Undefeated In 2014 No More: Raptors 96, Nets 80 (GAME GRADES)


Jason Terry POINT GUARD

The hat trick: poor decision-making, poor shot selection, and poor defense. Rough stretch for Terry. Only started hitting shots in garbage time.

Mason Plumlee CENTER

With Garnett sitting out the game to rest, Plumlee earned his first career start, a curious choice considering that Plumlee’s only played two stints of 55 and 14 seconds since January 2nd. He did throw down a fancy two-hand alley-oop in the first few minutes from Joe Johnson and got up after hitting the deck hard, so that was cool. Did struggle with early foul trouble and man defense on Jonas Valanciunas.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

Pierce found his shot in the third quarter, buoying an 18-3 Nets run to kick off the third, but was quiet otherwise and had issues playing as a stretch 4 defensively against Toronto’s athletic frontline.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Wasn’t exactly the explosive, unstoppable force that facilitated last night’s stunning victory, but had some solid moments in the paint. Good to see the strong drives to the basket, just wish more of them ended well. Got shredded by Kyle Lowry on his last play of the game.

Also, his shoes deserve an F. He was sliding often early.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

Had two nice moments cutting to the basket but had some oddly poor passes and drives. His worst showing since his return.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

A Blatcheian night of excellence and ineffectiveness. Committed a couple of bad turnovers in the second quarter that led to points on the other end during a Raptors run and struggled to hit shots in the first half, but wasn’t without redemption. Came out strong in the second half, with two nice blocks (one with solid man defense, and the other sneaking from behind) and a few three-pointers. Then, as the Nets lead slipped away, Anderson tried to do too much with the ball, committing an offensive foul and missing more shots. Hard to pin down a down-and-up night like that.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Smooth, solid shotmaking early but quiet when needed, finishing the game 4-12.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Did NOT slam his arms own around someone’s shoulders and laugh in their face while they erupted in anger, so that’s a change. Hit a flurry of shots in the second quarter but punctuated his night with a bad airball as the Raptors made their third-quarter run.