(1-2) ORLANDO MAGIC, 95 VS. (3-1) TORONTO RAPTORS, 104
SCOTIABANK ARENA MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019 TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES
NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH): Did you see any longer stretches of good play from your guys tonight? Yea, a little bit. Again I think the defence was really solid almost all night long. That is about three games in a row now really, that is has been pretty tough so that is good. I’d probably put us at the 30 minute mark right about now, played pretty good basketball for about 30 minutes and we need to extend that out.
On OG Anunoby … OG was great tonight. He did a really good job again with his on-ball … how many steals did he have? He had five steals, two blocks. That’s a line right there. Again he was doing everything right, communicating the switches, helping on the weak side, made a couple of great rotations when we blitzed (Terrence) Ross and he has the basket. He went down there and plugged the basket a few times. He did a nice job.
On Pascal Siakam’s matchup with Jonathan Isaac… Well, a lot better that he did in the regular season. I think again, he is a good defender and he is long and he gives Pascal some problems. The biggest thing is I thought that Pascal made a couple of huge moves when we needed them and after he was bottled up a couple of times he still kind of kept taking it at him, got his body at him and was able to score. It was a pretty solid game for Pascal. Are you surprised at how could Kyle Lowry has looked to start the season considering he missed time due to surgery? Nothing really surprises me about him to be honest with you. He is just such an experienced guy and he is such a gamer man, you know. I like it, his shot volume is up and we say keep shooting them. He only took 11 threes tonight, so ten is the number that we are going for, so he is getting there.
On the team’s response after Orlando took the lead late in the fourth quarter: Good team, we knew that it was going to be a good test. I thought it would be an interesting psychological battle considering we just played them. Then they took the lead there and our guys did a great job. It was a fairly calm timeout right, we had just handed back and eight or nine point deficit and fell behind. We just kind of said that the ball wasn’t bouncing our way and other things weren’t going our way for a stretch and we just had to keep playing. We came right out I think and got an and-one right out of that and took the lead right back. So that’s a sign of us hanging in there real strong.
PASCAL SIAKAM (24 points, nine rebounds) On what you’ve seen from OG Anunoby the first four games... I think he is really engaged on defence. He really wants to learn, he takes pride in playing defence, having fun out there and playing the game the right way. It’s definitely good to see him (after) the tough year last year and coming in this year and getting some minutes and playing the way he’s playing, with confidence and it’s really good to see. We just hope he continues that and anyway that we can help him, we are going to do that.
Are the foul calls you are getting a product of the role you are playing? I don’t know. I think something had to be done, either I gotta be better or, I don’t know, something has to be done. Like I said, a lot games where I’ve got to be careful, can’t be in foul trouble and it’s been four games in a row. I just have to do a better job, there is no excuse
. KYLE LOWRY (26 points, six assists, five rebounds) What has stood out about the defensive play of OG Anunoby? He’s just being solid. He reaches a few too many times that I’d like, but he’s a really good defender when he locks in on the ball and he can be one of the best. Why was the pick and roll with Pascal Siakam so successful? You have two good basketball players that have great spacing and getting help off of Marc (Gasol), OG and Fred (VanVleet), so you have to pick your poison with that one. Pascal made a jump shot and made another one, I got a three, couple free throws and we kind of pick and chose our spots where we needed to get on the floor. Kept it simple.