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Dial 905: The squad heads into the G League All-Star weekend feeling good

It ended with a loss, but overall the Raptors 905 have to be feeling pretty good as they head into the All-Star break.

Raptors 905 v Delaware 87ers Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s finally here: the first week of life without Bruno Caboclo for the Raptors 905. The team had three games this week, and managed a strong run of play, going 2-1. Now we head into the G League All-Star weekend for the 905. Their next game is February 21st.

Saturday, Feb. 10th — vs. Lakeland Magic

Final Score: 91-77 for the 905

The Raptors 905 faced off against the Lakeland Magic without Caboclo, which meant more opportunity for other players. The usual names got minutes, but it was interesting to see Jerry Stackhouse go with Kuran Iverson instead of Negus Webster-Chan. Ultimately, the 905 put together another fantastic defensive effort and closed the game out in the 4th, allowing the Magic to score just 16 points.

Lorenzo Brown With the Near-Triple-Double

Brown put together yet another dominant performance in this one. Brown once again ran the offense to get everyone involved early, and his defense looked strong — he recorded two steals. For the game, Brown was still the best player on the court, recording 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in 35 minutes of play for a well rounded performance.

Kennedy Meeks, the Double-Double Machine

Kennedy Meeks continues to be a dominant player in the paint, game in and game out. Against Lakeland, Reggis Onwukamuche just couldn’t keep up with Meeks, who bodied him throughout the game. When Lakeland went to the bench, Meeks had no problem adjusting to any player who the Magic threw at him, finishing with a double-double of 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists and a block.

Notes

  • Aaron Best had a good outing with 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists in 26 minutes. Best has been known for his lockdown defensive play, so it was nice to see him contribute on the other end as well.
  • Malcolm Miller’s hot streak continues — he put up 13 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal in 29 minutes. He should benefit the most from Caboclo’s departure.
  • Alfonzo McKinnie has been rather quiet for awhile, but the past three games he’s come alive. McKinnie ended this one with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists, in 29 minutes.
  • Andre Washington, Kethan Savage, and Negus Webster-Chan were all hit with DNP-CDs as it looks like all three are firmly out of the rotation.

Monday, Feb. 12th — vs. Maine Red Claws

Final Score: 102-94 for the 905

The Raptors 905 were back at home to take on Anthony Bennett’s Maine Red Claws. It was also Malachi Richardson’s 905 debut. The 905 had another good game, with some fun clutch moments from Alfonzo McKinnie that sealed the win. The big storyline however was Lorenzo Brown playing just 4 minutes before leaving with an ankle injury. (He was seen wearing a walking boot on Tuesday.) With Brown out, the likes of Kethan Savage and Kaza Keane had to step up. Fortunately, they did, which helped the 905 squeak out the win.

Alfonzo McKinnie is Clutch

McKinnie struggled early to start the game, but was huge down the final stretch. In the fourth quarter of a tight game, McKinnie was just knocking down everything, from mid-range jumpers to a slam dunk — all were daggers to Maine’s chances of leaving Mississauga with a win. In the end, McKinnie shot 8-of-15 from the field, good for 22 points, along with 10 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 25 minutes. McKinnie’s energy was much needed in this one, especially after Brown went down with an injury.

Aaron Best Gives His... Best

With Richardson assigned to the 905 and taking over the starting spot, along with Malcolm Miller and Alfonzo McKinnie, there was nowhere to go but the bench for Best. Best has been one of the best defensive players on the 905, locking down the perimeter for the team all season. However, in the past couple games, when Best is coming off the bench, his offensive game has been much better. In this one, Best scored 13 points, and added 6 rebounds and an assist.

Notes

  • Kennedy Meeks had a rough outing with just 4 points and 5 rebounds — far from his usual performance — in 21 minutes.
  • Malcolm Miller and Shevon Thompson stepped up in this one, as Miller had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Thompson had 14 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Kaza Keane and Kethan Savage filled Brown’s shoes pretty well, as Keane had 10 points and 8 assists, while Savage added 7 points and 6 assists.
  • Malachi Richardson’s 905 debut: 3-of-9 from the field, 8 points and 3 rebounds in 18 minutes.
  • Negus Webster-Chan was hit with a DNP-CD, while Fuquan Edwin was away from the team for personal reasons.

Tuesday, Feb. 13th — vs. Windy City Bulls

Final Score: 99-91 for the Bulls

You could sure tell the Raptors 905 were playing on a back-to-back. They were down 52-32 at halftime, and despite a 17-0 run to start the third quarter, could not hang on down the stretch. It didn’t help that Lorenzo Brown was out with an ankle injury, while Malachi Richardson and Malcolm Miller had an off-night.

Fuquan Edwin, Huge Off the Bench

Fuquan Edwin was not with the 905 against Maine due to personal reasons, but was back with the team and once again coming off the bench to provide some energy. Not only did he do that, but Edwin was easily the best player on the 905 in this one. He put together his best offensive game of the season, and once again had another standout defensive game. Edwin played 24 minutes off the bench and put up 23 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 4-of-5 from 3, and 9-of-11 from the field.

Kennedy Meeks, Back to His Usual Self

Against the Windy City Bulls, Meeks looked like his dominant old self. He was all over the glass collecting rebounds and tipping them in for points. He set strong picks, which let some other 905 players get some open three-point shots — something that was crucial as the 905 tried to come back. And Meeks had another double-double in this one, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and added 5 assists in 27 minutes.

Notes

  • Alfonzo McKinnie was huge in the attempted comeback as he had two dunks to begin the third quarter and kick off that 17-0 run. McKinnie ended up with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists in 32 minutes.
  • Aaron Best continued his steady offensive production, as he chipped in with 13 points; while Davion Berry continued to be productive off the bench as well with 10 points.
  • Lorenzo Brown was inactive due to his ankle injury, while Negus Webster-Chan and Andre Washington were hit with DNP-CDs.

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