Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 118, Nuggets 133

Tough game. Comment away.

TOR Raptors 118 Final
Box Score
133 DEN Nuggets

A+
O. Anunoby40 MIN, 32 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 7 STL, 12-16 FG, 3-6 3FG, 5-5 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -11 +/-

Couldn’t be anything besides an A+. His rebounding continues to impress, and he’s applying himself inside the arc offensively. He eats the point to wing pass for breakfast and gobbles up players who come to close. A defensive masterclass and an uber-efficient offensive night. He made this game close for long periods of time.

C+
P. Siakam40 MIN, 16 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 6-21 FG, 1-7 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 4 TO, -13 +/-

Super tough game offensively for him. The feathery touch we’ve come to expect from him around the basket has gone a bit wayward this year and that was under the microscope in this game. The Nuggets sat back on him and he responded pretty poorly in the half-court. His defense was really impressive, though. Tough game.

B-
R. Hollis-Jefferson25 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 3-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 3-3 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Thought he did a commendable job on defense. Not only was he as tough on Jokic as a guy his size can be, but his rotations off of him were pretty crisp. He really stagnated the offense with his negative spacing, though. And that’s largely where the Raptors offense saw it’s struggles.

B+
K. Lowry38 MIN, 17 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST, 0 STL, 4-14 FG, 2-10 3FG, 7-7 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -9 +/-

Little pockets of inspired play next to shooting funks. That’s been the Lowry we’ve seen in the past couple games. The defense was on brand and tenacious, no faulting him there. But, the lack of potency from downtown really hampers the Raptors in these games.

A-
N. Powell40 MIN, 24 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 9-17 FG, 1-6 3FG, 5-6 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -13 +/-

Killed the Nuggets poor transition defense. He’s gotten so good at picking his spots that 20-points has become commonplace for him. Obviously would’ve liked more from 3-point range, but thems the breaks. Great ancillary piece in a tough, tough game for the Raps.

C
P. McCaw24 MIN, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-4 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -13 +/-

So, we’re still seeing a bit of a sticking point when he’s initiating offense. But, he was better off the ball than he has been in past games. And despite the fact that TD2 makes way bigger plays, McCaw was a bit more sound defensively in this one. I wouldn’t have, but I understand why Nurse went with him when the back end of the defense was constantly in motion.

B+
T. Davis17 MIN, 8 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 1-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -6 +/-

I’m expecting a big game from him against the Suns (bookmark this) and he was nearly as good as advertised in this one. Aggressive shot-hunting with nice efficiency, out of nowhere rebounds, and ready to run in transition. Got back-cut a couple times and had a couple funky rotations, but hey, that’s life.

C
C. Boucher9 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -6 +/-

Really nice start to the second Q for him, but that faded quickly. He’s usually at his best when teams are spaced out and he can come in as a rim-runner, but the Raptors couldn’t do that for him tonight. Super tough matchup to try and hang in with.

Inc
M. Thomas6 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Too short a stint.

B
Nick Nurse

It’s tough to try and think what type of coaching decisions turn this game into a win, right? Maybe more motion for Siakam, but the Nuggets went under everything and he missed his jumpers. Davis instead of McCaw? That probably doesn’t save the day. Just a tough night.

Things We Saw

  1. I like Torrey Craig a lot. He did a great job defensively for the Nuggets, and I think he represents the floor of Terence Davis’ potential, which is a great thing. And also speaks to just how great I think Davis can be.
  2. This game was lost when they went into the bonus in the early fourth quarter. Losing the minutes against Plumlee & co. doomed them, and really showcased how hard it is to bang around inside with such a small team.
  3. The Raptors really miss their big men. There’s no substitute for what either Ibaka or Gasol do offensively or defensively. Come back soon.
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