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Dial 905: VanVleet drops by, and the regular season wraps up

The 905 finished the regular season on a high note and enter the playoffs for the first time.

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The 905 finished the season on a winning streak, as they enter the franchise’s first ever post-season. And not only that: they’re the favourites.

Here’s a summary of what went down this past (shortened) week.

Thursday Mar. 30 — vs. Windy City Bulls

Final Score: 98-95 for the 905.

Fred VanVleet Makes Moves

In a bit of a surprise move, the Raptors assigned Fred VanVleet for this game — though, given it was fan appreciation at the Hershey Centre, perhaps it was a fitting decision. Given that NBA experience, VanVleet looked more comfortable running the point and seemed to have a lot more confidence in his game and his shot. He finished this game with 24 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes which will most likely be his final game with the 905 for the rest of the season.

Pascal Siakam Helps 905 Out

Siakam once again was on assignment for the fifth time this season, and had arguably his best game for the 905. Siakam’s energy helped the 905 when they started sluggish, and came up with a huge chase down block. Siakam finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in 31 minutes. As the Raptors head to the playoffs, it’s unclear if Siakam will be assigned to the 905 to help with their title run. Keep an eye on this situation.

Notes

  • Heslip played final game of the regular season, as he won’t travel to Delaware. He finished with 18 points on 7-of-13 from the field.
  • Will Sheehey (elbow), Axel Toupane (rest), Antwaine Wiggins (rest) were all out while Goodluck Okonoboh was hit with a DNP-CD.

Friday Mar. 31 — vs. Delaware 87ers

Final Score: 123-103 for the 905.

E.J. Singler Comes Up Big

This was Singler’s best game on the offensive end, even though it isn’t what the box score says that makes him good. Singler is a leader in the locker room, on the court, and often manages the defensive structure of the 905. He has made a huge impression, as coach Jerry Stackhouse said in mid-March: “I know coach’s aren’t supposed to have favourites but he is my favourite.” Singler started this game and finished with 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in 38 minutes.

Axel Toupane Looks Playoff Ready

Toupane has looked playoff ready since day one but upon his return from the NBA, he has looked more confident. The coupling of Toupane’s play and his desire to get back to the NBA is a win for the organization. Toupane finished with 22 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in 37 minutes.

Notes

  • John Jordan started a point guard and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 43 minutes.
  • Christian Watford had a good game with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Edy Tavares double-double action, as he finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • C.J. Leslie and Antwaine Wiggins produced with 17 and 14 points respectively.
  • Goodluck Okonoboh played in 21 minutes and finished with 8 points, and 4 rebounds
  • Will Sheehey (elbow), Yanick Moreira (rest), Brady Heslip (rest) were out while Negus Webster-Chan was hit with a DNP-CD.

For the season, the Raptors 905 finish 39-11, which puts them first in their division, first in the conference, and first in the entire league. It’s been a great season for the team, made all the more amazing by the fact that it’s just the second year for the franchise. Congrats to the 905!

The 905 kick-off the playoffs on Wednesday, April 5th against the Canton Charge in a best of three series. (Games 2 and 3, in Mississauga, are on April 8th and 11th.) Good luck, guys.