Posted by: Jeremy | October 29, 2009

Breaking down the Raps


As promised, a further breakdown of last night’s Raptors win over Cleveland (because I know you couldn’t do without my homerish opinion):

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It wasn't pretty, but Bosh got it done

Chris Bosh: Didn’t have it going from the field, but Bosh battled down the stretch. Got to the line 12 times and grabbed 16 boards. He stood up to Shaq, ta king him to the hoop a few times and forcing some ugly misses from The Big Aristotle from a couple feet out.

Andrea Bargnani: Best game I’ve seen him play in his young career. Bargnani was on from the tip, making 11-of-15 from the field and more importantly, making wise decision after wise decision — shot when he should’ve shot, drove when he should’ve drove. If it was for foul trouble (five personals limited him to just 30 minutes), Bargnani would’ve easily surpassed his career-high of 31.

Hedo Turkoglu: Crazy-Eyez Killa was conservative offensively, taking just seven shots and scoring 12 points in his Raptor debut. Overall, a solid performance: Seven boards, three dimes and three blocks and an admirable job on LeBron, who was just 7-of-19 from the field.

Jose Calderon: Two missed free throws to start the year after lasting till late-January without missing last season? Oh well. Calderon had just one field goal and five points, but did what you’d expect him to, handing out 11 assists. Also, loved seeing that fire after the and-one in the last minute.

DeMar DeRozan: Didn’t look out of place in his NBA debut. DeRozan didn’t try to do too much, slashing and taking jumpers — two of which he made. I liked the way Triano used him, too.

Jarrett Jack: The numbers weren’t nice — 2-of-9 from the field and six points — but he did a good job of getting to the hoop and scored twice on drives when the Raps desperately needed a basket. He did, however, finish with a team-worst -9. He’ll be alright in the long run.

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Belinelli, slashing and finishing

Marco Belinelli: Holy hot hand! Belinelli took a hit a few off-balance jumpers and made the highlight reel with a slashing dunk in the Raptors’ dominant second quarter. He did what you want him to do — provide a spark off the bench.

Antoine Wright: Drew a few charges and picked up a few fouls about 20 feet from the basket. Wright doesn’t have much of an offensive skill set, but made a big three to put things away late after catching a Calderon pass at his ankles. Overall, a solid debut, especially considering he didn’t get much work in the preseason.

Rasho Nesterovic: Love this man. Rasho did his job in seven minutes, holding Shaq in check and making both his attempts, including a put-back of a Jack miss in the fourth.

Amir Johnson: Didn’t see much action — six minutes in the second quarter, in which he grabbed a board and made both free throw attempts.

Marcus Banks: He played in the first quarter? In all, 25 seconds of PT, which is enough for me.

Reggie Evans: Didn’t suit up, which gave him the chance to wear the ugliest suit in the history of injured NBA players.

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