RAPTORS BLOG: Three stars for November and Dillon Brooks admiration

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– They love him in Memphis, so don’t expect repatriation anytime soon, but how much of a Raptor would Dillon Brooks look like. He’s a dog, and you need that type of player to compete. The Raptors aren’t quite ready to compete yet, in terms of playoff wins (hell, if they can’t be healthy the play-in could be a stretch), but Brooks, like Fred VanVleet , is as tough and competitive as it gets in the NBA.


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Brooks didn’t need to be inspired, but fellow Scarborough native Jamaal Magloire wound him up anyway, which Brooks spoke about after the game. Besides his selection of shots, Brooks is an ideal player. He takes it out on him. The last game it was all over Gary Trent Jr. This time it was VanVleet. The Grizzlies could use more defensemen like him.

“Fred is an incredible player. It’s a go-getter attitude. He sticks out even if he doesn’t touch the ball, he can still find a way to score, ”said Brooks.

“It’s tough coverage. I was tired today. … I like the challenge. I keep the best all the time. … He knows the game so well. So he was a tough cover. I was trying to find a way to limit his touches, try to get out of his rhythm and give us a chance to win.


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VanVleet noted on Wednesday that the Raptors “kicked their asses” in Memphis last week with VanVleet having a great game, so he knew they would be after him. He admitted that it was Brooks’ night and that he had respect for him.

Memphis, just like the Raptors quite often, picked a player they just weren’t going to let beat them. They were willing to let the other Raptors do the job and they couldn’t, unlike what happened against Golden State when unnamed players Stephen Curry stepped in to beat the Raptors.

– It was good to see Chris Boucher make the most of his luck after being benched for 1.5 games. Boucher made an impression with his energy and aggressiveness. He had a monster dunk, a tough layup and a and could have won a 50/50 call that was ruled like a block on a Memphis record.


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“Yeah, Chris did well today,” Nurse said.

“Yes he did, a few good runs to the rim.” A

Not the noblest of praise, but a compliment nonetheless. Boucher must continue to earn the nurse’s trust, especially with the return of Yuta Watanabe and its impact (as well as the nurse’s support for Svi Mykhailiuk. He sees something in this that I don’t see).

– I did not expect a double day of media availability for Watanabe, but thank you to him for having had a great impact. (And for his statement that if they play like this, they’ll have a lot of long nights).

– Memphis allows for a 50% worst shot in the NBA on mid-range shots and the Raptors reached 9 of 17.

On all other shots, Toronto was 24 of 69 (35%, including 20.6% on three points).

VanVleet is 10th in the NBA in number of discs per game and seventh in assists created per disc. However, VanVleet is on average only 4.8 points behind on records, which is way down the rankings.


1 Jaren Jackson Jr.

2 Desmond’s Scourge

3 Pascal Siakam


Fred Van Vleet 13 points

Pascal Siakam 8

Gary Trent Jr. 6

Scottie Barnes 4

OG Anunoby 3

precious Achiuwa 3

Chris Boucher 1


Fred VanVleet 21 points

Scottie Barnes 14

Pascal Siakam 8

OG Anunoby 10

Gary Trent Jr.

precious Achiuwa 3

Dalano Banton 2

Chris Boucher 1



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