Quick reaction: Raptors 97, Bulls 111 – Raptors Republic

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O.Anunoby39 MIN, 13 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 4-12 FG, 0-2 3FG, 5-7 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -12 +/-

The NBA’s steals leader continued his dominance on Monday night, taking the ball away three times, doing an excellent job closing and making things difficult for the Bulls. He had a couple of open looks that missed, but in no way hurt his team on offense. OG has been one of the best defenders in the NBA this season, tonight was another excellent performance on that side of the ball.

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S. Barnes30 MIN, 5 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 2-9 FG, 0-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 6 +/-

When Alex Caruso arrived at the United Center tonight, he probably wasn’t ready to have his soul eaten. But with 1:05 left in the first half, that’s exactly what Scottie Barnes was hungry for. As Barnes turned the corner and dove for the cup, the second-year forward knocked Caruso off his hip like a fly, then crowned him and Vuecevic in the process. Somewhere in the rafters of the building, Chuck Swirsky could be heard yelling, “That was sick and mean and disgusting.”

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C. Coloko21 MIN, 5 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-8 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 4 +/-

Koloko aggressively ran to the rim tonight and rose to the challenge when he needed to stay in front of Chicago’s perimeter ball handlers. However, he is still a raw product and it shows in his often hasty decision-making.

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G. Trent Jr.33 MIN, 19 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 7-12 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-3 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -2 +/-

Gary played well tonight. His shot kept his team in the game during stretches when Chicago really wanted to control the outcome. Trent didn’t try to do too much, something he often falls victim to when his team needs to score. He let his game get to him and it showed.

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F. VanVleet34 MIN, 27 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 10-19 FG, 6-10 3FG, 1-1 FT, 2 BLK, 2 TO, -8 +/-

With the Raptors’ best player in street gear, FVV has made it clear that this team is in very good hands. Picking up where he left off last night, Rockford’s finest put on a show in front of his Illinois family and friends. At every opportunity he got, VanVleet pressured Chicago’s defense, set up his teammates for success and looked to force trouble in transition. A complete gem of Fred in this one. The only thing missing was the W.

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C. Boucher15 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -10 +/-

Tonight wasn’t Slim Duck’s night, but that wasn’t for lack of effort. While his box score was nothing to write home about, Boucher fought for several rebounds and fumbles with a tenacity that made you think the Raptors were in it at a time when the Bulls were up.

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O. Porter Jr.17 MIN, 5 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-4 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -14 +/-

This wasn’t the guy who played significant minutes in the NBA Finals last year. Porter Jr. has had his ups and downs so far this year and tonight he was an example of the latter.

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P.Achiuwa14 MIN, 10 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 4-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -16 +/-

Precious is getting much better at pushing the ball in transition from defensive rebounds. There were some opportunities created by his appetite to do this tonight. He was active around the rim and made it difficult for the Bulls below.

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D. Banton10 MIN, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2-7 FG, 0-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Today is Danalo’s birthday, and I really want to throw him a bone, but he didn’t do much to help his team tonight. Some errant passes and bricks were a constant in his game Monday night. Enjoy your cake big man.

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young t10 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-

He played useful D and didn’t hurt his team while he was there.

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J. Hernangomez11 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -9 +/-

Bo Cruz checked into the game in the second quarter and offered his team some life when they needed it. Big bench minutes from him in this one.

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m. flynn06 MIN, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -1 +/-

4-1-1 in 6 minutes of garbage.

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Nick’s Nurse

Back to back are difficult. They’re especially tough when you’re playing against a team that saw your schematics less than 24 hours ago. The Raps were a slow pace in the rotations tonight, but it’s hard to blame Nurse for that. Her team just didn’t have the juice she showed up with last night.

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