Quick Reaction: Raptors 113, Warriors 93

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Toronto 113 Final
Box Score
93 Golden State

P. Siakam35 MIN, 13 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 5-10 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 5 TO, 15 +/-

The turnovers. Devlin and Armstrong told no lies. Teams are slowly starting to figure out how important Siakam is to this team. His play initiation, scoring, defense, energy, floor spacing, inside presence. Warriors knew it and bogged down. Siakam, to his fault, realized this too late. Still played absolutely terrific defense and was energetic as ever.

D. Green31 MIN, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 6-11 FG, 1-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 12 +/-

Danny did everything tonight. Like Siakam, he had a massive task defensively going from Klay to Curry to even KD at times. Took advantage of his Curry matchup, too. Still can’t believe this guy was a throw-in by the Spurs. What were they thinking? Thanks for another robbery, Masai. Ujiri’s wanted level should be five stars.

S. Ibaka29 MIN, 20 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 7-15 FG, 0-3 3FG, 6-6 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 12 +/-

I don’t know how many times I have to repeat this, but Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila is a brand-new man. I’m talking like, tag still on him without a single scuff in sight. Ibaka turned back the clock this year and continues to turn out incredible performances. Both ends, dominating his matchups. Right now, he’s well worth that $22.9M/year left on his deal.

K. Lowry38 MIN, 23 PTS, 5 REB, 12 AST, 3 STL, 9-18 FG, 2-7 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 17 +/-

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw my thoughts on the Lowry situation. He was ice-cold and hindering the team for weeks with his awful play. I proposed to bench him (for physical and mental reasons) for LAC and prepare him for this game. Guess what? The LAC game revived him like Undertaker. He played his absolute ass off tonight.

F. VanVleet28 MIN, 10 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 4-8 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 10 +/-

Van Vleet did everything tonight (which was basically the story for everyone), and played extremely well within his role. He quite literally didn’t make a mistake all game.

D. Wright21 MIN, 6 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 3-6 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 0 +/-

Delon did a fantastic job off the bench as a floor general and kept the pressure on Golden State all night. Good game in a so-so season for Delon.

O. Anunoby19 MIN, 4 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

Anunoby didn’t do much to be fair. He defended Durant and even Klay on occasion, but for a game where so many guys showed out — he was quiet.

C. Miles16 MIN, 8 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-4 FG, 2-3 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

Just a couple shots made but boy, did they come at a massive time. Just as the Warriors were making a run in the beginning of the final frame, CJ buried a three and deflated the team for good. He played active as hell defensively, too. Now, it’s just hoping this is the turning point for CJ this season.

J. Valanciunas8 MIN, 6 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-4 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 2 +/-

JV was injured in the 2nd Q on a questionable and quite violent strip-steal attempt by Draymond Green. To be fair, it was a play that was roughly impossible to see from the referee’s exact position. Unless you hear a massive ‘slap’ sound, you can’t call that. One of those where Green got 70% ball, 30% hand. Sucks, but it’s a dislocated thumb for JV.

G. Monroe7 MIN, 5 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-4 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 1 +/-

Look, for those who play basketball regularly — you know one of the hardest things is delivering in a game after a long stretch of absence. Whether it be injury or in Monroe’s case, an issue of immense roster depth, it’s difficult. Moose didn’t care though. After JV’s injury, you know he was coming — and damn, did he play well. Bully ball.

L. Brown5 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

My clone got garbage time minutes in a blowout win versus the Warriors in Oakland. Never thought I’d ever type out that sentence in my life, but he’s not getting a grade.

M. Richardson4 MIN, 3 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

No grade tonight for Malachi in the last couple minutes.

Nick Nurse

Anytime you can get your team to play extremely well in an opening half on the SEGABABA, you’re going to get praise. Now, add into the equation that the opposing team is the Warriors. More praise. Now, add Nurse doing this the day after a family tragedy. More praise. A COY performance. Nurse is for real.

Things We Saw

  1. What a first 24 minutes. Man oh man. Toronto just about dominated Golden State in every recordable category. They held the ‘Monstarz’ trio of Curry, Thompson and Durant to 11 for 28 shooting (39%). Lowry showed up big, Ibaka continued his season-long stellar play and Danny Green chipped in with 11 in the first half.
  2. “Is Valanciunas ok?!?!?!?” — Well ladies and gentleman, we’re about to find out. Blake Murphy reported on the injury as soon as information became available right before halftime. JV’s out with a dislocated thumb and Toronto disclosed that he would not return. Now, I’m not a doctor — but a simple Google search tells me that the dislocation itself isn’t the issue. You pop that right back into place. It’s the severity of the sprain. Severe? Anywhere from 6-12 weeks. Minor? Roughly 1-2 weeks. More on this soon.
  3. Nick Nurse called a perfect game. Considering everything he’s been through this week on a personal level, turning out this kind of performance with countless circumstances against him is absolutely mind-boggling. This was absolute domination of the best team in basketball (sorry people, didn’t mean to kill the mood but it’s still true).
  4. Toronto hasn’t won in Oakland since 2004… until today. Fourteen years is a long, long time. This very well may be the NBA Finals matchup in June. Toronto didn’t let up and continued to pour it on offensively and defensively. The Warriors couldn’t catch a break. All of this was without Leonard, too. Best performance of the year? It’s definitely up there. Dominance. Oh, one last thing: Kyle Lowry’s back.

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