Amir Johnson, PF26 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +5An ugly pass to DeMar late in the fourth that essentially sealed the game for Boston, but for the most part played a very effective post-game and was the only thing keeping the Raptor paint from becoming a lay-up line at times. He’s the hidden key to this whole Raptor machine – with Ed gone, he’s the only effective traditional big on the roster.
Rudy Gay, SF35 MIN | 8-24 FG | 8-8 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +9Got his points, but it took him 24 shots to get them – I’m not terribly upset with most of his shot selection besides a few forced 3s early in the fourth quarter. Did a good job with the other aspects of his game, though he took a few plays off on defence and seemed content to leave Pierce an open 3 at times. That said, the only Raptor player who was able to score when the going got tough besides Lowry, and it sure is a breath of fresh air to have a guy who can save a broken possession the way he can.
Aaron Gray, C20 MIN | 0-1 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -2Alas, the double-digit rebounding streak is over. Tough matchup for him, but did about as good of a job guarding Garnett as could be expected of him. Just keep those turnovers down, big man.
Kyle Lowry, PG31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | +16A huge 3rd quarter made up for a rather average rest of the game – the Raps’ floor spacing is infinitely better when he’s taking the ball through the lane, though, and the 3rd was a great sign of how he figures into this team’s ultimate offensive plan. Like Rudy, took a few plays off on D, but made up for it with 4 steals on the night.
DeMar DeRozan, SG35 MIN | 5-16 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | 0Nothing came easy for him tonight, besides an alley-oop pass from Lowry, but this was not his best effort. Had a really tough time guarding Courtney Lee (Courtney Lee!) and forced up WAY too many contested jumpers. His shot chart is scarier than Eddy Curry mowing down the lunch special at P.F. Changs.
Andrea Bargnani, C22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +9First game back and you can’t argue with the effort – arguably the Raps’ most eager help defender and played pretty efficiently within the offense, too. You’d always like to see more rebounds from him, but it’s less of a problem when he’s cast as a bench scorer and not a starting power forward. It is early, but the returns are positive for the way he fits with this group post-injury.
Jonas Valanciunas, C2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3Only 2 minutes of run in the game – I realize they’re easing him back into the lineup, but COME ON. Tough to judge anyone on that little court time, so let’s just split the difference and give him a C.
John Lucas, PG10 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -12He is what we thought he was, which is a flawed 3rd string point guard. Both the offense and defense took nosedives when he was out there tonight – he needs to either penetrate or hand the ball off. Too much dribbling around the perimeter. And for God’s sake, BC, let’s get a number 2 point guard in here, stat.
Alan Anderson, SG21 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -2A couple of makes late saved him from an 0-fer night, but why he was getting burn late in the fourth quarter is beyond me. Played a dismal game, throwing up shots on the offensive end way more than he should with both Bargnani and Gay in the lineup. More than any other Raptor, he’ll need to seriously adjust to his new role with the team at full strength.
Terrence Ross, SG5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | 0Got burnt a few times on drives early in the game (though he did recover on one for a nice block) and was unfairly buried at the end of the bench. I would have much preferred to see him out there than Anderson when the Raps went small.
Dwane CaseyFor the most part, I was pretty happy with the lineups he went with (going small in the 3rd worked like a charm), but WHY DID ANDERSON PLAY THE WHOLE FOURTH QUARTER??? WHY????