Good game from Big V last game! Good luck tomorrow!
Good game from Big V last game! Good luck tomorrow!
nasa Toronto Raptors na si Mickael Pietrus.
Dom McGuire out.
Whew, ..sa lakers nalang sana hehe
Trade na lang Pau for Bargnani + Calderon + Pietrus. hehehe
Hope lady luck will favor the Raptors tomorrow!
NBA: 'Linsanity' limps out of Toronto on losing note
December 17, 2012 7:57am
TORONTO - Jeremy Lin could be excused for wondering where all the mass hysteria he attracted last season has gone, but the Houston Rockets guard is not one to draw unnecessary attention to himself.
When Lin visited the Toronto Raptors in February he was a member of the New York Knicks, playing the best basketball of his career and the face of a global craze dubbed "Linsanity" that transcended the sporting world.
But in Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) 103-96 road loss to a weak Raptors team Lin had a pedestrian seven points, a far cry from the 27 he had in February when he made a game-winning three-pointer for the Knicks with under a second to play.
"If I could turn it on like a switch like that easy I would obviously turn it on but that's not how it works," Lin told a group of reporters that paled in comparison to the crowed he drew in February when a special room was set up to accommodate the flood of media.
Houston's offseason acquisition of Lin was made with hopes that he would build on the breakout run he enjoyed with New York, who only plugged him into their starting lineup after a rash of injuries.
Lin has shown flashes of brilliance that made him such an exciting figure, most recently a 38-point outburst over a solid San Antonio Spurs team last week that tied a career high for the 24-year-old Taiwanese-American.
But he has failed to consistently deliver what the Rockets were hoping for when they lured him away from New York with a $25.1 million, three-year contract.
Just over a quarter of the way through the regular season, the man behind the "Linsanity" craze has averaged 11 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game for an 11-12 Rockets team that is ninth in a 15-team Western Conference where the top eight teams make the playoffs.
"I am not doing close to what I am capable of doing," said Lin, who averaged 14.6 points in 35 games last season. "I'm my harshest critic and I'll go ahead and say I'm doing terrible."
It has been a whirlwind of a year for Lin, who was virtually an unknown bench player before going on an improbable multi-game stretch of greatness that made him one of the National Basketball Association's most popular players and gave birth to the "Linsanity" phenomenon.
Regardless of his play, there will surely be plenty of eyes on Lin come Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) when he plays his first game at the New York Knicks since his offseason move to Houston.
But while it may be a date many NBA fans circled on their calendar when the 2012-13 schedule was released, Lin just seems eager to move on and focus on winning games.
"Definitely ready to get it over with. In some sense there will be some closure," said Lin. "I am thankful for those times because those were some great times but at the same time it's [time for] the next chapter." - Reuters
Malas, puro injuries!
Binoto ko si Calderon sa All Star
NBA: Howard ejected, as Raptors roll over Lakers
January 21, 2013 5:37am
The Toronto Raptors pounced on the vulnerable Los Angeles Lakers, dispatching their more ballyhooed opponents 108-103, in a game that was not as close as the final score would indicate, Sunday (early Monday, PHL time) at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.
The win allowed the Raptors to snap a four-game skid and move up to 15-26, while the Lakers lost their second straight to slump further to 17-23.
[Related: Heat pull away late, top Lakers]
The home team actually staked out an early 29-20 lead by the end of the first quarter, after leading by as much as 16 points. Come the second period, Dwight Howard would be ejected with 1:18 left in the half, after he and Alan Anderson were slapped with double technicals.
Howard had earlier received a technical foul in the first for pleading for a foul call.
Galvanized by the loss of their center, the Lakers came as close as two points, 51-49, on a triple by Metta World Peace, but Jose Calderon nailed a 20-footer to make it a two-possession lead at the half, 53-49.
The Raptors slowly began to rebuild their advantage after the break, closing out the third on an 11-3 run, as offseason acquisition Landry Field paced the team with 10 markers in the quarter. Anderson made it a 14-point game, 81-67, with a triple, but Kobe Bryant scored an and-one play in response. Fields then connected with a lay-up to make it 83-70.
In the last quarter, Toronto used a 10-2 run to establish their biggest lead of the game, 95-76, following back-to-back lay-ups by the Raptors, 7:30 remaining. But then it was their turn for their offense to grind to a halt, as the Lakers unloaded a 13-2 surge to get within seven, 99-92.
A three-pointer by Bryant made it a six-point affair with 1:35 left, 103-97, but Amir Johnson scored off an Anderson miss to boost it back to a three-possession Raptors lead. Following a timeout, Bryant was unable to make it two treys in a row, but they got the ball back after an offensive foul on Jose Calderon. Pau Gasol capitalized on his Spanish national squad teammate's error, getting a lay-up to go, but with less than half a minute to go, the Lakers had to begin fouling.
Two more Calderon freebies increased their lead back to eight, matched on the other end by foul shots by Nash. A split at the line by Anderson gave the Lakers hope, but Kobe missed anew from downtown. Fields then tacked on another split at the line to close the game out.
Calderon led Toronto with 22 points and nine assists, while Landry Fields and Ed Davis each scored 18 points in the victory. Alan Anderson came off the bench for 14 more markers, plus another eight dimes and three steals.
Kobe Bryant scored 26 points on 32 field goal attempts and turned the ball over six times for the Lakers. Pau Gasol added 25 points and five rebounds, while Steve Nash tallied 16 points and nine assists.
With Howard gone, the Lakers' already poor defense took a further hit, which resulted in Toronto shooting 54.8 percent from the field. LA on the other hand shot 43.2 percent. The Raptors were also helped out by by a superior assists mark, 27-to-20. - AMD, GMA News
Calderon for Allstar game haha
shouldve gotten smoove instead but i guess gay will do
If they are planning on trading Il Mago, why the f@ck do the have to include Ed Davis??
Gay made his 1st game winner as a Raptor.
and he just made is 2nd game winner.
Congrats to Landry Fields on his engagement to Elaine Alden:
NBA: Toronto's Ross pays homage to Vince Carter to earn slam dunk crown
February 17, 2013 12:10pm
Sana makapasok sa playoffs to next season.
Big V is playing great right. If Casey had given him more playing, raps might have a chance to be in the playoffs.
At least with the raps losing(this season), coach Casey is playing Jonas V more. He's been posting 16.6 pts, 8.6 rebs and 1.8 blocks on 34 mins of action (66 fg% and 84 ft%) as per an article in bleacherreport. Sana this development would mean a playoff spot next season.
NBA: Raptors withstand Bulls comeback try
April 10, 2013 10:57am
The Toronto Raptors led by as much as 16 points, but allowed the Chicago Bulls to close to within two, before winning the game 101-98, Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at the United Center in Chicago.
The visiting side improved to 30-48, good for tenth in the Eastern Conference, while the playoffs-bound Bulls have now dropped their last two, resulting in a 42-35 record, just a half game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks (42-36) who are currently in sixth place in the same Eastern Conference.
The Raptors actually led from start to finish, beginning the game with a 31-22 buffer after 12 minutes, but the Bulls got a Nate Robinson floater with 1.5 seconds to go in the first half, to trail by just four, 54-50 at the break.
A 12-0 Raptors run in the third allowed them to post a 76-60 lead after a Rudy Gay triple. The Bulls though finally found their momentum in the fourth, exploding for a 22-8 blast that got them within a deuce following Carlos Boozer charities, 16.8 seconds left, 99-97.
Forced to foul to stop the clock, Chicago sent DeMar DeRozan to the line, where the swingman made both. On the other end, Nate Robinson was unable to get it back, splitting his free throws, 101-98. A jump ball was whistled after the second miss, and Chicago was able to control the tip, but Robinson's desperation heave failed to connect, as the Raptors escaped with the win.
DeMar DeRozan led five Raptors in double-digit scoring, with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Rudy Gay added 19, while Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson had 13 points each, Lowry adding 10 dimes and Johnson chipping in 11 boards.
Jimmy Butler posted a career-high 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while Nate Robinson used 22 field goal attempts for 22 points. Carlos Boozer came close to a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
The banged-up Bulls continued to play without key rotation players, namely Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson, as they try to find health entering the playoffs.
The Raptors shot 51.4 percent from the field, but the Bulls almost made up for that with a 58.8 percent clip from downtown, and a 13-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. - AMD, GMA News
NBA: Raptors shock Bulls, prevent Chicago climb
April 13, 2013 9:56am
The Toronto Raptors upset the Chicago Bulls with a 97-88 victory at the Air Canada Centre, Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to ensure that their foes could finish no better than the fifth seed.
Toronto, which has already been eliminated from playoffs contention, improved to 31-48 after winning their last two. Chicago on the other hand took a step back to 43-36. They can finish no better than fifth place now, meaning they will not have the benefit of home court advantage in the playoffs.
After Chicago emerged on top after the first period, 22-20, it was all Toronto, as they proceeded to outscore them in each of the remaining quarters.
Amir Johnson posted a team-best 24 points, along with nine rebounds, a steal and a block, while Rudy Gay managed 23 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Point guard Kyle Lowry provided a near-triple double of 13 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists to quarterback the home team.
The Bulls drew 19 points and 12 boards from power forward Carlos Boozer, while back-up center Nazr Mohammed provided 16 points and 13 rebounds. Nate Robinson came off the bench for 17 points, four rebounds and six assists.
The more aggressive Raptors got to the line 33 times, and converted 27. In comparison, Chicago went a mere 11-of-14. - AMD, GMA News