|Andrea Bargnani, C 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | -20Efficient offensively, grabbed 8 hours but got hung out to dry a few times (no one rotates on this team, ever) on the high pick and roll with Millsap; who burned him time and again. Now, one could argue he was overplaying, but how many times is Bargnani going to OVERPLAY on defense in a game?|
|Jonas Valanciunas, C 20 MIN | 1-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -24Battled in the paint and on the glass; didn’t translate into a fancy boxscore, but the effort was there. Kid needs a few more post-plays called for him a game…meh…who cares…|
|Kyle Lowry, PG 29 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -11Wasn’t taking good shots, or making them, but got to the line a few times and helped across the board until he went down and I lost interest in the game.|
|Mickael Pietrus, SG 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -21How have we been deprived at the three all these years; already the best small forward the Raptors have had since Garbajosa. Not sure if that’s a compliment to Mickael or a slight to Colangelo…probably both, but more slight than compliment.|
|DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -21Getting to the rack, to the line and making a difference. He’s so hard to stop when he’s slashing to the rack. Why jah, why doesn’t he attack the rim 8-12 times a game? I guess this is the difference between a guy making DeRozan money and a guy making Harden money.|
|Ed Davis, PF 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -12It took him almost breaking his fingers for me to notice he put in 10 minutes of work on the court. Dude was invisible.|
|Amir Johnson, PF 19 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6Millsap and Kanter are running a train on your team and you can only manage to land 19 minutes with Ed Davis getting x-rays? Yes, he did some nice things in the 1st half when he got some time, but what happened in the 3rd quarter? Let me answer that for you: squat. Didn’t get the minutes, didn’t earn the minutes…what’s the difference?|
|Linas Kleiza, SF 6 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -2The sad part is that Jose’s expiring, or Bargnani coming off the bench aren’t valuable enough chips to take Kleiza back in a trade; for anything. I bet you the Wizards don’t take him if we offered him and Bargnani for Okafor and Ariza.|
|Aaron Gray, C 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3Casey gave him a 4 minute birthday present; 5 minutes too long.|
|Jose Calderon, PG 24 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | -22Randy Foye outplayed him (and John Lucas, combined) tonight; that’s all you need to know.|
|John Lucas, PG 12 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -9Produced as much as Jose in half the minutes; no one runs the 3rd squad like Lucas does, noooooooobody.|
|Terrence Ross, SG 19 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -21After a solid first half where you couldn’t help but be impressed with his smarts, hustle and demeanour, Casey somehow couldn’t manage to find him more than 19 minutes in a game that was out of reach before Jose handed out Gatorade in the locker-room. I just don’t get NBA management/coaching: players who should be hog tied and beaten get the keys to the kingdom, yet players who work their ass off but need more time sit on the bench.|
Three Things We Saw
- Jamaal Tinsley is still alive and playing in the NBA.
- Randy Foye and Marvin Friggin’ Williams combined for 27 points (6-11 3FG). I had to turn the game off in the 3rd quarter because I couldn’t deal with Utah nailing open threes after passing the ball around 5 times in a row on one possession….Randy Foye…
- This was the worst game I’ve watched in a long time….50 points in the paint, 31 assists, 13-23 from behind the arc…the only thing they did wrong was turn the ball over 11 times, which is damn good, but somehow managed to only allow 8 points off those turnovers; just outclassed, the Jazz embarrassed the Raptors; I’m done here….