Daily Raptor Dish - 15.03.2012
Old 03-15-2012, 06:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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STAR: Toronto Raptors fall to New jersey Nets 98-84

SUN: Nets catch Raps napping

NP: Raptors fall apart in second half against Nets

Globe: Raptors outmuscled in New Jersey

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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STAR: Toronto Raptors fall to New jersey Nets 98-84

Everyone’s banged up and everyone’s tired and everyone’s got a whole bunch of bumps and bruises and boo-hoo-hoo.

The NBA is a man’s league and a man’s effort is required night after night after night.

The Raptors regressed a wee bit here Wednesday, withdrawing into a cocoon of passivity in the second half of what turned into a 98-84 loss to the New jersey Nets and the tired old refrain seems to be irking head coach Dwane Casey.

“Back to back, three games in three nights, it doesn’t matter,” Casey said after the Raptors once again let poor offence affect their defensive effort.

“This is the NBA and that’s what we’re paid to do, perform each and every night we walk on the floor and I just didn’t see that in the second half.”

Making just five of 19 field goals in the third quarter, and turning a five-point halftime lead into a seven-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Raptors once again failed to show the mental toughness necessary to fight through difficult stretches of games.
SUN: Nets catch Raps napping


One could see DeRozan’s aggressive start coming after his pass-first performance in Cleveland. DeRozan had as many shot attempts after a quarter (six) as he did in that entire game … Aron Gray was extremely active on the boards. While he didn’t haul in a ton, he tipped a number to teammates … Casey said he was surprised to see Mike D’Antoni and the Knicks part ways and like everyone, seemed to blame the breakup on Carmelo Anthony. “He did a good job with that team they were rolling. With all situations you have chemistry issues and rhythm issues. Mike will bounce back, he’s a good basketball man,” said Casey, who said coaches end up as scapegoats because, “That’s an easy mark.” Green hit a few jump shots in this one and Bayless stopped him before he could throw down his best dunk attempt.

NP: Raptors fall apart in second half against Nets

The Raptors and Nets both entered the game with 14 wins, but New jersey had the obvious advantage in terms of the race to the bottom of the standings and more lottery balls. Sure, Toronto was without starting point guard Jose Calderon, who missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. But New jersey was playing without starting centre Lopez, who has a sprained ankle, and Williams, who has a sore right calf. Their replacements, Shelden Williams and Jordan Farmar, are not good NBA players.

And the Nets showed that lack of polish early on. On successive possessions, the Nets threw errant alley-oop and behind-the-back passes. Neither was close to necessary. Humphries nearly had a double-double in the first half, but that ended the good news for the Nets.

On the other end of the floor, the Raptors were ready to go initially, taking in 10 offensive rebounds in the first half alone. For the second straight game, Leandro Barbosa, believed to be on the trading block, energized the team, scoring seven points in the first half. The Raptors took a five-point lead to the break. It was not sturdy enough to last.
Globe: Raptors outmuscled in New Jersey

NOTES: This was the second of season-high five-game road trip for the Raptors. ...The Nets lead the four-game season series, 2-1. ... With the NBA trading deadline less than 24 hours away and rumours still swirling involving the New jersey and Dwight Howard, Nets coach Avery Johnson laughed when asked when he talks to general manager Billy King. “I'm kind of the guy when you get on the 10-yard line, or the five-yard line, then call me. Put it like that.” He refused to say whether the Nets were in the red zone. ...Toronto centre Amir Johnson was called for a flagrant foul in the second for almost tackling Humphries on a layup attempt. He did not play much after that.


THE FACTS: Following a slow first half, the undermanned New jersey Nets gained control in the middle of the third quarter and never lost the lead, defeating the Toronto Raptors 98-84. With Deron Williams missing his third straight game with a strained right calf and Brook Lopez still sidelined with a sprained right ankle, Kris Humphries (16 points, 21 rebounds) and Gerald Green (a game-high 26 points) filled in well, guiding the Nets to an easy victory.

James Johnson and Jerryd Bayless each scored a team-high 16 points for the Raptors.

QUOTABLE: "The Nets outworked us. Humphries had 21 rebounds. You have to be physical with him in the paint, and we didn't have that. ... We're in the NBA and what we're paid to do is to perform each and every night. I just didn't see that."
-- Raptors coach Dwane Casey

THE STAT: 61. The number of points scored by the Nets' bench. The Raptors' bench countered with just 24.

TURNING POINT: Humphries hit two free throws four and a half minutes into the third quarter that tied the tilt at 50, and the Nets never looking back.

HOT: The run of solid statistical showings from Humphries continued, as his 21 boards marks a new season-high for the big man. He's pulled a combined 39 rebounds in his last two tilts.

NOT: The Raptors, from beyond the 3-point line. They drained just one of 10 from deep, an embarrassing 10 percent clip.

QUOTABLE II: "It's nice to see that when a team has a major point of emphasis coming into the game -- whether it's, for us, defense, closing out quarters, finishing games -- that you're executing all those phases."
-- Nets coach Avery Johnson

INSIDE THE ARENA: A few fans wore Orlando Magic Dwight Howard jerseys, signifying the hope they have that the big man is traded to New jersey before Thursday's trade deadline. ... Singer Natasha Bedingfield was one of 10,701 in attendance.

GOOD MOVE: Green continues to make the most of his opportunity with the Nets; along with a season-high 26-point performance, the 26-year-old dazzled with an impressive and-one in the third quarter.

NOTABLE: Anthony Morrow added 15 points off six-for-10 shooting, sinking all three of his 3-point attempts. ... This was Humphries' third career 20-plus rebound performance. ... This victory ends a short two-game losing streak for New Jersey.

UP NEXT: For the Nets, Friday @ Orlando, Saturday vs. New Orleans, Monday vs Cleveland. For the Raptors, Friday @ Memphis, Saturday @ Charlotte, Tuesday @ New York.

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