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81 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -7

Bumped, thumped and dumped. Three fouls in the first half, picked up another to start the third and soon called it a night. He’s usually effective against bigger players but tonight it looked like the season had caught up to him.

Rudy Gay, SF 32 MIN | 7-16 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -9

Vegas was paying 20/1 for any of his jumpers to go in during the first half. I can’t recall a Raptors small forward more ineffective at using a screen to do something positive. With Lowry not being the greatest playmaker, some of that responsibility is falling on Gay and he’s bailing the defense out by taking the shot they want him to take: a contested jumper. He did have back spasms and played limited minutes in the third.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 26 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -5

He gives up 50 lbs to Hibbert and 20 lbs and 8 years of experience to West. Of course he’s going to be pushed around. Did he play hard, hit the glass, and not stop for a moment? Yes, and given how he’s a rookie and is turning out to be the most positive thing about this season, I feel good about his game.

Kyle Lowry, PG 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -1

Poor playmaking, couldn’t run a single effective pick ‘n roll, and threw some predictable passes which were picked off quite easily. Perhaps the PG was the matchup that was most exploitable against Indiana and the only one you could argue the Raptors have an advantage in, yet it didn’t show in the game or in Lowry’s heart.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 2-10 FG | 5-10 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -12

What’s his excuse? He’s being guarded by Lance Stephenson, a decent defender, but when you’re a 10 million dollar man, you’re expected to do better than this and carry the team a little more. I realize the Cavs game was a nice one, but how about some prolonged consistency. Too much to ask too soon? I think not. I’d ask him to be more of a playmaker since the Raptors desperately need that after Calderon’s exit, but his weak handles inhibit that.

Landry Fields, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

Hey buddy, how’s it going?

Quincy Acy, SF 1 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5

2014 Most Improved Player.

Aaron Gray, C 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -7

His triumphs include a nice shove on Hibbert which sent the latter into the photographers row, and laid the ball in on what I believe to be the only successful pick ‘n roll of the game. Probably should’ve been brought in sooner than the third quarter, given Hibbert and West’s strength inside.

Andrea Bargnani, C 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -15

ACC fans are trolls, they boo the guy, cheer him, boo him again, c’mon, make up your mind. Zero rebounds in 27 minutes look BAD, especially when the team’s getting killed on the glass. He did hit a jumper which should improve his trade value at next year’s trade deadline. He did actually play decent defense against West, including a nice steal in a face-up situation.

John Lucas, PG 19 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -10

Matt and Jack are now endorsing him as a good scorer off the bench. They’re right, relative to any other guy off the pine, he’s probably been the most consistent of late. And that’s the sad part about this team.

Alan Anderson, SG 17 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -1

12 shots in 17 minutes. He might just get an extension with the Raptors. Came in to get his and his only.

Terrence Ross, SG 8 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4

Quick yank after 8 minutes. Can’t blame Ross for shooting since he doesn’t know when he’s going to play next, so hoist him while you’re in there. I’m beginning to think we’re ruining his career.

Dwane Casey

Does not have any plan regarding how the team might get easy points, or even have any sort of plan going inside-out. Going to leave it there for tonight, but his clipboard is looking very thin these days.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Ugly game all-around. Raps shot 18% in the first, couldn’t get anything going all night.
  2. Indiana’s interior defense was very good, great rotations on anything trickling through the baselines, and really frustrated DeRozan, Gay and basically anyone who tried to drive the ball in the paint.
  3. Raps -13 on the glass and shoot only 40%, and have only 12 assists. The latter is the ultimate manifestation of the isolation-heavy play.
  4. Matt and Jack are still talking like the playoffs are within reach.