Monday, January 11, 2010

Stat of the Half: Raps @ Pacers Jan.11/10

SotH: 13; that is the number of touches Hedo Turkoglu received in the first 21 possessions of the game.

It was made obvious right away, part of tonight's game plan was to get Hedo the ball more often. This was certainly a reactionary move of the coaching staff to the comments our prized free agent made after yesterday's game against the Celtics. After a quick - and usually questionable - miss by the Pacers, the Raptors found Hedo and let him run the offense. And the result? Good things happened. The Raptors were able to jump on them in the first quarter; an extreme opposite to what happened against Boston. Though he only finished the half with two assists (one of them including a ridiculous hip pass which resulted in a DeRozan alley oop), there were several other instances where he either made the pass that led to the assist, or resulted in a teammate not being able to hit a clean look.

Another interesting stat that I have to bring up is that in the 10 minutes Hedo was on the court in the first quarter, he went 0 for 0 from the field. With the ball in his hands that often, he's got to be a tad selfish at times. When he's making his shots, it makes the Raps harder to beat. If he wants the ball in his hands, then he has to make the magic happen from all accounts of the offensive attack.

At the half, Turk's statline includes:

7 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 66%FG, 100%3pt, 2-2 FT

Way to bounce back Turk.

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