Ed Davis and Terrence Ross appeared to be the only players on the court for the Raptors for the majority of this game, as Toronto fell to 0-3 in Summer League action.
If you want to know how bad this game was, the NBA TV broadcast team, which included Sam Mitchell, spent the entire second half trying to convince us that the Raptors were “still in this game,” despite the deficit fluctuating between 12 and 20.
Here are some quick thoughts:
- Ed Davis continues to look good. Davis scored a game-high 23 points on a very impressive 9-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Aside from the much improved shooting stroke and numbers, which obviously aren’t worth much against Summer League talent, it was encouraging to see Ed looking assertive and decisive on the offensive end. In the past, he’s looked out of sorts and hesitant with the ball in his hands. So far through three games in Vegas, Davis seems like he knows what he wants to do when he catches the ball on offence. He also grabbed seven rebounds in nearly 33 minutes of action and committed four fouls. If there’s been one downside to Davis’ game so far through three games, it would be his 12 fouls against some pretty weak competition.
- Terrence Ross flashed his smooth jumper from time to time, but mostly struggled to collect his 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Ross appeared to force a few shots and turned the ball over three times in 28:49 of game time. A couple of the turnovers came when Ross struggled to cleanly gather the ball and bring it up in catch and shoot situations, which I haven’t seen him struggle with before. The tough personal night and the blowout had Terrence visibly frustrated. Sam Mitchell did mention a couple of times that he thinks Ross “will open people’s eyes” in the NBA though.
- Welcome to Las Vegas, Bobby Brown. From the limited sample I’ve seen of Brown, he’s the type of player that can look like a selfish chucker when his shot isn’t falling, but also look like a good “instant offence” guy when he’s on his game. I wasn’t impressed with his play on Friday against the Rockets, but Brown came into this game and made an impact, teaming up with Davis to cut into the deficit and keep the scoreline respectable in the end. Brown finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting while dishing out five assists without committing a turnover. Ben Uzoh hasn’t been horrible, but considering that he played well in the NBA towards the end of last season and looked to be in line for a job with the Raptors this season, I expected a little more from him against Summer League guys, though he did finish with six assists in less than 15 minutes on Monday night. I wonder how well Brown would have to play over the next two games, or rather how poorly Uzoh would have to play, for the Raps to consider giving Brown the job over Uzoh.
- Undrafted Xavier guard Tu Holloway, who was originally supposed to be on Toronto’s Summer League roster, played nearly 10 minutes for the Mavericks against the Raptors. He and Justin Dentmon, who was one of the Raptors’ 10-day guys last season, each scored six points for Dallas. Jae Crowder and Bernard James looked good for the Mavs, but the story for them was Dominique Jones, who finished with 21 points on just 12 field goal attempts, getting to the free throw line a solid 10 times.
- Quincy Acy didn’t suit up for this game, as he’s nursing a back contusion suffered on Sunday, though I appreciated his schoolboy look with the backpack on while sitting on the bench. If you weren’t aware, the soon to be fan-favourite officially signed his first NBA contract on Sunday night.
- The Raptors dressed and played a “Weems” against Dallas and Miami, but it’s not who you think. Kyle Weems, a small forward from Missouri State, has gone 3-for-15 from the field so far in two Summer League games for Toronto. Just keep chucking, Sonny…I mean Kyle.