Quick Reaction: Pistons 97, Raptors 118

Toronto gets back on track with a blowout victory against the visiting Pistons.

Box Score
O. Anunoby25 MIN, 17 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 7-11 FG, 3-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 16 +/-

OG went back to his efficient shooting ways and took advantage of all the opportunities created for him, along with providing some excellent defense throughout the game.

P. Siakam38 MIN, 32 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST, 1 STL, 12-19 FG, 2-6 3FG, 6-10 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 26 +/-

Nobody had any chance of stopping Pascal tonight, he got to the rim at will will an array of spin moves and back downs and was just unwavering when it came to attacking the basket tonight, a welcome sight for Pascal got score 30 in his second game in a row.

J. Poeltl28 MIN, 4 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 24 +/-

Jakob didn’t score or shoot a lot tonight because it wasn’t necessary but his defense was elite, he did great as a hedger along with helping out at the rim tonight.

W. Barton24 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3-10 FG, 1-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

Not an efficient night for Barton but this was definitely the best he’s looked as a Raptor, he was hot early on, drawing early free throws and hitting shots early and cooled off as the game went on.

F. VanVleet29 MIN, 18 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 5-16 FG, 3-10 3FG, 5-5 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, 19 +/-

Not a great night from Fred, quite inefficient, was a very pesky defender tonight though and put constant pressure on Detroit’s defense.

M. Flynn18 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-8 FG, 1-6 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 4 +/-

Rough shooting night for Malachi who couldn’t get anything going tonight.

C. Boucher29 MIN, 19 PTS, 13 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 7-14 FG, 2-5 3FG, 3-3 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 4 +/-

Boucher was a force at the rim from the moment he stepped on the floor, he was flying in transition and Detroit couldn’t handle him on the glass either, he also aided Toronto as a rim protector tonight.

C. Koloko20 MIN, 5 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-2 FT, 4 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Wasn’t always pretty for CK but he managed to rack up 4 blocks and that’s huge for a young player finding his way.

J. Dowtin Jr.29 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 3-7 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 10 +/-

Great game by Down that reinforced the notion he should be in the rotation, his defense was effective, he made the right decisions, didn’t force anything, just a sound game all around from Dowtin tonight.

Nick Nurse

Great job letting Pascal go to work tonight, and getting Dowtin some good minutes as well, never let Detroit fight back into this one.

Things We Saw

  1. Jeff Dowtin Jr. needs to be apart of the rotation permanently, his defense is very valuable and he provides some pop as a driver as well that this team needs from the backup guard spot.
  2. Pascal Siakam seems to be in rhythm again, he hit a lot of shots that showed off his touch that he couldn’t get to go lately so this is a welcome sight.

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