Quick Reaction: Warriors 77, Raptors 130

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GS Warriors 77 Final
Box Score
130 TOR Raptors

A
C. Boucher25 MIN, 10 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 4 STL, 2-4 FG, 1-2 3FG, 5-5 FT, 2 BLK, 2 TO, 29 +/-

Had trouble blocking out James Wiseman on the very first possession, but he settled down and defended him very well at all times: in the post, in the air on a lob, even on the perimeter. He actually bullied him at times. Those are the small things on defense that Toronto has been lacking, and it was tough to watch Wiseman get pushed around by every Raptor, but it was a requirement for this team. Boucher did his job, and he did it well.

A+
P. Siakam31 MIN, 36 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 14-24 FG, 4-9 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 49 +/-

Talk about a dominating offensive performance. He was as good as good can be. Missed his first shot, a triple, but then followed up with a gorgeous hanging layup. Was very aggressive in the post, spinning with fluid aggression and drawing fouls the few times he didn’t score. Was not as decisive in his closeouts, which led to a number of triples made with him as the rotating defender. Once he got his inside game going, his jumper started to fall, whether from the midrange against the zone or from the corner after offensive rebounds. Scored with total ease in the first half, and poured the concrete in the Warriors’ shoes from deep in the second half.

A+
O. Anunoby26 MIN, 21 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 8-12 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 43 +/-

Ceded the spotlight to Pascal early, but he is so damn good in the post now it’s crazy. Wiseman didn’t have a chance against him on the drive. Was very strong with the ball in the lane, even slowing his body down to create contact before going up just ahead of shot-blockers’ arms. When he started hitting his jumpers in the second half, it was over. His defense was spectacular, just snatching the ball out of the air at will. Some nights the Pascal-OG two-man Batman-Robin vibe just works, and this was one of those nights.

A+
G. Trent29 MIN, 24 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 8-14 FG, 6-9 3FG, 2-2 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 54 +/-

Continued his hot shooting from the Thunder game, though his defense was not spectacular on the perimeter to start. Then he exploded in the second quarter, and his defense was kind of less important. Scored in transition, hit one-dribble threes. Was a star. Finished plus-54, which is a franchise record, because he is a star in his new role. Trent is a huge add to this team.

A-
F. VanVleet18 MIN, 7 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-3 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 17 +/-

Had solid pick-and-roll chemistry with Chris Boucher early in the game. He was quiet offensively, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And on the other end he was his usual fire-spitting three-headed monster. Was so tight in the jersey of players when he chased them around screens that he forced passes to simply fly out of bounds because he was such a distraction. Got his hands on every ball within a wide radius around him. His numbers were quiet, but he did a great job letting the team dominate. Then went to the locker room in the third quarter with a strained left hip flexor because nothing can be perfect ever.

A+
M. Flynn30 MIN, 16 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 7-12 FG, 1-4 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 34 +/-

as Toronto’s best player off the bench. Continues to get early minutes, and his defense was solid after a poor showing against the Thunder. His heavy hands were a huge boost to the Raptors on that end. He made solid offensive choices, though his shot continued not to fall early. Eventually got one, as he drove baseline and hit a spinning fading middy jumper that was picturesque. Started pouring it on a little bit in the extended garbage time of the second half, even hitting his triples. Even showed some jitterbug juice in getting to the rim. We got a look at the future for Flynn in this one, albeit against a broken and battered opponent.

A-
A. Baynes24 MIN, 5 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 2 BLK, 2 TO, 21 +/-

This was much more of what Toronto expected from Baynes. His defense was solid. He closed a few gaps here and there, which was significant. His offensive contributions remain minimal, but that’s less significant. He did hit a corner jumper, then later faked Wiseman out of his shoes on a shot fake (lol) and kept the ball moving to an open Trent. Solid.

A-
S. Johnson20 MIN, 0 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 0-6 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -7 +/-

Drove out of control once or twice in the third quarter (!) garbage time. But defended well, and you can’t be too hard on a guy whose biggest fault has been trying too hard to dig out of the team’s hole. Rebounded and defended well and stayed professional during a historic blowout. Not much more you can ask for.

A-
D. Bembry20 MIN, 5 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 24 +/-

Was back from his extended stay in health and safety protocols, and it is incredible to see him on the court again. Here’s to hoping he’s feeling all better as soon as possible. He got some run early in the second quarter and thrived. Defended very well. Attacked the glass on both ends. Some turnovers, but he was generally a jolt of energy in a game that didn’t even need it. Fun.

A
Y. Watanabe13 MIN, 6 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-6 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 1 +/-

Was fun!! Had a nice backcut and hanging finish in the air! Attacked the offensive glass, where Baynes was called for a nonsense offensive foul on a Yuta putback. Great, great defense.

A
Nick Nurse

Finally. Not much to say here. Not sure how much of a blowout — going either way — can be put on a coach. But Toronto was great, so Nurse was great. He seemed in fine spirits before the game, which is great to see him not get too down during the losing streak. I’m sure he’ll be calm cool and collected after.

Things We Saw

  1. I’ve been adamant that Toronto has just needed some weight off the mind rather than working harder and harder. When work is an impossible weight, working harder is never the answer. A hug is. And this game was just about the biggest, warmest hug that the Raptors could have imagined. In that sense, not all wins are made equal. This one was needed.
  2. When it rains it pours, etcetera. Toronto has had good first halves in the past before fading. Early in the third quarter of this one, Toronto did a jig on Golden State’s throat. Anunoby hit a corner triple, then Siakam and VanVleet hit consecutive triples from the same spot in transition. That’s the future. Those three were so fantastic together.
  3. Please let Fred VanVleet be healthy. That would be too unfair a blow for the man to be injured when he finally has cause to enjoy his work again. He doesn’t deserve such rotten luck.
  4. This wasn’t just hot shooting. Toronto hit only 15 threes (what a world where 15 threes is “only”) in the victory, scoring much better inside the arc. Siakam and Anunoby are beastly on the drive and in the post when they face single coverage, and Toronto did a great job leveraging the threat of one for the other. Yes, blowouts make everything look good. But you can see what the Raptors are really like with those two as the twin stars, and VanVleet as the defensive menace and orbiting point guard. Trent doesn’t hurt either. But the team at its best probably rests on Anunoby and Siakam’s shoulders. They succeeded in this one.

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