Charlotte Bobcats 78 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 44 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 21 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | +11

Other than in the first quarter when Josh McRoberts was playing PG, thus bewildering Johnson, he had another great rebounding game. With Charlotte’s shooting percentage there were tons of rebounds to be had and he collected his share and then some. I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, this is the best transaction Colangelo ever made.

Rudy Gay, SF 36 MIN | 11-16 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 28 PTS | +10

Statistically efficient for the first time since the trade. Had a couple great moves in the first quarter including a big jam. Casey didn’t figure out till the fourth quarter that there’s nobody on the Bobcats that can check Gay in the post, and when they dumped it down to him there, the game finally opened up for good. I still maintain he was trying at 50%.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 21 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +2

Let the good times roll. I get the warm and fuzzy every time he does anything, and that hook-shotin the lane against Biyombo did it for me. Got exposed in help defense situations a couple times, but that’s rookie pains blah blah. Should’ve played more minutes given Charlotte’s offensive board advantage for a good chunk of this game.

Kyle Lowry, PG 27 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | 0

Torched by Kemba early and really didn’t exert himself defensively. I would’ve thought his usual ball-pressuring would be on full display against a team that can’t take two dribble without bobbling the ball.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 31 MIN | 1-5 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -1

Put a marginally athletic guy on him and instruct said guy to play him tight, and DeRozan doesn’t have the handles to shed the guy. It says a lot when Henderson is lighting you up and the coach has to put Alan Anderson in for defensive reasons. This is our big-time two-guard and performances like these make me doubt whether he wants the label. DIdn’t get a FG till the last two minutes of the game.

Landry Fields, SF 14 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4

I didn’t know that the poison part of the poison pill contract involved the Raptors drinking the poison.

Sebastian Telfair, PG 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +14

That sequence where he took a horrible three early in the shot-clock, somehow got the rebound and heaved it for the backboard is enough for me to label him as the next coming of Will Solomon. Just joking, had a decent game, especially in the fourth quarter. Good job, sonny.

Alan Anderson, SG 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +10

Was brought in to slow down Henderson (I can’t believe I’m writing that). With Ross playing well, I think his minutes are gonzo.

Terrence Ross, SG 24 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +20

Hey look! If you give a guy some consistent run, he’ll start to get a rhythm and maybe even, you know, perform. Three big plays in the fourth quarter, all this after he was benched in the third where the Raptors were -5. The one thing you notice about Ross the last couple games is that he’s looking to drive-first and shoot-second, a turnaround from earlier in the year.

Dwane Casey

This game was way too brutal to watch for me to pay attention to coaching tactics. Other than the mysterious disappearance of Ross from the third quarter, I can’t find much to argue with. Again, I wasn’t paying attention. Sorry.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Rudy Gay had 11 of the Raptors 22 points in the first quarter.
  2. Charlotte went on a 22-9 run in the third quarter to erase a 14-point lead.
  3. Charlotte made one FG in the fourth quarter.
  4. This was a horrible game to watch. Nobody on either team can dribble the ball.
  5. Raps will beat the Heat on Sunday. Book it.

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    Even though it was against the Bobcats, a win is a win, and I’ll take it and run. Great game by Amir; the heart and soul of the team by far. Did anybody else notice that the refs were letting both teams get away with an absurd amount of contact? Ain’t no way that happens with James and his b!%@# Wade coming to town…

  • ad

    Should beating the bobcats count as a win? Where were these guys against boston and so many other games this year? I could care less about individual performances in a game like this. Unless you are a derozan fan (im not) and you should be gravely concerned.

    • Guy

      When you say you ‘could care less’, does that mean you couldn’t care more?

  • Gudy Ray

    Rudy with a BUNCH of sloppy turnovers though…. that shit really ticked me off

    • DryDry

      Yeah a few times he got tied up and it seemed like he just gave up on even holding the ball. Lazy lazy.

  • Duncan

    i really think we have a chance to beat the heat! if klow picks up his scoring a bit we can do dammage! 😀

  • knickz

    the best part about this game was the #askmatt segment, delvin tried to defend lowry and armstrong kept it real

  • FAQ

    Just thinking…. the NBA is filled with two types of players… those on juice and those not on juice. Amir and Demar are likely on juice to pump themselves up ….. while soft and smooth guys like Gay, Kyle, Jonas, Bargs are not on juice…. ya think???

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jawid-Afghan/100000886463567 Jawid Afghan

      yup just like lance armstrong, idiot.

      • FAQ

        … or Dwight, idiot.

    • EmarErozan

      Rudy is both not on the juice and not in the gym.

      • FAQ

        Life is sweet when you’re guaranteed Tens of Millions$$$$ in your present condition … without pumping iron or shooting juice ….lol

  • terrencethepterodactyl

    can someone pm me a link on where i can download this game, just got back from 6 hours of ball and i missed the game

  • NyAlesund

    We won. Good.

    DD. Really bad. Against tough defender he is always in trouble. I am expecting the same problems against the Heat. He has a lot to learn…..

    Fields? He was the typical Christmas present that you do not want to receive. Unfortunately this deal has been killing us for three years.
    I am not against the guy, simply he doesn’t deserve this money.

  • NyAlesund

    Casey?

    Sorry for him. He is not a good coach. He is an excellent assistant coach. He is in a wrong position.