Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Warriors 109, Raptors 104 (Series tied 1-1)

GS Warriors 109 Final
Box Score
104 TOR Raptors

P. Siakam41 MIN, 12 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 5-18 FG, 0-3 3FG, 2-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

The Warriors did a much better job on Siakam defensively, and took away his game. He needed to be better at taking advantage of what the defense was doing, and made some great passes to find guys in the first half, but they really needed him to hit a couple of the threes that he missed.

K. Leonard39 MIN, 34 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 8-20 FG, 2-9 3FG, 16-16 FT, 1 BLK, 5 TO, -14 +/-

He scored a quiet 34, but he struggled a lot tonight with the traps the Warriors threw at him and the five turnovers were a problem. He needed to read the doubles quicker and there were a lot of good shots available to the Raptors. Those passes will be there as the series goes on, and he has to be better at making them.

M. Gasol31 MIN, 6 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-7 FG, 0-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -6 +/-

The Raptors need Gasol to be an offensive presence in this series. He had a great defensive first half, but the offense has to be there and it wasn’t tonight.

K. Lowry28 MIN, 13 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-11 FG, 3-7 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -17 +/-

Just a rough night from Kyle. Not involved enough offensively, not hitting enough of the shots he did take, and he fouled out on a brutal reach when the Raptors still had a chance to win this game.

D. Green26 MIN, 8 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-7 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -3 +/-

Danny Green hit a couple big shots towards the end of the game and made some great plays, and the numbers are good enough, but his defense hasn’t been what it needs to be.

F. VanVleet38 MIN, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 7-17 FG, 2-8 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 3 +/-

Fred was fantastic for portions of the game, and forced things at other points. He’s been on fire lately, so it’s hard to blame him for the shots he took, but he also probably shouldn’t be taking 17 shots when he’s not hitting them at a better clip.

N. Powell21 MIN, 7 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3-7 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 13 +/-

It felt like Norm had a good defensive game in this one, and he hit some huge shots and had a big dunk. It was an encouraging game from him, but it’s a tough series for Norm as well.

S. Ibaka16 MIN, 7 PTS, 10 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 3-7 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Ibaka’s numbers look good, and he was much better on the boards, but he had a brutal defensive game. The Warriors attacked him frequently and found a lot of success doing so, and he has to be better.

Nick Nurse

I don’t know how the Raptors don’t come out with more urgency in the second half than what they did. They gave up an 18-0 run and played well enough afterwords, but you can’t come out with that kind of energy against a team like Golden State and it’s something Nurse has to have them prepared for in this series, given that the Warriors like to make their runs in the second half. Also, seemed like the Raptors weren’t prepared enough for the traps on Kawhi.

Things We Saw

  1. Brutally refereed game. Not biased, just bad, and hard to establish flow during the first half, when the Raptors were the better team, when the whistle is blowing as much as it was. Created a game that was hard to watch for long stretches.
  2. It’s a long series, and there was a good chance of a tough loss happening at some point during it. This one hurts in the moment, but if the Raptors take the right lessons from it, it might not have to hurt going forward. They have to come better prepared on Wednesday, however.
  3. Injuries are really becoming a story in this series. Kawhi still doesn’t look entirely healthy, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney left this game with injuries, and Durant’s status is still up in the air. Hard to know what impact this will have going forward.
  4. Another two days off for Toronto going into game 3 might help after this game, and the team will have to look to steal at least one at Oracle now.
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