Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Melbourne United 82, Raptors 120

Serge Ibaka – A, 8 points, 4-6 FGA, 0-1 3PA, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 turnover.  Serge got the start once again, and we also got our first glimpse of Serge playing alongside Jonas this preseason. Had a good night on the boards, and was efficient in his offense, continues to look in good shape.

Pascal Siakam – A+, 19 points, 6-10 FGA, 1-2 3PA, 6-7 FTA, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.  Another strong outing for Pascal who has been having a really good preseason. Showed his playmaking, and his own scoring, as well as knocking down a three, which is nice to see.

Norman Powell – A+, 21 points, 8-11 FGA, 3-5 3PA, 2-2 FTA, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover.  This was the best Norm has looked thus far this preseason, and the first time he’s really looked comfortable for long stretches. Attacked the defense at will with several big dunks, hit some threes, and played under control prior to leaving the game with what’s being described as a right thigh contusion.

Delon Wright – A+, 15 points, 5-7 FGA, 3-4 3PA, 2-2 FTA, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal. Delon looked like the best player in this game by a decent margin, and was able to get wherever he wanted to with ease on the offensive end, creating for others or himself.

Deng Adel – A+, 13 points, 5-5 FGA, 1-1 3PA, 2-3 FTA, 3 rebounds, 1 steal. Adel looked like he belonged. Showed off his quickness, his shooting touch, and was one of the best of the reserves here. Opponent obviously wasn’t at the NBA level, but still, this was a strong outing and should help him prove himself as the team moves towards deciding on the last roster spots.

Greg Monroe – B, 7 points, 2-5 FGA, 0-1 3PA, 3-3 FTA, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block. Only 13 minutes for Moose in this one, and he didn’t stand out in them, whether that was due to the low playing time or just not having his best effort, which would be understandable in a preseason game against a NBL opponent.

Jonas Valanciunas – C, 6 points, 2-6 FGA, 2-4 FTA, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turnovers. Jonas just didn’t have it tonight. Energy wasn’t there on offense, and he didn’t bring the effort on defense, and maybe that’s just not that surprising given the context.

Eric Moreland – B, 2 points, 1-3 FGA, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers. Saw some minutes towards the end of the night as the bench emptied, and the play got sloppy. Had some nice defensive moments and was a presence on the glass.

Jordan Loyd – C, 3 points, 1-5 FGA, 1-3 3PA, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 turnovers. As one of the guys looking to show himself, this probably wasn’t what Loyd wanted to show, as he had some rough turnovers and didn’t really have his shot working in this game.

Kay Felder – D, 2 points, 0-3 FGA, 0-2 3PA, 2-2 FTA, 1 rebound, 1 turnover. Just haven’t been that impressed with Felder during the preseason, and tonight was another rough outing as he struggled to make much of an impact.

Kyle Collinsworth – C, 1 point, 0-1 FGA, 1-2 FTA, 1 assist, 1 turnover. Collinsworth came in late and wasn’t really notable while on the court at the end of the night.

Lorenzo Brown – C, 5 points, 1-5 FGA, 3-3 FTA, 1 rebound, 1 assist. The game got away from Lorenzo when was out there just a little. This would’ve been a good night to showcase why he was the G-League MVP a season ago, and he didn’t bring that presence.

Malachi Richardson – B, 10 points, 2-7 FGA, 1-5 3PA, 5-6 FTA, 1 rebound, 1 block. Despite the numbers, I thought Malachi had a decent outing in this game as he brought a lot of energy at points when there wasn’t much in the game.

Nick Nurse – A. Didn’t use his best players tonight and still had enough guys going strong to get the win, and got to experiment with some different combinations. Used the zone defense on ATO plays again, which might be something to watch as we move towards the season.

Game notes:

  1. Kawhi joined the bench at the beginning of the second half and got a nice applause from the fans, which was good to see. Lowry was also there throughout the game, and Fred made an appearance at points as well.
  2. Hopefully Norm’s injury doesn’t end up being something that takes him out too long, as he looked to be finding his comfort zone a little bit, which is good to see.
  3. The Raptors won’t be back at home until the season opener on October 17th, when Kawhi will make his first appearance playing as a Raptor at the Scotiabank Arena.
  4. This was a preseason game through and through, in terms of energy. Slow and sloppy at points, and it’ll be good to get the season underway soon.
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