Hawks at Raptors Points Per Game:

- April 17th, 2012

As expected, the Hawks got revenge for Sunday’s drubbing, beating the Raptors in the finale of a rare home-and-home series. Early on it looked like Toronto would pull off another upset, but though the Hawks lack heart, they are too good to let that happen.

- Looks like Jeff Teague took getting shut down by Ben Uzoh personally eh? He was invisible at both ends in Atlanta, but bounced back with 19 points, 10 assists, just one turnover, two blocks and two steals. That’s how you bounce back from a bad effort. Though Uzoh struggled with his shot, he had 10 rebounds and eight assists. For his size, he’s a tremendous rebounder. Uzoh has great timing, aggressively tracks the ball and can jump. (No Bargnani jokes please).

- Is it too early to add Ivan Johnson’s name to the (long) list of Raptor killers? He has played very well against them in every game this year.

- Five more trips to the line from DeMar DeRozan and this time, he hit them all, making his coach a lot happier than he was in Atlanta. Again, his late-season play has to be very comforting to the Raptors who want to keep him around long-term, after a dreadful first half. After shooting 36.7% from the field in January, DeRozan has settled in around the 44% range (not great, but a lot better) and he’s shooting 88.5% from the line over his past 10 games and well over 80% over the past two months despite Casey’s recent comments that he needs to hit his free throws. With less offensive talent around him (Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon of late) DeRozan has also improved his passing and taken to scoring from a wider variety of spots on the floor.

- Nice to see Solomon Alabi rewarded with 24 minutes. He works extremely hard and these final games will be a chance for Casey to reward him for setting a good example, while also giving the team more of a chance to evaluate him before making a contractual call this off-season. Alabi surprised with eight points, nine rebounds and a block, though the Hawks went on a big run with him in the game. It’s still highly doubtful Alabi is back, but a few more nights like this could make the Raptors reconsider.

- Keep hearing talk that if the lottery balls don’t fall Toronto’s way and they pick in the 6-9 range the pick very much would be in play for a proven performer (think Jeff Green for Ray Allen, Jonathan Bender for Antonio Davis, etc.). A point guard would likely be the asking price.

 

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