While the numbers aren’t in Scotty’s favor tonight, they don’t tell the whole story. He looked clearly dominant in the second half after a tough first two quarters. He relies a bit on all three balls as fast as he hits them, but still shows the ability to take over when needed.
An early foul problem limited much of what Pascal could do tonight, and he struggled to find rhythm everywhere. It certainly doesn’t help that he gets so much attention from defense; It wasn’t his party tonight.
The Wizard continues to flash moments of pure basketball genius paired with the trials and tribulations of a young major league player still adjusting to the professional level. After missing three early on, he played remarkably shy in attack, and we lost the look we are all used to seeing a precious attack with focus. He is just too talented to let a few mistakes make him lose his rhythm.
Trent continued to impress and thrive against a defense that seemed to give his fellow Raptors nothing but trouble. He also holds up very well against Chris Paul on the defensive side of things.
Aside from Michael Bridges, Fred looked like the best player on the field tonight. His kicking the ball was essential in keeping the team close when early mistakes nearly finished them off.
It would have been nice to see more offensive output from Boucher in a game where the Raptors were desperate for life off the bench, but it’s hard to fault Boucher for a totally solid performance.
Thad is guaranteed to get a few points with OG’s lost time, and though the numbers don’t show it, the veteran has been solid in his minutes. The 34-year-old hit the deck again and again, chasing down rebounds and rebounds and stopping his defense.
It was by no means the best extra time for the Spaniard. He seemed like a complete loser defensively and wasn’t able to contribute much on the other end either.
A few fuzzy minutes from Flynn, who only scored in the fourth quarter and got quick shots. I think it’s hard to complain about shooting 2-5 from three, but it sure wasn’t easy.
Nothing really noteworthy from Nurse tonight, other than what might be considered a questionable fourth quarter decision. I’m not really sure, though, if that’s fair, given the options he currently has.