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Quick Reaction: Raptors 109, Jazz 100

Toronto 109 Final
Box Score
100 Utah

B-
S. Ibaka26 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 4-7 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 2 +/-

The good news is that Serge continued to shoot well, and he’s been doing that pretty consistently this season. He also had a great block on Rodney Hood in the last minute as the Raptors closed it out. In between though, there was some less good stuff. His defense continues to be less than great, and he had a sequence tonight where the Jazz went straight at him three consecutive possessions and scored each time, with Ingles hitting a three over him followed by Hood and Mitchell each driving straight at him and getting by with ease.

A
N. Powell30 MIN, 15 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 5-7 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 7 +/-

This might’ve been Norm’s best game of the season, even if it wasn’t a great first half. He was great in the second half, and played a big part in closing it out tonight. Hopefully this one builds confidence and we see more games like this going forward.

A
J. Valanciunas21 MIN, 6 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-

Rudy Gobert is a brutal matchup for any center, and JV managed to handle himself admirably given that. He wasn’t going to be an offensive focus in this game, because of Gobert’s presence, but he managed to play solid defense on Gobert.

A+
K. Lowry35 MIN, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 6-11 FG, 3-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, 13 +/-

Lowry was the early offense tonight, coming out with 8 quick points in the first quarter, and he continued to be great as the night went on. His shot seems to be back now, and he ran the offense really well. Fell really hard on his chin late in the game, and hopefully he’s ok going forward.

A+
D. DeRozan37 MIN, 37 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 10-20 FG, 3-6 3FG, 14-14 FT, 0 BLK, 6 TO, 5 +/-

What a performance offensively. Utah is a tough defensive squad, and the Raptors needed DeMar to take over, and did he ever. Hit 3 triples as well tonight, including a 4-point shot in the third quarter. He picked his spots brilliantly and abused a very good defense.

A+
P. Siakam21 MIN, 8 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 4-9 FG, 0-3 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 7 +/-

Pascal has been so good this road trip, and had another great game tonight. He’s so comfortable with the ball in his hands, and also contributed with some solid defense taking CJ Miles’ usual spot with the bench lineup.

A
O. Anunoby18 MIN, 6 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 2 +/-

Just what we’ve come to expect from OG – hard work all night, showed off his athleticism, played great defense, and made some good passes. More reliable than a rookie should be, and it’s great.

B+
L. Nogueira15 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Bebe probably had the worst night of the team’s three centers, but he was still good. Big blocked shot, set some good screens, and a couple assists from his great halfcourt passing.

A
D. Wright13 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -4 +/-

Not a flashy line tonight, but the bench was great, and that almost always means Delon is putting in work defensively, and tonight was no exception. Seemed to be holding his shoulder after his lone three-point attempt, and hopefully that isn’t a sign of a problem.

A
J. Poeltl12 MIN, 4 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 4 +/-

The biggest negative I could say about Jak is that he missed all of his free throw attempts in this game, but otherwise he was great. Setting good screens, showing fantastic defensive positioning, and being a nuisance on the offensive boards, as per usual.

B+
F. VanVleet10 MIN, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

Second game in a row where Fred’s best minutes have come with Lowry being the lone starter with a bench group, and maybe that’s the best place to use him going forward, as it seems to get better contributions out of FVV.

A+
Dwane Casey

Casey seemed to have the answers all night in this one, trusting the bench units just enough, giving DeRozan and Lowry enough room to work in the offense, and getting a great defensive effort.

Things We Saw

  1. This was my favorite Raptors game of the year. The Jazz are a quality team with a great defense, and this is the last game of a brutal road trip. Despite all that, and missing their best three-point shooter, the Raptors played a complete game, working hard throughout the night and despite Utah not going away at all, the Raptors kept them at bay.
  2. Now that the team is done with this brutal road trip, the Raptors have the easiest schedule in the league the rest of the way. Hopefully they can build on the positives and the challenges of this west-coast swing.
  3. The All-Stars needed to be stars, and were they ever tonight. Great to see Lowry and DeRozan both put together great offensive performances in the same night.
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