Quick Reaction: Hornets 109, Raptors 112

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Hey, another win!

TOR Raptors 112 Final
Box Score
109 CHA Hornets

B+
P. Siakam23 MIN, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 5-7 FG, 2-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -6 +/-

Still playing a very relaxed version of his game, and seemingly wants a healthy dose of pull-up reps. He’s not panicking teams by abusing mismatches or facilitating at a massive rate, but it’s nice to see him show off a bit of his touch.

C+
O. Anunoby20 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -17 +/-

Was actually bad on defense! Lost Hayward consistently and had a few blown rotations – not that it matters very much, he’s an All-NBA defender. Didn’t see a repeat of the takeover on offense, which is disappointing, but not all that surprising. A preseason game.

A+
F. VanVleet22 MIN, 23 PTS, 0 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 9-12 FG, 5-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -6 +/-

Hell yes. What an immensely fun performance from Fred. He is a nightmare for the opposing team when he digs in on their post players. He worked exceptionally well off the ball in the 2nd quarter, and despite a couple tough forays into the paint I liked his choice of drives.

C+
N. Powell17 MIN, 9 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-11 FG, 1-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -14 +/-

Going through the motions a bit. Can’t turn the corner, loose handle, up and down jumper. The swap of he and Kyle Lowry in the starting lineup should be meaningful. And again, it’s preseason so this shouldn’t be read into too much.

B
A. Baynes17 MIN, 4 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 2 +/-

A true bone crusher when screening. Had a couple nice lil hook shots, and I thought his defensive rotations were much better than last game. The Raptors still need to incorporate him into a few more actions offensively.

A+
M. Flynn19 MIN, 17 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 7-12 FG, 3-8 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 5 TO, 13 +/-

Loved every minute of his game. Hit stop and pop jumpers, canned triples against bad pick and roll defense, and did it all without the ball sticking in his hands. He plugs into the game really well, and that’s very appreciated by the roster around him. Nice point of attack defense + screen navigation as well.

A
D. Bembry15 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-3 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 17 +/-

A true chaos-creator. Had some really fun minutes as the de facto decision maker with VanVleet whirring off-ball, and really enjoyed his defense. Hit a three as well. He seems to fill a lot of the attributes that Nurse has typically appreciated from McCaw – so we’ll see what that means for the rotation.

C
M. Thomas15 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-5 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

Following in OG’s footsteps, a much less significant offensive punch in this one. It’s rare to see a shooter of his ilk go 1-for-5. The process looked fine, he just didn’t hit shots.

A
T. Davis14 MIN, 14 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 5-10 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 13 +/-

His best attribute is how well he moves within the Raptors offense. He’s shown great acumen for playing off of a number of players now, and his 3-point shot and downhill playmaking/dump-offs really help the Raptors offense punish moving defenses.

D
C. Boucher13 MIN, 1 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -6 +/-

This was a really ugly game for him defensively. Jumped at way too much, was out of position often, and didn’t find space for himself on the offensive end either. It’ll get better, presumably, when Lowry returns.

B+
A. Len11 MIN, 4 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 12 +/-

As I said last game, his paint defense is for real. In preseason games that can be quite free flowing he’s a real wakeup call to players who want to probe the paint. He’ll continue to make the case for his promotion to 2nd-string ‘5’ and bumping more of Boucher’s minutes to the ‘4’.

B
O. Brissett9 MIN, 3 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-2 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 3 +/-

Liked his proactive play on offense. He punched gaps and earned free throws. Even handled the ball a little bit. He’s range-y on defense, of course, and he looked good as a rover.

Inc
P. Watson9 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 13 +/-

Not much to take away here.

B
Y. Watanabe8 MIN, 3 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-

Continues to make his case for a roster spot. Very smart player.

Inc
J. Harris6 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Free flowing garbage time.

Inc
S. Johnson6 MIN, 2 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Free flowing garbage time.

Inc
A. Johnson4 MIN, 1 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

Free flowing garbage time.

Inc
H. Ellenson4 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 1-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

Free flowing garbage time.

B+
Nick Nurse

I never know how to judge a coach on preseason games. The Raptors weren’t very creative at any point in the game, and the rotations are just trying to get guys minutes. He challenged a call though, which is funny.

Things We Saw

  1. Nurse’s post-game comments indicated he was disappointed with Thomas’ and Boucher’s performances. Just goes to show how little opportunity and room for error there is towards the end of the bench.
  2. At the very least, Flynn looks great. His game isn’t dependent on shot-making, and one could even hope to see Lowry and VanVleet utilized off-ball in tandem with Flynn on the floor. Could be fun.
  3. I saw a lot of trash talk between players on the floor and opposing teams benches. I wonder if that’ll be enhanced this year with the lack of fans. Something to look out for.

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