Early foul trouble Doncic doom young Raptors in loss to Dallas

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The young Raptors had the starting juice, but it was the older Dallas Mavericks who had the staying power when the Raptors lost their second home game of the season.


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The Raptors remain winless at home primarily because the very players they couldn’t afford to walk away got into some early foul trouble that opened the door for a Dallas comeback.

Led by Luka Doncic, who didn’t really get it going until the second half and Tim Hardaway Jr, the visiting Mavericks, perhaps assisted by some cooler legs with the Raptors playing on the back of a back-to-back, bounced back. from an initial deficit of 14 points to take this convincingly by a score of 103-95.

Hardaway, who previously would hit the Raptors in their early Knicks days, returned to those earlier levels with a 25-point performance highlighted by a 7-of-11 night from behind 3-point arc.

He would finish with 25 points, two less than Doncic, who had 27 for the game, the most.


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The Raptors got a record of 20 from a previously struggling OG Anunoby, but it all came in the first half.

After an 8-of-10 first half, Anunoby caught the Mavericks’ attention and they rarely let him down in the final half as he only threw four more shots, missing all but a final triple with the game either out or reaching.

Scottie Barnes, coming off a great night in Boston where he scored 25 points and 13 rebounds, settled for 17 and eight rebounds tonight.

The Raptors got it going early in this one, building a 14-point lead before the first quarter reached the halfway point.

Anunoby was the catalyst scoring 12 of the 20 he would get in that first half of the first quarter.

The Mavs, while taking the lead and even with Doncic off to a rocky start, cut that lead to two in a moment before the Raptors reasserted themselves a bit and took a six-point lead at the half.


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Anunoby hadn’t thrown the ball well up to this point in the regular season before making seven of his first eight shots.

However, Anunoby has been his normal defensive stalwart self.

Along with the Anunoby score, some early foul issues arose that would influence the way in which it played out.

In fact, three of the Raptors’ most indispensable players ran into some trouble in the foul department at Anunoby, Barnes and VanVleet, forcing Nurse to get on his bench and give Isaac Bonga his first run of the season. no junk to get the Raptors. during the first half.

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The problem was Doncic, who up to that point had been controlled first by Barnes and then by Anunoby.

With those two sitting on three fouls and glued to the bench for the final four or five minutes, it was Bonga and eventually Gary Trent Jr. who tried to handle a guy many hope will win a touchdown title, if not a MVP at some point. The near future.


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The Raptors’ 115-83 victory in Boston on Friday night was full of positives for the Raptors.

The nurse was asked which item she would replicate if she had a choice.

Without hesitation, the nurse replied, “Shooting challenges.

“I thought our shooting challenges as a team were tremendous,” said the nurse. said. “There was a series of ‘get to the guy, have him reload, one guy was flying past and another anticipating the first guy was flying past and there would be someone else running to challenge.’

“And we got some results from that. We made them lose a lot of them. They were wide open and then they weren’t and then they were wide open again and they weren’t. “

The nurse admitted that the choice was not easy since everything went well.


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“That’s probably the only thing,” he said. “There were a lot of things there (on Friday) at night. We were on the glass. We were at the front of the tire, the offsets were 52. That’s a lot, man! That is a world record. Must be. But I choose the shooting challenges out of all those things. “


The intense game schedule (the Raptors play Monday, Wednesday and Friday at home next week) coupled with the practice needs of some Raptors could spell a QEW trip for both Pascal Siakam and Yuta Watanabe.

Head coach Nick Nurse had updates on the two injured Raptors before Saturday’s game.

Watanabe, who has been out since preseason with a calf strain, is expected to be the first of the two to return, possibly as early as the end of next week or early the following week, according to Nurse.

The plan is for Watanabe to return to practice on Tuesday.

Siakam has already been practicing, including limited contact work, but his surgically repaired shoulder will have to pass and then re-pass some tests before he returns, which should be after Watanabe returns.

Meanwhile, Nurse suggested that both could end up being better served with those practices at the Paramount Fine Foods Center where the 905 opened boot camp Tuesday.

“We have a heavy game schedule and their (905) practices will be a little more intense and longer than ours,” Nurse said.



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