Quick Reaction: Raptors 103, Clippers 100

Setting records. That Rocks. 

Setting records. That Rocks.

Box Score

P. Siakam39 MIN, 31 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 13-22 FG, 3-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, +10 +/-

Smooth. Controlled. Dominant. Siakam was a calming presence on both sides of the floor and delivered fully on the advantages he had in this game. The Clippers have long defenders and huge backline rim protectors, he navigated it all with aplomb. Awesome game.

S. Barnes40 MIN, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 7-16 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, +7 +/-

That dunk was something else. A mixed bag in some regards with some clunky late possessions and an unquestionably poor approach to POA defense, but I tell you this – the Clippers cared a lot about Barnes’ drives. He also played pretty good team defense in this one. A couple really nice tags, back-line rotations, all of it. He’s been so good that this game is a little disappointing, but even this was packed with so many great plays.

K. Birch21 MIN, 9 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 5-6 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +13 +/-

Tremendous game. If the Clippers weren’t so deadset on doubling Pascal and Fred I think he would’ve closed, he definitely played well enough to do it under normal circumstances. Extra possessions, finished plays, sound defense with a bit of pop. This was a high end Birch game. Well done.

F. VanVleet36 MIN, 21 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 7-17 FG, 3-9 3FG, 4-6 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, +8 +/-

This was a real battle. The Clips switched long defenders onto him all game, and he still found enough pockets for his own success, and battled in mismatches on the other end. Not his best, but he did enough to help shepherd the Raptors to 5 straight.

G. Trent Jr.33 MIN, 7 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 1-9 FG, 1-5 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +10 +/-

The shot is amiss, no doubt about it. Would’ve helped a lot if it was there. But, he got his hand in some cookie jars at the very least.

T. Young12 MIN, 3 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Pretty quiet game, and thought it was kind of a funky fit for him. Hit the corner 3 after the Precious dish, but this was largely underwhelming.

C. Boucher22 MIN, 6 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-3 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -11 +/-

Was disappointed he didn’t get the charge call at the end. His defense has been littered with selfless plays for some time. Was relegated to more outside play in this one and that meant it was a little more feast or famine with the outside shot. A quiet game, but a couple nice plays to close.

P. Achiuwa27 MIN, 11 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-7 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 4 TO, -10 +/-

Thought he was really strong. The extra threat of his off the bounce offense helped change some late possessions for the offense, and that saved possession and putback was worth it’s weight in gold. Lots of nice plays in this one, even if it came with too many turnovers.

A. Brooks9 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -8 +/-

Gotta hit those jumpers, brother.

Nick Nurse

The team brought it defensively, and the way they kept the Clippers 3-point shooting at bay was largely because of the gameplan. Beat a tough team on the road, and his team only ever faltered during tough lineups and shooting slumps. Did his job.

Things We Saw

  1. Terance Mann is terrific. I really want to see him in a Raptors jersey someday.
  2. The Scottie Barnes look-back on the fastbreak makes its triumphant return. My god, what a moment. And followed up by a Precious pick n’ pop 3, and a Pascal iso bucket. Super fun run of play.
  3. Holding Zubac and Hartenstein to these performances is a job well done. Those are behemoths.

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