The D-League’s regular season is close to wrapping up but that isn’t stopping the 905 from breaking more records. There were only two games this past week and the 905 won both against the Erie BayHawks.
Here’s a summary of what happened.
Friday Mar. 24th — vs. Erie BayHawks
Final Score: 97-92 for the 905.
Brady Heslip Plays for Keeps
It has been a nice little hot streak for Heslip entering the playoffs. Our favourite Canadian baller continued to run the offense well this past week. Heslip has been a huge reason for the 905’s success and it showed in this game against Erie. Heslip put up 24 points, 2 assists and 1 rebounds in 35 minutes. Note the high minutes total, as throughout the season coach Jerry Stackhouse’s rotation minutes have tended to be more evenly distributed. Maybe he is getting his playoff rotation set, with Heslip at the centre of it.
CJ Leslie Has Another Double Double
Since returning from his ankle injury, Leslie has returned to his usual ways. Leslie was running up and down the court with ease which is a good sign. He was also efficient on pick-and-rolls with Heslip to get him an open shot — which Heslip will make more times than not. If Leslie and Heslip can keep up this pick and roll it could do damage in the playoffs. Leslie finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes.
- John Jordan had a nice outing with 12 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
- Will Sheehey added some nice bench scoring with 10 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 31 minutes.
- Negus Webster-Chan, E.J. Singler (rest) and Bruno Caboclo (shoulder Injury) were all inactive, while Goodluck Okonoboh was hit with a DNP-CD.
Saturday Mar. 25th — vs. Erie BayHawks
Final Score: 85-69 for the 905.
Some More Records for the 905
With the victory, @Raptors905 have secured the best road win percentage in @nbadleague history. #RoadToTheSix— Raptors905MR (@Raptors905MR) March 26, 2017
Tonight is the 20th road win of the season, tying them with the North Charleston Lowgators for most road wins. They were 20-8 in 2001-02.— Raptors905MR (@Raptors905MR) March 26, 2017
It truly has been a remarkable season in Mississauga.
Edy Tavares Records a Triple-Double
This is hands down the best game Tavares has had in the D-League and may be the best of any 905 player this season. Tavares was dominant in the post on the defensive and offensive end, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks in 31 minutes. And no that isn’t a typo he had 12 blocks. Those 12 blocks were also a franchise record, not surprisingly.
Antwaine Wiggins Adds Bench Scoring
Just like Tavares, this may have been Wiggins best game with the 905. His defense was arguably the best it has been all season, with his reach disrupting passing and shooting lanes. Wiggins also helped out on offense which was much needed in a game where not many 905 players were shooting well. Wiggins also received a minutes boost, when Will Sheehey left the game with a nasty looking arm injury. Wiggins finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in 29 minutes.
Christian Watford Grabs a Double-Double
Since coming over from Fort Wayne in the Jarrod Uthoff trade, Watford received some DNP-CDs but also had some good games. For Watford these last couple games are huge, as he tries to insert himself into a playoff rotation. Watford was huge on the boards in this contest, helping to limit the BayHawks to only 69 points. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 39 minutes.
- As reported, Will Sheehey left the game with an arm injury and is out for the rest of the season with a dislocated right elbow.
- E.J. Singler chipped in with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes.
- Axel Toupane and C.J. Leslie (rest), Bruno Caboclo (shoulder injury) were out while Negus Webster-Chan and Goodluck Okonoboh were hit with a DNP-CD.