Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 107, Pistons 112 (OT)

Toronto 107 Final
Box Score
112 Detroit

P. Siakam44 MIN, 21 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 10-20 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 2 +/-

Siakam had a nice offensive game in this one, and definitely had some big moments, but it wasn’t his best defensive outing, with Blake Griffin frequently getting the best of him. Saw his usage tick up with Leonard out, and did score, but it wasn’t an efficient night.

D. Green29 MIN, 6 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 2-6 FG, 2-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

Rough night for Danny, who couldn’t seem to find space with the offense stagnant for much of the game. Did hit a huge three late, and took one with a chance to take the lead late in OT where he seemed to get fouled but didn’t get the call.

M. Gasol38 MIN, 13 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 2-10 FG, 1-2 3FG, 8-8 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

When the Raptors ran the offense to include him, Marc was extremely good tonight, and he played some great defense late in the fourth quarter. But when the team isn’t running things specifically for him he seems to float on offense, unclear of how to keep involved, and at some point the shooting has to come around, too.

J. Lin25 MIN, 1 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 0-8 FG, 0-5 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -13 +/-

Lin got the start with Leonard out, and delivered a performance that’s hard to take much from. Really didn’t bring much on either end of the floor for the Raptors, and used a lot of offensive possessions to do so.

K. Lowry42 MIN, 35 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 11-24 FG, 6-14 3FG, 7-9 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 2 +/-

Fantastic game from Kyle, one of his best performances of the season, and it came when the team badly needed it from him. With almost nothing else working offensively he took over and kept the team in it, and almost won it for the Raptors several times late.

O. Anunoby35 MIN, 13 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 5-10 FG, 1-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Beautiful defensive game from OG. He was dominant at that end late while the Raptors kept in it. He missed an awful shot at the end of OT, though, airballing a three.(might’ve been tipped) Probably should’ve got the start, always seems to be at his best playing along side the starters.

N. Powell20 MIN, 11 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-9 FG, 2-4 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 5 TO, 1 +/-

The return of Norm was a pleasant sight after a rough couple weeks for him. Gave the Raptors some huge minutes and solid offense in this one.

S. Ibaka20 MIN, 5 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-7 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Rough outing for Ibaka, who continues to struggle off the bench. Needs to find ways to contribute and hit the shots that the team finds for him in his spots, or he’s hard to have out there on the floor.

P. McCaw12 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -6 +/-

Despite the lackluster stat line, I thought McCaw gave the Raptors some nice things at points tonight. He’s not usually asked to do much, but does sometimes give them some good energy.

Nick Nurse

There were things to like from Nurse in this one – going to OG late, and sticking with him with the starters, the playcall at the end of regulation to get a shot for Marc Gasol was a good play, riding the hot hand in Lowry. However, Lin as the 5th starter didn’t work at all, and then going to bench lineups in the first half with Lowry, Siakam, and Gasol all on the bench helped create the hole that the Raptors had to drag themselves out of tonight, and those things have to be improved upon.

Things We Saw

  1. Awful reffing. Not biased, just all around bad. Zaza Pachulia got ejected after the refs clearly missed a foul on Pascal Siakam, and then the refs missed the foul on Danny Green in the closing minute of overtime, and plenty of confounding stuff at both ends of the floor, for both teams, in between.
  2. The Raptors were coming off two feel-good wins where it seemed like they were finding their stride, so I guess it was the right time for them to show how out of rhythm they can be again, which they certainly did tonight. The offense was a struggle most of the game, and if not for Lowry heroics, this would’ve been ugly.
  3. The bench needs Fred VanVleet back. They need that steady hand, or they need to not be running full bench lineups. What’s happening right now clearly isn’t working.
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