Las Vegas Summer League Weekend Recap
First Weekend Complete
The Raptors played their first two games for Las Vegas Summer League 2018, and now look forward to Monday’s match up against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3:30 PM E.T where they are searching for their first win. Over the weekend, Toronto dropped games to the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Raptors fell 90-77 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday in the team’s first game in Las Vegas on Friday. While things were close after the first quarter with the Raptors only trailing by five, New Orleans made its mark in the second quarter, outscoring Toronto 27-12 to build a 52-32 lead at the break.
Points on the board
Alfonzo McKinnie and Rawle Alkins led Toronto in scoring with 12 points apiece in the loss. Alkins points came in just 14 minutes of action, all in the second half as he turned heads and earned praise from the Raptors coaching staff after the game. OG Anunoby had nine points with a team-high seven rebounds in a team-high 27 minutes. The Raptors were sloppy on the offensive end of the floor in the loss, shooting just 33 percent compared to New Orleans’ 49 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett led all scorers with 24 points for the Pelicans.
Meanwhile in Toronto
While the Raptors were hitting the court to face the Pelicans, Fred VanVleet was finishing up a press conference in Toronto to announce he had re-signed with the Raptors.
Held at MLSE LaunchPad, VanVleet, Raptors president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster spoke with media while VanVleet’s family looked on proudly. Click here to read more on the signing
Best Seats In The House
Toronto’s summer league squad had plenty of support from the team’s veteran players. As he does every summer, DeMar DeRozan was front and centre for Friday’s action:
DeRozan was sitting courtside before joining the television broadcast to talk about the team and the bench mob, and of course, his friendship with Kyle Lowry.
'Little big brother' pic.twitter.com/mNUQXLselo— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 6, 2018
C.J. Miles joined Delon Wright and Pascal Siakam along the baseline to also watch the team. As DeRozan was chatting with the television crew, Miles was speaking with NBATV’s Akil Augustine about Fred VanVleet re-signing with the team.
In Miles’ words: “[VanVleet] got exactly what he deserved, man.”
With various media duties taken care of, the bench mob crew took their turns playing photographer, capturing game action:
Behind the lens pic.twitter.com/22HrzyiGoy— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 6, 2018
Matt Tierney and Akil Augustine wrapped up Day 1 action in the Vegas heat to catch you up on the noteworthy items from Friday’s loss here:
The duo also wrapped up Saturday’s practice, including the part where another newly re-signed player showed up to join the crew and get to work:
The Raptors summer league squad dropped a 103-92 decision to the Minnesota Timberwolves in their second game in Vegas. This was a close game throughout, with the Wolves pulling away in a decisive fourth quarter where they outscored Toronto 32-19 to take the win. The Raptors had led 73-72 heading in the final frame, but couldn’t match Minnesota’s output down the stretch.
Toronto had a strong effort from its bench on Sunday, with Jordan Loyd, Shevon Thompson, Malachi Richardson and Codi Miller McIntyre combining for 52 points. Loyd led the Raptors in scoring, with 17 points, Richardson added 15 points, while Thomspon and Miller McIntyre each scored 10 points.
Raptors sophomore OG Anunoby had 13 points in 26 minutes. He shot 5-for-15 from the floor, 1-or-4 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. He added led the team in rebounding for the second straight game, grabbing seven rebounds to go with three assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
At the line
In addition to that dominant fourth quarter for Minnesota, the Wolves also attempted 35 free throws to Toronto’s 15 attempts. Minnesota shot 83 percent at the line, making 29-of-35 attempts. In comparison Toronto shot 73 percent, making just 11 of 15 attempts.
OG Anunoby with the baseline drive and dunk on Sunday:
G-Flight pic.twitter.com/JlMx3fCkZs— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 8, 2018
And a gorgeous spin move as well:
Fred VanVleet was courtside for the game, and was interviewed by NBATV:
After Sunday’s action, Matt Tierney and Akil Augustine recapped the day’s action and discussed OG Anunoby and Jordan Loyd’s performances:
Pascal Siakam thrilled Fred VanVleet joined the team in Vegas:
They said it
“He was excellent. Played with some spirit, used his body well to get to the basket. He just looked like a really good player. He took the opportunities that were there.”
- Raptors head coach Nick Nurse on Rawle Alkins performance in the second half of Friday’s loss to the PelicansM
“It’s definitely faster than college. I started off in the second half, that was my debut of the NBA pace and it just kind of hit me all at once. It was a fast-paced game. I was just looking at the statistics before I got here [to talk to the media] and I didn't even realize I shot nine shots. You play so fast you don't realize how much stuff you’re doing at once. It was great. It was a great opportunity.”
- Rawle Alkins on his summer league debut
“OG is a big piece of what we do. He’s very important to what we do. [We’re going to] keep working on his all-around game, really. Defensively he still has to be a presence, last year he guarded a lot of really good players, he has to keep growing in that area. The exciting part is he’s a year in now, and he’s a little smarter, learning the tricks and our system even better. For him, we’re looking at the whole package, but offensively and defensively. We’re also looking at his leadership role, quite frankly. In this setting, he’s got to be one of the leaders, which he has done, stepping up, not always with his voice, but with his actions, going out plying hard, etcetera. I think we’re all exited to see where OG goes and what this setting does for him.”
- Assistant coach Patrick Mutombo on what the coaching staff is looking for from OG Anunoby at summer league
“I just wanted to keep being aggressive. Keep taking my shots and just try to make things happen.”
- Malachi Richardson on his effort in Sunday’s loss to the Timberwolves
“I’m really comfortable, as far as me personally. It’s really an honour to play under Coach, the head coach of the Raptors. Him working with us has been awesome.”
- Jordan Loyd on his second summer playing with Toronto in Las Vegas
The Raptors will face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday afternoon at 3:30 P.M. ET.