|Luis Scola, PF 19 MIN | 10-15 FG | 1-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +20 +/-|
After missing three easy, uncontested shots close to the basket, he just went off.
Phenomenal stuff from the Argentinian tonight. His ability to hit the three consistently has been a huge bonus for the Raps this season, and his craftiness inside is always impressive.
It’s a good thing he’s on point, because if not, the Raptors would be an absolute zero at the four spot (see Patrick Patterson D).
|James Johnson, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-1 3FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +17 +/-|
Played well defensively and stayed within himself. He gets to the basket with ease – perhaps something that Casey should explore more often in the absence of Ross and Carroll.
|Jonas Valanciunas, C 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +19 +/-|
Solid game – he’s improved on his scoring touch inside. But it’s impossible to talk about Valanciunas tonight without mentioning Jahlil Okafor – the young beast who got the better of JV tonight.
Okafor played solid defense on Valanciunas, and scored on him down-low with relative ease. Jonas allowed Okafor to get way too deep, and should have concentrated more on keeping him away from the basket.
|Kyle Lowry, PG 29 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-6 3FG | 9-10 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | +14 +/-|
Good distribution, solid scoring. Classic Lowry.
|DeMar DeRozan, SG 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-1 3FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +8 +/-|
After a hot start (12 points in the first quarter), he cooled down, and kept quiet for the remaining three quarters. The Raptors didn’t need much more from him. I did enjoy his shot selection tonight and emphasis of getting to the line.
|Patrick Patterson, PF 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-5 3FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +1 +/-|
This is as harsh as a review I’ll ever give. It was actually going to be an F, until he hit the three half-way through the fourth quarter and the whole bench celebrated it.
He is a shadow of his self from last season. Not only is his shot not falling, but he’s getting blow-by on defense. He needs to find his game, because he’s one of the very few long-range threats left (that’s healthy) on the team.
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -6 +/-|
I love this guy, but I have to ask – who gave him permission to shoot mid-range jumpers? Really good defense, and solid job on the boards.
|Cory Joseph, PG 31 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-1 3FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +10 +/-|
Fantastic. It’s hard to get by this guy’s tenacious defense. His slashing to the basket was great, as usual.
|Norman Powell, SG 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +6 +/-|
His play in the pre-season impressed me, but tonight I realized he’s more NBA-ready than I had initially thought. The biggest blessing – if there is one – in the injuries to Ross and Carroll will be the emergence of Norm.
The grade here is not necessarily relative to other grades, but more for himself.
Kept a tight 9-man rotation by necessity. I love that he gave Powell burn over Bennett. Solid momentum-building victory.