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Veronica Harris
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Toronto beats Portland and may finally get the leagues attention (and respect).

Wednesday evening , the Toronto Raptors visited Portland and what a lasting impression they made! Canada’s team is getting better and better as they days come. How is that so, you ask? No Kawhi, no Lowry, no Ibaka, no Anunoby. Well, the rest of the roster stepped up, including Marc Gasol who has been very quiet since the championship game back in June. I mean he still only put up 9 pts, 5 reb and 5 ast but they came at important times. Gasol also had four blocks in this game that would contribute greatly to the Raptors win. 


It’s funny, because before the game the Raptors organization was being a little cheeky letting everyone know they aren’t going to practice before the game and twitter had a field day with that information. Damian Lillard wasn’t too impressed, but I guess when you have four games in 5 days- you’re pretty loose.


Portland actually ran the first quarter and outscored the Raptors 30-23. A Trailblazer who really stepped up (in Lillard's absnece) was Rodney Hood. Hood had a team high 25 pts including 


Jump to the second quarter, newcomer Terrence Davis drained a three ball over Kent Bazemore to bring Toronto within 3 pts. Davis is one of those key players for the Raptors that have helped them be such a strong team. Watch out for #0 because he will continure to grow into a great player. 


Damian Lillard was coming off a career high 60 pt game (loss) against the Net’s but only put up 9 pts vs the reigning champs.  Let’s break this down for a moment and really see what Toronto is doing. Toronto held Lebron James (LAL) to 13 pts, Kawhi Leonard (LAC) to 12 pts and Lillard to 9 pts! That is undeniable that this team is looking for a back to back championships and is more than a supporting cast to Kawhi.


We can't talk about the 2019-2020 Raptors without Spicy P and Steady Van Vleet. These two buddies connected in the fourth quarter for an allley-oop 94-89. They combined for a total 66 pts!


Toronto will have a few days break and head down to Dallas to play the 7th seed in the west, the Mavericks. There is good news for Toronto , OG Anunoby is expected to return to the court Saturday against the Mavs. This may be one of the toughest games of the season. Luka Doncic is averaging 28.3 pts, 10.3 reba dn 9.1 ast per game.  Doncic said “he really want to make the playoffs this year”. Tip off is at 8:30 pm on TSN.


Toronto 114-106 Portland