Quick Reaction: Jazz 108, Raptors 122

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Jazz 108 Final
Box Score
122 Raptors

B
P. Siakam39 MIN, 17 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 6-16 FG, 2-5 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, +13 +/-

Pascal usually gets off to good starts, but only took three shots in the first quarter. Would have liked to see him be more assertive at a time where everyone else was very lackadaisical. He did what I asked for in the fourth. Key baskets while Fred was getting a rest, helping extend the lead.

A-
O. Anunoby34 MIN, 22 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 8-13 FG, 4-7 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, +11 +/-

OG had a better first half than most. Only he and Pascal had any sort of rhythm behind the arc. Sweet one handed catch for an alley-oop from Fred. His performance will be lost in this, but he was steady at a time when the Raptors were anything but.

B+
S. Barnes31 MIN, 11 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 5-14 FG, 0-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

A lot of short roll screener stuff early because Hassan Whiteside is going to ignore that always. Loved what he did in the middle of Utah’s zone late in the second quarter. great pass to OG cutting for a slam. Barnes realized Anunoby was going to be open long before OG knew. Elevated for a tough push shot in the paint over Whiteside. Collided knees with Whiteside in the third which shook him up a bit. Scottie’s three point shot has deserted him lately.

A+
F. VanVleet36 MIN, 37 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST, 2 STL, 12-22 FG, 4-12 3FG, 9-9 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, +9 +/-

Fred wasted the whole shot clock late 1st quarter waiting for OG Anunoby to tie his shoe, leading to a 24 second violation. Lol what was that? Finally cooled off from three, missing seven of his eight first half attempts. Forget all of that though, because he was incomplete takeover f**k it all do it myself mode in the third quarter. Orchestrated a personal 15-0 run. Digged down on defence too for steals. Got a block. F-U threes. That third is the best I’ve ever seen Fred play. KLOE vibes. He had 24 points in the third alone, making all 8 of his shots. Season high in points and FIRST CAREER TRIPLE DOUBLE! Kyle Lowry tweeted “about time!” I never post videos on quick reactions but that legendary third quarter run is above. Check out the last four minutes. It’s a damn shame there was no crowd for this performance.

C+
G. Trent Jr.35 MIN, 10 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 4-12 FG, 2-8 3FG, 0-0 FT, 3 BLK, 2 TO, +8 +/-

Picked up a couple of offensive fouls doing too much trying to create separation. Couldn’t find his open shot early. Shooters shoot though, and he made a couple of big ones in the fourth when Fred was on the bench to extend the lead.

A
C. Boucher20 MIN, 13 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 5-9 FG, 0-2 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +12 +/-

Boucher provided a good spark at a time when the Raptors needed it. Had four offensive rebounds in the first half. Finished well too. That shot of Boucher exhausted on the bench after subbing out mid fourth said it all. Needed those football oxygen tanks. Beautiful image, what every fan wants to see. Guys giving their all out there.

B
P. Achiuwa18 MIN, 9 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 4-7 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, +14 +/-

I don’t have much to say except this. Just stop waving off better offensive players to do foolishness okay? That fourth quarter fastbreak looking off Pascal was anti vibes. Other than that he was fine. Got the last two baskets to ensure VanVleet recorded his first career triple-double. Fitting for it to be on a lob too, which hasn’t always gone well for Precious this season.

Inc
D.J. Wilson1 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

Was part of numerous last minute subs. Glad to see him back.

B
J. Champagnie4 MIN, 0 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Champagnie did what he does every game upon checking in: crashing the glass. He had an offensive rebound when the Raptors were lacking energy mid 1st quarter that led to a basket. He followed that up with an airball though. It was only a two minute stint but he was noticeable.

B-
K. Birch17 MIN, 3 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +12 +/-

Khem + Fred short roll = butter. He then was wide open for a corner three. You could tell he REALLY didn’t want to shoot that. Who, me?

Inc
M. Flynn2 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Was part of numerous last minute subs.

Inc
D. Banton2 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Was part of numerous last minute subs.

Inc
S. Mykhailiuk2 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Was part of numerous last minute subs.

B+
Nick Nurse

Embarrassing first quarter effort giving up 40 point in back to back games. Nothing was worse than the sequence of Eric Paschall being fouled from three, missing the third of those free throws, and promptly grabbing the offensive rebound and flushing it home for a four point possession. Malik Fitts halfcourt shot to wrap up the first was the basketball gods way of saying you deserve that. Nurse brought in Champagnie and Boucher early, tried a zone and a no point guard lineup later on. Was visibly frustrated by the effort. It picked up in the second half for the second straight game, but why does it need to take 24 minutes? I don’t really fault Nurse for that though. The big no point guard lineup once again pushed a close game to double digits in the fourth.

Things We Saw

  1. ERIC PASCHALL: He had 17 of his 29 points in the first quarter. That’s more than he scored in any game this season period folks. He had some LOUD rude dunks too.
  2. 3-POINT SHOOTING: The Raptors shot 5-26 in the first half, and allowed the Jazz (who strategically hunt extra passes for threes) to make double. That’s a recipe for disaster. Lots of open catch and shoot looks for Utah. Thankfully it didn’t bury the Raptors.
  3. Salt Lake City Stars: Yes, Utah was missing their entire starting lineup. At some point I want to see a regulars vs regulars game.
  4. WHAT A SWING: The Raptors outscored Utah 73-46 in the 2nd half.

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