Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Grizzlies 90, Raptors 119

Memphis 90 Final
Box Score
119 Toronto

A+
P. Siakam29 MIN, 17 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 7-12 FG, 0-1 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 40 +/-

However you feel about plus/minus, a stat that certainly has some discussion around it, +40 in 29 minutes is nothing short of ridiculous. Pascal was everywhere tonight, creating his shot off the dribble, making good passes, and being a presence on the boards.

A+
D. Green23 MIN, 24 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 8-13 FG, 8-12 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 22 +/-

Danny was having a nice game in the first half, playing solid defense, and generally showing good activity. Then the third quarter happened, and Memphis decided not to guard him behind the arc anymore, and the Raptors kept looking for him there. 21 points in the frame for Green, and he just kept getting lose and punishing Memphis as the Raptors took control.

A
S. Ibaka26 MIN, 18 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 9-13 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 21 +/-

Serge had a solid game, if unspectacular, while some of his teammates were more notable. Still, he gave the Raptors a steady presence in the paint and 18 points on 9-13 shooting is the kind of contribution they need from him on a nightly basis.

A+
K. Lowry29 MIN, 12 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 3-8 FG, 1-4 3FG, 5-5 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 38 +/-

Maybe it would’ve been nice to see a couple more threes go down from Kyle, but still, he kept everyone involved, picked up some nice steals, and kept things rolling, which is what Kyle does best. Great to see him celebrating and encouraging Danny Green’s big night.

B
F. VanVleet26 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 1-8 FG, 1-4 3FG, 1-1 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 26 +/-

Fred is the one guy who didn’t really have his offense going tonight, and forced a couple possessions he didn’t have to, but when he played within the offense he was steady as they need him to be.

A
D. Wright23 MIN, 9 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL, 3-6 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 7 +/-

This was a return to the energy that Delon is looked to on the Raptors, creating defensive disruption, and being active, keeping the defense moving and off-guard.

A+
N. Powell19 MIN, 14 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 6-7 FG, 2-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 9 +/-

It wasn’t that long ago that Norm was the guy who Raptors fans weren’t sure was going to be a part of the rotation, but that hasn’t been the case lately, and another strong game from him tonight. He was active everywhere they needed him to be, and his confidence has been huge for the bench.

B
P. McCaw18 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, -7 +/-

McCaw got a few first half minutes, and then extended run in the second half due to garbage time, and he showed some promise. There was some rust in the turnovers, but still, he does some things that shows that he could be a NBA player going forward, and he might get more opportunities to show that as the Raptors get healthy.

A
C. Miles17 MIN, 13 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 5 STL, 4-12 FG, 2-6 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -4 +/-

The numbers took a little bit of a hit in garbage time, but don’t let that fool you, CJ was the guy who got things rolling for the Raptors in the first half, with a huge 13 points, hitting shots, aggressive attacking off the dribble. This was last year’s CJ, returned, and that’s a great sight for the Raptors.

B-
G. Monroe11 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 7 +/-

Not Monroe’s night, in a game where everyone else seemed to be rolling, but he worked hard and that’s what they need from him until Jonas is back.

B
C. Boucher9 MIN, 3 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 1-4 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 3 BLK, 0 TO, -6 +/-

Boucher played earlier in the day for the 905, and then was called on again tonight in garbage time, and showed some nice minutes again, with some blocks, rebounds, and a three, showing the energy that makes him interesting as a Raptors player going forward.

B
J. Loyd5 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -4 +/-

Had a few quiet minutes in garbage time, in a game that was long over.

B
M. Richardson5 MIN, 3 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Malachi came in late with the game well at hand, hit a three, which is always nice to see, but didn’t otherwise make much of an impact here.

A
Nick Nurse

Strong game from Nurse, who was missing a couple of key pieces again against a Grizzlies team desperate for wins, but Nurse had his guys ready to play and made the right calls to find the hot hand and get the pace going as the game went on, which built a huge Raptors lead into a blowout. Well coached game.

Things We Saw

  1. Positive regression has started to show lately for the Raptors shooters, and it was bound to happen. A team with this many guys who are good career shooters wasn’t going to keep shooting as badly as they were, and tonight was a big outburst for a couple guys who needed to see shots go down.
  2. Getting Kawhi the night off, and keeping the rest of the starters’ minutes low is always good to see, and should help going forward. No one played 30 minutes in this one as it was over early in the third quarter.
  3. The Raptors still miss Jonas Valanciunas, but once he returns and OG Anunoby is back in the lineup, the Raptors will be as close to healthy as they’ve been all season, and that should help them close the season strong.
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