The Toronto Raptors were able to add another win to their record after a solid performance over a weak Detroit Pistons team. How did everyone grade throughout the game?
The Toronto Raptors improved their record to 4-1 after their game against the Detroit Pistons. This was expected as the Pistons are without both their starting point guard, Reggie Jackson, and power forward, Blake Griffin.
Tonight’s game still had some issues with communication on plays and rebounding but overall the Raptors performed the most consistent four quarters of basketball so far.
Once again, the Raptors came out strong with a 37 point performance in the first quarter. They slowed down a bit in the second but were able to get back on track to finish things up in the second half.
The duo of Andre Drummond and Derrick Rose caused some distress. Drummond ended with the usual monster 21 points and 22 rebounds while Rose continued a solid opening to the 2019-20 season with 16 points and 10 assists performance.
The Raptors effectively took Luke Kennard out as a scoring option by swarming him and putting some solid defenders such as OG Anunoby and Norman Powell. Kennard, who has been an efficient shooter so far this season only put up three points with a 16.7-percent field goal percentage.
As for the Raptors offense, six out of their eight-man rotation hit the double-digit mark in points. There was a diverse range of offensive plays on display tonight that utilized the strengths of each Raptor. And of course, it was a strong outing for Pascal Siakam who ended the night with 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists while shooting 61.9-percent from the field.