Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Lakers 111, Raptors 123

LA Lakers 111 Final
Box Score
123 Toronto

S. Ibaka24 MIN, 11 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT, 3 BLK, 1 TO, 8 +/-

Serge was mostly good tonight, protected the rim and hit the shots he was given, which really tends to be the determining factor between a good or bad Serge night.

O. Anunoby22 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 0-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-

Really nice game from the rookie. OG took the matchup against Brandon Ingram, and made life miserable for Ingram. His defense was fantastic when he was out there, as we’ve come to expect, and despite missing his three three-point attempts, he had a couple nice buckets and played another composed offensive game.

J. Valanciunas24 MIN, 13 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 6-9 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 7 +/-

What can’t Jonas do right now? Hit a three again(3 in the last two games!), defending pick and rolls, made great passes to create for his teammates. The big man is confident and dominating games. Nearly got in a fight with Julius Randle too, which Randle wanted until Jonas was interested, and then Randle suddenly looked like he wanted no part of.

K. Lowry27 MIN, 14 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 5-12 FG, 1-4 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 11 +/-

11 boards in 27 minutes for a guy Lowry’s size is always impressive, and he also played a really nice game tonight, ran the starting lineup well and kept the game in hand for the Raptors.

D. DeRozan30 MIN, 19 PTS, 1 REB, 7 AST, 0 STL, 7-18 FG, 1-6 3FG, 4-5 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 8 +/-

DeMar came out passing, creating lots of shots for Jonas and others early, before going through a small stretch in the second when he forced his own shots and looked oddly hesitant, missing a bunch in a row. He made up for that in the third though with some easy buckets as the Raptors took over. DeMar didn’t let it get to him when he was struggling, which is great to see.

J. Poeltl24 MIN, 6 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, 5 +/-

Not the best night from Yak, who had four turnovers, but he still managed four offensive boards and played some strong defense. Had to deal with Larry Nance hitting him in the back several times while setting screens, which made it hard for him and Delon to get their normal screen and roll rhythm going.

C. Miles24 MIN, 13 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 5-12 FG, 3-9 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

CJ could manage a three for quite a while tonight, missing his first four attempts, before coming to life in the fourth quarter and hitting three to keep the game out of reach for the Lakers. Also hit a nice runner in traffic.

P. Siakam23 MIN, 7 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 3-5 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 4 +/-

Great nice from Pascal with his playmaking working, as well as finding his shot in this one. Still would like to see him helping the helper a little more on defense, and being less focused on leaking out in transition before the Raptors have possession.

D. Wright21 MIN, 10 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-7 FG, 1-2 3FG, 3-6 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 1 +/-

Delon hit a three, played some tough defense, and otherwise just let Fred run the bench, because Fred had everything working.

F. VanVleet20 MIN, 25 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 9-13 FG, 3-4 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

New career high in points for Fred, who had a phenomenal game. The Lakers simply had no answer for his offense, and he punished them over and over again, in transition, from downtown, and driving the lane. Really a shame that none of the Raptors young guys will be in the Rising Stars game, and that goes doubly for Fred, because it’d be a great honor for a guy who went undrafted.

Dwane Casey

Love a lot of what he did tonight. Kept the minutes low for the starters when the bench was rolling, and trusted them to finish even when the lead started to shrink. Also used the Lowry, Jonas and the bench lineup in the second quarter again, which is a nice group he’s gone to several times recently and the Raptors have been getting good minutes from. I’m a big fan of Jonas playing with the bench guys to get more minutes.

Things We Saw

  1. This was a talent mismatch from start to finish. The Raptors had some cold stretches tonight, but always came through with a couple minutes of dominance to re-establish control. You could argue that they should’ve stepped on the Lakers’ throats a little more through the night, but it’s hard to disagree with the results, and it’s a long season. Good to get the win.
  2. With this win, the Raptors secure Dwane Casey being the head coach of Team LeBron at the All-Star Game, and he’ll be coaching against DeRozan and Lowry there, which should be fun.
  3. The Jonas three tonight was a corner three that looked like it might’ve been a set play. They had him spotting up in the corner, and it worked. Something to look for going forward.
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