Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is rising/falling, plus Kawhi takes Texas

Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Danny Green – Stock Up

Sturdier than something that is sturdy and more unflappable than something that is unflappable. As you can see, I have run out of metaphors.

What still remains is an absurd admiration for Danny Green and everything he brings to the table for the Raptors. Green has become the ultimate glue guy for Nick Nurse and resigning him this summer is a must.

Green was tasked with defending James Harden against the Rockets, probably the hardest task in the NBA right now. He did an admirable job, for the most part, a lot better than most players could definitely manage, but Harden got the best of him eventually. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, Harden’s relentless iso ball grinds you down, tiring you out until he can breeze past you for a lay-up. That, or he’ll wait for a misstep and drain a three over you. Either way, Green defended him well and deserves credit for standing up to the task.

Offensively, Danny Green was emphatic once again, scoring 22 points on 8-14 shooting, including 60-percent from three. The Raptors benefit from Green finding his spot in the corner, he’s the most consistent shooter for Toronto, averaging 42-percent from three on just over five attempts a game.

Green had less of a role in the offense against the Mavericks but still finished with 10 points on 4-6 shooting, with again above 60-percent from three. He arrived when the Raptors needed him most, hitting a running floater late in the day to put the win on ice. Unflappable.

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Speaking of unflappable, Green hasn’t turned the ball over in his last six games and is 50-percent from three during that span.