Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Spurs 117, Raptors 120

San Antonio 117 Final
Box Score
120 Toronto

A+
P. Siakam33 MIN, 22 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 7-10 FG, 2-2 3FG, 6-9 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -8 +/-

Siakam was brilliant in this game. He attacked the Spurs confidently and they had no real answer for his offense, and really the only issue is that the Raptors went away from him more than they should’ve. Also, showcased his passing when the defense did commit.

B-
K. Leonard35 MIN, 25 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 8-23 FG, 0-4 3FG, 9-10 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 8 +/-

Kawhi came through at the end with some tough shots to help the Raptors get the win, and some great defense, but this was tough sledding most of the night. Lots of shots missed off the front of the rim, and he was forcing too many of them when other guys were rolling.

B
S. Ibaka31 MIN, 13 PTS, 15 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-13 FG, 1-3 3FG, 4-6 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 5 +/-

The best moments for Ibaka in this one were playing alongside the bench when Gasol was in foul trouble, where he showed some solid chemistry with Jeremy Lin to create easy buckets. His defense was something the Spurs attacked frequently with success though.

A
K. Lowry35 MIN, 17 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 5-10 FG, 3-6 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 1 +/-

Lowry’s shooting remains solid, as it has been for a little while now, but it was the way he controlled the pace of the game that was really impressive. He was pushing the ball and creating good shots for his teammates by making solid, quick decisions.

B+
D. Green29 MIN, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 6-9 FG, 5-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Great minutes from Danny again, who remains the Raptors’ best outside threat and punished the Spurs whenever he saw daylight offensively, and he also delivered a solid defensive game including preventing DeMar from getting a shot off in the closing seconds.

B
J. Lin19 MIN, 11 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-11 FG, 0-3 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Mixed bag from Lin. When he plays within the pick and roll and uses his big man, it’s mostly good, and he’s shown why the Raptors went out and got him. When he’s freelancing and trying to get his own buckets though, it’s been tough.

C+
M. Gasol17 MIN, 4 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 2-7 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

Really tough game for Marc in this one, where he couldn’t seem to stay on the floor due to foul trouble. Also, his shot wasn’t there for him, and the Raptors need him to be able to be a threat offensively. Still, showed his passing when the offense was working around him, and created a lot of good looks for his teammates.

A+
O. Anunoby16 MIN, 9 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-4 FG, 3-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

OG was one of the best players on the floor in this one, despite the pedestrian line. His defense was active and aggressive, and his shot has looked fantastic lately.

B
N. Powell13 MIN, 2 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

Norm left a lot of points at the rim, despite having some great activity to create good looks. Needs to finish those ones though.

C
P. McCaw11 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Oddly invisible night for McCaw, where he didn’t seem to make much of an impact at all when he was on the floor.

C
Nick Nurse

If the Raptors are going to go to matchup based centers the rest of the way, this certainly felt like a Gasol night, and he had his best minutes playing with the starters in this one, while Ibaka showed some chemistry with the bench. Aldridge has historically won the matchup against Ibaka and struggled against Gasol, and Gasol needs the chemistry with the starters more. Aside from that, the adjustments just weren’t there for most of the night as the Raptors just kept letting the Spurs back into a game that Toronto should’ve controlled.

Things We Saw

  1. Phenomenal crowd tonight. The Raptors fans showed up and showed their love for DeMar, with a huge standing ovation after the wonderful tribute video.
  2. What a weird close, and some awful reffing.The Raptors were the beneficiaries of a questionable out of bounds call and an outright missed backcourt violation in the closing seconds as they sealed the win. It was good for the team to come away with the win, but not the way anyone wants a game to end.
  3. Pascal Siakam just continues to showcase his growth, and at some point the team might have to emphasize him more on offense in matchups like this where the opponent just can’t really deal with his game.
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