We already have your pre-game, your post-game, and your quick reactions for every game, but by popular demand (a few people on Twitter) I am bringing my quarterly positives right here in long-form. Rather than try to sum them up in 240 characters or less, I can now expand on what I liked each quarter of the game. If you’re familiar with this format, you’ll know what to expect. If you aren’t, just know that if there is a baby wearing noise-canceling headphones, it counts as a positive and it’s going on the list.
First Quarter Positives:
First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO REXDALE’S VERY OWN, DALANO BANTON! Banton turns 22 today.
Pascal is back! Ahead of schedule, Pascal Siakam makes his 2021-2022 season debut, starting at the 5 like we had speculated on The Rap Up. Let’s get weird!
Freddy with the high-to-low pass into the post for the OG make, the first points for the Raptors.
Corner 3 from Freddy after a swing from OG. It looks like this duo has agreed to take the lion’s share of the workload while Pascal makes his way back.
OG’s defence on James Harden – you’re allowed to do that now.
Fred passes inside to Scottie, who immediately recognizes that OG is more open and kicks it out to him. OG misses on the 3, but Scottie is still inside and makes the shot on the rebound. Just extremely savvy decision making from a rookie.
OG’s defense resulting in a shot clock violation for Brooklyn.
PASCAL FOR 3!!!!! WELCOME HOME BUDDY!
Euro-Scottie around Kevin Durant for the make inside.
Midrange Scottie out of the timeout.
Birthday buckets for Dalano!
Spin around fade-away for OG off of the feed from Precious.
And a step-back from OG immediately after.
And another one.
Precious chasing Blake Griffin away from the rim. Sorry Noor.
Precious grabbing the rebound with 5 seconds left on the clock and sending it ahead to Dalano.
Second Quarter Positives:
Pascal coast to coast off of the turnover! He’s baaaaaack!!!
Pascal straight to the rim off of the reset from the rebound (that’s a lot of r’s).
Pascal passing out of the double to Dalano Banton. He’s been soaking it all in while rehabbing.
Freddy step-back 3 after getting himself open. That 3 has landed him as the fourth leader in 3-pointers made in Raptors history, and the Nets call a timeout.
OG grabbing the rebound after Fred’s missed 3 and Scottie’s missed rebound attempt. He also draws the foul and makes a free throw. He’s perfect.
Doubling Kevin Durant while he’s shooting.
Precious for 3!! He made the shot while on the floor with the starting line-up (aside from Pascal) so it’s entirely possible that subbing him in with the starters a little later, allowing him to visually get a feel for the tempo of the game, while Pascal eases back into it will be beneficial to both him and the team.
Fred stripped Kevin Durant and got fouled by Bembry, made both free throws and returned the lead to the Raptors, 45-42.
Fred with the football pass the entire length of the court ahead to OG for a 5 point lead.
Fred cutting back while Chris Boucher handles the ball. This allows Harden to follow him, thinking Boucher is going to send it to Fred, while he actually sends it to Scottie.
A technical on KD? Kevin just come to Toronto please we all know it’s what you want.
Scottie steals the pass from Harden to Millsap and pushes it ahead to OG. It goes out of bounds but the hustle after getting hit in the ribs by Harden is admirable.
Boucher off of the turnover with the bounce pass ahead to OG, who sends it back to Boucher for the dunk.
SCOTTIE STEAL! HE STRIPPED KEVIN ACTUAL DURANT AND RAN AHEAD TO THE NET FOR A BEHIND THE HEAD REVERSE DUNK! FIRST TEAM ALL AUDACITY!
Tip Kelsea O’Brien
Nothin’ But Positives – Raptors vs. Nets – November 7th originated on Raptors Republic.