Toronto Gets Their Groove Back Against Lebron & The Lakers During OVO Night
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, March 15, 2019
Now That They Have Redeemed Themselves They Can Enjoy Their 2 Days Off
Well well well..look who it is Lebron James coming to Toronto and taking over. Many saw him last night at EFS, a popular Toronto nightclub. We all know Lebron James loves Toronto, so much so, some people even call it “Lebronto” because he is here so often. It does have a nice little ring it. He will then lace up and play vs the Raptors and hope to improve the Lakers’ record to 4-10 since Lebron has been back since his injury. There will be no Lowry due to hurt ankle, still no Ball and no Ingram-well no Brandon Ingram but there will be Andre, who has signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers. Andre Ingram has spent 11 years in the G-League so it’s nice to see him getting a chance in the NBA. Speaking of 10-day contracts, Eric Moreland has signed one with the Raps. Will he play tonight? Let’s see.
As predicted the starting lineup is as usual with the exception of Lowry, so Jeremy Lin steps in for his second start of the season. For the Lakers, you have Rondo, Bullock, James, Kuzma & McGee (whom of which I think has officially retired from Shaqtin’ A Fool). Toronto wins the opening tip wearing their OVO jerseys which is fitting as Drake renames the Raptors training facility to the ‘OVO Training Facility’.
Siakam kicks off the game with an airball three pointer which add to his not so great playing lately. He did put up 16 pts but while playing almost 40 minutes. That doesn’t sound like Siakam and he best not be slowing down any time soon because this team needs him in order to win the championship & keep Kawhi.
Tonight’s match up were really against the two NBA finals MVP; Kawhi Leonard & Lebron James. James won it in 2013 (as well as 2012,2016) & Leonard in 2014. Lebron is averaging 27.3 ppg while Leonard is ever so slightly behind him with 27.0 ppg.
Well this is fun, Nick Nurse really switches it up in the 2nd quarter putting on Chris Boucher, Patrick McCaw along with Norm Powell. James had an absolute monstrous dunk and then a nice little bucket under the net to make it a 4 pt game going on a 8-0 run forcing Toronto to take a time out and cool the Lakers. James finished with a game high 29 pts & 4 reb.
Kawhi would hit a weird off balance shot from beyond the arc putting Toronto up 11 pts thanks to a 14-2 run to end the half.
Let’s talk about Gasol for a few lines. WIth Ibaka serving his 3 game suspension( for getting in a fight with Marquese Chriss of Cleveland Monday) starting tonight, this means no need to decide to between these two bigs on who will start. Gasol has this and he is proving he deserves it. Marc contributed 15 pts & 7 reb going 2/4 from beyond the arc. He was consistent and confident. You can see he is getting more and more comfortable with these guys and in good timing. Ibaka’s actions seem they are continuing to affect him because Gasol may be keeping this starting position.
I think behind every good scorer is a good passer and Rajon Rondo fit that perfectly. Mr. Rondo had 13 pts & 8 ast. The Lakers kept themselves in this game for awhile. Up until the 4th quarter and that’s where Toronto took over. At the end of the 3rd, Los Angeles were within 6 pts and stats were pretty much tied up. Toronto gave up 11 turnovers, most of which came from Danny Green who had an off night. The loudest the crowd got was in the 4th when Lebron missed both free throws.
As mentioned, we weren’t sure is Eric Moreland would play in tonight’s game but he did and he got a pretty good reaction from the fans. Moreland is coming from the Pistons so it will be a nice homecoming for him as well as Raptors ex coach Dwane Casey.
I’m not going to lie, I thought this would be a sold out game. I see a lot of empty seats and I dont think its because people are still getting back to their seats from halftime.
Raptors will remain Ibaka-less until after Tuesday vs the Knicks. Toronto should be okay but after losing to Cleveland by 25 pts on Monday, i’m not quite sure anymore. Toronto takes this almost as much as they should’ve won against Cleveland… Toronto will break until Sunday where they head to Detroit and see if they can keep these Pistons out of the playoff run.
Fun Fact: This is Toronto 9th consecutive win vs the Lakers.
Raptors 111-98 Lakers