Pistons Were Well Oiled Wednesday Night In Toronto

Casey's First Game Back In Toronto & It Was A Good One

By: Veronica Harris

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A big welcome back goes out to the one and only coach Dwane Casey. Lastnight was Casey’s first time back in Toronto after being traded to the Detroit Pistons in the off season. Be sure to head over to the next page “Fired Up” when you can listen to myself and Joe talk about his(Casey) return and what else is going on in the league. And if I may say so myself- Detroit looks good on Dwane. He gave up the tie and left his top two unbuttoned.There was no Serge Ibaka tonight as he is out with a sore knee. Probably from his charity bowling event this past weekend. I can see him being a mean bowler!

(Jump Ball)

Early on in the game Detroit’s Glenn Robinson III who is a 50% three-point shooter was looking sharp beyond the arc and so was Reggie Jackson but shortly after the almighty Raps went on a 8-0 run(21-15).

Without Ibaka in the lineup, you have Valanciunas & “Moose” Munroe standing tall. Greg Monroe hasn’t been in the game much before the last quarter up until now but boy did he look good. Playing 21 minutes, he put up 17 pts & 9 reb. Mhmm- I would like to see this again! Toronto continued to see saw back & forth.

Fun Fact: Dwane Casey holds a team record 59 wins in a year & the winningest coach in franchise history with 320 wins!

OG Oh wow!  OG stepped up in the second throwing down a one handed slam over Drummond, followed by Toronto’s first three of the game. Anunoby averaged 15.3 pts in the past four games.

Raps up 65-53 at the half.

Leonard gives Toronto their largest lead of the game (79-60) assisted by Lowry.  Lowry seems like the Ironman of the NBA- leader of drawing charges, posting up Blake Griffin and defending him tremendously. Danny Green left in the 3rd as a result of Andre Drummond, what looked like shoved him to the ground. That’s Powell out, Ibaka out, Miles out and now Green who has started every game this season.

Fact: Residents in Flint Michigan are still without drinking water. If you’d like to help contribute, head to www.michigan.gov. where you can find helpful resources.

There were alot of visits to the NBA replay centre in the dying minutes of the game and thank god because I’m losing my hair from pulling it out due to some of the calls this season.

Kawhi pulls up at the top of the key to tie the game at 104 with 38.6 to play . After Kawhi accidentally kicks the ball out of bounds, it’s back to Piston ball . At the other end Pascal Siakam with the absolutely philthy denial(one you’ll definitely be seeing on highlight reels tomorrow) keeping it tied at 104 with 1.2 on the clock.

It had to end at some point-former Raptor, Jose Calderon inbounds the ball to Reggie Bullocks who hits 2 of his 5 pts with a buzzer beater contested by JV! Detroit wins! Handing Toronto their second straight loss. Could this be a… no - I won’t jynx it! It was amazing to see Dwane Casey run onto the court to celebrate with his team & have everybody be so excited for his win. I love Coach Casey & will always be cheering for him!

Friday night will be a fun game to watch as Toronto heads to the fourth place team in the Eastern Conference, Boston & will face the freshly cut Kyrie & his Celtics. Tip off is at 8:00pm & is the first game of a back to back. Will Toronto continue to win again? Let’s wait & see!

Pistons 106-104 Toronto