I’m still not entirely convinced the Raptors actually won this game.


Toronto Raptors 87 Final

Recap | Box Score

79 Brooklyn Nets
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +11Forget everything Zarar told you about his short-comings. Did you see his play in the first quarter, where his pick-and-rolls thoroughly embarrassed Andray Blatche? And it takes a lot to embarrass Blatche. This is the man who took a corner three, and once had his shoe pooped in by Gilbert Arenas. Foul trouble kept him out for too long but when he came back, his defense was key, drawing a charge on Pierce and blocking him on another possession.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3Brother, where art thou? I thought you wanted this match-up? You did nothing, and I literally mean nothing. That one steal fell into your lap. Even John Salmons surpassed you on the depth chart.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | 0When he was given the ball, he was effective. For example, in the fourth quarter, he finished off a beautiful pick-and-roll pass from Greivis. For some reason, he wasn’t even given a single look in the post. Interior defense was solid in the first half.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 7-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +14What more can you say about this man? Had it not been for Lowry’s 6 point outburst at the end of the third quarter (a three, an and-one), the Raptors would have likely lost this game. He’s thriving as the off-guard in the two-PG lineup with Greivis, and he played a huge part in stopping Joe Johnson (along with Amir) on the Nets’ second last possession of the game. Sprained ankles/knees be damned. He’s putting the team on his back.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 43 MIN | 7-19 FG | 9-11 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | 0Kobe-esque in the first half, J.R. Smith-esque in the second half. He was blistering hot in the first half, but when the Nets made the decision to trap him in the halfcourt, he couldn’t make the adjustment, and struggled for the rest of the game. Defense wasn’t so hot either, but he did do a better job on Johnson today.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +7Notice the minutes played? Looks like someone on the Raptors coaching staff read Raptors Republic, or you know, has eyes and a functioning brain. He didn’t hit too many of his outside shots, but he was open on most of them, meaning the process works. His defense on Pierce was somewhat tolerable in the first half, only his closeouts were a little too strong, which allowed Pierce to get into the paint.

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0He played, and caused me to lose my collective *poops* on Twitter. Did a good job on the glass, which was about it.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3It’s amazing to think that Bryan Colangelo once tried so hard to sign this man. Or, on a second thought, it’s perfectly appropriate. All three of his looks were open, and he clanked them all. Did a solid job in the post against Johnson, at least.

Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2He also played for no reason whatsoever.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +10The shooting percentage was bad, but he hit a clutch three-pointer late in the fourth to stretch the Raptors’ lead, which is all that counts in my book. He’s doing great as the primary ball-handler in the 2PG lineup with Lowry, and his defensive shortcomings haven’t been a problem because his size is allowing him to sag back on non-shooters like Livingston.

Dwane Casey
He almost cost the Raptors yet again with his rotations. Salmons played over Fields, which made little sense given the match-up As noted in the comments, Landry was out with back spasms. He also played a lineup of Hayes-Vasquez-DeRozan-Salmons-Novak at one point, which hurt my soul. He did make up for it by having the gumption to reinsert Amir and Lowry (who both had 5 fouls) in the fourth, and they were huge in the win. He got out-coached, but his players bailed him out.

Five Things We Saw

  1. A healthy Amir makes all the difference. When he’s right, the defense is tighter because everyone can rotate with confidence, as they know help will be there. On offense, he opens up a pick-and-rolls, which both results in scores for him, and also motion on the defense, which opens looks for everyone else.
  2. We need to stop overplaying the age factor. If anything, the Nets play like a younger team. They’re quicker, their closeouts are lightning fast, and the foundation of their defense is Pierce and Garnett (their two oldest players).
  3. As much as DeRozan’s Kobe-esque performance in the first half helped build the Raptors’ lead, his insistence on making things happen, aversion to passing, and questionable shot selection let the Nets back into the game in the third.
  4. Paul Pierce was a real problem on defense. His pump-fake forced Amir/Patterson to bite hard on the closeout, which allowed him to attack the interior. The way to defend that is to rotate quicker on the perimeter, because the reason he’s open on the weakside is often because Joe Johnson is drawing a double team in the post.
  5. It might be time to pull the plug on Ross, and start Vasquez in his place. Ross is a minus on both ends of the floor and looks completely overwhelmed by the moment.
  • tonious35

    I am not convinced too, but this is a team that has way more intestinal fortitude than any Bosh playoff team. Even Salmons has more fire than Bosh and Bargnani combined…. though that’s not saying much

  • RaptorsKOR

    Its good that we won but I feel horrible for some reason. So many stupid calls…Derozan’s hero ball, banged up players on Raptors side…

    • Rapchat

      Playoff ball. Feels AWESOME!!!!!!

  • Jeffrey Yau

    He almost cost the Raptors yet again with his rotations. Salmons played over Fields, which made little sense given the match-up.

    Blaming Casey for Fields’ back spasms too now I see :O

    • jakdripr

      Well duh, a good coach can magically make all his players healthy, didn’t you hear?

    • FREEJV

      chuck hayes and steve novak on at same time? are you kidding me. pair novak with someone who can rebound and is not 6″5

      • asifyouknow

        did they win???

        • FREEJV

          why was greivis trying to play hero ball after making that3? the guy just dribbled out the clock and shot a terrible 3 right after. tell him to smarten up

          • FuckBrooklyn

            The negativity after these wins have to stop, it’s getting ridiculous

            • Feather Ruffler

              It’s not negativity. No one in their right mind, having watched those victories could possibly think this a sustainable model for success.

              • FuckBrooklyn

                It’s the playoffs, it’s not always gonna be pretty.

                • Feather Ruffler

                  For sure, but going what was it 1-16 in the 3rd quarter? That’s a whole different kind of ugly. But the effort was there, that’s for sure. On to game 5 !!

                • Steverino

                  Sure, but then how bad were the Nets not to be able to run away with it when the Raptors go 1-16? You’re just looking at one side.

                • Guest

                  The same could be said about the Nets first quarter.
                  You’re just looking at one side.

                • EaseUpOnCasey

                  So can hard work, toughness and effort be part of your “sustainable model for success”? What is this supposed “sustainable model for success”? It seems a little ridiculous to isolate on 4 basketball games to identify a “sustainable model for success”. Perhaps more strategic issues such as management, team culture and team processes might provide you more insight into whether the Raptors have a”sustainable model for success”.

                • Feather Ruffler

                  I meant success in the series. Sorry I should have elaborated.

              • FREEJV

                yep. true fans should know this. raptors played like ass 2nd half .

                • FuckBrooklyn

                  Offensively maybe, the defense always goes unnoticed when it shouldn’t, and me or anyone else shouldn’t have to agree with you to be a “true fan”

          • CJT

            Seriously. Without GV we lose this game too. He was great running the pick and roll and had the dagger 3. played solid d as well. You are simply wrong.

            • FREEJV

              nah we won cuz of lowry and amir.

              • dog

                I like klow he is my hero, but not recognizing Vaz and Pat, you are simply crazy or blind. Amir is great too.

                • Ghotte

                  Don’t waste your fingers arguing with FreeJV – he’s an angry name-calling highschooler

                • FREEJV

                  we discriminating now? #anothersterling #bye

                • CJT

                  Not me, I don’t care that you are an angry high schooler. But part of growing up is knowing when you’re wrong and tonight you’re wrong about GV

                • FREEJV

                  amir and lowry were the main reasons. those guys were secondary reasons

              • asifyouknow

                did they win??

                • FREEJV

                  did the spurs win? nope . vince carter 😀

          • asifyouknow

            did they win???

            • FREEJV

              did the spurs win? nope . vince carter :D:D

              • asifyouknow

                He did kill it..I like the gut but hey the Spurs in six..

    • FREEJV

      is livingston the biggest tool or what lmao? guy trying to punk JV with his 150 lbs frame. made me laugh

    • noname

      fields could not play so who else was he going to put in…and although salmons was bricklaying as usual, he played very good defence on JJ, the type of defence you see from fields. I was actually pleasantly suprised by Salmons today (albeit slightly).

      • Mexiballer

        Agreed. Salmons did a good job defensively. He was afraid to shoot the ball, which might be a good thing.

      • Jeffrey Yau

        Not much to do with what I wrote, but agreed he used his length well defensively.

    • noname

      oh wait…you’re being sarcastic…whoops…nevermind.

    • DDayLewis

      I was unaware of Fields’ injury. Doesn’t change his grade in my book.

      • ItsAboutFun

        Isn’t that the kind of thing one should be aware of if they’re going to write a post game analysis? And if it’s the opening salvo of an assessment of the coaching performance, one would think it was meant to be relevant to such a grade. Apparently it wasn’t.

        As for the other “rotations” point (“He also played a lineup of Hayes-Vasquez-DeRozan-Salmons-Novak at one point, which hurt my soul.”), what would you have done? He tried to stick to an 8 man rotation, but 2 starters were hobbling and in foul trouble, one soph was MIA again, and the other still hasn’t caught on to the defensive rotations needed of him, while the 3rd big was also hobbling and in dire need of a rest. Coach bought some time, as in making in-game adjustments that some say he can’t do, to be in a position to get the guys needed at the end. What would you have done? Put psycho T in, who can’t defend anybody on the Nets, can’t spread the floor, and has as much a penchant for fouling as he does for drawing fouls? What would you have done? Put Fields in?

        How was he out-coached? What did Kidd do better? Valid question, seeing as your 2 points that “support” such an opinion are either irrelevant, or ignorant of the situation they were in re manpower.

        Some writers here, and many naive fans follow the pipers, are way too critical of coach Casey, while knowing precious little of what factors go into his decisions (injuries, illness, missed assignments, etc.), but bitching when reasons are in front of all our noses? ugh.

    • Pedro-

      While analysts are praising the teams adjustment in containing JJ and the overall defensive scheme, here they give him C-. Tough to take these grades seriously while seeing such blatant bias against the coach.

      • Ghotte

        Exactly. And scheme speaks to coaching yet Lou only acknowledges that the players bailed Casey out…typical.

  • picknroll

    Very nervous game, and very important victory. Defence last 4:58 was fabulous. I think defence is our key to survive in this series.

  • RyGuy Awesome III

    AAAAAHHHHHHHH

  • Rapchat

    BELIEVE BABY!!!

  • Donald

    Casey had some horrible rotations, but Fields was unavailable for this game… So can’t blame him there.

    • Stizzl

      I was going to post the same thing, but it really doesn’t change the grade for Casey. Give him a C, maybe, due to his shuffle dance across the half-court line to call time out…it pissed off Kidd, and therefore it makes me happy.

      • CJT

        I really don’t know what to say about this. We had 3 of our main players LIMPING up and down the court. They need to rest and give their injuries a break, who do you expect Casey to trot out there? Sometimes you have to live with what you have and trust that they can come through and it wasn’t the odd lineups that got the shit kicked out of them to start the 3rd, it was the starters. Maybe give the man a little credit for ensuring that the players he needed to finish the game were both physically able to play and didn’t hadn’t fouled out.

        • noname

          umm…hansbrough anyone?!?! I think he would’ve done a way better job than novak. This series is built for him to thrive because he can wreak havoc on the nets’ small ball players and get boards and hustle points… as long as he isn’t left alone guarding pierce one on one so that pierce blows by him for the dunk.

          • CJT

            Coach mentioned the need for spacing on offence with the players that were on the court at that time. I was not a Tyler fan before this year, I am now, he busts his ass all the time. but he is certainly not going to be any help spacing the floor. I don’t know if he is great in the pick and roll either, I don’t remember to be honest. I hope he gets his chance though.

            • Ghotte

              Tyler is undersized and not mobile enough. Who would he guard??

            • noname

              he can run the pick and roll (not as good as amir but still…)

    • TheSpiceTyrant

      Agree. One sign of a good coach is when other coaches play catch-up with their substitutions. I think that -all night- JKidd was ~ 2 minutes behind every sub he needed to make… particularly with Garnett / Plumlee. JKidd needs that heavier bench rotation whereas we don’t, unless we have foul trouble… which we had plenty of.

      You gotta remember that Casey doesn’t work in a vacuum. He has a great crew of Assistant Coaches.

  • rapierraptor

    Some very bad stretches again this game but wow the close outs and defensive rotations in the final two minutes were simply awesome. Total cohesion. I am a huge JV fan but kudos to the small ball unit for their awesome play to finish the game.

  • FREEJV

    VALANCIUNAS WITH THE SKYHOOK! VICTORYBABY!!!!
    PS: Demar stop playing hero ball smh. guy is blind i swear . our bigs are wide open on p&Rs

    • tonious35

      LOWRY with the exclamation SKY HOOK!!

    • Hassan Mehmood Khan

      was that kareem or JV ?

      • FREEJV

        that was kareem in JV s body. Garnett looked like a tool thinking he had a chance to block it looool. #washedup #nolegs

    • noname

      they seriously need to feed him more…Jesus Christ it’s like a no-touches curse has been placed on him.

      • FREEJV

        7-7 last 2 games. nothing else to say

        • GetLicks

          I love JV. But if you think he’s gonna shoot 100% if he’s taking the bulk of the shots, being frequently double/triple teamed, you’re sadly mistaken.

    • caseycrazy

      Then sent to the bench! Wtf

      • FREEJV

        thats casey for you. would rather play hayes than JV.

    • coachdave

      Nailed it! DD and Lowry need to get better at passing to the rolling bigs on the P&R, Amir and JV are good at rolling…”common’ coaches!”. I would love to see our offense be more creative next year, more passing like we saw after the gay-trade.

  • ValanInuyashaSSS

    Again Ross the no show! I know you are nervous and can’t hit 3s, but come on at least give us a Garnett Poster Dunk!

    • Balls Deep

      I think we should have Ross move to the 4 to guard pierce and have fields guard joe Johnson. then we can have Amir and 2Pat come in when plumle and teletovic sub in

  • Tinman

    Makes the next three days much more enjoyable.

  • Eunys

    There is no way those referees do not have canadian families…they killed the nets in the end! Finally a little respect for the north. Love those raptors!

    • FREEJV

      those were obvious charges :S

      • Eunys

        Bro last game’ s Dwill charge against vasquez was also obvious but against vasquez

        • Alex Gordon

          how about demar getting called on johnson in the post? what about JV getting a ghost tech?

          • FREEJV

            livingston is a tool

      • Rapchat

        That earlier one that went against Amir almost killed me.. he was there…

    • Alex Gordon

      ya if anything it was biased towards the nets

      • CJT

        no it wasn’t. The calls were consistent tonight, the difference is that we got calls late in the game which we typically don’t.

    • RsptorsInThisBitch

      WTF.. how sad is it when refs making the right call equals killing the Nets..

  • RyGuy Awesome III

    Not enough credit for Hayes here I think. He came in oh so cold and worked his tail off. Dished the ball on offence, played passable D, and held the gate for the starters to come finish in the 4th.

    • FREEJV

      looks like u didnt watch game

    • Rapchat

      I actually agree with this. They got very little inside with hayes and he did come up with a couple rebounds. Could have very much done without him shooting at all though…

      • FREEJV

        they were all over the offensive board with him in there

        • CJT

          No, Blatche got one, but Hayes had him pushed under the basket for the most part. If there were others they were not Hayes’s cover.

    • ThePurpAndRed

      If you don’t think Chuck Hayes had a huge positive impact on this game, you just don’t know as much basketball as you think. He used his strength and low centre of gravity to be very effective on defence late in the game when the opposing bigs were getting a little gased and were unwilling to establish deep post position as much, this is also why he was effective on the boards despite his height dis-advantage at the 5 position. A good call by Casey to sub him in then too, and give that lineup the energy boost it needed. Really was a catalyst to help give the raptors that last 4th quarter surge.

    • Northbound

      I agree too.

  • rapierraptor

    Reffing conspiracy debunked unless conspiracy is to force this thing into a 7-game series. $$

    • Alex Gordon

      in the third quarter it was pretty atrocious

    • ckh26

      I am close to Respiratory Shock as well.

      3 .. count em 3 ….successive calls with less than 3 minutes to go against the Nets.

      That they were fouls is not the cause of my near apoplexy.. that they were called is….

      Shower.. Change.. Get on the bus now before there is a review and the victory is reversed…

      • Guest

        wait what? you dont care if they were fouls or not?

        • ckh26

          Read closely.. i said they were fouls…that they were called is what giving me heart palpitations… we are going to read about them on the brooklyn version of the truth I am sure….

  • rob

    Fields wasn’t active I thought.

    • Adriiian

      He wasn’t, but the writer was too ignorant to listen.
      Typical shitting on Casey. Like it’s his fault Amir was saddled with 5 and had to go to that shitty lineup. He tried to match Teletovic with Novak, why is he getting hated on?

      Give the man a little credit.

      • Ghotte

        Casey can’t play Hansbrough on any big for the Nets. He got a few possessions out of Hayes and Novak grinded out a win. Good coaching

      • FREEJV

        Wanted to see a novak patterson frontcourt. floor would be so spread out.

  • Thomas Smith

    Did they move the 3pt line back for the Raptors-Nets games?

    • Rapchat

      HAHAHAHA for real. So many air balls..

      • noname

        well ross’ airball was over the net so…

  • SickNTired

    Casey a C- ?!?!?!
    He out-coached Kidd by a landslide
    He was working those line-ups in the 3rd that got our starters a breather and held the game.. then subb’ed in a quick rotation in the last 4 mins of the game, which we have never seen in the series yet.

    Give the guy some credit please

    • Joaquin

      i think jkidd was distracted by the asian with the legs by the bk scorer’s table. someone get her over to toronto to experience a true playoff environment.

      • Jeffrey Yau

        Who is this Asian you speak of…

        • er1csh3n

          Please elaborate pics or gtfo

      • Feather Ruffler

        Dude I saw…dynamite.

    • Feather Ruffler

      I’m sorry but Casey made some questionable calls all game long. Some of his set pieces after a time out were just mind-blowingly bad. He didn’t out coach Kidd to this victory in my opinion.

      • SickNTired

        Are you referring to the time out in middle of 4th quarter where they inbound the ball to a curling Deroan for him to shoot at the free throw line and miss?!?!?
        If so, i was baffled at that one myself! U didnt need to burn a timeout to call that play up
        Regardless. He managed minutes in te face of foul trouble and injuries and had our best players that matched the Nets on the court at the important time…3mins left in game

        • Feather Ruffler

          That’s the play that stuck in my mind as well! Unless DeRozan went lone wolf and it had nothing to do with Casey’s play. And I definitely agree with your last point, I’m not bashing the guy, but he has to be held accountable for the mistakes as well as celebrated for the victories in my book.

    • DDayLewis

      Yeah? Care to detail how exactly he outcoached Kidd by a “landslide”?

      • EaseUpOnCasey

        Biggest issues for Raps going into the game were, turnovers, DWill and Joe Johnson. Raps only 10 t.o.’s in game 4. Dwill 4-12 for 10 pts, 5 ast and 5 to’s. JJ 2-7 for 7pts 1ast and 2 to’s.
        Our best players were our most productive. What does that say about Kidd’s coaching? They did a great job of containing Demar second half. Too me their biggest offensive threat was Teletovic in the second half but he was given a seat so that KG could come back in and then the Nets stopped scoring.

      • moderate_observer

        In a game where Joe Johnson and Deron Williams combined for 17 points, I would say the game plan worked well, and would have worked better if the Raptors weren’t missing open looks the entire 3rd quarter. That was some of the worst shooting ive seen all season, but thats how it is sometimes. They were even missing put backs under the rim. Had open looks been going in, and there were plenty, this would have been a blowout.

    • tross_31
  • Adriiian

    Kyle Kyle Kyle!!! What a game. Was really biting my nails in the 3rd tho. Very close to collapse.

    LETS GO RAPS. 3 game series, 2 at home. I think we’ve got this team figured out. KG on the high pick n roll, keep exposing them there.

  • KingRaptors

    That 3rd quarter, had me going ‘Oh NO!’ not this again. But our boys kept fighting, and at the end there… 7 straight possessions no points for Brooklyn. We had them strapped. Good win. Let’s see how they do at our crib.

  • jjdynomite

    I. Love. This. Team.

    I know some may balk at this, but Kyle deserves a Lawson-like contract from Masai. What a warrior.

    • Rapchat

      Yep. Pay him.

      • Wes mantooth

        Rapchat biggest troller on here. Pickin fights with everybody! 😉

        • Rapchat

          HAHAHAHHAHAH YEAHHHH BOYYYYYY

    • Northbound

      If we dont sign Lowry, I dont know if we can make playoffs.

  • Will

    There’s so much I could complain about but a win is a win. At least I’ll be in a good mood for the next couple of days.

  • Balls Deep

    Let’s go Raps. Let’s show Brooklyn who the fuck they dealing with in T.O
    Raps in 6

    • Jerry Garcia

      Thank You Fine Sir ….

  • raptorstand

    That second half was our season. The defense on this team was absolutely amazing. I cannot be any prouder of these players. We beat the shit out of them in the fourth. They know that they are the better team and are laying all out on the floor great coaching to shut the nets out. Casey didn’t care what happened on the other end the defensive end was the key . Great Game.

  • Musik

    Damn only was able to catch the last 4 minutes… Stupid satellite.

    • Jordan

      You’re lucky. I mean the first quarter was nice. The rest I could have done without

      • Musik

        hey we won though.. can we really complain?

        • Jordan

          I know, I know. But yes, we can always complain. I think I’m hedging my bets for when we eventually lose (hopefully next series, or further). I can say “we played like shit almost this whole series, I knew it!” TBH though, I would much rather be us right now than the Brooklyn Nets, all things considered.

  • Saskatoon Raps Fan

    Field was out with back spasms wasn’t he? Don’t think casey had the choice in regards to playing salmons over fields.

    And on that topic, I thought salmons played as good as can be expected of him. He really fought on Johnson’s post ups and really frustrated him. I remember thinking after the first half that I would actually give him an A+ at that point if it is indeed based on what’s expected of them. And full disclosure I normally hate John salmons

    • Rapchat

      Agree.

      • Jerry Garcia

        I will join the Agreement side…he played hard.

    • Mexiballer

      I agree too. Salmons played good defense. He played his part in stopping Joe Johnson tonight.

      • Saskatoon Raps Fan

        His ball denial on post ups was excellent. At least in the first half. I was too nervous to notice in the second half

        • Mexiballer

          It was excellent. There were a couple of times where they tried to get the ball into Johnson and they gave up because Salmons was all over it. He definitely stepped up his effort tonight.

  • jakdripr

    Yea Demar really upset me this game, I know his intensions are good but he needs to realize that 1-on-5 isn’t Raptors basketball and he hurts us every time he decides to go into hero mode.

    And why oh why do we keep going away from JV? Like get the boy some touches for the love of God, the Nets still haven’t shown they have an answer for him.

    • Minks77

      I agree about JV, the more he gets join the less they go to him. Been the same all year, out guys must be lousy at the entry pass or something the way they look JV off when he’s wide open down low.

      I disagree about DeMar though. Some of those lineups he was running with had no one shooting well on them or being aggressive. Salmons and Ross were invisible, Patterson came up lame after a jump shot with no one near him which is worrying, Greivis must been out partying last night cuz he was shorting all his jumpers, front rimming everything. I think DeMar doesn’t get credit for being aggressive when no one else is. He got some looks too they just didn’t drop.

      Plus they are apparently allowed to shiv derozan anytime he goes to the hoop. couldn’t believe some of the no calls one way and tick tack the other. Officiating balanced out a little late but this was the worst officiated game of a poorly officiated series so far.

      • Reggie Evans

        Officiating was fine this game.

        • Minks77

          Totally disagree. I don’t see a grand conspiracy but i don’t think the refs have been consistent at all

      • jakdripr

        Touche, in some cases he had no choice but to go hero ball. But there were times when he had JV in the line-up with him and instead chose to go 1-on-5 instead of allowing JV to alleviate some of the pressure. JV is the only person besides Demar, Lowry and Vasquez who can create his own shot and he’s our only front court player who can put their front court in foul trouble, why not feed him the ball. Like I said, I know he isn’t on some “I gotta get mine tip”, kid just thinks this is the best way he can help the team, I just wish someone would let him know otherwise. It’s all a learning experience though, I’m sure with time he’ll improve.

        There were some bad no calls, but I think this was a pretty evenly officiated game. There were bad calls both ways but in the 4th I think the officiating was pretty good overall. Obviously I’m a little biased because a lot of the calls went in our favour but still.

        • CJT

          noticed this too. a few of those times it was JV’s man who was the trapper on the pick and roll leaving JV wide open on the roll to the hoop, jumping up and down waving his arms. You have to feel for him as he works so hard to present himself in those circumstances. Hopefully that is an area that DD will continue to improve

          • FREEJV

            he says he watches tape all the time. why does he keep doing the same thing then!!!! Guy is wide open under the rim!!!

          • Ghotte

            Just because he’s waving his arms frantically doesn’t mean he’s open

    • TheSpiceTyrant

      … JV has a lot of turnovers this series. Rather that post up plays, I think they ran more screen/pick and rolls so that he’s in a position to catch and score. With Amir as well. This strategy worked tonight.

      • jakdripr

        That is a very good point, and it’s probably no coincidence that the game he gets few touches is the game with our fewest turnovers yet. Still though, one or two post ups don’t hurt, sure he had 10 turnovers in the first two games, but he also had 30 points and rebounds.

        I just feel bad for him, he works hard on the glass, runs up and down the court, sets solid screens, fights for post position, fights on the offensive glass and is generally ignored on offence. But it’s all part of growing together as a team.

  • Casey needs to start coaching

    Derozan has to stop playing hero ball! Notice how we got back into the game at the end of 3rd QTR when he sat down. One other thing – can Casey start coaching some time soon on how to counter the double teaming on Demar/Lowery!

  • Z- Rap- Money

    REFS SMOKED THAT OG, Made the right calls!!!! # WE THE NORTH!!!! # FUCK BROOKLYN!!!!

  • Quest

    fields was out with backspasms

  • Lets Play

    Thank You God!!!

  • Rupert

    Thank g-d what a win starting to feel like the raptors believe they can win where it didnt seem that way early in the series lets go game 5

    • Steverino

      Thank what? What’s g-d? What’s the missing letter?! Why can’t you just tell us?! You’re keeping us in suspense!

  • Philoveritas

    I am not quite sure why Casey sat Jonas so much in the second half, I understand why he brought Amir back in, but Hayes got way too much love when the raps were so brutally cold, at least JV was putting his few touches in the basket…

    • Feather Ruffler

      I was flabbergasted.

      • raptorstand

        Thinking back , did JV play after he got the tech. ?

        • Feather Ruffler

          Not too sure to be honest.

          • noname

            yes but barely.

    • CJT

      foul trouble.

    • Guest

      I thought it was the right call given how mobile the Johnson/Patterson tandem was on defence.

    • Ghotte

      For some reason you think JV is the second coming. He had a good game but his problem is one of the Positioning. He doesn’t put himself in good locations on the floor. On the pick and roll his timing is usually off. These are small areas he has to improve upon if he wants to receive the ball more.

      • CJT

        This aspect has really improved the last half of the season, but agree that he can still improve on it.

  • asifyouknow

    IS THERE A BIGGER MAN IN THE NBA THAN KYLE LOWRY?

    HELL NO!

    Now is time to lick their wounds like a good pit-bull and get ready for the best of three with two at home.

    They need to wake up and hit some shots.

    Well played by Amir, and my boy was huge with 9 assists 6 rebounds and nine points 1 TO..(sucked at threes but hey they all did) Amir, Patterson and Vaz are a hell of a combo.

    No argument with what works vs. Nets.

    • DC

      Vasquez has a lot of heart!

      • asifyouknow

        He is a gamer who makes winning plays…and once in a while he will piss you off but if you do the math he is always a plus…

        • De Colo

          He’s never pissed me off, this team hasn’t pissed me off at all this year for the most part. People look at 1 missed three, or 1 bad decision and they’ll try to blame Vasquez for the whole game if they lose, same with Derozan. There’s just no pleasing everyone.

        • Ghotte

          Vasquez was huge making DWill actually have to cover him and chase him around screens. That and taking it aggressively at him was a huge factor in rendering him ineffective.

        • RPT23

          I like when he plays pissed off defense. He literally gets up in the opponents grill prior to inbounding a pass. I LOVE IT!

          • plaid coast

            i don’t think you mean literally. i think you mean figuratively.

  • cdub

    casey did trot that terrible line up out to start the 4th but guys needed breathers and it really didn’t cost them that many points seems a bit harsh to blame him. having ppat close out with amir worked well.

  • RPT23

    We the F##kin’ NORTH BABY!!!!

    F##K Brooklyn!

  • Z- Rap- Money

    I am astonished by some of the comments!!! WE WON # T dot stand up!!

    • why

      Agree – its a fucking play-off game – you aren’t going to steamroll the opposition and every win is going to be a battle, and there are going to be points where you look like shit . What I thought was great was that in the last 5 minutes The Raps offensive success was based on going at that washed up big mouthed douchebag.

      • CJT

        which one?

        • why

          Truth be told, I was refering to the basketball player formally known as the Big Ticket.

          • CJT

            There are so many to choose from on Brooklyn, but I have to agree I really enjoy watching him suck. Never one of my favorites.

  • Icarus Descending

    Not sure how you can say Ross was that bad when he took one single shot and for the most part locked down dwill when he was out there. How can he produce if he never sees the ball?

    I really hope we trade DD he’s just too selfish. Sure that works when you get hot like in the first half but he always regresses to the mean. 7/19 is not even close to “all star” I’m sorry. JV once again made every shot he took yet barely saw the ball.

    Did not think we’d win this one the way we played. Very ugly play so far, way way too much ISO on offence.

    • dog

      agree wit you DD sucks!

    • DDayLewis

      Maybe he’s not getting the ball because he has been dogshit for the entirety of the series.

      Let’s say you were in a dogfight in the playoffs. Would you pass it to Ross (who isn’t even doing a good job of getting open)? Or would you stick with what has shown signs of working? If he can turn it around, and even provide what he did in the regular season, then we’re winning this series. However, he’s been terrible on both ends. You can’t expect players baby him.

      • CJT

        I thought he played D Will tough on D tonight, much better energy than first 3 games. Hope his shot comes back. Would love to see more kick outs for open looks, everything on the perimeter looks contested.

        • DDayLewis

          I agree. I’m pulling for him hard as well, but he’s playing horribly right now.

          • FREEJV

            dat airball tho lmao.

            • noname

              did you see how he was holding his follow through like “fuck yes this is going down!” but then he walks away with the saddest look on his face…lmao.

      • Icarus Descending

        From what I saw almost no one was open most plays because we were playing ISO ball. With DD getting doubled they should be able to swing the ball around to someone open but I don’t recall seeing this happening much.

        I’m not saying Ross should get an A or be given tons of looks but a 3 point shooter playing his minutes should probably have at least a couple shot attempts. The fact that he didn’t speaks to how stagnant the offence was tonight. And I agree he shouldn’t be babied. But there is a place between totally ignoring and babying.

    • noname

      don’t hate on DD now, this is probably the worst we’ve seen him in a while (forget about the point totals). He is playing “Rudy Gay” ball. But he isn’t always like this. He’s a very good offensive player…he just has his numerous flaws. But knowing him and his work ethic; this is the worst you’ll see from him.

  • RaptorsInThisBitch

    I Thank God JV is a Raptor! Little kid out playing a legend..Needs more touches dude didn’t miss.

    • johng_3

      I thank God Amir was able to come back in the 4th

      • TheSpiceTyrant

        Thanks Bryan Colangelo for keeping those dudes 😉

  • RPT23

    10 TO!!!! and we won!

    Let’s tighten up the D even more! Awesome defense in the last 5min of the game. Great help D. I still think the Refs have missed some calls but we capitalized on the opportunity.

  • Brandon Ellis

    Landry was out with back spasm

  • hotfuzz

    I hope our fans can stop complaining about the refs now

    • Philoveritas

      The refs were still horrible, sure they called fouls on Brooklyn when there were actual fouls, Whenever I saw a replay of most of the fouls called on Toronto I couldn’t see the fouls at all. I would suggest that it’s not so much a conspiracy as they just keep putting the bottom of the barrel refs in for this series because no one cares if Toronto bitches about the officials.

      • Steverino

        And how about that blocking call on Amir when he was in place a second or two before Pierce plowed into him? Total star call.

    • Feather Ruffler

      The refs shouldn’t even be a part of the equation. The Raps haven’t been executing for large stretches of each of these four games and people are clinging to bad calls out of desperation. The Raps need to get their sh** together.

    • dog

      go to sleep man the refs suck!

  • bobmasa

    Toronto Raptors players always baile Dwen Casey the reality his not a good coach after the season he has to pack and go otherwise Ujiri will lose respect, why Salmons all those minites??? What the secrect between them? The guy missing all those open shots wtf? Were was De Colo.

    • Ghotte

      Are you incompetent?

      • Louvens Remy

        Not everyone can use a spell check, son. hahahaha. He wrote it like its a hidden level on Word processor.

        • Ghotte

          Nope. Dude makes an *effort* to write like that; thinks it’s a trademark style

  • EmarErozan

    Too hard on DeRozan tonight. His dominant first half opened up the floor for everyone (see his hockey assist on the big General Grievous 3) else and his D was not a minus. He played 43 minutes and brought it for all of them.

    • RPT23

      Yep, Derozan played exceptional defense in the second half on JJ. He’s not prime Shane Battier but he’s improving…

      That should be next on his “must improve” list…

      • noname

        no…dribbling properly and actually *looking up for once in his life* should be next on the must improve list. I know defence is important but if you watched the Raptors enough this season; you know what I’m talking about.

        • EmarErozan

          I saw his kickout in the first for a Lowry triple – is that what you’re talking about, bozo?

        • RPT23

          I have watched 81 of the 82 Raptors game this season and see that Demar (though he’s not going to be mistaken for Skip-to-my-Lou) has improved his handles a bit and I agree with you 100% that he should still improve it. BUT if he’s planning to take his game to the next level then defense has to be part of his “must do list” this off season.

          • Northbound

            If derozan can improve his lateral footworks for D, he will become a perennial all-star

        • TheSpiceTyrant

          Totally agree. His handles cost us games during the regular season and if we’re going to ask him to be the #1 option on crunch time, he’s gotta show more than those pretty cross / behind the back dribbles that -frankly- do nothing to win a game. He needs to focus on tight handles in unbalanced and tight (ala Tony Allen-like) coverage.

  • RPT23

    We really need to get back to the team ball and not hero ball. I think this is the first time that I’ve seen us not make 20 assists… I do believe DeRozan is trying to seize the moment, but he has to start trusting his players more, especially JV. JV was wide open on a number ocassions but he looked him off every time.

    • dog

      agree DD is not playing smart at all

    • FREEJV

      THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT!!! guy is blind i swear or thinks hes kobe or somethin. got trapped a million times just dribbling the air out of the ball

      • Northbound

        I am just thankful DD is at least getting calls from refs. He got bailed after multiple double teams by Williams and Livingstone

      • asifyouknow

        Dam JV you are right on…end of world coming? lol

    • Steverino

      Yes! One time JV was open ahead of him on the right side, DD with the ball just to the right of the top of the key. One simple pass ahead to JV for a basket or at least a foul. Nope, he held onto the ball and was doubled and he ended up calling timeout because he couldn’t get out of it. How could he not see him?

    • TheSpiceTyrant

      hmmm… not so sure on the DD thing. There were a lot of plays for DD and he had ample opportunities to go 1-1. I think he did the right thing in the first quarter. His teammates cleared out for many of the plays in the 1st quarter. I also think that he succumbed to the law of averages in the 2/3 quarter.

      I think the DD plays were deliberate. Last game they were having trouble scoring the ball. It is not unreasonable to think that Casey deliberately called those plays to start the game. I don’t think the GV plays were deliberate though.

      I agree that there were a few points that JV was open (but I also think that Coach was worried about the fact that JV also has an inordinate number of turnovers this series).

      But having said all that, I can remember at least a handful of plays were PP and Salmons had some good looks but moved the ball (for better or worse).

      I’m not worried about the ball sticking.

    • asifyouknow

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who sees that , the two loses and the second half of this game was just like that. Dribbling east and west is not his game…….

  • JimboBahamas

    I was losing my s$&@ when our lineup to start the fourth and save the season was Vazquez-Derozan-Salmons-PPat-Hayes. What is that lineup meant to accomplish, with JV rested and TRoss effective on Williams on the D end at least. It is no coincidence that the only decent game played by the Raptors all series was where Casey played an 8 man rotation. Was Ross terrible to start the game when they went up 19 – 5, or did he help space the floor and give us a athletic wing to guard Williams?

    Casey will definitely be fired after these playoffs unless they manage to take the Heat to six or seven in an actual playoff series. His mismanagement of this roster, along with an inability to create a series of effective sets against a mediocre defense has been our biggest crunch to bear through this series.

    • CJT

      I know, it cost us the game. Oh. wait.

    • asifyouknow

      Are you like on some kind of heavy drug??? go to sleep brother…lol

  • elbow

    Putting in Hayes and Salmons in the third stabilized the D that was reeling. A smart move by a coach considering he recognized that he could “hide” Hayes in his line up. Nets are trying to win a series by not shooting mid-long range shots within the 3 arc. Most of Johnson’s points are coming off threes or drive floaters, and Pierce has hit only a couple of jimmies since game 1. Raptors need to force the Nets to shoot more of those low percentage shots and focus on controlling the restricted area. Raptors are taking a licking just to get to the free, while any contact on Brooklyn’s end is rewarded. Here’s hoping Landry Fields returns back in Game 5, he could prove to be the tipping point in this series with his rebounding and defensive work.

    • DDayLewis

      Right, which is why the Nets had 40 points in the paint (Raptors had 32)

  • FuckBrooklyn

    That was fun, lets try that again

  • Rap fan 2

    Most satisfying win so far. It was a great defensive win. Great job guys!

  • FuckBrooklyn

    I didn’t think Ross’ defense was bad, when he was in the game, he did a great job on D-Will, his offense isnt there right now, but he only took one shot, given it was a terrible looking shot but it is what it is. All that matters is they win games, no matter how they get there.

  • Mexiballer

    Salmons and Hayes both came in and worked hard on defense. Give them some credit. And what about Casey. It was the Raptors and Casey’s defense that won this game and tied the series. I guess people who dont like Casey will not give him credit even when he deserves it.

    • DDayLewis

      I mean, it wasn’t like I plainly said this about Salmons (Did a solid job in the post against Johnson, at least.), or this about Hayes (Did a good job on the glass, which was about it.)

      • Mexiballer

        True. But a D+ for Salmons? We all see the game differently. I was honestly just glad to see him fighting J.J. and pushing him off the block. But its only a grade. Happy with the win.

        • DDayLewis

          Exactly. It’s just a grade. I have a mandate to put this post up as quickly as possible, and this one was up within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the game. I spend maybe 5 seconds on each grade.

          Salmons did fine on Johnson. I just hate seeing people miss wide open shots.

          • Mexiballer

            I hate it too. Especially since open shots should be automatic for a guy like Salmons. Honestly Will, you guys do an excellent job at R.R. and you take a ton of flak. keep doing the good work. An exciting time to be a Raptors fan. Did they really win that game?

            • DDayLewis

              Thanks man. I appreciate it, especially on a day like today.

          • ItsAboutFun

            If 10 minutes after the game is an excuse to be used, then maybe the mandate should be changed to allow some adequate thought to an analysis and grading?

            So Salmons did a fine job defending the guy whose been killing us, he got a couple of RBs, an AST, and a STL, but a D because he missed 3 shots? If these grades are based on expectations, what the hell were you expecting from him? I know, should have had Fields in.

        • WhiteVegas

          If Salmons hits just one of his wide open 3’s then he’d be a B-, but he missed all 3 of his wide open looks. I wish Ross was playing better defense as he actually hits those wide open catch and shoot 3’s.

  • tank

    Not the best write up I’ve ever read on this site. Lot basketball errors in the analysis. Nets rotations on defense are quicker then the raps for two reasons: first they play 11 deep and second veterans are better team defenders because they know where to go.
    Second bad fact is the Fields over Salmons infatuation. Fields is hurt and lets be serious if Fields is the x factor on this team the raps are going no where. Fields might be the worst offensive player on the raps and is only just slightly above average on defense. Oh yea Salmons did a pretty good job on Joe Johnson in his 20 minutes. So lets put this Fields/Salmons arguement to bed as they both suck.
    THirdly you can’t start GV as then the bench would really have a much bigger issue then they currently have. Nets killed are bench overall almost every game and your going to get rid of the main ball handler.
    Lets go Lou your better then this write up. Will give you many more opportunities to write better write ups.

    • FuckBrooklyn

      I stopped reading at Fields being only slightly above average on defense. Go to the corner.

    • DDayLewis

      I see your points. Here are my rebuttals.

      1. Nets are quicker on closeouts because they employ 4 smalls who are the ones closing out, and they’re not having to cover long distances by being out of position so much. Maybe they’re not quicker in the sense that I’m not quicker than Usain Bolt, but I can beat him in a race if I’m running 10 meters, and he’s doing a whole 100m,

      2. I actually defended Salmons over Fields shortly before the playoffs started, and I hardly shat on him today. He did a good job on Joe Johnson for the first time this series. Also, I clearly said this in his blurb: “Did a solid job in the post against Johnson, at least.”

      3. What are you talking about? The Raptors’ bench has outplayed the Nets’ bench in this series by a wide margin. Granted, a lot of that is Vasquez, but Ross is having the worst 4-game stretch of his career, and the Raptors are tremendously successful when he and Lowry share the court. I’m not suggesting that he doesn’t play with the bench at all, merely that he starts the game against the Nets’ starters because they can’t guard Lowry + Vasquez. Obviously you have to play a PG with the reserves. This isn’t hockey; lineups are flexible.

  • FuckBrooklyn

    Here’s my question for the Nets, the media always talks about how they don’t great rebounding and that’s one of their big weaknesses, while the Nets have Reggie Evans sitting at the end of their bench who is the ultimate rebounder and defender down low, but if they want to suck at rebounding it doesnt bother me, time for the Raptors to put these douche bags away and move on.

    • CJT

      Traded. About a year ago. Dude.

      • FuckBrooklyn

        So that wasn’t Reggie Evans on the Nets bench?

        • FuckBrooklyn

          Pretty sure it was big guy

          • AJBecker

            you are 100% wrong, Evans plays for Sacramento.

            • FuckBrooklyn

              Well then who the fuck was that Reggie Evans look alike then haha

              • Steverino

                It was not Reggie Evans, that’s who it was.

          • CJT

            Sacto Kings. All year. He and Acy have matching bench beards.

  • Bryan Colangelo

    Only reason Novak and Hayes were on the floor to start the fourth was because Amir was injured and in foul trouble, and there is no universe where JV can play a full quarter without getting gassed.

    That rotation was a big but necessary risk to buy enough time for the starters, who were practically on life support and came up huge in the last 6 minutes.

    That’s not bad coaching. That’s great coaching.

    • Mexiballer

      I agree. Not to mention that the Raptors could not score for their life in the third, so it was worth giving Novak a try to see if he could loosen things up a bit or maybe hit a couple of threes.

    • DDayLewis

      I understand the foul trouble/rest arguments.

      However, consider the construction of that lineup. Vasquez is great in the pick and roll, but had nobody to do that with. Hayes/Salmons/Novak all need someone to set them up, which means it was either Vasquez iso, or DeRozan iso. It’s a shitty situation, but Hansbrough and (maybe) Ross would have provided a little more flexibility/options on offense.

      • Louvens Remy

        Terry Ross was used correctly. He played better sitting on that bench. He’s a liability. I think he will come back and do better in Toronto, but he is lost out there on defensive rotations. Also, Chunky is a better option on the defensive end and the glass than Hansborough in a close game. Chunky has been in the league for about 8 years playing center at 6’6″. He knows what he is doing. Great move by Dwyane/Dwane/Dwayne/Duane

      • Bryan Colangelo

        Maybe Ross should have been out there, but he’s just been having a terrible, terrible series. After watching him lose his man or turn his back at the wrong times, I ‘get’ why Casey has reservations about putting him on the floor these days.

        Hansborough probably deserved some burn. The Nets picked up a couple of offensive boards in a row. I don’t know if Hansborough would have made a difference but at least someone would have got knocked on their ass.

        Salmons and Novak, in theory, will take an open shot to space a floor. If Salmons or Novak could hit an open 3, than that line-up looks less ridiculous. That’s a big fucking ‘if’ obviously, because as you’ve insinuated, both those guys kind of suck. But really, can you have Hansborough out there with Hayes on offense?

        I’m just thankful that that line-up performed above expectations by not completely shitting the bed.

        • DDayLewis

          I am too. It’s a miracle they were only -2 in the 4 minutes they were out there.

        • Steverino

          And yet… and yet… the Raptors certainly got off to a great start and Ross was playing. He had nothing to do with it, of course, but the team was doing fine with him out there.

  • Jake

    you casey haters, please shut the _____ up already. He’s our coach. Believe in him. You peons couldn’t do a better job, so just let it be. not that DC reads this fucking stupid retarded blog anyways, full of fan haters and wanna be GMs.

    Fuck you all who hate DC.

    • dog

      sorry and with all due respect FUCK you too

    • DDayLewis

      An elegant defense. Sterling should hire you to be his lawyer. Everyone would be happy.

      • noname

        now can you righteously ban this DCDR (Dwayne Casey Dick RIder). We give constructive criticism, geez this guy is acting like we crucify casey for everything.

    • Philoveritas

      You realize that there needs to be room for legitimate criticism of all things, and not everyone who doesn’t just ‘believe in him’ because he is the coach doesn’t necessarily ‘hate’ him. You can go slobber all over his knob all you want, me I call em how I see em…

    • bobmasa

      Why don’t you take Casey home, its better then talking about Basketball because you know nothing. He is the worse coach in NBA and his gonna go.

      • Bryan Colangelo

        Every fan hates their team’s coach during the playoffs.

        Name a coach that you would like to replace him. Seriously. Take your time.

        Popovich? Carlisle? Terry Stotts? All great coaches. But anyone you name will either not be available or be extremely overrated.

        I’m not saying Casey is untouchable, but I think he has gotten a LOT out of the team he has.

        • Ogi

          This.

        • dunkmycat7

          This is So Easy
          George Karl
          Thought it was gonna happen in the first 20 games this year.
          Absolutely Will NOT happen now.
          I have huge issues with DC too, but no way he does not get an extension now.

          • noname

            George Karl would kill valanciunas’ already scarred confidence…have you seen what he did to Javale Mcgee in Denver? Hell naw, I’d throw Lionel Hollins’ name out there because he I honestly think he would be PERFECT for the raptors and for JV’s development.

      • Heyjoe

        Wasn’t he voted like 5th for COY? Not bad for coaching a Canadian club I would say considering that it’s the media that votes.

    • Northbound

      I agree with Jake. Even if we lost this game, I would still support the coach.
      This is the problem with the raptors fanbase from time to time. 48 wins and first post-season in 7 years with a fresh new team who just started buiding chemistry and he still gets shit from the fans.
      I really want to see stability in the entire squad for once, rather than journeymen players and coaches filling in empty spots. Lets just support.

    • Guest

      Yikes. I was with you until you spit “fucking stupid retarded blog”.

  • Maputo88

    KG is absolutely done. Thanks Jason Kidd for relying on him. Raptors 1-19 in the 3rd quarter – terrible, terrible, terrible. We just have got to be better.

    • johng_3

      I’m surprised that he can’t even play more than 20 minutes. Its the playoffs, he has been resting for half the season

  • Wes mantooth

    I disagree on Ross. They didn’t run one play for him. Last game either. It’s hard to get involved that way especially since he was used to getting plays in the reg season. Same with JV this game. Everytime he touched the ball something good happened. Can’t explain why he never did. Happy they won!! Casey coached an awful game. I agree I’m not even sure they won. Doesn’t feel like it. Haha weird

  • Frazzle.

    Hey we played well with Chuck Hayes on the floor. I was very doubtful when he came on but give the guy credit he did ok.

  • Mexiballer

    Raptors 10 turnovers. Brooklyn 16 turnovers.

    • DDayLewis

      That was the game right there.

  • noname

    well, in reply to the article about adapting, attacking, or dying…i guess the raptors adapted. I didn’t like it at first because it meant less JV dominance…but it got us the win. Still need to feed JV more though.

  • OvertheWall

    Why the F is Derozan doing iso plays all over the place in the 2nd half? I did not know that Kobe was his hero. Just frigging come off screens or do pick and rolls, no fking iso’s.

    • FREEJV

      word. got trapped a million times

    • johng_3

      Its easier said than done. When they double off the screen, the bigs got to come for the ball. Yea Demar does have to have better court vision but the big guys should try to make it a little easier for him.

      • Bryan Colangelo

        Whenever Demar or Lowry pick up their dribble it always seems like there are 1.5 to two guys on them. You have to give the Nets defense some credit. They’ve also done a great job denying the entry pass to the post.

        But the team as a whole has to step up that situation, and move without the ball to help these guys.

        The only players that seem to be able to run the pick and roll consistently is Amir and GV, because they’re not trapping GV as aggressively.

        • johng_3

          I didn’t know you can have 1.5 guys lol

  • asifyouknow

    Just watched the clip of the folks outside the ACC ..You guy got to be the best fans in the NBA..You all crazy…lol

    • FREEJV

      better than okc

      • johng_3

        I read okc does the same thing as well. So they have wild fans as well

        • Guest

          A bit colder here though, doesn’t that give us a couple of extra props?

          • CJT

            Plus they’re American so that is a strike against them.

            • noname

              lol…we prefer it when only the Americans are being ignorant…please don’t let that change.

              • CJT

                Fair enough.

          • johng_3

            True, but they have sellout crowds every night in the regular season, unlike the raps. I think they are probably top 5 in attendance. But its because thats the only pro team they have there

            • Guest

              Had to look this up, but more bums were in seats for Toronto home games this year by a very narrow margin. And that’s during a period where OKC has durant and for 1/3 of the year, people expected us to tank.

  • Louvens Remy

    @william_lou I disagree with your assessment on Chunky Hayes. He’s solid. The game turned around when he got on the floor. The raps need to try out some De Colo out there for stretches to get an extra ballhandler, shooter and size to help on these perimeter players. Terry Ross needs to start playing like Terrence again.

    • vanlivin

      the game changed with 4 kings and lowry establishing defense.

  • Guest

    Best clip ever Toronto fans are great and nuts..lol…!!

    http://www.nba.com/raptors/video/2014/04/27/NBAWEB1404272CLUTCHBUCKETSflv-3251931

  • Louvens Remy

    DeMar has got to be the slowest guy when he’s doubled. just pass the ball already or go to the cup everytime!

    • Ghotte

      Huge weakness is his decision making out of the double team. But the other part of the equation is what his teammate does when his defender leaves him to double

  • anthonyf

    Watched the TNT broadcast and each foul the last 5 minutes they said was absolutely the right call. I do remember a call early in the youth on rebound under the Brooklyn basket that went against the raptors that was on kg and one that should have been called on the raptors that was a non call (but they got the basket in the end so didn’t matter).

  • Jeff Grayson

    You completely discredit yourself when you criticize Casey for failing to play Fields, when Fields was ruled out prior to tip-off. If you consider yourself a serious, knowledgeable Raps fan, capable of writing post-game material worth reading, then please, pay attention to the facts or stop writing for this site.

    And, your assessment of Salmons is way off base. He played very strong defense tonight and certainly earned his minutes.

    • DDayLewis

      Yeah, my ENTIRE post, and my views on the Raptors as a whole is invalidated by failing to get home in time to hear the news on Fields’ injury. The ENTIRE POST was invalidated. All of the points. All of it. INVALID. Because one slip on Fields.

      • j bean

        Don’t be overly sensitive to criticism. Everyone makes mistakes and has room for improvement.

        • DDayLewis

          That wasn’t criticism.

          • noname

            then what was it? Sarcastic banter for the comedic enjoyement of all? Lmfao c’mon man it’s not a big deal. At least you’re not Kenny Smith saying that the raps would’ve lost to Charlotte (that one still makes me laugh).

  • Ogi

    I think Casey should have been graded way higher. Joe Johnson wasn’t 2-7 for no reason tonight. Same with d-will 4-12.

  • Sal

    WE THE NORTH > WE ARE HERE

    • raptorstand

      If this grammatical stupid saying is going to be our chant , lets spell it OUI THE NORTH >OUI ARE HERE …. just to fuck over the Americans.

      • Bryan Colangelo

        LOL. Yes. I’m sure America will take us more seriously if we break out the berets, baguettes and unicycles and chant THAT. Let’s do this!

      • Steverino

        Agreed. Who came up with that lame slogan? Can’t stand it.

      • dunkmycat7

        Alors-Nice one !!!
        Yes-It IS SOOO lame…and so not for my gen.
        Kinda reminds me of “you da man”
        Pretty much hate that one too.
        And apparently it was Drake who came up with it.
        Should have just gone with TRUE NORTH
        Not young enough to follow him as a rapper but I know few kids who do- he lost ALL his street cred with the douchebag lint roller thing.

  • Louvens Remy

    Ya will. Quit shitting on Casey. to quote Blake Murphy : (paraphrasing) Hedo Turkoglu IS NOT walking through that door! haha. Casey is fine. He made the right calls. Players went 1-17 to start the 3rd. they go 5-17 and its a 10 pt win.

  • Mexiballer

    Did anyone else notice that when the game was won in the last 5 minutes with lock down defense, Ross and J.V. were on the bench. Its not a knock on them, they are still young. But to play the kind of quick on a string defense to win a close playoff game, you need the experience and reaction time to know the rotations, and be there in position to siop the ball or close out. The closing five guys on the floor were Lowry, Derozan, Patterson, Amir, and Vasquez. That might be the right formula and chemistry for a mix of defense and ball handling to close games out.

    • Ghotte

      Totally give props to JV for punishing the nets on offense but his defense and his defensive rotations are what are causing the biggest issues.
      Same thing with Ross; his one on one defense is getting better but he still isn’t sharp enough to recognize when a rotation has to happen when he’s off the ball.

    • Pedro-

      Excellent observation. This is not about who we personally like or dislike. The result of this adjustment speak for themselves.

    • mountio

      lock down defense is a generous description. Brooklyn went ice cold, including missing several wide open 3s. Its not to say we didnt play good D down the stretch – we did and guys were playing their asses off … its just to say that the guys who closed the game are our “defensive stoppers”

    • KickPuncher

      That’s statistically our best lineup.

    • Tinman

      And that’s a good thing.
      We have this series tied with a much more experienced team.
      JV and Ross are still learning, still improving. Makes me feel good about the direction this club is heading.

  • Mexiballer

    Will. How did Casey get out coached?

    • DDayLewis

      The all-bench + DeRozan lineup baffled me, and probably swung my assessment of Casey too far in the negative, but I stand by my point. Kidd made adjustments when shit wasn’t working. He told his team to trap DeRozan hard in the second half and DeMar was completely shut down. He saw that Blatche was getting killed on defense, so he played Plumlee more. Those move tangibly helped the Nets, and I didn’t think Casey made any changes as impactful as that, save for his brave decision to reinsert Johnson and Lowry, who both had five fouls, late in the fourth.

      • Ghotte

        Outside of being brave, you’re not giving any credit to Casey motivating the team after the 3rd quarter? It wasn’t just plays it was them clamping down on defense which is a habit they’ve been coached into throughout the second half of the season.

        • DDayLewis

          What evidence do we have of him “motivating” his team? And if he does indeed have this quality, why didn’t he “motivate” them in the second and third quarter?

          • Ghotte

            So, are you saying that the way this team has generally executed and closed out games in the 4th has little to do with Casey and the coaching staff? Toughness and chemistry are other hard-to-quantify factors, much like motivation.

            Realize you’re prickly b/c you missed the news about Fields but…

            • DDayLewis

              No, I’m saying you can’t draw direct parallels to his ability to “motivate”. I prefer concrete things, like the decision to put in Amir and Lowry despite their foul trouble, and I praised him for making that call.

              • Ghotte

                Of course you can’t draw a direct parallel. The result plus the eye test for this young, inexperienced team in a hostile environment tells me “motivation” may have had a lot to do with it. I choose to think it’s weighted to coaching.

                • DDayLewis

                  Fair enough. Agree to disagree.

                • Ted

                  He got outcoached also cause he didn’t use Jonas at all. 3/3 today and 4/4 in game 3. Jason Kidd essentially took Jonas out of game 3 and Casey made no adjustments for game 4

      • Louvens Remy

        Dude. The Raps held the Nets to 12 points in the 4th quarter and he got outcoached? What about that lineup of Lowry, Derozan, Amir, Greivis and PatPat? The rotations and closeouts were crisp. JKidd didnt adjust to that at all.
        Also for the stretch where the Raps went cold, save for Demar’s ridiculous shot selection, they missed bunnies and wide open shots.

        • Bryan Colangelo

          It would be funny if Casey’s strategy was to dupe opposing coaches into thinking he was a terrible coach and make an adjustment at the Nth hour to turn the game around.

          And yes, during the third Raptors were missing looks they normally make — which I think led Demar to taking some horrible shots and trying to force the issue. Not the impulse from Demar, but understandable. The team was desperate at that point.

          To be honest, the outside shooting was appalling for the Raptors the entire game. They were air balling 3’s. I don’t know what the fuck is going on with these guys.

          • Northbound

            Its the jitters. I dont care if they were airballs, as long as they got good looks.
            I was a lot less frustrated in this game despite the bad shooting even in the 3rd quarter because ball movement was good and we didn’t turn it over.

  • nickfromtime

    I hope John Salmons enjoys his last few games with this squad.

    • Louvens Remy

      He doesn’t look like he enjoys much of anything. I thought the pot smoker look was trademarked by Tracey McGrady?

  • gizzly73

    wtf is Casey doing playing Hayes over Hansborough? TH always makes something happen, is perfectly suited for banging and agitating in the playoffs, and can actually score once in awhile. Somebody please tell me how he got in Casey’s doghouse.

    • Northbound

      Calm down man Hayes did a good job. In the playoffs, less likely to call fouls on Hayes over Hansborough. The kid has a reputation unfortunately.

    • RobertArchibald

      I actually preferred Hayes simply because of the situation. He’s a vet that looks like he has the ultimate respect from the officials. Gets the benefit of the doubt when there’s contact in the paint. He’s also very smart in how he uses his body when rebounding. He has to box out because of his lack of size and has a great ability to tap loose balls to himself. Also is a better post defender and help defender than Psycho-T, in my opinion.

      • RPT23

        This. I think Hayes negated Blanche’s post play with his “old man strength”. For an undersized C, he played above his height.

      • gizzly73

        Hayes taps balls to himself because he can’t jump enough to get them the regular way. If there is a 50/50 ball no way will Hayes get it. Hayes just stands there with his bulk and pushes, gets a rebound or two( centers are supposed to get rebounds) and everybody here crows about what a great job he is doing. How many centers in the game have to revert to a teardrop shot because they are so undersized and have no other weapon? Bring on TH ( He should have played hockey)

  • Mexiballer

    Im sitting here thinking, this is a such huge win for this team and this franchise. Especially if they go on to win the series.
    Such a pivotal game in this teams development and their exposure to the rest of Canada. Such a big big win.

  • RobertArchibald

    Can someone find the rule where officials can review a play and THEN call a tech on a player? Gimme a break. Making up rules as they go. Some more atrocious officiating on both sides. Grab some CIS refs, they know how to call a consistent game.

    Hear a lot of people calling for JV to get looks in the post, but the fact is he is being pushed almost to the 3 point line before he pins his man. He also is prone to turnovers against this D as they overhelp and are constantly reaching. Don’t blame Casey for going away from this.

    Same for Ross. Penetrate and kick is the only way he’ll score and the BKN guards are making it tough on Lowry to do so. Ross’ handles simply aren’t good enough to drive the paint against a collapsing, aggressive D.

    • Northbound

      For me, I thought JV being in the outside actually helped the rest of the team get really good drives for and-1.
      Other than some odd foul calls, I think JV did his part.
      Raptors fought 8 on 5 all the way.
      On a sidenote: I sincerely hope Raptor fans don’t boo or say USA sucks while the anthem is playing. That is just total ignorance and I expect it to stay in Brooklyn where the hoods are.

      • RobertArchibald

        JV deserves a lot of credit for not hanging his head now that he’s basically been relegated to being a defensive rebounder. He’s also getting a lot of ticky-tack fouls going against him when there is a ton of contact that’s not getting whistled on other plays. He’s frustrating the Nets and nothing they do seems to phase him. Wish that would rub off on Ross who is totally intimidated.

        Dont foresee the crowd taking part in any anti-USA stuff. They actually sang the American anthem in games 1+2.

      • stretch bigman

        Fought 8-5? Didn’t the y call like 5 consecutive offensive fouls on Brooklyn in the 4th?

        Stop complaining about reffing. Its weak.

        • noname

          3…but if you watched the whole game you would see a lot of bad calls and no-calls on the raps. But I’m honestly too sick of the complaining, just let it go!

  • Northbound

    1. Finally some in-outs (even though we missed quite a few 3s, I would do the same thing again if I had the choice)
    2. Refs fcked over raptors in Q2+3. Fcked over nets in Q1+4
    3. Best of 3 with Homecourt advantage!
    4. I actually thought chuck hayes did better than what was rated. He was in there for solid rebounding and offered that. And he didnt make any loose dribbles leading to TOs
    5. GV seems to be just clutch at times when we are about to give up.
    6. Very good passing by the raptors. When they have good looks and miss, it’s not so bad.

  • Joelkorrie Mueller

    What really upset me was going with Novak to start the fourth. I have no issues with Hayes being out there, in fact I love him matching up with blache, as he eliminates him and forces him into really tough shots. Blache has had his way with amir and Patterson and val, but not chuck. Novak in served no real purpose. You have to hide him and he couldn’t guard teletovic. Not sure why they didnt’ put him on Kirilenko, who just floats on the perimeter. Casey got graded a little tough here imo. That was the one substitution I disagreed with. Salmons had to play, and he played excellent defence, what else can you ask from him?

    • Mexiballer

      They were 1-12 shooting at one point in the third quarter and my thought was that Casey just wanted to see if he could get some scoring out of someone, anyone, because they were double teaming and trapping Demar at every opportunity, and no one else was stepping up offensively. Why not give Novak a few minutes to see if he can knock down a couple of threes and loosen things up. Isn’t that what he’s there for?

    • Northbound

      I actually liked how Casey put in glimpses of Novak to mess up the defense formation of the nets.
      Blitzing him and taking him out from time to time was awesome because nets had to adjust to new ways of defending and hovered around the perimeter even after Novak left.

  • GetLicks

    Wow. Are you mentally challenged William Lou? Derozan a b and Lowry an A? What a joke RR is. We don’t win this game without him. I won’t be reading & commenting on RR anymore. This derozan hate is fuckin ridiculous. Amateur writers, don’t quit your paying job please

    • Northbound

      who cares its just ratings dude.

      • GetLicks

        You probably haven’t been reading this site long, the negativity DD gets from RR is fuckin bullshit.

        • Northbound

          Yeah newcomer here lol
          But seriously lets just enjoy the win – I thought DD was crucial in many parts of the game. And plus, without him we dont get others into foul trouble.
          Gets an A in my books

          • GetLicks

            Oh trust me, I’m loving this win. But I find it embarrassing that this site keeps shitting on Derozan time and time again.

            • Northbound

              it would be cool if the ratings show up as scores voted on by the members of RR.
              I would give Casey and Hayes higher scores too.

    • Steverino

      It’s not so much DeRozan hate; it’s watching his game critically. He has the potential to be so much better but he just gets locked into doing his own thing instead of looking for the best opportunity in a given possession.

      • GetLicks

        For the first 3 quarters, he was the only one keeping us in the game. Wake up you armchair analysts

        • Steverino

          Not going to get personal. It’s just an observation. He played great in the first half. Not so great in the second half. Why? See above. Too much isolation play.

    • DDayLewis

      Fantastic. Don’t come back.

      • Bryan Colangelo

        Walk it off Lou, walk it off.

        I still like you. *thumbs up*

        • DDayLewis

          <3

          These comments have got me rattled. I didn't think I'd be lambasted this hard for such small things.

          • RPT23

            Hey I respect the work you put on here at RR, no matter what peeps up in here say. Some of us may not agree on everything here but for the most part you’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work. It’s all about opinions and you gave us yours.

  • Joelkorrie Mueller

    If the raps can get Ross going from three I think it might open the flood gates. Nets looked old tonight. Derozen has played well this series. Mostly offensively, but he made some plays on defence today too. Took a key charge. His game is evolving still. His first quarter was lights out.

  • Ghotte

    The longer the series goes, the better. Regardless if we’ve got more walking wounded than them. Dust off Hansbrough for some hard fouls against some ageing limbs. Provide more physical push back by going inside to JV more and make their D run more.

    • Northbound

      I am now glad next game is on Wed. Rest well Raptors….rest well

  • MrJames

    I must have missed something but, where was Hansbrough all night?

    • Northbound

      Casey decided to go Veterans over Energy.
      They also did not get called to an extent where Hansbrough would have.
      I guess the refs respect veterans a little bit more.

      • MrJames

        Chuck held the fort but, you can’t tell me Hansbrough wouldn’t have given you more everything in a physical game like this one. Aggression was key and who has that in spades?

        • Northbound

          I would use Hansborough more at home.
          Not denying his aggression, but at Brooklyn and the striped zebras, we may have gotten into team foul troubles.

  • Northbound

    Johnson was a no factor today too. So happy I didnt see any of that floater.
    I was also glad that we did not chase Garnett all the way near perimeter and dared him to take the long jumper
    For a new playoff team, we are gaining experience fast.

  • Junior Qamar

    Did you all see Mr. WHAMMY lol

    • Junior Qamar

      The man if effective

  • Bryan Colangelo

    WOW … Have you guys seen the Nets RealGM forum? I thought we were bad, but they’re having a meltdown over there.

    There’s still at least a couple of games to play, sheesh.

    • Ghotte

      Who is getting killed on their boards? Kidd? JJ? DWill?

      Casey? 😉

      • Bryan Colangelo

        They think Kidd and his rotations are moronic and D-Will is POS for not stepping up while JJ was being doubled.

        And they’re crying that all there starters are soft wusses for not being able to score in the last five minutes against a Raptors team that was obviously injured.

        They believe that KG and Pierce should to playing more, and Kidd is sabotaging the team by restricting their minutes. Their fans just can’t accept that these dudes are way, way past their prime, and having a long rotation is what allows the Nets to play such an aggressive pressure defense.

        • Ghotte

          For all the Casey-haters: Our moron (Casey) out-coached their moron (Kidd) Ha ha

          If KG and Pierce get more burn, the Raps will seriously expose them.

          • Bryan Colangelo

            I think Kidd’s doing the right thing restricting their minutes; it’s amazing Nets fans can’t see that.

            Having D-Will, JJ and Pierce on the floor at the same time with fresh legs is a nightmare for other teams. They almost stole game 2 with that strategy.

  • IC

    This has to go down as a huge win. I had very little faith after that 3rd quarter but somehow they pulled through it. The team showed a lot of character and lived up to their big fourth quarter reputation. Memorable moments for me include JV towering sky hook over KG Sucks and lowry rainbow floater over KG Sucks. Oh and also Brooklyn fans attempting to be as passionate as Toronto fans with their laughable lowry sucks chant. Couldnt agree more with the “cant believe how the raps won this one” sentiment. On to game 5! Great series so far.

  • RPT23

    holy crap, 289 comments so far!

  • De Colo

    Love this team, you think you’re excited, feel these nipples.

  • CM

    Appreciate the effort to put the write up together but I don’t think the writer has much basketball knowledge. Game plan was to shut down jj snd dwill. So they doubled, hedged hard and got up tight on one on one d. The adjustment was from Casey. Hard to say he was out coached and deserved a c. Hayes had a positive impact on turning up the d and the funky lineup of four kings and Lowry helped change mo. Salmons d on jj was big. Winning plays that don’t show on the offensive stat sheet are critical. Can’t judge a player just on points that’s for fantasy players.

    • Northbound

      good post

  • RPT23

    I read on the ESPN recap that Pierce had some positive things to say about the Raptors. I thought that it’s nice to see and read that Toronto Raptors are finally getting some respect out there… but there’s still MORE work to be done in order for the league to take notice! And this team, provided that we continue the growth, is on it’s way to achieving that.

    • Northbound

      I am reading yahoo sports comments right now and a lot of respect for the raptors from this game. Half are saying how they should have just faced the bulls instead.

      • RPT23

        That might be an entirely different series though. It would be fun to see JV versus Noah down low. It’ll be more of a traditional game than the Nets series… but wow, how about the Wizards? WTF is going down in D.C. lately?

  • RPT23

    F#CK Brooklyn

    and…

    F#CK Sterling…

    • katmore9

      and F*ck Sterlling again.

  • ad

    How can you not be proud of these guys! Lowry is a beast, the guy has so much heart. Raps need to take care of business at home.

  • Warren

    I think we all see that Demar is playing well, but he has slight tunnel vision and takes silly shots at times. Let’s compare Demar from this year to Demar of two years ago and even last year. He is totally different in a good way. He is only 24 and I think we have lost sight of his rapid improvement. He is not perfect, no. But, considering where he is today compared to last year, I think he will improve in his offensive awareness, passing ability and ability to find teammates, as he has shown improvement in different categories every year. While his decisions aren’t always great, he is a young player who cherishes taking that big shot, and he is someone who does not look out of place in the playoffs. This is a young team, and let’s be patient, but still cheer for the cinderella Raps to go all the way this year

  • mountio

    What a steal! I love it. We had no business winning that game the way we played the last 3 quarters (outside of the last few mins) – but Ill take it. We really have to improve if we expect to win this series. Brooklyn absolutely fell apart down the stretch, and while I would love to give our D all the credit, reality is they just missed open shots. That wont continue to happen.
    Im loving the victory, loving the home court back to us … loving that we might see game 7 at home. But, we have to fix the OFFENSIVE consistency. As Ive been saying all week .. for all the attention its been getting .. our D is ok.
    It starts with TR – hes been invisible and absolutely needs to snap out of it. I have to wonder if Casey refusing to play him down the stretch for most of the season had a detrimental effect, because the pressure is getting to him, thats for sure

  • dunkmycat7

    Isn’t it fun to watch playoff basketball when your team is in it and playing well.
    Just a couple of things because everyone is already all over everything..
    -Chuckie.. Chukie …Chukie…just comes in and does a total pro job on the boards. Nice.
    Is there ANY sport like hoops where there are so many changes in momentum, so many runs and responses ?
    Raps and Demar in the 1st qtr- sublime
    Raps and Demar in qtrs. 2 and 3 – invisible
    Raps in the 4th quarter – tough and gutsy
    The boys are learning how to win, learning how to believe and every game we seem to get it a bit more.
    We saw last nite what they CAN do, They CAN win this series now.
    Go you basket ball team GO !!!
    I threw away my Clippers jersey yesterday, Would be happy to provide a new home for CP3 and Blake anytime they wish.

  • Z- Rap- Money

    Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. TDOTTTTT!!!!

  • PJRadio

    Enough of the hate… Chuck Hayes grabbed big rebounds, Salmons helped hold the line, even Novak served as a distraction and Demar’s D in the 4th counted… every inch a team victory and playing like a team and they all love it… Raps have won the 4th quarter in every game but the first when the refs inexplicably failed to call a defensive foul on the Nets in the entire quarter… Raps win the 4th by an average of 5 points and very easily could have swept this series by now with correct calls in game 1 and Fields not tipping the rebound out in game 3… I love watching this team. My one gripe is watching them play YMCA in the late 4th quarter of game 2… This is Toronto! I wanna her BaKardi Slang… We rock the pressure, we come correct, coming from the cold and we coming much HOTTA! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Q_E3jEVEQ

  • database_666

    AMEN on #5: it is nice to give a young talent like Ross some time to feel the playoffs, but he has been counterproductive. It has been a long time overdue to start Vasquez and Lowry together, this option is highly efficient and gives so many different offensive options which involve assisting other players. I am willing to sacrifice time for DeColo/Salmons/Ross as a relief lineup, and see what happens there. Unfortunately, every ball Ross took, he promptly returned it back to Lowry, coach gave him ample time and opportunity in these 4 games to shine.

  • katmore9

    What’s with the hate for Casey on these boards? It’s easy to question/second-guess a coach when you’re not doing it and watching the game with replays, different camera angles, and a beer in your hand.

    Casey will probably forget more about the pro game than any of us will ever know.

    And besides… we got the win with a bunch of guys banged up. Yeesh.

  • Jam

    I was mainly annoyed by him sitting JV for so long, it was irritating watching Chuck Hayes try to rebound and attempt a hook shot. Let JV foul out if he has to, Casey didn’t intend to use him down the stretch anyway.

    I think we gotta give Ross one more shot, game 5 at home is the perfect opportunity for him to rebound. Playoff jitters have died down, he’ll be back home, and he’s due. If Brooklyn has to suddenly deal with a 3-pointer barrage from Ross in addition to Derozan, Lowry, Amir and JV, they’ll pack up and leave. His defense on D-Will while he was out there in game 4 was fantastic, Williams looked lost and terrified. If we had Ross performing at 1/2 capacity through the series, we’d be up 3-0. I want this series in 6…infront of their 6 fans.

  • noname

    I just had an epiphony. If we have amir johnson guard JJ and have ross/fields guard Pierce instead, our defence would be better because amir is a better post defender and ross is a good defender on slashes (as shown by his defence on d-will). And fields, well you know he can defend well. Then Demar can guard livingston and not get blown by for once. Kyle can guard D-will (I believe he can) and when vasquez comes in then he can take derozan’s man and guard livingston like he has all series!! *mind blown*

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