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To be clear, Raps are 25-12 with DeRozan, 12-9 without. They're not better without him, they need to get him right, somehow.
Of course Andrea Bargnani drops the dagger.
DeRozan gets beat off the dribble, JV comes over to help, gets called for his 6th foul and that'll end his night. Pat in for him.
Valanciunas fouls out with 3:11 remaining. Raptors down six.
Back-to-back Vasquez 3-balls cuts the Knicks 12-point lead in half. 3:29 to go.
Plan was to sit Lowry out in Philly on Monday. Even w/ eye on playoffs, have to wonder if that plan will be amended after this embarrassment
Get well soon, Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors played this whole game like they never believed they could lose. Well...
Valanciunas and DeRozan back to try to prevent Knicks from closing within 24.5 games of the Raptors.
Through 19 minutes of action JV had attempted 1 shot. He's taken 5 in 4 minutes since. Keep feeding him until Knicks/fouls take him out
I have no idea what Norm Macdonald is talking about, but his Twitter stories are fantastic.
JV picks up his 5th foul early in the 4th Q. Casey leaving him in. He's been the Raps offence for most of the last 5 minutes
Feed Valanciunas the rest of the way. Look at who he is going up against. Makes sense, no?
Only 2 of the other 8 Raptors to play tonight (Ross, Hansbrough) have attempted fewer shots than Valanciunas, who is 3-for-4 in 19 minutes
On a night in which DeMar DeRozan has missed an open dunk, Knicks fan banks in a $10K halfcourt shot. Of course.
Biggest cheer of the season at MSG perhaps? Dude hits half-court shot for $10,010
Might be wrong here, but there are some fans with a Spanish flag yelling “Calderon” every time Greivis Vasquez has the ball. Umm ...
Greivis and Lou have given the Raps a spark midway through the 2nd Q. 9-0 run, including 7 points from Vasquez. Toronto leads by 1
Signs of life from Lou Williams and the Raptors' bench. Toronto, down 10 earlier in the Q, is now within 3
Raptors starters have 2 assists after 12 minutes tonight after recording 1 in 48 last night, so there's that.
Good news: 15 pts & 32% shooting is a definite improvement on last night's disastrous 1st Q. Bad news: Raps trail by 7 to worst team in NBA
Back-up PG minutes for Lou Williams with Lowry resting.
DeRozan finally gets on the board w/ step-back 13-footer, his 4th shot, only to attempt a 360 in transition and miss the dunk moments later
DeRozan’s blown dunk prompts a “screw you Canada, you suck,” from one fan sitting nearby.
Yikes, DeMar DeRozan can’t even make a breakaway dunk. Tries to show off, doesn’t go down.
DeRozan misses his first 3 attempts, a couple haven't even been close. Early PT for Pat with JV picking up 2 quick fouls. Raps down 11-10
Bargnani vs Valanciunas: battle of the pump fakes you shouldn't fall for.
In attendance at MSG: Raptor fans booing Bargnani. They travel in packs, after all
Raptors fans are booing Bargnani here at MSG … at least I think they are Raptors fans.
I could see Bargnani dropping 30 tonight... or exiting early with an injury. Scenario B is probably more likely
Let’s go Raptors starts on first possession. Knicks fans boo.
What a lineup for Knicks. We almost saw Cleanthony Early get run over by a car in Vegas, there’s Iron Horse Bargnani, THJ Galloway, Amundsen
Expect Lowry to sit out Mon. vs PHI as well. Has been battling multitude of ailments. Priority is getting him right for stretch run/playoffs
Casey wasn’t being coy about the starting bigs, as he seemed to imply, Amir Johnson back in for Patterson.
Moment of silence coming up here at MSG for Anthony Mason.
Chuck Hayes on Anthony Mason: "Fair to say that early in my career I studied his game to make a niche for myself to stay in the league."
James Johnson told me Lowry has been playing through all kinds of ailments "only the locker room knows about."
Ultra-coy Dwane Casey mode told me Lowry would sit down the line... turns out down the line is tonight.
Raptors will rest Lowry tonight
Looks like Lowry sitting
Casey said they've discussed possibility of sitting Lowry for a game or 2 to rest nagging ailments, expects it to happen but didnt say when
Casey also says they will rest Lowry for a game or two at some point
Casey says Patterson for Amir was a Draymond Green matchup move. Back to usual lineup, likely
It's Something About The Mecca. 🏀🙏
Hello Young World!!!
Almost game time. Doesn't matter how many times I've done it, playin at The Garden will always be special.
More Casey on Hansbrough: "That was a positive. We get 13, 14 other guys to have that kind of fight, fire and passion, we’ll go with that”
Casey on Hansbrough altercation last night: "I love it. I dont want to see a guy get in a fight but I was glad to see somebody ready to hit"
NBA has suspended Ezeli 1 game for "initiating altercation with Hansbrough by grabbing his throat. No additional punishment for Hansbrough
Brian Burke: picking fights with straw men since, well, I'm guessing forever.
Last night was first time as a Raptor Kyle Lowry failed to register an assist and first goose egg for him since 1st game of 2009-10 season.
Can’t see it happening, especially with four-game losing streak, but Raptors should consider resting Lowry against Knicks and Sixers.
Pangos has started every game in his career except his first one; only player in Zags history with 1700 pts/500 assists/150 steals.
Let's all not be angsty today.
Do my laundry.
Just watched Parks finale. Wasn't crazy about the finale, but damn I'll miss that group.
Knicks played a double-OT game last night, while Raptors barely played. Rest advantage goes to Toronto
At Oakland, Raptors let Warriors shoot 70%, get 13 assists, just one turnover in first quarter. Yesterday, Raptors shot 5% in 1st quarter.
Lowry was held without an assist last night for the 1st time in his 205 gms as a Raptor. Over 4gm losing skid: 15-54 FG, 3-26 3P, 15ast/11TO
Saliendo a New York.. Heading to New York...
“The fans pay their hard-earned money to come out and see us perform."
"I don’t know if we’re complacent as far as where we are in the standings. It shouldn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter,” Casey said.
Hello Young World!!!
"We were kind of soft, too soft. We've got to man up and show that we can do it.” - Jonas Valanciunas after Toronto’s fourth straight loss.
Lowry: "Basketball's fun in general but when you're losing it just kind of sucks the life out of you a little bit"
DC on Tyler: “I love it. I don’t want to see a guy get in a fight, but I was glad to see somebody ready to hit somebody. "