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Quick Reaction: Knicks 84, Raptors 107

New York 84 Final
Box Score
107 Toronto

A+
P. Siakam34 MIN, 13 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 6-11 FG, 0-5 3FG, 1-2 FT, 3 BLK, 2 TO, 9 +/-

This was just an incredible performance from Siakam. Not only did he contribute offensively and throw some great dimes, but his defense on Kristaps Porzingis was absolutely smothering.

A+
O. Anunoby30 MIN, 11 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 5-10 FG, 1-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 25 +/-

He does not play like a rookie. Third straight start, the Raptors have won all of them and he contributed to setting a strong defensive tone in this game as well as bringing some early offense. He might never give the starting small forward spot back now that he has it. Was an incredible +30 in his 16 first half minutes.

B+
J. Valanciunas19 MIN, 4 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 6 +/-

Not Jonas’ best game, and he had some soft defensive possessions, but still managed to help hold Kanter and Porzingis to a very low-scoring first half. Wasn’t involved much on offense, but that was because other guys had their game really going strong tonight.

A+
K. Lowry32 MIN, 22 PTS, 8 REB, 10 AST, 0 STL, 8-12 FG, 5-7 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 22 +/-

He’s back. Lowry continued his strong play of late, and this was a masterpiece from him. Controlled the offense, led the team in rebounding, and defended several Porzingis post-ups better than a guy his size should be able to.

A+
D. DeRozan34 MIN, 22 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 10-16 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 11 +/-

DeMar once again set the tone offensively in the first quarter with his passing, and then found his own shots with ease the rest of the way, without forcing it. This is the early season DeMar once again who takes what the offense gives him and makes the game look easy.

A+
C. Miles24 MIN, 14 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 2-4 3FG, 6-6 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 15 +/-

The Knicks opted to foul CJ on two first half three-point attempts, and he sunk all six free throws and continued to hit what felt like everything from there.

B+
L. Nogueira17 MIN, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 3-6 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 3 BLK, 2 TO, 2 +/-

His first half was an A+, where he controlled the game on defense when he was out there. Was shakier in the second half, but still a nice game from him with some big blocked shots.

B-
F. VanVleet17 MIN, 7 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 3-6 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 5 +/-

Wasn’t Van Vleet’s best game, and the team will need more from him if Delon Wright is to miss any serious time. Despite that, he had a strong game on the boards and hit enough of his own shots. He forced things in the early fourth quarter as the Knicks cut the lead to 10.

A
L. Brown17 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

Just called up from the 905 due to the Delon Wright injury, Brown was given more minutes than he might’ve expected in this game and gave the team some solid defensive play. Held his own and played within himself.

A+
J. Poeltl11 MIN, 8 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 4-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 15 +/-

Jak got most of his minutes in the fourth quarter after Bebe struggled a bit, and he came up big as the Raptors ran away with it during that frame. The box score might say he had zero rebounds, but his presence boxing guys out helped the team get a bunch.

B+
A. McKinnie2 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

Played the last two minutes in garbage time, and that was about it tonight.

A+
Dwane Casey

Casey put together a great rotation for missing three major contributors, and got the team playing fantastic defense. Will be interesting to see what he does as Powell, Ibaka and Wright return, given the play of the guys getting their minutes right now. There will definitely be some tough decisions to be made.

Things We Saw

  1. The Knicks have been playing teams really tough so far this season, and this was a quality win for the Raptors where the whole roster contributed. Third high-assist game since the loss to Boston, and it feels like that game might’ve brought the team closer together.
  2. It didn’t feel like the Raptors missed Serge Ibaka tonight, and that might be a storyline to watch if he misses more time. How do they address his return if they continue to get these type of defensive efforts with him out?
  3. Lowry and DeRozan set the tone tonight with their passing and also got their own points with ease. Looked like All-Stars and leaders, and this is what the team needs to take the next step.
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