|Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +14
It sure didn’t feel like he had a poor shooting game. He seems to be omnipresent on the court, and the “stretch four” nature of his game does a lot to unbalance the defense, notably making shot-blocking and help defense difficult to play. The high number of threes he shot were all good shots because they were borne of Atlanta being unable to cope rather than forcing him to shoot. Got to love how he doesn’t let a missed shot affect his confidence and gets right back to popping out and hitting that mid-range jumper.
|Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -1
When the threes are going in, he’s quite useful. Hit a couple shots off the dribble, but with Lowry penetrating and dishing, he realized his best bet for points is sticking on the perimeter and trying to get open.
|Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 24 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +5
Frustrating nice offensively but it has something to do with his defense. See, Patterson likes to come out and defend guards quite aggressively, and if the rotation down isn’t quick, Valanciunas ends up in a 2-on-1 situation pretty quickly and ends up looking bad. The Hawks sent pressure whenever he dribbled it more than once (the scouting report has gotten out) which meant he had to rush some shots and it hurt his percentage. Made up by having a strong rebounding game against a smaller Atlanta lineup.
|Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +14
They said he couldn’t be a “true” point guard. They were wrong. He’s showing that he does not need to be scoring or shooting at a high rate to be effective. The assist distribution is awesome and he loves to have Patterson as an option to his left and Ross to his right. He’s always been a good rebounder but of late he’s making that a huge part of his game. When he grabs that boards and starts the play, it gives the offense a different head of steam.
|DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 11-19 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 31 PTS | +18
With no DeMarre Carroll around the Hawks put Korver’s size on DeRozan and didn’t really work out. The balance in his game was better and his quick decision in post-up situations help set up an overall strong offensive game. Defensively, lot to be improved upon especially in the first half, but a big scoring game and being the pivot which flipped the game nets him a high grade.
|Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +12
Two games in a row where he’s looked like a rotation player by not playing 80 km/h in a 30 km/h school zone.
|Chuck Hayes, PF Shot Chart 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0
Not needed since the Hawks don’t have any big men that need stopping.
|Steve Novak, SF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +14
We have woken a sleeping giant! That roadtrip has triggered a decent stretch of form for him, and tonight he played the traditional role of vulture preying on dead Hawk flesh as he scavenged for some threes. As Will said in the podcast this week, the Raptors don’t run a single play for him and he’s out there fending for himself and finding a way to contribute. Let’s hope it continues.
|Austin Daye, SF Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3
Resolved the age-old question of “When does Austin Daye get to play?” The answer: With the Raptors up 24 with 2:32 left to play at home.
|John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +22
Rather anonymous, not too much defending needed at the three spot versus Atlanta. I would’ve tried to put him on Teague a little more full-time but meh.
|Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +17
Prep school haircut keyed a nice bump in the second quarter. It was a nice change to see him have an instant impact early in the game, instead of waiting for the two-PG lineup for him to have some influence.
|Dwight Buycks, PG Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3
He's back and dropping zeroes like never before.
|Julyan Stone, SG Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4
Yo man was up?
Good switch of going at Korver in the third quarter, well done again to start Patterson. Way to keep Jonas in the game despite him struggling offensively, might not have happened in the past. Supplied good pressure on Teague and Williams, forcing the ball out of their hands on some key possession in the second half. Could’ve backfired if Atlanta hit their threes, but it worked out in the end. Effort levels of team is excellent.
Five Things We Saw
- Getting back to track Lou Williams and Jeff Teague in transition was key to the Raptors win. Whenever those two got ahead in transition, it ended up in a stretched defense. Raps did well to correct that by releasing their guards back on defense as soon as the shot went up.
- Lowry seems to be thriving by having options on the court: Valanciunas for the pick ‘n roll, Patterson for the mid-range jumper, Ross for the three, and DeRozan as a pressure release point.
- DeRozan was 5-6 FG for 14 points in the third, a quarter where the Raptors outscored the Hawks 33-21 and created a margin they would not concede.
- Raptors won by shooting 40%. This was an ugly game and one where you needed to grind it out against a Hawks team, that albeit on a back-to-back, was giving the Raptors all they could handle in the first. You knew if the Raptors tightened their perimeter defense (brutal in the first half), the Hawks’ percentage would fall, and they did. They shot 47% in the first half and only 30% in the second.
- The Raptors are four games over .500 at the break. It’s something to be happy about.