Title: How The D.J. Augustin Game unfolded, and halftime changes the Raptors made that could influence Game 2
Date: April 15, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I broke down D.J. Augustin’s big Game 1 performance against the Raptors and how they may look to avoid a repeat.
D.J. Augustin has always played a little better against the Raptors.
Maybe it goes back to the 2013-14 season when, after 10 appearances across six weeks, the Raptors waived him. A six-year veteran at the time, Augustin had been brought in for additional depth at the point. The Raptors, in Masai Ujiri’s first season at the helm, decided Dwight Buycks was a more suitable third-stringer after acquiring Greivis Vasquez in a franchise-altering trade.
Buycks would float in and out of the league and now plays in China. Augustin used getting cut as the launching pad for one of the most genuine journeyman careers in recent NBA history; the Raptors would be one of six teams he played for in a four-year span, bookended by a start to his career in Charlotte and what appears to be a new long-term home with the Orlando Magic.