The Raptors 905 are winding down the season (with just one game over the past week), but have yet to officially clinch a playoff spot. Still, with just seven games left, it is almost a certainty they will make the post-season.
Before the post-season starts though, the 905 are still trying to win their division and earn that first round bye. Here’s how the fared this past week in their mission
Saturday, Mar. 3rd — vs. Wisconsin Herd
Final Score: 104-83 for the 905
The Raptors 905 defeated the Herd last week at the Air Canada Centre, but this time travelled to Wisconsin. The location didn’t matter though, as the 905 outworked the Herd again, for a dominating win.
Malachi Richardson Finally Shows Up
Richardson finally had a good game with the 905. Things had gotten so bad that he’d been taken out of the starting lineup a couple of games ago, and did not play in crunch time minutes. But with Malcolm Miller with the Raptors, Richardson was re-inserted into the starting lineup. Malachi went ahead and led the team in scoring in this one.
Richardson finally proved why he’s considered a shooter, as he went 4-of-8 from 3 and finally looked comfortable shooting the basketball. In the end, Richardson had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in just 27 minutes.
Alfonzo McKinnie Rounds Into Form
If you watched the G League — then the D-League — last season you know that McKinnie can control a basketball game. McKinnie was arguably a top-five player in the G League last season, and really proved he was an NBA player. However, this year McKinnie has been up and down with the 905, and his performances has been different.
McKinnie has struggled at times with the 905, but in the past week or two, he is rounding into form. McKinnie has been shooting the ball more effectively, providing some much-needed energy, and still working hard to get rebounds. He collected 8 rebounds and added 16 points, and an assist against the Herd, while shooting 6-of-15 from the field.
Kennedy Meeks, the Double-Double Machine
If you need a double-double, just call Kennedy Meeks. Against Wisconsin, Meeks once again dominated the opposing centre, as he’s been doing on both ends of the floor for the 905 all season. Meeks recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. It was a huge game from the big man.
- Fuquan Edwin is really starting to carve himself a nice role off the bench, as he chipped in with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals in 20 minutes.
- Shevon Thompson continues to make an impact in a limited time, as he only played 17 minutes, but put up 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and an assist.
- Malcolm Miller was inactive as he was with the Raptors, while Lorenzo Brown and Kethan Savage were out with injuries.
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