What a freakin’ game. Such a bomb blast after slogging away for weeks.
Credit to the Thunder for making it that much more fun. The bottom end of the playoff seedings in the West looks really fun.
So much balance with the Raptors. Take RHJ out of the picture with his 8 minutes, and McCaw’s really good and really bad rollercoaster, and there was just so much maximizing with guys making each other better and contributing very close to equal minutes equal points equal rebounds equal assists. Everything just so wonderfully spread out. OG took a heavier load in minutes, and he also got more usage than normal to my eyes. He was a lot like what we saw from Siakam last season. He did a lot to allow for the overall balance to work, by taking on just a bit bigger role to nicely compliment a full lineup. And Norm’s role off the bench was exactly where I want to see him.
Still a lot to improve upon. Nurse is mentioning that he needs to not let them get overspent by exerting too much energy through early stretches. Just a tweak there with energy management could mean a lot. But in this case there was still a lot of threes and free points from refs. I liked that the comeback wasn’t mounted upon Toronto’s offense flatlining. And there is still a place for Fred to be a huge contributor.