Quick Reaction: Celtics 108, Raptors 105

Toronto loses a nail-biter in their in season tournament opener.

Box Score
S. Barnes32 MIN, 14 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 5-13 FG, 2-6 3FG, 2-3 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -3 +/-

Scottie was taking a lot of tough looks in the post and he was not showing the outside shot very well but defensively it felt like he was everywhere, he didn’t let Tatum go off, showing off his strength when Tatum tried to attack, but Scottie couldn’t really get his offense going either sadly.

P. Siakam29 MIN, 23 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 11-16 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 17 +/-

Pascal dominated this game during all of his minutes and Boston could not handle him in the post, early foul trouble led to reduced minutes for him in the first half but in the second half he made shot after shot in the post and showed off his amazing footwork as well, also made some great passes out of the post.

J. Poeltl34 MIN, 11 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 5-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 1 +/-

Jakob’s playmaking to open the game was really great, and he was doing a great job of being a release valve on offense by just lingering around the rim.

G. Trent Jr.31 MIN, 14 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 4-9 FG, 3-5 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 14 +/-

Gary was hot in this one but it was earlier on in the game, still though he did his job well, not a particularly good defensive game from him though sadly.

D. Schroder35 MIN, 23 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 9-19 FG, 5-11 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 1 +/-

Dennis’ scoring and playing were superb for most of the night, he shot the three ball very well and had more scoop layups than you can count, but on the defensive end he was getting taken advantage of by bigger players all night, and late game he took some questionable shots as well, overall good night for Schroeder.

G. Dick10 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-5 FG, 0-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -10 +/-

Poor game from Gradey who still can’t seem to get his three ball to fall and in this game he made some bad decisions, took some bad shots, and looked noticeably worse on defense, hopefully the rook can bounce back.

J. McDaniels07 MIN, 4 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -8 +/-

Mcdaniels only had a brief stint of playing time in this one and it wasn’t very strong on either end, couldn’t really find his footing in this one.

P. Achiuwa25 MIN, 5 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 2-4 FG, 0-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -2 +/-

Precious played some really nice defense tonight, helping contest at the rim a bunch and using his size well, attacked the basket pretty well the few times he did. He also rebounded well.

C. Boucher18 MIN, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -10 +/-

Boucher was attacking the rim a bunch but it wasn’t leading to much, he definitely wants those looks back, not a strong defensive game from him.

M. Flynn19 MIN, 5 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -15 +/-

A couple of rough stretches during this game for Malachi on both ends, missed some easy looks, made some questionable decisions, just when he was going to get subbed out in the second half he hit a huge three ball, moved the ball well

Darko Rajakovic

Lots of questionable stuff from Darko tonight such as the decision to keep Siakam out for the rest of the second half after three fouls in the first, running an all bench unit in some of the second quarter, not continuing to go to Pascal in the post during crunch time, and waiting a while in crunch time to get Scottie in the game.

Things We Saw

  1. To be as undermanned as they were, Toronto battled really hard tonight and showed that they could hang with the Boston Celtics, even when they were down big they never wavered.
  2. Pascal Siakam looked unstoppable in the post and it wasn’t only generating positive things for him, when Boston started to send help, he found his teammates cutting all over the floor.