Game Analysis

Quick Reaction: Raptors 111, 76ers 117

The Raptors just didn’t have it for an afternoon game.

Toronto 111 Final
Box Score
117 Philadelphia

S. Ibaka17 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-13 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -13 +/-

Another struggle for Ibaka today after not contributing much against the Warriors. Had no real defensive presence and what he brings on that end early goes a long way in helping the Raptors set the tone early.

O. Anunoby19 MIN, 0 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -14 +/-

Rough outing for the rookie but you’ve got to cut him some slack. Has had to defend LeBron, Durant and Simmons over the past three games and that’s bound to have an impact. More worrisome than anything was his lack of shot preparedness and general hesitance to shoot the ball. No matter the struggles, he’s got to stick with it.

J. Valanciunas14 MIN, 8 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 4-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -14 +/-

Helped the Raptors pick apart the Sixers PnR defense early but like the Warriors game, no real impact on the defensive end. Embiid was cooking early and sometimes stars are just going to do their thing, but Jonas is generally going to be the odd man out when the Raptors are looking to push the ball and cut into big leads.

K. Lowry37 MIN, 13 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 3-16 FG, 1-5 3FG, 6-6 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -5 +/-

Yes, you can make the case that sacrificing his body helped lift the team late and contributed to the run, but he never should have played. The numerous charges he took probably did more harm than good. Vanished on screens defensively, got outplayed by T.J. McConnell and struggled from the field. No one is more harmful to Kyle Lowry than Kyle himself.

D. DeRozan35 MIN, 24 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 8-18 FG, 0-4 3FG, 8-9 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -15 +/-

Started off in familiar fashion looking to be a distributor but never had the stretches we’ve seen this season where he consistently had it going in terms of his own offense. Probably should have been at the line a bit more if a couple of calls went his way, but frustration also got the better of him. Couldn’t hit from the outside for the second straight game.

P. Siakam29 MIN, 11 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5-8 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 2 +/-

One of the few guys who brought energy from start to finish. It’s so much fun watching him play and if you never knew the score, you’d always be thinking it’s the final minute of a one-possession game when he’s out there.

J. Poeltl27 MIN, 7 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-4 FG, 0-0 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 6 +/-

His quick feet give the Raptors so much defensively, and it’s frustrating to see a guy who plays the game so intelligently get called for soft fouls on a consistent basis. Only real issue with today’s performance, like with all the Raptors bigs, was the inability to contain Embiid. Tried using his length to make up for his strength, but more often than not, it made no difference.

C. Miles21 MIN, 10 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3-10 FG, 2-9 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 5 +/-

C.J. has got to hit shots from the outside to be effective and missing wide open looks is just unacceptable. Had the amazing put-back late to keep the Raptors in it but the struggle for consistency is real.

D. Wright20 MIN, 20 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 7-10 FG, 5-6 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-

Played just eight minutes through three quarters as a result of Lowry’s 26 minutes to that point, but was absolutely masterful in getting the Raptors back into the game. Showed confidence shooting the three and the Raptors really needed that after VanVleet went down. When he’s hitting from deep, it’s pick your poison for the defense.

F. VanVleet16 MIN, 8 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 6-6 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 3 +/-

Tough as nails and steady as ever, but just struggled to put the ball in the hoop. Drew a charge on Simmons and then went right back down the court and drew a foul on the Australian to give him three fouls in the second quarter which says all you need to know about him. Tough to see him get hurt and if he’s leaving the game, you know he’s in pain.

L. Nogueira5 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 2 +/-

Was brought in with Valanciunas in foul trouble and Poeltl struggling to cope with Embiid’s strength, and didn’t really do much to either hurt or help the team.

Dwane Casey

Don’t know how I feel about this one. The players just couldn’t get it going for long stretches, and that’s always going to handcuff a coach. His teams always compete to the end, though, and that’s what they did. Wright should not have played eight minutes through three quarters.

Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors picked apart the Sixers PnR defense early, but after giving up 43 points to the Warriors in the first quarter, one would have hoped they would have come out with a more intense defensive disposition right from the get-go. They didn’t, and dug themselves a nine-point hole early.
  2. When the Raptors’ all-bench unit doesn’t get out in transition, they cannot score. It’s flat out ugly. It makes Miles’s job that much more difficult and it may benefit both him and the team if he can get a couple of minutes with Lowry or DeRozan to get a clean look early before Casey goes all-bench.
  3. 3-for-20 from beyond the arc in the first three quarters before 6-of-12 shooting from deep in the fourth put another Raptors comeback on the cards. This is a team bereft of three-point shooting outside of Lowry, Miles and Ibaka, so when they combine for 3-of-16 shooting from the outside, it’s going to be hard to compete.
  4. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot said about Lowry playing today and the organization has to recognize that if Lowry isn’t going to protect himself, then they need to take matters into their own hands. If they are afraid of fracturing the relationship because of his individual bonuses that are at stake, then that’s still part of the culture change that needs work.
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