Raptors vs Mavericks Las vegas Samsung summer league game 3 Primer
Raptors (2-0 6 points) vs Mavericks (1-0 3 points)
Arena: Thomas & Mack Center
Tv: Nbatv Canada
Time: 6:30 pm EST
As was expected before the game, Norm Powell and Delon Wright were the catalyses for the Raptors down the stretch. A game that ws really a see-saw affair with the Raptors controlling the 1st and 4th quarters but trailing during the 2nd and 3rd. Powell kept the score close with 3pt shooting and play in transition. He showed everyone he was the best player on the floor from either team that night, finishing with a game high of 28 pts. Wright controlled the pace of the game on offense for the Raptors, getting into the lane at will using an impressive euro move numerous times, keeping the defense off balance. He went on to hit the eventual game winner on a bank shot runner with 5.6s left in the game which gave the Raptors a 4-point edge (82-78), before an Adrian Payne tip it in at the buzzer capped the game off at 82-80, and a victory for the Raptors.
Things of note
- Jakob Poeltl had another strong defensive game. Credited for 3 blocks, JP did a solid job contesting and changing many of the shots put up around him. Gaining some praise from team-mate Demare Carroll during a court side interview. So far he is 5-5 in two games from the field. JP hasn’t shown much focus on offense, more just letting the game come to him and executing the play when put on the spot. Legitimately excited to see more from him.
- Bruno Caboclo finished the game with 15 points on 5-13 shooting. Bruno was aggressive on offense looking for his shot whenever he could. Shot form looked really solid. Other than one bone head foul on a 3pt shooter, he defended well coming away with 2 blocks on the game. I expect Bruno to be a full time rotation player for the Raptors this coming season. I think he has at least one big game in him this summer where he shoots very well from the floor, so look out for that.
The Coming Battle
The Mavericks’ summer league team is lead by a pair of guards, in second year player, Justin Anderson and 28-year-old Jonathan Gibson. Anderson, similar to Norm Powell, played some good rotation minutes and even got a start in the playoffs last season for the Mavericks and is expect to continue in that success coming into the 2016-17 season. Jonathan Gibson, who went undrafted in 2010, averaged 46 points a game, playing in China last season and exploded with 30 points in his first summer league game with the Mavericks in Las Vegas. The Mavericks round-out their summer league roster with a couple household names from the NCAA last season with Dorian Finney-Smith(Florida), 7-footer AJ Hammons (Perdue), and Perry Elis (Kansas). The combo of Anderson-Gibson should be the hardest test yet for Powell and Wright but I have faith That the composure and poise of the raptors two sophomores will carry them through, in what should be some what of a close game.
A win here would lock the Raptors into a top 8 seed moving into the bracket part of the Las Vegas summer league, giving them a first-round bye. Which may help Pascal Siakam get back to 100 percent and get some more minutes in this summer.