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Daily Raptor Dish - 14.04.12
Raps fall to Pacers
Without Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors look lost against Indiana Pacers
Dwane Casey knew the question was coming and he had exactly the right answer.
With a room full of media wanting to know how Jamaal Magloire, who is not an NBAer because of his free-throw shooting prowess, wound up not just on the floor but on the floor and taking a key inbounds pass with 14.8 seconds remaining only to be fouled, the coach pointed the finger squarely at himself.
“It’s on me,” Casey said after Magloire, not surprisingly, missed both free throws taking away the Raps last hope of sending a game they fought hard into overtime. The 95-90 loss is surely one that will sting a while.
“I take the full blame for that,” Casey said. “I don’t think they were intentionally trying to foul but I should not have had (Magloire) handling the ball. He was the last big after (Amir Johnson) fouled out and I should have had it flip flopped. I should have had Ed Davis at the top (taking the inbounds) so it’s on me. Cat (Magloire’s nickname) has been a man. He has been big time, but that’s my mistake.”
For the season Magloire came into the game 1-of-7 from the free throw line. Davis had been good on eight of 11 coming in.
The intent was to get the ball in and get a quick two and then foul and take their chances that way. When West fouled Magloire on the catch and Magloire missed both freebies they never got the opportunity.
For the record, Magloire disagreed with his coach saying it was up to him, as a professional, to make those shots and he didn’t. Case closed.
Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls: Saturday game preview
Andrea Bargnani tested the Peyton Manning Rule Friday night — proving his team MVP credentials by taking the night off.
With the injured Italian sitting on the bench in street clothes, Raptor coach Dwane Casey called on the workers in his world to unite and provide a “collective effort” against the Pacers.
They did that early. Can’t miss first-quarter shooting spotted them an early 16-point lead. They spent the next two quarters watching that dwindle into nothingness as the brutes in Indiana’s front-court pushed them into a slow retreat.
With Bargnani’s absence forcing a shuffle on the decks, confusion reigned at times on the offensive end. Casey was more than once reduced to one of his face-washing “Oh my GOODNESS gracious” looks on the sidelines
Pacers dispose of slumping Raptors
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Rasual Butler, Amir Johnson, Jamaal Magloire
Chicago: Derrick Rose, Ronnie Brewer, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah
Calderon vs. Rose
Even hobbled by turf toe — and Rose will likely be a game-time decision — the current MVP is one of the most dangerous players in the league. It’ll take all Calderon has to keep him in check.
NEED TO KNOW
Richard Hamilton (groin) and C.J. Watson (elbow) are likely to be unavailable for the Bulls, who played in Boston on Friday night. . . . Raptors may change up their starting front-court in that absence of Andrea Bargnani. . . . Ex-Raptor Mike James signed a contract with the Bulls this week as insurance in case Rose can’t go. . . . Raptors are 12-17 all-time in Chicago.
Raptors offer no timeline for Bargnani’s return
Even with Andrea Bargnani in the lineup this season, winning basketball games has been an iffy proposition for the Toronto Raptors.
Without him, as was the case Friday night against the Indiana Pacers – fugetaboutit!
With the seven-footer sidelined for goodness knows how long with a strained left calf muscle, the Raptors (4-8) started strong but ultimately faded, allowing the Pacers (8-3) to steal away with a 95-90 victory.
For the Raptors, it was their third consecutive NBA loss.
Casey takes blame in Raptors loss to Pacers
“It’s a big loss right now,” Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa said Friday morning following shootaround at the Air Canada Centre. “He’s been playing like an all-star. He’s an all-star for me. We’ve a lot of respect for the job he’s doing for us.
“But everybody’s going to step in and do a little bit of everything so we can get those victories until he gets back.”
The Brazilian said that Bargnani is sad that he won’t be on the court for the Raptors for a couple of weeks although the club is not putting any timeline on the power forward’s return.
“Right now he’s day to day,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Doctors haven’t had a chance to analyze the MRIs as of yet. Probably won’t go tonight. After that he’s going to be day to day.”
When told that Barbosa said that Bargnani would be out two weeks, Casey laughed.
“I’m glad he’s got his medical degree,” the coach said jokingly. “I’m sure it’s from Sau Paulo University. I haven’t heard that. It’s news to me.”
Pacers rally to beat Raptors despite Granger's ejection
Beyond Magloire, the Raptors still missed nine of their 28 free throws. The embarrassing misses were easy targets, but not explanation for the defeat on their own. With the score tied in the final minutes, the Raptors played great defence only to have Amir Johnson get too touchy on David West. And when West missed one of those free throws, they did not secure the rebound.
“Again, it goes back to us and the little things: boxing out, we missed 12 free throws, all of the little things we have to do execution-wise to not let the game get to that point,” Casey said.
The Raptors played the game without Andrea Bargnani. The Raptors’ offensive force missed the game with a strained calf. Casey called for players to step up in his absence — vintage coach speak — and his request was answered.
Davis replaced Bargnani and battled West all night long. Neither had a big offensive night, which is a lot better for Toronto than Indiana. West, however, did hit a hook shot in the final minute to give the Pacers the lead.
Granger, who was coming off a 24-point performance against Atlanta two nights earlier, was never into the game.
He drew his first technical for arguing a no-call on a drive to the basket less than three minutes into the game.
That was just the start for Granger during his short night.
He was ejected when he picked up his second technical -- for taunting -- after staring down the Raptors' Ed Davis after he had a highlight-reel rejection on Davis' dunk attempt with 29.3 seconds left in the first half.
"I forgot I already had a tech," Granger said. "I usually don't get techs. I was going to stare at him and try to get rowdy."
Granger had a blank expression on his face when he was given the technical, but there was no question his antics warranted the call.
His night ended with an ugly line: 1-of-8 from the field, one rebound, one turnover and two technicals in 18 minutes.
"Not a smart play," Vogel said. "When you already have a technical, that's just not a smart play."