Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TORONTO RAPTORS 104, MILWAUKEE BUCKS 95 - The "I Know It's Only Preseason" Report

posted by Romy Aquino
More preseason basketball on Monday night as the Toronto Raptors pulled out their 104-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at their last home game of the preseason.

The "I Know It's Only Preseason" Notes:

THE ROOK, M.I.A. - The rookie Terrence Ross sat this one out with flu-like symptoms.  He wasn't even on the bench, Coach Casey couldn't afford to have Terrence spread his sickness to this whole team.

THE JONAS WATCH  - 10 pts, (1-3, 8-10 FT) 8 reb, 4 blks - How about that free throw percentage?  To get 80% free throw shooting from the seven-footer is always a good sign.  To add to that, we got some Pound the Rock action from Valanciunas with his four blocks including one against the Bucks' Samuel Dalembert.  It wasn't a perfect possession as Dalembert got the basket in the end, but it was another good look at what kind of defensive presence Valanciunas can bring nightly.

BENCH PRODUCTION- Great production from the Raptors second unit tonight; Anthony Anderson (10 pts), Amir Johnson (10 pts) and John Lucas III (8 pts) off of the bench.

DEMAR AND KYLE - Good showing from these two starters on Monday night...DeMar (31 min, 21 pts (7-16, 7-10 FT)) and Kyle Lowry (15 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast), hopefully this is a taste of what's to come.

JLIII GETS BUCKETS - Everyone's been impressed with "The Most Interesting Man in the NBA", John Lucas III (shoutouts to the guys at Raptors HQ) this preseason.  Great energy and a solid offensive option off the bench.  He's not afraid to shoot the ball, and so far it hasn't been a bad thing.

- Monta Ellis can score from anywhere at anytime for Milwaukee.  26 pts (11-24) and 5 dimes.  Also, have to shoutout Ersan Ilyasova with his 19 pts and 7 rebounds....he hit some big shots in the fourth.

CUTS - (via Eric Koreen @EKoreen):
"McNeal and Wright getting goodbyes in Raps' room. Toronto down to 16 players."
WHAT'S NEXT? The Raptors are on the road to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.  

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