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Klay Thompson had nine threes in his 37-point third quarter. The Raptors have hit 11 in the past two games combined.
Yes, something bizarre has happened with the link to the Hayes story. Working on fixing.
Patterson = elite NBA quote: "A team like this, we're supposed to beat. I'm not going to sugar coat it... We didn't bring the energy"
Klay Day only meant Eazy’s pay-day
Big time performance by Klay Thompson
Have believed Raptors would be better off (for now) starting JJ > Ross. Starting Pat > Amir allows them to do it from spacing standpoint
Obviously, grain of salt for all +/- related stats but Patterson's is currently better than LeBron, Dirk, Horford, Lowry, Marc Gasol, Dwight
Patrick Patterson is +61 for January, Amir Johnson is -95. Not huge on +/-, but huge difference. Season total is even more striking.
Amir Johnson was -21. Patrick Patterson was +26. Have defended Amir for a long time, but he’s not right and they need to shake it up.
Raptors lost in Memphis, but should feel far better about that effort than what went down tonight in a win over Philadelphia.
Chuck Hayes told me he chatted with Sixers GM Sam Hinkie about how proud they are of Kyle Lowry. All three were together with Rockets.
Lowry: "I just feel like we need every win we can get. This is one of those games you'd look at in April and say, damn we gave that one up"
Lowry: "I just didn't want us losing tonight. I think my teammates were kind of counting on me and we needed somebody to pick up the energy"
Casey: "It’s quite a few guys that have to come out serious about earning their money... We have an air of complacency & I don’t like it"
"That’s totally unacceptable the way we approached the game.”
"We’ve got to make up our minds that we’re serious about earning our paycheques twice a month,” Casey said afterward.
Casey: "They’ve got to decide. We can continue to say we’re going to be OK. We’re not going to be OK if we continue to perform like that"
Casey: "We’ve got to make up our minds that we’re serious about earning our paycheques twice a month"
Casey: "Thank God for Kyle because we didn’t play any kind of basketball whatsoever tonight... That’s unacceptable, the way we came out"
Since return, DeRozan has averaged 4.0 free throw attempts per game, down from 7.6 pre-injury. Need him back at stripe often.
Casey livid post-game, says they can't live like that if they want to be a winning team. Quotes to come.
That was about as incensed as Dwane Casey gets. Not pleased post-game. Wondering where effort is. Can't see hiim sticking with this group
Raptors have now been held under 100 points in each of their last 5 games. Over that stretch: 40% FG, 24% 3P, 88 assists, 80 turnovers.
Lowry scores 17 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors win ugly, 91-86 over the 76ers.
Raptors win because of Lowry and Patrick Patterson. Sixers gave them too many scares. Team needs some alterations.
Patterson's 34 rebounds in last 3 games are more than he totalled in first 8 games of January combined.
I’d start Patterson and James Johnson going forward.
Patrick Patterson has 34 rebounds over the past 3 games, 16 of them on the offensive glass.
Not sure what’s prompted Patterson’s insane boardwork lately. Press row: “I don’t know, but he’s the best offensive rebounder since Rodman."
Kylle Lowry has taken over the game, lifting his teammates on his back. The rest of them, Patterson aside, look like they got kicked in head
Make that 13 straight Raptor points for Lowry (3 treys, 4 FTs). Tie game.
After the team went 5:33 without a point, Lowry has scored 10 straight for the Raptors (2 treys, 4 FTs). Sixers lead is down to 2
They need the shooting Vasquez provides, but he’s a turnstile defensively. Puts ton of pressure on bigs behind him.
Raptors went nearly 6 full minutes without a FG. Lowry's 3-ball (his 1st in 4 attempts tonight) cuts the deficit to 4. 4:54 left
30-14 Sixers run, Raptors trail by 6 midway through the 4th. Yep.
There’s something rotten in the state of Raptors.
Raptors held to 15 points in the 3rd, shooting 30% (0-of-8 from 3). They hit just 1 of their last 12 shots, lead by 1 into the 4th
Matt and Jack's "discussion" of analytics is making me die slowly inside.
Patterson has five offensive boards already. Averaging three per game over past four, double his season average.
Knowing he's been in a shooting slump, Patterson had said he's trying to make up production on boards. Has 30 reb & counting over last 3 gms
Raptors say no injury for Amir. Patterson earned second-half start with his play
Amir Johnson is fine, Casey just happier with Patterson’s play. Patterson’s been great on offensive boards.
Covington’s like a human pinball, smashing and crashing everywhere. Lowry said something to him after nearly killing him.
I’ll give Sixers fans credit, they pay to see this dreck and atmosphere here is better than it is in many arenas, despite Bad News Bears.
Two Sixers players just crashed into each other on defence, both of them hitting the deck. This team is next level bad
patterson starts the 2nd half in place of amir johnson.
Amir's sitting at end of the bench. Awaiting word on whether this is injury-related or not. Played 10 mins in 1st half (0/3, 0 pts, 3 reb)
starting KL/GV means 1 always stays on floor when other goes to bench. PP/TH back up JV/AJ. TR/LW wing subs. JJ, for now, gets pinched
Patterson starts the second half in place of Amir Johnson
Patterson/Peterson starts second half for Amir. No update yet.
DeRozan/Lowry in first half vs Memphis on Wednesday: 2-for-14, 4 points. Tonight: 2-for-10, 4 points. Second unit picking up slack
20 of the Raptors' 48 first-half points have come off the Sixers 14 turnovers.
Raptors 2nd unit (mainly Lou, JJ, Patterson) featuring Greivis has been excellent. Outscoring Sixers bench 29-8
Raptors trailed by 14 with 1 minute left in the first quarter. They finished the half on a 34-13 run, lead by 7 at the break
Lou Williams, Greivis Vasquez and James Johnson spark Raptors to 48-41 lead at half over truly awful Sixers. Lowry/DeRozan awful nights.
DeRozan's now 3-for-25 from the field over last 2+ games. Bigger concern: only 3 FTA over that span, none tonight
Airball layup by DeRozan to go with earlier airball jump shot. Struggling doesn’t begin to describe his play right now.
James Johnson enters for the 1st time. He was wearing a shirt w/ gigantic lion on it pre-game. 1 has nothing to do w/ the other, just saying
Raptors are on a 21-5 run... where those points have come from... Greivis: 8, Lou: 8, Patterson (or Peterson): 5
There is no internal issue between James Johnson and the Raptors for those asking. Byproduct of Vasquez starting. No, I’m not a fan of it.