Toronto’s first two games of the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League may not have been what many fans (including bloggers) expected, but this is a time for the roster and its new coach to become acquainted. Yesterday, the twitterverse was afire with charges that the Raptors’ chosen son (OG Anunoby) might not be the guy we thought he was.
Might I remind everyone that this is the Summer League, and yesterday was the second game.
The end goal here isn’t to win the tournament championship, and while it would be nice, I’ll wager that Nick Nurse is more concerned with finding a voice that players will hear while running up and down the court. We’ve seen a couple wacky wing-heavy lineups and often lineups with Giddy Potts running the point, but that’s the beauty of Summer League action — there’s no pressure to win.
The Thunder are just the next opponent — not necessarily the next opponent the Raptors must defeat — on the schedule in the Raptors’ 11-day excursion through the desert as they quest to bind a new coach to his players.
For a more concrete look at today’s contest, check out Chicco Nacion’s preview from this morning.
Where to Watch:
NBA TV, 3:30 PM EST
Toronto – Rawle Alkins, Codi Miller-McIntyre, Malachi Richardson, OG Anunoby, Shevon Thompson
Oklahoma City – P.J. Dozier, Terrance Ferguson, Daniel Hamilton, Rashawn Thomas, Dakari Johnson
Toronto – Fuquan Edwin (left knee)
Oklahoma City – None