Jonas Valanciunas was the hero during a 96-92 overtime Game 2 win over the Heat on Thursday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 38 minutes.
He was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. Valanciunas only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point.
Kyle Lowry struggled yet again on Thursday against the Heat, making 7-of-22 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 47 minutes.
He also had too many mistakes even in the non-shooting side of things. After Game 1, Lowry stayed on the court until 1:00 in the morning and it didn't really help him here. His poor shooting night dropped his true shooting percentage of 39.9 in the postseason despite making 14-of-28 on mid-range shots. If the Raptors want to win this series, Lowry has to snap out of this funk.
DeMar DeRozan made 9-of-24 from the field for 20 points with eight rebounds, one assist and three steals against the Heat on Thursday.
He had a brace on his thumb for this game, but that's probably not why he struggled so much. DeRozan was just 2-of-8 from the line to drop his postseason efficiency to a horrific 40.3 true shooting percentage. Plus, he only has a 6.5 rebounding rate. He'll head to Miami for Game 3 and 4, which could be a bad sign based on how awful he was on the road in the first series.
DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points with five rebounds, one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.
The scoring output ties his best for the season. While Carroll's offense was great, his defense wasn't quite up to his high standards. He's now played at least 37 minutes in three straight games and seems locked in as the main option at power forward now in this series. He's still a nice value play in DFS.
Dwyane Wade scored 17 points in a 96-92 overtime Game 2 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
He hurt his leg after an awkward landing and with Jonas Valanciunas falling on him. Wade's been dealing with a left knee issue and it seems like this injury was unrelated. The bigger problem for the Heat was their 21 turnovers in this loss in a game they probably should've won. They'll head to Miami for Game 3 with this series all tied up 1-1.
Goran Dragic scored 20 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers against the Raptors on Thursday.
He received three stitches on the inside of his lip and five on the outside. Dragic's bottom teeth went through his lip and to make matters worse he was charged with a blocking foul on the play. Dragic hit a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation and is dominating Kyle Lowry on both ends.
Hassan Whiteside played 39 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals, three blocks, four turnovers and four fouls.
He looked to have hurt his left elbow in the game, but he didn't need to miss time. Although, Whiteside did not look very healthy in this game with Jonas Valanciunas beating him to rebounds and with a number of easy buckets. Whiteside's knee is likely a bigger concern and he's now playing huge minutes with 39 in Game 1 and 2.
DeMar DeRozan was warming up with a small brace on his right thumb.
He twisted his thumb late in Game 1, so it'll be interesting to see if this affects his shooting. DeRozan has been a disaster with efficiency with only a 40.9 true shooting percentage.