|Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +7
Quiet and consistent. Came out of his shell in the 4th with the game on the line: rolling to the basket while making a huge target for people to hit him with passes, and sticking to Lee like white on rice. I really have nothing much else to say, he was somewhat absent from my game notes.
|Landry Fields, SF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -6
Not worth the money, but he can be an asset when not hobbled by injury. Displayed a lot of his “awareness” on offense: never standing around idle, always cutting to the rim, and make big targets on those cuts. Rebounding was huge and very much needed. Not sure why he didn’t get off the bench in the 4th, but played very well when he got the time. The Raptors can use him on this stretch run if this is what they will be getting.
|Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -2
At some point he’s going to need to finish a game, and not just any game, but a tight one where he made a contribution to the win. Was very hesitant on offense, and for all the movement and flailing limbs he throws up when it’s time to rebound, you expect him to have a better nose for the ball. I know I’m being rough, and blah blah blah five-years for a big man to develop but I have two words for you: Andre Drummond.
|Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 3-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +7
Not sure where his head was at, but he wasn’t fully engaged for most of the game. The stats were there, but just a little more of what he usually brings could have meant a little less of Vasquez trying to do too much with the ball; my nerves would have appreciated that.
|DeMar DeRozan, SG Shot Chart 42 MIN | 10-16 FG | 11-12 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 32 PTS | +12
The definition of letting the game come to you. Everything was in the flow of the game, and against a very tough defender in Igoudala. As the plays became more important, and the game came down to the wire, he was there making big shot after big shot. There’s a reason he’s starting to get those superstar calls on the floor: dude is making a very strong case.
|Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 14 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1
Loved how he paired with Patterson to give the Raptors a much needed boost off the bench in the 1st half in the front court, and just kept crashing the offensive glass with reckless abandon. He chased down everything and was rewarded with put-backs.
|Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +7
He came through in the clutch in a game that wasn’t promised to the Raptors.; the Raptors don’t win this game without Patterson’s effort in the 4th. His shooting in the 1st half left something to be desired, but the defensive was there throughout.
|John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2
That pass he thread to a rolling Amir in the paint with 2:30 left out of the timeout was ridiculous. Otherwise he did what was needed of him: calming veteran presence off the bench to help keep the wheels on in a game that could have got out of hand at any moment.
|Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +10
Had alternating stretches of pretty good, and pretty bad. I’m having a hard time being subjective with Greivis since I’m not a fan, but you can’t argue that he had no business taking 7 threes.
In all fairness he was missing Ross who is tailor made for this sort of game, but his management of Fields in the 2nd half was sketchy (could have used more of Fields and less of Vasquez at the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th. Called timely timeouts, and drew up real plays that the Raptors executed out of them.
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