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Quick Reaction: Nets 87, Raptors 120

Brooklyn 87 Final
Box Score
120 Toronto

S. Ibaka28 MIN, 18 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 8-15 FG, 2-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 33 +/-

It’s been great to see Serge over the past couple weeks really find his footing, and he was great tonight. Aggressively hunted rebounds, got a couple assists, and hit his shots. Also showed his growing chemistry with Jonas, which is a nice development.

O. Anunoby22 MIN, 3 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1-4 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 33 +/-

OG has shown that he can have an impact without filling the box score. He gives space for everyone else to work in the starters, and fills in everywhere else when he’s needed. Had a great dump off to JV in the first for a dunk, played solid defense, and was generally a huge positive again.

J. Valanciunas22 MIN, 14 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 7-11 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 33 +/-

Aside from being maybe a little overzealous on his stepback three attempt, was a masterful offensive performance from Jonas here. The team put him in great positions to score and he took advantage. He’s been a big beneficiary of the starting lineup figuring things out lately.

K. Lowry31 MIN, 10 PTS, 10 REB, 12 AST, 4 STL, 4-9 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 37 +/-

Kyle routinely makes it look a little too easy to just put up great numbers. Stayed on the floor in garbage time to finish the triple double, and you can debate the merits of that, but 12 assists with 4 steals and just one turnover is impressive and he ran the offense smoothly in this game.

D. DeRozan29 MIN, 31 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 14-19 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 38 +/-

This season DeMar has been great at taking what defenses offer him, and what Brooklyn showed him was not a whole lot of resistance tonight. He took advantage scoring everywhere and making it look simple. Kept himself willing to pass out and create for others when he didn’t have a great option as well.

J. Poeltl26 MIN, 11 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5-7 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-3 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

Managed in garbage time to get his plus/minus back to even, and he scored efficiently(as he always does), but this wasn’t a great Jak game. Struggled defensively in the first half when the bench let the Nets back into the game, and needs to be a bigger presence in the paint like he was earlier in the season. Also has to get his foul rate down.

N. Powell22 MIN, 11 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 5-7 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

He definitely made up for his early struggles in garbage time, as well as hitting a couple shots as the Raptors got the lead back in the second, but he’s been part of the second unit struggling to score and was again tonight when the team went with five bench guys in the first half. Still, managed to find his way to an efficient scoring night to go with some assists and boards.

P. Siakam20 MIN, 6 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3-9 FG, 0-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

Unfortunately for the Raptors, Pascal’s shot from outside just isn’t falling anymore lately, and that’s really closed off the spacing in the bench units. Went 0-5 from deep tonight, and if he’s going to shoot that much, he has to hit a couple.

D. Wright16 MIN, 7 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Made his return from the shoulder injury in this game, and had an impact on the bench offense while he was out there. Hopefully as he gets back into the flow of things he can make the difference to bring this back to being a plus bench unit.

F. VanVleet13 MIN, 7 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -10 +/-

Fred has to find a way to get back to being a net positive for the team. A few weeks ago he was the league leader in net rating, and lately he just hasn’t been running the offense well at all for the second unit. Scored efficiently tonight, but the offense looked rough when he was the primary creator.

A. McKinnie7 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

Got some garbage time minutes in this game and managed to be a net positive, missed his only shot though. Worked hard when he was out there.

L. Brown4 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

It was good to see Lorenzo show a willingness to shoot when he was on the floor this time, even if he missed the three he got in the late minutes.

Dwane Casey

The starters are working, and credit Casey with that. Has to figure out a way to either get the bench units going or stagger Kyle and DeMar’s minutes to always have an offensive guy on the floor against better opposition.

Things We Saw

  1. Great to see Delon back, and with him came some offensive cohesiveness to a bench that had been sorely lacking it. Still not a great night for them, but some positive signs for going forward were there.
  2. The disparity in talent with the starting lineups of these two teams was evident tonight, and that was the story. The Raptors starters are simply better and played to their level, leaving this game out of contention.
  3. DeMarre Carroll was in the building but not dressed for the Nets, after playing last night against the Knicks. It’s understandable given his injury history that he took the night off for rest, against a tough opponent, for a Nets team trying to find wins wherever they can this year.
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