Raptors lose after trading duo
ATLANTA—Toronto Raptors’ head coach Dwane Casey has seen enough when it comes to costly missed calls late in the game.
Casey was livid last night after officials made no call on apparent contact to DeMar DeRozan under the basket in the final seconds of Toronto’s 93-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
“I know the league’s going to come down on me for this, but I don’t care.” he stressed.
“Guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out, and at the end of the game we get cracked, apology, go back to Canada.”
With Toronto leading 92-91, a missed jumper by John Lucas set up a Hawks’ time-out with 27.8 seconds to go.
A few passes around the perimeter set up Horford’s open jam to give Atlanta the lead.
Al Horford then blocked Kyle Lowry’s shot out of bounds with 12.6 seconds left. The officials’ review of the video confirmed possession belonged to Toronto.
Following a time-out, Alan Anderson missed a long jumper, DeRozan grabbed the rebound, and had his attempt under the basket blocked by Horford.
There was apparent contact from Horford on DeRozan, but no foul was called.
Casey and the Raptors wanted a foul called during the intense exchange, but no whistle meant the Hawks survived for the win.
Casey charged onto the court with his arms extended, demanding an explanation for the no-call in the final seconds. He still was upset in his post-game news conference.
“I’ve been in this league 18 years and I’ve never seen as many missed calls at the end of the game to cost us the game,” Casey said.
“We have good officials,” he added. “Too good to miss calls and short-change these young men like that.
“And it’s not right.”
DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points. Lucas added a season-high 19 points, Alan Anderson had 15 points, and Aaron Gray had eight points and 11 rebounds.
The game followed a late-afternoon trade which could reshape Toronto’s season.
Long-time Raptors’ guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis gave farewell hugs to their teammates about an hour before the game as word leaked of a trade that will send small forward Rudy Gay from Memphis to Toronto.
The Raptors were left with just nine players in uniform following the trade.
Calderon and Davis were starters but Gay, averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, could boost the Raptors’ chances of moving into the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Toronto entered last night’s games in 11th place in the conference, 5.5 games behind eighth-place Boston.
Hawks’ head coach Larry Drew said before the game he warned his players to not be distracted by the Toronto trade.
Despite Drew’s warning, the Hawks appeared to be sluggish in the first half as they fell behind by 13 points at 53-40 following a 10-0 run by the more aggressive Raptors.
Toronto out-rebounded the Hawks 28-13 in the half and led 55-45 at halftime.
The Hawks finally answered Drew’s call in the third quarter, when they took the lead by outscoring the Raptors 30-14.
Elsewhere in the NBA, the L.A. Clippers beat Minnesota 96-90, Philadelphia downed Washington 92-84, Indiana bounced Detroit 98-79, Boston upended Sacramento 99-81, New York topped Orlando 113-97, and Chicago dumped Milwaukee 104-88.
Miami beat Brooklyn 105-85, San Antonio dumped Charlotte 102-78, Denver topped Houston 118-110, Utah downed New Orleans 104-99, and Phoenix upended the L.A. Lakers 92-86.