Quick Reaction: Hawks 127, Raptors 100



Box Score

P. Siakam37 MIN, 14 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 6-16 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-4 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -25 +/-

Seems obvious that he’s still feeling the lingering effects of his sickness. Might have been good to take the night off. Either way, he didn’t really have the juice to beat the Hawks off the dribble repeatedly and the shot-making is still missing. He actually wasn’t involved that much in the Trae actions defensively, so he skirts some of the blame, but it wasn’t a standout night for him on that end of the floor either. At least he made a handful of nice passes.

S. Barnes21 MIN, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -25 +/-

Couldn’t contain anyone at the point of attack defensively, and was toothless in helpside. Just a really bad night on that end. The offense wasn’t really any better, unfortunately.

K. Birch13 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -24 +/-

Had virtually nothing to give on either end of the floor. The offense is less his fault because he’s not creating his own looks, but the defensive output wasn’t good.

F. VanVleet35 MIN, 24 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST, 1 STL, 8-22 FG, 5-14 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -30 +/-

The shotmaking was impressive, given the circumstances. He pushed hard to create offense when nothing else was going. His POA defense on Trae was, unfortunately, really poor. How much of that is Trae being unstoppable and how much is Fred being a little worse than we’re used to? Tough to say. But he gutted it out in this one.

G. Trent Jr.31 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3-10 FG, 1-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -29 +/-

Defense was bad, and he was asked to create a decent amount of offense that never came around. Just a mediocre game, and his superhero shotmaking didn’t make an appearance in this one.

T. Young22 MIN, 10 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL, 4-8 FG, 1-1 3FG, 1-3 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -14 +/-

A few decision making gaffes in this one. Two 24-second violations, an airballed layup. He still adds flair to the offense, but it’s not gamechanging – especially when the Raptors stars aren’t going. So-so stuff.

C. Boucher23 MIN, 3 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-

As per usual, he doesn’t create his own offense. So, if none of the stars are creating advantage, Boucher can’t do much but go hunt ORBS. He did a bit of that, tried to plug in as a cutter, and had an overall muted impact in this one. No big deal, he goes as the team does.

P. Achiuwa30 MIN, 21 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 8-12 FG, 2-3 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, +7 +/-

Was so good defending the Trae ‘pnr’ actions that the Hawks actually went away from screening the ball, instead asking Trae to isolate. He also provided significant offensive pop with shotmaking, a thunderous poster slam, and a bit of an improvisational bent. He was good. It’s not coincidence that he ended up on the positive side of the +/- ledger.

Y. Watanabe3 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-4 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-

Lotta counting stats in a little time. Really nice block on Dieng.

M. Flynn19 MIN, 6 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-10 FG, 0-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +4 +/-

Really nice cross into the lane for a reverse layup. A little stop and pop. But mostly ran out to handle the ball and miss jumpers. Not of much consequence.

Nick Nurse

He threw a lot of looks at Young in this one. They even tried out the newest trend in NBA defense: “switch to blitz”. But, Young stepped out, and stepped on the Raptors. There was no fix tonight.

Things We Saw

  1. Young’s ability to blow-by every single Raptor that stood in his way was remarkable. And on top of that, the reads against their moving defense were great. What a talent.
  2. I don’t think it’s heroic for Siakam to play while he’s sick. Mate, I really wish you’d just take the night off and rest up.
  3. The Raptors have a lot to figure out before they suit up against the Nets on Monday.

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