Heading into this final meeting of the season, Cleveland leads the season series 2-1. The last time they met in Toronto, Kyrie Irving sunk the Raptors with a three-point dagger just before the buzzer. More recently, the Raptors fell to an Irving-less Cavs squad led by Dion Waiters and Luke Walton. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Oliver Macklem under Cleveland Cavaliers, Game thread, Rudy Gay on Mar 10, 2013
Posted by Joseph Casciaro under Aaron Gray, Alan Anderson, Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan, Dwane Casey, John Lucas III, Jonas Valanciunas, Kobe Bryant, Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields, Los Angeles Lakers, Recap, Rudy Gay on Mar 08, 2013
The Raptors blew yet another double-digit fourth quarter lead, Kobe Bryant killed the Raptors for the umpteenth time in his career, Dwane Casey mismanaged his rotation and Rudy Gay threw up brick after brick after brick, as Toronto fell to the Lakers in overtime. The Raptors still haven’t beaten the Lakers on the road since 2001, they fall to 2-14 all-time against the Lakers at Staples Center and they have yet to win a season series with the Lakers…like, ever.
Here are some thoughts on a game that exemplified the Raptors’ 2012-13 season in one completely predictable fourth quarter meltdown…
Posted by Joseph Casciaro under Andrea Bargnani, Bryan Colangelo, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay, Terrence Ross on Mar 08, 2013
With Oliver posting his case for keeping Bryan Colangelo yesterday, it’s time that I dig into the case against extending Colangelo.
I probably maintained faith in the man they call B.C. longer than most, and in truth, am always one shrewd Colangelo move away from being back on the B.C. bandwagon, as it seems most others are as well. There’s something about him that makes you at least want to believe. As a teenager myself when Colangelo arrived in Toronto, he restored respectability and relevance to my beloved Raptors. When the team won 47 games and its first division title in his first full season at the helm, it seemed the heights of our future successes were as tall as his trademark collars.
But alas, while Colangelo seemed to have a Midas touch for that first year on the job, nearly every major transaction Bryan has signed off on since then has backfired, and while deep down there is probably a Colangelo fan waiting to reemerge in many of us, the decision of whether or not to extend or fire a sports executive comes down to business. And from a business perspective, we’re talking about a team that looks destined to miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season for the first time in franchise history. And that’s really saying something considering how futile this franchise’s history has been.
Of course, losing faith in Colangelo runs much deeper than simply missing the playoffs again…
Posted by Oliver Macklem under Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan, Dwane Casey, Golden State Warriors, Kyle Lowry, Recap, Rudy Gay on Mar 05, 2013
Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay posted 26 points apiece but the Raptors lost their 5th straight game, 125-118 to the Warriors.
Here are some thoughts on the game:
Posted by Joseph Casciaro under Rudy Gay on Mar 01, 2013
Four weeks ago today, on February 1, Rudy Gay was introduced to Toronto and then later that night, suited up as a Raptor for the first time. When the ball was tipped that Friday night against the Clippers, the Raptors were 16-30, had lost three straight and eight of their last 10. In addition, the Raps sat 11th in the Eastern Conference and trailed the eighth place Celtics by 6.5 games (they trailed the Bucks, who were in seventh at the time, by 9.0 games).
On March 1, with the Raptors set to embark on month no. 2 in the Rudy Gay Era in a matchup with the Pacers tonight, the team is 23-35 after a 7-5 record in February. They’ve climbed to 9th in the East and trail the eighth place Bucks by six full games after narrowing the gap to four games last weekend.
Unfortunately, while Gay’s first month in Toronto can be viewed as a positive overall, we’re still left with as many questions surrounding this team as answers. Let’s examine…