensively.

    • Quest

      it truly is a mystery

    • or nah?

      Vasquez? Unselfish?

      • Swimmerslooniestoonies

        A great addition to Lowery on the floor.. but he does do that mid range floater tho

      • Steverino

        Truly unselfish. But even an unselfish player has to be ready to take the ball to the hole or shoot when he’s open.

    • FREEJV

      theres a reason why we call him YOLO vasquez. you can guess why

  • buschfire

    Great to see Fields get some run, he needs to get some more PT he is a better defender and energy off the bench than Salmons… Just needs to get his shot back! Why did Terrance Ross disappear?!?! #FreeLandry

  • Mack

    I really hope Fields takes Salmons minutes going forward. You could argue Salmons is a better shooter but IMO it’s a very slim margin and Fields is better in almost every other aspect; he can defend just as well, makes smart passes, won’t stand in the corner for most of the position and he’s a great rebounder for his size/ position. Add to the fact that he’s 9 years younger and looked healthy tonight… I mean it seriously couldn’t get any more obvious who should be playing more lol

  • Lucamacus

    I’m sorry, but this hard-on for lowry must stop, geez the man had 6 TO’s, 16 pts on 18 shots, only 4 assists, and he got blown by on D in the second half and hes an A-? I know everyone loves his hustle, but today was hands down his worst game since the rudy gay trade, B- at the very best, more like a C in my mind. Still, if thats his worst, that’s still pretty solid

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      I gave him the A- because he scored the majority of the Raptor points in the 4th quarter with the game in question. And he made some critical stops on D while forcing turn overs.

    • James Slim

      Lowry’s my favourite raptor, but i agree he was off, though his fourth was pretty good

    • Quest

      he was our offence in the 4th, and honestly he is allowed a bad game every now and then

  • TDot Mix Productions

    raptors are playoff bound! Time to make some noise? 3rd in the east and still don’t get any respect from the NBA! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsPqWBvrRFY

  • James Slim

    Personally I think Coach Casey might be saving L Fields as an x-factor for the playoffs.
    The dude hasn’t been 100% healthy since he joined the Raptors, but if he can be ok in the playoffs, then we know what he can do based on his rookie season.
    Coach Casey has always talked about Fields positively – as a glue guy. I think we might see him a bit in the playoffs. Hopefully he can get warmed up a little over the next couple of weeks so he is not stone cold.

    Just a theory. Hopefully it’s correct cos he’s a pretty good player.

  • Bendit

    Nando has good game and to belooked at seriously to keep around. Great to see Fields play well. As for Chuckie…someone get him some platform shoes and all will be well.

  • tonious35

    One of the most frustrating wins of the season…..

  • Eunys

    Please free Fields…….

  • Guest

    I’m perfectly okay with wins like this one and the one against Boston. Over the course of a season, even the best teams lose to bad teams. These were not losses, and they mean nothing about what will happen in the next game. If we lost to Miami, it won’t be because of when in the game the Orlando game was won. Our margin over the season is still higher than many other teams.

  • Johann

    Hate to be annoying, but you incorrectly used the expression, “begs the question…” a few times. For something to beg the question does not mean that it ‘raises’ or ‘brings up’ the question. Begging the question is a logical fallacy denoting circular reasoning, it is the name for an argument that assumes the conclusion it is trying to prove.

    That being said, I agree with you. Hard to see how Fields’ play doesn’t merit some PT

    • Tamberlyn Richardson

      Thanks I’ll keep an eye out for that moving forward. With quick reacts I literally try to get the facts out as quickly as possible so my word choice isn’t always optimum.

  • Buschfire

    #FreeFields

  • tackhead9

    Does this mean it’s time to break out my Landry Fields jersey? It’s been so lonely this season.