Mavericks 103, Raptors 95 – .

Mavericks 103, Raptors 95 – .


P. Achiuwa33 MIN, 10 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 0-1 3FG, 3- FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, +3 +/-
Precious is a beast when he runs in transition or explodes on the edge of a short roll. While I appreciate ambition, just because your coach trusts you to get the ball down and create doesn’t mean you MUST do it. Achiuwa needs to do a better job to recognize her limitations. A O. Anunoby32 MIN, 23 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 9-15 FG, 5-9 3FG, 0-FT, 2 BLK, 2 TO, -1 +/-
OG got off to an incredibly hot start, keeping it simple from the start by getting on with the paint and not settling for riders. It’s unfortunate that trouble has derailed what likely would have been a career night out for Anunoby. In the minutes he played he kept the other team’s best player and led the game offensively… what more could you ask for? B+ S. Barnes30 MIN, 17 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 6-12 FG, 0-2 3FG, 7- FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +7 +/-
It’s difficult to properly assess Barnes’ performance given he spent most of the game dealing with a hamstring injury. He also had foul issues early on, and his minutes took a hit as a result. Despite the adversity, Scottie brought his usual defensive intensity and shot the ball confidently. Not bad for the first back-to-back of his career.
B+ F. VanVleet39 MIN, 20 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 8-17 FG, 2-9 3FG, 5- FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, +5 +/-
Fred is always looking to facilitate, and the team is much better when they fully embrace that mindset. The shooting numbers aren’t as bad as they seem, as Fred is often the guy who’s tasked with bailing out faulty possessions with end-of-clock raises.
B- G. Trent Jr.36 MIN, 12 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 3-14 FG, 2-6 3FG, 4- FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -2 +/-
Trent was engaged defensively tonight, but failed to drop his shot consistently. His new defensive intensity will likely keep him in the starting lineup, but the Raptors desperately needed more Trent offensively tonight… What a strange 180.
C- C. Boucher8 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-5 FG, 0-3 3FG, 0-FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -8 +/-
Boucher is good for at least one terrible contested uprising per game. It’s good when the Raps win, but absolutely grueling when Boucher is 0 for 5 and the Mavericks are setting up a race.
B+ K. Birch18 MIN, 4 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2- FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -14 +/-
The French connection between Birch and Boucher continues to develop. They seem to be related to each other in terms of rotations and seek to find each other quite often. Birch was the better of the two tonight, setting up good screens and providing the Raps with much-needed energy on the glass.
C G. Dragic14 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -16 +/-
Most people certainly expected Dragic to bring it tonight, given he’s been heavily linked with a move to the Mavericks. Even though it looked like Goran was engaged, his performance was rather lackluster. If this was his tryout for the Mavericks, I’m not sure they’d be interested.
B- D. Banton8 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-
Dalano didn’t really contribute anything big offensively, but was a devastating defensive end using his length to shut off shooters and fill in some passing lanes.
A- S. Mykhailiuk19 MIN, 7 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2-5 FG, 2-5 3FG, 2- FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -11 +/-
Svi shoved hard, chasing rebounds and fighting in defense. After being slapped at the end of the first half, Svi came back a bit strong in the third quarter. Mykhailiuk is determined to gain a few more minutes and probably deserves them in the future.
B I. Bonga3 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +2 +/-
Bonga did a good job when he was forced to Luka Doncic due to OG foul issues and Scottie’s injury. It’s entirely possible that we see a lot more of Isaac in these kinds of situations, especially with Boucher struggling.
B Nick Nurse
It’s a shame the Toronto Wings had fouling issues so early, as it looked like Nurse’s defensive clashes caused real problems for the Mavericks. Offensively, I would like to see the Raptors put more emphasis on Luka’s offense. If you don’t tire him out by making him play defense, Doncic will resume a match. Tonight, that’s exactly what he did.


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