Amir Johnson, PF39 MIN | 8-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | +6What more can I say – I feel like every one of these is me expounding on how much I love Amir’s energy. Along with Lowry, one of only two Raptors who seemed to be awake for the start of this game, and was absolutely key keeping the game within reach until his teammates started hitting shots. Phenomenal effort tonight.
Jonas Valanciunas, C33 MIN | 3-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +6Man, the fans at the ACC sure love him, hey? Got taken to the cleaners for a stretch in the first half as he was left out alone against a stream of Cavs wings in the lane, but settled down nicely in the second half, showing his trademark hustle and dropping in a few nice hookshots down low. I was happier than happy to see him finally get big minutes for all four quarters tonight.
Kyle Lowry, PG32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +16Kyle Lowry Over Everything. Including shot selection (yikes, that last one was a nail-biter). That is all.
DeMar DeRozan, SG40 MIN | 3-13 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -2Controlled the offensive flow far too often in the first half; it seemed like every Raptor possession was ending with him shooting a long jumper or passing the ball to the Cavs with the shot clock down low. I’m happy with the assist totals, but if you need 4 turnovers to get to 6 assists, you’re not really making a very positive contribution. Settled down late and hit some key free throws to ice the game.
Terrence Ross, SG28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | 0Looked as sleepy on D in the first half as the rest of the Raptor wings, but acquitted himself quite well in the 2nd half for the first start of his career, showing off a versatile offensive game and hitting a few threes for good measure. You can tell his comfort level was higher with a lower risk of getting benched. Oh, and there’s this.
Landry Fields, SF23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | 0His shooting is coming along slowly, but he’s already the Raptors’ craftiest wing off the ball, and he showed it in the second half, working a crafty 2-man game with Alan Anderson that woke up the bench unit.
Sebastian Telfair, PG13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Only had 3 shot attempts, but I still felt like he shot too much – two of them were early shot clock 3s. Came within one assist of the dreaded empty box score.
John Lucas, PG5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -5Was used briefly prior to halftime when he hit a 3 and played with some nice defensive tenacity, snatching a steal to help spark the Raps’ pre-halftime run. Matchups dictated his lack of PT, as he’s too small to help when the Cavs use Livingston as the team’s primary point guard.
Alan Anderson, SG26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +1You can’t fault his shot selection tonight – was one of the first Raptors to come to the realization that they could get anything they wanted in the lane and hit a few nice 3s within the flow of the offense. Provided a key offensive spark in the fourth quarter that kept the Raptors in position to win the game late.
Dwane CaseyJonas Valanciunas: 33 minutes? Terrence Ross: 28 minutes? Two thumbs up, Casey. Two thumbs up.