Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 121, Lakers 107

Toronto 121 Final
Box Score
107 LA Lakers

O. Anunoby24 MIN, 7 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 3-9 FG, 1-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 19 +/-

Grading on a curve tonight due to how dominant the Raptors were, and OG gets just a slightly lower grade because his shot wasn’t there, and it almost made a difference late in the game that they missed a lot of shots.

P. Siakam35 MIN, 16 PTS, 13 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 8-14 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 25 +/-

He’s getting so comfortable in the halfcourt offense, and just a terror in transition. Took advantage of mistakes by the Lakers and scored with ease, as well as being present on the boards.

S. Ibaka29 MIN, 34 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 15-17 FG, 1-1 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 32 +/-

Wow. The best game of Serge’s Raptors career, he took over the first quarter with 20 points, had huge dunks, was huge defensively, and just dominated the Lakers. Awesome game from him.

D. Green26 MIN, 15 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 5-8 FG, 5-8 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 22 +/-

Danny just comes out every night for the Raptors, knocks down his threes, plays excellent defense, and it’s just so reliable that you’ll get that from him.

K. Lowry33 MIN, 21 PTS, 6 REB, 15 AST, 2 STL, 8-19 FG, 3-7 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 26 +/-

It’s not just the numbers, which are fantastic, but he took over late in the game too getting two buckets and taking a charge to close it out for the Raptors. Needs to be getting some MVP buzz with how he’s playing this year.

F. VanVleet23 MIN, 3 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0-6 FG, 0-4 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -10 +/-

Not Fred’s night. Clearly the toe is still bothering him, and he tried to force his will on the game and didn’t have it. Hopefully he gets back to fully healthy soon, because the Raptors miss having a bench that can be relied on.

D. Wright22 MIN, 11 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -10 +/-

Delon looks healthy and was the second best bench guy next to Jonas tonight. He did what he could, but couldn’t salvage the bench minutes.

J. Valanciunas17 MIN, 14 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5-9 FG, 0-1 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -16 +/-

Jonas owned the matchup vs. Zubac, but his defense wasn’t quite as good tonight as we’ve come to expect this year. Tough matchup tomorrow with Rudy Gobert, he’ll need to be better on that end.

C. Miles17 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-6 FG, 0-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -7 +/-

Thought he might have his shot back against Phoenix, but it wasn’t there again tonight. Needs to keep shooting them though, and it’ll come.

N. Powell14 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -11 +/-

With Kawhi out and OG starting, Norm got OG’s role and it was a struggle. Didn’t really bring much to the table at either end of the floor tonight.

Nick Nurse

Clearly had his starters ready to play, even without Leonard, and had an offensive gameplan to take advantage of the defensive lapses of the Lakers. On the other hand, the bench struggles are real and Nurse needs to find a plan to get those players going too. Kept the minutes as low as he could afford with another game tomorrow night, which is nice.

Things We Saw

  1. The first quarter was incredible. The Raptors came out on fire and the Lakers couldn’t find any solutions at either end. This game wasn’t as close as the final score, and the bench struggles are the only reason it wasn’t much, much worse.
  2. The Raptors put up 121 points and didn’t shoot that well. 10/35 from three-point range, and a lot of those were good looks that will go down if they keep creating and shooting them.
  3. Kawhi missed this game with the sore foot injury, but he’s making the trip to Utah and might be available for tomorrow’s game.
  4. Again, Kyle Lowry is incredible. Was the best player in this game tonight, with LeBron on the other team.
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