|A. Baynes22 MIN, 11 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-12 FG, 1-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 3 BLK, 0 TO, -12 +/-|
I think someone needs to mock up one of those Spiderman pointing memes with Aaron Baynes and Brook Lopez, because the big Aussie was letting them fly tonight. Baynes looked the most comfortable he has in a Raptor uniform all season, but perhaps that was a bit too comfortable? He provided his team with some nice offense in the first half, but one could argue he was open as much as he was for a reason. However, his screen setting, ability to clog driving lanes and rebounding supplemented his night nicely.
|N. Powell40 MIN, 26 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 8-13 FG, 5-7 3FG, 5-6 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -10 +/-|
He’s on a roll. Powell played with the aggression that Raps fans have come to adore him for, taking every inch of space the Bucks defence gave him in this game. The Raptors have picked up their pace of play over the past few contests, which seems to be fuelling Norm’s impact on the offensive end of the court. More transition opportunities and quicker ball movement are what Norm thrives on, and he was in his happy place tonight.
|F. VanVleet38 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST, 4 STL, 3-17 FG, 2-11 3FG, 2-2 FT, 3 BLK, 2 TO, 1 +/-|
Fred had an awful night shooting the ball, going 3/17 from the field. However, he did do a solid job of facilitating on offense, setting up his teammates for some great looks. But as a top 3 usage guy on the team, we need to see more out of a player who shoots the ball as much as he did. Shot selection was bleak for VanVleet, and that’s just not going to cut it for a guy who’s relied on so heavily by his team to score each night.
|K. Lowry37 MIN, 21 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 7-12 FG, 6-8 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -17 +/-|
Looking to bounce back from the lackluster showing in Indiana, Kyle seemed to be almost back to himself on Wednesday evening. He ummed and ahhed his way through the first 3 quarters, but really dialed up the intensity in the 4th. Despite his average playmaking, he shot the ball incredibly well from deep, nailing 6 triples on the night. A couple charges drawn, a couple shoulder down drives, and a couple… oh no, make that 10,000 points for Lowry in a Raptor uniform.
|P. Siakam35 MIN, 11 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 5-12 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -17 +/-|
Siakam was impactful in this one for little bursts, attacking the paint with a spin move, or getting himself a good shot off an iso move, but then you forgot he was out there. He was great some of the time tonight, but in order for this team to be competitive against stiff competition like Milwaukee, he needs to be consistent. It just wasn’t there during all four quarters for Spicy P tonight, and his team struggled to put points on the board because of it.
|T. Davis19 MIN, 8 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 3-9 FG, 2-6 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-|
TD was pretty serviceable while he was out there tonight. Nailed a couple threes, played tough D, but wasn’t the most efficient, doing it at a 33% clip.
|Y. Watanabe13 MIN, 5 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-|
Man it’s fun to watch this guy play. He played some really strong minutes off the bench this evening, showing off his smooth looking jumpers on a few occasions. Yuta usually brings multiple things with him to the table, and tonight was no different. Great hustle, great D, great shooting. Nothing crazy, but still very valuable stuff.
|C. Boucher13 MIN, 10 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-9 FG, 2-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-|
After a red-hot offensive start to the season, Slim Duck seems to be cooling off a bit. Boucher’s shot looked pretty bad tonight, especially when he hoisted them up from three. He usually counteracts subpar shooting nights with great D, but his rim protection wasn’t as noticeable tonight as it’s been in games past.
|S. Johnson13 MIN, 6 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 2-4 FG, 2-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -3 +/-|
As what should come as a surprise to no one who’s been watching this team all season, Stanimal played excellent defense tonight, severely limiting Giannis’s impact. Of course, stopping the Greek Freak was a team effort, but I would wager that his stat line would’ve looked dramatically different without Johnson draped all over him. Stan also hit a couple key shots which makes him that much easier to keep on the floor for Nick Nurse.
Nurse had a good game plan to stop Giannis, and that was effective, until the fourth quarter began. He got his club to fight tooth and nail to compete in this one, but Milwaukee just had more warm bodies out there tonight, with Middleton and Holiday showing up as real co-stars to their 7 foot Greek counterpart.
Things We Saw
- As bleak as it is to celebrate a loss, the compete level we saw from Toronto tonight was easily that of a Playoff team. You have to think that if this team stays committed on the defensive end and is able to stay healthy, that they’ll be in a good position to secure a playoff spot come the end of the season.
- How about Norman Powell? What a roller coaster of a career for a dude who didn’t play a year and a half ago, who’s stayed the turbulent course of the NBA to find himself thriving in this new starting role. Powell has been the Raptors most consistent option on offense during the past few games, and he might have won himself the starting role for good because of it.
- A moment of silence, followed by a loud round of applause for Kyle Lowry, who moved into 3rd all-time in franchise scoring for the Toronto Raptors, passing Vince Carter and scoring his 10,000th franchise point for the Dinos tonight. KLOE now trails only Chris Bosh and his best bud Demar DeRozan on the Raps scoring totem pole.