Fan Duel Toronto Raptors

Quick Reaction: Raptors: 123, Hornets: 117

Raptors sneak out a win in Carolina.

Box Score
A+R. Barrett33 MIN, 23 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 9-15 FG, 4-6 3FG, 1-1 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-RJ had it going offensively from the opening tip. It took a few quarters for the defense to come around but he was huge when it mattered on both ends tonight. Nice to see the assist numbers up higher than average for him as well as he continues to mesh into the Raptors’ new offensive system.
BS. Barnes36 MIN, 18 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 6-14 FG, 1-5 3FG, 5-6 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 4 +/-He wasn’t as efficient as normal but the all-star stuffed the stat sheet tonight per usual. As the primary focus for opposing defenses now, Scottie dealt with a fair amount of doubles and handled them quite well for a young player adjusting to more aggressive coverages. It’s something he’ll need to continue to work on but a really promising development from him.
AJ. Poeltl33 MIN, 12 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-7 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 6 +/-Jak’s rim protection and rebounding won this game for the Raptors. This is the exact type of performance that is going to get the best out of him with this current group and he delivered in key moments.
B-G. Trent Jr.28 MIN, 14 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 5-13 FG, 4-8 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -2 +/-Gary started out red hot and kept the Raps’ in early but it didn’t translate much outside of that. He’s still on an absolute heater from beyond the arc and as long as he continues to do that he’ll remain a valuable piece.
B+I. Quickley31 MIN, 18 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 6-13 FG, 3-6 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-Quckley finished strong tonight with some key moments on both ends down the stretch. The shot wasn’t falling for him early but the pace he plays with on offense is so valuable to this team that he still creates an impact even when the shot isn’t falling, and it’s nice to see that the early slump didn’t affect his confidence down the road.
B+B. Brown22 MIN, 12 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 4-5 FG, 0-0 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 8 +/-For what may be Bruce’s last game in a Raptor uniform, it was pretty indicative of why so many contending teams are interested in trading for the veteran. He did a little bit of everything tonight in a game where that was desperately needed.
B+D. Schroder27 MIN, 16 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 3-6 3FG, 5-7 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 9 +/-Another solid performance from Dennis who has also been mentioned in trade talks as of recently. The turnovers weren’t ideal but the rest of his performance is certainly hard to complain about.
BT. Young15 MIN, 4 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-The rebounding from Thad off the bench was much needed and appreciated tonight. He struggled a bit on the offensive end against Charlotte’s lengthy bigs but his effort and savy has solidified his role as the back up big for now.
A-G. Dick15 MIN, 6 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-2 FG, 2-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-Not much more you could ask for from Gradey who continues to show more and more promise the more time he gets to spend on NBA courts.
BDarko RajakovicI’ve been a massive defender of Darko all year, and will continue to do so, but I do have a hard time understanding the decisions behind Nwora and Dick’s minutes. I’m willing to give him a bit of a pass considering the trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon and perhaps playing other guys ahead of those two is more important for the franchise right now, but given the level of play those two have brought to the team so far, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t see at least 20+ minutes per game minimum from here on out.

Things We Saw

  1. Raptors returned to their 25+ ast per game bag tonight with 30 total to only 9 turnovers.
  2. Miles Bridges had 45 points and finished with a -6 plus-minus.