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:
Fred’s tight defence on Damian Lillard during the first possession. He forces Dame to pass high in the post to Jusuf Nurkic who has to kick it out to Norm on the weak side, and misses.
Fred blowing by Damian Lillard off of the Pascal hand off and making the layup, giving Toronto a 10 point lead less than 3 minutes into the first quarter, and forcing a Portland time out.
OG stealing the pass from Lillard and giving it to Pascal for the go-ahead.
Gary quickly screening for Pascal who gets the bucket in transition after grabbing the rebound.
Khem and Fred connecting on the pick and roll after Nurkic checks out.
Ball movement! Fred throwing the ball to the inside Khem, who swings it to the weak side and back out to OG for a 3.
Pascal corner 3!
EARLY DALANO MINUTES!
Dalano off of the inbounds to Scottie who makes it off the glass!
The quick switch defence that allowed Dalano to get off of Dame and Scottie to guard him instead.
Khem Birch chasing Damian Lillard off of the dribble, forcing his shot and sending it to Scottie who pushes it ahead to Gary who makes the transition basket. The ball movement has been exceptional this quarter.
Fred triple-teamed in the paint but still finding Dalano open on the wing for a 3 point attempt.
Second Quarter Positives:
Sneaky Svi in the corner for 3, bringing the lead back up from 1.
Dalano Banton passing over the heads of the double team and into the paint to Khem, who swings it to OG for another 3.
OG backing into the post off of the pass from Banton and bodying his way to a basket.
OG Anunobdy crossing up Larry Nance Jr. and draining a 3 in his face at the top of the arch, quieting C.J McCollum in the process.
Sneaky Svi again! This time he grabs the rebound on Siakam’s missed 3 and tries to put it back in, with Scottie cleaning it up for the make.
Siakam finding the baseline cutting Scottie who drops it in for a 6 point lead.
OG saving the out of bounds, which finds its way to Gary who steps inside on the reach and sinks the basket.
Baby’s first technical! They grow up so fast!
Gary stealing the cross court pass.
Nothin’ But Positives – Raptors vs. Trail Blazers – November 15th originated on Raptors Republic.