Fan Duel Toronto Raptors

Quick Reaction: Cavaliers 113, Raptors 112 (OT), Cavaliers lead series 1-0

We just gave up home court advantage.  So much for the #1 seed. Cleveland 113 Final Box Score 112 Toronto F S. Ibaka29 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 3-8 FG, 0-3 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/- Looked like Patrick Patterson – timid, unsure, shaky jumper, inconsistent D,…

We just gave up home court advantage.  So much for the #1 seed.

Box Score

S. Ibaka29 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 3-8 FG, 0-3 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-

Looked like Patrick Patterson – timid, unsure, shaky jumper, inconsistent D, useless grimaces. Sit the fuck down. Only good thing he did was draw that foul on LeBron and even that took like 10 minutes.

O. Anunoby30 MIN, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 6 +/-

Rookie hit some shots, guarded LBJ as well as he could and moved without the ball. We shouldn’t have to rely on contributions beyond what he had to win this game.

J. Valanciunas34 MIN, 21 PTS, 21 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 7-19 FG, 0-1 3FG, 7-9 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, -1 +/-

Beast throughout and Cleveland had no answer for him. They’ll say he struggled in the fourth, I’d say he missed three tap-ins to win it which makes his FG look bad in the final quarter. Should’ve had more even touches than he did, especially when the offense was looking like it couldn’t throw a rock in the ocean. Huge rebounding game as well, and the only consistent threat that Cleveland had to deal with. That late miss will haunt him.

K. Lowry40 MIN, 18 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 6-12 FG, 3-6 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, 2 +/-

High-energy play all night long and looked compose. Those four TOs will stick out because he was tad bit careless with the ball. Impressive defensive pressure applied in the first half, but you have to wonder if he was gassed playing 40 high-intensity minutes.

D. DeRozan40 MIN, 22 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 10-20 FG, 0-4 3FG, 2-3 FT, 3 BLK, 2 TO, 2 +/-

I had trouble finding him on the court today. The numbers look OK but he was anonymous for large sets of the game and with the game on the line, passed to FVV instead of going up and trying to draw a foul. You could make a case either way. In the fourth, though, when the Raps offense was struggling, all him and Casey could offer was freestylin’ Sam Mitchell-type ball. Defensively, had a decent stint late on, but overall poor chasing J.R Smith and Korver.

P. Siakam22 MIN, 11 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 4-5 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-5 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -5 +/-

Some low-basketball IQ plays – picking up cheap defensive fouls, not pulling up sooner and picking up a charge for no good reason…but…made it all up for how he ended the third. Was the sole reason Cleveland didn’t take the lead into the fourth after Casey deployed an all-bench unit. Hustle plays inside, great defensive on guards, the guy had a lovely spell there.

C. Miles21 MIN, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

Lost Korver defensively a few times, a bit surprising because theoretically they’re the same type of player and he should know his way around screens better. On offense, too static throughout. Needs to move without the ball better instead of just camping out for a three – peek at OG’s notebook more. The line looks OK but could’ve been more productive as Cleveland was offering up space outside to deal with JV inside.

J. Poeltl17 MIN, 4 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

His step backwards in the post-season continues and he he look soft out there, like he doesn’t belong. His only bright spot came up in some face-up situations on the perimeter, and other than that he couldn’t finish inside or set a half-decent screen.

D. Wright16 MIN, 5 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Didn’t have the chance to create off the dribble much as the offense didn’t really initiate through him, and Cleveland not having any great PGs means the spotlight isn’t on him defensively either. I would like to see him check Korver in the series to make most of his defensive ability. Did hit a big three, though.

F. VanVleet15 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-7 FG, 1-5 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -7 +/-

His composing presence was felt in the first half when he quarterbacked the Raptors through a good stretch, and then again at the start of the fourth when another bench unit held their own and gave the starters a huge breather. Did miss two massive chances to win the game so that’s going to bring his grade down.

Dwane Casey

Can’t inbound the ball out of a timeout in a one point game with two minutes left. Arguably brought the starters in too late while Cleveland came back. Offense looked like absolute shit for the majority of the second half, especially the fourth. Defensive switches looked like they were happening a bit randomly with players being unprepared for them, resulting in Cavs taking advantage mid-switch a lot. I don’t know, he didn’t do anything much to give us a chanced.

Things We Saw

  1. We relied on the bench for too long towards the end of the fourth and start of the third when Cleveland came back. This play hurt:

  2. No idea why Casey’s choosing to play three bigs at the same time as that’s a lineup that isn’t tested enough and not balanced enough to produce anything consistently, and gives up quickness defensively. The rotations were a mess.
  3. Here’s the multiple chances we had to win it in regulation:

  4. Cavs didn’t take a lead in this game till OT. That hurts the most. Once we went to OT, the feeling of a L was inevitable. Cavs had all the momentum and the Raptors had limped their way to a tie in the fourth. Basically, protecting the lead instead of building on it.