Will Charlotte ever be a playoff contender ?
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The Hornet’s tried but were no match for the Raps who, despite losing key players seem to be getting better and better as the season goes on.
It must have felt nice for the Raptors players to step onto home soil after that five game road trip across the United States. Toronto will play two games at home and then head down to the ATL on Saturday to play “Ice Trae” Young and his Hawks. Although they (Hawks) just came off a big loss to the Lakers, they are still a young hungry team that won’t let one win mess with their winning mentality.
Fun Fact: The Charlotte Hornets were Kemba Walker’s first and only team until he moved to Boston this past summer to play for the Celtics. The trade included Terry Rozier for Walker.
First off, Can you name me a better duo than buddie’s Fred Van Vleet and Pascal Siakam who are so in tune with one another, it’s beautiful to see. Their stats (number wise) weren't as impressive as last game but still contributed in a powerful way. Van Vleet put up 11 pts, 8 ast while Siakam had 20 pts and 8 reb.
Miles Bridges of the Hornets had a great game as well. In the second quarter, he kept his squads hope alive with a drive starting from beyond the arc through three Raptors players( Hollis-Jefferson, Thomas and Boucher) to bring them within 1pt, 35-34. Bridges finished with 13 pts. There isn’t much more to say about the Hornets. Not one player scored over 15 pts or put up more than 6 ast or reb.
What hurt Charlotte most was not only the 4th quarter but the turnovers too! Toronto outscored the Hornets 40-22 in the last frame, basically putting the nail into this sad coffin. Charlotte passed the ball up nineteen times! Toronto could have done better but only gave it up ten times.
Toronto up 4 pts at the half, 60-56.
I would like to welcome back OG Anunoby who took a game to get comfortable again. OG was out due to an eye contusion against the Clippers last week. In his first game back against Dallas he put up a soft 8 pts and 5 Reb. But tonight. Tonight! OG was his old self ,having a career and game high best 24 pts. He put up 16 pts in the third quarter alone and without Ibaka and Lowry, Toronto needs this. Can he keep this up? He is averaging 12.4 pts and is shooting 53.2% from beyond the arc.
Norm Powell continued to put up steady numbers for Toronto. I feel like he, Steady Freddy and Spicy P are like the 3 musketeers. They can read what each other is thinking and it’s so much fun to watch. Norm may be more of a supporting role but when these three get on the court together you know an alley-oop or a monster dunk is happening. Like in the 3rd quarter when Norm tossed it from beyond the arc to Siakam who finished with a two handed jam. You knew it was coming!
Fun Fact: Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet all played on the Raptors 905 team together.
There you have it Toronto picks up another win to improve their record to 9-4. They will stay put and host the Orlando Magic (6-7) and the man who is creating a buzz around the league, Aaron Gordon. I will be attending the game on Wednesday so if you see me, make sure to stop me and say hello! Tip off is at 7:30 pm.
Toronto 132-96 Charlotte