The Toronto Raptors are back in Vegas action tonight, taking on the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League squad. The Mavericks are coming off 93 to 85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and have a record of 1 and 1 so far in Vegas play.
The Dinos, after suffering a fairly large defeat on Saturday at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, find themselves with a 1 and 1 record too. Tonight's match is Toronto's last before heading into Summer League playoff action, so a win would be a nice get.
This could prove difficult against the Mavs however. While there aren't a ton of big names on this squad, the Mavs boast players like Bernard James (averaging 18 points and nearly 9 rebounds a game) and Ricky Ledo (17.5 points per game) that could make life difficult for the Dinos. James has been a force down low, and the former Providence star Ledo, drafted in 2013 by the Mavs, has been on fire from long-range, hitting 6 of his 12 three-point shots through two matches.
For Toronto, again, this is really all about guys like BRUNO and BEBE. Both have had some nice moments through their first two contests and it would be good to see them continue to get touches and be aggressive at both ends. And speaking of aggression, while DeAndre Daniels has put up some solid stats, I'd love to see him be more aggressive as well as he often just sort of blends into the background.
To get a win though the Dinos are going to need way better point guard play. While Dwight Buycks is averaging 17.5 points and 4.5 assists, he's also averaging three turnovers a contest, and shooting only 36 per cent from the field. And while he's been ok, behind him has been ROUGH. Myck Kabongo has played only 13 minutes and looked fairly erratic during that time, while Scott Machado has played only 12 minutes but somehow racked up five turnovers during that span!
T.J. Bray has probably been Toronto's best guard after Buycks, so perhaps we'll see him get a bit more burn tonight.
And anyone know the whereabouts of Doron Lamb? While I was excited to see what he could bring to the court, the former Kentucky Wildcat hasn't played a minute, and I'm not even sure he's with the team despite being on the roster.