Raptors preseason: Siakam dominates while depth shines in Tokyo comeback

Title: Raptors preseason: Siakam dominates while depth shines in Tokyo comeback
Date: October 8, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I provided takeaways from the Raptors’ preseason opener in Tokyo, highlighted by Pascal Siakam and Terence Davis.

It is so nice to have basketball back.

Even with a very short offseason coming off of a 2018-19 NBA championship and with the FIBA World Cup abbreviating the summer further, it feels like it’s been a minute. The Raptors opened their preseason schedule at 6 a.m. (ET) from Tokyo, on Tuesday, and it couldn’t feel better to have games to cover once again. The Raptors and Houston Rockets appear to have felt the same way. As far as preseason contests go, this one was excellent.

The Rockets already had two tune-up games under their belts and looked cohesive offensively, at least with their primary rotation players on the floor. James Harden was excellent and a debuting Russell Westbrook is already showing where he might be able to fit in around Harden’s singular offensive dominance. The Raptors, understandably, spent some time on their heels in the early going, surrendering 85 first-half points. For all the defensive issues, the Raptors also looked quite good offensively, even down two key starters in Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Marc Gasol (stuck at a karaoke bar singing Queen).

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