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Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 9-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -5Came to the sudden realization that he’s being guarded by a 6’7” guy and, guess what, shot over him in the block and it worked! Who knew? He got us off to a great start until his injuries and fouls caught up to him. I say injuries and fouls because it’s his injury that leads to fouls. How do I know he’s injured? He makes a point of wearing the “I’m injured but playing through it face” at all times. Fouled out because he has trouble staying on his feet, landed on Joe Johnson’s legs for his fifth after the play was over. Kudos for the game, horrible series otherwise.  I can’t help but think how this series would’ve turned out if he played like this this consistently.  Good season overall for him, just ended on a sour note.

Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0Does the occasion get to him or what? He started his NBA career looking like he didn’t belong and came around to become a decent three-point shooter. He started his playoff career looking like he belonged in the D-League, so I’m hoping history, sort of, repeats itself here. If he only had had a mediocre series, we’d have won in 5 or 6 games. He wasn’t god-awful in this game, but missed a HUGE three in the third which would’ve cut the lead to 3 and potentially changed the game. Defensively, quite ineffective on close-outs and in isolation situations, but had a huge steal at the end which gave us a chance to tie win it.  The progress he made this season has to be considered a success.

Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 27 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -23FREEJV? Or is it #FREEJV? Or how about boxing out your man in a clear-out situation? Chose to have a stinker of epic proportions where his finishing near the rim was poor, his defense against Blatche and Garnett non-existent, and his court awareness nil. He was the worst big man in the game when he’s supposed to be a key advantage. I get they’re not running plays for you, but you have to find other way to contribute on both ends. He didn’t.

Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 7-19 FG | 12-14 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 28 PTS | +7I commend him for trying, not giving up, and playing hard. That’s the #1 requirement for a game like this and he brought it. Again, with everyone else not doing anything of note, Lowry was left to go one-on-one too many times which hurt the team and the offensive balance. If you watched this game, then you know that you were totally OK with him, if he wanted to, go one-on-one every single time in the fourth quarter. That’s what the Raptors did on the last play and it burned them. Hope he re-signs, not holding my breath, though.  I do want him back, he’s the personality and player I’d like leading this team.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 45 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +2Remember Game 1 DeMar? Think that, only 10 times worse. People keep telling me that it’s OK for him to shoot jumpers because “that’s his game”. Well, pardon me, but that’s asinine because contested jumpers are exactly what the Nets prefer him to do. Even if he hits 50% of them, it’s still what the Nets want. He was passive, didn’t drive, and preferred to pass the ball to Patrick Patterson rather than put his mark on the game. Defensively, he’s awful, beyond awful. He’s poor in help, close-out, one-on-one, and just about every other defensive situation and everybody seems to give him a pass. This summer should be all about defense. Nothing else. If we had started Nando De Colo ahead of him, our chances of winning this game would have improved.  Sorry for the negativity, but I thought he bungled things up large.

Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 5-5 FG | 6-6 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +14Burned by Joe Johnson in single coverage in the fourth quarter, that’s ultimately what he’ll be remembered for. Had a tidy offensive game, but he’s not the guy I was relying on today, so I have no large complaints. For me, he did his job well (except for that one-on-one D on JJ, which really isn’t his job as a PF).

Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4Came into the game in the fourth after Casey realized that he wasn’t going to get anything from Valanciunas. Did his thing relatively well, but why we’re relying on poor Hayes in Game 7 of a playoff series speaks to larger problems. We knew we had an issue at the backup big at the deadline and did nothing. Sure, him trying to score against a taller Blatche in the fourth quarter killed me, but that was more reflective of the overall state of our offense more than anything.

John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -10I don’t think a player has ever aggravated me more than him – not only is he shitty at everything, his face gives the impression that he’s totally OK with it. Other than the initial few games after he got acquired, that “veteran presence” that he’s always lauded for has never been seen, yet Casey goes back to him with the predictability of a clock.

Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2He’s healthy as per reports from Eric Koreen and Ryan Wolstat, yet he does not seem to even be even considered as a candidate to guard Joe Johnson, when in fact he did a fantastic job of it in Game 2. Boggles the mind.

Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +8Was guarding Joe Johnson one-on-one in the first half as part of Casey’s master plan of confusing everyone defensively. Got in foul trouble, got frustrated, swore at Joey Crawford, had a poor game running the offense. The two-guard lineup which usually works so well was dysfunctional today and it was because there was no offensive plan of getting key players involved.  Still, he’s a solid backup point who was stellar all series as far as I’m concerned.

Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart Has not entered game MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Nando no play. Nando sad. Nando feel he could’ve helped team in a series where ball-handling was a premium.

Dwane Casey
To illustrate just how unorganized our defense is, let me point to two examples: JV somehow closing out on Alan Anderson after a Joe Johnson double and pass. JV, after a timeout, ends up guarding Pierce one-on-one to end the quarter. How does that happen? Our rotations have been so whack and unorganized that, quite literally, we have different players closing out the same Net in sequential possessions. Nobody knows who has to cover who on the rotation, and it had resulted in guys like Thornton killing us! His refusal to play Landry Fields has to go down in Raptors history as one of the silliest thing ever, right along with Darrell Walker benching Tracy McGrady (I realize, different player, but same level of perplexity). He was unable to counter Joe Johnson AT ALL, and that’s basically the only guy on the Nets you have to counter. Just what coaching he did in this entire series is well beyond my levels of comprehension. I’ve been his backer from day one, but, oh man, does he need help with the clipboard! And to top it off, he’s a defensive coach? That last play where we had a chance to win it – was there any plan there other than giving it to Lowry and praying?

Five Things We Saw

  1. Terrence Ross’s steal after we were playing the FT game gave us a chance to win the game, and the play that ensued was Lowry going 1-on-3. Was he fouled on the play? It looked like it, I didn’t catch the replay as I just turned the TV off.
  2. The Raptors were killed on the offensive boards by a team that simply wanted it more. There is no reason why the Nets should be killing us in that category, other than lack of effort/focus. The fourth quarter offensive rebounds, and the time it took off the clock, doomed us.
  3. Defensively, there was either little or very ineffective coaching done. It required two simple passes out of a Joe Johnson double-team for the Nets to get a wide open look every single time. How does that happen consistently over seven games?
  4. Full credit to Dwane Casey for effectively using a small-ball lineup in the last three minutes of the game……FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SERIES WHEN I WAS BEGGING FOR IT BEFORE GAME 1.
  5. Referring was bad at times, but sorry, I felt we should’ve won this game despite all that. We were simply not prepared to counter the Nets’ strengths.  I apologize, but right now I’m too emotionally charged to see the positives of the season.  Give us till tomorrow.
  • Microaggressive

    Clean block?

    • De Colo

      Ya, it was clean

      • Microaggressive

        follow through and body check says no
        jump shooters get whiffed at but Lowry was WWE body slammed

        • De Colo

          blocked happened before the body, they’ll never call that.

          • Microaggressive

            They’ll never call anything so as to save the $200,000,000 team

            • De Colo

              There are so many more calls or no calls you can complain about in this game before that one.

              • WhiteVegas

                The Livingston push off was particularly egregious. That even had the ESPN crew saying WTF?

      • morganc

        Say what you want about Casey, whoever, etc. That was a textbook clean block, and moreover, the officiating was dead even this game. Saying anything otherwise and you just don’t know basketball. Great game. We lost. It sucks. Seems like this city is cursed sometimes, but we just got beat. That’s it.

        • Microaggressive

          At least it wan’t a Leafs choke.

      • Mexiballer

        That wasnt a clean block. He got all of his hand and wrist. Its clear. But your not going to get that call on the last play of the game to win a series.

    • johng_3

      If DWill goes in the lane the same way, he gets the call. I thought too much contact on the body

  • Adriiian

    Lowry needed to pass there. Drove in charging like a bull against 3 guys.
    TRoss was the disappointment of this series. DeRozan wasn’t aggressive at all today, when we needed it the most.

    Good season. What’s next?

    • craptor

      I was pulling my hair out when I saw Lowry at the three point line and he had that look like he was going to attack and drive no matter what like he did all 4th quarter. He had 3 defenders draped all over him. Please kick it back out… Please… There were clean looks. The refs were not blowing the whistle unless there is blood. He opted for the chance at a circus shot??? WTF??? Kick it out for the fukking clean look!!!

      • Adriiian

        100%. That was selfish there.

        • De Colo

          That was the play call, every single play Casey draws up with a chance to win is an Iso play, every single god damn time.

      • Philoveritas

        You know I think about 2001 and when the Raptors won their only series in New York it wasn’t Vince Carter who hit the shot, it was Doug Christie, a role player. I thought for sure Casey would have called on Ross after getting them there 2 plays in a row, even Patterson who buried them during the season, anything but Lowry vs. everybody, it is so hard when THE shot is the guy that everyone expects.

  • Bob the Truthteller

    If we had started Nando de Colo our chances would have been better. Get a life you joke. Fuck out of here with that bullshit.

    • De Colo

      Who are you talking about you Pyscho? cause if you’re talking about Lowry, then you can get the fuck out of here.

      • Jason

        Read the article you’re commenting on idiot

        • De Colo

          Dont feel like reading that negative shit above, sorry.

      • noname

        he is making fun of how zarar said that if de colo started over derozan he would improve our chances…lol.

        • FREEJV

          hey at least de colo tries on defense. Demar looked like james harden out there this whole series on defense.

          • noname

            I have been saying a lot that De colo should be our backup 2 guard because of his steadiness, but he’s not starting unless demar gets injured (even then it could be Vas).

    • Lawrence C

      I completely agree. No offense Zarar, but your assessment of DeMar this game is way off-base. I understand that he didn’t dominate the way you might want an all-star to do, but the idea that the Raptors would have been better off with De Colo is an emotional over-reaction and wildly inaccurate. I am a die hard Raps fan too and I understand the frustration and emotions that come with a loss, but take a step back and think about that. It’s a completely ridiculous statement.

      • ItsAboutFun

        No shit!!! Seriously messed up views of DeMar all over this site. You should see
        the diarrhea spewing out of mouths over on the forums. Disgustingly
        messed up minds not appreciating what they have, like a bunch of spoiled
        brats,,,, or is that whiney btiches?

        • FLUXLAND

          But lets all hear more about how you think JJ is a playoff bum.

          “”And JJ was born for the playoffs.”

          lmao, while you ride your high horse and pound your chest about what you know about ball. lmao

          He was made for being spoon fed by Nash, but since? Last 2 seasons of playoffs: FG% of 37, 41, 3P% 25, 25, while chucking up 6 3s/game,,,,,both first round exits. Yup, made for the opponents’ playoffs. You know shyt, except for what you read on the internet, just like Tim W.”

          Any further thoughts bball, genius p00ka?

          • ItsAboutFun

            Further thoughts? You mean for pathetic trolls? Naw. Any of those around?

            • FLUXLAND

              Just you, I’m guessing. : )

          • CM

            Jj stunk last yr in game 7 vs bulls but raps had no matchup for him maybe fields but either injured or Casey too inflexible to try that

            • FLUXLAND

              I know it’s a matchup thing, I just like ribbing pooka the bear.

              But, I’ve seen enough JJ to believe he makes a substantial difference in the playoffs, whereas p00ka only sees stats.

              • gorapsgo

                I’ve seen enough of your posts to say regardless of basketball you’re a gigantic creep whose life revolves around trolling raptors fans. really weird, you must have something better to do no? odd use of time.

                • FLUXLAND

                  I appreciate your very invalid opinion, but don’t you find it funny that you think I should have something better to do while you are keeping tabs on me? That’s a much more odd use of time.

    • CM

      Agree the write up is based purely on emotion and personal bias.

  • lewro

    Fire Casey

    • hotshot

      Don’t need to fire him, his contract is ending this season just don’t resign him.

      Some people are just better at being number 2.

      • lewro

        Not good enough. Masai should say fuck Casey in Jurassic park right now

    • noname

      casey has always been an assistant coach; give him another year with this group and he’ll improve as a coach. That, coupled with the fact that these guys are still relative noobs in the nba (see: JV and Ross’ struggles, Demar and Kyle’s attempts at hero ball, and relative jitters across the team); and I’m still suprised they made the playoffs and took an experienced nets team to 7. All in all great season, lots of problems, I was saying out loud that casey should’ve played De colo to settle things down (he was a spur!) and fields for defense on johnson along with lowry, patterson, and amir. I honestly think that lineup would’ve destroyed Brooklyn. But they’ll learn, they’ll ALL learn.

    • lino

      Re Sign Casey.

  • firecasey

    In the last 3 minutes of the game, Casey finally tries a small ball line up to some success for the first time in the entire series. Fuck this coach

    • firecasey

      By this I mean one big, ross, lowry derozan and GV

      • gchik

        i don’t understand what hayes provided the entire series to warrant playing time..

        • Bryan Colangelo

          Other than Amir, he’s the only big we have that consistently calls out screens and talks on defense.

          If JV improved his energy, IQ and focus on defense, Hayes wouldn’t be out there.

    • asifyouknow

      Casey did lose this series. He out coached himself right out of the last two games…

  • Jason

    It was a clean block . However why in the world was chuck hayes on the court ? Casey doesnt make sense at all . Lowry needed to pass to derozan . Probably the last game for him as a raptor

    • De Colo

      Wow, funny how a fan can turn on the leader of this team so quickly, you think we are really gonna find a PG better then him to make them better for next year? Get the fuck out of here.

  • WhiteVegas

    The only bright side is it will be that much easier for Masai to fire Casey.

    • Adriiian

      There’s no need, his contract will just run out?

      • WhiteVegas

        You know what I mean. Not resign Casey. Same difference.

  • chacha166

    Good Game, horrible calls against the Raps but It happened and I hope they crack down the officating. However, the positives are that Masai will know what to do in the Summer to make us better and the playoff experience will help develop Demar, Ross ,and Big Val.

  • http://peterd.mp Beagle17

    Best write-up of the year.

  • morganc

    When we came back to make it a one possession game, I said aloud I honestly would be okay with a loss. We showed so much grit to come back and make it that close. That steal at the end by Ross, of all people, was amazing. We had last shot, and we missed. I’m almost thinking we could be a serious contender if everything stays the same going forward. Casey’s lack of plays for JV, and DD’s inability to pass to an open JV time and time again (as called out numerous times by Hubie Brown) are issues, but I have so much faith in this group. This loss just feels different, in a good way.

    • Bryan Colangelo

      They definitely need to get a real fourth big and a real back-up small forward.

      Both JV and Ross took major strides this year. JV just needs to mature and learn how to contribute even when the ball isn’t in his hands, or the calls aren’t going your way. Ross struggled early in the playoffs, but I think we started to see signs of life the last two games (he was also the victim of a lot of ticky-tack calls at the beginning of the series).

      If they resign Lowry, GV and Patterson, that’s a good start. Might want to consider upgrading PF and SG. I actually like Amir and DeRozan as the second/third option on a contender, but we need an iso-player that can draw doubles or create their own shot to get over the hump. If you swapped DeRozan with Johnson in this series we sweep the series; no question.

      • noname

        we would also have terrible cap space; and plus derozan is ever improving he’s only 24 and has incredible work ethic.

        • Bryan Colangelo

          I would love to keep Amir and DeRozan, but their trade value has never been higher, and if we resign Lowry, Patterson and GV we’re only going to improve through trades.

          It’s a tough situation, but you got to keep your options open. It’s obvious to me that this team is still two or three pieces away from being a true contender.

          • Ghotte

            So youre suggesting trade away to starters (for some other starting caliber players to be named later) but resign to backups? This would be more credible if you tried to shore up the talent level at the starting spots first.

      • CM

        As I said demar is a strong point along with Lowry guard play isn’t the issue. Lack of Low post scoring option is the issue. The bigs score off scramble plays off rebounds but they don’t have a refined post game to get points and scare teams down low

    • FREEJV

      OFFSEASON IMPROVEMENTS: 1. get a wing player who can score off the bench and can spell ross when hes struggling. JOHN SALMONS FUCKIN SUCKS!!!
      2. demar get your ass to the weight room and put some size on you got man handled all series long. Also, work on your damn handles and defense along with 3 pt shooting.
      3. Get another 7 footer who can contribute. CHUCK HAYES FUCKIN SUCKS!
      4. The sophomores need to keep improving . Send JV to work with a legend big man. Tell ross to work on his shot creation .
      5. RESIGN LOWRY
      6. Draft adreian payne

      • FREEJV

        7. EXPLORE TRADE OPTIONS FOR DEMAR. If you get an offer that improves the team you gotta pull the trigger. the guy is simply not a superstar. hes a 2nd or 3rd option.
        8. Decide if casey will stay or not. if not, Hire George Karl

        THE END

        • WhiteVegas

          The fact don’t resign Casey isn’t a priority is ridiculous. Casey and his vaunted defense was absolute shit in the playoffs. You have the gall the blame Demar but Casey gets a free pass?

          • FREEJV

            yea but idk about him yet. its 50/50 for me. but george karl or lionel hollins would be nice

            • ValanInuyashaSSS

              Expect Mark Jackson to be fired soon, I like him to coach the Raptors.

              • Guest

                Just no.

              • CM

                Why his team shot jumpers with the game on the line against the clippers and he didn’t put O’Neal out vs Jordan who basically won the game down the stretch.

          • Godson82

            Raptors defense was shit the last 10 games of the regular season, there was no reason for us to think they would turn it on all of the sudden because they’re in the playoffs.

            • djzone

              Part personnel, part coaching. Casey makes no pre or mid-game adjustments

        • djzone

          Keep Demar and (unpopular opinion pending) go after Eric Bledsoe if Lowry is looking for anything more than 2-3 years (which is likely).

          • FREEJV

            bledsoe cant shoot. we already have demar lol that ll be a nightmare of 2 guards who cant shoot.

            • CM

              Demar has a great mid range game and gets to the line. The team needs a post player who can command a double team so the guards don’t get blitzed without making them pay. Demar ain’t the problem cdns don’t know much about hoops

              • Abused Raptors Fan

                Wtf does our nationality have to do with anything? Canadians don’t know much about hoops?! Get fucked! And if you knew anything about this team, than you’d know that JV has shown an enormous amount of potential in the low post. Clown

        • bobert

          I used to think like that, trade demar if we can get something good blah blah.. But after this year, Loyalty means so much more

          • FREEJV

            loyalty doesnt get you anywhere. ask lebron

        • noname

          Nah Demar has incredible work ethic and always improves, this is the worst you will see from him until the decline. And if casey goes, get Lionel Hollins; the folks up in memphis still use his schemes and he’s perfect for developing our bigs and employing good defence, plus he hopefully won’t baffle you with weird rotations like casey sometimes does (although casey is still a good coach who can improve).

        • Phat AlberG

          George Karl YESSSSSSSSSSS!

      • Bryan Colangelo

        If Chuck Hayes were 4 inches taller he’d be a damn fine basketball player. Sigh …

        • ValanInuyashaSSS

          The game would be totally different if we had Dajuan Blaire instead of Hayes

        • FREEJV

          no he wouldnt lmao. he would just be a worse version of big baby. guy cant finish inside. only thing hes good at is post up defense.

      • Godson82

        Luol Deng is who I would like to see in a Raptors uniform. He’s a veteran that plays great D and can shot the 3ball.

        • FREEJV

          too much money.

      • noname

        I agree with everything except number 6, is adreian payne a 4, if not then don’t draft him… the lineup should be like this imo…
        Pg: Lowry/Vasquez
        Sg: Demar/De colo
        Sf: Ross/free agent veteran (vince carter or shawn marion would be nice)
        Pf: Patterson/amir/Draft pick
        C: JV/free agent veteran

        • Phat AlberG

          Payne is nice, but I also I like Mitch McGary 6’11 266 power forward from the Wolverines

          • FREEJV

            not another aaron gray man pls :,(

            • Phat AlberG

              You might young buck, but this guys has same game as Bill Laimbeer! Big physical power forward that can rebound set monster picks and hit anything 18 an in.

              • Chewwy No Matthew

                Mitch McGary would be a slower version of JV, if that’s even possible with zero scoring touch. This dude only came out because he is suspended. Not a good pick at all

                • Phat AlberG

                  Raptors need to become more physical with the front court, that’s is why they lost this series. They have everything else accept physical front court player to match Val and Mitch McGary is true 4, if you grab him in late first round or early 2nd if they trade up he will be an huge asset coming off the bench. Payne is not going to be good, he just reminds of poor man Donyell Marshall, I’m tired of stretch 4’s who don’t rebound and get set picks.

          • noname

            you mean the druggie, yeah no thanks…he seems like a big man version of jr smith.

            • Phat AlberG

              Yeah he’s smoke weed, do you know how many guys smoke weed in NBA during the season lol. I want toughness we don’t need finesse players, we have enough.

        • FREEJV

          payne is like draymond green but more athletic. he can guard big 3s probably at the nba level but is probably a pf in my opinion. he could probably guard joe johnson better than anyone we had lmao

          • noname

            well then I’d take him if he fell to number 20, seems like a guy we could really use.

          • noname

            do you think boris diaw would be a good backup C? just wondering…

        • CM

          Marion can’t shoot you need a post player who can play back to the basket snd command a double team and still score

          • noname

            If you find the strength to look at his god-awful form, he actually makes his shots at a decently consistent rate (much better than fields and salmons combined), plus he can post-up, and he’s a very good defender (probably would’ve shut down JJ in this series if we had ’em, there would of been no need for doubling).

      • James Slim

        Wesley Johnson?

    • ValanInuyashaSSS

      If you were watching the ABC broadcast, Hubie Brown most of the time were basically calling out the Raptors what was supposed to be played, which player supposed to covered .So clearly the weak link from the Raptors was the coaching ability by Casey.

      The Nets strategy was very very easy and simply, find a way and find a player that Raptors were impossible to guard(Joe Johnson Iso), then if he gets double teamed kicked out to the shooters. AS SIMPLE AS THAT, and Raptors had no answers for all 7 games.

      Raptors had JV, where the Nets had not answers to, and it showed that in Game 6 where the Nets’ strategy was to take JV out of the game because he was a treat, and Nets did that, and the Raptors just not see that even until now!

      • Tinmann

        We were one basket away from advancing. Casey coached his ass off. Earned his extension.
        KG had his best game of the series. We have no-one to match up with Johnson and thought we effectively covered him. He had a great game.
        I think the last few games, JV’s inexperience was exposed. He will be a great player, but he did not have great series. Nets scored at will inside whenever Amir was off.

      • ZQ

        We had 3 wins in the series, and 1 basket/foul call/normal officiating moment away from a series win
        But we had no answer for all 7 games in your opinion hmm…
        Interesting

        There’s a reason Hubie is commentating and not still coaching, and it’s not just his age, easy to call out a coach’s/team’s mistakes sitting as a broadcaster

        More importantly, those boys need to learn how to pronounce names, pet peeve when you’re paid to do this for a living, and you can’t give guys respect by saying their name properly
        Do some research? Horrible

      • Ghotte

        JV was useless today. TRoss was exposed but at least produced “something”. The youngin’s will get better and learn from the game but the talent, depth and experience of the Nets was too much. We had our chances.

      • noname

        remember, if it weren’t for casey we might not have been in this situation anyways. Coaches can improve too. Count your blessings…

  • SickNTired

    Can all of you sit back and give a round of applause to the Raptors and all the writers at Republic???
    This was the most exciting feeling i have felt in early may in 6 years

    Thank you all and bring back the core next year. Sign lowry!!!!!

    LETS GO RAPTORS!!!!!

    • GoingBig

      I have found the Raptors Republic to be one of the best fan-sites on the internet
      Occasionally RR writers will get too down or too up – but they have added so much to my enjoyment of the Raptors
      Great season – GO RAPTORS !!!

      • Kkb003

        Agreed! Thank you RR u guys were great and enjoyed very much your work here!

    • D

      Great outlook for the future. All heart, best team ever

    • Bryan Colangelo

      Benching Tim W mid-season was a tough call but the right move. He’s going to put a lot of work in off-season and come back tremendous.

      • Tinmann

        Are you kidding.
        He’s got a 5000 word ” I told you so” piece coming up…………..

  • Joshua Chan Zuo Sze

    the fans deserved more….freaking refs

  • Bryan Colangelo

    Unlike Zarar-the-sad-sack, I’m going to congratulate Ujiri, Casey, Lowry and the entire team for having an outstanding season and overachieving well beyond expectations.

    You guys had no reliable production from the swingman position off the bench, an injured power forward and a sophmore that struggled all series. But you still fought to the bitter end.

    Great job, guys.

    • Digitking

      I agree, given how badly this season started and how low expectations were. When the dust settles I think we can all agree that this was a very good season and hopefully with how young this team is there’s many more to come!

    • morganc

      As I say below, I think Zarar is just giving the true “rapid reaction” post and thus is very visceral and emotional. I think we can all say it was a great year and congrats. This game, specifically, it sucks but we just came up short. We played hard, and came all the way back. It just sucks. But we played hard and gave it our all.
      #respect

      • Tinmann

        His emotions are clouding his judgement.

    • arsenalist

      The point of this post is not to look at the big picture, reminisce about the season, take the long view, thank the players, and all that….we have the whole summer for that. Trust me, you’ll get a lot of that on this site in the coming weeks/months. But I will not apologize for this post. It’s an immediate reaction to the game, and the above was my immediate reaction. Thanks for making RR a stop on your trudge across the internet even if you disagree with us, we do appreciate it.

      • asifyouknow

        You had a great take on the game….congrats…

      • 6_figures

        You should apologize, you’re acting like a pre-pubescent crybaby. have a little respect for the players. Don’t pretend like you’re objective at any point in time anyway, you’re the guy who gave T-Ross an A- when he scored 51 points. I didn’t forget that. Your credibility is nowhere to be found homeboy

        • tross_31

          #LestWeForget

          Get over it man.

        • morganc

          Easy…

        • DDayLewis

          Hey, fuck you man.

        • FREEJV

          oooh kill em

      • Bryan Colangelo

        Just busting your chops, bud. I know you wanted the Raps to win but I found your sky-is-falling quick reaction pretty funny.

      • FLUXLAND

        You have 0 reasons to apologize, to anyone, for anything.

        Most of the people crying are eleventeen year old fanboys.

        • raptorstand

          Great post , cannot agree with you anymore on your observation of the game. I am stunned .

          • FLUXLAND

            Thanks. Perhaps next time you can stick to your observations of the game, instead of name calling people that you disagree with about said game. But, I wouldn’t expect anything else from a Bryan Colangelo… kind of like he when he was slamming Bosh after he left.

            • Bryan Colangelo

              Honestly, I’m not really bothered at all by Zazar’s reaction at all. I just saw he overplayed the negative side of the game, which left me open for a backdoor dunk of optimism.

              Mission accomplished!

            • ItsAboutFun

              lol,,, what are you? 7 yrs old? Sad-Sack is some sort of dastardly “name calling”. LOL, trolling, trolling

              • FLUXLAND

                Semantics Sheriff on the prowl! Watch out people!

                I’m 7 and you are arguing semantics over grade school insults. Riiiight.

            • BigHops

              All you ever do is name call – are you for real right now? Pot calling the Kettle black x1000. I’ve never heard someone speak/type who I would like to associate with any less in real life. We’re all thankful we don’t actually know you.

              • FLUXLAND

                “all you ever do is name call” – that’s just your imagination or very selective reading.

                Good on you for making judgments based on comments on the internet, that’s a very intelligent approach. Trust me, no one wants to associate with you and the people that do are pretty much forced to.

        • noname

          did you invent a new number? Is it now possible to be a pre-teen and a teen at the same time? Genius!!! Give this guy an award!!!

        • onemanweave

          Flux, Glad to see this horrible season had a happy ending for you.

      • Tinmann

        No – you sound bitter. It’s funny, all year your grades have been generous, but today I found them fair. But your comments make you sound, like someone stated above, prepubescent crybaby.
        Your better than that.
        Was at the game, trust me, everyone tried. Fans included.
        The Nets were all over the floor defensively. They took away the perimeter, as they have all series.
        If anything it was A Tale of Two Charges. That swung the momentum long enough.

    • RaptorsinThisBitch

      Luol Deng…..

      • noname

        nah, we need to give ross a chance to develop into a good 3 (I think he can), then we need a proper backup veteran 3 (get rid of john salmons and fields). We need to give de colo a rotation spot as a backup 2 because I think he can really take pressure off our guards and give us steady ball-handling and smart plays. We need a big, tall, tough veteran backup C who plays good defence (get rid of hayes). And finally, we need to start patterson over amir as pf and have amir be an energy big off the bench (less pressure, less injuries, inferior competition, more production). Plus patterson is young, has fresh legs, and can still improve and he will be a good starting pf (you could keep hansbrough as insurance or replace him with your draft pick). Re-sign lowry and vasquez, let your core develop, and you got yourself a contender imo.

  • yup

    We need a real SF. Ross is headed to the bench. Also, we need depth. In every position, starting with the 5.

    • johng_3

      I hope Ross can add weight in the offseason but a backup SF would be a definite need

  • Paul Stevens

    Bitter much!

    • Brian

      No kidding eh? From reading alot of the writers and commenters on this site we seem to have the worst coach in the league, the worst big man in the league, the worst defensive wings on the league, and so on. Odd that we made it as far as we did, especially since half the people commenting in the game thread said the game was over around halftime.

  • RyGuy Awesome III

    In a way, maybe it’s better that we didn’t win this. Although the series was 7 games, there were huge stretches of time where we just got flat out dominated. We couldn’t defend Joe Johnson to save our lives and couldn’t grab a defensive board. These are problems that a team that makes a deep playoff run can’t have, and these are problems that can ideally be addressed in the offseason. We don’t finish on a high from the second round, we finish low, and we have no delusions left about our shortcomings.

    Now the offseason is here. Is Casey the right man for the job? (Some say no, but who is available is probably more important here) Will JV and Ross take steps forward? Will we re-sign Lowry/Patterson/Vasquez? Our bench burned us this series and we need to get deeper.

    That was an unexpectedly positive season. Now we just need to make the right moves to keep getting better.

    Go Raps.

    • Jerry Garcia

      After a riveting season we are poised for a riveting off-season… The Raptors added legions of fans across the country and likely beyond. I will continue to click on to this site…thanks for the ride !!

  • Microaggressive

    I like the Paul Pierce in the after game quick interview gave props to the Raps and made mention that our team battle hardend the Nets and we have a strong future.

    I believe him

    • De Colo

      Strong future? The average age of that team is atleast 55

      • Microaggressive

        Our future

        • De Colo

          Gotcha

      • Jason

        You’re actually an idiot. Are you illiterate? He’s talking about the raptors future. I just found two straight comments of yours that point to you being mentally incapable

        • Microaggressive

          dude, De Colo wasn’t being insulting, why are you?

          • Jason

            Read up where he completely misinterprets bob’s comment then says “Who are you talking about you Pyscho? cause if you’re talking about Lowry, then you can get the fuck out of here.”

            Tit for tat

        • De Colo

          What’s funny is you chime in 5 minutes after that is already established what he was talking about and i said “gotcha” but yet you dont read either, so maybe I missed shit in the reading because i didn’t feel like reading it all but you aren’t reading either.

          • Guest

            except your “gotcha” comment wasn’t posted when i posted. there’s a difference between not seeing a comment, and being illiterate without reading comprehension.

            go raptors

            • De Colo

              Yes it was, you must just not of seen it, i don’t care, i missed what was being said on that other post, that’s my bad, and I’m sorry, I was in the moment at the time. But i had definitely posted before you posted that, either way, Go Raptors.

  • GoRaps

    JV is a problem. We need to trade him!!! The worst center in the league.

    • De Colo

      God, did you come on here just to completely overreact to everything?

    • lewro

      Down vote

    • Dribble

      I can only agree. Zero defence many turnovers, cant make simple shots.

      • test

        yeah so trading him is the answer. goofs.

    • Microaggressive

      full reetard, never go full reetard

    • Bryan Colangelo

      JV was getting no respect from the refs. He complains too much. Defenses can body him up and hack him with impunity. He’s way too easy to draw fouls on and turnover.

      He needs to learn how to play hard without the ball and not expect star-calls.

    • JHP

      LOL. Only about 15 teams would trade for JV. Given his contract and upside the team would be nuts to trade him. Might as well trade DD and Lowry while you have the chance.

    • Ghotte

      #shitfly

      Needs to work on ALL of his post skills but more importantly his defensive positioning, reaction and rotation!

      JV stunk today but he’ll get better.

  • TheSpiceTyrant

    Sad. Tough. Loss.

    But it’s the best outcome for building on the future.

    Worse would be a 4-5 game series loss to the heat.

    • De Colo

      No, being able to play the Heat in a series, whether you win or lose it, would be huge.

      • Microaggressive

        Just for the extra cash for future overcap spending would be nice.

      • arsenalist

        I highly doubt MLSE is relying on two playoff gates to make a signing. They have big owners who aren’t short of cash. I do agree the experience would’ve been great.

  • ace5950

    We had a chance

    • KJ-B

      The multitude of lost boards on the defensive glass is what killed the Raps. Brooklyn kept getting 2 and even 3 shot possessions. I was surprised Raps made a game of it at the end, but that’s what they’ve always done. That last play of the game deserved better Xs and Os. Terrible play call with little deceptive action. Brooklyn had it made. Refs swallowed the whistle as soon as Lowry went into the trees outta control. Oh well…

  • Thomas

    Overall it was a great season for the Raptors. Extremely proud to be a fan of this. The future is bright

    • j bean

      I’d rather be a Raps fan than a Nets fan any day.

  • Minks77

    really wish Patterson would’ve just stepped back into PP and cleared him out instead of jumping out Kyles way.

  • RaptorsKOR

    good series. Raptors will rise higher next season!

  • Kevin

    From a diehard nets fan, congratulations on an amazing series raptors. You guys have one of the toughest young cores in the NBA, a potential future all star in JV or even Lowry and a potential superstar in DD. That was a way better series than I actually expected, congrats on a great season and best of luck to you guys in the future. Oh and I just saw some idiot say “trade JV” lol why? He had a bad game no need to over react. LETS GO NETS!! (:

    • Minks77

      Thanks and good luck against Miami.

      You’ll have to buy a few more Refs though.

    • FREEJV

      cant wait to watch you guys play without the refs against miami. 4-0 sweeep comin up

      • Kevin

        Someone is a sore loser. Didn’t casey complain in the start of the series?

        • noname

          thanks for the congratulations, but casey just said that he found the officiating strange. Jason kidd was the one who recently went on a whine-a-thon about that subject and got 25K for it. But that being said, the raptors just flat out let this one slip away.

        • Darien

          Casey did complain… about some horrible reffing. Seriously, go back through the numerous youtube videos of Garnett shoving Valanciunas into Pierce and Valanciunas getting called for the foul. You seem to be a decent guy, but your team is thoroughly unlikeable.

        • FREEJV

          Didnt kidd buy the refs with 25 k . yes he did stfu retard. no nets fans allowed here. get back to the retirement house

          • DC

            Ignorant comment.

            • Kevin

              Exactly, this guy is butt hurt lol. I said congratulations to a great series, didn’t talk ANY shit and this guy is like “stfu retard no nets fans allowed” lol grow up freeJV

              • FREEJV

                kevin and DC have fun with each other tonight but get a room will ya? #nonetsfansallowed

          • Lawrence C

            FREEJV: I don’t comment often on this site, but I want you to know that I consistently notice you being ignorant and generally demonstrating a poor understanding of NBA basketball any time I read the comments on here. It’s almost impressive, as you are essentially the only user I’ve ever noticed on this site, for better or worse. After a full season of being irritated with your asinine comments, I felt compelled to let you know.

            • FREEJV

              annnnnnnnd 0 fucks were given . #creepingonme

      • Kevin

        I’m not going to argue, it’s pointless. Good series

    • FLUXLAND

      You’re all class. Cheers.

      • Kevin

        Thanks man, just being honest. The future looks bright up in Toronto!

        • FLUXLAND

          It sucks the Heat swept and have been resting. Hopefully, they are kinda rusty.

          I cannot stand LBJ.. good luck in the semis.

          • Kevin

            I can’t stand LBJ either with his whining when he doesn’t get a call. We did sweep miami in the regular season but we’ll see what happens. Thanks a lot! (:

    • JHP

      Good year for the Raptors but you can never beat the ref’s. So go have fun with Miami and let’s see which team get’s the calls.

      • Kevin

        Stop with the refs okay, there were questionable calls both ways. I’m not a biased fan, were there horrible calls for toronto? yes. But brooklyn had its fair share of bad calls as well, just stop. Good series though

        • FREEJV

          kevin gtfo already noone cares about what you think.

          • Kevin

            Calm your nipples bro, you’re tense right now.

            • FREEJV

              kevin come back here in 2 weeks and then we ll see how much officiating can change a series cuz you guys about to get some of your own medicine against heat bud

          • Mikey

            FreeJV when Raptors fans (me included) are embarrassed of your grade school commentary and hate being associated with you, and opposing fans who are actually classy (i.e. Kevin) find you to be a total prick, mayyyyybe it’s actually you and not everyone else? Hmm. But you clearly are very self centered and will not understand this (can’t wait for your self centered reply). The best of us actually listen and learn… but you are not one of those.

        • Heyjoe

          LOL Brooklyn had it’s “fair share” of calls.

          And I”m the fucking Easter bunny.

          • Kevin

            Are you? That’s cool.

    • smh

      thanks! great series. much luck to you vs the heat! some of us will either cheer for you or against you depending on how we feel about the heat.

  • Jason

    I have an uneasy feeling headed into the offseason . What happens now ? So much uncertainty about what will transpire . I really hope that this season wasnt a fluke and we arent a lottery bound team next . This was a hell of a ride though

  • cdub

    I think this was way too hard on derozan and casey. JV played like ass, the refs screwed over amir with several questionable calls, and we just didn’t make enough shots we had chances. Ross missed a lot, Lowry missed a lot, bench was not good outside ppat. The last play should have been a pass to ppat off the drive. Lowry got fouled twice but he should know they are going to swallow the whistles. Its disappointing but at least we didn’t get beat by Paul Pierce. Hopefully we resign lowry and ppat.

    • Minks77

      Actually Pierce did beat us with that block

      • cdub

        well that was more lowrys fault I meant with a shot. it also looked like a foul imo.

        • Minks77

          It’s wasn’t a foul, not one that’ll be a deciding call at any rate.

  • Mugsy

    Can’t believe you managed to criticize everyone on the team (except your beloved Lowry) after a hell of a comeback. So much more to take away (good and bad). Refs screwed us again on so many occasions, Amir played his ass off no matter how much you dislike his injured face, and Demar while he could have been more assertive was being double teamed the whole night and never really got the ball in post up situations where he should get it.

    Definitely plenty of mistakes, but if you expected a smooth win from young team in their first game 7 your heads in the clouds.

    Great season

    • De Colo

      no need to criticize Lowry, without him they dont even make the playoffs.

  • Grey

    Man. This is a really disappointing final Reaction. Nothing positive to say about the most fun we’ve had as Raptors fans in a very long time?

    • webfeat

      It’s a quick reaction. I’m sure there’ll be a more appropriate write up soon.

    • Tinmann

      I understand the disappointment, but he does go to far with the individual criticism.
      The team played hard

      • sleepz

        The team always plays hard. But did they play smart?

        I think many of the criticisms were warranted whether or not some don’t want to hear it after a tough loss in game 7

  • johng_3

    I’m cheering for Miami to beat this overpaid, old ass team

    • DC

      Hard to cheer for either self-important team! Hope they both fall hard!

  • morganc

    Okay, I posted my comment quickly before reading this re-cap. Zarar reminds me of the overly-emotional, overly invested version of myself (Game 5). Ridiculously harsh grades on many above, incl. Vasquez, Ross, DeMar. Casey has huge issues, sure. But we came up short. That’s it. We really will be fine.
    The only thing I kind of agree with is Casey. He may not be the guy to get the most out of us going forward, but it’s just going to be so tough to fire him after our best season in franchise history. Who will replace him? Half the time I think he is terrible and needs to be fired, half the time I realize he got so much out of this team and the guys seem to truly respect him. Dangerous to fire a guy the players seem to play their ass of for. All I will say is ANY future “fire Casey” calls must be met with a candidate suggestion. Who out there would truly get this team in better position Xs and Os wise AND GET AS MUCH EFFORT AND BUY IN OUT OF THE GUYS. The last point is emphasized because hell yes it is just as important if not more so. Again, not saying I think he is a great coach, but be careful what you wish for. Who will replace him?

    • Ted

      Look at Brad Stevens, the coach for Phoenix. There are candidates that haven’t coached in the NBA. Also, I would look at George Karl and Hollins too.

      • morganc

        There we go. I don’t necessarily agree, but that’s not the point. Good call making it a discussion. I just can’t stand the “fire Casey” comments with no solution outlined. You have done so, so good call.
        Personally, I think we give Casey a three year extension, with knowledge that we can him after next year if the team doesn’t improve.

      • FLUXLAND

        Umm… Brad coaches the Celtics.

        And for the love of everything… no George Karl.

        • noname

          two words: Lionel Hollins (although casey deserves to be re-signed).

          • FLUXLAND

            So torn on him. I’m not sold on his in game counter-adjustments. He’s sooorta like DC (an excellent motivator) but he also actually played, as a PG, and has a ring etc. So, I’d say that’s a step up, but I am not completely sold.

    • DC

      Who will replace him? Maybe one of the assistant coaches? Don’t know them well enough to pick one, but MU clearly had a hand in bringing them on board – perhaps with the bigger picture in mind?

    • smh

      Nick Nurse?

      • Ghotte

        Nick Nurse drew up the play!

  • Icarus Descending

    Unfortunate that JV had to lay a stinker in game 7, I’ve loved his play the rest of the series.

    I thought Ross did really well this game just couldn’t land those 3s, but his D in the 4th quarter was great. Those nerves should settle with experience.

    Looking forward to what those two can accomplish next season as well as the moves Masai makes. The raps weaknesses were pretty obvious in this series.

    Go Raps, great season, bright future!

  • buschfire

    I really don’t know why Landry was not put in the game earlier…. that was a mistake by Dwayne Casey in my opinion…

  • De Colo

    Nets have me rooting for the Heat, this shouldn’t happen but it’s happening, fuckin Nets.

    • johng_3

      I just plain hate KG’s attitude and lack of respect.

      • De Colo

        That’s been KG his whole career, that’s what pisses me off, that all these announcers and basketball people admire and talk him up so much when he’s just complete trash as a person.

        • johng_3

          And he is the dirtiest player in the NBA imo. Plus I hate Deron Williams, just something about him turns me off

          • De Colo

            I dont really hate Joe Johnson but he killed us in the series because Casey doesn’t know what he’s doing. You have Landry Fields who shut him down in game 2 completely, i understand you can’t play him the game he’s inactive but the other 2 games, hardly playing Landry Fields at all is inexcusable.

            • Minks77

              but fields is such a complete liability on the other end that teams back off him and either clog the paint or double the ball handler. Our go-to offensive weapons have a lot of trouble with pressure so for every time you bring in fields you risk disrupting the offence,

              Thats being said, I think Fields needed more minutes too. Just think it would’ve changed the energy for the raps when they were looking beat up and outplayed

              • Microaggressive

                Fields doesn’t shoot jump shots. That’s the only liability. Everything else he does is above average. Give Fields a lane and he will dunk. Salmons is a shriveled little crappy jump shooter

            • johng_3

              Joe Johnson has literally no emotion when he plays.

          • Minks77

            it’s gotta be the hair

      • noname

        he’s an asshole on the court but a nice guy off it…although that’s only what I heard and saw (who can’t see that he’s an ass on the court).

    • BigDickKaman

      lol I’m still gonna root for nets regardless, i don’t wanna see a 3peat from the heat

      • johng_3

        I hope the Pacers or Wizards could prob give them a challenge in the East Finals. But whatever team Miami faces in the FInals, I think they are going to lose.

  • Niagara_dude

    The last play KL has PP open and has to give up the pass, tried to do too much.

    • De Colo

      He probably had no clue how much time was left after he lost the ball, if he thought time was almost up, he probably thought he didn’t have time to pass it.

  • Raptorfreak

    Casey must go, we need to take the next step, he got out coached by Jason Kidd, didn’t advustct guarD joe Johnson, didn’t free up demar, ho does he ony have 4 shot attempts in the first half.
    Didn’t expect much from this season, all was a bonus, but I never liked Casey from day 1, win or lose , he isn’t the right coach.

  • Brian

    I haven’t seen mention of how DWill was still allowed to play after he picked up his 6th foul near the end of the 4th. Oh wait, my mistake, the foul was clearly on Garnett who was standing 2 feet away and never touched him. What the fuck was that?

    • Minks77

      I know that was terrible, especially when Amir fouls out on a clear play on

    • Mexiballer

      That foul by Williams occurred at the 26 second mark of the 4th quarter. It was blatant. The broad casting crew said nothing.

    • Copywryter

      D-Will then proceeded to miss 3 of 6 free throws and play passively. It’s possible that his early exit could have salted the game for the Nets.

      • Brian

        I’m not trying to insinuate that the foul clearly being called on the wrong player cost the Raptors the game or anything. It didn’t. I’m just pointing out that the ref made what amounts to an absolutely horrible call. I mean, you saw the foul enough to call it but you couldn’t figure out who committed the foul? Hmm, was it the Net standing over the player on the ground or the guy standing behind behind that Nets player? Tough call. I guess since KG has his hand up and is willing to take credit for the foul I’ll just call it on him.

        That my friends is just piss poor inexcusable officiating. Again, this has nothing to do with the outcome of the game, it has to do with somebody doing there job poorly and me being unable to come up with a reasonable excuse for why. I would love to hear him have to explain his call, or at least hear that he has to explain it behind closed doors to the NBA.

  • TheMegasage

    What an exciting season! Completely blew away all expectations. Kudos to the entire team.

    That being said, the Raptors appear to be in the dreaded “decent” zone. Not good enough to challenge for a championship, not bad enough to get a good pick. Still, I’ll take an exciting playoff series to having my team not even make it to the post season.

    Hopefully Masai will make some moves in the off season to take this team to the next level. That being said, in my opinion, that should start with a new coach. Casey seems a solid, stand up guy, but the Raptors were exposed both offensively and defensively too many times. On the whole, it was the talent of the players that took the team this far, not the coaching. That seems plainly evident to me.

  • Ted

    FIRE CASEY!!! Worst coaching I’ve ever witnessed in a playoff series.

    • Microaggressive

      yup
      His use of Salmons is the thin wedge that lost the series

      • De Colo

        I’d go on another rant about why the fuck was Salmons playing? but that boat has passed and it was never going to change, if the Raptors won this series, Casey would think Salmon’s would shut down Lebron and probably play him 30 minutes a game.

    • Gary Gill

      Casey ain’t going anywhere dude.

    • KJ-B

      If Golden State lets go Mark Jackson, as is believed, if he’s open to this opportunity…why not at least an interview. Thought that last play was poorly constructed to say the least.. Zero creativity–nothing new with Casey tho!

      • Guest

        Please no. Have you read about the disfunction on his coaching staff this year? Not going to help here.

        • Timo In Waterloo

          Not just this year, but last year. Mike Malone was assistant coach for GSW last year, and is now at Sacramento… I attribute a lot of GSW’s success last year to Malone.. this year, Mark Jackson seems lost…no need to bring that to Toronto

      • Bryan Colangelo

        Anyone but Mark Jackson. He has Butch-Carter-false-entitlement-self-sabotage vibes all over him.

  • golden

    Casey got his coaching ass handed to him, in the biggest game of the year. You just know he’s going to blame it all on JV. Time for an upgrade. Good news is that I think we’ve got a coachable, hard-working team that is attractive to the upper echelon coaches who are available (SVG, JVG, Sloan,….). Heck, I’d even wish for Hubie Brown to get healthy and come back to bench for us.

  • RPT23

    I’m really proud of this team’s resilience. Despite the loss, Toronto’s got nothing to keep their heads down on. We still are the better team, the Nets got lucky. Oh yeah, I said it. As immature as it sounds, the Nets didn’t beat the Raptors, the Raptors beat themselves. I refuse to believe otherwise because I’m a homer for this team :)

    As a proud, loyal Raptor fan, we’ll get them back next year as I’m trusting Masai to make some positive moves over the summer.

    As for the second round, psssh… Nets vs Heat = BORING… both fan bases suck. Raptors fans = Best in the world. I’ll be having a healthy vacation from the NBA until Draft day and pre-season.

    CHEERS EVERYONE!

  • BigDickKaman

    well at least we’ll be seeing the nets reach the conf finals, fuck heat #no3peat

    • Mexiballer

      The Nets arent going to beat a healthy Heat team.

  • Regina Raps Fan

    Not an excuse, but Demar did play with a flu. But his defense in general does need extra work this summer

    • RAPSFAN415

      source?

      • Regina Rap Fan

        Dwane Casey just stated it on the post game interview,,, a minute ago.

        • Northbound

          Ugh here’s a vote to NO MORE EARLY AFTERNOON GAMES
          We’re so bad with these

  • JCPW

    This writer Zarar is toooooo negative! Win or lose, this Raptors team have fought all season against all the odds. Of course everyone will like them to win the series but again this is a very young team and they are learning on the fly so let’s praise the team and hope they will come back stronger next year!

    • BigDickKaman

      some raptor pride he has, this site should fire him

      • JCPW

        I just don’t get it how can you blame the coach all the time? If he knows the source more, he should know that Fields is badly hurt with his elbow and his back. And what if they called the foul and Lowry shot two FTs and won the game? When the game is down to 1 possession everything is possible. Even the greats would have lost.

        • Minks77

          it was a shyte play call. They can’t go looking for fouls to wins g7. Refs ain’t calling that and if the same situation happened in reverse this site would melt down calling conspiracy. It was a good no-call. There were plenty worse all game

      • jjdynomite

        Unfortunately bitchass Zarar founded this site. What a joker. Team loses by 1 point and Zarar shits all over them. Fake fan, shitting on a passionate, overachieiving team.

  • admirmyjohnson

    I’ve been watching the Raptors since season one and my stomach is in knots over the loss and I probably won’t sleep well tonight. However this is by far my favorite Raptors team. The heart, the hustle…. after we traded Gay we never gave a game up without a fight. In past seasons when we would blow a lead or get down in a game I hoped we’d pull it out or make it close but in my heart I always knew we wouldn’t. This year the team felt different. I always knew our boys would fight hard and make it tough for our opponent. I’m upset about the loss but more upset that my boys didn’t get a chance to showcase themselves against the Heat and show the rest of the league how tough a team we are.
    Thank you Amir, Demar, Kyle (captain, my captain), T Ross, Grevis, JV, 2Pat, everyone else and Coach Casey for a fantastic year and for making me proud to be a Raptors Fan!!

    WE THE NORTH!!!!

    • FREEJV

      you forgot julyan stone

  • doncity

    who needs the playoffs? clearly we’re not championship material, we shoulda tanked for a draft pick and DeMar’s overpaid…. LOLz
    great year! next season will be something special

    • tonious35

      Gotta nail some picks and drafts Masai Style. Can he get a sleeper like Faried and sneak in some Fournier’s? No Jim Kelly’s to fuck things up this time, the Big Boss is a scout too.

  • RapsFanatic

    NO, NO, NO, F**K NO. THE RAPTORS GOT ROBBED AT THE END WHAT ARE YOU TALKING BOUT?????????? THAT WAS A FOUL, THERE WAS TWO FOULS THERE, THE REFS SHOULD’VE CALLED IT BUT NO THEY DIDN’T CAUSE PROKOOVODASDSAD IS PAYING THEM OFF. THE RAPTORS WERE PLAYING AGAINST THE REFS TODAY. THEY FOUGHT HARD AND WE HAD A CHANCE TO WIN. T-ROSS CAME CLUTCH WITH THAT STEAL, LOWRY GOT FOULED AND THAT WAS THE GAME. THE RAPTORS BEST PLAYERS WERE IN FOUL TROUBLE THE WHOLE GAME THE REFS COULDN’T SEE THE RAPTORS WINNING THIS GAME, I MEAN IT WAS SO OBVIOUS. WHATEVER I’M DONE WITH THE NBA, DISGUSTING LEAGUE. HOPE MY BOY LEBRON ENDS THOSE DIPSH**S CAREERS. F**K BROOKLYN.

    • Gary Gill

      Hahaha what are you talking about???? Pierce’s block on Lowry in the end was clean as can be.

      • Microaggressive

        follow through

      • noname

        not the block, the amount of times garnett and pierce tried to knock lowry over while he was driving. How do you think he almost lost the ball?! And don’t even start gloating…

      • Minks77

        I think you could call the bump on Deron and maybe the body on PP but those are kinda weak calls. the strip by KG was pretty clean too, it was an ass ugly play, iso bullshit. I don’t think it deserved a whistle

      • Mexiballer

        It wasn’t clean at all. He totally followed through on his hand and his wrist. Watch it again. There is no disputing the contact. But youre not going to get that call in that situation anyway.

        • webfeat

          I’ve been told that if contact happens after a clean block, then it’s allowed.

        • KJ-B

          He held him down low with the off hand that wasn’t blocking him and he was hit by DWill and KG… Kyle was outta control — I think the moment was bigger than the refs — when I saw Joey Crawford, I said there was no way Raps win… good fight!

      • RapsFanatic

        Hell no it wasn’t, if that was Kobe or Lebron it would be two shots at the free throw line.

        • Gary Gill

          Well Kyle Lowry isn’t neither of those.

    • FLUXLAND

      Did you start watching basketball last week? NO ONE gets that call.

      • Heyjoe

        Except for Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry when they are getting fouled on 3 pointers and going to the free throw line for a game deciding free throw.

        • FLUXLAND

          Oh right, Kyle was shooting a three, I forgot. And we know threes are always a 50 /50 call. GOOOO LEAFS!!

      • RapsFanatic

        Did you start on looking at who’s the best option for the Lakers to draft? Players are supposed to get the call no matter what. BTW where you a lakers fan when smush parker was handling the rock? Where you a lakers fan when Vlade was there?

        • FLUXLAND

          I was a Laker fan well before Vlade was there. : ) Smush just didn’t respect the pecking order in LA. And the draft almost doesn’t matter, Pringles is gone… Buss promised to step down in 2 years if they are not contending… all is well in LakerLand. : )

          LBJ didn’t even get a call on the Plumlee block. Players get calls they deserve, no one gets a call with the game on the line, in the paint, unless you draw blood.

          • Bryan Colangelo

            Pringles! LOL. I never heard that before but knew exactly what you meant.

            Oh that’s gold.

      • CM

        I agree no one gets the call in that situation

  • ace5950

    Congratulations raps no one expecting us to do anything but we proved the world that we’re not just some team north of the border. Putting hall of famers on their heels, having the NBA world realize we have one of the best fan bases in the world, sure we lost but I have hope. The heart, the grit the passion in these guys are unbelievable. Let’s go Raptors

  • tonious35

    Finally WE ARE UPSET AT A PLAYOFF LOSS!! NOT ABOUT WINNING TOO MUCH AND NOT GETTING A DRAFT PICK AND SEEING A GM TRADE IT AWAY!! COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!!

  • photoman

    piss poor analysis done in anger… i expected better.

  • asifyouknow

    Zarar Siddiqi quote: “The two-guard lineup which usually works so well was dysfunctional today and it was because there was no offensive plan of getting key players”

    You guys are in playoff mode, you got this take right on the nose. Casey wants to win the game 50 to 48. He forgets about scoring.

    Vaz was pissed- ALSO- because he did not get a chance to run anything. His job in the second half was to take the ball pass half court and give it up, then go sit in the corner where nobody is going to kick it out.

    How many kick outs did you see today?

    Was proud that he had three good stops (missed shots) in a row on Johnson in the last 6 or 7 minutes that helped the comeback

    First of all. Great season Toronto! This team was so much fun.

    The last play was obviously set up for Kyle. Vaz was looking only at Kyle and missed DeMar whose defender had his back to Vaz . DeMar was wide open(lots of room to get the pass) for one of those lobs Vaz does over the defender, who would of not seen the pass until it was too late.

    Vaz was not even looking. Disappointed in him for not seeing that, he usually has great vision.

    The game was not too big for the team as Casey tried to sell raptors fans on. The moment was too big for the head coach, his inexperience and his hard headiness was featured in the last two games. Worse part he got out coached by an amateur.

    Well guys. Great ride! I probably won’t be here next year cause I think Vaz and Lowry will be moving on. They may both end up in New York with P. Jackson lol

    The positive thing is that you are a few bigger forwards coming off the bench away from another good season. You will need guards , I don’t think DeColo will do it for you.

    Kyle wrote himself a huge paycheck this playoffs and even though not as big so has Vazquez. I don’t think Toronto will pay. Casey should be a great assistan coach somewhere, as he always has been.

    Will miss you all.

     

    Go Raptors.

    Go spurs.

    • noname

      lowry, vasquez and patterson are NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!! Neither are you!! I expect you to be back next year.

      • noname

        masai is pulling that free agency money out of his ass if he has to…

      • tonious35

        Yolo-Siiii-Amigo and PatMan have qualifying offers next year. I hope they keep the QOs and be team players to allow us to sign or draft solid players.

        • asifyouknow

          Lowry will want 10 mill plus….Toronto wont pay

    • De Colo

      If that’s the case, I’ll miss you, but one stays, no way they allow themselves to lose both.

      • asifyouknow

        I hope they both stay ..WITH ANOTHER COACH>>>LOL

        • De Colo

          I agree, i think I broke maybe 1 or 2+ cups during the last 2 games throwing them just because of the rotations, i knew as the rotations were happening that he was trying(without doing it on purpose) to lose us the game. He’s just not good.

          • asifyouknow

            No experience as a head man in a playoff…

            • De Colo

              Which is funny because Kidd had none as a assistant or head coach at all, at least Casey had the experience of being an assistant on a championship team, he should know better and be better and he wasn’t.

              • asifyouknow

                He got punked by a child…lol

                • De Colo

                  This team was carried on all heart, not x’s and o’s execution, the plays he drew up were terrible, when Rudy Gay was there, the Raptors sucked because Casey tried to make everything about Rudy Gay, this was the same coach, when it came to the end of a game he tried to go iso every freaking time, he doesn’t know what he’s doing, and while I appreciate his effort, it’s time for the George Karl push.

      • asifyouknow

        Honestly DeColo you cant be up 3-2 and lose the series ..A GOOD COACH does not do that ..The last two games where poor coaching….

        • Ghotte

          You are not making too much sense. There were a couple other series where the favoured team was down 3-2 and won. Check out all the game 7’s this weekend…All the home teams won.

          • CM

            Except Toronto

    • Joshua Chan Zuo Sze

      you’ve been a fresh perspective. appreciate your post game comments though with the vasquez bias. but im slowing coming around. vas is pretty awesome, especially with the media.

      • asifyouknow

        Thank you…you are not too far away from another great season……I tell you a guy who would be perfect for you, Deng will be available and play could Ross’s spot and bring Ross off the bench.

  • ValanInuyashaSSS

    The playoffs truly showed what are out weakness, and also a perfect way to evaluate players. I just want to make one comment, from this playoff series it showed that Demar Derozan is a good player, but HE CANNOT DEFEND, I don’t care if Jon Johnson is 50 pounds heavier than Demar, but come on man, Johnson was killing Derozan, and T-Ross was actually a better defender on Johnson than Demar, so the weight,and strength differential is not a factor. Paul George was a superstar in the making not because of his scoring ability, he was also an outstanding defender. But from this series, I did not see that almost zero defense from Demar. LOOK, you are set to becoming a star, you don’t ask for help from your teammates to help you cover the player that you were not suppose to be scored on. Joe Johnson should score ZERO points off Demar, if Demar truly wants to become a star and best player on the team.

    • Northbound

      Agreed – As much as I criticized Johnson for making the AS this year, his blow-bys, clutch floaters, and some impossible looking shots he made today….
      DD needs work this summer on court vision, dribbling, and reading defense.

      • ValanInuyashaSSS

        IN all honest way, and I am not kidding, I see same athleticism between Demar and T-Ross, Ross has the potential to be a scorer like Demar, T-Ross has way better 3 point touch than Demar, and most of all T-Ross was a much better defender than Demar. Three years from now, Raptors cannot keep both Demar and Ross since they play at the same position. If Ross can get to the scoring like Demar did in next 2 years, and become the team’s best locked down defender, then, DUDE, I am keeping Ross over Demar.

        • Northbound

          tough decision – I was thinking the same.
          But here’s the thing:
          1. Derozan actually receives calls from the refs – he’s worked a long way towards building this respect. Ross (if he ever does) has a long way to go to earn the refs respect.
          2. Ross still needs to prove that his overall game is reliable. And to be honest, if Ross reaches his ceiling, with experience, he could become a semi-reliable backup to DD.
          This is really irrelevant, but I really wanted raptors to play a sort of fast transition game at least once this series. I saw this at least 20 times today.
          Raptors – slowly bring ball to halfcourt –> dribbles in the perimeter –> nets defense double teams that person –> slow court vision by the raptors leading to pass to the closest raptor –> nets defense immediately double teams that guy again –> REPEAT –> a forced shot.
          To be honest, I thought we were going to lose by at least 15 when we could not adjust to this. I have no idea if this is coaching or the players lack of experience, but this frustrated me a lot.

          • ValanInuyashaSSS

            Well, do it the Pacer’s way, their number one guy was Danny Granger, until Paul George took his place. We should see some similar tread in here too.

            T-Ross showed some flashes that I never saw in Demar even an All – Star Demar.

            -Ross was a great, great defender NOW, watch him guarding Paul George,

            -Ross already scored 51 points, and Demar hasn’t, this is the NBA, it’s not a fluke to score 50 points like that.

            -Ross had multiple no look, behind the back pass where I have never see in Demar.

            -Ross had that back to the basket and 360 spinning in the air 3 pointer(remember?!) that’s a difficult, difficult shot, good players make those shots.

            -Ross was a better dunker, and he used his athleticism in his advantage to dismantle opponents’ defense and draws fouls(Paul Pierce can’t keep up with Ross)

            I think Ross needs improve his dribbling, and his confidence or maturity, the future is bright, we just need a little patient.

            • Northbound

              Yeah agree with your points too. I like his finesse passes for sure
              Either way, if we unleash Demar, its now actually. We either try to shop him while his value is pretty high, or we let it ride. DD has been improving steadily.

              • Ghotte

                DD is only going to get better.

                His detractors felt he hit his ceiling two years ago. And he’s proved them wrong. He’s only going to get smarter recognizing when to pass to get away from a double team, when to use his teammates and when to take it strong. It’s his first playoff series and overall he acquitted himself very well.

            • Ghotte

              Ross just isn’t there yet. He needs a couple of years before you need to make that call. Right now he’s not even a starting quality player – borderline AT BEST. When Granger was injured PGeorge showed he was a legit Allstar and proved it in the Conference Finals.

              (The current TRoss/DD situation aint even close.)

  • Northbound

    Congrats to the Nets – Bad reffing or not, they outplayed our team.
    With all the injuries, we battled to the end, and the fans showed total respect for the entire team even after a loss. Proud of all of us. To be honest, I didnt even think we would make it this close with the lights out shooting by the Nets (ugh Thornton)
    With the priorities:
    1. We need a legitimate SF – We have to draft one for sure this summer. I am hoping for a bulky type player who can post up. It seems like our post-ups need a lot of work.
    2. We need to re-sign 2PAT and Lowry. This summer is going to be crucial.
    3. Need to work on adapting to various modes of offense/defense. I actually believe Kidd did a better job taking risks that paid off – Would DC have played Thornton in G7, or started Anderson in G6?
    Step by step boys

    • Minks77

      2Pat and Klow need to be resigned. But we need a vet big bad. Someone to spell JV and give real rim protection. If Chunky Hayes, god bless his soul I love the effort, is our only real big after JV then we’re screwed.

      • Microaggressive

        Truffle Shuffle would be a great backup power forward

        • Minks77

          The fat kid from goonies?

          • Microaggressive

            Yeah, Chunk
            I used your nick name to make a movie reference.

            • Minks77

              hahaha, I see it now… well done

      • noname

        I’m thinking Boris diaw, how about it?

      • Northbound

        Hayes, Salmons and Buycks are players that have to go. Fields’ contract expiring next year.
        I think having an arsenal of plumlee, teletovic, anderson, thornton and blatche is a lot more solid than the 3 guys there. Not to put a knock on these players, I thought they played with effort, but they are nearing the end of their careers.

  • Musik

    It felt like that game was decided before it began. Every time Toronto gained some momentum it was taken away by poor defense or by the refereeing. It looked like Lowry was clipped on the hand but with the way the calls were going they werent going to get any help.

  • tonious35

    To be honest guys, I missed the game till the final 3 mins. I had an important family even to go to and the place killed off Cell phone transmissions. But I told myself last night if the Raps will lose, it better be by one point and that we had a shot to go off and not turn it over Calderon-style.

  • Eunys

    Hope we resign Lowry and get rid off Casey and Salmons..

    • Microaggressive

      Salmons is a $1,000,000 buy out, easy decision

    • noname

      I think salmons, hansbrough, Hayes, and fields are goners. Casey deserves an extension, like great players, coaches can improve too. We need a backup sf (hopefully carter), de colo deserves a spot in our rotation, we also need a backup C (I’m thinking Ajinca or Diaw), and we might have to start patterson over amir permanently, he had an amazing game but I think he should be an energy big off the bench who will give defense and pick n rolls/postups on offense. We are a really young team, we have a lot to learn.

      • Musik

        Where is Hayes and Fields going?

        • noname

          i dunno but theyre not staying here, hayes can be upgraded while fields can be replaced or upgraded at a more reasonable price (vince carter or shawn marion).

      • Bryan Colangelo

        They’ll never be able to move Fields. Everyone in the league knows he’s damaged goods with a bad contract. We would probably have to pay a team a 1st rounder just for them to take him onto their payroll.

        • noname

          he is now an expiring contract. His contract ends in 2015.

      • Ghotte

        Only keep DeColo if Vazquez moves on. Hansbrough and Salmons are definitely gone. No one’s picking up Fields’ ar Hayes’ contracts from us. Agree about the SF and backup C but the two you mentioned are not it.

  • Gary Gill

    Lowry should have passed the ball

    • noname

      when he dropped it, I think he should’ve let patterson pick it up and shoot over garnett, he’s hit a game-winner before and garnett can’t defend his shots.

      • Gary Gill

        Yeah he was trying to do it all alone. He’s too short he can get blocked easily.

  • De Colo

    ok, so is there 1 “Bob the Truthteller”? Or are there are 12-15 of them?

  • Kujo2020

    That final possession was just brutal. Was Lowry improvising or is that what Casey had drawn up? Marcus Thornton ended up being the x-factor for the Nets. Dude had done nothing all series, and he goes off-in game 7.

    Raptors had no game plan from Joe Johnson.

    So disappointed in JV today. If he had a big game, we probably win.

    We seriously need to consider shopping T-Ross in the off-season. Need to upgrade the wing/3 position.

    We also have to address the backup PF, and center positions (hopefully we re-sign Patterson).

    Re-sign Lowry at all costs.

    • noname

      ross will get bigger and better; he’s still too young, patterson should start over amir (amir will have less pressure and hopefully less injuries off the bench), keep casey, because along with the players, he will improve I believe (if not then get Lionel Hollins).

    • Ghotte

      Try to get a starting quality PF – one who can bang but hit a shot from 12-15 feet consistently. That’s what’s needed. 2Pat isn’t that player yet but it makes the team much more dangerous. (See what KG does?) Amir should definitely be playing off the bench – he’d be more valuable and solidify that unit and be trustworthy if he had to join the starters due to foul trouble or injury

  • Heyjoe

    REFS MVP

    • Bugster

      Is really easy to blame it on the REFs, but really the NETS seem to be the better team. The last play was horrible by Casey, I mean can we get some ball movement, I rather see ball movement then a shot. There is more then 6 seconds…to pass and a shot. That was awful, the ref didn’t do it.

      • Heyjoe

        Raps didn’t play 2 gud but neither did the nets. They just lucky because their MVP (the refs) managed to carry the team.

        DWill fouled out? NAH, MVP says its’ KG that got that foul…

        Ridiculous and I personally have no respect at all for the farce that is the NBA after that game.

        • Musik

          Yeah that was fucked up. KG was behind Williams. The Nets were getting away with murder and Toronto was getting called for whatever. Its not the amount of calls its when they were called. Every time Toronto was getting on track the refs bailed the Nets out.

          • Bugster

            You think the Refs are going to called a foul for Lowry to win the game. What game have you ever watch that the Ref will determine the outcome of that? We could have won if Casey, use ball movement instead of Lowry plowing into a crowd.

            • Heyjoe

              Did you only watch the Raptors during the playoffs, cuz there was like 3 four point game deciding plays that I saw this year… 3 pointers and 1, KD, Westbrook, Curry. If any of those shots happend in a TO uniform i guarantee you they would call offensive foul on them.

              • Bugster

                How about blaming on Casey with a better play…wouldn’t you call a better play? then the one drew by Casey…be truthful..

                • Heyjoe

                  Pretty sure that was just Lowry playing hero ball after the play went to shit.

                  Either way, I”m not saying Casey did good, I’m saying that the NBA officiating is straight up broken and a disgrace.

                  It’s like the league is addicted to broken officiating. They can’t even admit they have a problem.

              • Musik

                Everything changed after that 4th quarter in game 5. Toronto lost their flow offensively and defensively. And after Kidd’s comments they were just doomed.

        • Bugster

          I’m a Raptor fan but just I feel the Refs didnt’ lose the series for us. It was just we didnt’ have any answer to JJ and the fact we never once post JV. How about have him on the low block and try to score instead of DeRozen throwing up those bricks and waiting for calls.

          • Musik

            Their defense was terrible the last two games but so was the refereeing. We had an answer for him it was just not being used. Did you see that play were Ross threw it off of Pierce? He was about to call Brooklyn ball. He was standing right beside them and was still going to call Brooklyn ball.

            • j bean

              There are a lot of similarities between nba games and professional wrestling. One of the differences is that in wrestling the loser knows he is losing.

          • Heyjoe

            It’s not even about the Nets beating us. It’s about the ridiculous officiating and the NBA not acknowledging or doing anything about it.

            Whatever ref gave KG that foul instead of DWill should straight up be fired if the NBA had any credibility, which it doesnt’.

          • Ghotte

            JV was a piece of shite today

  • knucknbu

    Your an idiot dude demar played decently I didn’t see anyone else able to guard Joe Johnson fool. The refs fucked us this game. Didn’t see this f2f hate when Lowry shit the bed in game six. Watch the game. Val was a bum chuck Hayes was better then him tonight Ross sucked and can’t hit any shots. Not making an excuse for dd but come the fuck on. Ur an idiot.

  • Unfortunately

    So… For some of you.. Look at Roy Hibbert, look at PERO ANTIC. JV is 21years old, yep he is inconsistent, but do you remember Marc Gasol at that age? No. Because he was pile of crap then. Afro-American centers is physically stronger, so they need less time to adopt, and less time to grow physically. From Sanders or Drummond (i don’t talk about Cousins beacuse that son of a gun is tallented as f*ck) you may get better results now. You must admit, that JV had a decent season, and if Raptors will trade him now this series will be the best thing to remember for 10 more years.
    About series.. I don’t understand why Casey played with 7-8 players every game. I don’t understand why he won’t let Fields play. Fields was only who really could guard JJ…
    About game… Last play was… it wasn’t a play, it was a bad try to play streetball.
    Raptors had a good, decent season, and we should progress to the next level.

    • JCPW

      Fields is badly hurt both his elbow and his lower back.

      • De Colo

        Wasn’t hurt badly enough to play defense at the end of the game

        • JCPW

          he hurt so badly that’s why he only played one play. and that was out of desperation…

    • Northbound

      JV did a phenomenal job. He had his downs, but I cant ask for more from a 21 year old player. I guarantee he will become at least a double double avg next year.

      • Musik

        But defensively hes a liability. I know we have many but hes our last line of defense. Thats where he needs to improve.

        • Northbound

          I dont like blaming the refs, but JV got it stuck up to his ass by the refs more than any other player in this series. His level of aggression was gone by middle of Game 6, because he was being called for the most ridiculous foul calls. Once JV garners enough respect from the officials, I can see our team being perennial 2nd round contenders at least.

          • Musik

            Throwing a fit every time they called something against him isnt going to gain any respect. Go out there and show them they were wrong. He just doesnt do his job defensively.

            • Northbound

              Garnett did it his entire career. See where that got him

              • Musik

                Garnett also plays some intense d. JV gives you average d here and there .

                • Northbound

                  Yeah, but what I am trying to say is, JV is on the right path.
                  He has the fire and drive to improve. Remember bargnani?

                • Musik

                  Hopefully..

          • Microaggressive

            “Officials”

            They aren’t anything but the NBA’s office lackeys

        • Ghotte

          Agree. I don’t remember him making a difference on ONE closeout off a pick and roll or making even one block inside the paint. He needs ALOT of work but for people to talk about trading him is delusional

  • Mexiballer

    That’s a pretty harsh article Zarar.

  • Phat AlberG

    Great young teams need these losses, honestly I was huge Bulls fan and I hated when Detroit Pistons used to beat down Jordan.

    • arsenalist

      I get this view. Losing games like these is necessary to move forward, the sharper the pain, the more the motivation to succeed. However, two minutes after it ended, all you can focus on is the disappointment.

      • Phat AlberG

        Yeah I’m very sad, but I’m going keep my head up and stick to positives and down 6 pack MGD to ease the pain.

      • tonious35

        The players we have now seemed to be people that get sharpened by these painful losses (Kyle and Demar). Can you imagine Bargnani and Bosh trying to sharpen themselves after a loss if they stayed on our team????

  • Lawrence C

    Reading all these comments kind of annoys me. Everyone feels the need to blame someone – usually Dwane Casey. Let’s take a minute and realize that this is generally viewed as everyone’s favourite Raptors team ever. Understand that from a talent standpoint, the Nets vastly exceeded the Raptors, and yet this series came down to the very last possession. This was because this team had heart and fought hard, and I will not listen to anyone that tries to tell me that Dwane Casey is a liability. He found an identity for this team and enabled its on floor leader (Lowry) to totally take charge, and he should be commended for identifying what made this team tick. Is he the best tactician in the league on a play by play basis? Clearly not. But fuck off if you try to tell me Casey is the person to blame for the Raptors losing. I think he’s a very significant percentage of who you can think for them being here in the first place.

    • why

      you are asking people to be rationale which is a tall order. the Nets had the experience to exploit their mismatches more than The Raps did … plus they ultimately had more depth.
      KG was buch leagiue right at the end …. hopefully LeBron will windmill on a few times.

    • Bryan Colangelo

      Most teams would have folded under any other lame duck coach, after their ‘star’ player (Gay) was traded with a 6-12 record.

      The fact that the Raptors played harder and went 42-22 afterwards is a testament to the hard-nosed, no-BS culture that Casey built here before the trade.

    • ItsAboutFun

      Well said! The man gets this team to exceed ALL of these fans’ expectations, many times over, giving them some fun basketball for a change, doing so with 2 green sophs under-performing, and they want to lynch him, some while running DeMar out of town.. Sickening

  • Bryan Colangelo

    Casey an F? Really? His strategy of passing out and over the double-teams into Amir and Patterson was working until Amir got into foul trouble. The defense on the in-bounds plays and play calls out of timeouts that cut the 10 point lead down to 1, and gave the team a chance to win.

    Even if you disagree with Casey’s coaching decisions, shouldn’t an F be reserved for a coach that falls asleep during a game? They lost by one point, not 30.

    If Casey gets an F for this game, what does Woodson deserve for all of his games? A Z-minus?

  • Philoveritas

    I am all for giving Garnett a foul for just standing there and looking ugly, but crap that was BS Williams can’t be called for his sixth but when Joe Johnson steps on Amir’s foot and then trips over him when he was falling away that is clearly a foul. Even on the last steal by Ross the ref automatically put his arm up to signal Brooklyn ball before realizing he couldn’t get away with it because of the replay. The 50-50 calls all went to BK, and Lowry gets mugged twice on the final play…forget Brooklyn at least they played like men, F*** the refs.

  • ScottSegal

    Losing sucks! I’m tired of losing!
    No, I don’t give a shit about a silver lining right now , I hate refs dictating results, I hate watching easy baskets with no grit in the paint , I hate coaches who leave in a player who possibly cost us the series over 7 games, regardless of his last play heroics.We should have won this series! and I’m pissed! I also hate watching DD smiling with his little girls at the press conf, we didn’t want this enough, and I hate it!

    • MK

      Bringing Demar’s daughter into this? Not cool…

      • ScottSegal

        oh please, bring her to enjoy a victory, not to discuss a defeat

  • SickNTired

    Demar Derozan should ask to be traded. You fans give this kid no respect for how hard he plays for this team and chose to sign here.
    Tonight Demar had the flu and yet he the only play outside of Lowry driving into a sea of Nets plays trying to will his team to keep it close.
    And when we was double team (often) at the high post, he distributed the ball instead of taking very difficult long jumpers (which SO many of you scream at him for)

    He is KD or LBJ? Not at all. Is he a future Joe Johnson? he definitely could be with more experience to his game.

    In the end, show some respect to someone who improves and Balls all out for our city and has the character of a man in a young person’s body.

    • Minks77

      good luck. DeMar gets little respect from this crowd overall and it’s frankly embarrassing. Worst thing about Raps fans? They always see the negatives and gloss over the positives in their players. DeMar is a hell of a player.

      • noname

        we are too used to the mediocrity; as long as masai keeps him and the team improves, this attitude will fade.

    • Guest

      well said!

    • mike, prague

      Ross also was driving … but I get the point

    • FREEJV

      his shot selection has to improve or he ll keep being a borderline allstar player for the rest of his career which wont help us get anywhere.

    • Steverino

      Can we stop with this flu nonsense, please? Flu isn’t getting the runs. Flu isn’t getting a fever. Flu is pretty serious and when you have it, your body pretty much shuts down, you get achey, and just need to sleep. Chances are he just had a bug or had a case of bad nerves. We’ve all experienced feeling sick when nervous. Some performers or athletes throw up before big games. They don’t say they had the flu.

  • Northbound

    Imagine if Kyle pump faked when pierce was jumping to block him….shit i am seeing things now

  • ValanInuyashaSSS

    Why a guy like Alan Anderson, the D-leaguer shows swaggers, trash talking on court, punch in the air, throwing towels at the bench and arguing the calls every time? while ours guys were always stay away from arguments, showed almost none frustrations, emotions in Brooklyn? dude Alan Anderson was a nobody man, why?

    Because, he’s got those hall of famers, and all stars and star coach on his back, the game would be totally different if we have Vince Carter on our team and Steve Nash too.

    • ValanInuyashaSSS

      Why in 2001 we had better outcome than what we have now? look we had Vince Carter the Vinsanity, we had tough guy like Antonio Davis(one of the strongest guy next to Shaq at that time in my opinion), and we had all those fighters Oakley, Chris Childs, and crafty veterans like Dell Curry and Tracy Murry, and last we had reputable hall of famer coach Lenny Wilkens. That was the reason why we made it to the second round. comparing that line up to right now, no wonder we have no chance of advancing!

    • Steverino

      That D-leaguer is a solid professional who got lots of burn on a good team. “Fans” here love to think all Raptors could never play for anyone else.

  • RaptorsinThisBitch

    Patterson should have channeled his inner KG and hold Pierce’s hand/jersey down to stop him from blocking Lowry…. Like KG was doing to JV all Game long!

  • Jake

    How can Fields play if he is so injured he could barely walk in the pre-game?

    • Bryan Colangelo

      Raptor fans live in a fantasy world where they think they know more about the health and fitness of a player than the coaches and players that work with them every day. So of course he could play.

  • BJ

    Someone sounds real sour… I thought the raptors played as well as they could have with an ineffective JV. Demar deserves at least a B for his efforts tonight, sure he forced one or two shots but that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. He nailed all his free throws and had the most assists. Also Joe penis was really good tonight specially in that last quarter… Sometimes you just got to give credit when credit is due.

    IMO if Casey gave more PT to Landry this series should have been finished in 5 or 6

  • asifyouknow

    Here is my tweet to Vaz :

    “@greivisvasquez Love you brother but you came up SMALL today. You were not in the game..Casey shut you down? OR you were not ready to play”
    Vasquez was not looking for a shot. There might as well been a sack of potatoes on the floor. The three fouls had nothing to do with it.
    He had open looks and he passed it up (we know he wont pass a shot)like he was afraid of it, I know that is not like him to do that.
    I see Casey’s paranoia all over this, I bet he shut the guy down as he did many times before the all star game.

    • DC

      Makes no sense that Casey would shut GV down after his playoff results thus far and when other options weren’t working. Maybe your boy just had an off-day?

      • asifyouknow

        True, but to say you had an off day you had to do something to have one,,,,,He did not look for a shot and passed up many of them…When have you known Vaz to pass up any shot?
        never! lol

        • DC

          Maybe the magnitude of the moment and the bright lights affected him too?

          • asifyouknow

            Vaz has no conscious that stuff does not bother him…lol

            • Ghotte

              except when it does…you should try to stop being delusional blaming Casey for every instance GV has an off day. He had an amazing playoffs and has likely booked himself a starters job on a crappy team or a backup on a good/great team so kudos to him.

              • CM

                Agree don’t blame Casey for GV bad offensive game although guarding jj took a lot out of his offense and is bad strategy but they had no one else

              • asifyouknow

                Dilusion…lol…..that is true specialy if one believes Casey is a great coach….that is time.for prozak..lol….

                And yes Vaz was clearly pissed becoue ypu could CLEARLY see he was not on Casey,s winning game plan. Give the ball up to DeMar and Lowry and go to the corner and stand, that is.an old play book fron Casey….If you are a basketball expert as you appear to sound like you should of noticed that.
                Casey is a good coach. Anybody who makes it to the nba is good, nothing special in that.
                Fact is he got punked by a Kidd or child.
                Enough said

  • Microaggressive

    “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

  • Frazzle.

    Was calling for fields to play all game, no idea why Salmons was in ahead of him, we could have found offence elsewhere and salmons didn’t help much anyways

    • Steverino

      Yeah, that’s the thing, isn’t it? Everyone says Fields has no offence. But how much offence does Salmons bring? Next to none.

      • Frazzle.

        Exactly, at least Fields doesn’t take shots and takes a play-making role rather than Salmons who chucks up shit.

  • bobmasa

    Such a wonderful assessment from Zarar Siddiqi, this team needs a strong bench and Dwane Casey has to go otherwise Raptors wont be in playoffs next season, MASAI UJIRI THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT.

  • Wes mantooth

    In conclusion. A new coach and a back up center is what is needed here.
    The audacity to play fields at the end of the game is rub in all raps fans faces. I can go on. Either way. Thanks RR I truly enjoy this site. Debating and arguing about our team with knowledgable bball raps fans is a treat. Great season tough loss. Nba officiating corrupt.
    Look forward to more from u guys this summer. Cheers

  • cc

    LOL at Amir B+. Without him the Raptors would have been down 20 at half, he was the only reason why this was actually a game. One of the best halves ever played by a raptor player.

    And guys gotta stop dragging Salmons through the mud i’m sorry… Oh, he’s the only guy out there who doesn’t whine and bitch at every whistle so… that’s a bad thing cause he doesn’t care? Gimme a break.

    • Steverino

      Agreed to this point: people put too much emphasis on a player’s emotions and what he shows on his face. That’s completely irrelevant. Some players are more emotional than others. He should only be judged on his play (and it was pretty bad, granted).

    • CM

      Amir was great if he could have stayed in the game raps would have won

  • d_1212

    Good year for the raptors. Roster need some tweaking.
    DD needs to work on his one-one defence and passing out of double-teams, if he wants to go to the next level.
    Not sure a second round matchup vs Miami would have done much more at this point as far as experience goes for this team, more of Salmons… vs Lebron/Wade, and Casey being outcoach…

  • cnc

    Congratulation to the team… they played their heart out!!! they all deserve an A !! Go Raptors!!

  • DC

    For DeMar to reach his potential, his summer needs to include ball- handling.

    • Steverino

      This just in!

  • santayana

    So who’s happier right now, us or the tankers (celtics, 76ers, magic et al)? No Wiggins, Parker, or Randle for us. Instead we get this one and done moral victory, and a likely cap-killing contract to possible one-hit wonder Kyle Lowry. Are we sure we should be happy about this season? We’ll have to wait til next year to find out.

    • Guest

      If anyone who is a “tanker” is “happy about the loss right now”, I question whether they really support the team at all.

    • ZQ

      Thousands of kids are now interested in ball in Toronto
      Our market has boomed at a national stage, drawing attention from all corners of the basketball world
      Our team philosophy and un-selfish play has been admired by the entirety of the NBA
      This will attract quality NBA talent on all fronts of the organization
      The list goes on…

      We’re f*ckin happy
      Lowry busts his balls game after game, helps make every player on our roster better and we got people like yourself speaking garbage, stitch your lips up bud, you’ll go further in life that way

      Ps. When 90% of the draft picks end up as busts for the first 2-4 years, as they always do, you’ll switch sides and argue the other way, gtfo

      • santayana

        No one knows the future, stop acting like you do. You’ll go further in life that way. Obviously you’re in love with Lowry. Were you in love with him before the season? In his last seven years in the league? In college? Or are you just a bandwagon cheerleader, who didn’t even know who Lowry was before this season? Because every single GM in the league could have had Lowry and his bird rights at the trade deadline and passed. But I guess you know more than them. And many of those same GMs happily gave away assets in order to enhance their draft position, even though 90% of top 5 draft picks are busts apparently. Really, why don’t you apply for a GM job, since you clearly know more than these chumps.

        Look, no one’s questioning Lowry’s effort and performance, this season and this series. It would be idiotic, however, not to consider how strongly incentivised this effort and performance was, and to not question whether it can be sustained.

        • Steverino

          For me, it’s all about the season. That was the most fun I’ve ever had as a fan (and yes, I’m old, too). That’s what I want from a team: a competitive product, exciting games, more wins than losses, and a (mostly) enjoyable style of play. We don’t know the future. You said it yourself. What we do know is that most picks end up duds, even ones that were expected to be stars. Some don’t. That’s the risky part. I wouldn’t want to waste a whole season of ugly losing ball on the off chance that a young stud becomes a professional stud.

          • santayana

            I’m happy for you, really :) It was a nice season. I’m just saying, a few years from now I think we’ll be looking back at this season as a missed opportunity. I’m a bit younger, so I want this team to shoot higher than ‘competitive’, even if it means really bottoming out for a few years. I think Ujiri and Leiweke said as much when they arrived, that they didn’t want to be stuck in ‘NBA purgatory’ (bottom tier playoff team). I have a feeling this is where this team is headed back to. I could be wrong.

            • CM

              If Lowry splits they regress but they couldn’t get a first rounder or flip him in a 3 way and get Teague at the deadline. It was ok to keep Lowry team had a great run and hopefully he wants to stay

          • FLUXLAND

            You would rather watch an average team play the 7 – 11 game and a 1st round exit, entertained by the underdog angle, instead of taking a chance to get a guy you will only have to figure what pieces to put around him? And watch FA fight over playing with him?

            To each his own, but no one is coming to play with DD, that train departed with RG.

      • santayana

        The Raptors this season are what the NBA and ESPN calls “a feel good story”. A team that no one expected anything from, goes on a nice run, draws some nice press (“hey, look at those no star, gritty raptors and their crazy fans”) and goes away in the playoffs without too much fuss. There’s a big difference between being a feel good story and actually changing the perception and culture of a franchise with hardly any success to show for 20 years in the league. Hopefully its a step in the right direction.

    • Ghotte

      Ignorant comment. We NEVER had a chance for Wiggins, Parker or Randle. NEVER. Even with a purge we wouldn’t have been as bad as the Bucks, 76ers or Utah. Same useless tanker philosophy that holds no water. #shitflies

      • santayana

        Actually, your comment is pretty ignorant. Were you around at the beginning of the season? The Raptors were coming off a season in which they finished last place in the Atlantic, with a worse record than Mil, Phi, and Utah. Most people expected them to tank. We started off 6-12. Almost everyone saw the Gay trade by Ujiri as a tank move. More tank moves would have followed if it weren’t for Lowry, Derozan, and Casey giving 150% when the rest of the league was only at 75%, which led to a nice run while handcuffing Ujiri to make other moves. We wanted to tank, but those other teams just did it better than we did. Anyway, there is no point in rehashing this debate for the billionth time. I just wanted to get it off my chest.

        • Ghotte

          All those teams that “just did it better than we did” also had predominantly 1st and 2nd year players playing. There was no way we were going to be worse than they were. So, yes, it’s completely ignorant to think we had a chance for Wiggins, Parker or Randle or Embid. Just silly, delusional thinking. Keep sniffing those fumes and dreaming about one of them manning your championship fantasy team. You think Ujiri is crying like you are about being handcuffed? #shitflies

        • Ghotte

          After the Gay trade the following teams had poor records:
          76er 7-13, Orl 6-14, Mil 4-16, Utah 4-16, Sac 6-14, Cle 7-13, Bos 8-12, NY 5-15

          Again, there was no way we were going to get a top pick in the draft.

          The question should be: Would tanking justify getting a pick that was in the 6-8th range?
          Not if you “expect” a championship, right?

  • KDforlife

    As an OKC fan, I can definitely say that Toronto has a great young team and they played a well fought series. The only thing that really sucks is to see so many fans always blaming the refs for any Toronto losses. NBA games always have bad calls and blown calls in every single game. Calls went against both teams at different times, in different games, during the whole series. Even today, the block against the Raptors is because the defender slid his foot whereas a “similar” play on the other end had Blatche firmly planted to the ground. The Raptors got MORE fouls called for them than the Nets did if you exclude the fouls on purpose at the end of the 4th. The Raptors also had several more free throw attempts before the intentional fouling began. Stop using the refs as your only excuse for losing games. Though the officiating wasn’t great throughout the whole series (not just in this series, but in all the other series as well), in the end it was still even for both teams as there were bad calls on both ends even in the other games. The better team won the series, but the Raptors played valiantly and really made it tough on them and almost pulled out with a win. The Raptors are definitely going to be a good team for a long time with this core group of guys.

    • Tee

      Youre right
      I think a lot of raps fans on the net are young and haven’t watched that much basketball. The team is only 20 years old and a lot of people only started watching the nba when the raps came to town. This is all new to them plus we aren’t in the playoffs that much. This the nba, the refs will always be bad.

      Give it time.

      • Guest

        Nope.

        What I find hilarious is all of the condescending comments like this that I heard on the radio and now on this site. Just because someone thinks the officiating was poor doesn’t mean they are 20 years old [I’m not], they only started watching nba when the raps came to town [I didn’t] or that this is “all new to them” [it’s not].

        Do you always make patronizing posts or is that something you only break out when you have no substantive thing to say?

        • Steverino

          Amen.

    • tonious35

      You Got Durant…’Nuff said. Jokes aside, we did fight through the Refs BS today at the final minute, and this loss was done in by bad in-bounds play calling again!!!! We are still limited by our talent and coaching. We got crap tonnes of work in the summer anyways.

    • Steverino

      Trust me, KDforlife, I’ve been watching basketball a long, long time. And most of the games I watch, I’m an unbiased observer. And even then I hate it when incompetent or inconsistent reffing occurs. I don’t even like it when my team is the beneficiary. It cheapens the game.

  • Philoveritas

    I was so upset by this loss that I had to just up and leave and go for a long walk, I spent the better part of 45 minutes muttering curses on the street directed at everyone on both benches, the front offices, and the league itself. If I’d have had an obligation to deliver my quick reaction to the community during that time I would probably be facing some sort of criminal charges. I need a bit of time to get over this but tomorrow is another day, Go Raps.

    • RPT23

      I know what you feel like man…. Tough, tough loss… but this is what will make the Raptors better… As long as we keep the core pieces and add in a few more help while continuing to develop our key youngins’ we’ll be alright. We took a veteran team that was built to win it all (not necessarily a good team) to 7 games. And we’re supposed to be the inexperience rookies that Brooklyn should have swept in 4 games.

  • Raptor fan

    Raptors MUST go after luol deng hard this summer, if he plays the three, then demar doesn’t have him to guard the JJ’s and lebrons moving forwards…

  • Guest

    The thing I can’t reconcile is the Charge/Defensive Foul call in the fourth. Similar plays, opposite calls.

    I don’t normally do this, but in my opinion Derrick Stafford’s calls were opportunistically in favour of Brooklyn.

    I had my fears when I saw the crew (to be honest, I thought Joey Crawford would be part of the issue), but watching it back it looks to me like Stafford is the one who blew it.

    For Torontonians to pay what Torontonians had to pay to go see a game with this kind of conduct was ridiculous.

    • KDforlife

      As I just mentioned below, from watching the replays, they were the right calls. As you said, “similar” plays but not exactly the same. How they were different is what made the difference in the calls. Toronto’s player slid his foot at the end of the play making it a block. Brooklyn’s player had both feet firm to the ground making it a charge.

      • Guest

        I’ve watched the replay [painstakingly] and still don’t see it. Sorry. Maybe there is an angle that makes it clear, but I haven’t seen it.

        I suppose you’re also going to tell me Williams’ [6th] foul was, actually, committed by Garnett?

        But I did read your analysis as you refer to in your response. You relate the number of foul calls to the quality of officiating. Neat view!

        My view is not that the officiating was the reason Toronto lost.

        But I can be honest and call a spade a spade. Bad officiating does not mean league conspiracy. But it does mean bad officiating. And in this case it means bad officiating from an experienced crew.

        Interesting that Stafford was mentioned in Donaghy’s book. I didn’t know that until I just Google’d him.

        • Ghotte

          Joey Crawford called things even all game imo. Never let the hand-checking get out of hand, cut out the hipchecks, etc. Stafford was terrible in that 4th quarter.

      • Steverino

        The point is in regular speed, both looked the same, i.e. a defensive player standing there so we could all say, ‘Here comes a charge!’ If you’re slowing it down to super-slo-mo, of course you’re going to notice differences. And the fact is that refs make those bang-bang calls both ways all the time. That is, you’re going to see a charge and a block call on the exact same play. So what a ref needs to do in this situation is make sure it’s consistent both ways, just for optics sake — especially when the reverse was called the possession before!

  • Jonathan Lealand

    Absolutely on the money as usual, Zarar. While the Raps had a great season, they could have done much better in this series (taken it in 6) if they had just made adjustments and had tiny bit better performances from the likes of Ross and Casey. derozan needs to go though. Trade him, Ross and 20th for Wiggins if possible. Derozan is an incredibly bad defensive player and a black hole offensively but his stock is currently high.

    • Ghotte

      All 30 of those shots he took today. And no assists, right?
      Here come the shitflies!

  • Niagara_dude

    The thing that killed this team was our GM did not trade for any help at the trade deadline at the center position.Once JV gets into any foul trouble we have Chuck Hayes.The last shot was very bad (we did not even get a shot off) should have passed off to someone else (three Nets were on him) someone else had to be open.Casey.

  • robertparish00

    The better TEAM lost. Congrats to Joe Johnson and the refs.
    Long live the republic! Win or lose here we stand.

    • Steverino

      I know defence isn’t Joe Johnson’s forte, but he played three full games (37, 40 and 45 minutes) with zero (0) fouls. Not sure what that says, but it says something.

  • sampson3121

    it’s simple why the raps lost……the Ref’s, and they did a good job in calling/not calling plays at strategic times to decide the game.
    tv revenues talk, and the rapters have to walk.

  • asifyouknow

    Casey said the last play was not run like he wanted…………So I guess it was not a bad call by him, it was the players who sucked ..this guy has to go Toronto…..

    • Ghotte

      If you watched the replay TRoss hovered at the top of the key rather than moving down “away” from Lowry – so his man couldn’t double team. *That’s* what he meant and he’s right. I think Lowry should have tried to pass it but neither TRoss nor Vaz were in a position to take a shot.

  • lino

    I think your being just a tab bitter with that F on casey.

  • Niagara_dude

    As mad as i am about the game today, i feel good about this moving forward.Terrence Ross needs to get in the weight room and get stronger.Ross cannot rely on just his 3pt shot needs to go to rim more, JV needs to have a better jump shot and Amir needs to develop his post game.Management needs to resign KL and add more height to center position (coming off the bench).Not having anyone on bench to spell JV when he is in foul trouble showed in this series and was a factor.Chuck Hayes/John Salmons need to be replaced for our bench to get better.

  • Mr. Barnes

    Kind of reminds me of the Blue Jays. Best team in base ball in the early eighties but our strikes were balls there balls were strikes. We hit a homer fair and they called it foul. They hit it out foul and its called fair. Called out at first a full step ahead of an out. Get your act together in the NBA. Winning by poor officiating Is a loss in itself. and a disgrace to all of sport.

  • ZQ

    Plenty of comments on the game, so I won’t add my pieces
    I will however add, throughout the history of basketball and in fact all major team sports >

    When a young team takes you the distance, to the final possession and plays with absolute heart/grit…opposing veterans put an arm around a guy like Demar, Lowry and let them know that was a hell of a series, give them some advice etc.

    It’s been done in every other series this year, last year, last decade, always

    KG celebrated the victory by fist pumping and cursing Lowry while he was on the ground, the Nets bench reacted like they won the finals by 20, and Pierce made it seem like he had a triple double
    That’s unacceptable and classless

    I guess celebration is in order considering the 4-0 beatdown their tired legs are going to face

    Lowry got fouled 4 times on the last play, no call
    Derrick Stafford should be banned after that performance, I’m glad Jack as always voiced his straight opinion

    “A disgrace”

    Love my team, corruption breaks my heart, I wish someone had said something against the officiating blatantly, I hope we meet those punks again next year

    Pleasure living and dying with all you guys pre and post game on here

  • RPT23

    I think Casey did a hell of a job to right the ship in the early going. You have to remember also, this is Casey’s first playoff as a head coach. Granted so is Jason Kidd but I’d argue that Kidd was a head coach, way before he actually became one. And Kidd’s got a lot of miles (or km’s for us canadians) in the playoffs, deep, into the playoffs as a player. I don’t like using the “experience” factor a lot but it definitely showed. I think the “TSN turning point” of the series was when Kidd complained to the ref about unfair calls and it cost him $25k… versus Casey’s “I like my money but the officiating was odd” (paraphrasing of course). Maybe it was the uncertainty that he wouldn’t have a job next year or what but that simple but costly “Phil Jackson move” helped sway the officiating towards the Nets’ way me thinks. And that is experience. It even goes way back in the early season when the infamous “spilled drink” happened. I think Kidd’s an actual good coach so he should deserve some credit (though I will repeatedly say that the Nets’ suck like sh!t).

    As for people calling for Casey’s head, if that’s the case then that’s on Masai’s court. Maybe Casey will adjust and do something different for a change. Maybe he’ll bring in a Jay Triano offense or similar to the fold. As much as I disliked Casey’s coaching at times during his tenure in Toronto, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s back because I believe one insider said that Casey’s got a strong bond with the team and they’ve bought into his coaching style.

    If Masai brings in another coach, and manages to resign Kyle… how is Kyle going to adjust to another coach again!? He’s already developed into the type of player Casey wants, will Kyle go through another change in style without any complaints?

    All in all… Raptors far exceeded expectations. They’ve spoiled us now… I’m expecting MORE next season with greater improvements!!!

    F#CK BROOKLYN and their piece of sh!t fanbase and the refs who gave them Game 7. Hahahahaha… I’m a bitter, bitter fan! :)

    GO RAPS GO!!!!!!! 2014-15!!!!

    • CM

      Turning point was 4th qtr game 5 when nets made a run with a 3 pt shooting lineup snd Blanche. Casey never could adjust to that style if play

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    • j bean

      Can’t stand Pierce but he made the right decision to foul knowing he wouldn’t be called for it. That’s where experience comes into play.

  • Transcendant Man

    You have it out for T-ross, he was the only one producing consistently. When DD misses 9 str8 i don’t hear shit from people but when T-ross misses one shot your on his nuts. If anything with the last 2-3 plays T-ross pulled off they should’ve went with him for the final shot.

    • Ghotte

      You mean when he was almost standing at center OR when he stupidly hovered where he was so that his man could double and strip Lowry who was driving? That’s just bad fundamentals

      • Transcendant Man

        No I mean the deuce he put in by driving into traffic, then stealing the ball and giving the raps over 6 seconds to put together a better play then Lowry going 1 on 3 and dashing up a prayer with 3 players open with just over 2 seconds left more then enough time for a quality shot. T ross had 11 points played well on defense (there were times when he was effectively covering two players on the wing, also his steal that lead to a bucket in the 4th as well). His shot may have been cold but so was Lowry’s in the first half, DD was dropping enough bricks to build a house. I would’ve been happy with anyone else but Lowry taking that last shot just because of the aggressive coverage on him meant it was going to be a low percentage shot. Also we saw T ross actually driving to the basket creating some shots which is something he doesn’t do often (hopefully we see more his lateral quickness and ability to change direction is rare)

  • Rupert

    We should have won but after a season like that i wont complain this is one step in growing and getting better this is expirience that will help in the future this is how a team grows give them an offseason after this damn 50 win season next year for sure

  • Chuck Johnson

    I disagree with you on Demar’s game. When doubled you’ve got to pass it to the open man. For the most part Demar did that. He took a couple of poor long 2’s. But I thought he did a decent job mixing it up.

    His defense does need to get a lot better though.

  • JP

    I think experience finally made the difference in this series. The raps made a lot of mental mistakes which led to failed close outs and bad fouls, but because this team never gives up they were still in it until the end.

  • Rupert

    You can blame demar all you want but he is a hard worker who if he learns to pass to the out of the double team and become a better defender can be insanely good give him a chance this is the first time they played in the playoffs ever!

    • Bryan Colangelo

      He has improved every year in the league, and puts up good numbers for a very reasonable salary. It’s hard to just give up on a guy like that.

      Off-season homework: Ball-handling, one-on-one defense and more consistency from behind the arc.

  • Almond murray

    Look, everyone’s upset and rightly so. The facts are we weren’t really prepared for playoff intensity as players, and for strategy as coaches. Watch the maps, spurs, dubs, wizards, they play with a system that highlights and brings the best out of our players. Casey’s a good man and great motivator but we were outclassed. No adjustments, no new wrinkles, no victory.

    • CM

      Casey isn’t a great in game coach

  • SickNTired – Demar Respect Due

    Demar on Lowry staying resigning to Toronto “I don’t worry about that. He knows how I feel. Why would he leave”

    http://www.nba.com/video/channels/playoffs/2014/05/04/0041300127-bkn-tor-postgame-derozan.nba

    Republic fans – Take a look at this man’s face and passion for this team with that response. Please take note how much he wants to be here and he performs when he is here.

  • TheWatcher

    Okay guys, I’ve been reading these comments and one thing is starting to annoy me.

    1. Do you realize that Deron Williams not fouling out was actually a GOOD thing? He missed a key free throw that enabled the Raptors to have a chance to take the series.

    2. The referees were not good today, but they are not the reason that the Raptors lost. Passing out of a double team and rotating to close out (not to mention REBOUNDING) are all key, fundamental things that needed to be there and today and they werent.

    3. Fields. Love or hate the guy, he did an absolutely fantastic job on Joe Johnson in game 2 and deserved to play over Ross, Hansborough, Hayes, and Salmons for the remainder of the series (provided he was healthy). In fact, starting him would not have been a terrible idea either.

    4. This is a young, developing team that collectively had very LITTLE playoff experience, and was not even expected to be in the playoffs in the first place. Be proud of them, they played their hearts out.

  • Niagara_dude

    The difference in this series is there bench and our bench.The star players crossed each other out and there bench players came in and gave them points.Today was another example, our GM did nothing to help this team in playoffs at the trade deadline.Once your starters get in foul trouble or are tired you have no answers, Chris Kaman was available at the trade deadline for 2round pick and we choose to worry about youth development.This guy would have given us a another true 7footer who can score coming off the bench.There game plan in game six was to get JV in foul trouble earily and feast off our small backup centers.

  • redstar91

    Overall i agree with the post especially in regard to casey.. y no fields on johnson? Y no hansbrough? Y not try n get more looks for patterson when hes by far our most capable big offensively? Y so much iso ball for dd n lowry when we got to this point with team play? Y no zone when were gettin killed by jj n livingston in n around the paint? Y no touches for jv early? I have nothing against not renewing him

    • Steverino

      Y u no how to spell ‘why’? It’s only two more letters. You in a rush?

  • Peter

    Stop blaming casey the only guy who could take this team from crap to best raptor team ever the whole team was in foul trouble and the players didnt really play great not his fault JV didnt show up. Raptors at their best are hitting more 3s and zarar calm down nando over derozan your on crack lost respect for you with that line he led us all season had 18 and 6 with the flu. Refs didnt make too many terrible calls against raps but every thing they could give to the nets they did. Thanks to RR for great coverage all year made this season even better and thanks to the raptors they gave us their all but next uear the pressure will be on lets get the chip.

    • Steverino

      Was it the flu? Methinks not. The flu is pretty serious, not what most people mean by it. I bet it was a case of the jitters. It’s not uncommon to feel sick to your stomach when you’re really nervous.

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    NBA refs disappoint me beyond measure

  • Niagara_dude

    We have three draft choices coming in this draft, which area do you people think we need the most help in for next year?

    • Bryan Colangelo

      3? Really? How did that happen?

      • Microaggressive

        Did you see what Brooklyn traded away for their shot for this only year?

  • RapsFan82

    We sure could have used Vince Carter in this series…

    • Microaggressive

      eat shit

  • guest

    Really disappointed in the final play of the game. Thought it was way too obvious. Think Lowry should have passed it to Demar for the J or drive. Hope T Ross grows up this summer. Either way, Great Job Boys!

  • Niagara_dude

    One thing the Raptors reaily need to focus on in training camp is late game/ last shot opportunities.Lowry needs to see what is in front of him and kick that ball to either an open DD or Vasquez, at one of these would have had a clean look.Looking at Vasquez’s body language after the game ended did not look happy about play choice

    • Bugster

      That’s because he was wide open and ready for the shot. Again that last play was awful, Nets knew it all along, everyone knew it. The whole play was bullshit, I wouldn’t mind seeing a 3 pointer go up as long as is a clean shot. Just can’t have Lowry plow into the Nets and pray for a call. Watching the Houston and Portland series, not once did I see Harden get a call, everything has to be clean. It was just not the right call in a game 7 playoff game. We can blame it on the Refs but the Refs had nothing to do with that play or the outcome of this game.

  • ImDrunk

    One of the silliest things I’ve ever read.

  • Tee

    So now ill be checking nbadraftexpress.com a lot more.

    I love this game

  • Chuck Johnson

    After listening to the post game interviews, it was clear the entire Nets team knew Lowry was getting the ball in that final possession. Watching the replay he’s basically going one on three if not four. I understand getting the ball to your best player, but you’ve also got to be put him in a position to succeed. With a little creative play calling we could have gotten a WIDE open shoot for one of the shooters (PPat) or perhaps even an easy lob at the rim for TRoss. Yes, normal I’d prefer Lowry taking the last shot over those two but not if he’s going one on four. Casey got outcoached by Kidd.

  • Chuck Johnson

    To do list/Things Raps need over the off-season
    1. A rim protector/shot blocking big man
    2. Demar needs to work on his handle (although he did a decent job getting to the rim in this series)
    3. Demar needs to work on his defense
    4. JV needs to continue to work on his post game.
    5. Raps need to figure out how to get JV some post touches
    6. TRoss needs to work on his handle and his ability to go left..
    7. Fields needs to work on his offensive game/confidence
    8. Lowry needs to work on his court vision (if possible)
    9. Casey needs to work on his offensive sets.
    10. Raps need to figure out their defensive rotations and how to move on a string.

    • John

      JV can also work on his help defence, positioning and defensive rebounding.

  • dunkmycat7

    Things to do on the Raptors summer holiday
    -resign Kyle
    -get someone who can guard the perimeter one on one .We got nothing. Gonna have to give up TRoss ? No problem. They need a PREMIER defender to go up against all the great guards and wings out there. Never has this been more apparent than this series
    -get a bona fide veteran big who can play some D rebound and score down low. Amir, I love you, GUTSY – incredible first half, but sorry- the Raps need someone who can play 30-35 a nite and who is not hurt 80% of the time.
    – Re-sign DC ? really hard to say about this one. I GUESS he’s earned it but…I just don’t think he’s anything special as a coach, he’s quite limited offensively and you can certainly often question his matchups, substitutions and adjustments. I guess I’m ok with him coming back but I got to tell you – if George Karl wants to go back to work with Masai now that he sees what potential this team has….I’m In. Is Dc the coach for the next step ? I’m not sure.
    Perhaps the most amazing most surprising season in Raps history. Now our GM needs to earn his Rep because expectations are gonna be sky high, and nothing less than contending is going to be acceptable from here on in.
    Shoot for the moon Masai.
    Thank you Toronto Raptors. Can hardly wait for the future. Can’t you just TASTE IT now ?

    • CM

      Good comments

  • John

    The officiating was disgusting as usual. Examples:

    1) Amir gets his sixth foul because Garnett is to called for fouling Lowry when he drove to the basket

    2) Lowry gets called for a blocking foul on what looks like an offensive foul. Moments later, derozan is called for a charge for the same thing and is T’d up.

    3) D Will clearly fouls Derozan for his sixth foul, but the refs decide to bail him out and give it to Garnett. This allows D Will to guard Lowry on the final play.

    Not saying they necessarily deserved to win but tell me another team in the NBA that is given that type of home court “advantage”?

  • Roarque

    Please remember that it is the game that we all come to see. It is not the individual players but the game we all come to love. The Kevin Garnets and the Paul Pierces have forgotten that fact and that is why they so annoy the true fan. You don’t hear Kevin Durant or Joe Johnson talking about their special DNA that you can’t buy at Walmart. Those players are the true all-stars because they understand. They are the true sportsmen. When Kevin Garnet sends me a shout out to Toronto fans after game seven then I say f**k Garnet. He doesn’t get it and perhaps he never did.

  • James Slim

    Absolutely loved being a Raptors fan this year, this group of players has given me inspiration and belief that I can achieve something against the odds. Worst part is not losing in game 7 at home by a point, it’s that it was against the opposite of the Raptors – perhaps the most arrogant team in the history of sport.

    I feel so sad for the Raptors, but happy to have witnessed a season that I did not see coming. I live in Adelaide, Australian and don’t know anyone personally who barracks for the Raptors. In years gone by, I’ve been laughed at for barracking for the Raptors, but not this year. There has been far more reason to support this team this year than because I thought they had the best nickname when I played NBA 98 for the first time.

    Go Raptors. Thank you Lowry, Derozan, Ross, Johnson, Valanciunas, Vasquez, Patterson, Hansborough, Fields, Hayes, Salmons, Novak, De Colo, Buycks, Stone for an amazing journey and I wish you all the very best for your futures, whether you are with the Raptors or not.

  • http://intend.pl/ nettos

    Świetnie wiemy, że informatyka lubi płatać figle. Skutkiem tego oferujemy usługi informatyczne na najważniejszym poziomie. Dla firm oraz dla prywatnych kontrahentów, którzy mają komplikacje z komputerami. Jako jedni z nielicznych oferujemy pomoc zdalną czy też dojazd do konsumenta. Gorąco zapraszamy na domenę internetową, gdzie serwis komputerów Katowice to piedestał opisującej nas firmy. Tam przedstawiamy to, czym się absorbujemy, oferując usługi, które pomogą Państwo w rozwiązaniu informatycznego kłopotu. Toteż serdecznie zapraszamy do skorzystania z oferty i do odwiedzin na naszej klarownej domenie internetowej.

  • sampson3121

    the NBA wanted Net vs Miami, they got it. when refs decide a game, it’s just sad.
    blocking foul on Lowry when it was a charge, next play Demar is called for the charge.
    Amir getting his foot stepped on and falling on the player that stepped on it for his sixth foul is ridiculous.
    And then the play that made me realize the refs were calling for the Nets to win…i believe it was Lowry driving the lane when Williams man handled him dropping him to the floor, with KG standing there, they gave the foul to KG who didn’t even touch Lowry.Williams is on the floor with his hands clutched together knowing he had just committed his 6th foul yet didn’t receive it. all this in the last 10 minutes in the game.
    i remember the broadcaster saying “oh my! that is just terrible ”
    the Raptors almost won the game even though it was fixed for them to lose.
    i watched the game, and no one will ever change these facts. if they lost by 10 ok, but by only 1 and you factor in the refs? it’s sickening.

    • database_666

      I ABSOLUTELY AGREE and sign each and every word you wrote in the post. The officiating bias was blatant, industrial, paid for, obvious, and damaging to this league: it was right down corrupt, like the justice system in India or election process in Russia. During each and every single defensive possession for Brooklyn, no exceptions, their players pulled jerseys and held locked arms, and absolutely never got called for at least one of those. The moment a Toronto player gave as much as a bad look, was immediately called for a personal foul. It was difficult to digest and i am surprised that audience did not protest with more fervor, hurled drinks to the court, or addressed otherwise these corrupt and spineless clowns. They should have feared for their safety in our city.
      Again, if everyone knows of form of addressing NBA officiating directly to the NBA office, please post, we should flood them with what we think about their officiating policy.

  • Miguel Maglutac

    Casey initially drew up the final inbounds play backwards (source: http://youtu.be/NKitXE3_Rdw). :(. so close. So far.
    Next year.

  • noname

    good news is fields is now tradable. He is now an 8,5 mil expiring contract.

  • steve fisher

    Congratulations on a surprisingly successful and very exciting season not to forget another heroic comeback attempt. Despite the horribly biased refereeing which the NBA should be ashamed off, a defense that was regularly SHREDDED and clearly NO OFFENSIVE PLAN to get the ball in the hands of our best offensive players it was amazing how close the game was!!! This shows the HEART and team CHEMISTRY of the RAPS!!! On D our 1 2 and 3 played far too close to their check leading to MANY BLOW BYES resulting in total confusion on the help D often resulting in an easy put back by an open man. On O often there was not enough spacing and most players off the ball were standing around watching rather than WORKING HARD to get open and give the ball handler different PASS options of which the ball handler often had none resulting in yet another bad last second forced contested shot or time clock violation!!! Until they realize they are not going anywhere by relying on perimeter jumpers instead of taking the ball too the hoop the way the vets on the Nets did ALL GAME ! We need much more self discipline on D by cutting down on the careless and sometimes stupid Fouls like REACHING IN OR GRABBING their jerseys especially with these reps are looking for any excuse to give us another foul.Then there are the technical fouls late in a close game ??? Everyone we draft or trade for this summer MUST be very strong DEFENSIVELY and hopefully with a high basketball IQ. Finally we DO NOT take advantage of all the talent and depth we have during the season and especially in the playoffs not like the NETS who give a guy off the bench a chance and he scores 18 or 20 pts!!!The often needed tough D against JJ , PP or DW and only once used one of our BEST defenders LF which he did VERY WELL !!! In game 3 everyone knew they were going to come at us physically which they did to the point of almost running us off the court and our coach didn`t pull PSYCO T of the bench until just before the half. We had too many long stretches where DD was turning the ball over and playing horrible D. They had nothing to lose by putting N D in with his speed, ball handling and ability to get his team mates involved with his excellent passing. We continually played weak defenders far too long TR JS and DD. I am sure a number of the weaknesses will be addressed this summer by our new GM and the others MUST be hammered home at training camp and every practice ALL YEAR by our coaches!!! PS do not forget about BOXING OUT on both ends of the court!! Keep the faith Rome was not built in a day!!! GO RAPS GO!!! Steve Fisher

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