The Raptors 905 have been one of the hottest teams in the G League as of late. After a slow start, the team is now 19-13, just 2.5 games back of the Atlantic Division leading Westchester Knicks.
The 905 were at home both games this week, with two matinee games against the Wisconsin Herd and those very same Knicks. Here’s how it all went down.
Saturday, Jan. 27th — vs. Wisconsin Herd
Final Score: 106-905 for the 905
The Raptors 905 played a nice Saturday afternoon home game against a tough Wisconsin Herd squad. Xavier Munford of the Herd may be the best player in the G League, but the 905 did limit him enough to squeak out a victory thanks to a solid performance from Bruno Caboclo.
Bruno Caboclo Is The Real Deal
As has often been the case, Caboclo’s inconsistency has him ranging from a dominant player to borderline G Leaguer. But against the Herd, the dominant player showed up. Caboclo shot the ball tremendously well, used his long arms to play tough defense, and corralled rebounds from all over the place.
In 37 minutes, which is a tad more than he usually plays, Caboclo ended with 25 points, along with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks, while shooting an impressive 7-of-15 from three. That is the Caboclo the 905 and the Raptors want to show up every night.
Malcolm Miller With Bounce Off the Bench
Malcolm Miller came off the bench again, as Alfonzo McKinnie was back with the 905 in the starting lineup. Even coming off the bench, Miller is still making an impact on both ends of the floor. Miller only played in 22 minutes, but still managed to score 14 points, along with 6 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 3-of-5 from three.
- Kennedy Meeks continues his strong play with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes.
- Fuquan Edwin has started to really carve himself a role on this team with his energy off the bench as he had 13 points, 5 rebounds in 16 minutes.
- Kethan Savage was inactive, while Kuran Iverson, Andre Washington and Negus Webster-Chan were all hit with DNP-CDs.
Wednesday, Jan. 31st — vs. Westchester Knicks
Final Score: 101-99 for the Knicks
It was just another matinee game with 5,000 screaming kids for the 905, but it was also a significant game against the division-leading Knicks. The 905 got off to a good start in this one, but blew their lead in the fourth, losing on a heart-breaking buzzer beater.
Lorenzo Brown Near Triple-Double
Lorenzo Brown was on triple-double watch for most of the game, but ended up coming just one assist short. Brown had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists in 41 minutes of action. Brown ran the 905’s offense to near perfection, while his defense and ball control continue to get better as the season goes on.
Miller Continues Bench Success
Malcolm Miller once again came off the bench, and once again had another good game. Whatever lingering issues may have been there with his ankle appear to be gone now. Miller’s defense was once again noticeable throughout this game. He switched on to almost anybody on the court, caused havoc in the passing lanes, and got his hands on two steals, to go with his 14 points and 6 rebounds.
- Kennedy Meeks finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds in 30 minutes for another solid performance.
- Davion Berry had a nice outing with 10 points off the bench in 20 minutes, while Alfonzo McKinnie was a rebounding machine collecting 11 boards.
- Lorenzo Brown and Alfonzo McKinnie were both recalled by the Raptors and will head to Washington with the team.
- Andre Washington was inactive, while Kethan Savage and Negus Webster-Chan were hit with a DNP-CD, as they appear to have fallen out of the rotation.
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