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Quick Reaction: Raptors 117, Magic 104 - Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog
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Quick Reaction: Raptors 117, Magic 104

Toronto 117 Final
Box Score
104 Orlando

C
S. Ibaka23 MIN, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 3-7 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 6 +/-

To be honest, Serge was just mostly invisible in this one. He wasn’t involved in the offense during the first quarter when both teams couldn’t miss, and didn’t have much of a defensive impact either. The Raptors could’ve used him being a presence, but he wasn’t one.

B+
O. Anunoby10 MIN, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-3 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 10 +/-

OG was having a really nice game, especially offensively, where he looked confident shooting the ball and had a great assist to Jak in the paint, before going down with what’s being called a sprained ankle in the second quarter and missing the rest of the night. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.

B
J. Valanciunas20 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 4-6 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 0 +/-

Hit a three, scored some easy buckets and put up efficient numbers, but struggled some defensively too, with Orlando’s offense mostly coming from the three-point line and not really leaving Jonas with a natural assignment.

C+
K. Lowry33 MIN, 19 PTS, 7 REB, 10 AST, 0 STL, 7-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, 1-5 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 15 +/-

Kyle came out firing and put up a great stat line in this one, but he also struggled a lot defensively, frequently dying on screens and losing his man, and single-handedly created a 6-0 Magic run to end the third quarter with a pair of ugly turnovers. Also, uncharacteristically bad free throw shooting night.

B-
D. DeRozan34 MIN, 21 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 6-13 FG, 0-3 3FG, 9-11 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 11 +/-

DeMar had some very pretty baskets tonight and got to the free throw line, contributing a lot of efficient points. He also had a rough defensive night though, and needs to work harder to get around screens and not allow the opposing offense to force easy switches and create mismatches using him.

A+
J. Poeltl28 MIN, 13 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 5-7 FG, 0-0 3FG, 3-3 FT, 3 BLK, 1 TO, 13 +/-

Fantastic game from Jak. Came in early with Jonas in foul trouble, and helped the Raptors build an 8-point lead in the first quarter quickly. He was the best defensive player the Raptors had, controlling the paint while he was out there, and also showed off his passing skills and touch in the paint, scoring a pretty reverse layup in the first half and a huge dunk in the fourth quarter. Was a big part of the fourth quarter run that sealed the game.

B+
F. VanVleet26 MIN, 12 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 4-9 FG, 3-4 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 9 +/-

Fred had a rough second quarter, but made up for it in the fourth when he hit a couple big threes to help seal the game.

A+
P. Siakam25 MIN, 14 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 7-9 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 7 +/-

The frontcourt of the future for the Raptors has had an excellent February, and Jak and Skills led the way again tonight. Pascal showed off his complete game again, with some great passing, solid defense, and running the floor in transition.

B-
C. Miles15 MIN, 8 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-9 FG, 2-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

CJ hit some big shots during the second quarter to help keep the game close when Orlando couldn’t miss, but his defense late was a problem, and he gave up some rough fouls when he was caught out of position during the final frame.

B-
D. Wright13 MIN, 6 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 1 +/-

Delon’s presence wasn’t felt on the defensive end in this one, which is unusual to say for him. Didn’t have the most impressive night offensively either, but did make a couple important plays in the fourth quarter.

C
N. Powell11 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Norm got minutes tonight with OG hurt, but the empty stat line is pretty representative of his play. He was a body on the floor, but wasn’t impactful at either end of the floor, and didn’t bring the defense that we know he can.

B
Dwane Casey

Would’ve been nice to see Casey find some defensive answers at some point in this game, but he came through enough at the end, and trusted his bench to get the job done.

Things We Saw

  1. Not quite the best February ever. The Raptors needed to win by 14 to secure that mark, and fell short by one point. Still, a remarkable month for a team that’s really putting it together. Despite the rough game in this one, they found enough good minutes to win, and sometimes that’s just as important for a good team, finding a way to win the tough games.
  2. Orlando is a surprisingly fun team for one that isn’t terribly good. They play with pace and have guys who can hit shots when they get hot, and everyone got hot in this game.
  3. Friday night is going to be the only playoff team the Raptors face in their next four games, when they visit Washington. With a two game lead in the loss column remaining after Boston won tonight as well, that’ll be an important test both as far as how the Raptors match up with another streaking Eastern Conference team, and as far as securing the first seed going into the playoffs.
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