Quick Reaction: Thunder 132, Raptors 125

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Oklahoma City 132 Final
Box Score
125 Toronto

S. Ibaka29 MIN, 7 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2-11 FG, 1-3 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -23 +/-

Awful game for Serge, there’s really no way around it. He forced his offense and took over for stretches without having any success, had no defensive presence whatsoever, and shouldn’t have closed at center.

O. Anunoby13 MIN, 5 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

I thought OG was solid in this one. Showed some great offensive poise again, didn’t have an impact defensively but was making an effort. Might’ve deserved a few more minutes, but no need to push him with the recent return from injury.

J. Valanciunas22 MIN, 10 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-7 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -12 +/-

Jonas just got beat up by Steven Adams all night. Took some tough fouls, but he couldn’t cope with the Westbrook/Adams pick and roll at all, not holding far enough back to stop them at the rim, or coming forward enough to take away the jump shots. One of his worst games in a while.

K. Lowry27 MIN, 22 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST, 0 STL, 7-10 FG, 5-7 3FG, 3-3 FT, 1 BLK, 4 TO, -5 +/-

Lowry was great tonight on offense. Aggressive, confident and taking over frequently to keep the Raptors rolling and hold pace. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to play the closing minutes, because he got whistled for his fifth foul on an extremely late call, and then took his sixth on a bad moving screen.

D. DeRozan33 MIN, 24 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 8-18 FG, 3-6 3FG, 5-7 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -20 +/-

DeMar hit some huge shots late, but he was a pylon defensively in this game, and a huge part of the reason the Thunder offense made it look so easy. Got ejected in the last minute when Marc Davis took over the game.

D. Wright31 MIN, 15 PTS, 2 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 6-8 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

Delon was the best defensive player for the Raptors tonight, which is a pretty low bar. He also was excellent, but you could see that at times he missed having Fred out there to help him run the bench.

C. Miles26 MIN, 15 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 5-12 FG, 3-9 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-

CJ hit some tough threes, missed some good lucks, and threw down a massive dunk on Patrick Patterson. Solid game, maybe would’ve been nice if he’d hit another three.

P. Siakam23 MIN, 10 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 5-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 10 +/-

Pascal along with Delon were the only two players I was really satisfied with today. Played solid defense, especially in the fourth quarter, and scored easily when he was given opportunities.

J. Poeltl15 MIN, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Jak got beat up by Adams, just like Jonas. He gets the D+ because he did have one great stretch in the third quarter when Adams was out, where he made a bunch of solid plays for the Raptors.

N. Powell13 MIN, 6 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-4 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -5 +/-

What happened to the guy who shut down Paul George two years ago? PG13 had his way with Norm when they were matched up today.

L. Nogueira6 MIN, 5 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 15 +/-

Bebe gave the Raptors 6 fantastic minutes with the bench to open the second quarter, and then, puzzlingly, spent the rest of the game on the bench.

Dwane Casey

Clearly missed Fred, who’s been one of the rocks in the rotation for Casey this year, but also didn’t have any answers for Adams or Westbrook. The decision to go small to close really irked me, because when you’re getting beat up in the paint, you probably shouldn’t go to a lineup that will get beat up worse.

Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors have a brutal schedule right now. This was a day game, on the third game in four days, and they were clearly exhausted against a hot Thunder team. This loss, contrary to the takes of many, does not indicate future playoff problems as much as it indicates that the schedule being lighter in the playoffs should be helpful.
  2. Adams is a problem for Toronto. Thankfully, there isn’t a Steven Adams in the Eastern Conference.
  3. Marc Davis absolutely took over the end of the game. He didn’t lose Toronto the game, but he made a mess of things and changed the story, which sucks, because this was a very good basketball game up until that point.

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