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Quick Reaction: Bulls 89, Raptors 95

Chicago 89 Final
Box Score
95 Toronto

B+
P. Siakam34 MIN, 20 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 7-12 FG, 1-1 3FG, 5-6 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 2 +/-

Siakam’s touch seemed off early, but his energy earned him a few easy buckets that got him going. Nights like this where he doesn’t seem comfortable and ends up with a great line despite the struggles raise his ceiling even further.

B+
K. Leonard34 MIN, 27 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 8-22 FG, 1-6 3FG, 10-11 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 1 +/-

Unfortunately, Leonard’s struggles with his jumper carried over from his woeful showing in Orlando, but Leonard used handle and strength to earn each one of his 27 points. His individual brilliance kept the Bulls at bay when it mattered.

C+
S. Ibaka24 MIN, 8 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-10 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 4 TO, 5 +/-

Ibaka was a step out of tune all night, missing his usual push-shots and struggling to defend pick and roll. Fortunately, he made a huge block on Lavine and made a few key tip-in’s down the stretch to save his night.

A-
D. Green29 MIN, 10 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 4-8 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

10 points and 4 rebounds on 50% shooting and 40% from three might be the most “Danny Green” game imaginable. He was rock-solid all night defensively too, giving Lavine fits whenever assigned to guard him.

C+
F. VanVleet33 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 3-12 FG, 2-7 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -2 +/-

VanVleet’s shot is still feeling the effects of his tough fall in Orlando, but his game management created a lot of easy buckets. If VanVleet truly has aspirations of being a starter, he needs to start winning matchups like Kris Dunn and D.J. Augustine.

C+
N. Powell23 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-9 FG, 0-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 7 +/-

Powell made some excellent reads early but fell into his old habit of forcing the issue later in the game. Despite his recklessness, Powell’s defensive energy and creation made him a much better option than the struggling C.J. Miles.

B-
O. Anunoby21 MIN, 5 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

Pedestrian game from OG. He made some veteran reads, letting the game come to him well, but failed to find much of a rhythm scoring.

B-
G. Monroe18 MIN, 0 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Moose couldn’t bully Robin Lopez for easy buckets which caused offensive issues, but he rebounded well and surprisingly, bothered a number of shots at the rim.

B+
D. Wright15 MIN, 8 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 3-8 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-

Solid game from Wright. For the second game in a row, he was the best point guard on the roster.

B+
C. Boucher5 MIN, 3 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Boucher gave all you could ask for in his five first half minutes. If he cleans up his occasional miscues defensively, he could fight for regular minutes.

Inc
L. Brown3 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Took a much more passive approach than his garbage minutes versus Orlando. Barely noticed him in his three minutes.

Inc
C. Miles0 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

Miles caught his second DNP-CD in three games. Likely that this trend continues with Powell back and playing well.

B+
Nick Nurse

Solid game from Nurse. The Raptors struggled much the same to how they did in Orlando, but Nurse kept them engaged enough to pull this one out.

Things We Saw

  1. Raptors bench played their best game in recent memory, leading the second quarter surge that gave took the Bulls’ early lead away. With OG finding his stride and Powell back, one can only hope the atrocious bench minutes are over with.
  2. I know they play at a slow pace but man, this Bulls offense is a rough watch. There’s no flow whatsoever and their actions hardly ever create an advantage. For a team whose best prospects are offense-first, you’d really like to see more. They’ve only scored 100 in 2/13 games since promoting Jim Boylen.
  3. Anybody else itching for Nurse to try Jordan Loyd instead of Lorenzo Brown yet? I know I sure am.
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