The Toronto Raptors almost had themselves an excellent week as a Jeremy Lamb last-2nd heave concurrently shatters the hearts of all of Toronto. But nonetheless, with just 5 games to it’s brilliant to peer the team cross 3-1 irrespective of the opponent. It’s also encouraging to peer the complete group gambling well, particularly with Serge Ibaka now assisting lead the bench.
With the Marc Gasol starting experience nevertheless underway Ibaka has been playing on the bench, and it’s exceptional to look him consistently appearing nicely. His strong bench play is going to be wanted if the Raptors hope to make a deep playoff push. More game like this week might be expected.
Serge Ibaka’s week
The Raptors could have had a great week had it now not been for a Sunday night time, lengthy-range, buzzer-beating 3 from Jeremy Lamb. The game became one filled with u.S.And downs for the Raptors as they got their lunch served to them throughout the second one and 0.33 quarters, But the Raptors did well to come back returned after being down ninety five-83 entering the fourth quarter.
The recreation even regarded over as Pascal Siakam made a hustle play, poking the ball loose with about five seconds left at the clock.
The game towards the Hornets was Ibaka’s worst of the week, most effective managing to attain 11 factors while grabbing one rebound. Ibaka handiest performed 18 minutes and felt like a poor for most of the night time in his new bench role.
Tuesday night time in opposition to the Chicago Bulls was a far one of a kind story for the Raptors as they made quick work of the touring group. A surprising short start becomes the important thing for the Raptors, it even allowed to train Nick Nurse to offer his starters some relaxation. The Bulls were pretty understaffed making for an even easier than expected contest.
Ibaka had a robust overall performance thanks to the extra time due to resting the starters. He scored 16 bench points while grabbing eight rebounds. He additionally played rim protector while blocking photographs. He additionally confirmed Coach Nurse that more mins led to higher overall performance.
Thursday night towards the New York Knicks became the fourth and very last ‘Knicks blowout’ of the yr for the Raptors as they stomped their way via New York 117-92. Yet any other short start brought about a Raptors victory as Siakam took fee with Kawhi Leonard at the bench. Although, it was, some other crew attempt as the Raptors flexed their muscle even as earning their second victory of the week.
Although Ibaka wasn’t a standout tonight, he turned into still a totally stable bench contribution. A properly five-9 resulted in ten factors while additionally coping with to grab ten rebounds. While playing 24 mins, Ibaka battled to bench-excessive +eleven.
The Raptors rolled into Chicago for the collection sweep of the Bulls. It was more of similar to the Raptors had a 2nd-quarter eruption going for 41 points. The 124-one hundred and one victories added the collection overall to a score of +seventy seven for the Raptors. Ibaka was given his first start of the week and ruled.
The big guy paired properly together with his new counterpart Marc Gasol, scoring 23 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds, 3 offensive. Ibaka changed into also very green going 10-16 from the sector. This was Ibaka’s nice performance this week, dominating at some point of. Although he performed properly, it must be referred to that Ibaka struggled from the 3-factor line going 1-5.
Who missed the Cut?
Back-up factor defends Fred Van Vleet accomplished thoroughly this week, even earning a few spots begins against the Knicks and the Bulls. His excellent performance coming towards the Bulls even as scoring 23 points.
The rest is the standard suspects of Kyle Lowry, Siakam and Leonard. Gasol needs to additionally be referred to for some stable games.
All in all the crew appeared stable, and handiest lost out of the hazard. Even if the fighters are subpar, it’s excellent to peer some W’s leading into the playoffs. Hopefully, each the Raptors and Ibaka can maintain the stable play rolling.