The Raptors 905 have been more up than down recently. Sure, they dropped two games last week, but this was after winning ten in a row. And now, with three games in the books for the week — all wins! — they look to be firmly in the playoff mix.
In other news: the 905 made a minor trade last week acquiring a third-round pick from the OKC Blue for the returning rights of Mustafa Shakur who has not played a game with the 905 after being picked in the expansion draft.
Now, let’s get to the games.
Friday Jan. 19th — vs. Greensboro Swarm
Final Score: 99-92 for the 905
The Raptors 905 have already played Greensboro twice already this season, losing both times. This time, the 905 were not messing around. They jumped out to an early 10 point lead after the first quarter, and held on from there to get back in the win column.
Malcolm Miller Feeling It in Greensboro
Malcolm Miller has been up and down this season with his play, and a big reason for it was the ankle injury that made him miss the first couple weeks of the season. After coming back, Miller was then put on a minutes restriction. He’s off of it now and healthy, though he still shows signs of its lingering effects at times.
Not in Greensboro though. Miller looked like the player the Raptors signed with a two-way contract, one who can be a 3-and-D player at the NBA level. Miller did exactly that as he played tremendous defense, while adding 20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist in 35 minutes of play.
Meeks Another Double-Double? Book It
Kennedy Meeks returned to his old stomping ground in North Carolina for this game, and he put on quite the show. He recorded yet another double-double, this time with 18 points, 14 rebounds, one block and a steal in 24 minutes of play.
- Bruno Caboclo turned in a nice performance with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 31 minutes.
- Shevon Thompson continues his success off the bench, as he recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and an assist in 22 minutes.
- Lorenzo Brown had a quiet (for him) game with an all-around strong line of 8 points, 13 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals.
- Kethan Savage, Negus Webster-Chan, and Andre Washington were all hit with DNP-CDs.
Monday Jan. 22nd — vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Final Score: 113-95 for the 905
The Raptors 905 put together one of their best performances on both ends of the court against Fort Wayne. The 905 were so dominant that many of their key players didn’t even play in the fourth, after taking control in the second and third quarters.
Lorenzo Brown Dominates
Brown continues to be one of those so-called quadruple-A players: he is too good for the G League, but may not be good enough to get regular minutes in the NBA. When Brown is with the 905, the offense just runs so much better. On top of that, Brown has also cut down his turnovers, which were a problem for him early on this season.
Brown had 28 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes, all before sitting out the fourth quarter. Truthfully, I wish coach Jerry Stackhouse would have given Brown some run to see if he can get the triple-double, similar to what Dwane Casey did with Kyle Lowry earlier on in the season.
Shevon Thompson Slowly Getting on the Radar
Since the trade for Shevon Thompson back in November, the 905 has had a solid centre rotation, with Thompson and Meeks looking like possible call-up candidates. Thompson once again played limited minutes off the bench and produced like always. He put up 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in just 19 minutes of play.
- Kennedy Meeks continues to be a top player on the 905, recording 15 points, 3 rebounds and a block in 17 minutes. Sadly, he hurt his ankle and idn’t play down the stretch in this one.
- Fuquan Edwin provided a nice spark off the bench with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in 22 minutes.
- Aaron Best’s defense was huge in this one, and his scoring helped the 905’s offense out with Meeks going down. He recorded 11 points in 21 minutes.
- Davion Berry didn’t play in this one as he was dealing with the flu.
Wednesday Jan. 24th — vs. Delaware 87ers
Final Score: 97-84 for the 905
The 905 completed the three-win week after defeating the 87ers in another school day game. The game was played at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia 76ers and drew a good crowd of screaming school kids. Nevertheless, Shevon Thompson and the rest of the 905 tuned out the crowd for a dominating win.
Shevon Dominates Off the Bench
Even with Meeks out of this game due to an ankle injury, Thompson still came off the bench for the 905. Stackhouse decided to start Andre Washington, but Thompson did receive the bulk of the minutes.
And in those 33 minutes, Thompson put up a monster 21 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal for a very good performance from the big man.
Don’t Forget About Bruno!
Bruno Caboclo has been very hit and miss this season for the 905. He has also not been shooting the ball well of late. But in this school day game, Caboclo turned it all around. He shot an impressive 6-of-11 from the field for 14 points, to go with 10 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks in 30 minutes.
- Fuquan Edwin’s energy off the bench was much needed, as he provided 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and an assist in 25 minutes.
- Lorenzo Brown was still productive, although he shot the ball terribly. Brown shot 4-of-20 from the field but still managed to have a stat line of 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
- Malcolm Miller had a strong game with 11 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.
- Kennedy Meeks was inactive due to the ankle injury, while Kethan Savage and Negus Webster-Chan were hit with a DNP-CD.
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