Grades from Toronto Raptors close win vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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KYLE LOWRY

Point Guard, Toronto Raptors

A

Running out of superlatives for Kyle Lowry, so may have to start using expletives. He was going at it all night after being named to the All-Star Game for the sixth time. Lowry battled hard, made his shots, picked his spots, and helped the team over the line to victory. Just as active on defense with four steals too, and his start to the third quarter set the Raptors in motion.

Fred VanVleet was able to notch 12 assists on the night. Sure, he isn’t an elite playmaker but he knows how to get his teammates going and can find their spots. He’s no Kyle Lowry but he’s still a tremendous player. For the record, he was just one shot and three rebounds shy of a triple-double. These Raptors guards can rebound.

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FRED VANVLEET

Point Guard, Toronto Raptors

C+

Not a great shooting night but Fred VanVleet was able to notch 12 assists on the night. Sure, he isn’t an elite playmaker but he knows how to get his teammates going and can find their spots. He’s no Kyle Lowry but he’s still a tremendous player. For the record, he was just one shot and three rebounds shy of a triple-double. These Raptors guards can rebound.

OG Anunoby in the offensive department, but at least he made all of his three-pointers – even if he only took one. A few easy looks passed up at the rim and he was left out of the closing lineup, but he defended fairly well so gets a pass. Still, we can’t always give him a pass." >

OG ANUNOBY

Small Forward, Toronto Raptors

B-

Not a lot better from OG Anunoby in the offensive department, but at least he made all of his three-pointers – even if he only took one. A few easy looks passed up at the rim and he was left out of the closing lineup, but he defended fairly well so gets a pass. Still, we can’t always give him a pass.
Pascal Siakam, but he still finished with 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Shooting touch wasn’t all there but he got to the free-throw line and attacked Tristan Thompson at the rim. Four handsy steals on defense looks good, but it wasn’t his best night on that end of the court, missing on a few defensive assignments." >

PASCAL SIAKAM

Power Forward, Toronto Raptors

B

An off-night of sorts for Pascal Siakam, but he still finished with 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Shooting touch wasn’t all there but he got to the free-throw line and attacked Tristan Thompson at the rim. Four handsy steals on defense looks good, but it wasn’t his best night on that end of the court, missing on a few defensive assignments.

SERGE IBAKA

Center, Toronto Raptors

A+

Air Congo was in full flight against the Cavs. Usually, the Raptors would feel the force of missing Marc Gasol, but Ibaka stepped into the starting role with real promise and delivered. He missed only one shot inside the three-point line, going 10-of-14 from the field and knocking down 3-of-6 from three for 26 points, adding four rebounds, and block, and steal. The rebound numbers aren’t exactly starting center numbers, but Ibaka still brought the energy.

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