Monday, February 6, 2023

Raptors see the light in front of some rookie Hornets

in 10 years, Toronto has only had one without the play-offs in 2021. Play-off. But the Raptors began to see the light, sealing a second consecutive win at home that was nothing short of inconsequential and sticky. charlotte hornets To which the Canadian team did not let go until the final quarter (132–120), despite being one of the four worst teams in the NBA. last in east With 11-31. a former in which Toronto climbs one spot, eleventh, already in play-in (18-23) for tenth, in possession of Bulls (19-22).

Commanded by the infallible leader of the Raptors, Pascal Siakam, 28 points (10/16 shooting), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He also made interesting contributions from the bench Juancho Hernangomez, 5 points (2/5 on shots and 1/2 on triples), 5 rebounds and 1 block in only 11 minutes. toronto coach, Nick Nurse, He tells her to improve her shooting but reiterates his faith in her in his assessment of the first half of the season.

forward average a 28,3% From the perimeter with 1.5 shots per game, but rose to 43.8% with 2.8 last year with Utah and 42% with Minnesota in the 19-20 season, his best season from the perimeter, with 5 shots. “I ask you to improve his efficiency in triples, The team needs it. But he’s doing a really good job on both sides of the track. is a player wise, A good role player,” said the nurse.

“Juancho needs to improve the triple, the team needs him”


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Raptors, despite his clear improvement in half-court attack and greater contribution with 13 points off the bench precious achiuva and 12 Chris Boucher, He worked hard to render the Hornets. equipment you have Michael Jordan It deceives the eye, as its play is not synonymous with its classification. It’s fun, just like it is in the locker room, where at least before and after games, banter and good vibes reign, there’s a few laughs, a comb There.

produces and transmits attack lamelo ball -24 points (9/22 in shots) and 14 assists-, after his injury wants to warn that he, even at age 21, has a project to establish himself among the best point guards in the league, momentum , To define crowdsources and do intelligence. by his side, other youths grow up like PJ Washington (13 goals), while a sublime Terry Rozier (33) NBA ‘war’ veterans like him mingled perfectly with mason plumlee Settled in paint (21 points).

“Future goals? It’s hard to say, I have players like Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball who are almost no match. Injuries are conditioning us”, he laments Steve CliffordSome of the Hornets’ veteran coaches, who with injuries as mitigations, are back from a year ago in which they reached ‘Play-in’.

Charlotte converted three field goals (15/35 and 43%), taking advantage of each little space the Raptors defense conceded with difficulties to slow down the fast and dynamic play of the set. North Carolina, Always getting good position from the perimeter after penetrating and split plays. And when they could not get triples, penetration from the perimeter of the receiving player on the weak side to attack 1×1.


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Mason Plumlee, taking advantage of his big size against some Raptors without such a thick classic pivot, was at a disadvantage pick and roll and after the rebound but Toronto free shots. And that in regards to pitch-hits, this course, with 60%, is the best of his life. It’s the new mechanic from last months: launch them with one hand. to like Jeremy Sochan, Spurs’. “Yeah, it’s been my best season, I found myself finding a way to pitch,” the center commented to MD before the game.

Despite Charlotte’s good work in attack, Clifford’s men never found a plan for Pascal Siakam, benefiting from the Raptors’ good spacing and always so difficult to defend—especially with more space—, given his lightness and size. Due to (2.03). was or proposed a 2×1 or nothing And when this happened, the Cameroonian always found the open partner benefiting Gary Trent Jr. (24) OG Anunobi (22) Of this, an impressive 6/7 in triples on the British side. Ask him anything in defense or attack, and he does it for you.

As they do so well with big centers, Nurse’s team exploited Plumlee’s slow speed with a midrange shot after coming off the pick and roll and in other situations, such as those in which he had to go out and on the perimeter. was forced to score. , Scotty Barnes He stayed at 7 goals-plus 7 assists and 5 rebounds, but he was one of the guys who troubled the Hornets center the most with his penetration. ‘rookie of the Year’ Last year he re-invented himself moving away from the perimeter and being more aggressive in the paint.

Two triples from the Raptors’ ‘clutch player’ Fred VanVleet (11 points and three missed first five shots) and another one from Anunobi left it 117-107 With 4:32 to go. The Raptors, who as a result of their more fluid play, reached their season high three-pointers -20/44 on an excellent 45%- already see everything more clearly. On Thursday they repeat at home against the Hornets and on Saturday one of the rivals they already see in a play-off battle atlanta hawks After a fallout between Trae Young and his coach, he is not the same. Winning definitely means breathing. The skies begin to open in Toronto.

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