Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 123, Bucks 116

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Toronto 123 Final
Box Score
116 Milwaukee

P. Siakam39 MIN, 30 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 11-15 FG, 3-5 3FG, 5-7 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 16 +/-

First 30-point game of his career! He really made the offense look easy tonight. It was like the Bucks forgot just how shifty he is. Busted out the spin moves like it was the first 25 games of the year. His defense on Giannis was above and beyond. Played him into double teams and toward the baseline with regularity. Unbelievable young piece to have on the team.

K. Leonard37 MIN, 30 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL, 8-16 FG, 2-3 3FG, 12-15 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 19 +/-

Was an absolute hawk on defense tonight. Snatching 5 (!) steals, and playing terrific team defense. Sleepwalked to a 30-piece and remains a Superstar. His unshakable excellence brings so much to the Raptors confidence.

S. Ibaka36 MIN, 25 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 11-17 FG, 1-3 3FG, 2-3 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 19 +/-

It’s tough to actually be the better player than Kawhi Leonard on any given night, and VanVleet deserves a ton of credit for his part in Ibaka’s scoring. That being said, he was THE guy for the Raptors tonight. Rangy and strong on defense, clinical on offense. Shaded Giannis really effectively all night, and most of the Bucks for that matter. His pick n’ pop was the lifeblood of the offense for long stretches. All-Star game.

F. VanVleet35 MIN, 21 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST, 0 STL, 6-12 FG, 5-8 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 17 +/-

Most fans would have been happy with him based on his synergy with Ibaka alone, but he was a heat pump from downtown as well. Composure and shotmaking from VanVleet tonight. Super sharp game from #23.

D. Green40 MIN, 12 PTS, 8 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 5-7 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 17 +/-

Shaky start on the defensive end that eventually came around. Offensively he played the perfect supplementary role to the outstanding trio of VanVleet-Siakam-Ibaka.

O. Anunoby18 MIN, 3 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-6 FG, 1-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -17 +/-

Pretty poor, and really seems out of place on offense. Last year’s role was so simplistic and predictable, this year everything is always changing. He’s struggling with that adjustment right now.

N. Powell15 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 0-5 FG, 0-3 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, -14 +/-

Not as bad as the stat line might indicate… the only difference between tonight and his past success is a little less patience when driving at bigs. Picking up his dribble a bit too early and operating in attack mode too often. Although I understand the urge, as the bench’s offense was on life-support. Very happy that he’s supplanted CJ Miles.

D. Wright14 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 0-4 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -10 +/-

Lacking creativity and punch. We’re all accustomed to seeing him spray the ball from baseline to baseline while denying screens and stepping through the lane. Tonight he was nothing more than a guard who dribbles across the top and hands the ball off.

G. Monroe6 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -12 +/-

Got played off the floor early in this one. To be fair, he wasn’t supposed to have a part in this game if you were looking at the matchups. Hopefully see a better performance from him against Sabonis next game.

Nick Nurse

Shortened the bench and rode the starters. With Indiana tomorrow, that’s tough, but you play to win and that’s what they accomplished. The defensive principles they went over when taking on Giannis were top-notch. Good gameplan in this one.

Things We Saw

  1. VanVleet wasn’t the best player tonight, but he was the straw that stirred the shake. His playmaking out of the ‘pnr’ and sharpshooting set the tone for the rest of the team.
  2. The Bucks gameops played Leonard’s laugh when he turned the ball over. A+ to them.
  3. Ibaka is back? After a few mediocre games, Ibaka left a massive handprint on this game. A signature performance and very encouraging with the surging Myles Turner lining up against him tomorrow.
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