Toronto Raptors 83 Final

Recap | Box Score

93 Miami Heat
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -10I expected more, but Amir also appears to be banged up still. There just wasn’t a big impact from him in this one, though he remains the team’s most capable help defender by a long shot.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -12He started out doing a fair job on LeBron James, but Casey quickly lost faith. On the other end, Ross was largely invisible.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -13JV was pretty damn impressive, continuing an on-and-off trend in March. He shot well, he did a good job getting position in the post, and with the exception of one traveling violation, he handled Miami’s soft-doubles well. He also made good use of “verticality” on a LeBron drive late, altering the shot.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | -19Kyle Lowry wasn’t playing particularly well before he got hurt (see below), and he was visibly frustrated with the officiating. Still, as he goes, we go, so cross your fingers, and then cross those crossed fingers over other crossed fingers, and weave those into a “Get Well Soon” pillow.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -8DeRozan had an excellent first half, shooting 5-of-7 with four dimes. He went just 3-of-8 in the second half, though, and the lack of whistles early seemed to get to him, rendering him far less aggressive than he has been and should be.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 8 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3He was rusty in his first game back and hardly played in the second half, whether due to soreness or ineffectiveness. He brought some nice energy early, at least, but it’ll be a few games before he’s “back.”

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3This is just not a team you use Chuck Hayes against. It’s not his fault, really, he just only has utility in very specific situations.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +6Go away and never come back.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5Hey, he IS alive. This grade remains incomplete, but let’s see what he can do down the stretch here.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +3For a while we got Novakaine instead of plain old Steve Novak. Like a few others tonight, he did what he does – hit threes and try not to be a disaster on defense. That’s a lot tougher when an opponent has an athletic four, though.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | +6While his handle is still a little loose of late, Vasquez tried his best to step into the Kyle Lowry role in the fourth, scoring eight points with a lone turnover. One assist hurts, but take what you can get here – the backup had to step into a major role and he didn’t fall flat on his face.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2Has anyone else noticed he looks like mini-JV on the floor? He did what he does, but it’d be nice if he started flashing that 3-point stroke.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Not sure why Hansbrough is this deep in the doghouse, especially in a game where his foul-drawing ability would have been useful.

Dwane Casey
There’s not a whole lot you can do against the Heat. Casey tried multiple looks on LeBron James, but my feeling is that he went away from Terrence Ross too early and, as has been driving me crazy, rode John Salmons far too much. At least he showed a willingness to try different things, even dusting off Landry Fields.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Kyle Lowry banged knees with LeBron James chasing an offensive rebound in the first half. While the played through it for a while, he did not play in the fourth quarter, with the team only announcing he had a “sore knee.” Literally nothing from this game matters except for this.
  2. Cover LeBron James one-on-one, he scores.
  3. Cover LeBron James one-on-one with two help defenders in the paint, he scores, And-1.
  4. Double-team LeBron James, he finds a teammate for an open three.
  5. For what it’s worth, the Heat are now atop the Eastern Conference. For those of you unbelievably looking ahead to the second round of the playoffs (and please stop), that means the Raptors really want 3rd now, as Indy seems a far more favorable match-up.

  • afrocarter

    Fxck you and your thumbs up, Lebron :(

    • Musik

      DD was not consistent on attacking the basket tonight. and i dont want to hear about it being because of the defense, if vasquez can attack the rim than so can dd. which is what i expect from my allstar. instead it was contested jumpers all second half besides the end of the game. just saying

      • asifyouknow

        Good point

      • FREEJV

        he always chokes under pressure we know that already

        • asifyouknow

          Whatever lol,,,

      • Age

        He was getting murdered down there and no calls.
        And he was dishing to JV on many occasions, so do say he wasn’t passing.
        7 assists!!! And the only reason why JV scored that many points because they doubled demar.

        • Musik

          He gave up after the first or second drive. He got punk’d tonight. Which is why he got no respect from the refs

        • FREEJV

          only reason? lol you re dumb. maybe its because JV is a tougher guy than demar and he doesnt back down unlike demar.

      • james

        it kinda hard to do that when Lebron is guard you for 90% of the night and the heat are doubling like that. But he has to else try to attack the basket and make the refs call something.

        • Musik

          Thats all im saying

          • Musik

            Just try. Higher chance of a foul in the paint than from a jumper.

  • BlakeMurphy

    Reminder before you comment: I hate doing these, and the grades really don’t mean much. I am not good at expressing my thoughts economically, so wait for the post-game tomorrow morning if there’s something you think I missed (refs? Refs.)

    • bobmasa

      You did a good job.

    • Devin

      Can we block FREEJV? Everyone else is considerate and the discussion is great in the comments but he is just a giant troll that loves JV with an unrequitable passion and thinks Demar got his girlfriend pregnant. He has nothing good to say and doesn’t think before he posts anything. I mean I love JV too but I also like Demar and can understand both of their strengths and weaknesses and talk about what they can do better without being a giant troll ass face.

      • Devin

        Though I agree whole heartedly with his comment on the crappy reffing. Maybe he isn’t so bad….

        • Devin

          no. i was wrong. he is that bad. can we please all ignore his comments from now on? I mean i can complain about the refs and get a ton of up votes every game too.

          • FREEJV

            ok do that then. noone stopping you 😀

      • johng_3

        I think I would miss making him look stupid everytime

      • FREEJV

        haters gonna hate. i get top 3 comment everytime. snitches get stitches . lmao crybabies

        • FREEJV

          also, demar will never get JVs girl . I heard she only goes for the tough guys.

          • noname

            here we go again, Jv is a good player/guy, but loosen your grip you’re gonna break his dick…Demar is also a good player/guy but you just won’t admit it. And thank god you are not our Gm, i bet you’d trade demar for hedo turkoglu or something.

            • FREEJV

              just saying it like it is. JV is tougher than Demar cant deny that.

              • mike, prague

                FREEJV … I used to like your comments most of the time. But this series of comments just proved to me that you’re retarded. Your comments are all irrelevant and mostly don’t have any reason or logical sense.

                • mike, prague

                  More like a fool than retarded actually …

                • FREEJV

                  stay in prague , dont come here

              • or nah?

                What’s wrong with you? Why are you analyzing shit like that? if DD wanted to hug Lebron, it’s okay. If JV didn’t, it’s okay too. Proves nothing about toughness.

        • Paul

          Way to prove his point. You seem to be the only poster who show’s a complete lack of civility. I really hope you’re under the age of 16. Otherwise you have serious issues.

          • FREEJV

            haters are my motivators. looks like you are another one of those haters.

            • JRedmond14

              Hopefully we motivate you to better comments and more intelligent discussion !!!!!!!!!

              • FREEJV

                no you guys keep motivating me to speak the truth. #nobullshittinghere

                • JRedmond14

                  #StraightBullshit #NoBasketbalLIQ #ThinkBeforeYouSpeak #ThisAintTwitterYoungblood

                • FREEJV

                  #notimeforhaters #keeponhating
                  #didyouevenmakeyourhighschoolteam

                • JRedmond14

                  #NotHating #MotivatingLikeYouSaidEarlier #ShortTermMemoryLoss #IBalledOUTInHighSchool #WhyIsThatImportant

                • FREEJV

                  #liar #probably15thman #dwightbuycks

                • JRedmond14
                • FREEJV

                  i turned it off as soon as i saw more than 5 white guys on the court….. #whatatroll #steveblakeseverywhere

                • JRedmond14

                  Nice your an idiot and a racist asshole the two go hand in hand nicely. Don’t see any video of you playing basketball #FirstCut

                • FREEJV

                  sorry i didnt have anyone filming me against real competition we were too into the game instead of worrying about how pretty we look. #wannabemycameraman?

                • JRedmond14

                  I would hope people don’t film you playing pick up basketball with people that can actually stand being around you because that would be pretty lame. #WantToMakeATeamSometimeSoon?

                • FREEJV

                  nah i meant real high school basketball against real players. Not against some kids from church school that are 5 feet tall. L.o.L #getserious

                • JRedmond14

                  If you were playing real high school basketball against real players, wouldn’t someone be filming? Got to lie to sound tough eh?

                • FREEJV

                  nope Toronto schools dont have anyone filming games unless someone was asked to by someone else. clearly your school is in Nova Scotia or some place like that lmao. #sorrywe’renotrich #dontgotthatwhiteboymoney

                • JRedmond14

                  School is in the GTA actually. Why would North Pole Hoops follow us around if we were just a church school from Nova Scotia? Anyways keep trying out for your high school team bud.
                  #DontGotThatTalent #DontGotThoseFans
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sss0UMcJUI

                • FREEJV

                  oh ok so they re filming you cuz of that black guy not cuz of you #caseclosed #knewyouwere15thman #knewitwasachurchschool

                • Guest

                  Dude, Nova Scotia is way more economically disadvantaged than Ontario. Sorry we’re not rich. Don’t got that gov’t monies.

                • FREEJVFAN

                  #FREEJVFAN

                • FREEJV

                  😀

                • noname

                  aww fuck now theres 2 of them!! lool jk

  • Balls Deep

    Turnovers killed us
    Casey does not know when to call a time out
    Lebron got every call every time
    The heat will never get a technical if they complain but if Lowry walks away from a ref he will
    Big V should have had more touches
    Demars shots kept us in the first half, unfortunately he went into super mega ultra brick mode in the second half
    Vasquez was yolo’ing it like no tomorrow
    Leo rautins needs to be fired
    Bird man needs to be killed
    Fields needs more minuets and so does Novak
    THE REFS DECIDED TO TAKE A SHIT ON THE RAPTORS AND SUCK THE HEATS DICK
    An 80 year old Muggsy Bouges>Salmons

    • asifyouknow

      “Vasquez was yolo’ing it like no tomorrow” 6-11 for 17 points keep on yolo yoloing all night long…lol..

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        He did shoot well. But only had ONE assist…

        • asifyouknow

          That does sucks he is forgetting his meal ticket….but this team is now a drive and kick, don’t see much of pick and roll am I wrong?

      • Guest

        And threw the worst pass conceivable in basketball to definitely end any come back. Not that I xpected them to make he comeback, but that shit is YOLO Vazquez.

        If you asked a coach to try the worst possible pass to make in basketball, they would draw the pass Vaz threw crosscourt in his own end that got picked and scored. THAT STUFF is why I don’t think he’s a legit starter in this league. A PG CAN’T be making those plays man.

        Asifyouknow… you regularly talk about your basektball knowledge, and then just quote stats. There’s so much more to it, and ESPECIALLY for a PG.

        • asifyouknow

          You should read my take on the game before the rant…lol…lol

    • Guest

      The Heat did get a tech for complaining in this game. Lewis got a tech for complaining.

    • Hate DC

      100% agree with all your lines bro…

  • Age

    I need a shower…. After listening to Matt Devlin’s love affair with LBJ. I had to put it on mute!
    Hope lowry is ok and the refs give us a chance in the playoffs

  • HogyG

    Here’s a song for the referees! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzcooO0mWjA

    • Tanks-a-lot

      nice
      you must be a 90s teen

  • unknown

    Nando’s picture above makes him look like a purple alien.

    So we have an alien, and the Heat have an alien. Except their alien is Lebron James.

  • RNsteve

    Should of tried fields. In case we play the heat he is oure best option…

  • FREEJV

    Give.JV.More.Shots
    Demar.Stop.Taking.Stupid.Shots

    • or nah?

      Calm the fuck down, he was efficient tonight. Get over yourself.

      • FREEJV

        im talking about his shot selection. you gonna go cry to your mommy?

        • or nah?

          Great to see you’ve grown up. Age 5 is a big stage of maturity.

          • FREEJV

            i turned 6 yesterday actually you re wrong 😀

        • Guest

          Demar’s shot selection wasn’t bad this game. 8-14 is already pretty good especially for him. The only issue I had with him was that he didn’t even try to dominate that game in the 4th quarter especially with Kyle out of the 4th. He should take a chapter from Lowry’s book and try to assert his competitive nature into the game and try to take over. He was very passive in the 4th and tried to get his team going rather than get himself going. Also, I’m sorry but the moment you said “You gonna go cry to you mommy?” was the moment you lost all credibility in your argument. How about you grow up and stop acting like a little child with the insults? It’s very immature…

          • FLUXLAND

            “try to assert”? You can’t impose your will on the game, when you don’t have the skills or ability to do so. I know DD said at the start of the year: “no one can stop me”, but you really shouldn’t listen to everything he says.

            Also, I see he scored in the teens again, as he does the majority of games.

            • Guest

              While I agree that he doesn’t have the skill or ability to just kill it like LeBron or Durant or Kobe, he still need to be more aggressive than this. He rarely drove to the rip that game. He seemed more content on blending into the background this game rather than making a difference. As an All-Star now, he has to learn that, at the end of games, he needs to start closing out on games and carry his team on his back. Sorta like what Lowry does in the 4th…

              • FREEJV

                demar doesnt have the handles to take over games. once lowry left noone could get him open looks anymore and he couldnt do anything about it.

              • FLUXLAND

                I agree with what you are saying.. but it just means he’s really not AS material. Being an AS doesn’t suddenly give him better skills and I do not think you will see any more changes in his game moving forward. He is what he is, he may increase his percentages over time – but this is who is as a type of player.

            • Abused Raptors Fan

              I agree with your first point. But saying DD scores in the teens in a majority of his games is simply factually inaccurate

              • FLUXLAND

                Umm.. no it’s actually very accurate.

                He has scored in teens 28 X times. In the 20s 27 X. And in the 30s 15 X. There is no arguments or two ways about this. You can look it up.

                • Abused Raptors Fan

                  Right… and last time I checked, 15 + 27 = 42 > 28. So, in the majority of his games, he DOES NOT score in the teens. In fact, in most of his games he score 20 or more. That might be the most frequent statistical category, but since there’s more than 2, its not a majority.

                • FLUXLAND

                  Agreed. That was just a poor choice of words, to continue a point I was discussing with someone earlier. The thing is, what you are saying is correct, but not in the scope of the original discussion.

                • Abused Raptors Fan

                  While the most frequent statistical category for DDs scoring is 10-19 points, this does not constitue as a majority of his games as it equals less than half the total population. In data sets with 3 or more categories, the largest subset is known as a plurality if it does not exceed a number greater than 1/2 of the total. If we used 2 categories instead of 4, one being 0-19 with the other being 20+, the 20+ category would be a majority. So, in fact, Derozan actually scores over 20 points in a majority of his games, not in the teens.

                • FLUXLAND

                  “He scores more in the teens than in the 20 or 30 point range.”

                  That is the original comment I had made, (before I made the majority one) in the previous post, where all of this started.

                  So, what we arguing about (at this point) on my end is language/semantics. Because, “the most frequent statistical category for DDs scoring is 10-19 points” is all I was saying (as per my original statement) and I then incorrectly used majority, which you are now using to.. I’m not even sure what you are trying to prove, TBH. I guess prove some other point

                  “If we used 2 categories instead of 4, one being 0-19 with the other being 20+, the 20+ category would be a majority.”

                  If we did, which is not what I was doing at any point. You can manipulate the numbers under whatever parameters you would like to fit the specific claim you are trying to make. What you are failing to do, however, is counter the original discussion that took place:

                  The original discussion began with the claim that DD had scored 30 plus “so many times”…to which I replied with the very sentence you at the start of this post.

          • FREEJV

            we re commenting on a childs game so i can act like a child when commenting on a childs game

            • Guest

              I guess the immature of the internet exists even in Raptors Republic. I was a fool to think that it doesn’t.

              • FREEJV

                yep. bye

      • FREEJV

        also if derozan is “efficient” then JV must be god.

    • asifyouknow

      I agree but DeMar is the stud he got to put it up 15+ every night…

    • johng_3

      He was the one passing it to JV for his baskets. Watch the game before you comment

      • FREEJV

        well demar always has the damn ball in his hands how else is JV gonna get the ball? get out of here clown.

        • johng_3

          So you criticize DeMar for not passing the ball. But now that he does in this game, you still hate on him. Yea you make sense bud. You make no points at all. You look like a clown on these boards.

          • FREEJV

            maybe if you learn how to read i was saying he should stop taking stupid shots. once again, get out of here clown. bye

            • johng_3

              Yea you said give JV the ball and Demar should stop taking stupid shots aka take less shots and pass the ball. And Demar was already efficient tonight

              • FREEJV

                nope dont twist my words. and if you think 16 pts on 14 shots is efficient then JV is probably the best player in the league.

                • johng_3

                  I’m not twisting your words, I am interpreting them. Big difference

                • FREEJV

                  oh man you must ve got a pretty bad mark in English class.

            • or nah?

              You’re a clown who loves sucking JV’s dick. DD doesn’t pass to JV as much as he should, I’ll admit that. But in this game, he did nothing but pass to the kid and he ended up with 7 assists. Watch the game first and see that your beloved JV was actually being fed the ball by DD.

              • FREEJV

                bye clown go suck derozan off.

                • thatpeterguy

                  Aw man. My father was a clown. :-(

  • FREEJV

    i dont get why we dont play novak at the wing with 2 bigs. If you re so worried about rebounding then take fuckin Salmons out and put a big in and move novak to the wing. fuckkkk

  • pf difference

    Difference was at the line. Didn’t realize the Raps played so dirty and the Heat so clean. Also, JV needed way more touches in the post!

    • Icarus Descending

      With the success JV had compared to everyone else it boggles my mind why we didn’t feed it in to him more often.

      • JRedmond14

        #CoachCasey

  • asifyouknow

    I did not expect Toronto to win this game but they were in it all the way.

    First the bad:

    Lowry and Vaz split 9 turnovers
    Starters 1-11 from three point land
    Vaz one assist…Lowry 4 assists. WHAT THE HELL! Might as well make DeMar a PG he had 7!
    10 fouls on Miami 22 on Raptors and only shot 50% FT..ouch.. (home cooking on those foul calls)
    A bone head pendejada of a pass by Vaz to DeMar …Why in the hell did he pass the ball cross court at half court, love you my brother but that was D-league and if you keep playing like that you will end up in Venezuela playing for peanuts.
    Did not like DeMar still not resting ….39 minutes

    The good:

    Lowry only 24 minutes , that is awesome.
    Amir and Ross 24 minutes
    Good to see Patterson again
    Novak had a great game but what can Casey do with him , he cant give him those kind of minutes.
    We can all agree it was an ok night , Toronto did not get blown out.

    Next…

  • FREEJV

    i thought basketball was played 5 on 5 not 8 on 5 o.O

    • Adriiian

      yeah, the officiating tonight was ridiculous. lebron got the “royal treament.”

  • rapierraptor

    Other than hating Miami, I don’t care about the loss. I do, however, care tremendously about Lowry’s health. Get well soon, Oh Captain My Captain!

    • Eunys

      lol true….

  • coachftw

    Raps vs the World I swear

    • JRedmond14

      Well, Raps v.s America and the NBA atleast

  • Niagara_dude

    The best news is Lowry knee is ok brusied but no damage, xrays were neagative.We need to get him some rest anyways maybe a blessing.Refs were brutal tonight.Best news is that Lowry should be ok

    • ad

      Hate to be negative but not sure about that. Apparently he couldnt walk to the team bus. He is going to have to wait till the swelling goes down to take an MRI most likely. I can see him missing 7-10 days which can be catastrophic to the 3 seed implicactions with tough games coming up. As lowry goes, the team goes.

  • Niagara_dude

    Raptors need to learn from tonight’s loss, playoffs come we need to drive and attack the rim if you want to get calls and win.Jump shots will not get it done, if you have been paying attention Ross is trying to drive more to the basket.Cannot play scared, attack the rim.

  • Icarus Descending

    I dont normally complain about the refs but tonight was an absolute embarrassment. This type of reffing is why I would eventually lose interest in watching the raptors each season the last couple years.

    On that note the heat are the biggest group of cry babies when it comes to whining about calls even though they generally get most of them their way. It’s this way every time I catch a game where they’re playing, whether it be against the raps or any other team.

    Finally, KD > LBJ. KD has skills whereas LBJ is just a freak of nature.

    • JRedmond14

      The “block” at the end of the game is what really pisses me off about LeBron. Yah you got ball but you also had to go through Amir’s arm first. Then the Antics start. Any other player gets a tech when they throw up their hands and yell at the ref like that, including KD. His teammates also reap the benefits of the star treatment.

      Also, KD is also a freak of nature (6’10” w/ 7’5″ wingspan) but he is doing more than LeBron was doing at 25 without the bullshit.

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      Unfortunately most of the elite teams respond like that when calls don’t go their way… the Clippers did the exactsame thing when they played aagainst the Raptors

      • Icarus Descending

        LOL it’s funny you mention the clippers because they are the only other team I find whines about every call too.

  • robertparish00

    Ugh the Heat are just the worst. Would have liked to seen Psycho T go out hammer some of them. Give the crybabies a reason to cry to the refs.

    • JRedmond14

      I wanted to see Charles Oakley sign a ten day and put LeBron in his place haha

      • johng_3

        I wish Oak would be an assistant coach somewhere.

  • FREEJV

    I loved JV throwing out the elbows at the heat players . Him and Kyle are the only real tough guys on this team.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Hansborough belongs in that group. Unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to show it tonight

      • FREEJV

        oh yea forgot about him cuz he never plays.

  • bobmasa

    I said before and I’m repeating again, if Dwen Casey dosnt forget Salmons and fix his bench rotation, Raptors wont beat no body in this playoffs.

    • FREEJV

      2nd unit should be: vasquez , novak/fields , demar/ross, patterson, amir/JV. we need at least 2 starters in . cant have 5 guys from bench on at the same time

      • JRedmond14

        Vasquez, De Colo, Landry/Hansbrough/Novak (Depending on Situation), and Patterson. Should be the next five off the bench

  • RobertArchibald

    Can’t for the life of me understand Casey’s lineups. Under 6:00 to go in the 4th and the game within reach and has has Salmons, De Colo and Novak on the floor. At some point, wouldn’t you think an NBA coach would have to admit that what he sees on the floor is a better indication of talent than “veteran savvy”? Waits until under 3 minutes when the game is out of reach to put Amir back in, then finally puts Landry on James and brings Ross back with a minute left. Would love to see this team with good lineups and better minute management for starters. Just baffling.

    • FREEJV

      Novak actually did ok. it was salmons and hayes who did nothing

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        Novak did what he does best and hit three’s. He definitely did a good job tonight

    • cdub

      If this is what we are in store for in the playoffs prepare for a first round exit.. I too am baffled by his lineups. Even at the end of the 3rd quarter he had all back ups in with LeBron in the game for a few minutes. You would think he would be tightening the bench heading into the playoffs. Starters should be coming back into the game way earlier.

    • JRedmond14

      I don’t understand your ripping of Novak and De Colo. Teams need specialists. You think Miami has Ray Allen for his defense? If Novak was on Memphis, they would be a top 4 team in the league. If you watch all the Raps games, Casey usually goes Lowry-Vasquez/Salmons-Derozan-Johnson-2pat/Hayes/JV to end the game. With Lowry injured whats wrong with De Colo? Maybe Ross but he was playing like crap and seems to be injured or sick still. I love what De Colo brings to the team. Good on-ball defending, shooting, passing,and unbelievable movement on offense when he is in. By all means though rips salmons and hayes. They both have to be able to grab mesh before I give them any respect

      • RobertArchibald

        Where did I rip Novak? I mentioned he was on the floor, but the entire lineup is what was baffling. I don’t know your level of basketball experience so I won’t judge, but I simply don’t see how De Colo and Salmons give any spacing for proper usage of Novak. Your evaluation of De Colo is more than exaggerated. Also, I watch every game and know Casey likes ‘his guys’. Just because we can all recognize that doesn’t make it logical.

        Also, please tell me you didn’t just compare Ray Allen to Novak and De Colo.

        • JRedmond14

          It’s the general ripping of Novak his defense is bad etc. It’s probably good to have another offensive threat on when you are down in the fourth quarter with 6 mins to go. You have to rest your starters for the final push and Miami did not there best players out there from what I remember as well. That being said I agree with you that Casey has some baffling lineups. De colo is a great drive and kick player for Novak. Salmons is just there he’s another perimeter player, he doesn’t hurt floor spacing though. I see the potential in De Colo and clearly so did Masai. Nothing of what I said is really that exaggerated.

          I am comparing Novak to Allen. You can’t honestly tell me that at this point in his career he is anything other than a specialist

          • RobertArchibald

            Salmons absolutely hurts spacing as does De Colo. They aren’t threats from the outside, so defence slacks off them and protects the paint. More help D against penetration which results in Novak’s man sticking to him without the need to help. This is basic basketball.

            The fact that you think Novak and Allen are in the same place in terms of productivity is more baffling than Casey’s lineups. Sorry, but there is zero justification for that statement. Allen can still guard his position (Novak can’t). Allen can pentetrate and finish at the rim and can pass to shooters (Novak can’t). Allen can run the break (Novak can’t). Yes, they both shoot the 3 well (comparison over)

            • JRedmond14

              Both Salmons and De Colo are outside threats, shooting 37% and 33% respectively. Both are also threats to go to the hoop. If the help defender doesn’t slide over to cover the drive, layup. If he does slide over to help, easy drive and kick 3 from Novak. That is basic basketball.

              The fact that you underestimate Novak’s abilities is ridiculous. Their per 36 numbers are very similar: Novak better from 3, Allen more assists, and Allen better fg. They are both not known for their defense. When do you honestly see either guy run the break??? Did I ever say Novak was better than Allen? No. If I compared Novak to Korver as both 3 pt specialists, would you be so baffled? No. Is one of them better? yes, korver. I just used Ray Allen as an example of a 3 pt specialist because they were facing Miami

    • Haim not Feldman

      Maybe Casey done conceded this game as a loss with Lowry out. Might as well use this game to see what Salmons, Novakaine, NanDo’h and the others got befo the playoffs.

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    How is it that the team that is dead last in rebounding crushes us on the boards? Wait a minute, one of our best rebounders and toughest players ( Hansborough) doesn’t see a minute of action. Fields brings crazy energy in Orlando and doesn’t see the floor until 2 minutes left in the game? Biggest challenges for us in the playoffs will be lack of calls from officials and Casey coaching foolishly.

    • Paul

      Birdman went over the back 3 times that I counted. I’m not one to blame the officials, but the refs literally gave the Heat this game. That “defensive” foul where Birdman pushed JV’s arms out of the way. Absolutely sickening. I sure hope we don’t play a bigger market team in the first round cause the zebras will end our playoffs pretty quick.

      • Hassan Mehmood Khan

        NBA is rigged I am honestly considering not even watching. The reffing really pissed me off from last game. The funny thing is Toronto is a way bigger market then Miami

    • JRedmond14

      Psycho T v.s Pedophile Birdman would be a headliner in the UFC

      • Mexiballer

        For the record. He never even knew the girl and she admitted to making the whole thing up. Imagine someone calling you pedophile when its a lie. Like you just did.

        • JRedmond14

          Didn’t know the charges got dropped. A simple explanation would have done but attack my character if you will. Psycho T v.s Drug Abuser Birdman. Better?

          • Mexiballer

            I dont have to attack your character. You do it for me.

            • JRedmond14

              It’s people like you that piss me off. Why assume that I knew? Can you honestly tell me most people on here would know that the charges were dropped? Sorry I don’t keep up to date with a player I don’t like on a team I don’t like. I can’t believe you even comment on this because it would take time away from you have keeping up with everything going on in the world.

              • Guest

                Because if you’re willing to comment on something you should be knowledgeable about the situation. Otherwise you’re just talking out yo ass and everything you say is useless.

                • Guest

                  This!!! why would you make a comment about somebody like that without even knowing exactly what is going on, Mexiballer isn’t attacking your character he’s calling you out for having none because you made an extremely ignorant comment.

  • johng_3

    What happened to Vasquez playmaking? He just looks to score now instead of looking for others. JV was open a few times off screens and he just dribbles around.

    • JRedmond14

      Agree and disagree. When he got in he was plying with salmons and hayes. Two guys who are pretty much useless on offense. He then continued to go off. Then JV came in. Mr. Heatcheck does not look for passes when he is semi hot. I also find it is assist or nothing for him. If its not an assist he usually isn’t passing. Casey has to find a way to put him in an offense where he can mix it up. I like him with Landry because he will find that backdoor cut a lot

      • johng_3

        True, I just hate when he does those floaters and wild layups. Its like he isn’t looking for nobody when he gets in the lane

        • JRedmond14

          Yah I think he is a SG who isn’t strong enough to play SG so he is forced into PG. How he got that many assists when he played for New Orleans befuddles me

          • johng_3

            Lobs all day to Anthony Davis

    • asifyouknow

      Casey is taking a break from the pick and roll .lol..I have no idea why they quit except for the fact that only Amir can set a screen on this team…..

  • JRedmond14

    Casey’s coaching was brutal tonight. Here’s why:
    1. Take a technical foul please. Every elite coach does this. He needed to get a tech to change the refs eyes. The calls in the second were just awful and an early tech would have given the Raps a better chance throughout.
    2. Why wasn’t Psycho T used? In a game where you needed energy and inside scoring he would have been good. Chuck Hayes brings nothing against the Heat whatsoever.
    3. Landry and Novak are a good lineup. I think these guys were made for each other. Novak brings the shooting and spacing. Landry brings the defense, rebounding, and backdoor cutting. These guys need to be part of an offensive-minded-get-back-in-the-game-with-a-second-string-playing-type-lineup.
    4. Didn’t keep guys on track. The reason we were winning to start the game is because everyone was hitting everything because THEY WERE GETTING OPEN SHOTS IN A SYSTEM. For some reason the second half was, settle, wait, let the clock tick a little more, and settle for a fadeaway three. It also happened last night against Orlando in the second but we got away with it. Keep the guys on track and stay with the plan.

    Also, TSN productions are a million times better than Sportsnet. Leo is good in the studio because he usually does make one good point rather than making one good point and then getting verbal diarrhea for an hour. Jack is Jack, BACAHDI!

    • GoingBig

      “Also, TSN productions are a million times better than Sportsnet. Leo is good in the studio because he usually does make one good point rather than making one good point and then getting verbal diarrhea for an hour. Jack is Jack, BACAHDI!”

      Production values are much better – but we get more actual basketball discussion and analysis on Sportsnet

      • JRedmond14

        When Leo is a color commentator it is hard to say what he talks about as analysis. Jack does a good balance of both the talking and analysis. Next time it is on sportsnet listen to the way Devlin talks. It is reaallllllly slow and deliberate because Leo doesn’t get the talking part. We also get analysis from Leo and Rod instead of Ken and Ivanka in the studio

  • Fire Carlyle

    Lebron and KD show us that we are no where close to being an elite team unless we get a transformative player. Hopefully, Masai can pull one out of the hat by trading for the next one – Wiggins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ugh

    Can someone p!ease give Vasquez some ADHD meds

    • Mexiballer

      I think he is already on it. Need to up the dosage. Maybe some counseling too.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      Haven’t you heard? ADHD is a bullshit disorder.

  • Paul

    Aren’t the Heat good enough to win without blatantly biased officiating?
    10 ft’s?? Come the f%ck on!

    • Hassan Mehmood Khan

      my reaction all night man . this is getting disgusting now

  • Eunys

    The raptors played like a D league team in admiration with the NBA stars….. but they only lost by 10…..the game could have been won if the referees were not giving FT to the stars.

  • Kevin

    I watched the Heat coverage and they talked about our historical absence from the playoffs the whole game. It was all about coaches’ losing records and only one playoff series win and only one division title.. and on and on. The Raptors lost tonight, but I liked the way they played. They’ll re-sign Lowry and nurture our young guys, so the future is bright. Before when people asked me what team I liked I usually responded “The Raptors, unfortunately.” And I thought, I don’t even live in Toronto any more so why aren’t I watching the Spurs every night instead. Why can’t I be Zach Lowe and escape fandom. I even rationalized that I need to stop being a superfan once I turn 30 and instead watch the contenders.

    But I’m happy to have put that crazy idea behind me. I watched our Raptors this year and I know that I will never stop being a Raptors fanatic. I will be emotionally invested 82+ games per year and I will die a Raptors fan. For all the frustration these decades have brought, there is nothing like watching our guys compete, and I mean really compete. I’m cautiously optimistic, but I think we’re building a culture in this club to compete every night and I’m desperately hoping we can hold onto it.

    • Haim not Feldman

      Raps be like da Clippers of the East. Look at the Clips now. After years of sucking, dey got a great front office, a great coach and lucked out with a high draft pick. The Raps are following the same path with a great front office, a great ummm, a high draft…wait. Let me get back to you KevMo

      • mike, prague

        I may be wrong, I don’t think there was much of a front office change in L.A., just the guy that was there previously opened the banks.

        • Haim not Feldman

          Word. Owner Donald Sterling was considered frugal until the draft pick Blake Griffin made a huge impact, which led to Chris Paul actually agreeing to go to the Clippers, which led to Doc Rivers, which led to the Best Coast juggernaut and future champion that is the 2014 LA Clippers.

    • Guest

      I would never want to be Zach Lowe. I either want to follow my team, or go play real basketball. Not follow the whole fucking NBA. It’s goddamn shitty basketball anyway for the most part.

    • golden

      Nice.

    • Kman

      All I remember from the Heat coverage was the announcer calling Terrence Ross Quinton Ross. Like 4 times. The guy who died but was resurrected from the dead http://www.torontosun.com/2014/03/25/former-nbaer-quinton-ross-incorrectly-killed-off

  • Eunys

    Tough to win when you get 10 trips to the foul line compared to Miami’s
    22. Breathe on Lebron and you have a foul called. How many time Lowry got a foul for defending on Lebron. This game got ridiculous; 4 straight trips and the Raps had a foul called
    against them. Lebron is a great player who plays like a butcher and only get 2 fouls at the end of the game….I can understand they got frustrated..First time since December I am not even mad for loosing.

    • Hassan Mehmood Khan

      no man every time we lose legit the refs have some part to play with it. We would of had at least 5-10 more wins if it was not cause of the biased officiating

  • Mack

    Fields played 2 minutes cold off the bench late in the fourth quarter. I think Casey should get no higher than D- for that substitution alone.

  • DryDry

    Oh man what did Hansbrough do to get his azz nail gunned to the bench????

    • caccia

      No idea, but since the trade, the Raptors are 8-7 when he does not play, and 15-5 when he plays 11 to 20 minutes. The first number includes the fourteen games he missed due to injury.

  • Hate DC

    TO are on demand on this team, especially during today’s game… DD shot selection? Which?… that guys shoots more than Gay… a lot to work on the summer time.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      DeMarcus Cousins would have more than words with Rudy Gay if Gay ever tries to play like he’s the #1 option star on the Kings.

  • RaptorFanInIowa

    I read this site all the time and really like most of the articles. I have thought for a long time now that the quick reaction article following each game should also include a grade for the officials.

  • Louvens Remy

    The NBA loves to reward individuality.

  • Louvens Remy

    We forgot to injure Lebron.

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    the refs are legit bulshit it is not even fair , we should as a fan base write a letter to the comish and complain about this it is getting out of hand and has cost us many games

  • thatsmahboy

    I can’t take casey’s lineups much more. Reason we were out-rebounded? Novak. Whatever this guy gets on offence he gives up on defense and rebounding. It was sad seeing him try to play help defense. The guy is 6’10 and I’d be surprised if he could dunk. Next is taking Ross off of LeBron. Fine, I’ll accept this but replace Ross with Salmons?!? Awful. For the 2 minutes that Landry played, he played better D on LeBron than anyone else on the team. Lastly, what in the world is Chuck Hayes doing playing? It was an absolute joke seeing him try to guard Birdman, not to mention Hayes does nothing on offence. Step your game up Casey.

    Rant over.

  • morgan c

    3rd seed is necessary if we want any chance of advancing…

  • Transcendant Man

    Another game given to the heat by the refs, how can one team (raptors) have 11 fouls and the other have only 3 a couple minutes before the half? Toronto wasn’t hacking or slashing anyone on drives, also 3 obvious missed calls by the refs (novak should’ve had the 3 and 1, twice DD drove and got contact and no calls). A little touch on Lebron and he goes to the line. Goes to show you that whatever team no matter how good will have the series decided by the refs….A damn shame. Kyle Lowry injured is a direct result of Dwayne Casey not letting his starters rest, odds were the Raps were going to lose that game regardless so why push Kyle so hard? Brutal strategic play, he should follow what the nets are doing by resting Garnett before the show starts, thats thinking ahead. Another reason that Casey should not be re-signed, he lacks the foresight a true general in the field has.

  • bardyt

    Drzwi to fundament każdego wnętrza domu. Mieszkanie bez drzwi może nie być miłe i przytulne. Nie będzie też funkcjonalne. Problem polega też na tym, że w przypadku szaf czy też małych pomieszczeń drzwi absorbują dużo miejsca. Na ratunek przychodzi Indeco, które proponuje drzwi przesuwne. Prowadzona przez nas domena internetowa to sklep, który oferuje różne akcesoria oraz usługi dla tych, którzy poszukują pomocy dotyczącej wnętrz. Proponujemy najlepsze drzwi przesuwne, które oszczędzą wnętrze oraz uczynią, że wygoda otwierania szaf bądź innych pomieszczeń będzie niepodważalna.

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