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Denver Nuggets 112 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Toronto Raptors
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 34 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -5

Got the start ahead of Johnson with Casey thinking he’d perform equally well as a starter as a bench player, but ended up having his usual game and the starting lineup change had a net effect of zero.

Rudy Gay, SF 38 MIN | 10-23 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | 0

Shot poorly, killed any offensive continuity the Raptors had in the first half, and made up for his poor shooting numbers with meaningless points late.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 37 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +5

Decided to get his and took a lot of shots (for him). Solid game and has figured out that on this team nobody’s looking out for him so he’s got to do it himself.

Kyle Lowry, PG 39 MIN | 5-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | -13

Poor shooting night, got burned defensively multiple times but showed good ball-distribution in some situations. Overall, 9 threes is a bit too perimetery for my liking, even if he does shoot a high percentage from there. If he’s launching jumpers at sight, it sets a bad example.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 35 MIN | 5-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -9

All-Star baby.

Amir Johnson, PF 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -16

Suffered as a bench player, Casey’s move backfired.

Steve Novak, SF 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -12

Productive in a short spell. Unfortunately, he’s out there as part of random units where he doesn’t quite know where his shot is going to come from.

Julyan Stone, SG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

With Augustin and Buycks out, Stone stepped in and did nothing.

Terrence Ross, SG 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -19

Sporadic shooting, suspect defense, and little that will restore your faith in him. Still though, it’s baby steps with him and hopefully one day he’ll be capable enough to become a rotation player.

Quincy Acy, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Why DNPCD?

Dwane Casey

That lineup change was pointless, it resulted in the bench getting outscored 72-16 and outrebounded 26-7. You can officially start the countdown till he gets canned. Time to brush up the resume because Masai Ujiri won’t stand for this, not after preaching how this team was going to “kick your ass” on early Sunday afternoons.

Two Things We Saw

  1. I heard this game on the radio so I saw nothing.
  2. Enough Raptors stuff, come play some real ball in the RR 3-on-3 tournament – sign up now.