Saturday, Feb. 3rd — vs. Erie BayHawks
Final Score: 103-97 for the 905
The Raptors 905 travelled to Erie to take on the BayHawks and put in a solid performance for the win. The 905’s bench was a huge reason why, as Shevon Thompson, Fuquan Edwin, Davion Berry, and Kethan Savage all had a good second quarter to provide Toronto with a lead at halftime.
After the half, the 905 picked off exactly where they left off, as the third quarter was mostly all 905. A near collapse in the fourth gave Erie a chance, but the 905 ended up pulling away for the victory. The win is the 905’s 15th in the past 18 games, while they improve to 11-1 all-time against Erie.
Malcolm Miller Stays On It
Miller is a Raptors two-way player who’s already dealt with a severe ankle injury that sidelined him all through the summer and into November. He was even on a minutes restriction for a time. Now though, Miller is rounding into form and looking like his old self. Just ask the BayHawks.
Miller’s defense in this one was fantastic throughout. On top of that, Miller’s offensive game was a huge reason why the 905 won. He put up 24 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block, while shooting 3-of-4 from three and 7-of-14 from the field in 33 minutes.
Kennedy Meeks and Shevon Thompson Play Big
Both Kennedy Meeks and Shevon Thompson are in the top tier of centres in the G League — they deserve an NBA look. But what might be hindering that chance is that they both play on the same team, and thus don’t get enough minutes. Meeks will start games, while Thompson will come off the bench, but both play around 22-26 minutes a night — and both make a huge impact.
Against Erie, Meeks and Thompson were pivotal, hauling in rebounds and moving well in the pick-and-roll. Meeks finished the game with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist and a steal in 24 minutes. Thompson finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal and a block in 23 minutes.
- Fuquan Edwin provided a huge spark off the bench for the 905 with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a ridiculous +20, in 26 minutes.
- Lorenzo Brown had a nice all-around game with 8 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals in 28 minutes of play.
- Kethan Savage and Negus Webster-Chan both got early run in this game, and Savage made the most of it with a quick five points in 7 minutes. Neither of them saw the court in the second half though.
- Andre Washington was hit with a DNP-CD for this one.
Monday, Feb. 5th — vs. Canton Charge
Final Score: 113-97 for the 905
The last time the 905 played the Charge, they struggled and lost. This time, after an impressive win in Erie, the 905 were not having any of it. They once again played another sound defensive game holding the Charge to under 100 points, while a dominant third quarter — where the 905 outscored Canton 34-19 — secured the 905’s win.
Alfonzo McKinnie Comes Up Big
Alfonzo McKinnie has spent a ton of time up with the Raptors as of late instead of the 905. In the past couple games the 905 have played with McKinnie, he’s looked a tad rusty. However, McKinnie was apparently well prepared for this one. McKinnie put in a strong performance on both ends of the floor, and finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists in 27 minutes.
Lorenzo Brown’s G League Dominance Continues
Is Brown the best two-way signing so far?
Brown just continues to be phenomenal in the G League with his scoring, rebounding, facilitating, and defense. Brown — like the rest of the team — is really buying into Jerry Stackhouse’s defense first principles. In this contest, Brown once again used his vision to make good passes, while holding onto the ball until the right play was there to be made without forcing the pass, which he was doing at the beginning of the year.
Against Canton, Brown showed out with 18 points, 13 assists, and 5 rebounds in 35 minutes for yet another double-double.
- Malcolm Miller had a good game off the bench with 17 points, 6 rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes. When McKinnie is with the 905, Miller comes off the bench and has some of his best games. He’s really been bringing the energy to the team’s second group.
- Bruno Caboclo shot the ball pretty well in this one and hit three straight 3s in the game’s final minutes. Ultimately, Caboclo shot 4-of-7 from three and had 13 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, and a block.
- Kennedy Meeks had another strong performance, and was just one rebound short of the double-double — which he may have gotten with a second left, but it was not ruled as one on the stat sheet. Meeks had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists.
- Kethan Savage was inactive in this one, while Negus Webster-Chan and Kuran Iverson were hit with DNP-CD. Also, Andre Washington got some run and put up four points in four minutes, as Shevon Thompson was not on his A-game.
Tuesday, Feb. 6th — vs. Long Island Nets
Final Score: 125-119 for the Nets
The 905 let this game slip through their hands after a dominating 38-point first quarter. It was all Nets from there, until the fourth quarter saw the 905 try to claw back. They managed to get the lead down to two with under three minutes to go, but ultimately Milton Doyle’s 42 point performance kept the Nets in front.
Malcolm Miller is on Fire
What a week for Malcolm Miller. He once again came off the bench for the 905, and once again he shot the ball well, going 6-of-8 from three. Nevertheless, Stackhouse decided to go back to the starters instead of rolling with the hot hand to start the third quarter, and the Nets went on a run.
Miller ended up playing in 30 minutes, while chipping in with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists to continue his recent hot streak.
Lorenzo Brown, Still Too Good
It is actually fairly interesting to see how opposing teams go at Brown — put him in single coverage and he can make a play himself, try to double him and he easily finds an open teammate. The Nets were faced with this dilemma all game long, as they sometimes double-teamed him or let Shannon Scott — a former 905er and good defender — go at him. They simply couldn’t keep up with Brown, as he put up 25 points, 13 assists, 6 steals and 2 rebounds in 37 minutes.
- Alfonzo McKinnie had a solid game as he chipped in with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists in 28 minutes.
- The centre tandem was once again deadly, as Meeks had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block in 25 minutes, while Shevon Thompson only got 18 minutes of run but had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and an assist.
- Andre Washington was inactive in this one, while Kethan Savage and Kuran Iverson were hit with DNP-CDs.
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