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Toronto Raptors 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Milwaukee Bucks
Patrick Patterson, PF 29 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +13

Stepped in for the injured Amir, but didn’t fill Amir’s shoes. Couldn’t hit much and couldn’t guard the paint.

Terrence Ross, SF 29 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +6

Not a game he’ll want to add to his resume. Couldn’t hit and couldn’t stop anyone on the other end,

Jonas Valanciunas, C 34 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +10

A beast who controlled the boards, especially when during crunch time. Still lots of work to do defensively, but at least he kept his fouls down.

Greivis Vasquez, PG 37 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 26 PTS | +13

Might have given up as many points as he scored, but he kept the Raptors in this game.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 38 MIN | 7-19 FG | 9-10 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | +3

Didn’t have a great game, but came up big when it counted. Took way too many shots when he wasn’t hitting, but did pass the ball enough to get 5 assists.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -6

Played sparingly and didn’t have much of an impact.

Chuck Hayes, PF 16 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Played some crunch time minutes and grabbed a few boards. Other than that, not much of a factor.

John Salmons, SF 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -6

One of his better games lately, but still struggled shooting. Did have a decent game defensively.

Steve Novak, SF 3 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -6

He hit a shot when Adrien inconceivably stepped away from him when he had the ball 15 feet away from the basket. That is all.

Nando de Colo, PG 19 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -2

Played well in a point guard role and may be showing enough to have the Raptors show Vasquez the door at the end of the season.

Dwane Casey

The teams poor overall play wasn’t all his fault.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Valanciunas continues to play far more like the guy we expected to see before the season started than the guy who started the season. The Bucks didn’t have an answer for him inside and his rebounding, which was okay at the start of the season, has become excellent.
  2. Since watching the Bucks tends to be a painful exercise, I haven’t watched a whole lot of Antetokounmpo and was looking forward to see more of the Greek Freak, but he was a non-entity.
  3. With both Chicago and Brooklyn winning their games, the Raptors’ loss, especially against a team they should have beat, would have been a big setback with so little time left and so little room between the teams in the standings.