2. Stars disappointing
VanVleet and Anunoby are expected to shoulder much of the offensive responsibility without Siakam or Kyle Lowry, but they didn’t do a good job of showing that they are capable of doing so in this game. VanVleet was inefficient, and Anunoby didn’t look like the dominant player from the preseason.
VanVleet was tied for the team lead in scoring with 12 points, but he was a -22 on the evening while going went 5-20 from the field and 1-9 from 3-point range. Anunoby’s solid defense couldn’t make up for the fact he went 3-14 from the field. His three makes were a dunk when they were down 17 and two 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter.
The Toronto Raptors need OG Anunoby and their stars to play better
Preseason star Precious Achiuwa shouldn’t be excluded from this either, as he only managed to bring six points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes to the table.
The $51 million man Trent, who was benched in favor of Goran Dragic to start the game, looked active on defense, but he earned that contract because he could score, and he only mustered six points in this game.
While the Raptors are clearly hoping to craft a rotation that can go nine or ten players deep on any given night, it’s incumbent on some of their marquee players to give this team some direction and consistency. When your two best scorers combine to go 8-34 from the field, that’s a sign that something has gone awry.