It was a story of two halves for OG, as in the first half they had a marvelous first quarter on offense with 11 points and in the second quarter, their defense came alive with their steals that led to easy transition baskets for Toronto. Two points in the second half and four points from the first quarter. Turnovers are worrisome, but what can you do when you lose your top three ball handlers at night?
A great night from Thaddeus as he was easily the best player in Toronto tonight. He also had some trouble on the offensive side of the ball in the first half, mostly in the 3-point department, but you can’t blame Young for that as many of the Raptors couldn’t make the 3-ball drop tonight. . Thad was another Raptor who got their offense going in the third quarter, as he hit two of his trademark hook shots. One of only three Raptors to shoot at 50% or better. A very impressive night of playmaking for Young, as he led the team in assists and came within two of Royce O’neal(!) for a game of assists. A good game on defense too, this loss was definitely not on Young.
Christian Koloko got another chance in the starting lineup tonight and it was the same for the Rookie. Decent work is low again, and once again not the box with the highest impact in terms of score.
Trent and Flynn got off to a great start when they forced an instant Nets turnover into a trap after the Raptors missed the opening jumper. Trent Jr. was struggling with his shot on this one, but he was working hard to get to the rim. Also, the seven points from him early in the second quarter that came under two minutes were huge for the Raptors, as it gave them the lead at this point. However, he had the better defensive game out of him, so that’s a positive we can take away.
What a great start for Malachi, as he helped cause the first turnover of the game and made two open 3-pointers from the gate, forcing the Nets into a timeout. Brooklyn began to respect Flynn when he didn’t score until around three minutes into the fourth quarter, during garbage time, and didn’t get another look as clean as the first two. Still, this was a great opportunity for Flynn and he blew it.
Most of his minutes came in junk time.
Chris Boucher was giving it his all on defense and his offense finally came to life in the third quarter when the Raptors needed it most. It was a rough night for him efficiency-wise, but he led the team in rebounding and played hard all night.
Hernangómez has played incredible defense over the past two games for the Raptors, and tonight was no exception. The 3-pointer still doesn’t sit well with him this year, but if you can’t help the team on the offensive side of the ball, your defense had better be very good, as it has been for Juancho. One of two Raptors to hit a 3-pointer in the second half.
Jeff Downtin Jr. was one of three Raptors to make a three-point shot in the first half, as his only attempt came late in the first quarter. That and a jumper on Kyrie Irving was also a very good play. Downtin Jr. has been showing his potential and Raptors fans should love what they see from the youngster.
Minutes of garbage time.
It’s hard to blame the manager when you’re missing your top three players and two additional key pieces from the bench who can break into the starting lineup.
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