|Ed Davis, PF 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +11
God-mode throughout the game, delivered whenever he was fed and hunted the offensive glass like a feral dog. There were stretches in this one where he had Dwight Howardish impact (Orlando version).
|Amir Johnson, PF 44 MIN | 9-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -6
Not to be out-done, he continued his strong form by having a perfect game for a “mobile” big man. Running the floor and delivering on rolls which started outside the elbow. He’s not just a guy you feel comfortable dumping to within 3 feet of the basket, but one that can get creative when finishing once in a while. The interplay with Davis was again great.
|Landry Fields, SF 29 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -9
With Johnson and Davis making the boards theirs, there wasn’t a stat out there which would make his game look even remotely pleasant. Terrible defense in transition and half-court, and whenever he was matched up against Dunleavy, you feared the worst. This game showed that one you look past the glue-guy BS, just how little his actual basketball skill really is.
|Jose Calderon, PG 31 MIN | 9-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 21 PTS | +2
Masterful whenever he was on the court and it’s too bad we couldn’t just play him for 48 minutes. He’s in-sync with the bigs in terms of passing and positioning, and when he sprinkles the game with his own offense, it becomes a model of efficiency and production. Even did a great job on Jenning defensively, forcing the latter to rely on his jumper than his drive.
|DeMar DeRozan, SG 37 MIN | 7-19 FG | 9-10 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | +3
Weak game in my opinion, especially in the fourth when he had a few chances in the second half of the quarter to pull back the momentum lost in the first. Didn’t go at Ellis as I had hoped, not sure if it was a coaching thing or not, but in a pretty big game like this you need your supposed best player to lead the vanguard, not fiddle around with sorties. That should be him trying to take the game over in the fourth, not Anderson. And someone explain to me how Ellis manages to block his shot in a 1v1 situation in the fourth.
|Quincy Acy, SF 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -20
He came, he saw, he -20’d. The Raptors need a backup center.
|Kyle Lowry, PG 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 PTS | -13
Brutal game and even his biggest fans must’ve been begging Casey to bench him when he was poisoning the offense with his brand of narrow-minded point guard play. Passing to his bigs only for three-second violations to ensue, getting trapped with the ball, picking up the dribble too early, and basically cajoling the offense into cardiac arrest. No idea why he got the PT to start the fourth, should’ve been a 1-minute stint at most. The Raptors basically lost a 20-point lead under his watch in the second quarter.
|Alan Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -14
Forget about the anemic offense, since I don’t expect much of him, what gets me is how he lost Dunleavy in the fourth and tried to play beyond his means. When you see 7 points in total off the bench for the team, unfortunately you have to look at his production first as he’s the guy slotted (unfairly) to produce.
|Terrence Ross, SG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9
Three turnovers in three minutes which earned the ire of Casey and a seat on the bench. Forever. Not sure why he didn’t play in the fourth when Lowry was doing his thing, because at that point the floor needed spreading and Anderson wasn’t doing much. Our bench got slaughtered and one of our bench point-producers was shackled by the coach.
Sprinkled a zone to good use, but mismanaged Calderon’s PT and had Lowry playing a big opening stretch in the fourth quarter which kind of sunk the game for us. Ross should’ve played more and Fields less, considering we had trouble keeping Dunleavy in check and Ross can help in that regard with his quickness.
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