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Quick Reaction: Raptors: 123, Nets 107

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TOR Raptors 123 Final
Box Score
107 BKN Nets

P. Siakam22 MIN, 11 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 4-10 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, -5 +/-

A solid night for Pascal Siakam in his last preseason game before the regular season. Defensively, he was a presence inside the post, with all six of his rebounds being defensive. One area he will have to clean up is his turnovers (three against Brooklyn).

O. Anunoby28 MIN, 18 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 6-13 FG, 4-8 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 14 +/-

OG Anunoby has been the best Raptor on the floor this preseason. Not only has he been strong defensively off the ball, but he has showcased his offensive abilities as well. OG shooting 50 percent from three against Brooklyn alone gives him an ‘A’ worthy performance.

M. Gasol27 MIN, 11 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 3-8 FG, 3-6 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 11 +/-

Marc Gasol had a very similar night to Pascal Siakam, except just a little worse shooting (37 percent FG, compared to Siakam’s 40 percent). Gasol showed his ability to shoot from beyond the arc (50 percent), as well as being physical inside the post with seven rebounds.

K. Lowry26 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 3-12 FG, 2-7 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 5 +/-

I know its preseason but I wanted to see a better performance from Kyle Lowry heading into the regular season. Only nine points in 26 minutes, on 25 percent shooting, begs the question if Lowry is healthy. What Kyle did incredibly well was his ball movement, evidenced by an assist in the first half that set up the OG Anunoby three.

F. VanVleet27 MIN, 16 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST, 1 STL, 5-11 FG, 4-6 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 16 +/-

Next to OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet was the second-best player on the floor. He moved incredibly well, showcased his tough defensive skills off the ball, made four threes and did not commit any turnovers. Raptors fans hope that similar performances happen for VanVleet as he complements Lowry at the point guard position.

N. Powell21 MIN, 11 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 24 +/-

Norman Powell has showcased a solid preseason. Shooting four of six from the field and two of three from beyond the arc is a solid night for Powell. The question remains…can he keep up this type of consistency off the bench for the regular season?

S. Ibaka19 MIN, 15 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 7-10 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 16 +/-

Serge Ibaka came to play against Brooklyn. He made his presence felt with his defense off the ball, as well as preventing the Nets from getting easy buckets inside the post. Ibaka’s 11 rebounds with 7-10 shooting, demonstrate that he has not slowed down since winning an NBA Championship. Rest assured Ibaka will continue to cook up more stellar performances during the regular season.

T. Davis15 MIN, 10 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 7 +/-

Out of all the players vying for a spot on the rotation, Terence Davis was phenomenal. Impressed with his ball movement and ability to shoot with ease. While he would like to see his turnovers reduced, Davis is someone that Nick Nurse can count on as the third point guard, next to Lowry and VanVleet.

S. Johnson14 MIN, 0 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -6 +/-

Stanley Johnson has a lot to work on. He showed signs of positive improvement was rebounding, generating four tonight. But scoring zero points in 14 minutes of play does not help his case to make the starting rotation.

M. Thomas10 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-4 FG, 3-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

Matt Thomas was fantastic from the three-point line tonight, going 3-3. Despite the limited minutes, Matt Thomas was fun to watch this preseason.

C. Boucher8 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 2-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Chris Boucher deserves a spot on the starting rotation. His shooting has improved (going 3-5 tonight from the field) and his defensive skills will cause opposing teams fits.

D. Hernandez7 MIN, 2 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

Not many minutes for Dewan Hernandez, but they were impactful. Seven rebounds showcased his defensive skills, which he will utilize with Raptors 905.

I. Taylor6 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 4 +/-

Not a great night for Isaiah Taylor, who did not get any points in six minutes. While he was able to generate two dimes, Taylor is going to be on the Raptors 905.

M. Miller5 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -6 +/-

A -6 +/- and not generating any positive numbers on the stat sheet in five minutes played does not help bolster Malcolm Miller’s case for making the starting rotation.

Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors starting five, even without Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, is still so good. It’s refreshing to see Lowry, Ibaka, Anunoby, Gasol and Powell play with such focus, connection and intensity.
  2. Terence Davis is the real deal and is going to make the Raptors rotation. I also think because of his size and physicality that Chris Boucher will be playing for the Raptors.
  3. Raptors 905 is going to look super good, particularly with Raptors draft pick Dewan Hernandez showcasing his defensive skills.
  4. The Raptors season opener is on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. It is the night where the Raptors players get their championship rings and a banner is raised.
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