Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 122, Pistons 119

I need a smoke.

Toronto 121 Final
Box Score
119 Detroit

S. Ibaka12 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-8 FG, 0-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -6 +/-

Ibaka had some odd shot selection and let Blake Griffin get the best of him in the 1st half. Then, he was ejected for presumably saying a little too much to the game referee. Whatever, he needed the rest anyway. Dude looked lethargic out there.

N. Powell28 MIN, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 7-12 FG, 3-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 12 +/-

Powell started off the game with a bang. He shot well, looked energized and often seemed to make the correct play. This was an immensely encouraging performance from a player who’s struggled for the majority of the year.

J. Valanciunas31 MIN, 14 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 6-13 FG, 1-4 3FG, 1-1 FT, 4 BLK, 3 TO, -1 +/-

Jonas was engaged (as per usual versus Andre Drummond) in the 1st quarter, but missed some very makeable shots and had some mental miscues in the 2nd. This probably led to him not seeing much of the floor during Toronto’s 3rd quarter barrage. Still a good effort on JV’s end.

K. Lowry41 MIN, 15 PTS, 7 REB, 14 AST, 3 STL, 4-8 FG, 3-7 3FG, 4-5 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 13 +/-

Everything happened except the ball going in the basket early for Lowry. He couldn’t buy a bucket until the 2nd quarter, but was rebounding and distributing well all game long. He led the comeback in the third and displayed very commendable body of work on the road.

D. DeRozan43 MIN, 42 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 16-28 FG, 2-6 3FG, 8-8 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 9 +/-

Save for JV and Powell, DeRozan was the only one who had a real scoring impact for Toronto in the 1st half. He kept that going in the second half on route to one of his season-best efforts. Also, OH MY GOODNESS THAT DEROZAN DUNK. We have a new mayor of Detroit. Leave the Wikipedia edit to me.

P. Siakam28 MIN, 8 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 3-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-1 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

Siakam didn’t have a good start to this game. His energy was there, but like Poeltl — he was overmatched on both ends. It was until the Raps’ late 3rd quarter run where Siakam turned all the way up, starting with his aggressive on-ball defense.

F. VanVleet25 MIN, 6 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2-10 FG, 0-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, -14 +/-

Steady Freddy was a little too steady tonight. Then again, there was overtime. If it weren’t for DeRozan’s crazy dunk to end the 4th, FVV would’ve had the play of the game. He sealed it with a massive three to close out the win. Bumped him up a full grade for that shot.

C. Miles22 MIN, 8 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-8 FG, 2-7 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 2 +/-

CJ didn’t hit many shots, but he hit the ones that the Raptors badly needed. One thing I admire about CJ is his confidence in his long-range shooting. Some shots have you thinking the dude lost his mind, until he shreds the mesh and jogs back on defense all nonchalant.

J. Poeltl18 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 2 +/-

Poeltl looked good, until he had to deal with Drummond and Griffin inside when Moreland and Tolliver eventually subbed out. Not his best game. Good thing for Jak is that he’s been as consistent a Raptor as there is. He’ll be back.

D. Wright7 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -13 +/-

Delon had a forgettable game in this one. He didn’t play much and wasn’t overly impactful — doing most of his short work on the defensive end. That won’t translate to the box score. Still, it would’ve been nice to see a little more from both him and FVV tonight (of course, minus FVV’s last shot).

L. Nogueira4 MIN, 1 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 1 +/-

Lucas didn’t play enough to have an impact. The Ibaka ejection gave him some quick minutes, but Casey rode the JV/Poeltl/Siakam trio for the remainder of the game.

Dwane Casey

Lack of execution on set plays as well as a lack of urgency by the Raptors early on gives Casey an ugly grade. The Pistons have been a mediocre team (6-9 before this game) since acquiring Griffin. The Raptors should’ve dealt with them accordingly, especially considering their own recent dominant play.

Things We Saw

  1. A tale of two quarters. The Raptors played horrendously in the 2nd, and made a late, galvanising comeback in the 3rd frame. Lowry, Siakam and Miles led the charge while DeRozan slowly chipped at the Pistons all night long. Overall, it was a wildly sloppy, but entertaining game.
  2. First the Hawks, now this? Toronto needs to stop playing down to their competition. That was an old Toronto thing. This year they’ve been blowing out teams left and right regardless of team record. The Raptors struggled with the Hawks in the first half of their previous game, and did the same with Detroit in this one. They better hope this isn’t a trend as they’re well within the final stretch run of the season.
  3. I’m sorry but this has to be said. I really thought Kyle Lowry complained to the referees a lot. Goodness gracious is Blake Griffin 100 times worse. At one point, it really seemed like dude complained after every possession for maybe the entire 2nd quarter. Kendall Jenner, please collect your mans.


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