If you’re experiencing heart palpitations, sue the Raptors.


Brooklyn Nets 113 FinalRecap | Box Score 115 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 4-5 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -14Landed himself in foul trouble once again, which hurt the Raptors’ interior defense and allowed the Nets to make their torrid comeback. Had a great start to the game, including some great finishes in traffic on PnR’s. But holy hell can you ever NOT FOUL ON A CLOSEOUT IN THE CORNER?????????

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +13Hey! This is a good Terrence Ross game nowadays. He gets a good grade because he hit three shots. His defense was still terrible, and his decision making on both ends was iffy at best. But forget all that. Three made baskets gives him an A.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +10Destroyed whomever the Nets put against him. Plumlee, Blatche, Garnett, it didn’t matter. He was left on the bench for way too long, but given that it was a blowout for much of two quarters, that’s a little excusable. He doesn’t get the full A+ because his defense was lacking.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 11-19 FG | 8-10 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 36 PTS | +15He bailed out everyone on the team tonight, including his head coach. I’m sure Zarar will post a video of his heroics from this game. This man is your hero. I wish there were a grade above A+.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 5-12 FG | 12-13 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -13Sunk all his clutch free-throws down the stretch, and attacked the interior relentlessly in the first half. Unfortunately, he was destroyed by Joe Johnson in the second half, and when he wasn’t covering the ball, his help defense was extremely questionable.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1He passed up just about every open shot he had and looks to have caught LandryJumperItis. I wonder why he doesn’t trust his jumpshot. Maybe his elbow is flaring up again?

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +6He held the fort down in the first half, but was left out for too long in the second half. He can’t make easy chippies around the rim, but he apparently can hit buzzer-beating 18-footers.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -15At least his defense on Joe Johnson was good. I know it doesn’t look like it in the boxscore, but most of Joe’s second half outburst came against DeRozan. Salmons at least stemmed him and held him in-check. Zero on offense.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +7I can’t ever seem to properly evaluate his game. His numbers are great, and he hit huge shots, but his process and decision-making is so suspect at times. I guess I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop with him. He has been crucial to every Raptors’ win thus far, and tonight was no different.

Dwane Casey
The easy answer is to blame the Nets’ comeback on Casey, but he did everything in his power — save for subbing out Chuck Hayes sooner in the fourth — to right the ship. Down the stretch, he played offense-defense, and it looks like he was the one who told Patterson to foul Blatche on the Nets’ final play.

Six Things We Saw

  1. The first half was a case of good process, bad result for DeRozan. At a glance, 1-for-5 shooting looks horrible, but DeMar made the effort to continuously attack the Nets’ interior defense. His drives earned him 7 free-throw attempts in the first half (one was a tech free-throw). His shot chart, although stained in red, is the process you’d like to see from DeMar.
  2. Early foul trouble on Jonas and Amir were in part due to poor perimeter defense. Jonas picked up his second foul rotating to help on a Pierce blow-by, and Amir was stuck making up for Ross’ mistakes. Luckily, Hayes soaked up some quality minutes in their stead, and held the fort down. That’s veteran leadership.
  3. Good on Lowry and DeRozan to make an effort to get Ross going. Midway through the third quarter, with the Raptors’ lead topping 20, Lowry pump-faked a defender, had an open triple, swung it to DeMar, who also drew a defender, and kicked it to Ross in the corner for three. That’s leadership.
  4. Please get some help, mayor Rob Ford. It’s not even funny anymore.
  5. Kyle Lowry, man.
  6. There’s an easy explanation for the Raptors’ second half meltdown — they treated the game as if it were over. As fans, we can only hope that they learn from this experience. However, as much as their performance let us down, don’t forget how great the first half was. Sports entertainment is a vicarious emotional roller-coaster, and the ups are fleeting. Cherish those, because that’s why we watch.
  • UGHHHHH

    My goddddd why is Chuck Hayes seeing minutes….. whyyyyy is Salmons still seeing minutes

    • Saskatoon Raps Fan

      10-13 mins of salmons playing tough defense on Johnson is ok. However I agree about Hayes. Playing him that long into the fourth while the nets were roaring back was unacceptable. I vote F- for casey

  • Balls Deep

    I think I just craped out my heart-Every raptor fan right now

  • Musik

    Great win but why must they do that to my heart..? Casey’s substitutions almost cost us another game.

  • The Mega Sage

    Did I miss something? Why didn’t JV play in the fourth?

    • IkeKrizzule

      Because Dwayne Casey is an idiot who can’t properly manage a rotation.

      • ac1011990

        Jeez calm down, the so called idiot has won us 3 games against a team most people thought we had no chance against. He makes some questionable decisions, but the man deserves his credit.

        • Balls Deep

          He didn’t win shit Lowry bales us out today and grevis yesterday, fact is Casey is an average coach at best

          • ValanInuyashaSSS

            I agree with you, Butch Carter was a good coach and developed Vince and T-Mac, but he was not good enough to take Raptors to another level. Hall of Famer, Lenny Wilken did it.

          • ac1011990

            Fair enough, i just think Casey gets beat down on more then he deserves, I think there is a dynamic between the team and Casey that we don’t see, that has played a crucial role in how this team has performed not only only during the regular season but here in the playoffs. People hated what he was doing in the beginning with Ross and Jonas’s minutes but most are happy the way they turned out and developed under him.

            • ltuk

              I still think DC should be assistant coach. He can work with youth and turn them into great players, but man, he just can’t make good decisions in the game. How many times we saw his awful decisions during the game? Way too many, which cost us some Ws. We need a great coach who can control the game! And then I’ll be very happy to see DC as assistant.

          • Chewwy No Matthew

            Well put. We won in spite of Casey. Vasquez and Kyle made some big shots in the fourth. Absolutely no reason for JV to sit on that bench for the first 7 minutes of the quarter.Joe Johnson had 5 fouls yet no plays run at him. Also, look what happens when you stop double teaming Joe. He ate up DeMar

        • The Mega Sage

          Actually, I dare say it’s the players that have won those games despite Casey.

          • CJT

            FYI it’s the players that lose the games as well. Casey didn’t plan for Amir to commit multiple fouls on 3 point shots that he had no chance of blocking.

            • Chewwy No Matthew

              I do agree with you on that. I badly wanted Amir off that floor as you could tell the non thinking Amir was out there. Common sense tells you not to foul a 3 point shooter. One time, Charles Barkley was asked what he thought about Jamal Crawford taking the all time NBA lead in 4 point plays with 37 at the time. Charles answer was, “it proves that there are 37 idiots out there”.

              • CJT

                That’s great. I guess adrenaline kicks in etc. but damn 11 point off of really stupid defensive mistakes. JJ going off is what it is, that is the luxury of having 4 or 5 former franchise players on your team, one of them is going to go off every game to keep you in it and when more than one goes off you dominate.

        • IkeKrizzule

          There is no excuse for giving your best big 24 minutes a game and 2 in the 4th. For some reason he likes Amir and 2pat to close games . Fine, if you want to do that then get JV out earlier in the 3rd so he can give you the early 4th quarter minutes.

          But instead 2 games in a row he gets confused and chuck Hayes, who has his uses just not in this series, gets minutes. It’s not rocket science to plan a rotation, most people here could do it and we’re not paid millions.

          • ac1011990

            Its not rocket science, but there’s a reason you or me arnt coaches. I thought chuck actually played pretty good defense when he was out there, he missed some easy shots and gave up some size to the nets but he held his own. I do agree that Jonas should have been in there earlier but either way we got the win. Casey got his guys to focus and close the game out, we know very well how this team used to fold under pressure before this season, thats a sign of growth and you best believe Casey has had a ton to do with it. I dont think hes an amazing coach, but i also dont think hes as bad as people here make him out to be.

      • Balls Deep

        In all honestly when I saw the rotation at the start of the fourth
        I knew we were fucked

      • webfeat

        I’m gonna give Kidd some credit for putting Teletović out there. He spread the floor and gave JJ the opportunity to go 1 on 1 against Salmons or DD.

    • ValanInuyashaSSS

      this is what suppose to be played or seen; JV plays 45 minutes in all playoff games, the play runs for JV, and JV asking and gets feed in every positions. JV average 35 points and 15 rebounds per game, Nets have no players to guard to, JV is on every Nets’ media after game analysis, and JV becomes the rising star and topic in the NBA playoffs.

      Instead, Casey reluctantly playing JV for under 30 minutes, JV out plays Garnett, Plumlee, and Blatch, but gets immediate rest. Raptors were out run by the Nets, Casey substitute Chuck Hayes into the game.

      • Musik519

        45 minutes?
        Thats all i gotta say..

        • ValanInuyashaSSS

          Dude this is the playoffs, Shaq plays 48 minutes on average in Lakers’ threepeats, and JV is 21 years old.

          • Musik

            He doesnt have the stamina for anything close to that. he would become useless and then youd bitch that he was getting to many minutes.

      • Ghotte

        And JV ends each game with 40 turnovers. Smh

      • Bryan Colangelo

        I don’t think you understand basketball.

        There is no world in which JV can handle playing 45 minutes against a perimeter-oriented team that often tries to spread the floor with stretch 4s, big 3’s or only has one big on the floor most of the time.

        That, and JV turns over the ball a lot against the Nets.

    • Mexiballer

      Because the Nets had a smallish scoring 3 point shooting line up on the floor.

  • caseynono

    Easy to blame Casey?? Yes of course. Lineup to start the fourth in too long, no JV when needed and why God do you not have a play or two to go at JJ who was playing with five fouls for half the game! He should have gotten his 6th !

    • morganc

      THIS. Go at JJ when he has five fouls. I don’t care if you turn it over or draw a charge recklessly. Make the refs call it. This is bball 101. And JV 25 minutes. This is why no matter what, I swear, we need a new coach next year. DC has been great getting this team to buy in but we win in spite of him. Tonight was an example.

      • CJT

        They put him on GV and had him slouch off of him to avoid contact. But I agree there is no reason not to pressure him all of the 4th

        • Ghotte

          Were you watching the game? DC subbed in TRoss to have JJ have to cover an offensive minded player. Problem is, TRoss was rooted to whatever spot he was in on O.

          • CJT

            rewatch it. He was camped out in the corner covering GV when he was on the floor.

      • nextone

        Exactly! We win even though he’s coaching. Good man, good defensive insight, but little stubborn on rotations and for those of us who are familiar with bball 101, his lack of decision making is perplexing

  • Tinmann

    .
    Game is over – we won.
    Roller fucken coaster. I have no clue what happened in the fourth. It won’t happen again. We are the better team. We are up 3-1
    And I nearly had 3 separate heart attacks

    • Kovalainnen

      you mean 3-2, we’re up 3-2

    • Lyall

      I can forward you a book on Grade 1 Math if you want.

  • De Colo

    Giving Casey an A- is the biggest joke I’ve seen since the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats

    • jv plays few

      Agreed! Joe Johnson should have been pressured on defence to pick up his 6th. Rotations omg in 4th.

      • De Colo

        Chuck Hayes shouldn’t be playing, JV should of been playing from the 8 minute mark on when the run began, all of the starters should of been in with Vasquez at the 2

        • Ghotte

          What JV gives on O, he gives up on D. That’s why he’s not on as much as some would like.

          • De Colo

            Ya, because the Raptors were playing great D with him on the bench, just a tremendous job.

            • JCREX

              atleast with jv in we get some shot blocking and rebounding. we get pounded on the boards without jv or tyler out there

          • Milesboyer

            It depends who he’s matched up with.

          • DanH

            The Raptors gave up 44 points in the 4th Q and JV played 1:47. Maybe he’s not the issue?

            • Ghotte

              Since when is JV considered a defensive stopper? All these ppl screaming for Casey to reintroduce our stopper…

              Rebounding wasn’t an issue – Team Defense was the issue. They collectively got lax.

    • Just Is

      Its especially confusing. When JJ was going on that tear, why didn’t he sub in Fields? Not to mention…he had FIVE FOULS. Why weren’t we attacking him? We had a huge ass lead, so offense wasn’t a problem. Fields was active so he’s not still hurt. He also rode that group at the beginning of the fourth for way too long and kept Lowry and JV on the bench for way too long as well.

  • Nilanka15

    I’d hate to be Jason Kidd right now trying to explain to the media (and his team) why your best closer was stapled to the bench.

    And we thought Casey has problems, lol

    • RPT23

      My guess was he was resting PP and KG for game 6… hahaha and thought that he would go with the hot hand. :)

    • GoingBig

      Kidd had a better line-up WITHOUT Pierce and KG

    • Mexiballer

      I think the problem that Kidd and Brooklyn has is that they’re a one trick pony.

    • Guest

      Pretty easy explanation. The 3 quarters he played they were down 22. The quarter he didnt play they were plus 20.

      I’m sure he’ll stutter over that one.

      • Nilanka15

        “But coach, don’t you think you could’ve used Pierce’s late game shot making ability once the lead was evaporated? After all, isn’t that why you brought him to Brooklyn? Can you actually envision making a run to the finals without Pierce playing in 4th quarters?”

        “Ummmm, ughhhh, ummmm, [stutter, stutter, stutter]”

  • Val Jasme

    what matter the most is that Raptors WON!!!!!!!!! 1 more win to advance! Let’s beat these oldies!

  • morganc

    What the fuck was that? I can’t even comprehend what I just watched. Yes, we won. I need to keep telling myself this. But christ the way we just stood around and literally watched the Nets take over was startling. KL is the only adult, let alone bball player on the court. Our defense was a complete joke in the fourth. Amir literally couldn’t have been worse defensively. And DC playing JV 25 minutes? Are you fucking high you idiot fuck?! Would have been worst loss in history of NBA – up 22 entering fourth quarter. That’s a fact.
    I think I died.
    We won. Go Raps.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      It was brutal. Not sure why Amir was given a C

      • sitnonDfence

        For that awful closeout on AA in the corner. Everyone who fouled a 3 point shooter deserved a D- in my books. This isn’t the rec league, you’re professionals, close out under control.

    • Ben Sol

      I aged 10 years during 12 minutes

      • kim mathenge

        does anyone think raptors beat heat no. thats an indication nba sucks. Regular season heat 4 dinosaurs 0. (Raptors) Yes lebron’s great but the idea can get to 4 finals in a row says it all.

        • Hannyher Parra

          That made no sense.

    • Northbound

      Did you break anything? I shattered a beer mug

      • CJT

        I scared the shit out of my dog after the third 4 point play foul. My wife was a bit scared too.

        • Mexiballer

          Ha ha ha….funny.

          • CJT

            I felt bad. You should have seen the look on his little face. He was asleep. The wife, well who cares, but the poor dog.

            • Dub

              Haha that’s hilarious “the wife, well who cares”. Lol

        • the dude

          My wife assumed they lost with all the second half swearing coming from our basement.

    • gizzly73

      Great post! Couldnt have said it better

    • monocled_gentleman_scholar

      The Spurs’ meltdown in game 6 last season was worse. But still, this was pretty bad.

    • Matterhorn

      Coaching brain freeze. Sit the horses in the front of the forth. Watch momentum swing. Toronto the city of heart breakers. Hope this squeaker puts the fear of god into them. Next time they have a lead of 26 attack the net and don’t look back. Almost bust a vein in my head. A shit forth that almost made history for all the wrong reasons.

    • Truth Teller

      Tbf to DC… JV was in foul trouble.

      • Nerius

        JV finished with 2 fouls.

    • CashGameND

      as a leafs & chiefs fan… I fully expected them to complete the comeback. And I still fully expect brooklyn to somehow get it to game 7…. and make some sort of historic comeback in that game. FML, I’m sorry to all fellow raptors fans that I am a fan of this team.

    • golden

      Casey is high. In the post-game interview he talks about the blowing the lead by saying “…that’s why you can’t win in this league without veteran players.” WTF. Wasn’t that Amir and GV fouling those 3-pt shooters and Hayes missing those chippies? JV wasn’t even on the floor. Oh, and the Nets benched those HoF veterans (Pierce and Garnett) which allowed them to get back into the game. WTH does this mean? More Salmons? More Hayes?

      Credit where credit is due for Casey on the coaching job he’s done this year, but he gives back almost as much as he gains.

      • mountio

        Agree. I cant believe he still spits this veteran bullshit … its infuriating!!!

    • Dan

      3 4 point plays in one quarter has to be a record too.

    • KickPuncher

      Basketball is a game of runs. I expected the Nets to make one in the 4th quarter, but we have to be ready with a response, and Casey was 2-3 possessions late. There’s no excuse for this kind of lapse.

    • WhiteVegas

      Casey switched to a prevent defense style of play in the 4th and it almost cost us the game. You could tell his gameplan was to use the entire shot clock on every offensive possession in the 4th. We never initiated a play until less than 10 seconds were on the shot clock. Then we had to force up shitty shots and the lack of scoring really let the Nets take it to us. Factor in the defensive blunders (stop fouling on 3’s!!!) and Casey’s gameplan nearly screwed us. We should have stuck to what was working all game, get the offense started early in the clock. You know Casey was like “We gotta protect this 20 point lead and just eat clock, they’ll never catch us!”.

  • tt

    Seriously, can they stop fouling three point shooters? Amir was guilty of two of those fouls

  • Philoveritas

    Vegas must have called, Brooklyn had to make the spread, which co-incidentally was 3 points. I think I am gonna stick with that story…

  • GGarnoldoGG

    I counted THREE 4 point plays in the fourth quarter….
    That was way too much for my weak heart to handle. Somebody get me a drink.

    • AJBecker

      I already drank enough for the both of us!

      • RPT23

        Cheers mate! I need a defibrillator!

      • sitnonDfence

        I opened a beer with 6 minutes left in the fourth , had to open another by the 4 minute mark…..Hesus Christo…

    • Northbound

      You rarely see one in a game.
      If Kidd decides to get cute and go with Teletubby in Game6, we could be in trouble. He has a very quick release.

      • sitnonDfence

        HAHA teletubby. Gold Jerry, Gold

    • Junior Qamar

      Had to spark a j after that 1.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      That’s too many for an entire season. LOL

    • Guest

      Agree 100% isnt fouling on a 3 a cardinal sin, i mean you cant let that happen once let alone THREE DAMN TIMES come on now, i was pulling all my freaking hair out smh.

  • CJT

    I don’t know if basketball players are as superstitious as I am, but at the end of the 3rd when that F’in ahole Rod Black started talking about how we were destroying them and dismantling the Nets there was no doubt in my mind that he put the mouth on the game and that there was going to be a massive Nets comeback. I hate Rod Black.

    • Nilanka15

      Yes, Rod Black is the reason we choked. It had nothing to do with the players.

      • CJT

        Not saying that, but holy hell you never talk about a guy not missing any free throws and you sure as shit don’t get overconfident about the win at the end of the 3rd.

  • webfeat

    “There’s an easy explanation for the Raptors’ second half meltdown — they treated the game as if it were over.”

    I feel like Casey treated the game like it was over. He stubbornly refused to do any substitutions until the nets got it within 12 and finally put in Lowry to try and stop the bleeding. Well, it wasn’t enough – either he should have put JV back in or tried putting in Fields but he stuck to Salmons/GV and the score was tied.

    • KickPuncher

      Casey is very slow to respond to runs. I sensed what was coming just as Joe Johnson was heating up. DeMar cannot guard him, make a move!

  • Only Casey Can Be Blamed

    Yes, you’ve to blame Casey. Think about it, twice this season we’re up 26 and our record is 1-1. No other team ever in the NBA can lose twice in one season with a 26 pt lead. Do we really believe Casey can coach us to a championship season. Sorry, he’s in over his head.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      All I could think about was the Golden State fiasco when this was happening as well. Not smart coaching at all

  • Phat AlberG

    Jose Calderon who?

    • StabbyRaccoon

      that talented guard on the Mavericks, a legitimately good team battling hard against the best in the league :). But yeah I’d rather have KYLE LOWRY, the baddest man in Toronto.

  • Val Jasme

    Raptors is a young team. they are just starting to learn the playoff moment. common guys! cheer up! we’re up 3-2..

    • bobmasa

      NBA is not a learning place we are paying our money to win if a team wants to learn there is a D league I am tired to hear this learning nonsense

      • Grammar Nazi

        Shut the fuck up. By your grammar, you don’t have any money to spend on anything

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    Amir Johnson has got to discover some sort of basketball IQ. Two, count them two fouls on a 3 point shot. Another lazy turnover on a non-chalant pass to Vasquez.
    – No reason to sit JV for most of the quarter. I wanted to wring Casey’s neck. Then to put Chuck Hayes at the end and in the fourth was beyond stupid.
    – On the last free throw, I am yelling into the TV for DeMar and Kyle to put a hand or body on their man. Kyle does it yet DeMar doesn’t even lay a finger on Livingston. Guess who taps out the rebound? You guessed it, Livingston.
    – Vasquez and Lowry saved our asses in the fourth
    – Casey got too cute on his substitutions and almost lost us this game.
    -DeMar DeRozan cannot defend at all.
    I lost many years off my life in the fourth quarter. Plain and simple, very silly basketball

    • tt

      Agree, Hayes should be stapled to the bench and stop fouling damn 3 point shooters!

      • Ben

        hayes didn’t foul any 3 points shooters. Amir did that first to Mirza and then to Anderson. That’s what happens when you don’t go to college!

        • Hassan Mehmood Khan

          I think that’s a very rude remark towards amir.

          • NoWayJose

            you can’t make boneheaded mistakes like that. you learn from the first one no?

            • Chewwy No Matthew

              That’s what making me shake my head. Amir didn’t learn anything from the first boneheaded foul on a 3 point shot?

            • CM

              Amir was a bonehead low ball iq down the stretch.

    • cdub

      the jv benching was totally baffling. he was playing great. Vasquez made some really poor plays though imo and got the whole run started.

      • CJT

        my thought is that Casey was hoping that having two mobile bigs would allow them to help on JJ and still get back out to shooters on the perimeter more easily. JV is not very mobile. didn’t seem to work out that way and maybe DC needs to accept and move on more quickly from plans that aren’t working as planned.

        • caseywhy

          Also he could have helped with JJ by pressuring while he’s on d, to pu a 6th. Coach should have had plays to do so. That’s how you could have shut him down. Perhaps with the big lead he didn’t think it was needed.

    • Milesboyer

      I counted at least four f*ck ups by Amir late in the fourth quarter including that ridiculous 4 pt. play. Not so sure about him and sometimes. He almost cost us the game.

      • Dan

        He seems to only show up every other game. Last year he was notorious for those casual passes leading to turnovers.

    • CM

      I agree with everything you wrote. Casey terrible on fourth qtr personnel mgt JV was killing them and he sat for no reason. Amir almost cost the game fouling on 3 pointers and a lazy turnover . Need the aggressive guys on the court to keep playing with a big lead that’s kl and jv. Demar too passive on that 4 th qtr stretch when the lead was wasted away, he should have had the ball in his hands.

      • Dan

        If Casey’s game plan is to allow Demar and John salmons to run the offence from outside the three point line as often as they did then Casey’s coaching was bad throughout the entire game. I’m not a big Demar fan to begin with. I never understand why they take his biggest weakness and try to exploit it rather than hide it. The further out he is from the more chances you open for him to turn it over or get caught in a trap.

  • Kevin

    As a Nets fan, I’m not mad with loss because we were out played and out hustled the whole game until Joe Jesus bailed us out. God only knows what blatche was thinking after he missed that FT and got the rebound, ugh that pissed me off. But Good game raptor fans! This series should definitely be going to 7.

    • jjdynomite

      You only hope so.

      • Kevin

        We’ll see.

    • Northbound

      Lol definitely or hoping? This series is definitely going 6 for now. But I think the refs will bail Brooklyn out in Game 6.

      • Kevin

        I would say definitely, the Nets will protect home court.

      • Kevin

        By the way, stop with this whole ref conspiracy, shit is childish tbh. lol

        • Northbound

          Hey I call it the way I see it.

          • Kevin

            or you just call it because you’re a raptors fan. lol

            • Northbound

              Nah – Raptors were also bailed by the refs in home court a few times.
              So i am not saying refs are favouring just the Nets.
              But Game 6, the nets will defn get calls going for them

  • De Colo

    I am happy we won, that’s first and foremost but Chuck Hayes shouldn’t play, Hansbourgh isn’t perfect but he has playoff experience on a Pacer team that made it deep in the playoffs the last 2 years, he should be playing, him not playing 1 second of the last 2 games is atrocious

    • Northbound

      I thought Chuck did what he was supposed to do. He was solid, got key rebounds and did not make dumb plays.
      I usually dont criticize DC, but wow, I don’t know if he’s trying to give raptor fans a heartattack. He should have brought in Lowry + JV once we got down to a 15 pt lead. He waited a bit too long.
      I am just wondering what will happen to the raptors if we do not sign Mr Lowry

      • De Colo

        Hansbourgh can do the same things that Hayes does but Hansbourgh can actually score and doesn’t miss wide open layups

        • Ghotte

          Hansbrough cannot cover any of the bigs for the Nets.

          • De Colo

            Ya, he can, just because he did bad in 1 game, and got 3 quick fouls, that means that’s the norm? Too small of a sample size for that, the only big guy he’d struggle with is Blatche and that’s the big guy that was in when he got those 3 fouls, he can cover Plumlee and Garnett easily.

            • Northbound

              Hansbrough is known for fouling players. And Hansbrough isnt much better in scoring than Chuck. I’d rather have a veteran know can read plays

              • De Colo

                Haha, Hansbourgh is a way better scorer then Chuck Hayes, good lord.

                • Northbound

                  Way? I like Hansbrough but my image of him during the regular season is missing dunks. So what did Chuck do wrong in that game?

                • De Colo

                  the fact that he would play zero minutes on any other team in this playoffs is all i need to know, he plays alright defense at times, not consistently, he’s too short to be a good rebounder so he tends to get out rebounded over the top. He can’t score (except for a luck running jumper apparently) there’s nothing about him that screams play him more then half the 4th quarter when the other team is making a big come back, at best, he should not be in the game in the 4th quarter.

                • Yoshi

                  I agree with De Colo, you are damn right nuts if you think the discrepancy in their offense isn’t huge. Check this article. We could have used this against JJ in the fourth. One pick and roll with JJ switching on to Hanborough and JJ gets his 6th and game over and no heart attack for Raps fans.

                  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/tyler-the-enrager-the-raptors-forward-plays-the-heel/

        • SR

          They tried Hansbrough on Blatche in Brooklyn – Hansbrough got completely destroyed. He’s too short and not mobile enough to defend any of Brooklyn’s bigs, and he doesn’t have the weight advantage that Hayes has.

          • De Colo

            Ok, so apparently you just ignored my comment below, ok then.

          • JCREX

            tylers to short and not moblie enough but chuck hayes isnt? lol

      • gizzly73

        Except Hayes cannot make a chip shot or get to a loose ball or rebound when he in not under the basket. A brutal player

      • Bob the Truthteller

        Chuck did not do what he was supposed to. He got 2 offensive rebounds that he turned into missed layups. He literally did not get a key rebound. He’s awful, he really is. JV needs more minutes, and hansborough deserves minutes over Hayes for sure.

  • TRoss

    i think i just went insane watching this 4th quarter. i’m laughing, crying and crapping my pants simultaneously

  • Nerius

    Are we tanking again? How can you waste a 22 point lead in 8 minutes?! And I don’t agree – it is on Casey. You don’t waste 10 points of your lead before you call a timeout and decide that the lineup doesn’t work.

  • morganc

    Will, if you give Casey an A-, you literally must not have watched the game. Zero Fields, Hayes playing at all in the fourth… what else does this guy have to do to prove he is an idiot? F for Casey. And no plays to get JJ to get a sixth foul?

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Absolutely. Both Casey and Amir are an F

    • Bryan Colangelo

      Oh yeah, I’m sure it was Casey’s plan for Patterson to pass up open threes and for Lowry and DeRozan to jack up shots over double-teams.

      He can’t play the game for these guys.

    • CM

      The writer doesn’t really have a basketball background I’m sure. Probably just a fan like most of us.

  • FREEJV

    DWANE CASEY IS THE DUMBEST COACH I VE EVER SEEN!! WHY THE HELL IS THIS GUY SO IN LOVE WITH SALMONS AND HAYES FUCK MAN!!!!!

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      At least Salmons played some solid defence. Watching him put Hayes in twice in the fourth drove me nuts

    • Swimmerslooniestoonies

      your name is the only thing i like about your posts these days!

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    Are you grading the game we just watched?
    Dwayne Casey an A-? Are you serious? His brutal fourth quarter substitutions almost cost us the game
    Amir Johnson is an F. 4 turnovers, 2 missed free throws and two awful fouls on 3 point shots
    Terrance Ross played his best game of the series but hitting 3 shots doesn’t give him an A. Certainly was not better than JV

    • CM

      Agree. You should do the write ups William Lou must have zero basketball background

  • BJ

    I guess Casey really wanted to play perimeter defenders instead of a dominant post player in the fourth quarter. Let’s not make this mistake again… 3 4-point plays smh… D:

  • FREEJV

    Amir and Patterson keep leaving teletovic wideee open . these 2 need to wake up

    • Mexiballer

      Yeah…that was maddening.

    • Ghotte

      Absolutely true. Keeps on happening. Better court awareness is needed

  • http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/forums/activity.php Doc

    I want to have Kyle Lowry’s babies.

  • Mexiballer

    The Raptors checked out mentally after the third quarter. They did the same thing in Golden State debacle earlier in the year. Once you let your energy level and focus drop it can be tough to get it back. No excuses for that. Almost learned a very painful lesson.

  • Phat AlberG

    Raptors Fans lol.. why you have to be cocky and start chanting Brooklyn hahahah

    • FREEJV

      nets fan alert

      • Phat AlberG

        Thank god we didn’t loose

    • Balls Deep

      Cause every raptor fan wants to kill Brooklyn fans when they chant that. so fucking annoying

  • rob

    Kyle Lowry. I love Kyle Lowry. His name is Kyle Lowry… His name is Kyle Lowry…

    • Feather Ruffler

      The Bulldog of Bay Street baby!! What a player.

  • Guest

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Just win. It doesn’t matter how. Just win. They did. 3-2. Good enough for me. All the haters should grab another drink.

  • Ghotte

    Defensive intensity. It’s the single biggest reason why the Nets had their surge. That, and lack of aggression. While we expect this from the youngins’ there’s no excuse for guys like Amir who looked like he was coasting in the 2nd half.

    • Bryan Colangelo

      I blame a lack of offensive discipline. It’s obvious that they had never game-planned for a line-up with four three point threats to space the floor. Hopefully they’ve learned their lesson.

      But that doesn’t excuse the complete lack of discipline on the offensive end. They were hoisting some pretty terrible shots in the fourth quarter. Slow down and run a play, guys.

  • Mexiballer

    Why is J.V. goal tending to end the game. That literally would have lost us the game if there hadn’t been a review for a back court violation. Maybe he heard a whistle…I dont know.

    • De Colo

      They had already called over and back, so it didn’t matter, also if they would of called goal tending after the review if they said it was tipped, i would of drove to the stadium and beat the refs ass.

    • jvman

      I think he heard the whistle.

  • Bryan Colangelo

    I wonder if T-Ross hitting his shots and our total dominance of the 2nd and 3rd quarters proof that when he plays at his average level, it makes the jobs of the rest of the starters a hell of a lot easier.

    • Mexiballer

      He was 3-9 shooting and looked shaky at best.

      • De Colo

        Ya, but it’s a start compared to the other games in this series

      • Bryan Colangelo

        Doesn’t matter. All he has to do is be a legitimate three point threat to spread the floor for everyone else.

  • Mexiballer

    The Raptors looked like a completely different team defensively in the fourth quarter. Play 48 minutes!

    • TheGG

      Just a note to everyone, it wasn’t just the third quarter; JJ started going off late in the third after the Raps built the 26 point lead. They scored 17 points in the last 5 minutes of the third. Then 44 in the fourth. Yep that’s 61 points in 17 minutes. As glad as I am that they won, giving almost 4 points a minute for that long is really scary.

  • RobertArchibald

    There is no excuse for that last inbounds play call and pass by GV. Throw it anywhere on the court EXCEPT NEAR YOUR OWN BASKET!! That is amateur stuff from Casey and GV. Sorry. Had to vent. At least they won.

    • Mexiballer

      I agree. That should never happen with 1 second left. And Jonas shouldn’t be goal tending the last shot either. Both very foolish plays.

      • Northbound

        I was very scared they would call that goaltending.

        • go raps

          No where near goaltending. I was 15 rows up and that was way over near the raptors bench side of the floor.

          • RPT23

            I saw two angles of it… no where near the basket.

    • CM

      +1 who called that play coaching staff f for that call

    • KickPuncher

      At least they won. That’s my only take away from this game. I’m scared for what’s to come in Game 6. Nets have momentum and they’ll be hungry to get this one back. I’m interested to read our player’s responses. If the general feeling is that again we showed toughness and closed out a game, we’re in trouble.

      • jjdynomite

        “Nets have momentum”…?!?

        • KickPuncher

          yes

  • Season

    Story of the game: GIF: Raptors fan goes in for a kiss, but gets REJECTED: http://bit.ly/1u6StP5

    • Feather Ruffler

      Saw it and loved it. Haha

    • Mexiballer

      Wow. Thats worse then the guy that tried to high five Amir a few games back. That poor guy was coming up with air.

    • Philoveritas

      When I saw that live I thought that is what he deserved for taking some bimbo to the game instead of a bro…But dang, if some lower bowl playoff tix can’t even get ya to first base, you ain’t got no game at all…

    • Bryan Colangelo

      Defensive play of the game right there by that lady.

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      That was awesome

  • guest

    “save for subbing out Chuck Hayes sooner in the fourth”

    HOW ABOUT NOT BRINGING HIM IN IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    the team is reeling, Joe Johnson was killing Salmons (despite the OP’s assertion) and Casey subs in Hayes! WTF!! the first 8 minutes of the 4th quarter are all on Casey. That was horrible lineup after horrible lineup. As you point out, Valanciunas was killing the Nets all game, and he brings in Hayes when the Nets are on a roll and the Raps can’t score. Worst decision ever, and then yes he does leave him in well beyond the 2 seconds Hayes should have been out there. Hayes was pretty decent in the first half but there is no reason to bring him in when the team is struggling to score.

    but I am happy for the win and here is to hoping Rossizzle can grow from this because when he was hitting, this team was elite!

    good night everyone!

    • Bryan Colangelo

      They brought in Hayes to guard Blatche, you guys, which Hayes is generally effective at. They would have keep in Amir if he didn’t get into foul trouble.

      But one of these Casey is going to have to sub in Jonas. I think Casey is afraid that Jonas can’t close out on three point shooters or handle switches.

      • Chewwy No Matthew

        We all know that Amir can’t close out on 3 point shooters but can run them over

        • Bryan Colangelo

          I’m cutting Amir some slack giving his past contributions to the team.

          But yeah, that was bad.

  • bobmasa

    Blowing all those points in the 4th quarter is the reason why Dwen Casey has to go next season, Raptors has a good team but doesn’t have a good coach why all those minutes to John Salmos and not and not give chance to De Colo,Landry Fields,Hansbroug so many mistakes from Dwen Casey WE DONT NEED THIS COACH!!!!!!!

    • Musik

      Youre going in circles my friend.

    • Grammar Nazi

      Why can’t you ever fuckin spell DWANE Casey’s name properly?!

      • Musik

        he types ten post at a time. he has no time for spelling.

      • FLUXLAND

        ProTip: Read his posts in Ox’s voice from Belly.

  • jjdynomite

    My Lord(e) some of you are such pansy bitches on this message thread. Shit on Casey, shit on Salmons, shit on Hayes, shit on Amir, shit on DeMar, shit on Vasquez (yeah, that one’s for you Will) blah blah blah

    Fact: It’s fucking hard to blow out the opposing team in the NBA playoffs. Especially a team with accomplished 3-point shooters. The stakes are the highest and every player is trying their damned hardest (well, everybody except perhaps Andre Blatche).The Heat didn’t even do it and the Bobcats’ best player couldn’t even walk. And I just watched the Blazers close 8 points on the Rockets to end the half in about 2 minutes — and the Rockets are facing elimination for fuck’s sake.

    So, why don’t all you negative ninnies smoke a J if you got one and respectfully admire THE best playoff performance EVER given in a Raptor uniform since Vince: the Bulldog of Bay Street, Kyle “back up that dumptruck of free agent money” Lowry. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    • DDayLewis

      When did I shit on Vasquez?

      • jjdynomite

        “Waiting for the other shoe to drop” in reference to Greivis in your rapid recap, Will. That’s just garbage TimW-like editorializing and besides, wholly unnecessary since the play of GV and Kyle singlehandedly (or doublehandedly, if you may) kept the Raps from fully melting down in the face of the Nets onslaught. Just give props where it’s due (and, while you’re at it, giving ironic props like an “A” for T-Ross is pretty lame, too).

        • DDayLewis

          You can’t seriously tell me that Greivis’ decision making doesn’t make you nervous. I showered him with plenty of praise, and I’ve been plenty critical of him in the past. I really don’t see why you have such an issue with this, or any other valid critiques of this team. They had their good moments, and they had some bad ones.

          • JP

            Just look at the 4th quarter for perfect examples

          • jjdynomite

            Forgot to mention you wrote “process and decision-making are so suspect at times”. Actually GV has played consistently well throughout this series, I’m not nervous at all when he’s in — on the offensive end, at least.

            Sure, he isn’t an all-star PG — we have KLOE for that — but he has huge huevos and plays with passion. Anyway it’s your recap, but I can call you on it if I think you’re being unnecessarily harsh. And it’s not personal; if Tamberlyn was doing the recap and she gave an A+ to her man Amir when he obviously played sub-par tonight I’d call her out on that too.

            Anyway my ire is more for the commenters who are shitting on Casey when he got the W, as opposed to Kidd whose $103 million dollar team of preseason-favourite playoff-hardened veterans are now one game away from going golfing.

          • asifyouknow

            I approve Lou’s take..LOL…. Vaz also makes me loco but that is why I like the guys game…ITS FUN :)

        • Bryan Colangelo

          It’s a quick-fire review for entertainment purposes only. It’s supposed to be subjective.

          You make it sound like he called GV a cunt or something. Relax man.

        • Guest

          Have to agree here looks like we got a Tim W-Lite, i mean i used to like the quick recap but this guy is killing it now with his extreme biases.

    • Northbound

      Yeah, Brooklyn let up 15 pt lead with 5 min to go in Game 3 too….

      • morganc

        Agreed. But it’s one thing to give up a run, it’s another to allow the biggest fourth quarter in the history of the NBA playoffs, at home, when you are up 26 points. I am not a pansy. Casey is an idiot with his rotations and I would say that to himself if I could. For all the good, that is a potential fatal flaw. He is a limited coach.
        Great that the team has bought in, but we won in spite of him and that is a fact.

    • Jerry Garcia

      Kyle Power…..including the last shot of the second….nuff said !

    • afrocarter

      I like this guy.

    • Dan

      It’s the way the Raptors played that makes it so frustrating. They played the fourth like they already won the game and the last quarter was just something they had to attend because the rules state a game must be 48 minutes.

  • Swimmerslooniestoonies

    Shame to see us fall asleep. the tie in the fourth was when everyone sobered up. shame it take a numeric value

  • cc

    kyle lowry over everything

  • Feather Ruffler

    Watching Chuck Hayes on a pick and roll…man that’s some terrifying stuff right there.

  • Icarus Descending

    One of the best games I’ve seen by derozen on the offensive end, his ball movement was awesome when appropriate and he was aggressive and drove when it was there.

    Not sure why the passive aggressive write up on Ross. I thought he played excellent D for the most part just like last game (the other Podcasters thought so as well in the quick reaction). He’s hitting some 3s now which is huge because they need that production to win consistently.

    The number of 4 point plays was an embarrassment, there is no excuse. I just don’t know what Amir was thinking.

    There is also no excuse for Casey to not have them attack JJ when he had 5 fouls or to sit JV that long in the 4th. Still the fourth quarter collapse of that magnitude is on the team. Lowry bailed them out big time, please sign this man in the summer. Even a win that should have been convincing was ugly, but at least they got the win.

  • De Colo

    I’m just happy this team has mastered winning despite their coach throughout the season.’

  • Frank Rollo

    I’m getting too old for this

  • Sal

    Wow, I almost had a heart attack

  • JP

    Kyle Lowry is my hero

  • Public_Enemy101

    Best 3 quarters in Raps playoff history. Worst 4th quarter in Raps playoff history. How about that?!

    • JP

      Raptors basketball at its finest.

  • kayell

    Brooklyn came back because Casey benched Valanciunas and waited til they got into single digits before subbing him back in. Brooklyn killed us on the glass while he was out and were able to easily attack the rim. I’d sue Casey for my heart palpatations, not the Raps, D- for his terrible coaching.

  • Bryan Colangelo

    Of all the games, this seems like the one where you need Landry Fields on the floor. If you have a 20 point lead, send your best defender out there to protect it. Who cares if he can’t score.

  • bizzy

    http://goldandorsmith.com/GIFs/RaptorsFanKissRejection.gif
    As painful as DAT comeback thank god we pulled thru.

  • Mexiballer

    There are many posts here attempting to explain strategically why the Raptors blew a big 4th quarter lead. But it wasnt because of strategy or substitutions. The Raptors relaxed and let their focus and energy level drop. When you let your energy level drop because you think you have it in the bag, its really hard to get that energy and focus back. And they couldn’t get it back. That’s completely on the players. Guaranteed they will get a tongue lashing for this win.

    • Public_Enemy101

      Let’s call this the “Salmon” effect.

      • JP

        There’s something off about that guy

        • Public_Enemy101

          They must be buddies or maybe he’s married to Casey’s cousin or something. Otherwise, there’s no logical reason why he should have been playing in a game like tonight.

          • JP

            I think Casey is just trying to show him some respect because he’s a vet, and maybe those odd times when it’s a full moon and he plays well

      • caccia

        Well, it sure wasn’t the “Hansbrough effect.” By the time it was obvious the team needed more intensity and better rebounding, it was too late to put him in.

        • Guest

          The “Hansborough effect” = playing god awful team and on the ball defence, but grabbing some wild hustle rebounds (that won’t be as available in the playoffs) to trick casual fans into thinking you’re gritty and tough on defence. Then use your non existent lateral quicks or team defensive instincts to never be in position. But fly in for that rebound and all the tools think you’re worthwhile to have on the court in a close game.

          For better or worse, coaches will bench you for mental lapses, and let you play through your physical mistakes. So every rebound you see Chuck miss… well it is what it is. But he makes most of the rotations (and calls them all out for the other players) so he stays on the court. Everytime you see Ross or JV sit, its the MENTAL aspect. Not physical mistakes. Same reason Hansborough should NEVER see the court in the playoffs. Because he misses every rotation, and all his toolish rebounds won’t save up for his lack of sense.

          • why

            same criticisms I recall that Leo used to make about JYD

      • CM

        It was Amir and Vasquez to an extent that were totally nonchalant in the 4th. Ridiculous defence terrible offensive possessions. Demar was on the floor he should have taken control on the offensive end and gone to the hole to slow things down . Not sure why Casey just let all this happen and didn’t call a timeout and get Lowry and JV back way sooner. Hayes had way too mins inthe 4th too

    • JP

      You nailed it. The intensity was not there anymore. Same thing the Nets did in game 3 that almost let the raps steal that one

    • DanH

      Hey, you know the two players on the Raps who never let up? Lowry and Valanciunas. Casey waited WAY too long to get them back in (especially JV). With those 2 on the court, I guarantee the intensity level stays where it should be.

  • The Heck

    A on CASEY?? ARE FRIGGIN KIDDING ME?!!!!

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      I don’t understand this grade at all

    • CM

      Casey F on the inbounds play alone forget the rotation mess etc

      • Guest

        That’s all Vaz dude. Most plays would have a player going back into the backcourt, if only to spread the front court a little. Only Vaz would throw it that way though.

  • asifyouknow

    Lou’s quote: ” I guess I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop with him.” I know exactly how you feel, Vaz will piss you off at times and then he will just plain make you jump up and down with joy.
    An NBA tv commentator said it best “when Vaz is in the game something is going to happen…good or bad, today is all good” And it will be good most of the time…

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Your boy played well and hit some big shots. I also notice that he is not affected whatsoever by the playoff atmosphere

      • asifyouknow

        He and lowry belong on a backcourt together….yes he has always been a big game player..North Carolina came into terps home ranked third, the terps were were reanked in the lower twanties and Vaz smokes Ty Lawson for 35 points…11 rebounds..10 assist. And beats the iconic Tar Heals …he smoked Duke..he comes up big in big games…he is finaly going to get a multy deal from someone who wont trade him…i can only imagine how well he would of done by now if he coud of been in the same team for three years..Bad luck for the ….New Orlans went and spend 80 mill in contracts to get two guards and the won about 5 games more then last year….the knicks my be calling…..

    • CM

      At least GV is cool under pressure in the offensive end. I’m still shocked by how bad Amir played and Casey’s player rotation . That was some bad coaching,

  • ad

    Amir Johnson might be the most stupid player in the nba. Not once does he foul a 3 pt shooter in the act, but TWICE??? What the fuck is wrong with him? He is not a young player, he has no excuse. For all the people who say he is underrated look at how many mental mistakes this guy makes when he plays heavy minutes. Hes done it before. Kyle Lowry is a god. Enough said.

    • Gary Gill

      That happened 3 times in the game.

  • Rapsfan

    Any link to the TNT halftime show of Portland n Houston want to see what they had to say

    • CM

      I watched TNT broadcast basically Charles said raps had all the pressure this game and he thinks they have a better team and will win. They were impressed with Lowry breaking down Williams in the 4th. They loved the crowd outside the acc said it was awesome

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    we owe lowry our life no way this man cant come back next season , pay him whatever it takes we need him .

  • asifyouknow

    I feel that the Raptors just got tired in the fourth…..Don’t you think?

    • JCREX

      the bench was really bad today. salmons and hayes almost cost us the game

    • CM

      No they got lazy careless and lost their edge

  • Wes mantooth

    I disagree on salmons. His D was as bad as anyone’s. At this point this guy is 6 fouls that’s it. Landry field anyone? Or is he hurt ?
    The comeback had alotta to do with the raps taking tons of quick shots in the fourth and cockiness. Led by GV. Even though he did a hell of a lot for us tonight.
    Love Amir for so many reasons but can’t stand him for so many others. Who jumps at a guys legs shooting a three? Inexcusable. Bone head shit.
    Either way we have 2 maybe 3 real stars on this team. Great to be up 3 to 2
    Free JV. Everytime he touches the ball in position good things happen. What’s the problem?

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    I think we should credit the mental toughness of the raps its very easy to just lose the plot completely after letting a team come back like that but the raps didn’t break down

    • dula

      you mean the mental toughness of lowry right? everyone else had terrible mental mistakes throughout the 3rd and the 4th

  • Bryan Colangelo

    Guys, I know that he has had issues in the past and probably doesn’t deserve it but I think Kyle Lowry would make a great mayor for Toronto.

  • Truth Teller

    You can only hope that they learned from this. This was the first time many of them had such a big lead in the playoffs. In some ways, if they had won big, they might not come out with as much fire in game 6.

    • jdub55

      My thoughts exactly! It may actually the best scenario. They’ll be going into Brooklyn focused rather than overconfident. And they (hopefully) learned a lesson, while still squeaking out a win. And as a bonus, Ross got himself going!

  • Chewwy No Matthew

    A play that a few US media outlets referred to as the dumbest move of the game. When Deron Williams launched that last shot with a second left, Jonus Valanciunas actually goaltended on the play. I thought the same thing when it happened. I mention this because for some reasons some Raptor players like to goal tend a shot after a player has shot it after the whistle. Russell Westbrook did this stupid move a few weeks ago and landed awkwardly. If Williams shot was legit it would have been goaltending on JV. Fortunately it was a dead ball but the Raptors did a lot of dumb things in the fourth

  • asifyouknow

    The Toronto fans are beginning to understand what Terp fans know…He is a big shot player..lol

    • Chewwy No Matthew

      Your boy and Lowry saved this game for us.

    • tonious35

      Whenever he scores, I sound like ET and say: “Sssssiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii”

  • Bendit

    The game led to another Rob Ford crack relapse.

  • Eunys

    I ve been saying this all year! Casey is a cheerleader..the guy is a bad coach…leading by 22 in the fourth and the game got tied. Joe Johson had 5 fouls?????? and you do nothing with it….? Now we just won and seriously I do not care..4-2 on Friday!

  • JS

    Wow. I just a really entertaining basketball game, a heated-exciting-as-it-gets 4th quarter, and yet you guys are throwing the blame around!!! Spoiled little brats, reading these comments, I wish the Raps had lost so you guys could get what you deserve!

  • RPT23

    We won the game. Now it’s time for the coaching staff to regroup and pull out a win in Brooklyn. Can’t say enough about this team, full of heart, determination and a whole lot of drama on the court with blown leads. LOL. Watching the game was like going on the Superman rollercoaster at six flags–you felt good, had it’s extreme ups and down, then afterwards throwing up your meal you had just before the ride.

    We did what we had to do and that’s win baby win. It’s up to the team to correct those mistakes and reduce our chances of repeating this let down again. We’ll take Game 6 handily. Looking at the positives, we’ve seen how great this team is when we’re playing intelligent Raptor basketball. Kyle is a max player! I haven’t seen a player his size with so much heart since Iverson.

  • Northbound

    Summary on the Brooklyn Nets Forums:
    1. Lowry is the biggest flopper – fine him
    2. JJ is clutch, get rid of Williams
    3. Reffing was ridiculous, lets whine like the raptors
    4. Chanting Brooklyn Brooklyn is so Canadian – rude + unethical
    5. Blatche is a fool

  • CashGameND

    things I hate about Casey…
    – JV should be getting the ball soooooooo much. He should be the prominent shooter on the team until the Nets prove they can stop him. Him & Amir at least. How many games do you have to see before you realize how much our bigs are dominating the Nets & need to be given more opportunities!
    – Give Novak a chance
    – Where is Psycho T. I like Hayes too, i guess. maybe there just isn’t enough time to go around. But I just don’t like seeing him sit the whole game when I know he would do a great job vs the Nets. This man was built for the playoffs.
    – Salmons… ugh. Anything but Salmons. At least Fields knows he sucks at shooting & wants no part of embarrassing himself anymore.

    • KickPuncher

      Yes! to more minutes for JV. They have no answer for him on offence. The problem for him has been staying out of foul trouble. In his defense though, the calls against him are so ticky-tacky.

  • ZQ

    Emotional f**kin roller coaster that is our Raps
    No matter what happens, I will remember this series my whole life, all the clutch moments, all the highs, all the lows

    That being said, Raps win on Friday in a semi-comfortable manner so I keep my remaining follicles and sanity
    Lowry is God.

    I think many of us needed a J after tonight’s stressful events, I myself needed a handful more

  • James Slim

    I played in a basketball game where we were down 23 until I hit a Lowry-eque shot on half-time. We came back and won by 7. Div 5, with 10 minutes quarters. Comebacks happen!

  • Steverino

    Thoughts on the game:

    * They blew a big lead, but Brooklyn blew a big lead on Friday. Don’t forget the flip side to blowing a lead is getting the lead in the first place.

    * William Lou, what is it about Vasquez that gives you pause? You admit he has been crucial to every Raptors’ win thus far and it’s surprising you. Doesn’t surprise me. The guy doesn’t shrink in big moments. I admit, early in his Toronto tenure, I was shocked at how slow he was. He’s still not a blur but he it’s clear he was hobbling then. He won me over months ago.

    * That Amir foul on Anderson was bru-tal. They have a 5-point lead and they converge on Williams going in for a lay-up? Why? And then to compound things, fouling the 3-point shooter. Egads.

    * Amir and Jonas could be called for a moving screen 98% of the time. I hold my breath every time. Refs are so arbitrary with their calls, they should watch it.

  • Guest

    Your grading is way to inconsintant ripping on players having solid games and then priazing them the next game when there play is barley passable ex. Salmons. I mean come on man open your damn eyes, anyways great game from the raps, just wish i could watch a game without having a heart attack come on now!!

  • dula

    same story as all year, only player mature player on the court is kyle lowry. every other player had incredibly retarded mental lapses which are just unacceptable.

    these guys are young, and they’re mentally soft. amir johnson isnt that young anymore, he should be a vet by this point. but the one thing ive complained about routinely is his idiotic play on defense, and him leading the league in fouls since 2011. the guy is a complete moron. nobody blocks 3 pointers, you run up, put a hand in the face, and box out. amir johnsons lazy ass dribble hand offs were picked off for the 5000th time this year.

    demar derozan had a 1-1 with joe johnson (3 fouls) early in the 3rd, and decided to try to set up t-ross who got picked off by deron williams. complete boner and non-killer mentality and cluelessness. JJ would have let him have a lay up or had his 4th foul and been yanked out of teh game. instead JJ went off for 18 points pretty much as soon as the turnover occured.

    jv goaltending that prayer 3 pointer by deron williams at the end of the game. – he doesnt even understand the whole idea of not letting the ball go in after the whistle is to not let the opposing player get into rhythm and put up extra shots. a prayer with 1 second left does not fall into this category, but again, the noobish lithuanian managed to pull another gem out of his ass. that one play was even worse than when he alley ooped dunked that floater in double OT against the wizards

    patterson surprisingly fell asleep on Mirza, when the guy is only out there to take 3 point shots. and it wasnt like the guy came off the screen, PP just flat out fell asleep.

    i think chuck hayes threw away an inbounds pass to midcourt after a brooklyn made bucket in the first half, out of character for him, but again, a mental mistake.

    VASQUEZ, first of all, terrible one-on-one defense against deron wiliams, but with 1 second left in the game, he inbounded the ball into OUR backcourt with only a 2 point lead? wasnt he on the sidelines when patterson picked off that dwill pass and won the game in brooklyn. completely brain dead, bone head move.

    all year its been the same story, if it wasnt for lowry, this team wouldnt be in the playoffs, and this team sure as hell wouldnt be up 3-2.

    casey gets minus 50 points for refusing to go landry despite the fact he’s been the only one physical and fast enough to do a half decent job (as seen in the last home win – game 2) salmons and derozan are getting eaten up inside, but casey steadfastly chooses salmons over him, even when the team has a 20 point lead, and salmons is being a minus on the offensive end, ALL PRAISE KING CASEY

  • Louvens Remy

    The Raps essentially won this game twice when they didn’t have to. The problem with this game is that they could have sucked the life out of Brooklyn once and for all, instead the Nets believe in themselves. The Raps could have broken their spirit and truly made a statement ahead of game 6. Jason Kidd’s bonehead play of giving it to Blatche off the inbound saved the game for the Raps. I am going to puke again. Only a little bit this time.

  • JCPW

    Damn people are so negative in here well I guess that’s in general now a day on the internet. It’s so easy to blame this and that but guys should realise that this whole playoff experience is new to almost every player plus coach Casey (being the head coach is different to assistant coach).

    Anyway, this is from a guy who went to the first ever Raptors game in Skydome and continuously following the team despite I am no longer living in Canada now.

    LET’S GO RAPTORS LET’S GO!

  • bobmasa

    William Lou please reassess Coach Dwane Casey grade, A- are you kidding me!! this man deserve a big F what kind of lineup is that how can he blow 26 points and allow 40 points against you in 4thQ we are tired of excuses of young team learning process blah! blah! this is bull shit! Kyle Lowry is bailing him every night,how long will this going to last? by benching good players and giving long minutes to John Salmon type of players will never win the series against Brooklyn.

  • Alex Vostrikov

    game 5 should be rated 18+. after game like this, kids can develop stutter.
    anyways, casey is an idiot… sorry. JJ is playing in foul trouble for last 2 qts…. and how many plays raps played against him? the guy should have been warming the bench in the 4th. but no, he is the one who brings NY back.
    its not that casey is a complete idiot, he is not. but this is something that coach is in control of, not the players.

    • Guest

      I love how people talk about “plays” on here like its football. While at the end of a game, there are certainly a few “plays” run, the majority of NBA sets are based on flex principles and read and react sets. Therefore every offensive set has a multitude of options and not one “play” (you go left and I’ll pass it you!!!) So, while Casey should certainly let the players know JJ has 5 fouls, there’s no “attack Johnson with Derozan play” Whoever has JJ on them when they get the ball has to recognize that and attack.

      I also always loved people who wanted “plays” run for Novak. They only “play” you run for Novak is the sit your ass at the 3 point line and hope the other teams rotation leave you wide op) “play” (which is also known as floor spacing). Noak don’t look like a shooter who runs off screens and bombs threes like Ray Allen or even Ross does.

      • Alex Vostrikov

        you might be right regarding read and react sets…. majority of offensive sets are based on what you need. and when a team needs a 3 pointer, they go for it, through plays.
        or you know what, ISO is play as well. run 4 straight plays through ISO on JJ… and there you go, JJ is out.
        there is a reason why player with 3 fouls in the second, will see extended pine, instead the parquet.
        one more thing…. ray allen was master at what he did… but at the same time, teletivic is not ray allen as well… but he happen to get at least half of his 3 pointers on plays… not read and reacts….

  • dunkmycat7

    OMFG -HOW exciting was THAT ? Heart palpitations ? How about full on 911 heart attack ? New DEPENDS supply ?Already Ordered the defibrillator for game 6. Think this was hard ? Game 6 is going to be an over the top WAR.
    First of all -KL- Masai – if you don’t resign him this summer were coming for you. UNBELIEVABLE !!!
    Second -Credit where credit is due -JJ is a monster. Ever hear his interviews ? Seems dumber than a post. Then you give him the ball and he scores everyway you can think of – and some ways you haven’t thought of yet. Sublime.
    AND all you from TANKER NATION. THIs is why you NEVER tank it. You can’t buy or DRAFT this kind of experience, You have to go through it to get it. And if (WHEN !!) they get the to the next round THAT experience will be even more valuable.
    And one more thing…WHY are these kinds of inter game runs so wild and so unique in the NBA ?No other pro sports really has this and certainly not to this extent. Is it because only 5 guys and an INDIVIDUAL hot shooter or superstar can have such an effect on a game – where it is so much more difficult in most other sports?
    Anybody ?
    And if TROSS can give us ANYTHING ? look out.
    SO LOVE that BRKYLN wanted a piece of us.
    Careful what you wish for…MF.
    Time to step on their throats.

  • llaen

    Why do people hate on Salmons so much? Didn’t anyone see that he was the one who stopped Joe Johnson when he went on a tear? If anything, Casey put him in too late.

    I understand he’s a black hole on offence but what we needed during that stretch was stops.

  • some random guy

    God damn, I think it mentally feel’s safer with a 7 point lead then a 24 point lead.

  • tweed8

    I gotta say that huge loss of the lead was more on the five guys on the court than it was on Casey -crap running down hill aside and all-. They came out flat, thinking they didn’t have to do anything against Brooklyn. Who the hell knows, maybe they thought Brooklyn wouldn’t or couldn’t bother to fight back. He could have made some changes far quicker, but with that big a lead he also should have been able to give his main guys some blow time. I don’t mind Vasquez, he’s been giving the team some good points, but the ball sticks in his hands way too much sometimes. I’m guessing, Kyle came back in sooner than planned; A man who certainly needed a bit of rest with the way he was burning up the court. I ain’t saying Casey didn’t make some iffy calls out there, I’m just saying he’s probably expecting more from his guys on the floor with a 20 point lead. The man was screaming at them in the huddle. I haven’t looked at the bench stats, but I am guessing it ain’t pretty.
    Nando always seems to have a fire under his ass and has a willingness to keep the ball moving, maybe he should have been given some run time?

  • Jam

    Raps should treat this game as if we lost…when we were up 20 in the 4th I was nervous as hell…because the raps looks way too comfortable. Comfortable enough to NOT get penalized for the first two 4-point plays. We won for 2 reasons, Kyle Lowry is a beast and Blatche is stupid. We were one good pass from Blatche and 3-point shot away from losing…and being plastered all over NBA.com as chokers…and Brooklyn being hailed for their “veteran savvy”…and Kenny Smith saying “I told you so” all over TNT….and Barkley being ripped on for believing in us.

    We are a far superior team to Brooklyn when we play smart and never let up. If Terrence Ross was playing at full capacity, we’d have beaten them in 4 or 5 (huge positive that he gained back some confidence this game). In Game 6, we gotta go out there and make our statement, finish up this sloppy “faux” contender Nets team and move on to a real contender.

  • noname

    I watched the first 3 quarters then my mom dragged me to my room to study. But as I study all I hear is “shit!! They scored again!” and “Oh my god they are just like the leafs!” so I run down to see what’s happening and I see they are tied. I literally slapped myself in the face to check if I was dreaming. Then I had a heart attack and instantaneously became Chuck “the immovable object” Hayes, thus making it impossible for my mom to drag me to my room again. I flipped out on the last play because JV grabbed the ball as it hit the rim and I thought they would make it a goaltending and count the 3…then I grabbed the nearest object to hold onto in case I faint. Holy shit it was crazy!

  • Mr. Spinkz

    Thank God we won – no quit in Lowry. The Raps better get this guy back here next season or this team will go back to being bad. And T-Ross what a timid individual. STOP with the &%&@A@% jump shots unless you are alone on the court and get to the **&^^((***&(() RIM moron!