Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 107, Spurs 125

Sorry the grades are up so late, technical difficulties. I’ll have them up within 5 minutes next time, and if not, demand my resignation.

Toronto 107 Final
Box Score
125 San Antonio

P. Siakam27 MIN, 10 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 4-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 4 TO, -17 +/-

Constantly trying to insert some sort of dynamism into an offense that was bone-dry on that substance. A few bad passes, leaving himself in tough positions. Outside of that, though, he finished the ball when he could and to his credit, he created a decent amount of looks for his running mates. He’s good, and it’s rare to see a truly rough game from him. This was a pedestrian night on his behalf.

K. Leonard33 MIN, 21 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 8-13 FG, 0-2 3FG, 5-7 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -21 +/-

There has to be a point in a game like this where Leonard demands the ball. He’s got the tools to carry this team and in a hostile arena I might’ve expected him to dominate. He was, of course, good. He’s always good, almost always efficient and he’s a demon on the defensive end. That being said, he didn’t show out like he was meant to. Feels like their was some game left on the floor.

S. Ibaka26 MIN, 14 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5-11 FG, 1-4 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -22 +/-

He’s been put through the ringer. A lot of front court behemoths have lined up against him. There’s nowhere for him to run, and he’s lining up against bigger players every night. Tonight, he conceded deep position to Aldridge. Often times getting beat down the floor, and Aldridge ate his lunch. He still hit his jumpers on offense, and does his due-diligence in that role, but he’s having relatively bad defensive games lately.

F. VanVleet28 MIN, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-11 FG, 1-6 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -9 +/-

He’s a terrific off-ball guard. An incredibly nuanced player, and clever. He can’t be used in this way, and he must recognize that. He’s dribbling a lot, and he can’t morph into this “lead guard” that the Raptors are trying to push him into.

D. Green26 MIN, 0 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-7 FG, 0-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -26 +/-

Worst game of the season and that doesn’t need to be investigated thoroughly. He’s as consistent a role player as you could hope to find and he’ll bounce back. Wretched game from him, though.

N. Powell25 MIN, 14 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 5-11 FG, 1-3 3FG, 3-3 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 2 +/-

Powell has absorbed the role of bench initiator, and he’s doing a commendable job with it. Composed on the baseline when he’s working off-ball and heady when he’s attacking out of the pick n’ roll. It’s good to see Powell amass a good deal of games where he’s capable. Another night where he leaves nothing to be desired.

D. Wright24 MIN, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5-9 FG, 1-3 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -6 +/-

On a night where Leonard and Siakam didn’t take on the brunt of the scoring load, Wright did step forward and make some baskets. He was still outplayed in his matchup, and his creation for others was lacking.

O. Anunoby18 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

Really poor. When he got the ball on offense it was nothing more than running time off the clock. On defense he didn’t make a difference. Hope springs eternal, he’s still our son.

G. Monroe17 MIN, 12 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 4-8 FG, 0-0 3FG, 4-7 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Makes a really good third big, but not a great second one. Did a decent enough job banging around with Aldridge and Poeltl, eating glass and hitting hook shots.

C. Miles7 MIN, 3 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-1 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

He hit his shot, man. Progress.

L. Brown5 MIN, 3 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-

Don’t know what to derive from his garbage time minutes. Diligent on defense.

C. Boucher5 MIN, 3 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-

Any NBA minutes are good.

Nick Nurse

It was clear that his initial game plan got punched in the mouth and I’m sure he’ll acknowledge that in the post-game scrum. There should likely be a change in how VanVleet’s being used, and the same goes for Leonard. The offense will remain stagnant until he shifts some of VanVleet’s responsibilities to others. Not a good look for him tonight, got out-coached thoroughly by Pop.

Things We Saw

  1. The Spurs were terrific taking care of the ball – DeRozan and Aldridge deserve the praise for that – and they offered the Raptors no reprieve from their sedate half-court offense. In other games we’ve seen the Raptors get out and run to supplement their slow half-court style, but that wasn’t an option in this one.
  2. Tough to say whether Leonard was phased out of this one because of a clever game-plan – the Spurs played him well – a bit of personal malaise, or complete lack of awareness on Nurse and VanVleet’s behalf. If the Raptors were going to hang, Leonard needed way more possessions.
  3. It’s clear that the season is wearing on Ibaka a bit. Not because of some nefarious rumour about his age, miss me with that. But because he’s been the lone big man for a long time now, and even though his playstyle meshes well with the center position in the ever-changing NBA landscape, behemoths are coming in and banging him up. Tough deal for Ibaka lately, and he hasn’t been able to bring the tenacity defensively lately. Valanciunas is necessary to spell him and chew through secondary bigs. We’re missing our big man tandem, and have been for some time.
  4. The Spurs unsung duo of Forbes and White thoroughly outplayed VanVleet and Green. DeRozan was incredibly well equipped to manipulate a Raptors defense that had leaks and boy did he ever. DeRozan kept his game in the middle of the floor and let the Raptors defense swing from side to side. Waiting patiently and spotting the open man. Leonard is the superior player, but DeRozan’s playmaking is of really high quality and he can really create for a whole team, not just himself.
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