Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 109, Thunder 90

Raptors crush the Thunder.

The Raptors laid the smack down.

Toronto Raptors 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Oklahoma City Thunder
Amir Johnson, PF 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2

If there’s one guy on cruise control this pre-season, it’s Amir. Missed a dunk on the break and soon after the coach figured that there’s little point in extending him after he tweaked an ankle, especially since he’s one of the few who hasn’t taken a complete game off this pre-season. Update: GIF of injury

Terrence Ross, SF 26 MIN | 9-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +1

Sometimes you lace up your shoes just right, have your legs in sync with your jumper, get the right amount of lift on the springer going either way, get your handles in sync with the ball, and have enough feints in your game that the defense doesn’t know how to handle you. This was one of those games for Ross.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 21 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -1

Some nice post-moves, fought for a contested rebound and then threw it down, displayed some guile using a left-handed hook (which missed), and was too much for a Thunder frontline which saw Ibaka play limited minutes. Good stuff, real games can’t start soon enough.

Kyle Lowry, PG 25 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +3

That pull-up three tells me that that his legs are back which is all I care about. Traded punches with Westbrook (who looked like a ball-hog taking 15 shots in 27 minutes) and came out looking better. Is it just me or does he look like he has more pace this pre-season than ever before?

DeMar DeRozan, SG 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 9-11 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +1

A type of game that will be overlooked on account of the poor shooting, but the 11 trips to the line in 23 minutes tells you that the defense can’t really handle him. And the impressive part of that is that the defense KNOWS that he’s trying to draw the foul, and yet can’t stop him.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 21 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +17

He’s had some shitty offensive lines this pre-season yet I feel that his movements within the offense have been fruitful. If only he could hit an elbow-jumper. He, sort of, reminds me as Josh McRoberts in Charlotte last year as in the ball, at some point, goes through him on successful possessions. BTW, chew on a game-high +17.

James Johnson, PF 8 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +16

Limited minutes in his return from exile, was part of the unit that slashed the Thunder lead and built the Raptors one in the second quarter. His role in that was hustling, hitting the glass, and giving everyone contemptuous looks.

Patrick Patterson, PF 21 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +19

Passed up looks that I thought he should take. Only took two shots in 21 minutes but did play some defense, including getting a block playing help defense.

Bruno Caboclo, SF 14 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +2

This guy loves his threes, which I get since they’re basically unblockable. Runs the floor well and people should trust him to catch the pass and put it on the floor. Sure, he’ll screw up and look silly half the time but this season is all about getting familiar with how an NBA ball bounces on an NBA floor.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 23 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | +16

Another solid game of the spot-up, pull-up and driving variety. I say cut Fields, eat the salary, and give Hamilton a chance.

Greg Stiemsma, C 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +5

Got hit in the face, supplied rim-protection etc. Doesn’t matter, he could take a dump on center-court and still make the team, the Raptors are that thin at backup C.

Will Cherry, PG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3

Texted Dwight Buycks asking about cheap places to rent in Valencia.

Louis Williams, SG 16 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +15

See Ross. This guy’s getting tuned up and I like what I’m seeing. The Raptors have always had a scoring-type backup guard, but this guy’s different because he’s got deserved confidence in his game. Excited.

Landry Fields, SG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

I don’t feel sorry for him. He’s made more money than I will in my life.

Dwane Casey

Managing minutes well this pre-season. Nobody’s over-extended, players are getting time off, and there’s enough of the main lineup being played together to get a sense of true progress. Gave Vasquez the night off (head injury) and seems to have found a role for Williams, and more importantly, seems to have gotten Williams comfortable with the rest of the team.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors had 6 guys in double-figures. This was the type of game that we saw over-and-over again after the Rudy Gay trade. These are the Raptors that we all got excited about last season – a team built around teamwork, not reliance on a particular individual.
  2. The Raptors ball-penetration can be a dangerous thing. With Lou Williams, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and even Terrence Ross capable of breaking down defense, we’re going to get a lot of three-point attempts, like 24 in this game (38%).
  3. Hey, anyone know why my FIFA is lagging on the PS4 when I play online? I got NAT Type 2, which should work, but damn, I keep getting lag and it’s costing me goals. BTW, my handle is recroad on there so add me.
  4. The Raptors offense, man, I think it’s great that we have so many initiators on the court. The threat can come from four out of five guys on the court, and they can all draw doubles.
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