WOLSTAT: Return of the Raptors blog

WOLSTAT: Return of the Raptors weblog

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Welcome again to my Raptors weblog. I’ve misplaced monitor at this level of how lengthy I’ve been doing this the day after most Raptors video games (back-to-backs solely get one entry), however we’re just a few internet designs in at this level. As a reminder, the weblog tries to combine in some evaluation, musings, stats and quotes with a little bit of a lookahead to the place issues is likely to be going in the case of the Raptors.


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First off, it was wonderful to be again at an actual NBA sport. The final one I’d coated was on March 6, 2020, in San Francisco at a glowing new enviornment to see Stephen Curry’s return from a protracted damage absence. The final sport in Toronto I’d been at was a loss in opposition to Milwaukee, the crew the Raptors had been chasing for the highest report within the NBA on the time.

A lot has modified since then, however you could possibly really feel the enjoyment in all places within the enviornment Wednesday. Even after one of many ugliest Raptors performances in years


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the remaining followers gave the crew a standing ovation on the finish of the sport.

  • All eyes had been on Scottie Barnes and you could possibly see his immense potential on a number of events and also you had been reminded he’s a rookie with a lot to be taught on many others. That goes for a number of Raptors. It’s been some time since we’ve seen a creating crew in these components and never an Jap Convention power. And take into account Khem Birch and Chris Boucher missed almost the whole first month of coaching and pre-season, so it’s not like they’ve had time to gel in follow. The Raptors have a sensible teaching employees and hard-working gamers. Don’t anticipate factor to get uglier than this one transferring ahead.


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Simply in case Barnes went off, I compiled an inventory of residence debuts by notable Raptors.


Vince Carter 22 factors, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 36 minutes in a loss

Morris Peterson 14 factors, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 24 minutes in a loss

Jonas Valanciunas 12 factors, 10 rebounds, 1 block, 23 minutes in a loss

Scottie Barnes 12 factors, 9 rebounds, 1 help, 1 steal, 33 minutes in a loss

Chris Bosh 11 factors, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 24 minutes in a win

Charlie Villanueva 11 factors, 6 rebounds, 31 minutes in a loss

Damon Stoudamire 10 factors, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 38 minutes in a win (first sport in franchise historical past)

OG Anunoby 9 factors, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 17 minutes in a win

Tracy McGrady 8 factors, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, one steal, 19 minutes in a win


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DeMar DeRozan 8 factors, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 help, 24 minutes in a win

Marcus Camby 5 factors, 4 rebounds, 1 block, one steal, quarter-hour in a loss

Pascal Siakam 4 factors, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 22 minutes in a win

Andrea Bargnani 4 factors, 5 rebounds, 1 block in 10 minutes in a win

Terrence Ross 0 factors, 1 rebound, 6 minutes in a loss

Kyle Lowry’s residence debut doesn’t really matter as a result of he wasn’t a rookie, however it was one of the best in crew historical past: 21 factors, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 36 minutes in a win

  • Barnes grew to become the ninth Raptor to don jersey quantity 4. That checklist consists of unique Raptor Vincenzo Esposito and Corridor of Famer Chris Bosh, together with Luis Scola, Sharone Wright, Yogi Stewart, Quincy Acy, Lorenzo Brown and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson


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As a fan of the game and somebody who has tried to assist develop the sport in no less than a small approach via my protection through the years, it was cool to see three Canadians on the court docket for the Raptors on the identical time. That might have been a primary within the NBA, had Dwane Casey not thrown out a trio of Canucks himself solely minutes earlier.


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  • Issues would possibly change as soon as Pascal Siakam returns, however we’ll most likely see extra Khem Birch, Chris Boucher and Dalano Banton taking part in collectively till then.

On a non-Raptors notice, take a look at the season debuts of RJ Barrett and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Coming off nice summers taking part in for Canada, each regarded to have made a leap. Barrett stunned together with his defence, which might be fairly an add if his three-point capturing enhancements stick. Barrett has all-star potential and the much less heralded Alexander-Walker is a scoring machine.

  • Can be stunned to not see Birch again beginning sooner relatively than later, with the Miami connection of Treasured Achiuwa and Goran Dragic teaming up off the bench collectively, although that too would possibly wait till Siakam is again. His upside may not be that of Achiuwa’s, however you realize what you’re going to get. Birch received’t power the difficulty and can convey some wanted stability whereas Achiuwa continues to develop as a reserve.


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The excellent news was OG Anunoby notched the ninth double-double of his profession and performed at instances some excellent defence. The unhealthy information was this was his worst offensive efficiency ever and he significantly struggled to complete when he was creating his personal offence. As a catch-and-shoot risk Anunoby was a harmful as ever. As soon as Siakam returns he’ll be capable of play to his strengths extra and together with his ball-handling seeking to be above common, in comparison with the weak spot it lengthy was, they will even attempt him at capturing guard alongside Fred VanVleet, Barnes, Siakam and Birch. Good luck scoring in opposition to that group.

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1- Montrezl Harrell

2- Dalano Banton

3- Daniel Gafford



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