Quick Reaction: Celtics 120, Raptors 106

TOR Raptors106Final
Box Score
120BOS Celtics

A. Baynes20 MIN, 8 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -11 +/-

The Aaron Baynes homecoming game! Just kidding. Baynes didn’t do anything spectacular in his first game back in Boston, but he did do some things that helped his team succeed. Boxing out, tipping lose balls, setting good, hard screens and cleaning up garbage around the rim. But, he also blew a couple wide open layups, which cost him major brownie points. I’m not sure Boston fans missed this tribute video.

K. Lowry32 MIN, 24 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 10-15 FG, 1-4 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -16 +/-

For an old guy (by NBA standards), Kyle looked pretty damn fresh on the second night of a B2B. Lowry picked up where he left off in Washigtion, keeping his team in a tough first quarter behind 10 points and 2 dimes in 7 minutes. Lowry eased into the flow of the game after that, but had his paw prints all over this one when it mattered in the 4th. He was yet again the Raptors best player, did all he could to ignite a spark, the flame just wouldn’t catch.

P. Siakam35 MIN, 23 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 8-14 FG, 2-4 3FG, 5-7 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -11 +/-

Siakam played well tonight. He shot the ball at an efficient clip, attacked the paint almost every time he touched the ball, and played solid defense on the Celtics wings. My biggest complaint with Pascal in this game, was that he didn’t demand the ball more. In a game that looked like a YMCA pick up run, Toronto could’ve used Siakam’s scoring – he was one of the only Raptors seemingly capable of that on this night.

F. VanVleet37 MIN, 5 PTS, 3 REB, 11 AST, 2 STL, 2-9 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 3 TO, -17 +/-

Fred looked like he was playing scared out there tonight. He was the furthest thing from assertive when he had the ball in his hands, and it ended up hurting his team. Not just because he failed to make much of an individual contribution, but because that lack of assertiveness caused Celtic defenders to play off of him, making it harder for his teammates to create. I’m not sure if he’s injured or what’s going on, but 2 consecutive games with under 10 field goal attempts is very very strange for Fred.

N. Powell31 MIN, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 6-15 FG, 0-4 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -6 +/-

It’s a make or miss league, and Powell was missing them tonight. He didn’t necessarily approach the game any differently than previous ones this season that he’s put up big numbers in, he just couldn’t make his shots

C. Boucher25 MIN, 12 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 4-8 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-4 FT, 5 BLK, 1 TO, -7 +/-

Chris Boucher and his anaconda arms were back at it again on Thursday night, seeking out shot blocking opportunities like his slender life depended on it. His activity on the defensive end helped keep his team in this game for certain stretches, but he didn’t reinforce it with the scoring that we know Boucher is capable of. Felt like we needed a 20-10 night out of Slimm Duck if we wanted to steal this one, but he was never able to get on a roll on offense.

D. Bembry22 MIN, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 1 +/-

Bembry came in when the Raps were on the wrong side of a big Boston run, and played some excellent defense. His boxscore is nothing to write home about, but Bembry might have some of Jayson Tatums facial hair stuck in his teeth after the game – that’s how closely he was draped all over him. Great work

S. Johnson16 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 3-5 FG, 1-3 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-

You don’t always need to contribute counting stats to be a valuable asset to your team. Johnson was a fantastic example of that this evening. His perimeter defense was nothing short of brilliant, as he made things tough for Brown and Tatum for the entire time he was out there.

T. Davis13 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

If you didn’t notice TD out there in this one, don’t blame yourself. The stat line says it all. Not much in way of a positive contribution from the Raps mercurial reserve.

Nick Nurse

Box out, close out. Those are two things Nurse’s team didn’t appear prepared to do, or capable of doing in this game, and it really hurt them. The Raptors got out worked and out smarted on the glass and in the pain all night long. You kept waiting for a big adjustment from Nurse but it never really came.

Things We Saw

  1. Do the Toronto Raptors know how important preventing offensive rebounds is? The guys in red and black got absolutely destroyed on the offensive glass in this game, particularly in the 1st half – where the C’s scored 12 second chance points on 9 offensive boards.
  2. Communication on defense was flat out bad tonight. Semi Ojeleye and Payton Prichard were on fire from deep. They needed to be stopped, and for some reason the Raptors were incapable of not helping off them. They burned Toronto from deep all night long, and did so because they were wide open on most of their triples.

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