Raptors Struggle, Drop Second Consecutive Summer League Tilt

Ed Davis was impressive for the second consecutive game at the Vegas Summer League. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The Toronto Raptors' Summer League squad struggled in the second half on Sunday, losing their second straight game of the Vegas Summer League.

Another Summer League contest is in the books for the Toronto Raptors as they fall to 0-2 following their 71-59 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday evening.

This was a disappointing game for the Raps as they came in with perhaps the more talented team on paper, but struggled in a number of key areas and just weren’t able to build any sort of lead against the Summer League version of the reigning champs.

Despite the loss, Ed Davis had a strong statistical showing, finishing with 12 boards and 15 points on four of seven shooting from the field and more encouragingly, seven of ten from the free throw line. The stats were nice from Davis, however his focus seemed to waver at times, stunting his production. Davis could have easily put together a 20-point night had he been more assertive at that end of the floor.

On the negative side of things, the Dinos most recent first round pick Terrence Ross had quite the rough outing. Ross made just four of his fourteen attempts from the floor and also committed a whopping five turnovers. At times it was as though Ross was attempting to force his game a bit, trying to take defenders off the dribble a little more often than he is entirely comfortable with.

Other potential Raptors Quincy Acy and Ben Uzoh had largely forgettable games. Acy finished with six boards, six points and five fouls; while Uzoh had but two rebounds, zero points and zero assists.

For the Heat, Dexter Pittman and Norris Cole both impressed with 13 points apiece. Pittman also finished with a team-high seven rebounds.

In the end, the Dinos could not overcome their poor offensive performance which included some putrid shooting—35 percent from the floor and zero percent from beyond the arc—as well as an unreasonably high 25 turnovers.

These types of games are to be expected though, given the nature of Summer League basketball. The Raptors will look to bounce back on Monday evening when they take on the Dallas Mavericks.

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