I talked some trash about the Bobcats in the game thread, but this game reminded me that they still have more young talent than the Raptors so I really shouldn’t throw stones. They seemed to keep the Raptors at arms-length all game long and finished the job with some key defensive plays in the last two minutes.
There was an intensity to this game like both teams were fighting for a playoff spot. The Bobcats are absolutely playing for a playoff spot, while the two hardest working Raptors today — Reggie Evans and Leandro Barbosa — could both be free agents depending on whether Barbosa decides to decline his player option for next season. Regardless, while the quality of play wasn’t particularly high, the intensity was surprising considering the teams involved.
D.J. Augustin was definitely the star of this game and he had his way with Jose Calderon whenever they were matched up. Augustin is quick, he can make open shots, and it’s becoming clear I wrote him off too early. Gerald Henderson is another potential bust who has broken out lately, and his 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting and four steals give Bobcats fans some hope that they have a good backcourt foundation going forward.
As we’ve seen multiple times this season, the Raptors don’t have players who execute in late-game situations when the score is close. Even if they did, I’m not confident Jay Triano would be able to draw up plays that would get the most out of them. Nothing new here, right? We’re just playing out the string.
Raptors Player of the Game: Reggie Evans — 29 Min, 6 Pts, 2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt 2-3 FT, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO
Bobcats Player of the Game: D.J. Augustin — 34 Min, 23 Pts, 8-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt 4-4 FT, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO
Goat of the Game: Leandro Barbosa — 23 Min, 15 Pts, 6-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt 1-1 FT, 0 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl 3 TO