Title:‘We had fun today:’ Takeaways from a positive Raptors preseason opener
Date: September 29, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about the Raptors giving OG Anunoby the freedom to make mistakes all summer and what that might mean for a sophomore bump on the offensive end.
At long last. The Toronto Raptors opened their preseason schedule Saturday, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers in Vancouver and beating them 122-104 in a fun affair. What follows are some takeaways from an otherwise meaningless game.
Nick Nurse rolled out a starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, C.J. Miles, Kawhi Leonard, and Serge Ibaka.
It’s a bit of an odd one, and one I don’t think we’ll see much in the regular season. That same group with OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam in the Miles’ slot makes a lot more sense. Anunoby was unavailable, and Miles has a comfort level switching between roles, so perhaps this wasn’t the intended lineup initially. If Siakam is set for bench duty consistently, maybe it didn’t make sense for him to be the movable piece, hence Miles’ inclusion. It’s also just a boatload of shooting, which is fun — each of those players has an established 3-point shooting baseline of 37 per cent or higher on moderate-to-heavy volume. In general, Miles probably shouldn’t start or close games, and his combination with Green adds shooting at the expense of playmaking, but again, they’re going to try some stuff just to see.