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98 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 37 MIN | 7-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +27

Amir was a warrior tonight, playing through some flu symptoms to come up with 19 points and 16 boards, while holding Blake Griffin to 17 and 9. He could have a lot of nights like this starting at power forward.

Landry Fields, SF 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5

Celebrated his last night in the starting lineup with his usual good all-round effort, especially on defence. Will be interesting to see how we adapts to the bench, but his passing might help Terrence Ross moving forward. Hit his first three of the season too.

Aaron Gray, C 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10

Another great contribution from Aaron Gray, he's definitely on a roll. Will probably continue to start for a while until Valanciunas gets comfortable again.

Kyle Lowry, PG 32 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +28

Exactly what we needed to see from Lowry. Played under control, no turnovers and eight assists. Didn't force shots, and played solid defence. Looked very comfortable deferring to Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan on offence. Could play better but he gets the "plus" for the win.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +31

DeRozan is going to see a lot more open looks with Rudy Gay in the lineup, and tonight he took advantage. Also flashed his all-around game with 7 assists. Even looks to be finally developing his three point shot a little.

Rudy Gay, SF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +20

Fantastic debut from Rudy Gay. Looked very comfortable, and affected the game on both sides of the ball. Can really be a factor at power forward when the Raptors go small. Having Gay as the first option made everyone else look a lot better.

Quincy Acy, SF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -2

Surprised he didn't see a few more garbage minutes. Casey has to be careful not to burn out Amir.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +14

Had some impact in a few minutes. Showed his intensity with a few big rebounds and a hard foul. Seems like opposing teams forwards really don't like playing against him.

John Lucas, PG 19 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3

Had a great game, under control and shooting late in the clock. Only reason the Raptors should be looking for a PG is Lowry's health, not Lucas' play.

Alan Anderson, SG 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Brought intensity in a much smaller role, now that Gay is here. Hopefully he will jack them up a little less now, but love the leadership and defence.

Terrence Ross, SG 15 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Not much other than the huge dunk, but again, lot less opportunities for him on offence now that Gay is a Raptor. Just keep bringing the D and the occasional shot kid.

Linas Kleiza, SF DNP SORE RIGHT KNEE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

DNP

Mickael Pietrus, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

DNP

Dwane Casey

Pressure will be on him to start winning more games now, but he's off to a good start. Seemed eager to use Gay at PF which can be a real advantage to the Raptors.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Saw a small ball lineup of Lowry-Ross-DeRozan-Gay-AJohnson which is probably the most athletic five players the Raptors have ever put on the court together.
  2. Gay looked very comfortable with the ball in his hands at key times, and the Raptors didn't falter at all with the lead, as has been their reputation.
  3. DeRozan probably hasn't seen that much space in years. Even showed he could hit the open three a couple times.
  4. Amir Johnson needs to stay in the starting power forward spot. He'll still get some minutes at centre, but nice to see Valanciunas back and Gray contributing some good minutes.
  5. Wonder how many re-evaluations of the Gay trade we will see from Raptors media/bloggers. Lots of criticism of the trade, but for one night at least, everything came up Colangelo. Raptors are suddenly one of the most athletic teams in the league, and look poised for a possible playoff run.