Quick Reaction: Heat 116, Raptors 108

Toronto outshoots Miami, but gets smoked in the rebounding department, leading to a second consecutive loss.

TOR Raptors108Final
Box Score
116MIA Heat

P. Siakam24 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 1-6 FG, 1-3 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -3 +/-

If complaining was a countable statistic, Siakam would’ve led the NBA tonight. The Miami defense did an excellent job of getting into position on several of Pascal’s reckless drives to the hoop, and he paid the price for it. He dug himself a hole early with 4 fouls before the half, which made it tough for him to play with enough aggression to have any real impact in the 2nd half. Just an all around stinker for Toronto’s most mercurial player.

K. Lowry35 MIN, 24 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 9-13 FG, 4-7 3FG, 2-4 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -6 +/-

Kyle didn’t miss a beat in his return to the lineup after a 3 game absence. He exploded out of the gates, scoring 9 of the Raptor’s first 14 points in the game and looked excited to be back on an NBA basketball court. He played with an infectious energy that his team, who were drained from their battle last night, so desperately needed. Kyle Lowry remains the engine that makes this basketball team tick.

O. Anunoby35 MIN, 14 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 6-13 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -7 +/-

OG did a superb job on defense tonight. Contesting shots at the rim, cutting off passing lanes and doing his best to bang with Adebayo down low. He hit a few of his looks throughout the game, but it still feels like he’s 95% comfortable out there. Great work overall, and he took on the tall task of defending Bam as the 5 in the Raptors small ball lineup that they closed with.

F. VanVleet38 MIN, 24 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 0 STL, 6-13 FG, 5-11 3FG, 7-8 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -7 +/-

Fred’s never been one to string together consecutive poor shooting nights, and he didn’t start here. VanVleet was back to his sharpshooting ways on Wednesday evening, contorting his body in positions that had no business being associated with a made field goal, and still sinking them. His perimeter defense was also awesome. My only complaint with FVV is that he didn’t shoot more in a game where his team really could’ve used some additional firepower.

N. Powell33 MIN, 17 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 6-11 FG, 3-6 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -11 +/-

Norm did a great job of attacking the seams of the Heat defense and never settling for any of his looks this evening. That work he puts in to ensure high percentage looks, kept his team in the game for long stretches of play. Toronto’s leading scorers seems to fluctuate every game, but Powell is nearly always in the top three guys offensively for this team. Tonight was no exception.

C. Boucher18 MIN, 11 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 1-1 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 10 +/-

Boucher had a very average game by his standards. Hit a couple shots and was a pesky presence on the defensive end, but never really did anything to make you notice him out there.

A. Baynes17 MIN, 7 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Baynes didn’t play huge minutes in this one, but he was a solid contributor while he was on the floor. He provided a much needed physical presence down low, set his usual handful of stonewall screens and finished most of his open looks.

T. Davis14 MIN, 6 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 2-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -3 +/-

It speaks volumes to the trust that Nick Nurse has in Davis that he elected to go with TD in the Raptors crunch-time lineup over Boucher and Siakam. However, many Raptors fans may be questioning that confidence as he didn’t really add a ton of value while he was on the court. He stood in the corner for most of Toronto’s final possessions. Felt like they could’ve used more rebounding.

P. McCaw8 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -8 +/-

Patrick McCaw appears absolutely terrified to shoot the basketball, and I’m not sure that’s a trait that any professional basketball player who’s not named to an All-NBA defensive team, should have. 8 too many minutes for me.

Nick Nurse

Nurse did a commendable job of staying in a game that could easily be referred to as a scheduled loss. However, he may take some heat for his decision to ride with a small ball line up featured Terrence Davis in favour of Siakam or Boucher. Hindsight’s 20/20 but I’d be shocked if we see that combination of players down the stretch for the remainder of the season.

Things We Saw

  1. Statistics don’t always tell the entire story in basketball, but when you out shoot your opponents by 4% and lose by 8, something doesn’t add up. The Heat had the sizeable advantage in offensive and defensive rebounding this evening, which was likely the number one reason this game ended the way it did.
  2. The Raptors left it all out on the floor last night, and while that was an applaudable effort, you saw it in their legs tonight. Kyle Lowry was the overwhelming source of energy for his squad during this game, but they needed the pop that their bench provides on a typical night and they just didn’t have the juice for it.