Pelicans Migrate North to Toronto
Monday, November 12, 2018
I never really enjoyed bird watching before - especially Pelicans. They are big, scary and have zero mercy on their prey and that’s what the New Orleans Pelicans showcased tonight. New Orleans successfully beat out the team with the best record in the NBA. Continuing their win streak, now at 3 & putting a halt to Toronto’s 6 game streak.
The Scotiabank Arena was filled with excitement for Toronto’s Pascal Siakam tonight as he (& Portland Trailblazer CJ McCollum) were named the leagues players of the week! Much deserved in my opinion for Pascal. Averaging a team-high 20 pts last week & also 4.3 reb per game. He shot .724 from the field & .983 at the line. He becomes the 8th player in franchise history to receive player of the week. His company includes DeRozan (10x), Carter (7x), Bosh (7x), Lowry (4x), Mike James, Jalen Rose & Lou Williams. Pascal started the game tonight & finished with a strong 22pts & 3 reb including a corner three in front of the Raps bench (20-19 TOR)
Fun Fact: When Pelicans eat, they catch prey in their large hilarious sack, squeeze the water out of the side of their bills, move the food until it is facing head-down in its throat, and swallows. If they are really hungry and desperate, Pelicans might even drown and swallow a seagull!
Keeping Anthony Davis under control was a challenge for Toronto. Coach Nurse had to continue to put different players on him. Starting with Ibaka then JV, but as much they tried, Davis still put up 25pts, 6 ast, & 20 reb.
Raps trail by 5pts, 66-61 at the half. Toronto needed to get ahead in the second half as they trailed at the end of every quarter and it seems like New Orleans was going to take this one.
The last 12:00 minutes of play is when New Orleans took off and really showed no mercy. At 7:17 to go, Toronto was down 106-97. Another player who was a major threat to Toronto was Jrue Holiday (29pts & 14ast), he went up for a two-handed flush late in the 3rd, had the ball bounce off of the rim a couple of feet in the air & straight through the basket - I don’t even think it hit the net on the way down! After Holiday hitting back to back threes (116-01 NOP), you knew Toronto was thinking that it was now or never for a comeback.
And here comes OG Anunoby with the steal and then the harm from ‘The Brow” - down by a dozen with under 3:00 to go. Could this be??! Raps improve to 12-1! Unfortunately not...Holiday hit another three ball & E’Twaun Moore (game high 30pts) stepped up with the fancy floater and just wasn’t missing.
Tonight was the first loss for Kawhi Leonard & the second for the team, but this may be a blessing as it will encourage Toronto to keep improving and continue to strive to be the top unit in the East. I’m okay with this loss as it is early enough in the season to come back from.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again - Detroit as a city, is going to get revitalized & the Pistons are just the beginning. They lost to Kemba Walkers’ Hornets Sunday by 10 pts, but are still having a decent season despite being 6-6. Toronto welcomes the Motor City Wednesday with tip off at 7:30pm.
Fun Fact: I will be in Tulum in t-minus four days where I’ll be doing updates and articles with my toes in the sand & the sun shining bright.
New Orleans 126-110 Toronto