A day later and I’m still shaking my head over Hedo Turkoglu’s last-second miss in Phoenix. Yeah, my hopes weren’t high going in, but I realized early in the game that aside from Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, the Suns aren’t really working with much (apologies to Jason Richardson, but I don’t think you’re all that). Anyway, here’s the good and bad from Toronto’s 101-100 loss:
Chris Bosh: Played well inside, but like I said last night, I felt like he could’ve gotten more. Was caught off Stoudemire on switches much of the night, but didn’t put up much of a fight when he had a shot on him down low.
Hedo Turkoglu: Nice start, nice stretch in the fourth, but finish the job, my man! It’s been a disappointing first few weeks in Toronto, but hopefully his play the first 11-and-a-half minutes of the fourth quarter are a sign he’s coming out of his early-season funk.
Andrea Bargnani: Would’ve liked to see him attack and get closer to the basket. His decision making, for the most part, is considerably better this year, though his spot up after a pump and dribble sometimes comes out horribly flat. Still, like I said after the Chicago game, it’s nice that a bad Bargnani game this season usually means 17 points and four boards as opposed to two points and one board.
Jose Calderon: Got off to a nice start, so his closing line of eight points and seven assists is a bit of a letdown. Still, did a decent job defending Stoudemire on the pick-and-roll and managed a good game.
DeMar DeRozan: Just because teams leave you open, it doesn’t mean you have to shoot. I’d be happy if DeRozan retired his jump shot in game situations until he learns how to make one.
Marco Belinelli: Made a few shots early but missed some wide-open looks late. Overall, another good spark off the bench, though one more make would’ve been the difference.
Jarrett Jack: Another quiet night — two points, two assists and three turnovers in 19 minutes. His performance was slightly better than his line would suggest, but still nothing to write home about.
Amir Johnson: More hustle and grind. Seven points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes last night to give another boost to the second unit.
Sonny Weems: Again, didn’t look out of place in eight minutes on the floor. Flashed a jumper and showed some athleticism with a backdoor alley-oop from Belinelli in the second quarter. It would be nice to find a spot in the rotation for the guy.