Unlike the Leafs, these Raptors refuse to wilt late in the season.


Houston Rockets 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4

Left the game early on with a sore ankle or knee, which looked to spell the end for the Raptors, but as they’ve done so often this season, unlikely heroes emerged, and made up for his absence. Get well soon, Amir!

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | +8

Did a solid job guarding Harden, which is one of the most difficult defensive assignments in the NBA. With Lowry out, Ross was afforded a little more latitude on offense, and showed some creativity off the dribble. Hit his daily triple from the corner. Really helped out on the glass which allowed the small-ball unit to sustain itself.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 7-9 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +12

Started slow, but finished strong. Flourished in the second half as the lone-big in small-ball lineups, which is something he has struggled with in the past. On the whole, his offensive rebounding and scoring provided a much needed interior threat. He also worked well in the pick-and-roll, which helped carry Amir’s slack. Threw a beautiful high-low pass to Patrick Patterson that literally made me squeal in happiness.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 40 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +6

Poor shot-seection aside, he did a good job in Lowry’s place, and steadied the offense. He was exploited on defense, but that’s to be expected. Not turning the ball over in 40 minutes of play, while chipping in with 8 assists is very impressive. It’s almost as if someone knew that he could perform like this. Credit to that guy.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 40 MIN | 10-19 FG | 8-10 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | 0

He played James Harden to a draw, which is yet another landmark on his ascent this season. He was literally unstoppable in the second quarter as he dropped 15 points, including a 30-ft pull-up triple to beat the halftime buzzer. Really lackadaisical transition defense on Parsons in the first quarter as he conceded 4 dunks and a layup to the man they call “Handsome”, but he tightened it up later in the game.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-2 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -6

Provided energy, had a huge block, committed a foul before he even clocked a second in the game. Just another leaf in the Whomping Willow that is Tyler Hansbrough.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +2

He’s back! He dropped a triple from the left corner early in the first quarter, and helped turnaround the Raptors’ weak start. His presence really means a world of difference for the second unit. In addition to his shooting, he also consistently makes high-IQ plays that contributes to a solid win overall. He would have played more minutes, but Casey wisely limited his minutes as this is just his second game back from injury.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -6

You see? He’s not always a horrible NBA player. He just needs lots of rest, some luck, a sacrificial lambasting from the RR community, and bam, he contributes. He did a solid job guarding James Harden, hit his open kick-out threes, and even created off-the-bounce. The Raptors need this Salmons to show up in the playoffs.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +6

Hit a triple like it’s his only job.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

He started off well, helping to facilitate ball-movement in the early going, but as soon as Vasquez left the floor, and he became the primary PG, he morphed into Nando de YOLO. The Raptors need to treat him like Cyclops treats eyewear — use protection.

Dwane Casey

You gotta hand it to the man. He might not have the sparkliest of X’s and O’s, but when has his team ever quit this season? The Raptors could have easily packed up their bags in the first quarter after conceding a 12-pt lead, but what did they do? They battled back. Why? Because Dwane Casey made the ballsy move to go small, which helped the Raptors build up a 20 point cushion. He has his made his fair share of bad decisions, but he’s also done a lot of good this year.

Five Things We Saw

  1. This is just an opinion based on observation alone, but Jonas Valanciunas seems to struggle at times when he’s the only big in a small-ball scenario. On offense, he doesn’t pick the right spots to crash for the rebounds, and on defense, he’s confused between knowing when to step up to contest shots, and when to hang back to protect the rim. With the NBA moving to embrace the “positionless revolution”, and its inclusive amalgamated positions philosophy, Jonas needs to work on being quicker, and smarter, especially in small-ball lineups. He adapted in the second half and fared well, which is a promising sign.
  2. Nando de Colo’s extremely questionable decision making makes him ill-suited to be the primary ball-handler in a lineup. However, when he serves as a secondary ball-handler, the opportunity to make mistakes is curtailed, and he greatly improves ball-movement. In a sense, he’s better at making the extra pass, than he is the initial pass.
  3. Houston’s defense really struggles without Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley. Aside from Chandler Parsons, there wasn’t a single functional defender in their starting lineup.
  4. Playing “Gangnam Style” in celebration of Chinese Heritage Night is, quite frankly, racist. With 5, 000 proud years of history to its name, there is plenty of heritage, other than a pop-song by a Korean artist, to celebrate. As an Chinese-Canadian, I am thoroughly disappointed with the Raptors’ poor decisions on this matter. I get that Jeremy Lin only comes to Canada once per year, so the opportunity to cash-grab is limited, but it doesn’t have to be billed in a racist and ignorant way. Shame on you, Raptors game-ops. Ordinarily, I applaud your work, but tonight was a regrettable mistake.
  5. Fingers crossed for Lowry and Amir’s health.
  • FREEJV

    opa Gangnam Style

  • #RaptorSquare

    nando de YOLO —– LOOOOL!!!!!!!!!

    • FREEJV

      dont give him greivis’ nickname

      • afrocarter

        But it’s soooo catchy…!

      • asifyouknow

        hell no!! I like that YOLO name…

  • webfeat

    Impying that Gangnam style has anything to do with Chinese Heritage Night is kinda racist, too.

    • afrocarter

      Are you calling a Chinese-Canadian racist for complaining about ignorance/racism? Fail.

    • asifyouknow

      I agree…… from a Hispanic,,

    • nutcup

      What does that Chinese racist bs have to do with the game recap. Take your indignation and move back to communist China if you don’t like it . Either your a Canadian or your not. Nobody gives a crap about your racist rants .

      • DDayLewis

        Glass houses, man.

        • nutcup

          Just to finish this off. I notice that there is a real diverse crowd in the arena every game. I think it is so cool that people of all faiths can get behind a good basketball team in a great city. No one should bring politics or religion into the arena. Leave it at the door. This team unites , stand on guard for thee.

          • Jerry Garcia

            Thank You….spent time craning my neck waiting for Landry ….

          • arsenalist

            Alahuakbar, brother.

          • MisterM

            Well said. Thank you for exemplifying what this city and country stand for. Cheers man.

      • Guest

        You’re with us or against us is the beginning of nearly every genocide and mass atrocity in world history. So if you’re whats “Canadian” than I have more to be ashamed of than Harper.

    • Paul

      I was at the game and didn’t know it was Chinese Heritage Night. Yes they played Gangnam style, but it didn’t seem to be tied to the night’s theme. They played Crazy Train too. Was that also offensive?
      Even if Gangnam style was mistakenly played to enforce the Chinese heritage theme, this hardly amounts to racism. Ignorance maybe. It seems people in the internet age just look for literally anything that could possibly be construed as offensive to get on their self-righteous high horses.
      That said, great recap otherwise.
      “Just another leaf in the Whomping Willow that is Tyler Hansbrough.”
      Gold Jerry. Pure gold!

      • DDayLewis

        Hey man, even if it were just a coincidence (which I’m pretty certain it wasn’t), don’t celebrate something if you’re just going to half-ass it. It was a cheap cash grab with Jeremy Lin in town. Regardless, it’s a bad look on the franchise.

        • MisterM

          You know what else is racist? Having “tanks-a-lot” spew some incredibly racist and vitriolic things within comments he made on the Masai/George Strombo Q&A post (look at his posts near the bottom of the comments) and not banning him and deleting his comments immediately. I would kindly ask that you please take care of this. Thanks in advance.

        • MoPeteRules

          I don’t get how you could think that it wasn’t a coincidence. That’s like saying it’s racist if “Forgot about Dre” came on at some point in the game during a Black history month celebration. Gangnam style a popular song that is particularly popular among crowds because it’s well known, and interactive because of that catchy dance.

          • DDayLewis

            No, from what I gathered from Twitter, they were playing the song specifically in celebration of Chinese heritage.

            • Steverino

              Oh, well, then. If Twitter told you, then it must be. Case closed.

          • Guest

            This made me laugh out loud.

            Forgot about Dre as a depiction of black history.

            Ha.

            “Who you think taught you to smoke trees?
            Who you think brought you the oldies, Eazy-E’s, Ice Cubes, and D.O.C’s
            The Snoop D-O-double-G’s, and the group that said motha f*ck the police?
            Gave you a tape full of dope beats to bump when you stroll through in your hood?
            And when your album sales wasn’t doing too good, who’s the Doctor they told you to go see?”

            • Dr. Dre

              ‘Who you think brought you tha OG’s’

        • morgan c

          …okay, sure, but again, not “racist.” Maybe it’s just me living in the States where real racism is alive and well, but this is not racism. Ignorant and stupid? Sure. Literally denoting the preference of one race over another (re: me saying Chinese people are “dumb” or something similarly stupid) is racist, but playing a song on a certain night, no matter how misplaced, is not at all racist. Come on bro. You’ll learn…

          • Bill

            Overall, racism in Canada, especially Toronto, is on a whole level lower than in the States. I would chalk this one up as ignorant.

            That said, most Chinese pop songs are mellow or sad love songs, and there isn’t anything as well known as Gangnam Style is in the West that is also heavy on the beat.

        • MisterM

          Wow. So you deleted the comments but didn’t have the balls to ban him, huh? Another dude was banned a few weeks back for challenging the mods and using foul language. Another guy bashes a religion and he stays. Nice to see where your line in the sand is. Disgusted at your cowardice and at the fact that if someone disagrees with a mods opinion and drops a couple of “f bombs” he gets banned, but a bigoted racist gets to stay. Then again, it’s not like he played Gangam Style or anything crazy like that. He just called an anti apartheid hero a terrorist and called a religion evil and branded its followers as indoctrinated.
          Thought RR had higher standards. Until Tanks-a-lot is gone, you can count my page views goodbye. It won’t make or break you, but some of us need to stand by our convictions.

          • DDayLewis

            I dealt with the situation as I saw fit. He’s been spoken to and we do not condone racist comments on this forum. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please email me: william (at) raptorsrepublic (dot) com

            • MisterM

              I’m sorry but NOT banning someone who blatantly espouses racist and vitriolic comments is in fact, CONDONING said behaviour. There’s no grey area here. It’s black and white (pardon the pun). It’s a basketball forum, not a FOX News calibre forum. Not to mention the fact that if you had an issue with games ops and Gangam Style but don’t see an issue with blatant racism on your site, you have a real perception issue on your hands. This is a waste of your time and mine. I don’t like commenting fifteen times to get my point across. But this TORONTO. This is CANADA. The shit that this guy was spewing is the antithesis of what we represent. Is it because he has 4500 posts? Does that give him a free pass? Are you friends? At the end of the day, your inaction is condoning his behavior and it denigrates the hard work you put into this site.

            • MisterM

              Finally, don’t forget that racism is propagated not only by those who espouse racist views, but by those who stand idly by in the face of such pronouncements. Even when the dude saying the racist shit has 4500 posts. Imagine that. I implore you to do the right thing. The right thing by the city, the country, the franchise and the fanbase. I’m honestly flabbergasted that you’ve chosen not to ban the commenter in question, particularly when framed within context of some of the commenters you have banned. Do the right thing. Canada and this city welcome families like yours because of our effort to embrace diversity and to celebrate it. Sadly, if there were more people like you who seemingly allow for this credo to be trampled upon and violated, there would be less William Lous and MisterMs living here and thriving here. Man up. Otherwise don’t ever complain about game ops confusing Korea and China when you have no issue with people shitting all over a race on your own forum.

              • DDayLewis

                Let’s take a couple of steps back.

                Spewing racist remarks is absolutely not tolerated here, which is why I deleted the comments, and issued a stern warning telling him to refrain from future comments of that nature.

                And second, equating my personal feelings about the Raptors’ decisions on Chinese Heritage Night to this incident is unfair. I did not ban anyone for disagreeing with my sentiment on the matter. I voiced my displeasure, and people discussed the issue in a (mostly) civil way.

                Finally, it’s the internet. I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve seen racist remarks on a comment board. You pointed it out, and I handled it. If similar events transpire in the future, the ramifications will be more heavy-handed.

          • Reggie Evans

            Be sure to come back to check whether tanks-a-lot is gone lol.

        • Steverino

          I’m sure they played music on Lithuanian heritage night. And I’m pretty sure the music wasn’t Lithuanian. Is that racist, too?

          • Derek

            Labas Rytas

            • Steverino

              Not sure what you’re saying. Are you saying Labas Rytas is Lithuanian music? And if so, did they play it to get the crowd excited at the game on Lithuanian heritage night?

        • j bean

          What cash grab? The Raps have great attendance for all the good visiting opponents.

    • chrisbem1

      Not racist as much as ignorant. Gangnam Style is Korean, not Chinese.

      • j bean

        Gangnam Style is a huge international hit. The artist PSY is Korean. Is the complaint that a Korean artist had his song played on Chinese Night? Is there a complaint if artists from other countries have their hits played on Chinese night?

        • Guest

          My complaint is that Jeremy Lin is not Chinese. Regardless of what clown ass Ma-Ing Jo thinks.

          • Derek

            Jeremy Lin’s a fuckin dick anyways… who cares!

    • Guest

      Jeremy Lin is of Taiwanese descent as well, and Taiwan ain’t China. Free Tibet and Free Taiwan (from shitty bilateral trade agreements).

  • FREEJV

    Man this team does not know how to inbound a ball. Yes im talking to you salmons

    • asifyouknow

      FIRST DOWNER AWARD GOES TO FREE JV ENJOY LOL:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctM3U1SOVQg

    • asifyouknow

      lol

      • Guest

        Every pass you make is YOUR responsibility. No matter what.

    • Mexiballer

      Salmons put that pass right on Demars hands so he could go to the free throw line. Demar muffed it. No doubt due to the wrapping on his hand. Why blame Salmons for that.

      • Devin

        Didn’t he pass it to Vasquez????????

        • asifyouknow

          No but is ok to blame it on him even though he recovered the pass….ha..I’m 100 % sure it was his fault because he was in the game…

      • JRedmond14

        It was a sloppy pass to begin with. For someone who is supposed to be a “savvy veteran” he should have called a timeout to advance the ball

    • Jerry Garcia

      similar feelings

  • Lyall

    that halftime buzzer 3 from demar was nba 2k like.

    • #RaptorSquare

      shot clock cheese, baby.

      • Lyall

        Salami as well.

    • FREEJV

      glitch

    • Guest

      That shot frustrated me so effing much. Raptors get the ball with 6 seconds left, Ross hands it to Demar. Demar has it with 5 seconds left, plenty of time to sprint up court and take a lay up. Instead, he fucking JOGS up the court, and launches a thirty footer with at least 1.8 seconds left on the clock (enough time to take a couple hard dribbles and a pull up 15 footer). Fucking joke.

      • Quest

        splash

      • Bank shot

        Guess the ‘fucking joke’ was on you.

  • afrocarter

    Get well soon, Amir. We need you, brother!

  • rapierraptor

    Props to Casey – a lot of sub par guys played major minutes tonight and we still got the W. His system is working.

  • asifyouknow

    THANK YOU JOHN SALMONS YOU OLD FISH YOU! LOVE YOU MAN!

    Sensible folks in Toronto appreciate what you do. The rest, well ! …who cares!

    Great defense by all including the ACC player of the year. (the conference)

    34 points from the bench not including Vaz…game winner there.

    Vaz overall shooting not great but was killing it from three. 15 points

    The best stat from Vaz tonight. ZERO turnovers in FORTY MINUTES.

    EIGHT DIMES and it should have been about 13, there were a bunch of missed bunnies that you and I could made.

    You will never have to hear this from me again:

    I told you folks to wait until after the all star game when he would be totally healthy and I also told you have TWO different types of starting point guard.
    On and beyond the scoring and dimes there is the -controlling of the flow- and that can only be done when you get 30+ minutes.
    Tonight Vaz was in control except when DeMar decided to go solo.

    When DeMar is hot like that there is no need for anyone else to play…lol….until he dribbles off his foot.

    I was surprised they won, specially with everyone missing those open shots in the first quarter, Well, not everyone. Lol

    The bench needed to play minutes that matter in a game and they came up big, now there should no doubt as to why Toronto had such a quick turnaround after the trade.

    Just saying.

    To all the salmons and Vaz haters all I have to say is you committed no crime in hating but you were wrong… Hope you sleep well.lol

    • DDayLewis

      If your boner lasts for more than 3 hours tonight, call a doctor.

      • LOL

        This is why we love you, William Lou.

        • asifyouknow

          Hey I seen a picture ,,very cute maybe you should meet,,,lol

          • LOL

            Ya? Maybe I can tweet him and post his replies on here, just so you all know who his favourite is…

            • asifyouknow

              Good idea…see how helpful I am..

      • asifyouknow

        This was normal in New Orleans so to me is ok you guys are the ones with no faith , including Casey … Funny how thing work out, when Casey is FORCED to play the guys over 15 minutes Vaz gets it done….lmao

        I got five championship hats from the Spurs… I no longer get bonners over basketball…lol…lol

        • DDayLewis

          Tonight is your night, get youse some lobsters and shrimp.

          • asifyouknow

            Vegetarian….

            • DDayLewis

              Eggplant and tofu?

              • asifyouknow

                eggplant marinated and grilled…

                • DDayLewis

                  Grilled eggplant is the best

            • Tanks-a-lot

              atlanta (dot) cbslocal (dot) com/2014/04/01/study-vegetarians-less-healthy-lower-quality-of-life-than-meat-eaters/

              A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders.

              Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer.

              • asifyouknow

                OH MY GOD lol,,,are you serious??? All I can say is ..are you guys going to miss me when I’m gone next season? lol
                I always had allergies.. I do eat TOFU grilled with BBQ ..yummm..and I have no mental problems except when I’m dealing with you guys….lol

        • Abused Raptors Fan

          Tonight was a great example of what I’ve been saying since we acquired Vasquez. He’s a good offensive player with crafty ball-handling skills, efficient in the pick-and-roll and can knock down jumpers from beyond the arc. However, it also showed his struggles on the defensive end, which is why I believe he could be most effective in this league as the backup pg on a playoff team. Can he start in this league? Sure. He already has, but he’s yet to prove he can start and win, which is a very different thing.

          • asifyouknow

            I told you or another unbeliever that I would keep track of the folks who got beat:

            DeMar got his ass wiped multiple times like 6.. Ross was made a fool multiple times ..actually just about every time.

            You know who played good defense?

            Salmons and Vaz.. some of you guys need to take off those heating glasses, truly the more I read you folks stuff the more it becomes obvious you have no idea what you looking at when watching a game.

            Here the second Downer award of the night. You are the winner..enjoy:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctM3U1SOVQg

            • JRedmond14

              Vasquez’s transition defense might have been one of the worst things I have ever seen displayed on a basketball court. It was a really good play in the 4th where Salmons and Vasquez should have switched on the screen but both got caught up and gave an easy layup to Lin(?,maybe Harden).

            • Abused Raptors Fan

              Lmfao! Man you’re HILARIOUS! I’m now going to keep track of any poster who equates disagreeing with them as “hating” or being “silly” or a “downer” and call it the Asifyouknow McCarthyism award. Perhaps if you didn’t act like this, or approach everything involved with Vasquez with such a bias you wouldn’t get ripped on so much

              • asifyouknow

                I don’t feel I’m being ripped ..ignorance is never hurtful anyway .. only the truth hurts,,,

            • Steverino

              I’m a Vazquez fan but I was a little disappointed he brought God into his post-game interview. Fields must have gotten to him. Or has he always been that religious? Someone should remind these guys we’re not all that religious in Canada.

              • asifyouknow

                Vaz and fields are tight as I understand…yes Vaz is a Christian…..
                Did a lot of fishing in Canada in my youth I never had a problem finding a welcoming church..

                • Steverino

                  Oh, there are churches and religious people in Canada, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not so much the trumpeting kind who need to preface every statement with their love for God. We tend to be more quiet or personal with our religion on the whole.

            • Abused Raptors Fan

              Well, I’m not sure where I’ve ever said that DDs a defensive savant, but playing at one of the weakest, most inefficient positions in the league, he still manages a better PER, net on/off, off and def rating, and does so at a very high usage rate while facing the opposing teams best defender night in and out. So his defensive liabilities are a bit easier to swallow. As for Ross, he was guarding James Harden who happens to a lot of players “look like a fool”. Not sure how you could say thatRoss looked foolish all game, especially after claiming that Vasquez played good defense. Also, I don’t know how many people would say that his matchups were as challenging as DDs with Parsons or Ross with Harden.

              And, once again, it amazes me that someone can equate any kind of criticism about a player as a complete lack of appreciation or sense of value.

              Ps, where did I say anything about Salmons or his D? His problems usually relate to his offensive production whenever he lacks sufficient rest.

      • Mexiballer

        I think its permanent.

    • James Slim

      I know you’re a Vasquez fan – I play basketball in Australia and I think
      I play a bit like him – threes, floaters, not very athletic, good
      passer, good ball control despite lack of explosiveness

    • caccia

      Zero turnovers is very impressive. It was a clutch play when Vasquez ended up with the ball on the Salmons throw-away, er, throw-in.

  • Icarus Descending

    Derozan really impressed me in the fourth quarter, made some huge plays aside from the silly foul on hard for 3. Steals, assists, good fouls and driving to the basket.

    As good a JV was I’d like to see him get even more touches, loved his D tonight too.

    • asifyouknow

      DeRozan is just a beast….. was reading about his high school career, It was scary good…Needs to work on dribbling..

  • FREEJ/

    i like diks up my butthole

    • FREEJV

      you do? -calls jason collins-

      • afrocarter

        Wow.

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    Observations from the game:

    1. PATMAN IS BACK! Everyone in the league is on notice now.
    2. Great job by Casey to shake up the lineup at the start when it clearly wasn’t working. It looked ugly early, but we chipped away and took the lead.
    3. Anybody know the magic # to clinch the division? BKN lost to the Knicks (of all teams), so we gotta have at least some breathing space?
    4. Today’s game could be proof the the “Ball Don’t Lie” theory has some merit. Harden got some really weak and questionable calls, and only splits the pair.
    5. Let’s capitalize on a freefalling Pacers team and keep distancing ourselves from Chicago and Brooklyn! Go Raps!

    • jehesut

      7 games left, Brooklyn 2.5 back with a game in hand, so the number would be 5 to guarantee the division assuming Brooklyn wins their extra game

    • DC

      Don’t know how we distance ourselves from Chicago, as they will probably run the table from here,

  • johng_3

    I thought de Colo played well in his limited minutes, especially with the Raptors starting unit playing sluggish in the first quarter.

    • JRedmond14

      He played good. Reminds me a little of Nash/Dragic the way they get deep to the baseline and then come back up and can find shooters in corners

    • Milesboyer

      Agreed, obviously W. Lou doesn’t like his style but he was part of the reason they made the comeback early and got up big. The lineup with him Vasquez, Salmons, 2Pat and Hansborough had the ball humming for a while in the first half.

  • Saskatoon Raps Fan

    Huge night for the raptors. Big win without Lowry and Amir while Brooklyn loses to a divisional opponent. home court advantage is creeping closer and closer

  • De Colo

    Vasquez can hold his own, already knew it, but it’s nice to see, that being said, get well soon Lowry

  • EmarErozan

    Dwight Howard is Eddie Murphy to Omer Asik’s Judge Reinhold in the Houston Rockets’ version of Beverley Hills Cop. It just makes sense in literally every way.

  • asifyouknow

    I want to hear from the Salmons lynching posse …where are you???

    • Devin

      Salmons has played bad for two straight weeks at least. Obviously no one is going to lynch him when he plays a good game. We are just happy he is playing better and we are winning!!!

    • De Colo

      I’m still here but when a player has 1 good game, i’m not gonna beat him like other people will, be consistent, you can’t be terrible and sprinkle in a good game here and there, because when playoffs start, that wont cut it.

      • asifyouknow

        The guy was doing a good job until his back went out a month ago …maybe now is getting better…

        • De Colo

          Maybe, or maybe it’s just 1 good game, that’s why i’m not crowning him as “back” until he shows it consistently

          • JRedmond14

            At least we know he can still inbound though right?!?!?

          • asifyouknow

            That is fair but it has been more then a few games..

            • De Colo

              Not really, I dont hate on people randomly like some but he plays alright defense and thinks he’s better on offense then what he really is which leads to some head scratching moments.

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    Great win by the raps yes they were missing dwight howard but we were missing our best player in lowry

  • ad

    This was a huuugggeee win. Raps got a but lucky with some calls and rockets turnovers but a win is win. Now, hopefully lowry is back for fri against ind. If not, that could be another nervewracking. Lastly, I want to give DD some props. He didnt impress me so much on offense but the other stuff he did like draw charges and make nice passes. I will always say lowry is the better player and should have been the all star but I gotta give credit where its due.

  • jakdripr

    Yo that double entendre in the description was amazing. Also, Jones had some outstanding interior D this game. Dude was out there looking like Roy Hibbert, it’s a shame he’s only credited with one block because he changed so many shots and his foot work lead to a number of turnovers. It seems that Grizzlies game may have been the turning point for our big as he’s been very consistent ever since.

    • Devin

      Dude had some solid D down the stretch. I was yelling at my TV to get him back in when Rockets were making the run. He comes in and we close it out!

    • DDayLewis

      Thanks man. Taking pot-shots at the Leafs is low-hanging fruit.

  • asifyouknow

    Asik is someone Toronto should go get next year

    • Abused Raptors Fan

      Because he and Howard worked out so well thus far this year?

    • Devin

      how much you going to pay for a backup center that can just rebound? not going to be worth it.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      We don’t need a proven crybaby

      • JRedmond14

        He really loves being a backup from what I hear!!!!

        • asifyouknow

          Well not there, they promised him stuff and they went back on it..If they tell him his role from the get go he may be different..

      • asifyouknow

        He does cry a lot but he be a good back-up….He did get screwed in Huston…

    • ckh26

      He carries a one year 15M price tag. While good not the player you blow the cap and luxury tax for.

    • JRedmond14

      Why pay 5+ mil when you can draft someone just as good in the second round for 490k?

    • FREEJV

      save your money we got a future allstar at center already. maybe asik can replace yolo vasquez at the backup pg tho

      • asifyouknow

        No you need another big guy, just in case you have not noticed you are weak inside, I think that’s why Casey went from lots pick and roll to lots of drive and kick lately I thought I was watching my Spurs…lol

      • asifyouknow

        You will miss me and Yolo next year…remember who told you…

        • FREEJV

          ill miss your jokes about vasquez being a starter. other than that im not concerned as long as lowry is here 😀

          • asifyouknow

            lol

  • Devin

    Guys Vasquez plays good but he was still 4-12 and put up some really bad shots in the 4th and got burned over and over again while Rockets were making their run. Love the guy but lets not get too excited. We all would have rather have Lowry in there at the end but props to the Raps for the big win! And for Vasquez having sure hands at the end of the game (except not catching that inbounds pass). haha

    • Mexiballer

      He did put up some really bad shots, but he ran the team well and that was key in the win.

    • asifyouknow

      What in the hell are you talking about…..The reason they went from 12 to 3 up was because DeMar missed 3 shots in 2 minutes that Houston turned into scores ..how in the hell do you watch games ..do you know what to look for? Lin went from 31 points to 16 …missed a third of his shots and Vaz was on him.
      DeRozan got burned six times plus.. Ross ass got to be hurting after he got his ass kicked just about every time ..Lets talk about that ! …Oh of course you won’t..
      It was a great game by all…go to sleep dude and turn up the heat in your house, I think you got brain freeze I understand is cold up there and it clouds your judgment. Just rumors I hear..lol

      • LOL

        Yeah cause Vasquez is a great defender.. Please move your boner out of the way when you watch the games.

      • Devin

        First of all they were up 18 so maybe you should watch the game. The point being is Vaz gets burned then a guy has to come help leaving other guys wide open for threes or layups. That is how basketball works. We all know he is a bad defender. Derozan wasn’t even on for a majority of that run. It was a combination Vaz, De Colo, Salmons, Hansborough, Pat or Novak. soooooo yeah. That is what i am talking about on here. Be sane. Don’t run your mouth like an idiot all the time. I am just discussing. Don’t lose your shit constantly.

    • Eunys

      lol that s Nonchalant vasquez but he did run the team well

  • Ryan

    Raps won a game I expected them to lose. Nets loss a game I expected them to win. What does it all mean? Beware of the streaking Knicks. Raps fans will be familiar with a team playing better when Bargnani is not in the lineup.

  • rapierraptor

    You seriously brought the electrillcity on that De Colo line. Still laughing.

    • DDayLewis

      I don’t call myself Trilliam Lou on Twitter for nothing (I do it for followers)

  • JRedmond14

    Casey after his 100th win in the locker room ” It’s not you guys, it’s me” haha. NEVER PLAY SALMONS AGAIN!!!!!!!

  • Adriiian

    to the man they call “handsome” haha. I believe Parsons is overrated (in looks).
    Great game from DeMar.

    Finally some appreciation for Casey. Let the man stay on a decent contract. He will only improve.

  • tonious35

    Here is one thing that makes Salmons still part of this resurgent year. Not just Salmons, but Vasquez, VAL, and DDerozan, EVEN CASEY… if we start a bash-fest and over-beat the dead horse if any of those players if they play like ass for a streak of games, it feels that they listen to it and they respond to us by sticking in a better performance to shut us up. That’s just what makes us like them and worth cheering for at the end and want to shake their hand.

    In the Bargs Era, we continuously talk our shit on Bargs and he just keeps failing like a chump and not caring (Alex Rios-ism). Our boos to Bargs were low blows, but they are deserved to him, with no regrets from us fans. Humanity is cruel, but good people are made when they smile at your boos and dunk a poster in your faces.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      gawd, I really hope they don’t read our shittalking here. But maybe our grassroots messages do get passed along.

  • Steel

    Greivis ‘Scarface’ Vasquez

    • Steel

      This should be his new nickname!

  • Minks77

    Thought this was DeMars best game of the season. Other than the 1st q. After he woke himself up he really took charge of the offence, he mixed up his shots and drives nicely, refused to be cowed by an inferior player (Parsons) and really stepped up his D both in one on ones and rotating/recovering, challenged shots and passes and took a couple of charges.

    Also thought JV was in much the same boat. One of his best defensive showings of his young career. Played under control, used his speed and length effectively and after he got the same wake up call he wasn’t beat down the court ever again.

    If they want to get through the 1st round they have to stop coming out so flat though.

  • Eunys

    Great win! Jumped on my couch when they were leading by 20 and my wife said: Hold on, it is the raptors and the lead will go back to 2 ..Grrrrrrrrrrrrr she was right. Casey needs to find the recipe to put the right guys on the floor and not waste leads..Good game but Tyler H needs to practice free throws. Go raptors!

    • Steverino

      Yeah, what’s up with that? He’s the leading scorer in UNC history. Presumably he used to be able to shoot them. Same with Amir. He’s been on a slow decline since Alex English, who used to work with him on it, left. Watch his follow-through. When he pulls his arm away quickly from the shot, as he’s doing more and more, he invariably misses.

      • Jordan

        I literally think Psycho T has the most FT makes in D-1 history.

  • Raptorian

    If you see General post game interview you will understand what a great PRO is all about… excellent guy and player.

  • steve fisher

    congrats on an excellent gutsy comeback for the injured Raps. A couple of our better players who have improved in many ways need to make 2 or 3 major changes if the want to move towards the all star level. DD must play with more effort and passion on DEFENSE as he does on O. HE must work on keeping a better handle on the ball as well as using more fakes on passes and shots to reduce turnovers. TR really needs to make a much more CONSISTENT effort over the entire game rather than flashes of brilliance followed by a disappearing act for long stretches.Most of these significant problems could be improved upon with sharper mental focus and actually think about it before and between games as IMPORTANT priorities IF they want success in the playoffs they will prove too costly to the team in much tougher PLAYOFF basketball!!! Again congrats to a gutrsy comeback win against a tough playoff team . BoTH DD and TR played a major positive role again tonight!! GO RAPS GO steve fisher

  • Frank Rollo

    I think I set a personal record for the amount of times I was convinced we would end up losing that game but ended up winning. Well done guys !

  • morgan c

    William Lou, DdayLewis, as you’ve probably seen here, I’m a big supporter of your work. I’m a privileged white kid FYI. However, I take issue with you saying that playing Gangnam Style is “racist.” Stupid and inappropriate? Certainly. But racism literally denotes the preference of one race over another, and though MLSE’s decision to play a Korean pop song on Chinese Heritage Night is certainly ignorant and misplaced, it is not, by definition, “racist.”
    Love your work as a young and up and coming writer / contributor, but let’s stay in check here…

    • DDayLewis

      A few things.

      First off, thank you for the kind words. I’m in the comments all the time, and I genuinely cherish every bit of praise and criticism I receive, as I have no credibility as a writer, nor basketball analyst.

      Second, your race doesn’t play any factor here, and I suspect that you feel that it does. Your opinion is your opinion, and your background or ethnicity doesn’t color your sentiments.

      Third, my definition of racism is, as I suspect, different from the majority of people on this forum. If I were to pistillate the common definition, it would be somewhere along the lines of “using profanities, or outwardly preferring one race over another”.

      However, the official definition of racism extends broader than direct jabs. Rather, it’s defined as: the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as
      inferior or superior to another race or races.

      On this issue in particular, I feel personally upset for two reasons. One, MLSE clearly used “culture” to excuse a naked cash-grab, which is something they have done in the past as well (ie: italian night). Second, they stereotyped by celebrating Chinese culture with a song that happens to be made by a Korean artist. The logic there must have been that “all orientals are similar”, which is offensive. I mean, just think how much we Canadians get our maple panties in a knot when we’re accidentally confused for Americans.

      And if the reports I received were wrong, and that Gangnam Style was not played specifically to celebrate Chinese heritage, then that’s a different matter, and I wouldn’t be nearly as up in arms. However, judging by the people who were in attendance, it was not the case.

      Anyway, I’m not really one to talk politics, because quite frankly, it doesn’t interest me very much. However, I was offended by the misstep, and I thought I would express why I felt wronged.

      • Bill

        But then who would they play? How many of them know of even one Chinese artist? And even if they only know of an artist because he made a terrible song featuring Kobe Bryant and Sprite and was in The Green Hornet, do mainland Chinese people take offense that they used a Taiwanese artist’s work (not that we should because there isn’t a racial difference between the two…)?

        Though I guess… maybe not playing anything would be the better option. They tried, and failed, if your reports are correct.

        Nice Hansborough description by the way.

        • DDayLewis

          If they couldn’t do it genuinely, then they shouldn’t have done it at all.

          Thanks for the note on Hansbrough. Writing the quick reaction is really time-sensitive, so I just jot down whatever I’m thinking at the moment. I don’t think I’ve even once gave real analysis on Hansbrough’s blurb this year, and I’ve probably done a dozen of these quickies.

      • Guest

        Just a note William. I’ve heard them play Gangnam Style in the ACC at raps games before, usually in one of those “get the crowd hyped and put people on the jumbotron” moments.

    • [email protected]

      Racism today has changed. Its not about overt acts of discrimination, however, associating Ganggam style with Chinese heritage night (if they did… I have NO CLUE!) does create what is now termed “disconscious racism”, where one begins to assimilate cultures, and does not give each individual culture a chance to express itself as IT SEES FIT! Ganggam style would have stolen the narrative of Chinese heritage, and now people would associate those two together. It is actually how racism continues in our day and age, and how many of the children at that arena would now assume all East Asian men who dance like clowns are Chinese… which is clearly not the case.

  • TheSpiceTyrant

    Point 4. Really? That. Is. Sad. For. Toronto.

  • NANDO DE YOLO

    I am not a reckless passer……

  • Rapchat

    This.

    From the Rockets site game review..

    “TORONTO – Exorcising aint easy. That was the takeaway in the wake of the Rockets’ latest loss in Toronto – their seventh straight defeat suffered at the hands of the Toronto Raptors inside the>>>> haunted and very unfriendly confines of the Air Canada Centre…” HAHAHA

    If we can secure home court in the first round at least I think that statement will hold true and we’ll take it against any of our potential opponents. Provided we have a healthy team, which is a whole other concern right now. 2 Pat is a huge difference maker and is back just in time even though his shot is a little off, his presence is apparent. Greivis Vasquez or “greatest asset” as I like to call him (it rhymes so well! haha) played his typical game changing way, except with more minutes and with a huge ZERO turnovers running the ship tonight.

    GV haters get ready for a whole lot more of him with Lowry and everyone else down right now. I know he makes a lot of people nervous but the truth is, he performs miracles in almost every game, in small part or large, and is as clutch as ANY player on this team (I cant count how many times GV got us back in a game or nailed a shot to seal a win). Plus god is good. Go with god. If he gets minutes the team will learn to adjust to his slow d. Lowry is short and poses problems on both sides of the court simply from that. Every player has a knock, who cares. The fish swam upstream tonight looking very active and comfy even though that play at the end was wonky again. There’s got to be a better play in late game inbound situations.

    Another great win. Bring on Indiana. I have a feeling we’re going to throw down a massive beating and just crush their spirits, or whats left of it, going into the playoffs. Yeahhh!!! BTW what kind of alien is James Harden? Seems so docile and friendly but hardly makes an expression. I tried to see if he even breathes but could not spot it. I would like to pet his beard. For some reason I think he would like that too. Ross is Boss and by the time he’s an all star in Toronto 2016, they will be calling him the CEO, especially when its revealed that Durant came to the Raptors because he wanted to play with the BOSS and Vince Carter.

    Now bed. Dream time.

    • GetLicks

      ‘BTW what kind of alien is James Harden? Seems so docile and friendly but hardly makes an expression. I tried to see if he even breathes but could not spot it. I would like to pet his beard. For some reason I think he would like that too.’

      You should get up-votes just for that gold.

    • asifyouknow

      Now! Toronto that is a smart man!!!

  • Guest

    Interesting to see a couple of subtle homosexual knocks in this comments section when sensitivity on racism is the overwhelming topic.

  • kaiokev

    So let I get this straight. Because a TAIWANESE-American came to town it was dubbed CHINESE Heritage Night and to celebrate that, they play a KOREAN rap song?

    (I understand that whether Taiwanese people should or shouldn’t be considered Chinese is a very hot topic)

  • bobmasa

    We fans knows that Landry Fields can do alot for Toronto Raptors, Dwen Casey you have no reasons whatsoever to bench him like that, we hope Masai Ujiri notice this, Dwen Casey STOP disrespect some of your players and FREE LONDRY FIELDS!

  • Neal M

    “Nando de YOLO” made my fucking day lmao