Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 103, Bucks 125 (Series 0-2)

TOR Raptors 103 Final
Box Score
125 MIL Bucks

P. Siakam26 MIN, 8 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-9 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -21 +/-

I actually forgot Siakam was playing mid-way through this game. Fouls will do that to ya. Siakam has had a rollercoaster of a playoff series and today was another lowpoint for him. Granted, he has been defended by Embiid and Giannis over the past 9 games, but Toronto need Siakam’s offence to stand a chance.

K. Leonard38 MIN, 31 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 10-18 FG, 1-4 3FG, 10-10 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -19 +/-

There’s not much good to say about the evening, but Leonard was outstanding. Regularly facing one or two help defenders, Kawhi spearheaded the brief comeback during the third quarter. Not much more you can ask from him.

M. Gasol19 MIN, 2 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-9 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -14 +/-

This is not his series. Gasol’s confidence has been shot on the offensive end and is being played off of the floor when Brook Lopez isn’t on the court. You can see his energy dropping with every missed shot. It has gotten ugly.

K. Lowry39 MIN, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 4-13 FG, 2-9 3FG, 5-8 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -19 +/-

Nobody expected the same shooting output as game one, but 2 for 8 isn’t going to cut it. Lowry was a reluctant scorer and didn’t have enough ‘Lowry’ chippy plays to tide the Bucks’ momentum. Let’s hope that a return to Scotiabank will reinvigorate him.

D. Green22 MIN, 8 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-6 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -11 +/-

Green’s regular season performance is far in the rear view mirror. Nurse yanked him in the second half in favour for Powell and FVV, can you blame him? If Green is not hitting his shots then what is his value to the lineup.

S. Ibaka27 MIN, 8 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -4 +/-

Ibaka has to start the next game over Gasol. He is simply more mobile and has a small chance of guarding Giannis, whereas Gasol cannot offer quick enough help defence nor scramble out on shooters. Ibaka will have his boneheaded plays but proved tonight that he has to be a 30+ minute player from here on out.

N. Powell25 MIN, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 6-9 FG, 2-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

One of the lone bright lights today, Powell just needed to play in Milwaukee to restore himself to Playoff P status. Huge energy off of the bench and nailed his shots from deep. The most pleasing aspect of Powell’s performance was his decisiveness on and off of the ball.

F. VanVleet24 MIN, 5 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -12 +/-

Fred was not great by any means, but the fact that he was at least playable today is a massive upgrade. The bench weren’t the reason for the Raptors loss today and Van Vleet hit a few shots and played tenacious defence. At this point you can’t expect much more than that.

J. Meeks8 MIN, 5 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

The plus-minus king! Meeks hit a shot at the buzzer and did not much else. The end.

M. Miller4 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Garbagio time

J. Lin3 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Garbagio time

E. Moreland3 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Garbagio time

C. Boucher2 MIN, 5 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-1 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

Garbagio time

Nick Nurse

I’m not sure what Nurse could’ve done to stop what was seemingly the inevitable tonight. The few timeouts he took early did briefly stop the onslaught, but for only so long. Yanking Gasol and Green in the second half was the correct call.

Things We Saw

  1. Oh, so now the bench show up!
    Jeez louise, the bench have disappointed all playoffs AND now they show up during a blowout? Ugh. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for games three and four.
  2. Green gone?
    Things keep going from bad to worse for Danny Green. Not only has he lost his shot, but Green’s All-NBA defence has also been left wanting. It may completely shatter the last shards of confidence he has (and it may be recency bias) but Powell starting in Green’s place could provide a spark.
  3. Let’s go home.
    The possibility of an ugly game two blowout was always on the table after the deflating loss that the Raptors let slip in game one. It happened, you move on. Now, on a positive note, Toronto suffered equally bad losses against Philly and managed to turn it around at home. Let’s hope for the same Sunday.
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