Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is rising/falling, including C.J. finds his shot

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Danny Green – Stock Up

What a night for Danny Green against the Memphis Grizzlies. More specifically, what a third quarter.

Green exploded for 7-9 shooting for 21 points in the third quarter on Saturday night, setting a franchise record for the most three-pointers made by one player in a single quarter. Granted, Memphis just gave up entirely when it came to defending him, but Green’s off the ball movement was impeccable. And yes, some of his movements really were taking one step from the baseline to behind the three-point line, but I’m going to need you to stop critiquing this segment.

Green scored a season-high 24 points on 8-13 shooting to play a pivotal role in the humbling of an already humbled Memphis Grizzlies, his best shooting performance as a Raptor, by far. Often relied on as the three-point shooting hub for the Raptors, Green is shooting 41-percent from downtown on just over five looks a game, the best percentage on the team.

Green cooled off against the Kings, shooting 2-8 from the field, which is less than ideal but his perimeter defense really makes up for it. An active defender nearly every night, Green managed to grab a steal and a block against the Kings. Even when his shot isn’t falling he can provide impact for the team in another capacity. That’s what will count come playoff time, Green can defend hard and make his looks. His presence in April through to June (hopefully) can only be beneficial for a team looking to make the finals for the first time.

Other than his Saturday night fever feeling against the Grizzlies, Danny’s week was pretty meh, but that night is more than enough to reward him with a place in the column. That, and he just seems like such a great guy. Let’s hope the Raptors resign him.