Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pound the Rock Stars of the Night - Toronto Raptors 100, Indiana Pacers 98 - The 'No, not this guy....YES, THIS GUY' Edition

posted by Romy Aquino
POUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blow out a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status for the night.

FINAL SCORE:   RAPS 100, PACERS 98    SEASON RECORD: 18W-32L
POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: RUDY GAY
LINE:  23 pts (9-25), 5 reb, 1ast, 5 stl, 2 blk
No! Not this guy!  Yes.  This guy.  This is why Bryan Colangelo traded for Rudy Gay...to close out games.  Rudy Gay nailed the game-winner over Paul George with 1.7 seconds to play in overtime to grind out another win against the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.  Gay had a bit of a rough shooting tonight going into the fourth quarter, but got it together when it counted most, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the final quarter and overtime period.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: AMIR JOHNSON
LINE:  14 pts (7-12), 14 reb, 3 ast, 2 blks
This was looking to be one of those matchups where the Raptors collapse in the fourth quarter.  But Toronto caught a break at the end of the fourth quarter where Rudy Gay stole an inbounds pass from David West in the closing seconds and was able to get it to Amir Johnson for the game-tying buzzer beater to send the game to overtime.  Amir Johnson has been nothing but stellar since the departure of Ed Davis...had Amir not fouled out in the overtime period, Johnson would have likely a bigger factor in this win.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: JONAS VALANCIUNAS
LINE:  26 min, 14 pts (6-10), 13 reb, 2 blk
Welcome back, Jonas. After sitting out 20 games with the hand injury, this was definitely his best game since the return. Valanciunas put in a solid 26 minutes for the Raptors, finishing with a double double (14 pts, 13 reb) which included some extra run in overtime after Amir Johnson fouled out. Jonas left the game temporarily after 'Psycho T' Tyler Hansborough pushed Valanciunas to the floor (and surprise, there was a no-call.) I'd expect Valanciunas' solid performance tonight to warrant more minutes from Coach Casey.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE PACERS:
DAVID WEST
LINE: 30 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast
Solid game from the 18-foot assassin for the Pacers, scoring a game-high 30 points.  West schooled the Raptors' Valanciunas in the overtime period as Jonas was forced to a defensive mismatch against West after Amir Johnson fouled out.  It was a great perfromance for West but his biggest mistake of the game came when he turned the ball over at the end of the fourth quarter, which led to the Amir Johnson basket to send the game into overtime.

#POUNDTHEROCK TWEET OF THE NIGHT:

Next up for the Raps: vs NOH (Sunday)

(Photo via Yahoo! Sports)

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