Toronto Raptors Fall to the Denver Nuggets as OG Continues to Shine
“OG’s [Anunoby] got a chance to be special.”
With his recent stretch of performances, Kyle Lowry was simply voicing the obvious.
As the Toronto Raptors keep watching their playoff chances continue to dissipate with each passing game, Anunoby’s stock continues to skyrocket as the team’s young forward has been absolutely spectacular over the team’s last couple of weeks.
Putting forth yet another 20-plus point night, Anunoby has been a force on both ends of the floor as the Raptors continue to see plenty of bright spots in a season that cannot end soon enough. Whether it’s been Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, rookie Malachi Flynn, or Anunoby himself, or a number of others for that matter, the Raptors have received concrete proof in an otherwise lost campaign that there are pieces for future success on the current roster.
Yes, it’s important to clean up the negatives, but at this point in time, it is important to find positives heading into what will undoubtedly be an interesting offseason.
As for the game itself, the Denver Nuggets made it look easy as they routed the Raptors by a score of 121-111.
Michael Porter Jr. led the way with 23 points for the Nuggets, while six other Denver players finished the night in double-figures as the Raptors once again struggled to put things together in the final frame.
“I think they’ve got a little bit of everything,” said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse. “They’ve certainly got the scoring, they can play through Jokic from the inside and the outside, but the biggest thing is too they get a lot of those assists through him as well because you throw him the ball … and you start cutting as fast as you can to the basket and he’ll zip it through the smallest places for a dunk or a layup.
“So that gets you, you know, it shrinks your defence quite a bit. It makes you have to play a little softer going one direction so they don’t beat you to the basket, which means when those guys go the other direction you’re going to be off their bodies a little bit. So it lets them move more freely. I think pressure-release cutting like that is always something that makes basketball, offensive basketball, easier to run.
“And then [they’ve] got a lot of guys that can shoot, [they’ve] got a lot of size, [they’ve] got a lot of scoring, [they’ve] got, [they’ve] got veteran players, they’ve played the same group, not exactly, but a lot of these guys have played together now for a little while. So that helps as well.”
Only a handful of games left and the schedule remains difficult as the Raptors are set to square off with the top-seeded Utah Jazz next.