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RAPTORS REPORT CARD: Former Knicks energy win over Hornets

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The Raptors got here away with a 123-117 win in Charlotte on Wednesday to finish a protracted, irritating street journey. They didn’t play a lot defence, however sizzled offensively. Towards a group as unhealthy because the Hornets, it was sufficient. With the NBA commerce deadline arriving this might be the final time we mark a few of these gamers. Right here’s the report card:

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RJ BARRETT A-

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Barrett shook off a sluggish first quarter, to contribute within the second earlier than being nice within the third and particularly the fourth quarters. The Raptors wanted the whole lot he supplied, particularly his two three-pointers late. He ought to have gone to the free throw line greater than as soon as and wasn’t nice on defence, like his teammates, however this was one from Barrett.

IMMANUEL QUICKLEY B+

Quickley appears to be figuring issues out. This was his second zero turnover sport in his final 4 (he has solely three turnovers and 27 assists over that span) as he learns to be a full-time level guard, as an alternative of microwave scorer. He additionally blended his scoring from in and out nicely. The dearth of defence is the one concern to date.

GARY TRENT JR. B+

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Trent continues to scorch from three. He hit 4 extra treys on eight makes an attempt and is above 50% from deep over the past month. Trent additionally had three steals in what might need been his final sport as a Raptor. Our greatest guess is he stays although. He’s been enjoying nicely and suits with the group and we’re undecided the presents might be sufficient to make sense to half with him. However we’ll know Thursday.

JAKOB POELTL B

Poeltl obtained what he needed on offence and did what he might defensively. He hit 5-of-7 photographs, grabbed 12 rebounds and was OK guarding the paint. Poeltl was the least of Toronto’s issues on the night time.

BRUCE BROWN B

The probably Raptor to go mentioned adios, if that’s the case, with a gradual all-around effort. It was palate cleanser after his worst sport as a Raptor in Oklahoma Metropolis. Brown had 12 factors, lacking just one shot, 4 assists, three rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes because the group’s sixth man. He got here as marketed after being acquired from Indiana within the Pascal Siakam commerce. If Brown does go on Thursday, he’ll have solely performed three dwelling video games with Toronto.

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DENNIS SCHRODER B-

One other tidy outing by the backup level guard. Good taking pictures, 5 assists towards two turnovers, some rebounds and a team-high seven free throw makes an attempt. He saved a variety of his offence (12 of his 16 factors) for the second half, however he obtained them once they had been wanted.

SCOTTIE BARNES C+

The all-star wasn’t in peak type, however when he needed to go on the Hornets they didn’t know what to do with him. He was quiet at instances, dominant at others. He’s able to much more, nevertheless it’s comprehensible he didn’t have it on the finish of a protracted street journey.

INC: GRADEY DICK, THAD YOUNG 

THREE STARS

1 Miles Bridges

2 RJ Barrett

3 Immanuel Quickley

HM: Gary Trent Jr., Jakob Poeltl, Cody Martin, Brandon Miller

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