Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Mavericks 120, Raptors 123

Toronto 123 Final
Box Score
120 Dallas

P. Siakam37 MIN, 14 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-11 FG, 1-3 3FG, 5-5 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 10 +/-

Somewhat of an off night for Pascal based on his usual efficiency. His length was key to the Raptors zone defence taking the Mavericks out of their rhythm in the fourth.

K. Leonard35 MIN, 33 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 10-23 FG, 3-8 3FG, 10-11 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 1 +/-

Stellar game from Kawhi. Even in the unwatchable third quarter, Leonard consistently created solid offence. You’d like to see him defend Doncic at a higher level but it’s the dog days of January so it’s hard to blame him.

S. Ibaka36 MIN, 11 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3-9 FG, 0-1 3FG, 5-8 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Didn’t find his touch until late but rebounded well all game. You’d like to see him protect the rim a bit better, but he played DeAndre Jordan to a standstill and that’s about all you can ask for on an off night.

K. Lowry37 MIN, 19 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST, 1 STL, 5-14 FG, 5-10 3FG, 4-4 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 8 +/-

Not his most efficient outing, but Lowry looked like his old self once again. The aggressiveness he showed from beyond the arc is arguably the most takeaway.

D. Green31 MIN, 10 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-

Hit big shots and rebounded the ball well, so your usual Danny Green game. Although Doncic got the best of him plenty of times, Green put together a solid effort defensively, making timely plays.

F. VanVleet21 MIN, 13 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 3-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -7 +/-

FVV played the part of “steady” tonight. Each time the game started to get away from the Raptors VanVleet seemed to make a heady play on offence. Playing off ball more with Lowry back is doing wonders for him.

N. Powell16 MIN, 9 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -6 +/-

Solid game from Norm. He made multiple timely baskets and brought an aggressiveness the other raptors seemed to lack. He had a few reckless moments, but you have to take the good with the bad with Norm.

D. Wright13 MIN, 9 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3-4 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-4 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 0 +/-

If this rating was just based on the first half, Delon would’ve gotten an A. He was active defensively, made timely threes, and generally seemed to take the DNP-CD as well as a player could. Unfortunately, he started pressing a bit in the second half, getting out of control and turning the ball over on multiple occasions.

O. Anunoby11 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-4 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 7 +/-

Decent game for OG. He defended well, had a strong put-back, and hit a three. Had Nowitzki switched on him once and settled for a step-back, when you’d like to see him attack, but that will come with time.

G. Monroe3 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

This wasn’t a good matchup for Monroe and it showed, even in his limited minutes. Dwight Powell used his speed to beat him backdoor for a lob the first play he checked and Dirk Nowitzki pulled him out of the paint, rendering him ineffective.

Nick Nurse

The letdown the Raptors showed to start the second half was concerning but Nurse made a great call going zone in the fourth. Going with Pascal at the five rather than playing Monroe in the first half was a good call, but you’d like to see him stick with it all game if it’s working.

Things We Saw

  1. Going zone in the fourth was key once again. Dallas struggled to create consistent offense against the Raptors length, shifting all the momentum back to Toronto.
  2. The 15-30 third quarter may’ve been the worst quarter the Raptors have played with Lowry and Leonard healthy. Thankfully they snapped out of it in the fourth.
  3. The roar Nowitzki received from the crowd each time he touched the ball might’ve been my favorite part of the game. It’s borderline impossible not to want his shots to go in even when he’s playing against your team. Dirk forever.
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