Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Wizards 119, Raptors 130; Raptors lead series 2-0

Washington 119 Final
Box Score
130 Toronto

S. Ibaka31 MIN, 10 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-11 FG, 1-3 3FG, 1-1 FT, 3 BLK, 0 TO, 32 +/-

Serge has been at his best when he’s rested all season, and he was extremely good tonight. His defense was on point, with the three blocks, and he contributed to the huge lead the starters established, and again in the third quarter and at the end of the night when they closed it out.

O. Anunoby19 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 4-5 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

His poise is just incredible. Hit some huge buckets early, played great defense on both Wall and Beal, and drew fouls in the first that helped the Raptors jump out to their best playoff quarter in franchise history in the first. Not afraid of the stage at all.

J. Valanciunas23 MIN, 19 PTS, 14 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 8-11 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-3 FT, 2 BLK, 3 TO, 27 +/-

Jonas dominated Gortat while they were matched up against each other, and when the Wizards went small they had no answer for him whatsoever. Maybe could’ve used a couple more minutes, because the Wizards have absolutely no answer for JV.

K. Lowry36 MIN, 13 PTS, 7 REB, 12 AST, 1 STL, 3-10 FG, 1-8 3FG, 6-7 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 27 +/-

His shot isn’t there right now, but he has been dominant. John Wall has no answers for Lowry’s presence on the defensive end, and he was incredible getting his teammates rolling with his passing. Has been the best point guard in this series.

D. DeRozan37 MIN, 37 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 14-23 FG, 3-6 3FG, 6-8 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 23 +/-

The Wizards were forced to start paying defensive attention to the other guys tonight because they’ve been rolling, and DeMar took advantage of the lessened focus on him to just take over. It looked way too easy for him, getting wherever he wanted on the court and hitting shots with ease.

D. Wright27 MIN, 11 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL, 3-9 FG, 1-4 3FG, 4-4 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

Another solid night for Delon, who was good with the starters late, but struggled with the all-bench units. Clearly misses playing alongside Van Vleet, who hopefully will be healthy soon.

C. Miles22 MIN, 18 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 5-7 FG, 4-6 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

The stories that CJ can’t shoot in the postseason may have been overstated. Again tonight, every time the Wizards lost him, he made them pay.

J. Poeltl14 MIN, 4 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -10 +/-

He just doesn’t look comfortable right now in this series, which is rough. This should be a good matchup for Poeltl, but whether it’s the playoff stage or the makeup of the Wizards, or him just missing playing alongside Fred, he simply hasn’t been himself at either end of the floor.

P. Siakam11 MIN, 6 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -9 +/-

The same issues as Jak apply here. Neither the defensive presence we know he can be, or the offensive presence that opens up the bench’s attack.

L. Brown6 MIN, 3 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -12 +/-

Surprisingly got minutes tonight, with Casey trying to find a bench solution with VanVleet hurting again, and didn’t really have it. Not really on him though, as he can’t have expected to be in the game, and replacing Fred is a tough task.

L. Nogueira5 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -19 +/-

Didn’t really have the impact he had in game one, and three of his five minutes came in garbage time. Looked hesitant to shoot.

N. Powell4 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -7 +/-

No real place for Norm in this series right now, hasn’t been effective and probably will see little play the rest of the way.

F. VanVleet3 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

He tried, but didn’t look healthy. Missed his only shot badly, had a bad turnover, and exited. Hopefully he’s in better shape later in the series.

Dwane Casey

What a weird rotation tonight. Casey ran thirteen guys, and he gets credit again for finding answers and having the starters rolling, and a little bit of criticism for his scramble to get the bench going and failing to find a solution. Still, great win and Casey has been the best coach in this series thus far.

Things We Saw

  1. Washington has no answers defensively for the Raptors. They tried shutting down DeMar and Kyle, the other guys beat them. They paid more attention to the supporting cast, and DeMar dropped an easy 37. The Wizards cannot stop the Raptors.
  2. The bench still hasn’t shown up, and the Raptors might not need them in this series. Still, they’ll be important as the playoffs go on, and need to find their roll.
  3. Bradley Beal was a mess. -34, 3/11 shooting, and the Raptors appear to have his number both in terms of matching up defensively and finding ways to attack him at the other end of the floor.
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