Again to again Nothin’ However Positives because the Raptors come again house to tackle the Mavericks after handing the Celtics their collective ass at their very own house opener!
We have already got your pre-game, your post-game, and your fast reactions for each sport, however by widespread demand (just a few folks on Twitter) I’m bringing my quarterly positives proper right here in long-form. Reasonably than attempt to sum them up in 240 characters or much less, I can now increase on what I favored every quarter of the sport. When you’re accustomed to this format, you’ll know what to anticipate. When you aren’t, simply know that if there’s a child carrying noise-canceling headphones, it counts as a optimistic and it’s happening the listing.
First Quarter Positives:
Beginning off with what the Raptors have been missing, as OG’s transition handles give Toronto the primary factors of the sport.
And once more! This time OG drives below the basket for a 4-0 lead.
Fred VanVleet from the nook for 3. It’s refreshing to see the 2 gamers who had an off-night simply 24 hours in the past come out with renewed power.
Gary Trent Jr. working in transition, instantly defending after his personal missed shot, and staying on Porzingis.
Treasured not doing an excessive amount of like he gave the impression to be within the earlier sport. Reasonably than drive to the basket he arms the ball off and instantly units the display that enables OG Anunoby to get his fifth and sixth factors of the sport.
Fred lengthy rebound.
OG Anunoby blocking Kristaps Porzingis, inflicting him apparent frustration. Irritating Porzingis appears to be an important a part of Nick Nurse’s sport plan for tonight.
Scottie curling to the basket for his first factors of the sport!
The Raptors compelled the Mavericks to name an early time-out after holding them to simply 2 factors in 5 minutes.
Scottie anticipating and stealing the bounce go from Luka to Dwight, pushing the ball again for a Raptors bucket.
Treasured once more not forcing the sport. Reasonably than drive or try a 3 he swung the ball to Gary, who swung it to Fred after which again to Gary for 3.
The Mavericks missed 9 of their first 10 photographs. Not as a result of they aren’t falling, however as a result of the Raptors aren’t giving them room to breathe.
OG and Treasured switching on screens to permit the shooter to get into probably the most open spots.
An OG 3 from the “I don’t shoot attempting to overlook” space.
OG contesting Willie Cauley-Stein’s 3 (even when WCS is the good participant within the league).
The Mavericks broadcast ended the quarter speaking about pickles. I’ll all the time eat your pickle should you don’t need it.
Second Quarter Positives:
Opening the quarter with a Fred VanVleet no-look go to Goran Dragic. The shot didn’t fall, however a two point-guard lineup and the chemistry wanted for it to achieve success is one thing that Dragic admitted will take time, and this play is a step in the proper path.
Fred VanVleet pull-up 3. He is aware of that’s his bread and butter and has struggled taking pictures from elsewhere to start out the season.
Again to again rebounds for Chris Boucher.
Jason Kidd might be already within the sizzling seat and we’re 5 days into the season.
Fred with the fast defensive rebound and hustle forward to OG who was ready below the basket.
One other OG nook 3. He heard you.
Goran Dragic with a reasonably little crossover/stepback/one-legged fadeaway placing on for the 30+ crowd.
Dwight Powell vs. Khem Birch – the battle of the Canadian shoulders.
The Mavericks bench has one level.
There’s a little lady within the crowd getting her life to ‘Backstreet’s Again’
Svi Mykhailiuk’s means to simply dump a go to anyplace, from anyplace. This time it received Khem Birch to the road and introduced the lead again as much as 5.
Gary Trent Jr. with one other vast open 3, placing him within the double digits with over a minute left within the half.
Svi received his head busted open, but when the sample of Raptors bleeding their very own blood after which taking part in the perfect basketball of their careers continues, we’re about to see a present (and sure, he’s superb).
The Mavericks broadcast is now speaking about how a lot they love canine.
Third Quarter Positives:
Scottie is again! He sat out the second quarter with a hip damage however began the third driving to the basket and bringing the power wanted for the second half of a second evening of a again to again sport.
Second half Freddy is paying homage to the Raptors title run.
A Khem Birch dunk!
Svi didn’t take many photographs within the first half, however sunk a 3 on the shot clock buzzer within the third.
Fred grabbing the lengthy rebounds. The Mavericks had their first lead of the sport for almost all of the third quarter however Fred isn’t permitting them straightforward buckets.
FRED TO PRECIOUS ALLEY-OOP!!!!
Tip Kelsea O’Brien
Nothin’ However Positives – Raptors vs. Mavericks – October twenty third originated on Raptors Republic.