Philadelphia 76ers 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
125 Toronto Raptors
Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +23

His threes irk me a little until I realize that they’re all coming out of good, rhythmic offensive flow and his shot just happens to be a natural end to a good possession. The Raptors missed his mobility and in an up-tempo game such as this where positional play goes out the window, his contributions are invaluable.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +6

Hit some huge threes in the third quarter to maintain that 7-10 point lead and ensured that the opening moments of the fourth weren’t nerve-racking. The defense? Meh. This was yet another game where a high pace, which you might expect him to savour, didn’t quite benefit him. Some nice passing play in this game, though.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 37 MIN | 10-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 26 PTS | +14

You think he came out to prove a point that his recent off-the-court troubles weren’t going to affect him? He barreled his way to the rim like an eighteen-wheeler with a drunk driver drivin’, there’s no survivin’. Alright, that’s the last joke I’ll make. He is becoming quite fluid in his near-rim movements where you can pass him the ball on either block, run a pick ‘n roll anywhere on the court, and run hi-lows for him. That is versatility. The defense? He’s taking that principle of verticality thing a bit too far, I often find him being vertical in a defensive situation where he has no business being vertical. Post-Game Interview

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 9-19 FG | 9-9 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 29 PTS | +12

I got some issue with his defense against MCW, he got stuck on the latter’s hip far too often and got punished for it. Offensively, his swagger kind of fuels the team and when he hits those step-back threes, especially for four-point plays, it galvanizes the team. Good to see him back, he looked rested.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-14 FG | 9-10 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +7

Sometimes I think this is like that Face-Off movie where it’s Rudy Gay wearing DeRozan’s skin. Some quite questionable shooting for most of the game and when he took it to the rim after his contorted dribbling, the shot got sent back like an undeliverable letter. Then again, you kind of know that even in a bad game he’s going to end up hitting a clutch shot or two to make amends. Hopefully that holds true in the playoffs.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 10 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -6

Good second-quarter cameo where he partnered with Patterson well in a smallish Raptors lineup with him at the five. I liked it, too bad we didn’t see much of it again. I thought playing him would’ve helped turn the tempo in our favor rather than a track meet, too bad Casey didn’t see it that way.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3

This was not the game for him, and it showed when he was on the court. I’m not a big fan of that play where Lowry’s running a pick ‘n roll with him 24-feet out.

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

Was spotted reading ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ on the bench.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6

Played well in the first half, much more so than of late, but Casey thought Terrence Ross’s three-point shooting and athleticism to be of more value than Salmons, who isn’t quite suited for a fast-paced affair. Still, signs of progress from him.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +7

Good first half again, but like Lowry, victimized by MCG for not staying in front of him. The good news is that he’s orchestrating the offense a lot better of late, and has reduced his me-shots to the bare minimum.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -5

Casey turned to him for some ball-handling after Philly started pressuring the ball a little; jacked up a lot of shots in the brief time he was there which made for good entertainment. Somehow I feel that even when he’s playing bad, he’s more or less benign.

Dwane Casey

Got suckered into playing Philly’s style of game rather than ours, I didn’t like that. He’s gone away from the zone of late, which was a good mechanism of throwing the offense a different look. Couldn’t really adjust to Philly’s hot outside shooting, which almost cost us the game.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Philly was killing us from the three-point line, the perimeter coverages were way off, partially because the threat of MCW getting past our guards was too great and help was always needed.
  2. With Patterson tending to move around the court and not “stay home”, Amir Johnson’s absence was really felt. There was no shot-blocking threat for the Raptors and Philly recognized this well.
  3. The Raptors have been running some diverse offensive sets this year, a far cry from years past. One thing I would like to see more of is that hand-off play for DeRozan where he curls off the screen, it’s way more effective than having him dribble around the corner to get to the rim.
  4. Terrence Ross and his timely threes in the third quarter were the difference for me. Philly kept getting easy scores on account of their dribble penetration (Points in the Paint: 76ers 62, Raptors 46), and Ross’s answers in the third to keep them at bay were huge.
  5. The Raptors need to tighten up their defense, and it starts by playing the game you want to play. We got away with it against Philly and also a few days ago in Milwaukee. Need to fix that.

  • Thomas

    4 more wins until a 50 win season! Go Raps!!

  • FREEJV

    Bobcats are now the 6th seed. easy sweep for raptors. dont wanna deal with nene/gortat frontcourt

    • Quest

      ignoring the fact that the cats swept us in the reg season, and we beat the wiz 3-1.

      • Junior Qamar

        We would eat the bobcats in 5 stop with this whole bobcats BS.

        • Master Splinter

          Overconfidence will lead to the path of failure

          • Junior Qamar

            Over confidence in a team thats like 14 games over 500 vs a team 2 games over 500. You think miami is worried about the bulls or brooklyn . Post season is different besides bobcats barley beat us each time id rather face bobcats and make quick work of them

            • FREEJV

              word

              • Master Splinter

                Much to learn, young ones..

                • Junior Qamar

                  Grammer Nazi are you worried about the bobcats? What are you’re predictions for a 1st round series against them?

                • afrocarter

                  I’d say Raptors in 7, personally. Charlotte is as good a two-way team as Toronto right now.

                • Paul

                  I’d say the Raptors have a significant edge offensively.

                • afrocarter

                  Not since the All-Star Break. Charlotte has narrowed the gap offensively, and have played markedly better on the defensive side of the ball. They essentially cancel each other out. Charlotte is peaking at the right time.

                • Junior Qamar

                  Going to be a fun post season regardless weather its the wiz or the cats these playoffs r going to b good I just hope we run into indiana in the 2nd round we will put up a fight against them a good easy 1st round in much prefered.

                • FREEJV

                  looool. 40-38 record is same as the raptors. dont kill me……. considering we started 6-12…..

                • afrocarter

                  Yes, by all means continue to overlook a team that has had our number for years, playing their best basketball of the season, and has one of the best half-court defences in league.

                • Master Splinter

                  No, I just don’t think we can expect to beat anyone. The bobcats play a playoff-type style, and they won’t be any easier than the wiz. I just wanna avoid Chicago and Brooklyn

                • Master Splinter

                  The raptors can beat Charlotte and Washington, but it won’t be an easy journey.

            • jjdynomite

              Bobcats Barley sounds tasty… or like a new alternative band. Too bad we won’t get to use it next season and beyond.

            • CJT

              Miami also has a history of playoff success to draw from, we don’t. I believe we can beat anyone that we may meet in the first round, but I don’t think we should be taking anyone too lightly. The games are going to be tough. Remember that all the teams below us are hoping to play the Raptors and not Chicago or Brooklyn because we are perceived to be the weakest team in that group. We are gonna change some opinions, but it is not going to be a cake walk.

      • FREEJV

        nets swept heat . so nets will win title? #nope #nologic

        • #TankNation

          no, the point is that charlotte is not a good matchup for toronto; just like how miami tends not to play well against the nets; #dontcriticizewhenyou’rewrong

          • James Slim

            The Heat lost to the Nets by 1, 2OT, 1, and 1 – I’m sure they are massively scared!

          • FREEJV

            ok so nets will win title. thanks in advance for telling us. btw no tanking on this team go over to the milwaukee board bud

      • johng_3

        I would rather face the Bobcats than a Wizard squad with Gortat and Nene back in the lineup

        • FREEJV

          dont forget wall/beal backcourt. bobcats only have 2 go to guys. if one of them is off its a win for the other team

          • johng_3

            They are kind of like the Raptors if you think about it. Everyone looks at it like we only have two go-to-guys (lowry and demar) but collectively, we are a good team. I still think the Bobcats are dangerous as well

          • Quest

            i am still afraid of charlotte because of their defence. also, we have not lost to a wiz team with nene. our only loss to them was in triple OT without nene.

    • Hassan Mehmood Khan

      Bobcats always seem to do well against the raptors

    • afrocarter

      I’m more afraid of Charlotte than I am of Washington. The ‘Cats have been playing exceptional ball down the stretch, especially on the defensive end, and Big Al is a PROBLEM.

      • FLUXLAND

        Spot on. The D they have been playing is playoff level.

        • Steverino

          145-130.

          • FLUXLAND

            LMFAO!

            That’s 7 seconds or less in LA, baby!

      • FREEJV

        chuck hayes locked down big al…….

      • johng_3

        Big Al is a problem but so is Gortat and Nene. And Gortat alone dominated JV last time.

        • afrocarter

          Yeah, you’re right — though I think we can all agree that JV has developed into a different player since then, strange as it is to say. For the playoffs, personally, I’d put more value on offence out of the post, which is why I think Big Al is so dangerous. Gortat & Nene are good roll-men, though, so perhaps they cancel each other out.

          • johng_3

            If you look tonight, Gortat along put up 27 and 14 in a loss. That matches JV even with his development late in the season. Plus I worry about the shooting of Beal and defense of Ariza on Derozan. I think they could contain and even attack Big Al in the post in a 7 game series.

    • Tinmann

      uh – you are aware that Charlotte has beaten us all 3 times we have played this season? That is the last team I want to face.

      • FREEJV

        yes so if you think about it like that brooklyn should win the nba title. #dumb

        • unknown

          #hashtag on a comment post!!

        • Frank Rollo

          nba is about match ups sometimes

          • Chewwy No Matthew

            Very true. Many sports are all about matchups and Charlotte is not a good one for us. Hope I’m wrong though

          • FLUXLAND

            All. The. Time.

          • Thespianoid

            Hey, it’s Kimi Raikkonen!

            • Frank Rollo

              I wonder if Kimi knows the Raps made the playoffs this year.

      • Steverino

        Good, they’ll be over-confident. And the Raps will be geared up knowing they have to play their best.

  • rapierraptor

    Good to see that Kyle Lowry is still a bad, bad man. Also, a nice, earnest interview following an awesome perfomance from Jonas.

  • Balls Deep

    Go home Philidelphia, your drunk!-JV

    • Balls Deep

      Too soon?

    • Grammar Nazi

      You’re*

      • Balls Deep

        Editing powers to the rescue

  • Vincethepince

    Raptors starters shot 33-65 for 90 points 29 boards and 19. The unit gets an A+ imo.

    • afrocarter

      It’s not that hard to score on Philly. The lack of defensive intensity is what prevented them from getting that A+, I think.

    • Balls Deep

      Imagine if Derozen didn’t take all those shots.
      Could be a lot better

      • FREEJV

        he got what he deserved loooool. JV took same amount of shots and had 9 more points. #JVisthefuture

        • #TankNation

          Gobble gobble

          • FREEJV

            you sound mad bro here have a snickers bar.

  • De Colo

    Thanks Magic, you’re good good people.

    • FREEJV

      im more worried about chicago not brooklyn.

      • Will

        We’d have to drop all the way down to 6th or Brooklyn would have to get the 3rd seed in order for us to face Chicago. Not likely.

        • FREEJV

          i meant im worried about them taking the 3rd seed. dont wanna face brooklyn first round and miami second round…..

          • Keepup

            Chicago can’t get the third seed. The winner of the Atlantic Division will get the 3rd seed – that is either the Raptors or the Nets. The best seed for Chicago is 4th because they are 7 games behind the Pacers in the Central Division

            • CJT

              The winner of the Atlantic is only guaranteed the 4th spot. Not the 3rd.

              • Keepup

                Sorry. You are both correct. Raptors get at least 4th with Division win, but not the 3rd seed.

                • CJT

                  Here’s hoping they can keep that 3rd spot though!

            • Paul

              Wrong. Division title guarantees a top 4 seed and it’s the first tie breaker method. So if the Bulls finish with a better record they will be the third seed.

            • Feather Ruffler

              That’s not how it works

  • Icarus Descending

    JV was an absolute beast today, loved his screaming dunk in the first half.

    • Junior Qamar

      I laughed for a long time after that. Love JV and how he came out after that dui… we got a warrior in this kid. Absolutely love this guy.

  • Will

    I’m glad tonight’s game wasn’t our last one before the playoffs. NO DEFENSE! It’s like they kept looking at the scoreboard and were satisfied with a 10 point lead. Hopefully our last game against the Knicks will still mean something to them and we’ll be shooting for 50 wins. We need games that matter to tune us up.

  • Tinmann

    Nets lost – looks like the Bulls will beat Minny. Atlantic crown looks good, magic number is 1. Might well have to win out to clinch third.
    Charlotte beat the Wizards tonight, they are now in sixth.
    Letting the Sixers shoot 50% is a bit of a concern.

    • #TankNation

      Yeah looks like we’ll either be facing brooklyn or charlotte/washington in the first round

    • webfeat

      I’m calling it now: if the raps don’t pull the third seed, the ECF is gonna be Bulls vs Nets.

      • Tinmann

        Why – we have been just as hot as them

        • webfeat

          Not since January 1st. Bulls and Nets are winning at 70%. Raps are just under 65%. Heat 63%, Pacers 58%.

  • asifyouknow

    I know a young lady when I was in school who was an honor student with a future ahead of her until a DRUNKEN DRIVER hit her car and left her with blur speech and limited mobility.

    She had massive head injuries but was able to survived it, unfortunately she was never able to have the future that she deserved.

    I bet there are hundreds of stories like that in both Canada and the USA. You guy know I DON’T CURSE, SO I WANT TO APOLIGIZE AHEAD OF TIME.

    I am so pissed off at all the “support bull shit” language for JV that went on during the broadcast, and by the alleged support from his teammates as if he was the victim.

    Here is a the way things work in the real world:

    You support a victim of harassment, rape, spousal abuse or racism etc. etc.

    Most people do not support people who put other people in danger, and that is what a drunken driver does. I personally see no difference in driving drunk and carrying a weapon with intention to shoot somebody.

    If you drive drunk you know you can hurt somebody, that is as well know -as the fact- cigarette smocking will eventually kill you.

    Agree?

    If any of you folks have a family member or friend who lost a loved to a drunken driver ask them if they have any support for JV. Most of those folks have ZERO tolerance for that.

    Let me save you the embarrassment of asking. The answer would be hell no!

    This is a rich man who can afford to hire a driver to take him drinking if that is what he wants to do. Totally unacceptable.

    I was very disappointed by the soft response by Toronto’s GM and coach Casey.

    JV went from one of my favorite players in that team to just simple low life. Believe me folks, if you have not ever been affected by a drunken driver this Rant will mean nothing to you and, will just make fun of it.

    Is ok with me.

    Enough said, and as a fan all I just want to say is SCREW you JV, you did not care about other people and other people should not care about you.

    My apologies for the language but this is something that really burn my ass.

    • FREEJV

      if he had 1 beer thats not gonna do anything. Nothing is official yet you can write this on april 22. btw how did vasquez do today? L.o.L

      • Steverino

        Oh please. You’ve got excuses for when he has a good game. Today he has an average game and you’re gloating?

        • FREEJV

          you mad tho? how does 26&12 feel? yea u mad.

          • Guest

            Seeing as most people here are Raptors fans I assume hey are pleased.

          • Steverino

            Yeah, I love it! Liking one player doesn’t mean you hate his teammate. I like them all for all their strengths and shortcomings.

    • Master Splinter

      How would you feel if it were Vasquez in JV’s place?

      • afrocarter

        That’s not a fair question. Downvoted.

        • Master Splinter

          I’m teaching him how to forgive, my son

      • FREEJV

        he would give him a bj lmaooo

        • afrocarter

          It’s important to act your age, even on the Internet.

    • afrocarter

      Agreed. If JV is found guilty, he should suffer the consequences. On the other hand, I’m sure he feels more than enough remorse for what he did. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.

    • [email protected]

      i thought you were watching the cars drive fast in circles. So youre back?
      Just chill out with the preaching until we all know whats what. You’re propogating the culture of ‘guilty until proven innocent’ without all the facts. Worse, you’re playing the sensitive guy card on a basketball blog. Get it from your friends over a beer, not here. So anyway……..hey look! A race car!! Go watch that!!!

      • asifyouknow

        I’m a huge fan of a smack down. I’ve been blogging since blogging was invented. Your comment have to rated a top ten all time al asifyouknow WEAKEST INSULT.

        Here is my twitter profile:
        “FanNation blogger . Crossover fan who came into INDYCAR when Montoya left NASCAR..blogger/writer, victim of about one million comments calling me an IDIOT”
        You are one million and one, unfortunately you get no prize cause…Well, because your comment was intellectually lazy.

    • JCREX

      jv is not a low life for drinking and driving, how do you know how much alchohol he consumed? he’s a 21 year old kid. he made a mistake it doesnt make him a bad person. are you honestly saying you’ve never had 1 beer and drove afterwards or have never been in a car where a friend was driving after having a beer? if you say no id have to call you a liar, and before you think im defending him because i was never affected by a drunk driver let me tell you i was.
      my friend wrapped his car around a poll while driving drunk and i got whiplash and couldnt walk for a week followed by months of walking with a limp so i know all about it. my friend hasnt driven drunk since and he learned greatly from his mistake. you cant compare walking around with a weapon with the intent to shoot somebody as the same as drunk driving. was he speeding around looking for someone to hit? thats a stupid comparison.
      unlike you, masai and casey arent blowing this out of preportion. they know jv has good character and is doing everthing he can to make it up to the franchise. you cant put one mans mistake ahead of the team. id say your the low life judging a 21 year old kid before knowing all the facts

      • CJT

        He certainly used incredibly bad judgement and I know that he will think long and hard before doing that again. I am really against drunk driving for all the same reasons you are and similar experiences with family members, but I also think you need to show JV some compassion, support his development and make sure he gets any help if need be. He seems like a nice young man with a bright future and it is our job to let him know that we support him in his development.

        • asifyouknow

          I did not say ban the guy. I mean let him suffer for awhile so he understand the seriousness of his action.
          Don’t go running to hold his hand as it appeared the broadcasters and Raptors did.
          By reading many of the comments here I can see that is not a serious matter to most on the board.
          JV needs to understand this is real life.
          He has enough money to get out of it if it was you or me we be in a lot a trouble specially in the USA.

          • CJT

            I totally understand what you are saying and I agree that this shouldn’t be ignored or swept under the rug. But I also don’t think it makes him a bad person, it makes him a kid who made a terrible decision and once the court decides on the details of the event he should serve whatever penalty he is given without complaint etc. I can barely remember when I was 21, and while I have never personally made the decision to drive after drinking, I;m sure I made some pretty stupid decisions. I’m glad that my friends and family didn’t write me off every time I did and supported me to become a successful adult.
            p.s. glad you decided to stick around. Your posts are fun and I respect your dedication to your favorite players.

          • lino

            Suffer? what do you mean suffer? how would you make him suffer? And what do you know about how its being handled? What do you expect management to do and what language would you expect from them. You do remember this is a team environment where support and tough love go hand in hand. I have all the confidence in management that they will drill the point of how bad of an action it was. You learn from it and move on. No one was hurt, which was important, this means he wasn’t plastered and swerving. he exercised bad judgement and its being handled. Unless he needs to be water boarded to show him how wrong he was, is that the kind of suffering you suggest.

            • dunkmycat7

              WATER boarding ?!?! sorry everyone- but LMFAO…
              NICE one !!!

          • Chewwy No Matthew

            I totally understand your frustration at what seems to look like this is being taken lightly by the Raptors but you don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. It would be totally unprofessional and classless if Casey, Masai or any player took massive shots at JV. In no way should they make comments to the media where they take JV apart. I am not saying this is to be taken lightly but it is a very sensitive issue and one which is difficult for those coaches and players to respond too. As many of them said, we have all done dumb shit in our lives and even though I do not think of JV as a victim, I can at least feel happy that nobody was hurt or killed. It certainly affects people who have dealt with a loved one losing their life or getting injured much more than somebody who hasn’t experienced this. Keep in mind that these guys are a second family and I am sure they are giving JV shit as well as love. This is what families do

          • Chewwy No Matthew

            I will say that the comment “He barreled his way to the rim like an eighteen-wheeler with a drunk driver drivin’, there’s no survivin’.” by Zarar was extremely tasteless and classless. I found this to be a lot more insensitive and pathetic than any comments by a player or media. Nobody made a joke of this yet you seem to feel you needed to. The fact that you say “that’s the last joke I will make” makes me feel as if you feel this situation is amusing. As much as I battle “asifyouknow”, and feel he doesn’t see clearly when it comes to Vasquez, I do feel he would not in any way, shape or form defend Vasquez if it was him instead of JV. I don’t mean to preach but when I read Zarar’s joke, it crossed the line big time in my opinion.

            • FLUXLAND

              In part by Inspectah Deck, fyi.

              Seriously? This is your boiling point? Or are you more upset about how you feel he would reacted if it were Vaz?

              Look, no one is suggesting JV’s transgression was amusing. Z’s first reaction was “This sucks”, after all.

              It’s
              now been a few days, people are moving on. No harm was inflicted on
              anyone thankfully, there’s no reason to look back at is as some tragedy.
              Making light of the situation at this point doesn’t seem to be some kind of crime.

              It is unfortunate that the situation is bringing up personal
              experiences for some people, and they are having difficulty accepting
              how someone they hold in some kind of regard has committed what they
              seem to consider the greatest crime to humanity, but that doesn’t make
              them any sort of victim in any of this. That is what is tasteless and
              classless. There is no reason for them to takes this on as a platform
              for their soapbox speech about how DUI is to be dealt with, it doesn’t
              give them an opportunity to judge and critique someone because that
              person is not experiencing the same feelings about the situation, and it
              certainly shouldn’t allow them to spew hate towards anyone’s direction.
              Whatever pain or suffering they are re-experiencing is not rooted in
              JV’s incident,

              If you are that passionate about DUI and how it is
              handled in the system, or your perception on how the Raptors are
              dealing with it leaves you upset, do you think this is the place/way to
              get your concerns addressed?

              • Jordan

                *slowly claps*

              • dunkmycat7

                I think the Raptors and JV have handled this as well as can be expected.
                The team and management are giving him the tough love stuff, EXACTLY what is needed, showing GREAT parenting and mentoring skills.

                JV seems to REALLY get how serious what he did was, IMO he will learn from this and just let me say that if this provides the motivation for him to play like he did last nite with a.
                “take it out on the rest of the league” mentality.
                WOW !!

              • asifyouknow

                You may be right…Lets just bury our heads in the sand and move on…..Nobody brought this conversation to this site without cause. JV is part of the team and he alone is responsible for this “soap box” to plant itself on this blog.
                We can at least agree on that?
                And you are right ..Lets move on…

      • asifyouknow

        I was not going to respond to any comments, but I will to yours, a person is an adult at 18 and at 21 you are a man responsible for your own mistakes..Period no excuses. Low life, yes I agree a bit too strong, but there is a reason why this pisses me off, I’ll change the language but the feeling is the same.

        • david

          what a self righteous prick you are.

          • asifyouknow

            I agree.. I’m about this…and totally a tree hugging liberal about everything else…we all got soap boxes …drinking and driving is mine…

        • Guest

          Here’s a situation…
          The team, media and fans comes down hard on JV, which makes him sad and depressed. He picks up his drinking, and after the raps get eliminated from the playoffs goes on a bender. Goes driving, actually hurts someone.
          Cause like, if someone makes a mistake, you should usually support them and try and help them or whatever. Not vilify them to make yourself feel special.

    • Feather Ruffler

      What if it had been Vasquez?

      • Steverino

        Great point, Feather Ruffler!

    • Steverino

      There’s a large point you’re missing, asifyouknow: We just don’t know if JV was driving drunk. From the facts we’ve been given, he was spotted with alcohol in his car at a drive-thru, then blew over the legal limit once he was *at home*. Was he over the legal limit while driving? Unknown. It is not illegal to drive after consuming alcohol, by the way, if you’re under the legal limit. So you could have a beer and be fine driving. Depends on your size, I guess. JV could probably have 2 or 3, I’m not sure. Anyway, he may very well have been over the legal limit while driving, but we simply don’t know if that’s the case. He should be (and will be) punished for having open alcohol in his vehicle.

      • 2damkule

        in Ont., for someone his age, i believe there’s a ‘zero tolerance’ with respect to how much can be in his system. but agree with everything else, i’m not sure, given the facts that are known publicly, that there’s much legal standing here for anything other than a fine & maybe a suspended sentence. it hinges on the witness’s veracity/willingness to actually maintain his/her story.

        • Steverino

          I’ve always been confused by the ‘zero tolerance’ phrase. Maybe someone who knows can explain. Is it that there’s zero tolerance for any alcohol, or zero tolerance if you’re over the legal limit? Wait, I suppose I could just Google it! Here’s what it says for Ontario: “Novice drivers of all ages in the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) must also maintain azero BAC while driving. As of August 1, 2010, if you are a novice driver and are caught with any amount of alcohol in your blood, you will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver licence suspension, and if convicted, will face a fine of $60-$500 and will receive a suspension period as per the Novice Driver Escalating Sanction scheme, up to and including cancellation of the novice licence. You will also have to return to the start of GLS.

          Consequences for impaired driving are serious: you can lose your licence, be fined, or spend time in jail.

          You don’t have to be over the Criminal Code blood alcohol limit of 0.08 to face serious consequences.

          As of May 1, 2009, Ontario has taken measures to help take more drinking drivers off the roads. Drivers who register a BAC from 0.05 to 0.08(known as the “warn range”) lose their licence at roadside for 3, 7 or 30 days. Consequences also get tougher for repeat occurrences.”

  • rapierraptor

    In all seriousness though, why does Derozan go right at the only defender on a 3-on-1 break? He stepped up his passing game while Lowry was out but he needs to do a better job of making the easy on the break.

    • afrocarter

      Yeah, I was thinking the same. It seemed like a selfish play; he had Ross wide open to his left. A pass to him would have led to either a Ross bucket or an alley-oop to Patterson.

      • Steverino

        I think it’s just bad decisions. I’m sure he was going to pass to Ross, but he just waited too long — which is typical of his play on the break.

        • webfeat

          Yep, part of why DD isn’t the best ball handler is that he doesn’t make lightning quick decisions. It makes him a bit of a liability on defense, too, despite his superior athleticism.

  • ad

    Raps d was non existent today. A win is a win but they will have to play better against a more talented knicks squad. Right now, they would play bobcats in first round which im fine with. As long as they dont play the nets.

  • ZQ

    Ok the boys chilled on defence a bit, we all know that. It’s nearing the end of a long season and at the end of the day we got the W.
    These grades just baffle me sometime after I’ve watched the games. I guess I can’t rely on these player reports if I’ve missed games because I tend to disagree with them more often than not. My .02

    Big props to JV on the statement game

  • jakdripr

    Yea our defence really hasn’t been there these past few games. Even the Pacers game was bad considering how they’d been struggling to score coming into that game and we almost let them reach 100. I hope the boys can fix this before the playoffs because it’s our defence that got us where we are now.

    • CJT

      I thought the defense wasn’t too bad against Indy, George lit them up in the second half making a heap of contested jumpers. Tonight was weak.

      • jakdripr

        Touche touche. I guess that’s sort of a good sign, since our defence seems to only show up against good teams and we’re heading into the playoffs. Still though, if we wanna hold on to this 3rd seed we can’t give up shooting performances like we did tonight.

        • CJT

          I agree. It seems like they are content to get the W, which I suppose is all that matters in the end, but this kind of defensive effort against Brooklyn, Charlotte, Washington etc. will not get it done. I think Casey shat on them in the locker room after the game. Hopefully we see some intensity against the Knicks.

  • RobertArchibald

    Lots of talk about playing CHA or WSH and even 2nd round opponents. I’d say there’s a better chance we play BKN at the moment. Chicago won’t lose the rest of the way. Not sure I have to confidence the Raps will do the same. Here’s hoping though.

    • jakdripr

      Nah, I think the Bulls will have at least one loss, they can’t go 3 weeks without a loss, they aren’t that good. But yea either way we should prepare to face either CHA, WSH or BKN in the first round.

      • RobertArchibald

        The Bulls’ last game against Charlotte will be tough for them, especially if Charlotte is fighting for the 6th spot still. I think 1 loss the rest of the way for TOR and CHI is likely.

      • webfeat

        They are that good.

        • jakdripr

          I guess we’ll see.

        • jakdripr

          Told you man, 3 straight undefeated weeks is a tall order for any team. Didn’t think the L would come against the Knicks but it is what it is.

    • jjdynomite

      And why not? You scared of the freaking Knicks with a hobbled Melo? Or Pistons who have fully gone into the tank? Or the Bucks again, this time at home?

      Remember that our best defensive player has been out the past 4 games. Amir practiced yesterday supposedly but I’m glad he’s been held out of tonight as now he has 2 more days to heal up and the Knicks’ frontcourt is talented.

      • RobertArchibald

        Playing the Knicks twice won’t be a cakewalk. They have players that are underachieving. The Raptors tend to play their opponent’s style of basketball. Even though they have been playing down to opponents and pulling out wins, it’s still risky. Can’t overlook any opponent in the NBA.

    • Tinmann

      It’s either the Bobcats or Nets. We’ll have home.
      I think we will have to win the remaining games to get third. The bulls schedule left is as light as ours.

  • Feather Ruffler

    It’s a bit crazy to thing that odds wise, four of those future monsters in the ’14 draft will be playing in the East next year.

    • Feather Ruffler

      *think

    • johng_3

      the NBA is rigged, one of them is going to the Lakers

  • http://www.gamervets.com/ M1GO

    It might be a ‘too soon’ joke, but I dug the Wu reference you threw in there.

  • Eunys

    Raptors can beat this Indiana team…just make sure we past the first round and we sweep Indiana…Brooklyn lol obviously will beat Miami and we meet Brooklyn in Conference final and beat them before being crashed by Old men Tim Duncan and his crew…but that s fine for me !

    • #TankNation

      Way ahead of you… I’ve already planned the championship parade… oh wait, didn’t someone else do that already?

  • Minks77

    DeMar had a bad game but is he the most hockey player on our team? sure takes a beating.

    Nice Deck quote!

    • FREEJV

      nope that goes to lowry / amir/ hansbrough .

  • ace5950

    How does JV not get an A+, a career night no matter the lapses on a defence deserves an A+ and he kept his shit together through all the off court stuff. Wrong grade man, matter of fact it seems like a lot of your grades are getting voted on the low side lol.

  • Rapsfan

    Bobcats r in 6th place I think that a bad match up for the raptors

    • WhiteVegas

      Blah Blah blah, everyone is a bad matchup for the Raptors, blah blah blah……

      Seriously, there are no cake walks. Washington is a tough matchup as well. So is Brooklyn. Even the 8 seed Hawks are a tough team with lots of playoff experience.

  • Ron Mexico

    too soon for the wutang quote I think