Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
Records: Raptors (2-1); Magic (1-1)
Where To Watch
Date: Oct. 28
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Let's face it, the Raptors bench has underperformed to start the season. Serge Ibaka is the only member bringing it off the pine for the Raptors averaging 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks through three games, but the Raps can't rely on just six rotational players - they need the bench to step up.
Matt Thomas saw action in his first NBA game in Saturday's night win against the Bulls and as advertised he was money from beyond the arc. Thomas was able to knock down two of his three three-point attempts in the blowout win.
Obvs @Theiceman_21 first NBA bucket is a 3. pic.twitter.com/QUigggP65t- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 27, 2019
What was more encouraging for Raptor fans though was his defence. Nurse spoke about it post-game.
"He was good," Nurse told reporters via The Athletic. "He comes in, first of all, and we're hoping he can bang some shots, and he does, right on cue.
"And he really played solid (defensively). I think there was only one possession there later on in the game where somebody got him inside and he pump-faked and committed an and-one foul. But other than that, he got switched onto (Zach) LaVine a lot and he did the right things. (He) did the right coverages and moved his feet and did OK out there."
Monday night will be another test for Thomas as he tries to solidify his position in the rotation.
Taking care of the rock hasn't been something Toronto has done well to start the year. The Raptors average 21.3 turnovers per game - only the Knick have been worst to start the year. Orlando, on the other hand, has been meticulous with the ball only averaging 11.5 turns per game - good for second in the league.
Expect a defensive matchup between two of the stingiest teams in the league.
Toronto: Patrick McCaw (knee - questionable)
- Raptors will play their first of six 95 Rewind nights where the team will wear inaugural season jerseys and use alternate court.
- Toronto held Chicago to 30% (29-for-97) field goal shooting in blowout win over Bulls Saturday
- Largest margin of victory vs Magic +35, December 29.2012
- Largest margin of defeat -40 (twice) last time it happened: January 21, 2011
- Kyle Lowry played 500th game as a Raptors vs Chicago Saturday night
Last Time They Played
Date: April 1, 2019
Score: Raptors 121, Magic 109
Raptors: Danny Green - 29 points (11-15 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals
Magic: Evan Fournier - 21 points (8-16 FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists