Preseason records: Raptors (1-0), 76ers (0-1)
Where to watch
Date: Thursday, Oct. 7
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: TSN 2
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
Raptors vs. 76ers game preview
The Raptors looked good in their blowout win over the 76ers on Monday. There were plenty of positives to take away from that win, but also some things the coaching staff would love to clean up. Toronto will have the opportunity to do so, running it right back against Philadelphia.
Here are some of the things to look out for in preseason game No. 2:
Is Scottie Barnes really this good?
The Raptors rookie had an impressive preseason debut on Monday, getting the start and finishing with 13 points, nine boards and six dimes. He was also a game-high plus-19.
I wrote about three plays that stood out to me from the win against Philly, but overall, the moment didn’t look too big for Barnes. It is only preseason, but early returns are positive. It will be worth watching how Barnes reacts to game No. 2 against the same opponent that is likely to make some adjustments.
The pace in Monday’s game was fast and furious. The Raptors want to play with pace this season, but once the games start counting, it won’t be as hectic as it was in game No. 1.
Toronto head coach Nick Nurse talked about installing new half-court sets after Tuesday’s practice. He also mentioned getting a feel for the new faces and how to put them in the best actions in order for them to be successful.
Many are expecting the Raptors to be a team that struggles to score in half-court situations against some of the better defences this season, so keep an eye on some of the sets the team has installed and how successful Toronto can be against a pretty good defensive team in Philly.
The Raptors were all over the offensive glass in preseason game No. 1, pulling down 17 offensive rebounds. Toronto’s hard work paid off with 24 second-chance points.
Let’s be clear – 17 offensive rebounds won’t happen on a nightly basis. The Pelicans led the league in that department last year, averaging 11.7 offensive bounds per game. But for a team that finished 20th in offensive rebounds (9.4) and 21st in second-chance points (12.5) per game last season, Monday was a good sign that this year’s Raptors may be a little more active on the glass.
Khem Birch, health and safety protocols – Out
Chris Boucher, dislocated left middle finger – Out
Pascal Siakam, left shoulder rehabilitation – Out
Gary Trent Jr., left quadriceps soreness – Questionable
Charles Bassey, not with team – Out
Ben Simmons, not with team – Out
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