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The only thing letting Rudy Gay overlord the offence is doing for the Raptors is keeping team in high lotto race … and maybe that’s point?
Also: West and Mess totally rhyme. Don't try to convince me otherwise.
How can it be so obvious to everyone but the players? It really is baffling.
Two assists for the Raptors in each of the 2nd and 4th quarters. 8 in first, 6 in third when team made point of involving Valanciunas
West Coast Swing .. ✌️✈️
Ahhh, I guess it was inevitable that the Ford saga touched Matt Mays and El Torpedo.
“By setting screens, I can do a lot of different stuff not scoring baskets.” (2/2)
Valanciunas not bothered by lack of touches: "You know, I have other things to do, rebounds, blocking shots, helping teammates to get open
Rudy Gay on Amir's struggles: "Everybody's been through some rough times, I've been through … as you guys have probably written about."
"I've always said it doesn't matter if I start or come off of the bench, I'm going to give it 110%.” - Amir Johnson
Amir said he and Casey had talked about the change for a few days. Valanciunas said he never talked about being the one coming out.
Casey needs to get that message across to the players, not tell us. We’re well aware.
"I'm not telling a guy to not take a shot that he's worked on or in rhythm, but, again, is that the best shot for our team?” - Dwane Casey
“We have got to make the next pass, next play, whatever the decision is …
Back to back ties. The dream lives on.
Casey’s quite concerned about his bench, but didn’t seem open to idea of making Gay a reserve. Called it “drastic” wants Ross to step up
More DeMar: "We’re the ones doing it. Nobody is making us miss our coverages or nothing like that.”
DeMar: “Me, personally, I’m frustrated, period of losing at home. I hate it. I hate it with a passion.”
Amir on his play this year: "I've been on and off."
DeRozan, post game, was a mix of despondent and pissed.
Amir said his play has been: "On and off."
Casey said Amir benched in attempt to spark him, get better starts from the team
What killed the Raptors are bench points: 72-16 for the Nuggets.
Dec. 15 looms. These Raptors just aren't good.
Raptors could use some of that swagger. I’d take Nate on my team any day of the week.
Nate Robinson with the step back threes. He is more then clutch. He wants to hear it from the fans.
Nate might be the best trash talk/showman in your face go since Gary Payton. He’s gold
He just did it again. NATEROB HAVE IT ALL
I kind of love NateRob.
Nate hits a 3, puts on the belt in front of the Raps bench, which includes Novak.
The Raps are looking likely to lose their third-straight home game. But hey, at least they're going out West, where they always ball out.
Now that Faried is staying in the game, let me just say: That was an unbelievable finish.
Faried went into LeBron cyborg mode on the dunk and on the getting up afterward.
Somehow, he gets up and walks it off.
That looked really, really bad, but Faried is rolling over at least. He was incredibly high in the air, came crashing down hard
Faried just went down very hard after finishing an alley-oop. It was amazing, but looked horrible on the fall.
And no, the fourth quarter obviously not the time to do it. Needs to be earlier.
Yes, Gay’s line looks nice and he’s been OK defensively, it’s the freelancing and destruction of the O with poor decisions at issue
Rare two infection-control timeout game.
Terrence Ross have it all.
At some point you really have to sit Rudy Gay down. There can’t be consequences for everybody else ...
Rudy Gay back to his old tricks.. let’s see how this plays out late in the 4th.
After a brutal first half, Gay has gone 5-for-8 in the second half. Two straight buckets get Raps within 4.
Rudy terrible pass has Nate Robinson in transition nail a 3!
Nate talking a lot of smack to Lowry after nailing a three. Lowry, surprised to actually have the ball for once, goes right at him other way
Frustrated DeMar DeRozan heaves ball into stands at far end of floor after 3Q buzzer.
Nuggets up 76-72 after 3.
I think the key to defending Steve Novak is jump to his left and meet him at 3-pt line as soon as he ball fakes.
Whatever dribbling training DeRozan did in the off-season has paid off. Should send Rudy Gay to his instructor
If Melo leaves and/or the picks are high lotto, that deal goes from atrocious to whatever is worse than that
ALL OF THE MOZGOVS
MOZGOV WILL NOT BE DENIED
Intense re-examination of the Spice Girls here on press row.
Valanciunas ties season-high with 14 shot attempts (vs. Washington)
Kyle Lowry is pretty good at basketball.
With 13-10, Jonas has a double-double. He has also already played 23 minutes.
JV has scored twice (2) in the third quarter.
The Raptors look out of sync while the Manimal is a beast in the paint. What happened to the penetration, driving and kicking?
After a half, Nuggets 47, Raps 45. Ugly second quarter from the Raps O: 5-for-19.
Masai built an uber-deep Denver team. Great for regular season, but lacks stars for the playoffs. Still, Raptors would kill for that
Man, ACC is about as empty as I've seen it for a Sunday afternoon Raptors game.
Valanciunas going awfully hard in the paint today. Shots aren’t falling, but the aggression is good.
Nobody has bit on Jonas's pumpfake for weeks. But hey, there's always J.J. Hickson to break that streak.
Cheerleader sequence to "Rebel Yell." That's new!
Rudy Gay sure is shooting.
Casey confident using Ross on point guards now. Has him on Nate
Gay's handle is looking extra-loose.
Rudy Gay's pride injured there, but he shakes it off.
Gay remains in the game after a timeout. That was quite the fall.
Gay seems OK on the bench. Looks like he’ll stay in
Ouch! Rudy came down hard when he was blocked by Mozgov on the dunk attempted. I heard the thump. Hope he is alright.