Quick Reaction: Bulls 103, Raptors 112

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CHI Bulls 103 Final
Box Score
112 TOR Raptors

P. Siakam21 MIN, 13 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 6-10 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 2 +/-

Arcidiacono could not stop Siakam on switches and the Raptors targeted him a few times early on, but the head-to-head match-up with Markkanen was much closer. Lauri caught him a few times on both ends and the length seemed to cause some issues at times for Pascal.

It says a lot that 13 points (on 6-of-10 shooting) in 21 minutes is a down night for Siakam.

K. Leonard22 MIN, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST, 6 STL, 4-10 FG, 0-2 3FG, 6-6 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 14 +/-

Kawhi was locked in defensively and early on it looked like he could easily get to 10+ steals (had 3 in the first quarter), but the runaway win meant the minutes were just not quite there. Best stat of the night was that he played just 22 minutes.

M. Gasol20 MIN, 2 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 16 +/-

His shooting was awful but he still does stuff I like regularly. The screens he sets open up so much space for mid-range jumpers or driving lanes from the perimeter, and his 1 assist does not show what his passing from the elbow did for the team during his minutes. Still a disappointing outing, but a reminder that the statline doesn’t show everything.

D. Green15 MIN, 8 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3-4 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 10 +/-

Danny can make the game look so simple. An easy shot fake to let the defender fly by to create an open 3, or a smart cut for an easy lay-up, or running to the wing in transition, he just does smart stuff. That’s my deep Danny analysis tonight. He does smart stuff.

K. Lowry21 MIN, 14 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 5-9 FG, 4-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 5 TO, 14 +/-

Was looking to get others involved early and often, but had a solid and efficient scoring night within the flow of the game. As the ball moved he drained his opportunities, and even leaked out for an easy lay-up on a Siakam outlet pass (great turn of events from the norm and an awesome juxtaposition).

F. VanVleet26 MIN, 7 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 1-6 FG, 1-3 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 16 +/-

Not Fred’s best night. Some good production in the fourth when the game was already decided, but poor showing overall beyond the free throw line.

N. Powell26 MIN, 20 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 8-10 FG, 4-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -5 +/-

I like under control Norm. The shot was falling, he didn’t force anything, and left his footprint on the game. This Norm can swing a playoff game/series as he has in the past, and I’m confident we will get at least one of those games again this Spring.

He stacked his stats in garbage time as the primary offensive option, but he was good all night.

O. Anunoby25 MIN, 10 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3-4 FG, 0-1 3FG, 4-4 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

His one miss was a triple that went halfway down before popping back out. The Raptors continue to experiment with OG’s ability (or current lack thereof) to attack of the dribble. It’s not a look that they will go to in the playoffs, and he isn’t even consistent against a team like the Bulls, but it’s clearly a look they want in the future. On one such take OG took Markkanen across the lane and finished with a tough lefty lay-up. It’s been a tough season for OG, but there is a lot to like and I’m still a key founder of OG island. I will never sell my land.

The bad news is that OG took a serious blow to the back of the head with 4 minutes left and needed to be escorted off the court by two trainers. He was very wobbly and will almost certainly have to go through the concussion protocol. All the best to OG and hope he is okay.

S. Ibaka23 MIN, 16 PTS, 8 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 7-13 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-1 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Didn’t take a single swing at Robin Lopez tonight, so depending on your preference that is either a good or bad thing. On the plus side we did see some moments of chemistry in the pick-and-roll between Serge and Kawhi, and it was nice to see him get back to some quick release jumpers, but he was a little too happy to block some shots tonight. His desire to challenge shots meant he got blown by multiple times by Cristiano Felicio, which sure ain’t good.

J. Lin20 MIN, 2 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 1-9 FG, 0-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -15 +/-

Lin was terrible. It takes a special level to be -15 in a 9 point victory against the Chicago Bulls. This may be his worst showing since arriving in Toronto and it’s not a high bar.

P. McCaw17 MIN, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 2-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

This dude wants to get his hands on everything and he’s not far off. I love watching him defend. Sometimes he’s a little too aggressive, but he reads the passing lanes at such a high level and knows when to get up on his man.

I think we got a good one in McCaw and I sincerely hope the Raptors can retain him this summer.

J. Meeks5 MIN, 2 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -10 +/-

Came in for garbage time minutes, but at least it gives me the opportunity to say The Meeks Shall Inherit the Bench and hate myself a little bit for doing so

Nick Nurse

The Hornets and Thunder hit their open 3s. The Bulls didn’t because they suck. But the Raptors still gave up too many open looks and that falls back to Nurse. It’s also confusing to still have seen some early units made up primarily of bench players. It doesn’t work and we already knew that.

I want to believe that Nurse is still just messing around. I hope that he already had a plan for the playoffs and is using these opportunities to find rest for his main rotation players, we will only know for certain when we see it.

With all that said, everyone had an easy night and the Raptors cruised. That’s a good recipe that I can support.

Things We Saw

  1. Remember when we had to feel scared of the Bulls? That was a real thing that happened. The curse lived so prominently that even former Bulls torched us without mercy simply by association. I mean, we had to be scared of Doug McDermott. Doug! McDermott! That’s pure insanity.
  2. He isn’t always great, but he’s at least always entertaining. Tonight Jack Armstrong won the Best Sports Analyst at the Canadian Screen Awards for the 3rd year in a row. That’s a damn dynasty.
  3. The Bulls are bad but are even worse due to injuries (and tanking) at the moment. After halftime they even lost Markkanen for the rest of the night due to illness. They better hope to get a hit in the draft.
  4. Going to review to see if there was a foul before the final buzzer is the stupidest way to end a game. Turns out there was a foul with 0.3 seconds left which made all the difference.

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