Jimmer played 15 minutes on Wednesday night against the Raptors. He played 6 minutes in the first half strictly as the backup PG and 9 minutes in the second half where he spent some time at the two.
The Raptors crunch time lineup included Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez and Steve Novak. This allowed the Kings to play IT, Jimmer and Ben McLemore together. Jimmer was able to hang with the bigger yet slower Vasquez while IT defended the quicker Lowry.
Below are highlights of each of his offensive and defensive plays. For offensive plays they show any time he attempted a field goal, had a turnover or drew a foul. On defense they will show when the player he was guarding attempted a field goal, turned the ball over or drew a foul.
Jimmer’s first basket of the game came on an open corner three. In the right corner he is now shooting 4-4. Both corners combined (the short threes) he is shooting 7-8.
Jimmer has been making these shots more frequently. He uses his strength at the last second to create space. Unfortunately this shot did not fall.
Trailing the play defensively Jimmer walks into a steal and then does a great job pushing the ball up the court. When Vasquez decides to not stop the ball Jimmer makes the right decision and attacks the hoop.
Jimmer has a good idea here to drop it off to Cousins but Patrick Patterson rotates down off his man for the easy steal.
The 5-6 minutes that Jimmer played with IT only led to one open shot. The Raptors had Novak stay right with Jimmer for most of the 4th and while this created space for others it didn’t allow Jimmer any open looks. With IT controlling the ball-handling duties there wasn’t really an opportunity for Jimmer to attack off the dribble.
Jimmer forces a tough shot at the end of the shot clock. Decent job by Vasquez to force Jimmer to fade away.
Overall Jimmer scored 5 points on 6 offensive positions or 0.83 PPP. That is well below his season average of 0.95 PPP (good for 131st in the NBA).
Two former NCAA Players of the Year go at it and Hansbrough easily wins this battle after Jimmer is switched onto him.
Jimmer almost makes the steal here but the attempt also gets him out of position. He puts forth a decent effort to get back in front of Vasquez and the help comes over leading to a Vasquez miss.
On this play Jimmer switches onto Terrence Ross and after a pick and roll – Ross misses the deep jumper.
Late in the game Jimmer guards Lowry in a pick and roll situation and does a good job of contesting Lowry even though he received no show or help from Cousins.
Jimmer gave up two points on four possessions good for 0.50 PPP. This is well below his season average of giving up 0.90 PPP (253 in the NBA). Surprisingly he ranks extremely well when defending the ball handler in pick and roll situations. In 63 posessions this year he is giving up 0.67 PPP which ranks him 34th in the league.