I had some time to sleep on it and I’m still upset. Nevertheless, here’s some more analysis on last night’s 131-124 loss to the Spurs:
Chris Bosh: Another fine offensive effort, but it would’ve been nice to see him grind it out on the boards a bit more. Sure, he led the Raps with 10 rebounds, but too many times was outworked by guys that wanted it more — namely Antonio McDyess, DaJuan Blair and sadly, on a couple occasions, Matt Bonner.
Hedo Turkoglu: Had a nice first half, was quiet for awhile, then came on in the last couple minutes when the game was already in the bag. In all, a good line (8-of-12, 20 points), but I’d like to see a bit more fire out of the renowned Crazy-Eyez Killa.
Andrea Bargnani: Continued to show flashes of an improved offensive game, but like Bosh, was manhandled on the boards by Blair and the boys. Didn’t help defensively when Calderon and Jack were beat off the dribble, either.
Jose Calderon: Again, a solid offensive night (13 points on 5-of-7, nine dimes), but another poor defensive effort. Come on, my man — spend less time bitching to the refs and more time asserting yourself the way a point guard making nine mil a year should.
DeMar DeRozan: I hate to say it, but it looks more and more every night that this kid isn’t ready. A quiet 13 minutes yesterday, highlighted mostly by an inability to stop any opposing player off the dribble.
Jarrett Jack: Nice start, but not much in the way of a second half contribution. Worked a nice two-man game with Amir Johnson, but like the rest of the Raps, didn’t D up the perimeter.
Marco Belinelli: Stallone had it cooking, with a killer tan to boot. Belinelli nailed four threes, including a dagger to finish the third, and made two sweet dishes — one to Bargnani after a nice ball fake and another to Johnson on a pick-and-roll.
Amir Johnson: His best game yet. Ten points on 4-of-4, five boards and some much-needed hustle in 23 minutes of action. Nice steal and finish in the fourth quarter to keep it tight.
Antoine Wright: I usually like what he brings to the table, but I wasn’t feeling it this time around. Wright committed four fouls a combined 641 feet from the basket and was a nightmare offensively, driving out of control two or three times and fumbling a pass for a wide-open three with the shot clock winding down in the third.
Rasho Nesterovic: Two minutes, two points. Would’ve liked to see more of the big man, especially on a night where the Spurs were getting to the hoop at will.
Sonny Weems: Saw some important minutes and impressed, save for a horrible foul on Manu Ginobili’s desperation three late in the third. Flashed a jumper and finished on a drive to the hoop.
Reggie Evans: Still a few weeks from playing, but it was great to see him up and at it on the bench. Can’t wait to get this bad boy in the lineup.