Toronto Raptors 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
95 New York Knicks
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -10

Amir enjoyed the freedom of a (relatively) meaningless game to uncharacteristically freelance at will on defense in the 1st quarter. He pushed Amare out of the low post, which was nice to see after Stoudemire eviscerated the Raps down low last week. And then Amir sat down.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -9

A year ago, how many of us were still angry about the Warriors tanking one spot ahead of the Raptors to snag Harrison Barnes one spot ahead of the Raptors grabbing Ross. A year later, who would rather have Barnes than Ross heading into this year’s playoffs and the next five years? Let’s see what kind of a leap Ross can make on Saturday in a game that actually matters.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -7

Jonas had a low post possession against Amare 2 minutes into the game from the right side of the block. Jonas has taken very few post-ops from that side of the hoop and not looked comfortable (or successful) on the occasions when he has. But Jonas looked strong and confortable faking Stoudemire inside before spinning baseline and dropping in a pretty off-hand hook shot. This guy can play. A slow-paced, physical series against the Nets is going to feature a lot of Valanciunas.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -10

The Bargnani deal was a train robbery, but the best thing James Dolan may have done for the Raptors this season was kai-bosh the Lowry trade. I don’t know why so many Knicks fans tear their hair out over James Dolan. I happen to think he’s one of the most kind, thoughtful and generous men on the planet. Unlike Kyle Lowry, who is a badmotherdude. Lowry put up a very respectable full game stat line in just 26 minutes of play.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -11

DeMar was sloppy early on with turnovers. But I couldn’t care less, because he was attacking and looking to get to the hoop. The Raptors have been putting up almost a basket a game running DeMar around a pair of perimeter screens to hammer home a weak-side alley-oop. Love it. If that’s the game he brings to the playoffs (and limits the turnovers) then get ready to start hearing some TV analysts who’ve hardly mentioned the Raptors all season start getting excited about DeMar like they’ve just discovered something great that nobody knows about.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +5

Hansbrough really enjoyed playing with De Colo, who made a point of consistently looking for the Big Effort near the basket. Hansbrough could have had a few more baskets if he wasn’t surprised by a) someone actually rewarding him with a pass, and b) said pass coming from out of nowhere.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +14

Patterson is starting to look like his shot is back in rhythm, but he’s still missing the aggression that he was playing with before getting hurt. Granted, this game wouldn’t have been the wisest place for him to unleash it. He’s going to match up this weekend with Garnett and Teletovic in the all pick-and-pop all the time power forward showdown.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Boxing out Cole Aldrich once would have helped his grade a bit here. Not passing the ball to the wrong team to effectively end the game would have been even more helpful.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Steve Novak airballed an open 3 with 4 minutes left in the game. He then politely ushered JR Smith to the basket for a transition slam with 2 minutes left. It’s cool though, because he made up for it with another airball 10 seconds later, prompting some courtside trolling from Spike Lee. Not his best MSG performance of all time.

Dwight Buycks, PG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Dwight hasn’t seen the court in a while and boy, did he want to make up for that. Buycks threw the ball away a few times when he got excited and tried to do too much. Why not, they were almost definitely his last minutes of the season. At least we can rest easy knowing that we didn’t foolishly bench a lights-out jump shooter all season.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +16

General Grievis always gets carried away with one or two extra heat-check shots, but the man does get buckets. And like the great Bill Russell says, this game always has been, and always will be, about buckets. How many backup point guards are there in the playoffs on Vasquez’ level? 3, maybe 4? You can make a case for Darren Collison, Patty Mills, CJ Watson and Jeremy Lin. I’m happy to have Vasquez out of that list.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +6

Nando De Colo plays basketball exactly like a San Antonio Spur. I really can’t think of a better way to compliment a player. De Colo could have easily had double-digit assists in the 4th quarter alone if he was passing to San Antonio Spurs instead of Buycks, Hansbrough, Hayes and Steve Novak.

Dwane Casey

It’s important to keep in mind that this game was completely irrelevant. Nobody got hurt, so it’s a win, regardless. Casey played General Grievis, Nando Calrissian, Dwight Buycks, Patrick Patterson and the The Big Effort as a five-man unit for a stretch through the 2nd quarter. Three point guards, two power forwards. Why? Because tonight, Dwayne Casey was the honey badger. And it was awesome. At least it was in the first half. It hurt to watch the end of the bench unit (sorry Landry Fields, but whatever it is you did, Casey still ain’t having none of you.) refuse to help Nando De Colo play functional basketball down the stretch, but they’ve earned those minutes.
I’ve been hammering the point that this team needs to run more since before the season tipped. In the first half, Casey let them play loose, and they played fast, and it was glorious. Granted, the Knicks were largely OK with the Raptors scoring on them, but still.

Four Things We Saw

  1. I’ve never watched a New York City game so quiet that you could hear individual fans voices like you could in the first half. The Madison Square Garden crowd could not possibly have given less effs about this game. JR Smith and the Knicks are now one.
  2. Raptors playoff tickets are most expensive in the entire NBA. It’s official; the Raptors are the new Maple Leafs.
  3. I’m pretty sure that @cornersniper’s head exploded with excitement in the perfect moment that was Nando De Colo hitting Tyler Hansbrough with a between his legs pass for a slam dunk.
  4. Either the Raptors backup bigmen weren’t putting up their best effort, or Cole Aldrich is a $12 million dollar a year player. Joe Dumars just got resigned, but isn’t Isiah Thomas the perfect person to replace him in Detroit to sign Aldrich? That frontcourt badly needs another overpaid C/PF.

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119 Responses to “Reaction: Knicks 95, Raptors 92”

  1. DandB

    For winning’s sake, I would’ve rather had Washington… but fuck the Nets, hate everyone on that team and I hope we kick ass. Moving on would be that much sweeter. Go Raps go.

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    • DryDry

      There’s no excuse to not get the ball in. Double screens, using your position on the court to your advantage, cutting hard, changing direction, hell, even the ol’ pass it in off the defender’s back. The team needs to get its inbounding shit together.

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    • dunkmycat7

      Too right. All you have to do is keep Salmons off the floor.
      Can’t shoot, can’t inbound the ball, can’t guard his position.
      Would look great with all the old men on the Nets.
      God told you not to come here ?
      Hope you enjoyed our winter. Seeya.

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      • bobmasa

        Salmons is Dwen Casey boy Dwen Casey best player, you will see his gonna screw us in all our playoffs games and still he will get alots of minutes more than anyone else in the bench I dont know what those assistance coaches going.

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        • Alex Vostrikov

          more than likely, salmons brings leadership… and more than likely, teammates listen to him. other than that, I don’t think casey would give him all the minutes he gets.
          you cant have everyone on the team contribute like allstars…. salmons probably the black sheep on this team. gets minutes, but no production on the paper.
          what really happened to fields and casey… only god knows

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          • dunkmycat7

            I’m not sure why the Fields thing is such a big mystery.
            First I think he was sick this week.
            But really the reason is : he CAN’T SHOOT AT ALL anymore.
            Despite his BBIQ and his defence etc, you CANNOT have a player on the floor the other team does not have to defend.
            That’s an automatic double team for DD or KL or whoever else they choose.
            This signing rivals Bargnani for the worst BC mistake EVER.
            WhyTF did the Raps NOT know he was damaged goods ???
            Nice due diligence.

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  2. Captain_Dog

    The Nets tanked to play us. Now now boys, we don’t want to disappoint do we?

    Beat those old bastards until they soil their adult diapers…

    Bunch of over payed, overrated, owned by a Russian oligarch, hipster backed, entitled, whiny motherfuckers led by a wife-beater and a coach killer…

    I hope we destroy them.

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    • dunkmycat7

      I think actually his wife beat HIM…that was what was so interesting about the story.
      Bring on the Attends.

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  3. eli

    Raptors are licking their chops at Brooklyn. Brooklyn get ready for an ass-whoopin for that disrespect. Careful what you wish for.

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  4. FREEJV

    lowry> williams demar> johnson ross>livingston JV>garnett. only mismatch at pf.

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  5. webfeat

    Good game to lose. Gives the raps a chance at a 19th pick in the draft if Phoenix wins (38-36 vs Sac as of this post).

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  6. Balls Deep

    Fuck those piece of shit nets, they think they have a better shot against us. Raps in 4

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  7. Rupert

    Wanted the nets we will be underdogs which is what we need being a young team excited for playoffs!!!!! I live in brooklyn

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  8. GetLicks

    I do wanna face Brooklyn and send them home early, nothing like beating the best… But I have a weird feeling that these refs are gonna mess with my mental/emotional health for the next couple weeks. Don’t think for a second the NBA doesn’t wanna see the Nets play the Heat in round 2 $$$$$$$$$$

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    • FREEJV

      not with JV dominating inside. easy 1st round win. then JV gonna dominate the heat shitty frontcourt too

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      • GetLicks

        I hope so. Everyone is gonna need to be at their best at all times, I’m still pumped for this series…can’t wait. Would love to see JV feast on Garnett’s old bones.

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  9. perfectstranger

    I think I came across an article that debunked the most expensive ticket prices in the league. The article acknowledged that recently the raptors do have the largest % margin increase in playoff tickets and sit at the top, but these are tickets on the secondary market. scalpers, and such. Thats where the averages come from, so the fact that they are the most expensive also means they are the highest tickets in demand. Toronto ate up all the tickets on the market because we have been starving for some playoffs. The tickets are high compared to the rest of the league but acutally sits 11th.

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    • Will

      Also, the Celtics, Lakers, and Knicks are all not in the playoffs. Their prices would easily trump ours.

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  10. Val Jasme

    let’s beat the hell out of brooklyn nets! let’s go raps! #northUprising

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  11. asifyouknow

    I was so pulling for Dwight Buycks to hit that shot, glad he got to play, he is basically a practice guy.

    Nice that everybody got to play, proud of Casey…Did I really say that….

    Wondering if he is going to play the starters for 40 minutes and basically let his bench get stale.

    I got a feeling that he is going to live or die with his horses, if he does that Casey will make a quick exit in this playoffs.

    The only things that bothers me about playing the Nets is that the forwards and SG are about 235 to 240 pounds, and Toronto’s are 195 to 215, this guys can power their way in that paint, JV better be a monster . Is going to a bear getting rebounds.

    My prediction……… Toronto in six!

    A great season to be a Toronto fan….fun and heart attacks every night…lol

    Good luck to all. Except if you make it to the finals, if you do you will of course play the Spurs.

    Well. You know…lol

     

    +

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  12. Ted

    Whats the deal with Landry Fields?? Was he hurt? We are gonna need him when Salmons is getting routinely blown by from Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson.

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    • GetLicks

      Unless he’s hurt, this is the one move I can’t understand from Casey (not giving him mins down the stretch). We could really use his defence and smart play-making

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    • Mexiballer

      If Landry Fields hasnt seen the floor in the regular season in forever and he didnt see it tonight, he sure is not going to see it in the playoffs.

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      • bobmasa

        I don’t understand why reporters don’t ask this question, we know LandryField can do alot for this team, but Duwen Casey unfairly bench him and even destroy his market value this man dosnt deserve to be coach of the year he needs to go back as assistance coach,

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        • Junior Qamar

          We will see fields in the playoffs. It could b a secret weapon hes been hiding for the play offs I think it would throw the opposing team off if we suddenly threw fields on pierce or johnson. I seriously do believe hes saving fields for the playoffs.

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  13. Eunys

    Don t know why people are concerned about the Nets, we lost the first game at home by 2 on a last Amir 3 points shoot and we lost the second really close and beat them twice (once without Derozan)…they cannot win. We will beat them…those guys are too old..I just wish we were on the Pacers path, we could been in finals..The pacers will get beaten by the Hawks, wait and see!

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  14. Julian

    I would have preferred to face the Wizards, but hey, at least we’re in the playoffs. I pray we’re able to win at least one series.. #RAPTORSNATIONSTANDUP

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    • noname

      ya…the fact that he was inactive due to sickness…Jesus Christ I thought you guys keep up on these things. It’s even on Nba.com!

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      • GetLicks

        I think most on here are speaking to the fact that he hasn’t played at all down the stretch, even when healthy.

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        • noname

          oh…he still isn’t stupid enough to be unfaithful to Elaine Freaking Aiden. She must be keeping him busy, at least he’s getting *some form* of play time.

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    • Junior Qamar

      I think they dont want fields to be scouted before the playoffs. I do believe we will see landry fields in the playoffs

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          • ckh26

            Yep… You may be on to something..When you play cards.. do you show the rest of the guys at the table your hole cards ? LF gets a few minutes on the floor funning those back door cuts to keep up the pressure on Pierce so that he pukes in a bag at the 3q break !

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  15. eli

    Can’t wait to watch pierce and Garnett cry when we sweep their 80 year old asses

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  16. Paul

    Of course we all wanted to wizards but you have to admit, the Nets series has way better story lines:
    – revenge for 06
    – the fact that they tanked because they wanted us
    – the prospect of sending legendary asshole KG into retirement with a thorough ass whopping

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    • smh

      so true. vs KG would be a better story than Wall.

      Imagine the confidence going into the second round if we be the Nets? Damn!

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  17. Feather Ruffler

    Dear Brooklyn. As Eddard “Ned” Stark has said time and time again; THE NORTH REMEMBERS.

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  18. Mexiballer

    The Raptors played their best ball this season when they played with an underdog mentality and when they were playing against teams that were considered “better” then they were . We are in the underdog role once again against the loaded and experienced Brooklyn Nets. Just where want to be.

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  19. Steverino

    Was “kai-bosh” supposed to be a pun I can’t figure out? Or was it just laziness trying to phonetically spell kibosh?

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  20. noname

    ok…I am a Celtics fan and even I lost a bit of respect for KG and Pierce… no matter what, RAPTORS OVER EVERYTHING!!! NO LOVE LOST BUT FUCK YOU KG, FUCK YOU PIERCE!!! IMMA FUCKIN’ HOMA FIRST BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!! ROB FORD IS GONNA THINK UR IDIOTS AND YOU WILL WANT TO KILL YOURSELVES!!!!!!
    *sigh* ok back to normal, if the nets beat our raptors i’d probably still root for them to beat miami.

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  21. johng_3

    I’m glad we are facing Brooklyn now. We can prove that we don’t need to tank to pick our playoff opponents.

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    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Damn right. At first I was kind of leery of playing the Nets but after hearing they tanked to play us, I wouldn’t want to play anybody else right now but them. We deserve the higher seed, based on a few factors. One we play great team ball. Two, our bench of Vasquez, Patterson, Hansborough, Salmons and De Colo are pretty damn good. Lastly, we have played consistent basketball since the Rudy Gay trade. Longest losing streak for us since the trade is 2 games. I love that the US media and the Nets are overlooking us. Raptors in 6 games.

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  22. Minks77

    Fuck Brooklyn, It ain’t the No sleep BK, it’s the artisan vegan donut BK. Let’s do this.

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  23. ad

    Aaarrrghhh worst fucking possible scenario. Bkn 1st rd, mia 2nd if we get that far. Gonna be 5 vs 8 all series long.

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  24. John John

    Shout out to all the TRUE RAPTORS FANS!!
    I’m kind of glad we are facing the Nets because when we beat them there can’t be any “oh the Raptors only won because….” Nets are seen around the league as a tougher team for us to beat. So after we are done with them hopefully we’ll earn some more respect around the league.

    That being said…the paranoid conspiracy theorist in me says that we won’t just be playing against the Nets in the playoffs. We’ll be battling corrupt Refs and the entire league. Let’s put it this way, It’s in the leagues best interest to have a Nets/Heat matchup vs Raptors/Heat matchup, for ratings, marketing revenue, broadcasting revenue etc. At the end of the day it’s all about the $$$$ and let’s face it the Raptors are not a league $priority$.

    Not trying to be negative just stating an American pro sports fact. I really hope we can make some serious noise in this playoff run and battle through any adversity as we have done all year. I love this team and I hope we are given a fair chance to succeed.

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    • smh

      I’m hoping Tim is slowly changing that for us + the Raps are slowly becoming a story by itself. But yes, it will be 5 vs 8

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  25. De Colo

    Nets want it, then bring it, be careful what you wish for, I’m tired of the Nets shit, acting like they’re better then everyone and that they can just pick their 1st round matchup and it’ll be easy, you’re the 6 seed for a reason bitch.

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  26. Josh

    For backup point guards in the playoffs, how could you forget to mention: he who shall not be named – DJ Augustine, Andre Miller, and Reggie Jackson???

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  27. dunkmycat7

    Northern Uprising
    True North
    ANYTHING but WE THE NORTH
    Who came up with THAT ?
    DRAAAAKE !!!
    Hate the Drake.:)
    Re: Brooklyn tanking to get the Raps.
    I hate this matchup but if EVER the Raps can use ANYTHING as motivation , this is the time to do it.
    They are going to be overwhelmed, they are going to be out experienced, they are going to be outsized, they aren’t going to get the calls, and Brooklyn has one of the few backcourts to match the Raps.
    How can they win ?
    They can win because they are aching to beat the pi$$ out of this team for disrespecting them. Wanna see KL break PP’s ankles on a crossover, wanna see JV mess up that washed up b*tch KG, Wanna see Raps in seven so we get to the second round.
    Because in this process – a second round matchup against M or I will be invaluable for the CHAMPIONSHIP RUN IN 2015.
    You know – after we sign Lebron and Bosh in the offseason. 🙂

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  28. Alex Vostrikov

    hansbrough is key in nets series. even 10 min a game, will make mental balance.
    raps hardly gonna get calls for anything….. someone needs to protect derozan early on…. just saying

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