Toronto Raptors 98 Final

Recap | Box Score

102 Brooklyn Nets
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -15His role tonight was somewhat limited – I’d imagine part of that was due to his various ailments, as he went to the locker room in the 3rd quarter to have his back worked on. However, the Raps can’t forget him on offence. Along with Jonas, his skill on pick and rolls is a big advantage against the Nets’ challenged frontcourt.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -15His confidence is shot, and it’s starting to bleed into his defence. I’d hoped that the 3 he hit in the first half would rejuvenate him a bit, but every other look he had he missed, including an open lay-up. He was tasked with Joe Johnson and Williams tonight at times, and both had their way with him – Johnson down low, and Williams laterally on the outside. The scariest thing about his slump is that it likely means we’ll be seeing a healthy dose of Jandry Salmields for the rest of the series, which really impacts the Raptor offence on a team level. I realize the stakes are very high, but I’d really like to see Casey and the coaching staff run a few plays for him early on next game. Without him, our wing offence is really predictable.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | 0Another night, another double double. He’s absolutely dominant when he’s on the court – tonight, his issue was staying out there as he was saddled with early foul trouble. Like Amir, I think the Raptor coaching staff needs to make a concerted effort to feature him in the offence. Him over Garnett is the biggest advantage we have.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +3God, the guy wants it so bad. Tonight, that meant hobbling around on one leg for half the game after leaving in the 2nd quarter with a knee injury. The injury clearly affected him on both ends of the court – he was reduced to a minus-defender, which was part of the reason the Nets’ guards went off in the 3rd – but he still managed to hit some big shots (2 and-1s in the fourth quarter) and draw a couple charges. We all knew it before tonight, but the guy is the epitome of the word warrior. Hopefully the injury isn’t too serious, because he’s going to need to be a game-changer if we want to win this series.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-22 FG | 13-15 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 30 PTS | +1Fantastic offensive effort. In the second quarter, there were a few too many isos for my liking, but that seemed to be either by design or a byproduct of having Hansbrough and Fields on the court at the same time. For the most part, I thought he made really smart decisions with the ball – his 5 assists are proof positive of that – and he did everything he needed to to keep the Raps within striking distance, including getting to the line when the team needed a bucket and hitting some seriously tough jumpers, including an end of the shot clock 3 in the first half. Defensively, he (and all the other Raptor wings) has a few things to work out. Offensively, tonight, he looked superstar-esque.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | 0Found his way into the lineup after being benched in game 2, and did his usual Psycho T act: running hard, grabbing rebounds in traffic, and fouling everything that moved. Got ripped apart by Andray Blatche a couple times, which probably tells you why he didn’t play in game 2.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +7Everyone’s going to remember him missing those two free throws at the end of the game, which is unfortunate, because if it weren’t for him, the Raptors wouldn’t have even been close. Blisteringly effective on the offensive end – Paul Pierce couldn’t slow him down, no matter what he did. He makes the right decision with the ball all the time, and when his shot is falling, he’s a real X-factor. Awesome game.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7Inserted into the game with less than a minute left in the first half, presumably to give DeMar DeRozan an extended break. Hit a hail mary jumper with the clock winding down, which apparently gave Dwayne Casey all the justification he needed to play him heavily in the second half. He’s not killing the team out there, but he’s basically Landry Fields with a trigger finger. You’d have to think that even a slumping Ross would be more effective in his minutes.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Got into the game in the first half, where he played his usual energetic brand of unselfish-defence first basketball. His two shot attempts were both around the hoop and defensible. Buried in the second half for John Salmons for god knows what reason, until he was reinserted with less than a minute left in the fourth for defensive purposes.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0He came, he saw. That’s really it.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +10His shot didn’t fall tonight, but he’s been a major key to the Raptors’ wing scoring so far this series, particularly with Ross struggling mightily. You just feel like whenever he has the ball he makes the right decisions more often than not. Did a passable job guarding Deron at times in the 3rd, though once the Nets’ guards caught fire, he was no more effective than anyone else. Called for a technical late in the game that was absolutely indefensible, even if the ref made a bad call that led to him complaining.

Dwane Casey
Ugh. That’s directed to the second quarter in particular, where he experimented with weird lineups in order to give his starters more rest and was burnt for it. I can understand the sentiment, but at the same time, it should have been obvious that a lineup featuring both Landry Fields and Tyler Hansbrough would have some difficulties creating shots. His decision to re-insert Salmons into the rotation over Fields was perplexing, as well. Some major adjustments need to be made if the Raps want to win this series, and I hope he and his staff bounce back. Did a good job getting his guys up to play in the first quarter, which was an issue in games 1 and 2.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Seventeen more turnovers to add to the total, which is, shockingly, the least the Raps have had in the first three games. The Nets’ big wing lineups and high-pressure defence is seriously affecting the Raptors, and the team needs to have their heads on swivels to make sure they take care of the ball. Part of that might come from speeding up pace of play, in order to not give the Nets time to sneak in and poke the ball loose.
  2. The reffing tonight was absolutely atrocious. No, I don’t buy into the conspiracy theories, but the Raptors were burnt twice in the last couple minutes – first, on the Vasquez “foul,” and then on a very well defended inbound trap that would have led to a Nets turnover. Yes, the Raptors got their fair share of ticky-tack calls, but when the stakes are this high, the referees simply have to do a better job. It can change the course of a team’s season.
  3. ACC crowd > Barclay’s Centre crowd. I don’t care how many bras Rihanna doesn’t wear. It honestly felt like a lightly-attended regular season game until the second half, where KG decided that game 3 of the playoffs was when he’d decide to care about the fact that he was a Net. Ah well.
  4. I realize I made this point in my player reactions, but the Raptors need to focus on getting their other starters (besides DeRozan and Lowry) involved in the offence early. Things are devolving to iso-ball far too often, and although DeRozan has stepped up the last two games, the Nets are too savvy for an offence that predictable to be sustainable. If Terrence Ross can bounce back, this series changes dramatically.
  5. Raptor fans: yes, the team hasn’t played particularly well in any of the first 3 games. However, give it up to these guys, who have absolutely no quit in them. It’s, quite frankly, amazing that the Raptors have played as poorly as they have and managed to come away with two very close losses and a win, and it really speaks to the immense character of this team. A couple coaching adjustments (hey, we can dream), and this series is ours for the taking. Game 4 Sunday.

  • DDayLewis

    At this point in the season, there are no more moral victories. The Raptors have no one to blame but themselves for this loss.

    • Gary Gill

      The other is just more talented than us.

      • RobertArchibald

        Totally disagree on talent. Williams and JJ are torching us. The rest of the Nets? Not so much. If this team is coached properly, it’s 3-0 TOR.

        • Gary Gill

          Yeah but their back courts out scored us. It’s supposed to be the other way around. Plus pierce even scored 18. And Val had 10 pts for raps third highest. We can’t we like this. We gotta Atleast keep one of them in check.

          • FuckBrooklyn

            He had 10 pts cause he was in foul trouble, foul trouble the whole game.

          • RobertArchibald

            Again I disagree. We are playing JJ and D-Will all wrong. Williams is getting open looks from us chasing the Nets all over the court. We are over-helping and playing way too tightly on the perimeter. Back off, contest jumpshots. If they penetrate and kick it out, then you live with the rest of the team shooting open shots. It’s all in the scheme and personnel and Casey is playing it all wrong.

            • Gary Gill

              Well I dunno, we better fix it fast or else well go down 1 – 3. And too many turnovers again.

            • Coach

              Jesus Christ thank you I’m not the only one who noticed how tight we play for absolutely no reason. Contested jumpshots are what we want but not what we are encouraging.

    • ZQ

      The Raps can definitely blame refs in late 4q officiating
      I don’t buy that reasoning when you apply it to the late game, we had the momentum, we made the plays, we set perfect traps, refs bailed them out multiple times
      Oh yes they can blame the refs
      48 seconds left and you give out a technical after a bogus foul call
      That’s a slap in the face followed up by a trip

    • asifyouknow

      The next game is the one Raptors need to win (you could call it the championship game). Make this a three game series with two at home and you will get the prize of playing LeBron…lol…

      • FREEJV

        yep. i actually think raps can take the heat to 6 games. but after that i dont see anything lol

  • Ds

    Fuck the refs. That’s all I have to say.

    • Eunys

      Please stop it…they played like Crap..too

      • Steverino

        Doesn’t matter. They played like crap but got it to within 2 and a chance to win playing like crap. So… fuck the refs. You can have it both ways. But yes, they need to be 10 points better than the Nets to take the refs out of the equation. Maybe even more.

    • Salo

      The refs gave the Raps a chance to tie with the 2Pat free throws. He just missed them both, who else can you blame?

  • Musik

    that was fucking disgusting. wtf was casey doing? lets just let johnson and williams shit on us over and over again. why was ross given such a long leash? he has done absolutely nothing for us. why the fuck was salmons even on the floor? Landry misses two shot attempts and gets nailed to the bench. who cares what he was giving us on defense. salmons must give some mind blowing head.

    • webfeat

      Yeah, I’d give Casey an F on this one.

    • Frank Fortier

      Agreed. Landry is a big reason the Raps won game 2, you have to live with his lack of offense as long as he’s shutting down JJ.

    • Andre Julian Ward

      LOL “mind blowing head.”

    • Coach

      Casey supposedly the defensive mind behind Dallas’ championship team. Hard to believe from this showing. How the fuck do you let Pierce, Johnson and Williams all shoot above 50% when none of them average above 45% on the season? Time and time again all 3 blow by their defenders. And we’re supposedly the younger team.

      Williams has legit handles and Lowry’s doing the best he can.

      We play Johnson so stupidly. Whoever’s on him gets too tight and Johnson slowly blows by him after lulling him to sleep with the set up dribble. Guy falls behind slightly and Johnson floater. Same thing for 3 fucking games. I haven’t seen Johnson make a shot with a hand in his face yet. We need to back off slightly and see if he can make a contested shot with a hand in his face. I’d take that over the blowby anyday.

      Pierce keeps seeing Patterson/Amir on him, and has been abusing. Amir fell to the floor for the countlessth time trying to keep up with him. Patterson and Amir aren’t taking advantage of Pierce on the other end so why play them?! Just adapt to small ball, or figure out a way to make them pay for going small.

      • Musik

        He also gave DeMar that last three like he actually believed it was going to go in. Idk who was in bounding but they completely ignored Ross and Novak. Id still take a cold Ross or Novak three over DeMar any day.

        • Coach

          Honestly our offense has gone to shit too, the ball movement is gone with the pressure, but we still managed 98 points. So we have enough talent on the offensive end to compensate for the broken down play.

          It’s the defence that’s blowing my mind. DWill hit some tough tough shots today though that were well guarded, so props to him for that. But fucking Johnson and Pierce are all completely open. When Johnson posts up, that’s legitimate trouble but he should never be driving by someone (unless it’s fucking Salmons, who might actually be slower than JJ). It blows my mind that Amir is seeing minutes at all as the second big. Amir has absolutely no role in this match up. I don’t care what he did in the second game, he’s a liability IF he’s the second big and he’s not punishing on the glass. And Patterson can do the same but space the floor better, and I think he’s actually quicker than Amir, who looks injured as fuck.

          Goddamn it’s frustrating watching this play out. But what do I know I’m just a fan.

          • Musik

            thats what happens when half your roster is made up of gaurds

            • Musik

              we dont have many options

              • Coach

                Well that’s what i’m saying it’s a coach’s job to get his troops to do shit that they CAN do, but aren’t. Like give JJ a little more space, instead of letting him drive by every single time. Let him make ONE shot with a hand in his face and see how that goes.

                Also, get Landry Fields out there more as another big wing, but you can’t put Fields, Amir, Valanciunas at the same time because there’s not enough shooting and no respect, which will fuck up spacing on the other end.

                So what I would do is put Landry and Patterson on the same line, and Ross and Amir on the same line. Sort of like hockey. Get Greivis, Lowry and Derozan rotating on the guard spots. Valanciunas should be getting 35 minutes a night, at a minimum. And when he’s off, rotate one of the other forwards mentioned above on and go smaller. No other bench players should be playing.

                And for fuck’s sake, Casey needs to spend an hour telling the Raps NOT to jump on pump fakes. I think we jump 5 times for every 1 time Brooklyn jumps. Not exaggerating.

                • rtzyyz

                  JV jumped on a blache pump fake from the 3 point line. Smh….brutal

                • Kkb003

                  We need that good coach from Bucks many years ago…Karl !?

        • CJT

          Who cares, we were down 4 with 3 seconds left, does it really matter if it was DD or Ross?

          • Musik

            but if they werent he still would of had it. thats the point.

        • TamilBallah

          but that signature DeMar Stepback 3 tho

    • Theban Ganesh

      I laughed so hard after reading this…because I was saying the exact same thing yesterday…Salmons must be giving Casey some crazy head! No other explanation for keeping him on the floor when Johnson was raping him over and over again. In Game 2 Fields shut down JJ. And the game changed for us.

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    A few notes:

    Good on the crowd at MLS for showing up. ESPN was impressed, again!

    LOL at the so called “Home court” for Brooklyn. Crowd was dead for most of the game.

    I’ve had it with these motherf***ing turnovers in these motherf***ing games!

    Salmons actually played well.

    Valanciunas with foul trouble. Can’t have that. That hurt us.

    Need an APB for Terrance Ross.

    Forget Pierce, we need to find a way to contain D-Will.

    The fact that we only lost by 4, despite the atrocious play should have Brooklyn peeing their pants.

    Game was actually pretty well officiated, minus the end. Miles better than Game 1, and better than Game 2.

    Let’s regroup and get Game 4. GO RAPS!

    • FREEJV

      salmons played good? lol wut

    • Musik

      what game were you watching? he let who ever he was guarding blow past him every single time. theres more to basketball than offense.

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        Terrance Ross was a lot worse than Salmons. I couldn’t understand why the hell Casey kept Fields on the bench until the end.

        • Musik

          agreed

  • Gary Gill

    Just too much Johnson and d-will. Joe Johnson had his way with us. 17 turnovers! Only 18 assists. Oh well the team fought hard the raps never go down without a fight.

  • Thomas

    I understand the Raptors didn’t play well down the stretch and for most of the game. But the refs flat out BLEW this game. Hard for the Raptors to win when they’re playing 5 on 8 the whole game

    • Gary Gill

      Atleast the raps fought hard. I thought I would have been a blowout. The other team is just better than us. There’s nothing to it. No one can even properly guard Johnson and d will.

  • FREEJV

    1. fuck the refs. bullshit calls on jv all game long. bs calls at the end of the game.
    2. why the hell is john salmons in the game. as soon as he came on brooklyn blew the game wide open.
    3. time to think about terrence ross. does he keep starting?
    4. also, time to give novak a look off the bench. offense was brutal tonight. no spacing too much dribbling. pairing him with patterson in the 2nd unit might cause some trouble for brooklyn

    • FuckBrooklyn

      I agree on Novak, his defense is no mas but offensively, he’s needed badly at this point

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        The key with Novak is that he is an asset even when he doesn’t have the ball. Teams will send a defender on him which opens things up for others

      • FREEJV

        bro our defense without him isnt any better i hate all the ppl that say he doesnt play defense. hes actually one of our best pick and roll defenders but ppl are too stupid to notice. put him on teletovic and let the best shooter win lol

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    Here goes:
    1) You CANNOT sit your hot shooting all star( DeMar) down for the last 3 minutes of the first half with the lead. He had one foul and was actually hot. Nets went on a run. Absolutely terrible coaching decision.
    2) You do not finally decide to put the ONLY guy ( Landry Fields) to cover JJ with a minute left in the game. Nobody slowed down Johnson except Fields and yet Casey sat him forever. Bad coaching decision.
    3) Foul trouble or not, you need to feed Valunciunas the ball. He is giving the Nets fits
    4) The dumbest technical foul in Raptors history by Vasquez. Bad call or not, you have to be smart. This was a key factor in the loss
    5) Gentlemen, you have to make your free throws down the stretch of a playoff game.
    6) Terrance Ross has to sit down. He is providing nothing offensively and even less defensively.
    7) Amir Johnson cannot show up every 2 games.

    The officiating was questionable but the Raptors coaching was the key factor.

    • dog

      agree

    • RobertArchibald

      Bang on. With proper lineups and better play calls (a post possession more than once a quarter) and this series is 3-0 Raps.

    • FuckBrooklyn

      I dont blame Vasquez for a 2nd, fuck the refs, that was the worst call coming after the other worst call, right after that other bad call, at some point when is it gonna be time for the NBA and ESPN to stop conspiring against teams so they can get better ratings?

      • Guest

        As much as I agree the officiating was bad and the call wasn’t good, what purpose does it serve to argue to the point of getting a technical foul? It was late in the game, we were clawing back and it gave Williams 3 chances. No matter how upset Vasquez was, the official is not gonna change his mind.
        As I said, it was a terrible officiated game and it was tough to see the actual call but he cannot take a technical foul. That extra point was huge down the stretch.

        • tank

          That T was the officials fault 100%. THe Ref. called a terrible call then walks right next to the guy, Of course a guy is going to say something right after the foul. IT happens on almost every close call. GV said something and that was it but the referee had just taken two points away on that bogus charge on GV where Pierce was clearly in the circle and took away a 2 point shot by 2pats. I’ve reffed for 16 years you need to understand that you can’t screw a player on back to back calls then go walk next to them as soon as you made the calls. Terribly reffed game that the refs let get out of control in favor of one team.

        • IkeKrizzule

          Look at the reaction KG gave after getting called for a foul on the other end and then tell me how Vazquez deserved a T and KG didnt

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        As much as I agree that the officiating was brutal, it serves absolutely no purpose to take a technical late in the game with us clawing back. No matter what, the official will not change his mind and considering that Williams got 3 shots to make 2 was a significant point to give up. Vasquez has to be smarter than that.

        • Steverino

          Players don’t “take” technicals; refs “give” technicals. You’re acting like Vasquez knew he’d be T’d up. If you saw the play and didn’t know about the T, you’d never guess that he should have gotten a T.

    • asifyouknow

      DeMar was great if you got him in a fantasy team but in the playoffs he had two terrible games and both are loses, look at the score and the shooting charts in the third and fourth quarter, horrible, just like in game one when he decided to play MJ and dribble east and west .
      He is horrible at that, losses the ball, dribbles off his foots and get himself terrible shot, you want to blame someone for the lost?
      Blame DeMar , actually you can blame him for both loses.
      You know I’m no Casey fan but the guy did a dam good job today , his star did not.

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        I agree with you in terms of the dribbling. I prepare for a turnover every time DeMar and Ross dribble the ball. The one point of today’s game where he was hot is not the time to sit him down.
        Casey did not in any way do a damn good job today. DeMar certainly is not the reason to blame for both losses. I will agree that his shot selection at times is brutal but there are a lot of reasons for today’s loss, not just DeMar

  • plaid coast

    every possession felt like we were waiting for toronto to turn the ball over. there’s so much tension on the offence, and i don’t know if there’s any way to cure it. i think the only way we win the next game is if brooklyn falls apart, which, actually, is possible.

  • Gary Gill

    Well I guess it’s over. The raps had an amazing season never even they would be in this position they’re in now.

    • FREEJV

      you re a dumbass. not even close to over.

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        Exactly!! The Barclay’s Center was nowhere near being intimidating. The Raptors played like shit and still almost came back. My only concern is Casey and his dumb ass coaching

      • Guest

        This guy is just scared of everything. “You’re driving to NYC?” That’s crazy!! Well hopefully he remembers all his epic RR posts when he;s old and grey.

    • FuckBrooklyn

      Good Optimism

      • Gary Gill

        This was the game we needed. Now nets have all the momentum.

        • noname

          actually with the way we almost came all the way back, nets should be worried. They should’ve won by 20. Don’t write the raptors off yet, everyone who has has been eating their words ever since.

        • FuckBrooklyn

          Had momentum after game 1 too, it’s only one game, calm down, if they lose the next game, then you can talk to me.

          • Gary Gill

            Arrite but the Barclays centre had been a tough place to play. I think the start of the year they only lost 4.

            • FuckBrooklyn

              No, that’s since the all star break or something like that.

        • ckh26

          Its 2 games to 1. Stay away from bridges tonite ok.

  • ZQ

    If that game doesn’t make you buy into the conspiracy theories lol you never will
    Blatant BS officiating, it’s clear play after play
    Those refs have some overseas accounts the Net’s owner is feeding
    Extremely proud of our boys and how hard they fought at the end, spot on about P Pat, great effort but he won’t be sleeping tn
    Nor will I
    Nor will you all…

    Let’s get it together for game 4

  • FuckBrooklyn

    If anyone blames Patterson solely for this loss, I will drive to your house and shit down your throat

    • FREEJV

      i blame rihanna for going braless

      • FuckBrooklyn

        nope, that part was awesome

      • tonious35

        I thought when the Raptors realized that, it started the 4 Qtr run. F**K Beyonce!

      • Musik519

        shes going to get all saggy by the time shes 30.

        • FREEJV

          are you jason collins?

          • Musik

            Sike..

  • Rapsfan

    For the first time this season I can’t read the quick reaction. Pat 2pat Patterson all year you was talked about being the steal of the trade you played good but when all of raptor nation needed you and the sweet stroke you did not deliver. The whole game I had the feeling that the raptors would make the stops and score the points we needed. The series not over guess its raptors in 7

  • Joaquin

    kg is such a bitch, he must had forgotten that he bleeds green, he can’t back up his talk, he might be the key to the raps winning as jkidd seems so loyal and playing him during crunch time but he’s such a liability on the court, his presence helped with our comeback. hoping we see him on the court more than the rapist blatche.

    • FREEJV

      blatche abused both hansbrough and johnson. hes more dangerous

  • Richard Garcia

    Is it just me or do the Raps lose everytime because of the SILVER lining?

  • dog

    DC is the guilty one. the worst coach ever

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    As much as I am pissed off at the loss, it would be ignorant for me not to say how much I am proud of our fans. That arena was nothing compared to the ACC and we have the best fans in the NBA. The fact that so many people braved the rain to watch it outside made me proud. Reward them Mr Casey with smarter coaching

  • d_1212

    We need a new coach

    • tonious35

      We need a consistent SF from the bench since Morris Peterson that can space the DAMN FLOOR properly!

      • d_1212

        Agreed, and also a true starting power forward, I like Amir but he’s somewhat undersize, the way is body is broken down not sure how long of a career he can have.

  • RobertArchibald

    It blows me away that the fans basically rallied to get LF some playing time in game 2, and then after winning, DC decides to bench him in this game. If this guy gets a new contract I will lose all faith in Masai. He can’t manage a game, or a lineup and I don’t feel like he has any pull with the officials.

    Insane to think of what this series would look like with a qualified coach running the team.

    • Musik

      Ive been pro Casey since they hired him. but after tonight.. that was just unacceptable. hes making the same mistakes over and over.

  • dog

    no offence solutions at all. no body feed the big guys down in the paint, just GV did.forget about F DD 8 of 22?… really WTF is that for an allstar… allstar my ass… JV is the answer and F DC please get the F out of here man!!! he is the only guilty guy around here… no answers, no planning for proper matchups and stupid decisions during the game. Klow is a hero! really we need to build a statue for him. T-Ross OMG if I see him starting the next game over Fields I will collect signatures in downtown Toronto to sack DC!

  • dog

    DC is honestly the worst of the worst I have seen as a head coach lately in the NBA.he simply a defensive coach, but no clue about the offence.

    • SickNTired

      Not true at all…..
      Because John Salmons was single handidly was the worst defensive player on the team today
      Can u believe he played 12 friggin minutes?

      And TRoss?!?!?!?
      Just take him out and replace him with fields. Its not like he is putting up points anyways. Mind as well have a defender out there instead of a pylon

      Hey derozan…. Pass much?!?!? Sigh….

      • dog

        Maybe…

      • Steverino

        Yeah, I have no problem with DeRozan taking shots. It’s HOW he takes them that frustrates me so much. Everyone in the arena knows when he’s going to shoot about 10 seconds before he shoots, and he’ll shoot it come hell or high water. He so wants to be Michael Jordan. Even Jordan would pass off to Steve Kerr for a game-winning basket in a championship game.

  • jjdynomite

    “Raptor fans: yes, the team hasn’t played particularly well in any of the
    first 3 games. However, give it up to these guys, who have absolutely
    no quit in them. It’s, quite frankly, amazing that the Raptors have
    played as poorly as they have and managed to come away with two very
    close losses and a win.” – Garrett Hinchey

    THIS.

    • Kev

      Totally agree with all of what you said.
      I am sick of these losers calling for casey’s head.
      One more thing I want to add – Raptors being the younger team, I would think the players would have had more physicality but they looked burned and fatigued out at the end.

  • dog

    Im so mad I cannot even write, sorry

  • Carbonic

    Landry gave up his body trying to get that loose ball, all heart and hustle. Hopefully Casey comes to his senses and play him over Salmons next game.

    • FREEJV

      looks like salmons skipped his workouts. the guy is 35 and weaker than most college players.

  • dog

    we support the guys, they are giving us the best season ever… but the management is absolutely senseless, starting from DC. Since long time ago we have been saying that we need a second C with some valuable experience, NO we brought De Colo, for what?/??, to keep him in the bench?… I mean really?, the players are giving us their 100% and more like Klow… Amir… playing injured… but DC is throwing all that effort to the garbage with his clueless decisions.

    • FREEJV

      We dont need a center we need another wing player who can handle ball and shoot. a guy like nick young or vince carter is what we need off the bench not fuckin john salmons

      • dog

        am agree on that two… but we are very lucky that Jonas is doing an excellent job too

      • robertparish00

        A back up centre yes. A wing who can shoot and defend, yes. Swaggy f’n P….hell noooooo.

        • FREEJV

          idk about his defense but the guy is an elite scorer. he can win you games with his streakiness and if doesnt have it just bench him

          • RaptorsInThisBitch

            We need Luol Deng..

            • FREEJV

              he ll cost too much. we already got fields on the team who costs a fortune lol

  • rtzyyz

    DC should be fired. No offensive schemes and for a defensive coach, whets are the defensive adjustments? The only smart move he made was with Landry but he forgot about that after 2 quarters. Did you forget why you won game 2? You were able to contain JJ.
    Masai, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get a real coach here.

    • Kev

      then raptors start drafting bad, next thing you know it – you will be saying
      “Raptors, PLEASE PLEAES PLEASE get a real GM here.”

  • asifyouknow

    Very gutsy performance by the Raptors, can’t question their effort.

    A couple negatives besides the terrible calls. This zebras have too quick of a whistle. Please come back Davis Stern this new guy is ruining the game.

    I know some of you won’t like this but DeMar DeRozan play has been partially responsible for both loses. Anytime he dribbles the ball east and west he turns it over or gets himself a terrible shot, he did the same today as he did in the first lost.

    The ball only needs to be in his hand when he is going up and down towards the basket. That should be a simple concept. I was watching the game with some football fans and even they noted that. As did some NBA TV folks.

    Landry served no purpose today nor did Tyler or Salmons. Maybe the eight man rotation from game two should be the one for the rest of the series with some small adjustment.

    I know some of you will say I’m being a -home boy- but it is obvious by watching the flow of the game and the score that Vasquez has to start with Lowry and DeMar the rest of this series.

    DeColo can take 10 to 15 minutes and hold the fort, right now the Raptors needs Vasquez to make a difference rather than just maintain the game.

    One would have to be blind not to see this. The last run should tell you that. No question, Ross is hurting this team more than he is helping no matter how good his defense is, agree? The great Celtic Bill Russell who was one of the best defensive players in the NBA said this game is and will always be about the bucket, in other words, you got to score, you know put that dam ball through the net.

    If they even things up I feel Toronto is home free because it becomes a best out of three series with two at home. This next game is the series. Hope Casey makes all the right decisions.

    • dog

      DD is horrible!!! 8 from 22 what a joke man!!!

      • FREEJV

        have u seen james harden, westbrook , durant…… yea

        • nickfromtime

          he’s not kidding, Harden is easily, and I mean easily the worst defensive SG I have ever seen. Ever. The man is simply lazy. If the ball isn’t in his hands he stands off to the side while his team goes about running a play and such, and I am not even close to exaggerating. He stands. Be thankful we’ve got DeRozan, Trust me.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      First of all, Adam Silver has nothing to do with how bad the officiating is. Plain and simple, it has been brutal all playoffs and I can at least take solace in knowing it’s not just us getting screwed.
      Landry played 8 minutes today and 18 minutes in game 2. His sole purpose is to cover and contain Joe Johnson, Johnson has made a total of 2 field goals when matched up against Fields. Against everybody else, he is lighting them up. So to say he served no purpose is definitely not accurate.
      If you are gonna say that Vasquez should start, please do not forget the selfish, stupid technical he took late in today’s game. We were clawing back and no matter how much you disagree with the call, you cannot take a technical. I have given Vasquez praise for his play in the first 2 games but that technical was costly. It gave the Nets an all important extra point as Williams missed the first of three. I just feel that saying Vasquez deserves to start after the dumbest technical in Raptor history is not the right call.
      As much as Vasquez has played well in the other two games, his defence has been horrible. If we have a starting lineup with him and DeMar covering Johnson and Williams, then we are in big trouble.

      • dog

        despite the technical foul we need somebody else than T-Ross to star the games, the guy is simply lost out there.

      • asifyouknow

        Just in case you did not notice look and see when the run started as it has ever since the all star break.
        If you think the reason they lost was because of the T foul we could say it was because the missed free throws by Patterson, but to be honest those were not the reasons they lost.
        DeMar decided, as he did in the first game, to play with himself, if you don’t believe me, please watch the replay and just keep an eye on him in the third and fourth quarter and you will see what I’m talking about.
        BY THE WAY It was a 16 to 4 run I think with Vaz terrible defense, guess what ? I’ll take that all day.

      • Steverino

        Selfish, stupid technical? Gimme a break. He played decent defence on Williams, stayed in front of him, no contact, and a bogus foul was called. He was upset, as dozens of others are in similar situations, and he was T’d up. You think DWill or Pierce or Garnett would have been T’d for the exact same “outburst” — and outburst so quiet you couldn’t even tell by looking at it that he did anything. A player doesn’t know when he’s going to be T’d up usually. That’s the ref’s secret weapon.

  • johng_3

    Man how does Lowry get blown by so easily by Livingston. There is no need to defend him so tight and try to bulldog him.

    • FREEJV

      has livingston made a jumper in the series yet? i swear he gets all his points off floaters from postups. give him some space and force him to make some long 2sh

      • johng_3

        yea i didn’t understand why he had to try to man up and and play all nba 2k intense-d

        • FREEJV

          well livingston did slap him in the face but thats besides the point. we all know refs wont call fouls on nets in that situation

  • johng_3

    Why is everyone already asking for a new coach and players? You know the series isn’t even over yet

    • dog

      we have a team here with potential but with no coach… that’s why…

      • johng_3

        yea and we lost by 4 and its still 2-1. Not all the problems on the defensive end are on Casey its up to the players to figure out as well

        • dog

          defensive and offensive dude…

          • Kev

            please gtfo of the bandwagon and go sleep dog. Without Casey and the rest of the team, Raptors dont make this far.

      • Guest

        The Raps played SOOO above their heads this year. You’ll love it when they get a new coach, the players don’t buy in and they go 40-42 next year won’t you?

  • Stef

    ‘A’ for effort I guess but .. geez. All those nice games this season when DeMar was dishing and passing, and tonight .. it was like he didn’t know he had teammates for a spell there while he was clankin’ away. Surprised he was credited with five assists. I don’t remember them.

    • Musik

      Game two got to his head. he was playing hero ball all third quarter. taking dumbass shots

      • dog

        agree with you 100%

  • My opinion

    Coach needs to wake up. I’d rather put Landry over Ross as he definitely can’t handle playoff intensity. Ross should be the silent killer but I don’t think he has the heart to win. Joe Johnson has been doing same shots, not sure why they couldn’t predict that, likewise with pierce. And why Salmon is playing? This ain’t regular season. Nando should be given time to play as he can push the tempo and tire Brooklyn players. Everyone else – Amir, JV, Lowry, demar, Vazquez, Pat, and Tyler are doing just fine.

  • cdub

    the game started out good until Casey put that baffling lineup in to end the half. I thought demar had a lot of opportunities to make plays but instead decided to play ball hog. We need him, you need a guy that can get to the line like him, but just sooo many bad shots and wasted possessions. he could have had 8 or 9 assists if he wasn’t looking for his own shot. lots of easy baskets left on the floor by the raps like the 2 gimmies by fields. another coaching failure was the complete lack of a post game which was also baffling. they looked listless at one point going down by 15. then the classic raptors story…they play like ass, but somehow mount an epic comeback, only to be totally screwed by the refs AGAIN. They sure didn’t deserve to win, but the refs made several terrible calls down the stretch that likely could have swung the game in our favour. then ppat blows the free throws to boot. hopefully lowry is ok and the raps come back in game 4. they need to get back to playing team ball.

    • caccia

      I think most will agree it was not a well coached game. What bothered me during the regular season is still an issue: Coach Casey inserts players into slots, instead of constructing teams around players and their complementary skills or temperaments. So at the end of the half we saw yet another bizarre lineup that never should have been tried out in a game, much less the playoffs. I thought the coach would spend the first half of April working out who should play together, and getting them to work together, but it never happened.

      Patterson played an absolutely terrific game. The only reason those two missed free throws cost so dearly was due to his leading the team back from the dead. Mr. Ujiri needs to figure out how to keep this guy.

      • cdub

        he’s done that a # of times. he sits derozan for the end of the 1st and 2nd quarters. I guess someone forgot to tell him this was a playoff game. val was also out and caseys playing backups to close out the half. ppat did play good he was not the reason they lost just nothing went their way at the very end. they need to get the ball in the paint and derozan needs to pass into the paint he looked off his bigs all game for his own drives and bad shots.

  • Moe

    This is getting frustrating. They are playing so bad. All I ask is that they play a good “brand” of raptor basketball. Just play like that (whstbthry did in the last mins of the 4th) and sin/lose I’ll be happy with it

    • Moe

      Win*

  • Eunys

    I can’t believe Terrence Ross was named in the First Team All-Pac-12. This guy is such useless in a game now. He seems lost and should not start. The guy just sucks. And how come there was no play for Jonas. Casey does not deserve to be 5th for coach of the year! No way he even belongs to this ranking.

  • dog

    im going to sleep the worst coach ever… DC you suck

  • Wes mantooth

    I’m sick of this bullshit theory that the refs aren’t fucking us. The starters guys said it on there show. U guys have said it. It a thousand percent true!! The pierce charge u forgot to mention as well. The Lowry foul the Vasquez foul. Why didn’t dwill get a tech for getting lowrys face ?? It a real thing! Even pj carliesemo was saying it!
    It’s a real excuse!!
    Onto Casey. He is not a good grounded coach. Period. Landry worked last game and when he came in in this game. Why go to salmon!! And I agree with u, if ur gonna have salmons out there u might as well have tross out there!! Casey is icing him. He wasn’t playing any worse D then salmons and he makes up for those shortcomings with rebounding , penetrating assists and the potential that the nets are prepping for. This idiot coach has no idea how to manage players. He’s an overwhelmed moron. He played 11 or 12 guys this game. Every other team has continuity and tight playoff lineups. The list goes on. I hope he’s not back neat year. And agian JV hit 100% and barely got the ball. Everytime he gets it something good happens! Wtf!!
    Back to the refs. They even the fouls by giving us calls in non essential part of the games. Whenever we got momentum they’d fuck us. I don’t know the real reasons whether it’s the nba or a Donahue situation whatever his name was. He even said it was fixed. Who knows, but stop dismissing it it’s real! We got screwed!
    No I’m not drunk

    • Kev

      have you not thought about lowry, amir both banged up?
      The one question I have is, why isnt toronto playing a fast paced Offensive game with Klow and Vasquez running down the court with Val? Let them play their slow paced offense

      • Wes mantooth

        I have thought about it and yes I agree with you. Casey seems to say run but all they do is run then stop and set up. It ridiculous !! Casey is clueless! And I’m not a prisoner of the moment at all. They take zero advantage of there clear advantages Ross dd GV JV Amir fields can all run the floor. It’s crazy. Just crazy. Also how about running a play that puts fields in an un expected back screen cut to the basket. That’s a strength of his. Our offense is embarrassing presdictable awful

    • dog

      we need plays for JV instead of DD period.

    • Kev

      to add: NBA probably wanted to ask Brooklyn “who do you guys have most trouble with”
      Brooklyn answers “We are getting out-rebounded like 20-30 man”
      NBA: Ok we will make sure the refs call quick fouls on the big men.
      TV ratings go up. End of story

    • truth be told

      “It’s a real excuse!!”

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Refs are not to blame for this loss.

  • RPT23

    F##K Brooklyn

    …and…

    F##K the refs.

    Done.

  • Ted

    Ladies and Gentlemen the FIFTH BEST COACH OF THE SEASON DWAYNE “POUND THE ROCK” CASEY.

    Did the Raps run any plays at all in the second half??? It just seemed like Derozan and Lowry iso’s.
    Also Landry shouldve stayed in the game. Joe Johnson destroyed our team and with Amir banged up putting 2Pat with Landry wouldve helped. What happened to running plays for Jonas?? 30mins and just 4-4.

    We aren’t gonna win going Derozan and Lowry vs JJ and DWill. JJ and DWill are better players and shown it in the first 3 games.

  • Eunys

    Where is the team that won against Houston few weeks ago?

  • Ted

    ALSO why play big if you don’t run plays for your PF????

    Instead of Jonas always getting touches down low, give it to Amir/2Pat and get Pierce into foul trouble.
    WTF Casey!!

  • Icarus Descending

    Reffing in the last minute was horrible. That said we did not deserve to win playing poorly the whole game up until that last couple minutes.

    Need to keep going to JV, having only DD as a scoring option is not going to win games.

    You have to keep playing Ross and run him a couple 3 point plays at least. If he doesn’t produce we are going to lose unless Brooklyn majorly craps the bed.

    While nice if we win this series these playoffs is about gaining experience and growing primarily. Hard to do that if you bench Ross. This also why they should be giving JV touches consistently both now and would have been nice to have more during the season as well.

  • KillaP

    I usually love Casey but I COMPLETELY PIN the LOSS on him today. I was sitting there with my buds (oh yeah, just not out for a rip are wed buds) and the Raps are doing extremely well, playing their game for the first quarter and first 9 min of the 2nd. UNTIL, Coach Casey decides to sit Demar with the score at 41-39. I turn over to my friends and yell NO. WHY? Because although we had held the lead up to this point, noone other than Demar had it going offensively for us. The offense was in rhythm, we were up, Demar was HOT and we could have capitalized on our momentum heading into the half. HUGE FAIL CASEY. HUGE. Not only did he disrupt our offense fully, he completely SWUNG the MOMENTUM in BKN’s favour. I prayed to god I was wrong, but it took no longer than 3 minutes for my worst fear to manifest. The momentum we had for 2 quarters shifted to BKN in that instant, and like I said to my buds, oh yeah bud, this game is over bud. AND THAT’s where Game 3 was lost. ON CASEY.

    Aside from that, bad idea leaving the game up to the REFS in this series. Knew this before the series, this game just reaffirmed mine and EVERYONE’s belief that they are on BKN’s side. However, COMPLETELY HORRID reffing, completely amateur.

    And last, can we all agree Demar is our BEST player? This guy always has his big boy pants on. Yeah he struggles on D at times, but JJ is a tough cover. Love love Lowry but he didn’t show up tonight, or Amir, or Ross (Toronto’s Most Wanted).

    Bounce Back game 4, need to take care of the ball, give JV MORE TOUCHES, SWING THE BALL. Come home game 5 and TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS.

    Raptors in 7.

  • RaptorsInThisBitch

    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/549565/20140425/nets-raptors-nba-game-fixing.htm#.U1ssMYkakm8

    After watching this game tonight..this article makes u think..kinda feeling hopeless here..

  • Abused Raptors Fan

    The fact that the FTA and fouls have been almost identical throughout this series tells me that something is not quiet right here. That the officials are trying so hard to keep things even makes me feel as though there actually is something to hide, as it’s highly unlikely every game in this series featured the same number of fouls from each team… Even if it’s an attempt to maintain a degree of equality, it’s been a detriment to the less experienced Raptors, who have often played tentatively on both sides of the floor as they struggle to strike a balance between physical play and not fouling. Unlike the Nets, the Raptors are legitimately uncertain when, and if, they’ll get the benefit of a doubt from the referees on a given call.

    • Steverino

      ???

  • ace5950

    no reason to panic raps are winning game 4 book it

    • FREEJV

      idk man. i have a feeling nets are gonna make some flukey ass shots and win sunday. cant wait until 4th quarter to turn up the heat

    • Gary Gill

      No their not. This series is over. As I stated nets in 5.

  • RPT23

    Derozan looks like he wants to win and is playing like he does.

    It’s put up or go home time. As an example, if we’re not going to try to get Tross involved to help him get out of his funk then we need to make some changes. This is the damn playoffs now, not regular season. Two more loses and it’s vacation for the boys. It’s time for Casey to make some moves now. To do WHATEVER it takes to win.

    I know we weren’t expected to win as many games as we did in the season and we weren’t supposed to be in the playoffs to begin with but we have and we are. It’s time for the Raps to play desperate now. Forget 4th quarter comebacks, it’s time to take it to Brooklyn and shut them the F UP!

    • Steverino

      DD is one of those guys where you can just tell when he’s going to shoot. “It’s my turn to shoot guys”. Gets locked in and doesn’t even check his options.

  • nickfromtime

    The series is not over.
    As frustrating and strangely painful this loss was, there are many more positives to take away from how this team performs as a unit in big games and big moments (save for the missed free throws and ridiculously stupid tech.)
    Dwayne Casey has all of his troops marching in cadence every single damn night, there is something to be said for that. Perhaps the organization could put some offensively savvy basketball heads in the assistant chairs? Replacing the man that has spearheaded the resurgence of this team, a group that plays with heart, would be the wrong move.
    The small forward position is one that will need to be addressed in a major way moving forward as it has become tragically clear that Ross can not handle the responsibilities of that role on either sides of the ball. Given the fact that the East has some pretty challenging wings like ‘Bron, George, Pierce/Johnson ect… it would be unreasonable to assume that Ross can be the long-term answer, especially when we may not have time to waste. He’s a bench wing player on a contending team and that’s just the reality, we’ve got to get it out of our minds that he is our SF of the future. I hope Masai addresses this with the reasonable amount of cap space and/or draft picks we’ll have over the next few years.
    We are but a few key pieces away from being a legitimately dangerous team; proven and defensively capable starting SF, back-up centre, perhaps even a savvy veteran low-post scorer? Either way the Lowry/DeRozan/Johnson/Valanciunas/Vasquez/Ross/Patterson contingent is big-time, and I think Fields is capable of being a highly valuable role player.
    One time for Valanciunas please. Remember all those years we were begging for a legitimate big man? Well, we’ve got one. He’s 21 right now, but based off how he’s shown up this post-season… imagine when he’s 25? Our Future.
    Even is we give Lowry the big money he most certainly deserves we’ll still have enough cap space to offer a big-time free agent a lot of money in either of these next two seasons (I’d prefer next years crop.)
    Buckle up folks, barring some unforeseen royal fuck-up on the part of management, we’re for a promising next few years of Raptors basketball.
    We had no business being in this game with a minute to go. A lot more basketball to be played.
    This series is not over.

    • RPT23

      I wholeheartedly agree. Especially on the back up bigman front. We have no legitimate center to spell JV when he needs a quick breather nor do we have a legit back up center when JV is in foul trouble. I like what Amir and 2Pat bring to the table (off the bench). If there are any available Paul Milsap players available, we could be a team to beat next season.

      Of course depending if we could still keep the majority of our core together.

      But absolutely, this series isn’t over yet… I JUST HATE when the Raptors lose a chance to steal a game like the one we had. I’d love wipe that smug look off D-Will’s face with a smack “F Brooklyn” hellbow.

      • nickfromtime

        I Agree.
        This loss was especially painful because we pretty much scrapped our way all the way back in only to lose in a pretty improbable way.
        Paul Milsap would be absolutely perfect for this team. Deng is available this offseason but I hope we don’t make a run at him considering he turned down $10M per to stay with the Bulls. Chris Bosh and Vince make their returns to Toronto this offseason in a pipe dream? Alas waiting it out until next years free agent crop seems like the smartest thing to do.
        Jerami Grant or Adrien Payne anyone?
        This team really couldn’t be more promising. Especially if Vasquez takes the summer to treat those ankles and buys into that 6th man role. Gionobli 2.0… or like 3.0… maybe.
        Oh yeah, This Series Is Not Over.

        • RPT23

          I wouldn’t mind seeing Vince suit up the old vintage Raptors jersey again. But that’s another story to discuss :)

          Another point I want to make is I truly believe that only OKC fans can compete with us in enthusiasm and pure energy. I swear, it really felt like (on t.v. mind you) that the crowd was at an art show. But I have to give props to the Barclays Area… definitely top notch and well built. I admire the architectural features. I guess for 1 billion, I should. lol

          • FREEJV

            i was watching portland houston tonight and i think our atmosphere was way better than portlands. what other nba team boos the opponent the whole 24 secs when they have the ball in their hands? havent seen anything like the acc atmosphere its almost like a soccer crowd. thats why if we can get a win on the road im pretty sure theres no way nets beat us at the acc again.

          • Steverino

            No. Just say no to Vince as a Raptor. He’s old and offers nothing to a team.

    • Steverino

      Wait a second… “ridiculously stupid tech”? You think he knew he’d get a tech in that situation? The guy is a pro and been in enough games to know what will get called for a tech and when. That tech was ridiculously stupid, but I can’t blame the player for it. That’s on the ref. For a tech to be called in that situation late in a close game — especially when the foul he called leading up to it was pretty bogus to begin with — you’d think he would have to be more demonstrative. No, I don’t know what he said, but refs can’t be that thin-skinned.

  • Pedro-

    Game 4 is a must win and here is what I think we need to do to win it:-

    1-Find a way to cut down on TO’s

    2-Give LF more playing time to at least contain JJ

    3-Give GV more playing time despite his defensive shortcomings. He has more than compensated for that by his great offensive outputs. (Both scoring and assisting and low TO’s)

    3-DD needs to stop this bad jumpers and long dribbles. The percentage is killing us.

    4-JV has to find a way not to get in foul trouble. We need him on the floor for long to have a decent chance.

    Despite horrible turnovers, horrendous game from TR, sfoul troubles of JV, too many bad jumpers from DD and questionable coaching decisions (playing JS in stead of LF for so long, leaving TR for so long), we had a chance to win. Imagine if we can marginally improve on any of the above areas. I think we can do it.
    Go RAPS GO

    • RPT23

      I actually think in this series that GV has been play his best defense I’ve seen him play all year (other than against Barrea in Minnesota). When he plays pissed off and like a defensive jerk, he plays well.

  • Gary Gill

    Patterson pretty much blew it in the end.

    • Terrence Ross

      you ever think that we wouldn’t even have been in that position if it weren’t for 2Pat draining pretty much every shot he took before those free throws?? or are you a professional troll?

  • Cheezy

    How is Casey so ignorant to the fact that Landry Fields was a huge factor in game 2 for us? The moment he’s out of the game, JJohnson goes on a tear. Ross’s D IQ isn’t there yet and he’s at a 40lb disadvantage, Salmon’s is old and doesn’t give a ton of effort, Demar lack of lateral quickness. Fields in, Johnson scoreless. Like I get the refs, but come on Casey.

  • ValanInuyashaSSS

    Colangelo was two times executive of the year, he did great job here and all the pieces he acquired are clicking so far, but he was let go, whatever you call a fresh start or change of scenery or just get a new guy who is willing to trade Bargnani, so we let BC go and hired the reigning executive of the year Masai.

    Same thing in my opinion should go with Casey, he did a great job, he made the Raptors into a playoff team and a division champ, I honesty believe it’s time to move on. Like Butch Carter, he did a great great job, made the Raptors from mediocre to first ever playoff team, and developed Carter and McGrady, but Raptors swept in the first round by the Knicks. What did the management do? they brought a hall of famer, much experienced and reputable Lenny Wilkens. And the Raptors in my opinion took off into an other level.

    Casey, has shown so many flaws and misuse players. In my opinion instead of play Landry Fields more on the defense match up in the second game, he should’ve realized that in the first game of the first quarter! bring Fields in the second and guard Johnson, and Pierce. Also he shown inexperienced by playing 12 guys in the playoff games, playoffs should be a closed rotation team, like 8 players rotation. Lastly, he should have realized the only Achilles heels for the nets in the paint, and they have NO answer for Valanciunas, Casey should play JV 45 minutes, instead of 35 minutes, and feed him the ball in every positions.

    Bottomline, Casey did a great job as a Raptor coach in the REGULAR season, but lack of experience and preparation in the playoffs (ala Sam Mitchell), it’s time to bringing more experienced coach, or an experienced veteran for a new coaching career, I thought Mark Jackson, Jeff Hornacek, Scott Brooks and Jason Kidd did great job as a new coach.

    Who to bring in? I don’t know if they are available or not but if we have George Karl as head coach, it would be a no brainer to beat the Nets.

  • Michael

    Stop complaining about the refs, it as equally as bad for both teams. Were there questionable calls? Of course, but in EVERY NBA game there’s questionable calls. Some raptors fans are just so stuck on this ludicrous idea that we’re getting screwed by the refs, like no. Take your head out your ass and watch the game like basketball fan. Reffing was bad in BOTH directions, end of story.

  • Guest

    I would normally welcome all of the new first time unregistered posters here. But all of these “fire the coach”, “fire the players” and “the series is over” posts are nuts. If you’re going to be on the bandwagon, the least you could do is climb all the way on.

  • Philoveritas

    The reffing was bad, so bad that they got caught up in this cycle of phantom calls against Toronto, and then makeup calls against Brooklyn. I would prefer if they could just get the calls right the first time. Lowry getting hurt really hurt the team. Sunday is another day…Go Raptors.

  • Phat AlberG

    Coaches and the Players need to recognize to feed Val

  • mountio

    Basketball is simple. We dont have players that a) demand a double team or b) can beat their man off the dribble. When that is the case, its very, very difficult to win consistently in the playoffs. We play our asses off on defense (even though our “schemes” arent great and we have a bunch of gamers … but that can only get you so far.
    As much as everyone is calling for TR to not play at all (and dont get me wrong, hes been awful) – the only way we succeed is for him, JV, DD and KL to be at their peak offensively. For better or for worse, we HAVE to ride him and hope he either starts hitting shots or gets some transition buckets and (most unlikely, but you never know) actually beats his man off the dribble and creates some open shots.
    You watch our offense right now, and we are struggling, passing the ball around the three point line and hoping to make something happen in the last 5 seconds. Its a miracle if we can pull out any playoff games playing like that …

  • Philoveritas

    Maybe someone should plant some open beers in Ross’ car, it sure helped JV to refocus, short of that I have no solution to get him going.

  • dunkmycat7

    What I want to know is where is the team that finished 4th overall and won the division ?
    It’s actually amazing They have played so poorly and have still been in each game.
    Where is the passing, the defense, the movement, the OPEN shots.
    57 turnovers, our wings (and yeah that’s ALL of them) CANNOT GUARD THEIR POSITION. JJ and DWill had their way…and you have to wonder where the defensive effort is, and where are the schemes to stop the Nets from our “defensive guru” coach. This Nets team is NOT that good, they are old and slow, but we are making them look like SHOWTIME.
    At the trade deadline I was SCREAMING for the Raps to make a deal for another big man, preferably a vet like Asik or Monroe or even Pau. And I still think The Raps need that, other than JV we are just too undersized up front and we don’t have enough scoring. And by the way JV -I see the future and it is you. Growing up before our very eyes.
    But it has become obvious that we need some perimeter defense to stop all the GREAT PG’s, 2guards, and wings in the league. The playoffs have shown that when the heat gets turned up we do NOT have the personnel to stop the other team . And yes, I get it that LF is doing a BETTER job on JJ but as per the discussion on these pages the other day he CANNOT shoot. Look – if DC thought he was the ANSWER he is getting more than 8 minutes a game. He just looks good because the other guys (incl. KL) are looking SO BAD.
    L Deng ? love it ! Need a lockdown defender – PERIOD .
    TRoss -out, PP in, superglue Salmons(minus a MILLION in the series) to the bench, bring in SN sooner than TOO EFFIN LATE (which is the only time he gets in)and try RUNNING and GUNNING a bit….PUSH it HARD and lets see what happens to these bums after a few quarters of THAT.
    What we are doing ain’t workin’. DC get a clue.
    But really, you players -PLAY LIKE YOU KNOW HOW TO !!!!

  • Niagara_dude

    We played not our best game and still had a chance to win, the refs made calls late in the game to help the Nets out.Time & situation (you do not T-UP a guy late in a playoff after you just made a bad call), even the call on the Nets late in the 4th was to help them out.We could have played for the last shot (3pt) wins but no the refs make sure we have no chance other to tie and Nets have last shot.Massai needs to gather tape and send to NBA offices along with recording of former NBA official who came out and said RAPS had to beat both the REFS & NETS.

  • gr8nss

    How Amir escapes with a better grade than Vasquez is beyond me.

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    NBA is rigged

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