|Amir Johnson, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +20What more do you want from him? Second game back from injury, started the game gangbusters, and had to deal with the long, athletic, Bucks front-court, or Pachulia jamming elbows into his chest. A couple threes, a couple dimes…he’s the hero this city deserves (sorry Patman; we just like you, we don’t love you).|
|Terrence Ross, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +18I’d be more concerned if the rest of his game disappeared alongside his offense, but he did a great job of rotating on defense, getting out in passing lanes and chasing his man around the screens. I’m concerned with his inability to consistently score heading into the playoffs.|
|Jonas Valanciunas, C Shot Chart 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +8This is not the Jonas we saw to start the season. This is not the Jonas I would have gladly flipped to Detroit for Drummond. This is the Jonas who came “this” close to losing it all with a stupid mistake, and has made a commitment to putting it behind him and doubling down. He was a beast tonight, and did a hell of a job against a quicker, more athletic frontcourt. I appreciate him swinging his elbows when he comes down with the ball.|
|Kyle Lowry, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 10-24 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +15Sick handles, sick buckets, sick. You almost forgot about him from time-to-time with Vasquez handling the ball so much, but as an off-guard, he’s lethal because of his playmaking ability. Picked up in the 2nd half where Vasquez left off and made a lot of things happen. When the Raptors need something to happen on offense, there should be no doubt who the ball should go too.|
|Greivis Vasquez, PG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | +21There’s no question he belongs in this league; wish he didn’t think he needs to repeatedly defend that…it’s quite clear. That said, he made it rain in the 1st half, and makes a legit running mate for Lowry in the back-court. Pretty quiet in the second half, but Lowry picked up the slack like a good backcourt mate should. Sessions took a few too many liberties on offense, but you could see he tried to keep up; gotta appreciate that|
|Tyler Hansbrough, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +6How did the Pacers not have a spot for him on their bench? Everytime there was a skirmish under the rim, or someone getting tangled up, he was there.|
|Patrick Patterson, PF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -6He grabbed the few rebounds Hansbrough couldn’t scoop up. Had a hard time with Adrien/Henson, but he rarely has to deal with opposition A-squad for extended periods of time.|
|John Salmons, SF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -4He actually jumped to pass the ball from the corner, and ended up throwing it away, that sent the Bucks out on the break and cut the Raptors lead to 6. That’s all I can think about. Nando should have slapped him for that transgression.|
|Nando de Colo, PG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -8Good with the ball, good off the ball, set a nice pace, but he’s not as good a shooter as you’d like. His ball movement and court-vision surprised the Bucks who couldn’t make any adjustments.|
Did a great job of managing minutes, but not a good enough job of managing the game allowing the Bucks to make the 4th quarter run that forced him to play the starters down the stretch more than we all would have liked.
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