Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 109, Heat 116 (OT)

Toronto 109 Final
Box Score
116 Miami

S. Ibaka25 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-4 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 5 +/-

Serge wasn’t a big factor in this game one way or the other. Played some solid minutes, absolutely devoured his two blocks, and exited with some apparent dental issues in the fourth quarter.

O. Anunoby19 MIN, 5 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

This felt like another mostly good game from OG, who has been mostly good to close the season. Played solid defense, knocked down a three, and generally was solid when he was out there.

J. Valanciunas24 MIN, 12 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-9 FG, 0-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 3 BLK, 2 TO, 0 +/-

Jonas was really solid in his minutes. Gave the Raptors some great, efficient offense, was involved in the passing game, and had some nice blocked shots. Didn’t play in the fourth quarter, but that definitely wasn’t due to any fault of his.

K. Lowry38 MIN, 28 PTS, 10 REB, 9 AST, 0 STL, 10-20 FG, 5-10 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

How great is it to see this version of Kyle Lowry at the end of the regular season? Was everywhere on the court, grabbing rebounds, creating great looks for teammates, and hitting huge shots. Even took another charge and was maybe more involved in the physical nature than he had to be, given that it’s game 82.

D. DeRozan38 MIN, 19 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 6-17 FG, 0-2 3FG, 7-9 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 1 +/-

This is a tough matchup for DeMar. They have a lot of long, physical defenders to throw at him, and he had stretches when he played into what the defense wanted, forcing tough jump shots. Still, he was solid defensively and didn’t force his game too much.

J. Poeltl29 MIN, 16 PTS, 12 REB, 0 AST, 3 STL, 8-10 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-1 FT, 2 BLK, 2 TO, -7 +/-

Fantastic game from Poeltl. He was a large defensive presence, efficient on the offensive end, and active on the boards. The Heat struggled to contain him at that end of the floor all night, although he looked a little tired in overtime after playing the last 14 minutes of the game and all of the OT period.

P. Siakam23 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2-4 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -10 +/-

Not the best night from Pascal, who managed to be impactful regardless. Had a great transition bucket off a Fred Van Vleet pass, made some great passes himself, but didn’t have the level of activity we know he can.

D. Wright23 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-8 FG, 1-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -14 +/-

Delon struggled with the veteran Heat bench tonight, and let them take him somewhat out of his game at both ends with their physicality.

C. Miles23 MIN, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-11 FG, 1-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Rough night for CJ, who missed a lot of shots that he can make. He can let that affect the rest of his game sometimes, as he did in this one.

F. VanVleet19 MIN, 7 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -7 +/-

Fred was playing great and looked to be a factor down the stretch run of the game, before he had a collision late that they’re calling a shoulder bruise. Really did not look good, and hopefully he doesn’t miss significant time, because Fred is a massively important rotation piece heading into the playoffs.

N. Powell3 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Norm really didn’t play enough to make an impact on this game, but he might be important in the postseason.

Dwane Casey

Really not sure why the Raptors worked as hard as they did for this win, keeping starters in the game late despite not needing the victory at all. Also, didn’t go back to Jonas at all in the fourth, despite him having a good night, forcing Jak to play a massive number of consecutive minutes. Even if he wanted to close with Poeltl, could’ve found a few minutes for Jonas to score some easy inside buckets to give Jak a breather.

Things We Saw

  1. This game didn’t end up mattering for the Raptors matchup, as Washington took the loss to the Orlando Magic prior to the ending, meaning that the Raptors get the Wizards in the first round, and likely the Cavaliers in the second round with them in fourth. Time to face some demons of playoffs past.
  2. This was a very physical game, and the Raptors held up for the most part. There’ll be a lot of playoff ball that looks like this to come, and the depth of the Raptors will be valuable in finding matchups to match opponents’ physicality.
  3. Wayne Ellington went off. He’s very good, and the Raptors didn’t have answers tonight. Sometimes that happens, and Ellington is a guy who can do this on the right night.
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