NBA Scrimmage Grades: Raptors Sloppy in Loss to the Suns

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Toronto Raptors, Kyle Lowry(Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

KYLE LOWRY

PG, Toronto Raptors

A

Kyle Lowry has been great during these scrimmages not only is he among the only players taking charges in an exhibition, but he has also been a steady hand leading the Raptors and this game was no exception. Lowry put up a respectable 11 points and seven assists and shot the ball very well. He even managed to take a charge and play is typical feisty defense especially on Devin Booker. Unfortunately, Lowry’s effort was not enough to get the win but he looks great shape and as Kyle Lowry is playing well the Raptors always have a chance to win.

FRED VANVLEET

PG, Toronto Raptors

B

 

After missing the majority of the previous scrimmage due to a knee collision, Fred VanVleet came in looking healthy but struggled a bit on offense. Although he managed to score 13 points he shot the ball poorly especially from three which is very uncharacteristic of Fred considering he has been one of the Raptors best shooters throughout the regular season. Fred was very solid defensively especially when he and Lowry would trap Booker, unfortunately, those traps led to wide-open looks for the Suns which Fred and the rest of the Raptors looked a step slow rotating to. Overall this was not Fred’s best performance but he was not terrible by any means.

PASCAL SIAKAM

PF, Toronto Raptors

A-

After struggling a bit offensively in the previous two scrimmages Pascal came into today’s game looking solid on the offensive end of the floor. He shot the ball very well especially from deep where he made four shots on five attempts. Pascal even started to make great use of the step-back jumper and the turnaround which proved to be very effective. The one criticism for Pascal’s performance was the fact that he could have done more especially on the defensive end where the Raptors as a team struggled. Overall he had a solid performance and if he can keep his shooting consistent then he will be very hard to stop.

SERGE IBAKA

PF, Toronto Raptors

A-

 

A relatively quite game for Serge considering he has been the best Raptor during these scrimmages. Serge still put up solid numbers scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds and although he didn’t shoot as well or as much as the previous scrimmages, Serge still managed to get a few great assists to his teammates. Serge ended the game with a team best -3 and was honestly the best Raptor on defense absolutely locking up DeAndre Ayton and making his life miserable. Overall Ibaka had a solid game but obviously he has shown he can be even better.

MARC GASOL

C, Toronto Raptors

B-

 

Just looking at the numbers it doesn’t look like Marc had a great game but he was very solid in this one. Not only did he play 20 minutes and looked like the most energetic Raptor on the floor but Gasol also was a major help in creating opportunities for Siakam, Lowry, and VanVleet.  Marc was also very active on defense getting a steal and blocking two shots. The Raptors made it a point to try and get Marc going this game and although this may seem like a one his weaker performances, the bottom line is when Marc is playing well he is a great asset to the Raptors on both ends of the floor.

 

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