Simply because the timing of something unlucky — like COVID-related points suspending a sport — can by no means be proper, the alternative might be true about optimistic occasions. Beggars can’t be choosers, however having Sacramento as the primary opponent in a back-to-back can be the best alternative for any Raptors fan! The bench confirmed up, the starters obtained relaxation, and the Raptors completed their homestand on the optimistic aspect of .500.
Across the NBA, commerce hearsay tweets have been changed by notifications of gamers (and different NBA people associated to the staff — come again quickly, Matt, Jack, Nav, and Masai) in well being and security protocols. The Pacers are having a hearth sale. The NBA is getting a little bit too “fine-happy.” Heaps to debate on this newest episode of That’s A Rap! Make sure that to incorporate your feedback under.
In This Episode:
4:30 — King Slayers
In Toronto’s wire-to-wire victory, the Raptors set season-highs in factors in a half (70), factors within the paint (68), assists (28), and bench factors (53). Chris Boucher tied a season-high with 17 factors. Scottie Barnes had a season (profession)-high 5 blocks. Yuta Watanabe had his first profession double-double (12 factors, 10 rebounds). Can the Raptors all the time play the Kings?
10:45 — 3 Rooks
Along with Barnes’ glorious effort on each ends of the ground, Dalano Banton was unstoppable within the first half with 6 assists earlier than sitting out the second half with a non-COVID-related sickness. Justin Champagnie continued to reward Nick Nurse’s belief with one other strong sport off the bench and was a team-high-tying +19. There might be peaks and valleys with the rookies, however the future is brilliant.
18:50 — Shield your citadel and get vaxxed
I problem you to have a look at Chicago’s depth chart with out dropping your jaw.
Suffice to say, the league had no alternative however to postpone Chicago’s subsequent two video games in opposition to the Pistons and the Raptors. Are we headed in direction of a scenario the place enviornment capacities might be lowered?
41:45 — Stalemate between NBA and followers
As if the league isn’t already coping with sufficient points, there’s been a rising pattern of participant fines these days which were, um, questionable. We’ve already touched on the Fred VanVleet/LeBron James Large Balls celebration (and the silliness of these fines), however what about Kyle Kuzma? At what level does the NBA shield their gamers — not self-discipline them — as a result of followers are verbally abusing them?