That was fun, and then not so fun. The overall aftertaste is pretty bitter, but there were some positives to be gleaned from that midnight snack of fail. You might guess that the comments on the forum are mostly full of bile, gas, and the pain of chronic reflux. But you won’t need Pepto Bismal to get through these highlights -
Sick, Wicked and Nasty!
I think we’re going to see a lot of games like this and New York game… the team starts off good but when pressured they will struggle. They’re young, new to each other and don’t have that go to guy yet.
Overall an entertaining game. I’m just thrilled with Demar’s development… he needs to work on his free throws but otherwise wow…he’s really taken the next step. Bargnani is great on offence but nothing on the defensive end short of his 1 block per game. Kleiza overall was good and a nice game from Calderon finally. What can you say about Reggie.
Weems needs to be benched. Not one pass tonight…he’s too selfish and he stops the ball movement which for a guy with his skills isn’t right.
as a raptor fan… i have already accepted the fact that I’ll be constantly disappointed
The ball needs to be put in the right player’s hand at the end with the correct play.
I found Demar’s game very encouraging. His defense still needs to improve, but he seems to “get it” on offense. We need him to be a slasher and use his athleticism and, for the most part, he is doing that. Also, Bargs looks like a legit #1 option on offense. Some encouraging signs.
i had rogers cable fail on me, then i had to call the customer service……..then this!!! why did barbosa take that 3 with a fucked up wrist arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh we shoulda had this one!!!!
wow… this seemed like an un-losable game for the most part, but each quarter got progressively worse.. the first quarter had to be the most impressive quarter that i’ve seen the Raptors play in recent memory.
On the bright side joakim noah only had 9 boards tonight so:….
Reggie Evans: 16.3 RPG
Joakim Noah: 15 RPG
Gotta go for 3 at that juncture [on the last possession].
Derozan looked very goooood.
Bargs could’ve put up 40. Once again he became an afterthough in the 2nd half. However, that’s no excuse for his futility on the boards.
Reggie was sexual chocolate as per usual.
played hell of a game for 3 quarters. i blame JT for not seeing the weaknesses.
1) Tyreke had 5 fouls ATTACK
2) Cousins had 5 fouls ATTACK
3) Barbosa is freaking INJURED and hasn’t been shooting great. you cant just expect a cold shooter to get a lucky 3 in the end when you want YOUR HOT SHOOTERS to take it..
This was a really weird game but there were many positives I suppose.
The fast break was excellent in the first half…and to some extent in the early 2nd half. I think once Dalembert came in the game and started rebounding/tipping balls the game was changed. Reggie is a good rebounder, but it’s trivial when the other big is being overmatched.
About that last play, I think that Kleiza missed a really easy layup first of all, very little defence (trying not to foul), but it was a bit of a head scratcher…I thought that he was going to kick it out, but he didn’t. And also, when they got the offensive rebound I thought it might be tipped out to Jose or someone for the 3, but never happened. I’m not sure why we’d go for the two, but had we scored there it may have worked out in some crazy sense. Our 3’s weren’t falling at the end of the game anyways.
But overall I thought the Raptors showed that with Jack in the game they can be highly effective even when he’s not shooting all that well because he penetrates at ease whereas Jose tends to run multiple pick and rolls to no avail…I thought Jack should have been in the game once Casspi hit the 3 to put Sac town up AND I DEFINETELY THOUGH HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN WHEN CASSPI HIT THE DAGGER! But overall, I think the rotations today were SLIGHTLY better, however anyone else notice at the end of the 2nd, end of the 3rd the lineup was terrible with Sonny, Jose, Anderson, Barbosa, and I think it was Reggie or Amir…they had no chemistry and lost a pretty large lead for us. That was the true game changer in my opinion. Well, I wrote a lot, so take it all in and get ready for Utah…at HOME.
it never really felt like sacramento was out of the game, because even when they were down 16 or 18 or whatever it was, tyreke was getting to the rim at will and creating opportunities for his teammates. how incredible is that guy? he’s not fast, he’s not overly athletic, but you can’t stop him from getting to where he wants to go on the court. it honestly felt like he was doing something productive with the ball everytime he had it.
while the kings leaned on evans to manufacture some momentum, our lack of a creator really, really hurt us in the fourth. like most have said here though - three great quarters, one shitty quarter. i can live with a loss like this. even though they choked away a pretty significant lead, i don’t feel like they “gave” this game to the kings. the kings had to work for that win until the buzzer went, and honestly if it weren’t for three tough shots by casspi in the fourth this game is a completely different story.