Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Hawks 98, Raptors 111

Atlanta 98 Final
Box Score
111 Toronto

C. Miles18 MIN, 9 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 3-8 FG, 3-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Miles was thrusted into the starting lineup almost out of nowhere after the Ibaka news broke. He still looked comfortable, looking for his shot and attacking the rim while playing inspired defense.

O. Anunoby23 MIN, 9 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 4-8 FG, 1-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

Anunoby looked energetic on both ends, culminating the 2nd quarter with a beautiful double-clutch reverse dunk. Yeah. Pretty sure he’s at 100% guys.

J. Valanciunas22 MIN, 13 PTS, 11 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 5-12 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 5 +/-

Valanciunas absolutely dominated in the 1st quarter. The Hawks bigs aren’t really… bigs and JV took advantage early. This could’ve easily been a 20/20 type game for JV if given the opportunity.

K. Lowry30 MIN, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 5-15 FG, 2-9 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -2 +/-

Lowry didn’t have much to do in this one, as per usual versus the Hawks this season. Delon and FVV did most of the damage. Lowry had a sickening crossover in the 1st frame that reworked the ligaments of Tyler Cavanaugh.

D. DeRozan34 MIN, 25 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 10-18 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-3 FT, 2 BLK, 3 TO, 10 +/-

Floater after floater after floater… After floater. DeMar played this one like a Drew League exhibition game. He was gliding around screens, doing mostly what he wanted within the three-point line.

D. Wright29 MIN, 13 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 6-10 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 16 +/-

Delon is a disruptor. You give me the option of choosing any single Raptors player to guard me up, and I’m picking Delon last every time. His length, energy and ever-improving awareness on defense has been great to watch this season. He rebounded extremely well tonight, as well.

P. Siakam23 MIN, 5 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 3 BLK, 0 TO, 13 +/-

Siakam was everywhere tonight. He’s been one of the primary reasons the Raptors bench has been so consistently good this season. He has an engine like Michael Bradley and it seems like when he’s on the court, the pace of the game increases tenfold.

J. Poeltl19 MIN, 6 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 3 BLK, 1 TO, 11 +/-

Poeltl, as always was lively and tireless in this one. He secured the Raptors multiple extra possessions through sheer willpower. He hit the glass hard and gave Atlanta fits.

F. VanVleet18 MIN, 6 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2-9 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 15 +/-

Fred, you’re nice and all (in spurts), but you’re not Kyle Lowry my guy. That attempt to draw the four-point-play was cute, but you need a couple more years of experience (and 883 more barbershop appearances) to consistently get that call. FVV was solid tonight as a floor general.

N. Powell17 MIN, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 3-11 FG, 1-6 3FG, 0-1 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -2 +/-

Powell has been having a rough month. From stinkers in OKC, Dallas and back in Toronto versus Philly, Norm’s confidence has been shot. He’s had very questionable shot selection and decision making. He didn’t have a horrible performance tonight, but not an inspiring one either.

L. Nogueira7 MIN, 6 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

With JV, Ibaka, Poeltl and Siakam as the clear top four frontcourt options, Nogueira has been a forgotten soul in Toronto. He’s not a bad player or even below average, but Toronto can’t afford to deepen their bench anymore than they already have. Bebe came in and had an instant influence on the game by scoring and swatting everything in sight.

Dwane Casey

The only thing holding DC back from ‘A’ level is refusing to acknowledge JV’s obliteration of the ATL frontcourt early. JV blows the Hawks out of the water not just by talent level, but by the nonstop determination he showed on the court. You must reward players for performances like these. Other than that, a rock-solid gameplan coupled with almost-perfect execution.

Things We Saw

  1. I wonder what happened with Ibaka for him to warrant a suspension? All we know is there was an altercation between him and a Raptors staffer following the OKC loss. My theory? That same Raptors staffer was blasting “Knock You Down” by Keri Hilson in the locker room after the game in hopes to motivate the team. Ibaka subsequently walked into the locker room and… lost it. In all seriousness, this was coincidentally a great game for Serge to rest.
  2. When JV dominates, he usually gets ignored. It’s been a theme for years now. Valanciunas was damn near unstoppable on the floor in the 1st quarter. He bullied the Hawks’ bigs on the boards, hit a pick-and-pop three and was scoring at will. He was only given one single post-up opportunity which he converted into a bucket and the rest was solely up to him. JV won’t do this every night, so when he can, Casey must give him a full green-light to operate.
  3. This was a must-win game that the Raptors comfortably took care of. Yes, it got a little antsy near the end, but the Raptors dominated all night long. They have two days off before they go up against sturdier competition in the Milwaukee Bucks.
  4. Who saw that Casey-Budenholzer yelling match near the end? It was more than likely over Anunoby’s steal-and-dunk in the final minute of the game. Who really cares, Atlanta. You’ve been getting embarrassed all year and you choose to get angry over that? Your team sucks. Go home.
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