On the day we launched Harsh Take here at the HQ, Lucas "Bebe" Nogueira undid all my good work by making Bismack Biyombo a footnote in today's game. Here are the only important things to note from this game. The Raptors had one of the worst 1st halves you'll see a team put together. Check this box score:
That, my friends, is the same order of puke that Kyle Lowry was spitting up at half time due to the flu.
Then, Dwane Casey showed faith in a young big and, while DeMar DeRozan rested to start the 4th quarter, the Raptors made a ferocious run with a lineup of Patrick Patterson, Terrence Ross, Cory Joseph, Kyle Lowry and Bebe.
Seriously, Bebe played a total of 16 minutes tonight and was a game-high +22 on the night. He had 4 points, 7 rebounds, and a block, but more importantly, he made himself a threat on the pick and roll, and did a masterful job of being active on the defensive end. Not to be outdone, Kyle Lowry had 22 points in the 4th quarter alone (a franchise record), shooting 7-8, for a total of 31 on the night. The Raptors outscored the Hawks 39-20 in the 4th quarter alone. (Final Boxscore here)
The much-maligned bench that only had two points in the first half, came alive in the second half, and got valuable contributions from Ross and Patterson for the first time seemingly in a while. Joseph did a great job taking up ball-handling duties in crunch time, and DeMar unselfishly let his hot teammates dictate the offence.
Okay enough numbers you nerds, WHAT ABOUT BEBE?
Raptors fourth quarter pictured in background: https://t.co/ewM5YthiQt— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 3, 2015
Bebe: "i’m so happy to help the team get this win." then gives shout outs to entire coaching staff by name for keeping him ready.— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) December 3, 2015
Bebe was pissed during Summer League, he was pissed in the D-League. Dude balled out when he got his chance. Reward him, Casey.— King Piccolo (@IamHarshDave) December 3, 2015