LOS ANGELES – Kawhi Leonard sat the game Tuesday night against a Clipper & # 39; Los Angeles because of side side sore, announced before the Raptors at Staples Center spoke against "other" team & # 39; L.A.
Maybe he just wanted to take everything in combed night with & # 39; all kinds & # 39; plots and sub-plots. Can not blame him. This meant that for the second time as the Raptors visited the country & # 39; the state & # 39; Leonard and land & # 39; land & # 39; teams, he was often linked & # 39; & # 39 as he goes in; free work the following summer, Leonard did not. It was damaged ankle when the Raptors were here to face the Lakers. According to head coach & # 39; Raptors Nick Nurse, Leonard ħarraq his side in the final stages of the Raptors loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Its availability to Wednesday night against the state & # 39; Golden shall be determined
But for anyone to see – Leonard included – there was much work & # 39; to understand, such as the management of its current manager, perhaps his most reliable (the Clippers had a presence & # 39; exploration in Raptors games of the season) without even taking the word.
The Raptors (22-7) got their road trip challenge & # 39; four & # 39; matches West Coast to a fantastic start with & # 39; victory & # 39; 123-99. If perhaps they were assisted by Clipper who were playing the second night & # 39; back-to-back and were participating in overtime. The Raptors made sure to take advantage jumped to lead by & # 39; & # 39 36-23 quarter; the first quarter and excluding any shakiness in the second quarter when the clipper got to 17-8 against the Raptors bench, Toronto never exploded.
"Before the game we talked about our offense did work for us and really," said Nurse. "We understand that our defense was also really good, it was just a whole bunch of & # 39; guys that affected them from all over the place – inside, outside, transition, executed our sets pretty good. Everybody really engaged."
The Raptors pushed the team back to 13 in the middle, and ended the second quarter on a run & # 39; 20-12. They splintered the game in the third round of & # 39; & # 39 lead; 29 points and were able to grow at home.
The Raptors picked up 52 percent from the floor and 48 percent from deep while racking up 34 assistance 50-field, led by Fred VanVleet career high 14 assistance. Serge Ibaka had 25 points while OG Anunoby urged his funk and contributed 12 points from the bench as six Raptors reached double figures. They forced Clipper f & # 39; 17 turnovers are converted into & # 39; 24 points, compared to & # 39; nine & # 39; and only five points, respectively given by otherwise.
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It is not a secret to Canada pumped much talent in the NBA & # 39; in recent years, b & # 39; more income. Some failed to meet expectations – Anthony Bennett, obviously and flat coating & # 39; Andrew Wiggins, jagħtlu consecutive No. 1. Other birds iddefnewhom – Dwight Powell looking for a solid career as an actor after being taken in the second round as an example, or solid pro career made Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph Kelly Olynyk. But Shai Gilgeous Alexander can & # 39; represents a new category & # 39; pick Canada: the steal. Not that the point guard of the 6-foot-6 Clipper entered the tournament with no expectations taken in eleven broad categories of factory & # 39; talent & # 39; University & # 39; Kentucky, it's just that he has already proven that its head can & # 39; is much more than anyone imaġina well. He started 18 straight game for Clipper (18-9) are now 12-6 in it & # 39; that role and looked out of place for more than a minute.
One team was disappointed that the star & # 39; Gilgeous Alexander continued to increase in & # 39; Kyoming was the Raptors who were hoping that he comes & # 39; off lottery where they were planning to try to negotiate in the first round to get it. Once established in the lottery there was also some discussion on the packaging & # 39; DEMAR pick DeRozan to get high enough to get him. They could not get that done, obviously.
The clippers are thrilled to have him, as Gilgeous Alexander had to make his debut in the NBA against his youth team first at & # 39; Toronto and then at & # 39; Hamilton before he ran to the United States for high school.
"He grew up watching the team, felt the & # 39; in love with the game, Vince Carter era", said before the game. "It will be a moment bubbly I guess you can & # 39; tell. It will be fun."
The curve of its development was fun.
"He just continues to grow, do not know if he had a sigh of & # 39; head, to be honest", said the master of the clippers, Doc Rivers, NBA point guard for a long time before taking the coaching. "Very recognizes and learns quickly. It looks much better game and must grow. That is why it continues to & # 39; forward. He was a joy to coach."
A joy to watch too.
It brings the rare earth mix & # 39; feel the true point guard – "composite" is an adjective applied on and after again & # 39; other – f & # 39; 6-foot package & # 39; 6 feet that offers the promise of & # 39; two – or three positions defensive versatility.
It's never in a hurry and is comfortable to pull a jumper middle of & # 39; range and smart enough to cut & # 39; the backdoor for layups. The range & # 39; his three points is developing well. Even just over a quarter in the year & # 39; after which he read well enough to break ground photographs and turns led by veterans – as it did when it used its length to steal a pass from Kyle Lowry intended for Ibaka in first quarter.
With Clippers is lucky enough to be surrounded by & # 39; most players & # 39; against savvy veteran can still run while & # 39; get on the floor for 27.5 minutes a night while meeting the average & # 39; 10.5 points and shooting three aids on & # 39; 47 percent.
"I feel that I am in & # 39; perfect position to grow and learn through my own experiences", said Gilgeous Alexander, who finished with & # 39; seven & # 39; points, two rebounds, two assistances and three blocks. "I have a bunch of & # 39; veterinary good to help me every day, teach things every day, I am grateful for it."
He has just begun, what is the exciting part.
"The guy will be really, really well," said Rivers. "Do not know X & # 39; it is that the ladder, or when. I knew he was going to start sooner immediately, but the biggest surprise is how well and how efficiently at the end of games. It really efficient in range and making big plays on both ends, and is not afraid to make plays.
Gilgeous Alexander Lowry benefited for long stretches and would not be all that out of line to ask "Why bother?" – What is deep & # 39; Lowry was shooting funk before coming west. F & # 39; four & # 39; games since managed to win against Cleveland with & # 39; talk back, Lowry was shooting 14.3 percent from the floor and b & # 39; average & # 39; 3.8 points a game and had made only one shot inside the line & # 39; three points – and too little out. He argued that it was not concerned.
"We'll insemmuha. For me, honestly, is a small sample size that I am not worried about it," he said before the game. "I I feel all wonderful and I I'm to get better in the paint, f & # 39; mid-range and I play my game and go outside the box to want me. I came to get & # 39; back to I own. "
But in & # 39; what box?
Lowry was a former distributor in & # 39; & # 39 offense; Kahwi centered Leonard was part of the problem? Interesting. Does & # 39; Leonard out of the lineup there were no such concerns and Lowry seemed to point & # 39; early affirmation. The first attempt & # 39; end of the field & # 39; it was first established, giving the Raptors their first score. Moment after he made a steal another timetable. He even got three to sink as he caught step & # 39; swing from VanVleet – starting at & # 39; Ly Leonard – and added his props b & # 39; confidence, and gives Raptors 22-17 lead with & # 39, just five minutes remaining & # 39; in the first quarter. Lowry kept playing for others – sprint b & # 39; his full speed through the key to find a wide display of & # 39; Delon Wright for three in Runaway third of the Raptors was old, as were three quick triples fire in the last three minutes of the third to put the clippers & # 39; away. He finished with & # 39; 21 points and seven & # 39; assists while soared 4-by-8 from deep.
"Just going there and playing," said his fall. "My men have done a good job pushed the ball, time was great, we got an open look and my teammate did a good job to look for me. They always support me but it was time to develop a just and going."
The nurse made a detour on his way from Toronto to Monday the Staples Center Monday. Marcella's mother, a & # 39; 94 years, died in & # 39; Carolina, Iowa, and coach of the Raptors stopped seeing his family on Monday before joining the timely team for the game -Tlieta night and made it in time to meet & # 39; with the media. The nurse is the youngest of nine from family & # 39; sports mad. His parents to build pit & # 39; a yard pole are just one example. The nurse had the basketball, football and baseball in high school and was the only one in his family bitten by the bug. So perhaps it was no surprise that made the effort to restore & # 39; back side without missing a game. "I am here because my mother does not want to be any other way," he said. "So I & # 39; ll coach the game and the game & # 39; and then again the next day & # 39; back and take care of business."
I asked him what impact his mom had him as an athlete and coach. He smiled:
"It had a big impact because there were nine & # 39; us and I'm the last one," he said. "Lots & # 39; games. Easter" 94 years, nine & # 39; about 80,000 kids and watching games were the final states. "So certainly was & # 39; impact."
She lost a good one on Tuesday night. The child baby has a very good team.