Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 113, Cavaliers 99

It’s a winning streak.

Toronto Raptors 113 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 Cleveland Cavaliers
Ed Davis, PF 24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -1Was pretty invisible and missed a few easy buckets. 4 rebounds in 24min is not what we have come to expect, even against a strong rebounding team.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2Had a typical Jonas game, doing “the right things” and occasionally being rewarded with a whistle or a bucket, while also occasionally flashing his inexperience.
Jose Calderon, PG 33 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 23 PTS | +7Carried the team offensively in the early going and it honestly felt like he had ALL of the points at half (really just 15). Kyrie got his, of course, but what do you expect? Yet another stellar performance from Jose The Starter.
Mickael Pietrus, SG 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -6Very empty. The “rush” of joining the team has worn off and he is likely at risk of losing his role with Double-A and Fields back, Ross growing, and Kleiza apparently being relied on as a key offensive contributor.
DeMar DeRozan, SG 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 8-8 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +15A relatively quiet 16 for DeRozan, he did well getting to the line against wings that have no business guarding him. He also helped keep the returning Waiters in check.
Amir Johnson, PF 29 MIN | 6-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +16Great performance for Amir, who worked hard out of the pick-and-roll, did a nice job defensively and also showed a nice passing touch on high-low feeds. Struggles on the D-glass were the only wart.
Linas Kleiza, SF 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 6-7 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +5The Lithuanian Bomber wasn’t hitting from outside (typical) but managed to exploit an odd match-up situation to get to the line frequently as a small four.
John Lucas, PG 15 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | +7Great performance for Lucas, who once again added a handful of assists to his point total. I still like him better as PG3 but he’s turned a corner since his horrid start.
Alan Anderson, SG 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +20Kobe! Anderson probably still shoots too much, but after an 0/8 Friday he has been on fire for two straight, mixing in threes with free throws. Slow your role a bit and you can be a valuable bench piece.
Terrence Ross, SG 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +9Pretty invisible playing time for Ross, whose minutes will likely be in flux even more with a full complement of wings now available.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Sorry this is brief. I ZOOMED through the PVR since I was only able to half pay attention to the game on my first viewing (meeting a friend’s baby). Tomorrow’s post-game will be after a more thorough viewing.
  2. I don’t LIKE seeing John Lucas on my screen, and he’s too wild for my tastes, but when he has it going he’s a real spark plug.
  3. Every mediocre game Ed Davis has is risky for him, since eventually, you’d think, Bargnani will be back and minutes for him and Amir will again be at a premium. Can’t squander this opportunity.
  4. Three Cavaliers with face masks is hilarious. BTW, John Krolik’s assessment of Tristan Thompson as someone who does some things well but a lot of things poorly was on full display in this one.
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