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