|Ed Davis, PF 34 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -15
Easily his worst game since becoming a starter. The overall length and quickness of OKC took away the high-low pass that he feasts off of. 3 rebounds in 33 minutes from our PF was supposed to be a thing of the past. Odds are Ed bounces back from this with a big game.
|Amir Johnson, PF 38 MIN | 8-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | -18
One of the lone bright spots on this afternoon but his real calling card, defense, was not up to his standards. That outside shot is starting to look better and better.
|Jose Calderon, PG 31 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 10 PTS | -12
Jose’s defensive shortcomings and passiveness tend to be overstated by many, but today they clearly stood out like a sore thumb. He usually gets up for big games but Russell Westbrook took him out of the game very early on and he got intimidated, plain and simple.
|DeMar DeRozan, SG 33 MIN | 4-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -14
Has not shown much against elite teams this year. Apparently he was being keyed on, but still lacks the court vision and ball skills to make teams pay with the assist. Also provided high-end avatar content for Kevin Durant fans worldwide when he got crossed over badly, not once but twice on the same play.
|Mickael Pietrus, SG 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -18
Why is he in the starting lineup?
|Landry Fields, SF 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0
Minor hiccup after stringing together some solid performances. What scares me is why he still isn’t trying to take a three when his elbows supposed to be all patched up. He put up one shot from the baseline that looked awful.
|Kyle Lowry, PG 23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 10 PTS | -7
Gutsy effort, did not impress, but is showing why he needs to be inserted back into the starting lineup. He contained Westbrook as well as one can and was instrumental in the Raptors second quarter run.
|Alan Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 10-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 27 PTS | 0
Why isn’t he starting in place of Michael Pietrus? Possesses the type of skill required to excel against a strong athletic team like OKC. Has outplayed DeMar DeRozan when given the minutes. It’s not just the outside shooting, it’s his sneaky first step and ability to make decisions on the drive that have made him valuable.
|Terrence Ross, SG 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +12
This kid is too athletic to not take the ball to the rim more than he has thus far. Wondering if that 3-point barrage from a couple of games ago messed with his head. Not a recipe for sustained long-term success.
He should continue to get a D as long as he has Pietrus starting for this team. Going to back to the 2 PG lineup was a horrible idea, as it usually is, but especially against a team like OKC. Just grow a pair and take Jose out of the game if he’s not doing the job.
Three Things We Saw
- OKC’s defense was a thing of beauty. This is a team clicking on all cylinders. They took away passing lanes and closed out very well.
- This starting lineup is going to get killed against better teams. The ball invariably ends up in Jose’s hands with the shot clock winding down, and there are no playmakers to get the ball to. Don’t say DeRozan is a playmaker, Alan Anderson is better in this regard. Lowry needs to be in there.
- This just in: Kevin Durant is really, really, really good. He just adds more to his game every year. This will be his league sooner than later.
- Gameday: Thunder @ Raptors, Jan. 6
- Morning Coffee: January 7th Edition