The Golden State Warriors dismantled the Toronto Raptors in 15 minutes of glorious basketball last night. The Raptors used the next 24 minutes to get back into it, but ultimately fell short.
A few additional thoughts:
- Eric Koreen had a nice breakdown of how the Raptors are trying to mimic the Warriors on defense. The Warriors had this on display on the Raptors’ final possession last night; centre Kevon Looney switched off of Jakob Poeltl on to Fred Van Vleet, then off of VanVleet on to C.J. Miles, and defended the whole thing perfectly.
- OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam were critical for the Raptors last night. Yes, Kevin Durant still had 25 on 10-18, but they made him work for it at least. And both played well on the offensive end as well.
- DeMar DeRozan had 42, and although this is the first time the Raptors have lost this season when he’s cracked 30, he is now the Raptors all-time leader in 30-point games; last night was his 92nd, pushing him past Vince Carter atop the Raptors’ list.