The Toronto Raptors came away with an impressive road win against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Who played will in the injury-filled victory?
Even after a Toronto Raptors victory, it’s hard to come away feeling great after Wednesday night’s contest. In a prime example of a “win the battle but lost the war” type of night, the Raptors moved up a game in the standings but are now expected to miss Marc Gasol and Norman Powell for a significant period of time.
While Toronto has survived the injury bug so far this season, the absence of those two players could have a much more significant impact on the Raptors’ record than any singular game. However, on the court, it was a solid showing from Toronto.
The first quarter was a sloppy affair between both sides, with each team turning the ball over at an alarming rate while committing several defensive miscues. Somehow, after one, the Raptors found themselves with a one-point lead.
Both teams settled in during the second quarter, leading to a much more entertaining product. Toronto started to heat up from outside, while the league’s best 3-point shooting Detroit Pistons, couldn’t hit water if they fell off a boat. The Raptors were playing with just one point guard and one center on the roster. Somehow, they found themselves up six at the half.
The Raptors cooled off in the third quarter but were still able to pull away as the Pistons failed to generate offense. Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka willed Toronto to 25 third-quarter points, grabbing a combined six offensive boards in the quarter. — That’s right. The Raptors rebounding(!!) saved them in this contest.
A 17-point game heading into the fourth, the final frame was a bit of a snooze-fest as the contest was already decided. The Raptors won a hard-fought game, putting a silver lining on what was a difficult night overall. But who played well in this contest? Let’s check out our individual grades.