Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Celtics 101, Raptors 113


Boston 101 Final
Box Score
113 Toronto

P. Siakam18 MIN, 4 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 0 +/-

Pascal is a defensive monster, but he’s still figuring out his offense playing with the starters, and it was a bit of a slog at times, while the bench missed his ball-handling with some of the groups they had. Still, was really valuable at the defensive end tonight.

K. Leonard36 MIN, 31 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 10-25 FG, 2-5 3FG, 9-9 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 17 +/-

This is why the Raptors traded for Kawhi Leonard. This game right here. He struggled with his shot a bit in the first half, and his legs still aren’t completely there(how scary is that sentence?), but he was absolutely monstrous when he had to be. He keyed the third quarter run, and it’s just an entirely different thing having one of the best players in the league on the Raptors.

S. Ibaka34 MIN, 21 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 10-14 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-1 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 16 +/-

There is one small nitpick that I have with Serge, which is that the defensive rebounding definitely suffers with him at center, however, this was a great game from him. More than held his own defensively against Horford, had a great game offensively, even making passes crosscourt to open teammates. Everything the team needed from him.

D. Green32 MIN, 14 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 5-8 FG, 4-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 25 +/-

Danny shot the lights out and was fantastic defensively, which is everything they need from him. He’s been a great teammate and brought so much toughness on the court in both games so far.

K. Lowry34 MIN, 15 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 5-8 FG, 3-5 3FG, 2-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 18 +/-

Any concerns over whether he’ll be a malcontent should be fully put to bed. Kyle has been nothing short of dominant through two games, and was fantastic tonight, whether it was keying an offensive run with his shooting, working hard defensively, keeping guys involved, or taking three charges from Celtics players.

F. VanVleet28 MIN, 11 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST, 0 STL, 4-11 FG, 2-7 3FG, 1-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 2 +/-

Fred had huge moments tonight, and was the only thing that saved the bench from being completely blown out at points, but he can’t do it all himself and got caught trying a few times, and got in trouble.

O. Anunoby21 MIN, 9 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 4-6 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

OG’s buckets were huge tonight, but his defense was even more important. Boston is a tough team, and against opponents like this it’s big to have him on his game.

J. Valanciunas14 MIN, 4 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

Rough night for the big man. Wasn’t used the best, with many of his minutes coming with neither Lowry or Leonard on the court, but he also wasn’t at the level he needs to be in terms of defensive awareness, and Nurse smartly kept his minutes short in this matchup.

C. Miles12 MIN, 2 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-6 FG, 0-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -8 +/-

Is the GoDaddy curse alive and well? CJ didn’t have his shot tonight, and this wasn’t his best outing. Season is young though.

N. Powell10 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -5 +/-

Rough night for Norm here, as he wasn’t at his best and got in trouble a few times. He did hit one big shot though, on a free-throw line turnaround when the Raptors needed a bucket in the fourth quarter.

Nick Nurse

There were some things that were questionable tonight. Not sure we needed Norman Powell minutes against Boston, and I’m not totally happy with the way he used Jonas, keeping his minutes mostly separate from the best PnR ballhandlers. But he came through late with some great decisions on the closing lineup, and made the calls to win the game against a great opponent.

Things We Saw

  1. What a game. This was intense and competitive for an October game, and this was clearly a battle of two of the NBA’s best. A playoff series of this would be a lot of fun.
  2. Kawhi earned those MVP chants tonight. He was spectacular, and might not even be fully healthy yet, with still missing a number of shots off the front of the rim. This is the guy that the Raptors didn’t have in years past.
  3. Kyle Lowry is taking advantage of the space in the offense this year, and has been awesome. He’s scored 42 points on 20 shots so far this season, and has been a monster defensively as well.
  4. Washington tomorrow night should be interesting in terms of seeing the Raptors conditioning. It’ll be the third game in four nights and after an emotional victory tonight there’s the chance of the Raptors coming out tired.
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