There’s no question the Raptors 905 struggled to begin the year. They played mostly .500 ball, and went through some tough losses. However, over the past couple weeks, coach Jerry Stackhouse has figured out his rotation and the players are starting to find chemistry with each other. The result: three more wins this week, and the continuation of a seven-game win streak.
Here’s this week’s upbeat Dial 905 with all the details.
Saturday, Dec. 30th — vs. Windy City Bulls
Final Score: 123-104 for the 905
The 905 have officially reached the .500 mark at 10-10. The 905 came out flying against the Bulls and didn’t let up on the gas pedal all game. The 905 shot an impressive 51 percent from the field, while their defense was rock solid forcing 13 turnovers against the Bulls which propelled the 905 to the victory.
Bruno Bounces Back
As of late, Bruno Caboclo has struggled to shoot the ball. Last game against Delaware, Caboclo returned to form and he continued that success right on into the game against the Bulls. Caboclo played limited minutes but still made an impact on both ends of the floor.
Caboclo continues to use his length to his advantage, wreaking havoc on opposing player’s shots and getting in the way of passing lanes. Meanwhile, on offense, Bruno finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in 21 minutes, while shooting 6-of-12 from the field.
Miller Strong Off The Bench
Two-way player Malcolm Miller has been coming off the bench lately in Stackhouse’s rotation, which is a bit interesting. As one would guess, Miller is one of the better players on the 905 roster, but it appears as though Stackhouse is playing him the same way he did former 905er Axel Toupane. Both players came off the bench but played central roles on the team.
Miller played just 21 minutes in this one, but had 15 points along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Miller is a completely different player than what he was at the beginning of the season when the ankle injury limited his play. It’s great to see.
- Lorenzo Brown had a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists in 23 minutes to continue his G League dominance.
- Davion Berry ended his recent cold streak after being suspended by the team. Berry had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist in 24 minutes.
- Kennedy Meeks continues to assert himself like an NBA player as he recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists and 22 minutes. Meeks can play power forward or centre, which may be appealing to NBA teams.
- Negus Webster-Chan was inactive due to his ailing leg injury.
Sunday, Dec. 31st — vs. Austin Spurs
Final Score: 93-78 for the 905
The 905’s win streak hit six games with a dominating performance against the Austin Spurs. And other than Lorenzo Brown’s continued mastery, it was a significant team effort all around.
Brown Continues His Roll
How about Lorenzo Brown? He continues to just dominate the G League in the same way Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell did in years past. He may not shoot much when he’s with the Raptors, but Brown is showing again and again he can ball. He played 37 minutes in this one and had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals for the near triple-double.
Shevon Plays Big in Small Minutes
The 905’s centres Shevon Thompson and Kennedy Meeks may be among the best in the G League. Thompson and Meeks can cause all kinds of havoc down low with their straight up bulk. It’s a sight to see.
Thompson’s addition to the 905 roster has been a plus, allowing Stackhouse to roll with him or Meeks depending on the situation. In this one, Thompson played just 16 minutes, but he recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block and a steal. How’s that for an efficient performance?
- Not to be outdone, Meeks recorded another double-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes.
- Fuquan Edwin provided some nice depth off the bench with 8 points and 2 rebounds, while bringing a great defensive presence.
- Negus Webster-Chan was inactive due to injury, while Kethan Savage, Kuran Iverson and Andre Washington all received DNP-CD.
Tuesday, Jan. 2nd — vs. Lakeland Magic
Final Score: 91-84 for the 905
The win streak hits seven games! What’s more, the 905 have become a stout defensive team in that time. They continue to hold opponents under 100 points and came out strong against Lakeland, who in November scored 114 points and 40 in the first quarter, limiting them with arguably their best defensive game of the season.
Berry Returns to His Old Self
So far this season, Davion Berry has been mostly hot and cold. And following his two-game team suspension, Berry has been very cold. Despite this recent run of play, Berry got the nod against Lakeland and showed why he’s on the 905 to begin with.
Berry scored a game-high 19 points in 24 minutes. Berry was supposed to be a leader on this young 905 team, given he his past G League experience, but the struggle has been real. Hopefully this is the kind of game that signals a return to form.
Who Else? Lorenzo Brown
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Lorenzo Brown is really good. If you haven’t gotten out to a 905 game to see him live you definitely should. As far as entertaining basketball goes, Brown delivers — he’s got high IQ, knows how to direct the offense, and even makes a no-look pass or two just for kicks.
Brown has been better than expected for the 905 this season and continues to look like solid NBA backup point guard. Brown recorded 16 points, along with 7 assists, while shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from three in 29 minutes.
- Bruno Caboclo had a relatively good game, but his shot was not dropping. He shot 1-of-10 from three but still has 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 29 minutes.
- Aaron Best had a good all-around game with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in 25 minutes.
- Negus Webster-Chan was inactive due to injury while Kethan Savage was hit with another DNP-CD. It definitely looks like Savage has fallen out of the rotation. “Just not enough minutes to go around,” he texted afterwards. “The opportunity is going to come.”
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