Tomas Karageorgos | Report
A shorthanded New Orleans Pelicans team defeated the Toronto Raptors on Monday night by a score of 126-110.
The New Orleans Pelicans got the job done without two key players in Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Peyton who both were out with right ankle sprains.
Toronto’s backcourt struggled to find a groove as Kyle Lowry and Danny Green combined for just seven points, while the Pelicans backcourt made up of Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore combined for 59 points. Pelicans starters scored 106 points, Raptors starters only 68. It is easy to see where New Orleans succeeded and where the Raptors failed on the night. The Raptors made just 39 shots out of their attempted 97, and made only 13 threes out of 45.
Since the Raptors have started out their season well, people can point out what went wrong from their two losses this season. New Orleans were better on the night, their shots were falling.
One bright spot from the loss is Pascal Siakam, the front office has praised him since the west coast road trip where they went undefeated from those four games. Siakam was named the Eastern Conference player of the week earlier on Monday, and tied his career-high in points that night with 22. Siakam was the eighth player in Raptors history to be given those honours.
C.J. Miles had to leave the game during the second quarter as he suffered a right adductor strain, and is listed as out for the game on Wednesday.
The Raptors take on Dwayne Casey’s Detroit Pistons on Wednesday Night at Scotiabank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Featured image from TSN.