Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 109, Wolves 112

Toronto 109 Final
Box Score
112 Minnesota

A
D. Carroll34 MIN, 19 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 7-9 FG, 5-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

That this Carroll night goes to waste is a shame. Showed great decision-making on offence for a change. Shot 5-5 from three. Only thing that could have made this night an A+ night is if he locked down Wiggins.

C
P. Siakam20 MIN, 3 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-4 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -9 +/-

Would have given a higher grade if he finished that dunk with 2:39 remaining in the first half. The missed free throws and struggles when matched up against KAT were hard to ignore, especially once they lost.

B+
J. Valanciunas26 MIN, 16 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 7-7 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

He played well overall, as he has over the past four of five. I was annoyed he didn’t take more offence to Wiggins trying to clown him after a dunk attempt. Not sure what holding his legs was supposed to achieve, but he made up for it with a pump fake and dunk where he hung on for a little extra. Earned more time than he got in the fourth.

B-
K. Lowry37 MIN, 20 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 6-19 FG, 4-13 3FG, 4-5 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -8 +/-

Wasn’t in usual KLOE mode for most of the night. Misfired on a couple of big possessions late, and hit the side of the backboard on the potential game-tying shot.

C-
D. DeRozan38 MIN, 30 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 12-25 FG, 1-4 3FG, 5-7 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -2 +/-

Yeah, he put up 30, but I wasn’t a big fan of the way he played tonight. Too many forced shots for my liking. There was a stretch in the third where it seemed like he took every shot. Well below the high standard he’s set for himself this season.

C+
C. Joseph22 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 1 +/-

Cory wasn’t great tonight, but these are now two positive games after his short stay in the dog house.

D
L. Nogueira21 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 5 +/-

Wasn’t a memorable night for him, finished with one rebounds and zero blocks. Still, Casey used him for the majority of the fourth.

C+
J. Poeltl16 MIN, 4 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Did his job. Grabbed some boards, made his shots, and had a nice dime to Carroll in the corner for a three.

D+
T. Ross14 MIN, 11 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5-9 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

Anonymous first half. Made an important three towards the end of the third that pushed the Raptors lead to seven. Frustrated thereafter and sucked you back in with a transition dunk.

N. Powell7 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -7 +/-

Asked to step up in a tough situation. Had a bad travel violation with about 3:30 to play in the fourth. Cheated on defence and conceded a wide open dunk afterwards.

C
J. Sullinger6 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -1 +/-

It’s always a challenge to be productive in limited minutes, even more so when you’re coming off an extended time out due to injury. He’ll get there. Whether “there” actually benefits the Raptors remains to be seen.

C-
Dwane Casey

The Raptors should not have lost this game. The Wolves kept edging closer, and Casey wasn’t proactive in shutting down the comeback. He turned to Powell later than he should have, and kept rolling with Bebe on what was a rough night for him. The defence was a disaster.

Things We Saw

  1. Casey is still searching for answers at the four-spot in the absence of Patrick Patterson. Siakam, Poeltl, and Sullinger all saw time there without making a significant impact. Eventually, Casey even turned to Norm there in the fourth.
  2. Powell didn’t play much and obviously Carroll playing great contributed towards that. Still, this is just a waste of a legitimate NBA talent. He’s a pro’s pro, so the positive is that you know he’ll be ready when called upon and won’t pout.
  3. The Raptors only forced eight turnovers against a team that coughs it up 14.5 times a game on average.
  4. The Raptors won’t win many games where Lowry shoots 6-for-19, and they didn’t tonight. Missed some good looks tonight, so presumably this was just an off-night.
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