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:
Dalano Banton is eating a banana in the tunnel right before tip off. I once saw Chad Posthumus eat a banana mid-game in his debut for the Ottawa Blackjacks and drop 23 points and 20 rebounds in an elimination game. If the science is correct, Dalano will do the same.
Win tip! Scottie at the five? Let’s get weird!
OG for 3 from Gary Trent Jr. The Raptors had been scoreless up until this point, so Gary giving up the open look to swing it to OG is another improvement in his playmaking.
Pascal steals the long pass and sends it far ahead to OG for the Raptors second basket.
Pascal exploding right to the rack past Saddiq Bey. I think the shoulder is healed.
Scottie on his own under the basket with the swooping hook.
Gary Trent Jr. catch and shoot 3 off of the inbound. Pascal curled to distract the defenders, leaving Gary nearly wide open.
Scottie passing through the double team to Pascal, who feeds it to the cutting Dragic for the make and the one point lead.
OG with the 3 immediately after the time out. It’s a 17-5 run for Toronto.
Defensive presence equalling turnovers! A personal favourite!
Gary Trent Jumper. Both he and OG are shooting 100% from the field 8 minutes into the quarter.
A late whistle was called, but Dalano has been sneakily good at boxing out. The long rebound would have gone directly into the hands of Toronto because he gave the Pistons no room to get out to grab it.
Gary hits another 3. He’s 3 for 3 from 3, but as soon as I mention this he will probably miss one. That’s what happened with OG and I blame myself.
Dalano’s court vision to find Boucher under the basket in traffic for the slam when he very well could have driven to the basket himself.
And on the very next possession he slams it in himself. This kid is nuts.
Tip Kelsea O’Brien
Nothin’ But Positives – Raptors vs. Pistons – November 13th originated on Raptors Republic.