Grades from Toronto Raptors close win vs Oklahoma City Thunder

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Toronto Raptors – Serge Ibaka (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Starters Grades

KYLE LOWRY

Point Guard, Toronto Raptors

B+

Lowry was being ‘bulldog mentality’ Lowry as per usual. He was finding a groove in the mid-range early in the game which forced OKC to press him and, in turn, open up lanes for the rest of Toronto. Lowry finished the night with a well-rounded game in 17 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. He pushed the offense early in the game and looked to produce for the rest of his team.

OG ANUNOBY

Small Forward, Toronto Raptors

A

OG Anunoby was shooting the ball with a lot of confidence and finished with 21 points. In addition, he put up five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Throughout the game, he was clogging passing lanes with his length and forcing poor passes. What stood out the most was his late-game scoring that came from his defensive pressure. He had two back-to-back fast-break dunks where he was able to get ahead in transition and throw it down. He’s continued his recent hot streak from long-range by shooting 3-of-6 from the three and 8-of-13 from the field. Anunoby had a standout game and was a large part of the Raptors’ ability to secure the win.

PASCAL SIAKAM

Power Forward, Toronto Raptors

A-

In his second game back from injury, it is clear that Siakam is still shaking off the cobwebs a bit. Nonetheless, he came away with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals. He played a solid game throughout and was productive in the early game. As the game progressed, the Thunder began pushing double teams which seemed to have thrown Siakam off a bit. There were moments when the Raptors were in a scoring slump that prior to the injury would be Siakam would be given the ball and told to get a basket. As this happened against OKC there was still a bit of a shaky approach from Siakam that Raptors fans are not used to. But as he gets back into the rhythm of things, there is no doubt that he will be able to return to his explosive self.

SERGE IBAKA

Center, Toronto Raptors

A-

Ibaka had a great game from the beginning. He was able to get in position in the low-post to take advantage of the height and strength difference he had against some players. He did this early in the game to gain some rhythm and the Raptors rewarded him early in the shot clock with the ball. He came away with 15 points and six rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. His defensive pressure while covering Gallinari was iffy at times as he was forced to spread to the three-point line which opened up the Thunder’s offense a bit more int the interior. Overall, he had another good outing showing that he can be a consistent scoring option for the team.

MARC GASOL

Center, Toronto Raptors

A-

Marc Gasol is finally back and ready to get back into the starting lineup. There was a bit of expectation that it would take him a bit to get his shot back but this simply wasn’t the case. In his first game back he came away with 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists. The best sign was how well Gasol shot the ball. The ball movement on the offensive end kept its pace and allowed a lot more open looks than have come up with him out of the lineup. There seemed to be a much better flow to the passing and how the Raptors were operating. It’s good to have the big man back in the lineup to provide some much-needed help at the center position.

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