Quick Reaction: Bulls 105, Raptors 91

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CHI Bulls 105 Final
Box Score
91 TOR Raptors

M. Miller17 MIN, 5 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -17 +/-

The offense was disjointed for most of the night for Toronto, but for his part, Miller spaced the floor and made himself available in the corners, and didn’t try to do too much at that end of the floor. Didn’t stand out defensively for better or worse to my eye, but with a better offense on the whole, it would be a lot easier for him to contribute.

O. Anunoby27 MIN, 15 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 5-9 FG, 1-2 3FG, 4-6 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -28 +/-

One of the few standouts for the Raptors tonight was OG, who was solid at both ends of the floor. Used his strength on offense to create space for himself to get into the lane and score, and made some great passes to create shots for his teammates. Creation won’t be his calling card this year, but the development is nice to see.

C. Boucher20 MIN, 11 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 4-9 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-6 FT, 4 BLK, 1 TO, -19 +/-

Boucher’s shotblocking was the most notable thing about this game for him, but he got bodied frequently by the Bulls, with his lack of strength showing as a problem at both ends of the floor and preventing him from being a presence on the boards.

P. McCaw20 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 1-4 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -21 +/-

McCaw felt invisible, at best, for large parts of this game when he was out there. Struggled to make an impact in this game, when he had a great chance to show what he can do for the Raptors as a bench player this season. It’s been a tough preseason for him, and he’ll have one more chance on Friday to show that he belongs in the rotation.

T. Davis22 MIN, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 3-9 FG, 0-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -24 +/-

This was Davis’ roughest outing of the preseason, asked to take a bigger role against NBA starters, and he looked like a rookie. He struggled to create his own shot and took several bailout shots at the end of possessions, and was playing out of control frequently. As well, his defensive intensity has a ways to come. Still, he settled down as the game went on and made some nice plays in the second half to create for his teammates, and the signs are positive for his development.

S. Johnson21 MIN, 5 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-4 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 14 +/-

There were some nicer moments in the second half for Johnson playing against the Bulls’ deep bench, when he was a presence on the boards and made some nice passes to create for his teammates. In the first half it was rough, but he came around as the game went on, despite another rough shooting game.

M. Thomas19 MIN, 12 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-10 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -15 +/-

Thomas had a really nice game. He struggles to get open for shots with defenses clearly keying in on his shooting, but still found ways to impact the game, whether through scoring on the drive, where he created some points, or through playmaking, where he’s continued to impress throughout preseason. His defensive limitations are clear, but he still works pretty hard at that end of the floor.

D. Hernandez19 MIN, 7 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-9 FG, 0-0 3FG, 3-5 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -3 +/-

Dewan still looks at times like a guy who hasn’t really played much competitive ball in the last two years, but despite that, he manages to show his potential frequently. Was a strong presence on the boards and played a good physical game, and if he can continue to improve his finishing and comfort level, he has a chance to make an impact this season.

C. Payne18 MIN, 5 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 1-7 FG, 1-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -6 +/-

It was rough for Payne. His turnovers were mostly pretty painful, making plays where he looked lost out there, and he forced up tough shots where he didn’t have to in a number of situations. There were a few brighter spots, but they were vastly outnumbered by the places where he looked lost on the floor.

O. Brissett17 MIN, 6 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

I’m a Brissett fan. He plays hard and is figuring out what he can and can’t do at the NBA level. I’m not sure I see him as a guy who will get minutes at the NBA level this season, but he seems like a strong candidate for a two-way contract and a guy who could develop into an interesting player if given room to do so.

R. Hollis-Jefferson16 MIN, 6 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 13 +/-

This wasn’t a bad outing for Rondae, and he made some solid plays towards the end of the night at both ends of the floor. My expectations for him coming into camp were a bit higher than that though, and it’d be nice to see more of that against rotation NBA guys, instead of just in the minutes at the end mostly against guys trying to find their place in the league. Still, not a bad game for him.

D. Robinson11 MIN, 5 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 13 +/-

Robinson’s athleticism impresses, time and again, and he hit a three to go with it. Has some potential to develop, but didn’t really stand out in this game.

I. Taylor8 MIN, 2 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 16 +/-

Taylor made some really nice looking plays late in the game to create a layup for himself and generate a couple of good assists, and looked comfortable running the offense at the end of the game.

S. Konate5 MIN, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 12 +/-

Konate came in for the last five minutes and made an impact pretty much immediately, drawing a foul in the paint and hitting both free throws and then throwing down a huge dunk. Was engaged and ready to go as soon as he came in and brought some energy for the Raptors, and got the crowd excited on the dunk.

Nick Nurse

Hard to evaluate Nurse on a night like this, when you’re playing against a NBA rotation shortly after returning from Japan, without most of your own rotation. Hopefully he got some valuable information from the guys who played in this one to help figure out the back end of the team’s rotation, which is about the most you can hope to get from a game like this one.

Things We Saw

  1. Felt like the Bulls couldn’t miss for most of the night, and their offense looked good. They’ll be a better team than recent years, and they could be a dangerous team on most nights this season. Zach LaVine was fantastic creating offense for the team, and Markannen and Porter are a dangerous pair at the forward spots.
  2. With the travel it’s understandable that the Raptors gave the rotation guys the night off, and this game can be invaluable for the Raptors as they make decisions about the last couple of roster spots with the season only 9 days away now and only one preseason game remaining.
  3. Friday night in Brooklyn the Raptors finish off the preseason, and hopefully Kyle Lowry is good to go for that game and we can get a peak at what the Raptors rotation might look like before the season starts.
  4. The next time there is Raptors basketball in Toronto, they’ll be raising a Championship banner.

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