Last night in Toronto the Raptors began their championship defending run in grand fashion. The championship banner was hung from the rafters, they gazed with smiles as their championship rings slide down their finger as they felt the weight winning it all comes with. Kawhi left seeking new challenges as a Clipper and was rewarded handsomely (3yrs $103 Mill) for his MVP
The Raptors still have a solid core including rising star Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Fred VanVleet, and Kyle Lowry. That core and supporting cast got the job done last night with a gritty overtime victory, getting their title defending season off to the right foot.
Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 boards, Fred VanVleet set the bar high scoring a career-high 34 points, and last years Larry O’Brien trophy holders defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in OT. A heck of a way to start the season the only thing that would have made it better is if we got to see Zion Williamson in action, unfortunately, the favorite to win rookie of the year is out 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus. He has already had a successful arthroscopic surgery and is on the mend. Zion was flat out impressive in the preseason he averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 steals a truly balanced stat sheet he also shot an astounding 71.4% from the field.
Brandon Ingram the former #2 pick in the 2016 draft led the way for the Pelicans with 22 points, 5 assets and 5 boards. Newly acquired JJ Redick had 16, and Josh Hart led all bench players dropping in 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
One last note about this game the Raptors ambassador Drake received a ring identical to the one the players got, he also went and spoiled himself with a custom made ring valued at over $150,000 and has 30 carats. The Raptors ring has 650 diamonds and 16 rubies. Check them both out.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2019
RAPTORS VS PELICANS HIGHLIGHTS
LAKERS VS CLIPPERS
Game two of the NBA season wasted no time giving the fans what they wanted to see, what Lebron and AD are capable of. Kawhi Leonard and the squad proved to be a good test as the battle for LA. began.
The Lakers are now only 9 loses away from double digits and a disappointing season… haha I’m just playing but they were handed the L opening night as Kawhi continued to build off of his Finals MVP campaign as the Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102 at the Staples Center home to both teams.
Leonard scored 30 in his Clippers debut, during one stretch he knocked down seven straight shots. Seasoned Vet Lou Williams contributed 21 points and Montrezl Harrell scored 17 off the
Newly acquired Danny Green led the way for the Lakers setting a franchise record for the highest-scoring debut with 28 points, 21 coming from three-pointers. Lebron scored 18, Anthony Davis dropped 25 in his debut, but their combined efforts weren’t enough in this one.
After the game James had this to say to reporters;
“The NBA’s back and everyone’s trying to have the narrative of it’s a rivalry game and it’s a huge test, but I think both teams are not where they want to be. We have a lot of room to improve.”
LAKERS VS CLIPPERS HIGHLIGHTS
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