Quick Reaction: Bucks 104, Raptors 101

Toronto loses an overtime thriller to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.

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Box Score
O. Anunoby46 MIN, 14 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST, 4 STL, 6-18 FG, 2-8 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

OG didn’t shoot really well tonight but his defense on Giannis was very strong tonight despite what the box score says, did well to double Giannis and just stick with him on drives and force him to take jumpers. Was a menace all over the floor defensively as well.

S. Barnes35 MIN, 19 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 9-19 FG, 0-4 3FG, 1-3 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

Great game from Scottie after a first half he surely wants to forget. Once again he was being left wide open but he didn’t;t let that get to his head and chuck up a bunch of shots, he did very well as a screener after handoffs and he also did extremely well attacking Milwaukee in the paint by using the space they gave him to get to the rim.

P. Siakam40 MIN, 11 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 4-18 FG, 0-2 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 1 +/-

One of the poorer games from Pascal we’ve seen all season, just really struggled against Brook Lopez tonight along with getting into foul trouble in the game. He was instrumental in a lot of the Giannis turnovers and overall coverage tonight though.

G. Trent Jr.45 MIN, 22 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 8-23 FG, 3-12 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 1 +/-

Gary was another one of the only real sources of offense tonight and it was his insane final minutes that made the Raptors ale to push this game into overtime. Really great shotmaking tonight at crucial times.

F. VanVleet47 MIN, 28 PTS, 8 REB, 12 AST, 3 STL, 8-23 FG, 4-14 3FG, 8-8 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 6 +/-

Wonderful game from Fred tonight as he was one of the only consistent sources of offense tonight both scoring and playmaking wise, was getting to the rim again and really punished drop coverage at times. Srong performance on defense for most of the game as well.

C. Boucher22 MIN, 5 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-8 FG, 0-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, -11 +/-

Really good energy from Boucher tonight, tried to keep the defense honest by firing away from three but he just couldn’t convert the looks, good energy on the glass.

P. Achiuwa12 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-5 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

Rough second game back from injury for Precious, seemed very hesitant to shoot and his defense was shockingly poor tonight.

M. Flynn12 MIN, 0 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -6 +/-

Another poor game from Malachi, his jumper was off tonight and he didn’t contribute on the defensive end.

J. Hernangomez06 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

Didn’t really impact the game at all, gave up a couple rebounds.

Nick Nurse

Nurse gameplan tonight went pretty well as Giannis had 12 turnovers, he also didn’t play anyone who would hurt Toronto for too long.

Things We Saw

  1. Once again Scottie had a quiet first half but then exploded in the second half, his process on his shots looks very good as he isn’t being baited into shooting like the defense wants, his touch on these jump hooks and post looks have looked really great, not to mention his work as a screener.
  2. Fred VanVleet stepped up in a big way tonight with Pascal having a bad game and the shots he was hitting were always right on time, great game by Fred.
  3. Another game of multiple starters playing over 40 minutes with multiple bench players getting dnps, there must be something done to improve the bench at the trade deadline.
  4. This was a great defensive game by Toronto, they suffocated Giannis and overall closed out to shooters pretty well, tonight was a testament to the fight this team has.

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