New Orleans Pelicans 90, Toronto Raptors 77 — In the first game of Las Vegas Summer League that we turned our attention to, New Orleans ended things quickly. A 27-12 margin in the second quarter ballooned their lead from five points after one quarter to 20 points at halftime. That was pretty much that for the competitive portion of the game, with the Pelicans brushing the lead out to 25 for a few moments in the fourth.
Familiar name Trevon Bluiett was the top scorer for New Orleans, tossing in seven of his ten attempts and six of eight from long range for a game-high 24 points. Alfonzo McKinnie and Rawle Alkins led the way for Toronto with 12 each, as Alkins picked up his points coming off the bench.
Speaking of coming off the bench, Andrew Rowsey did not do that in this game. The Raptors let fly 34 shots from behind the arc in this one, with only eight finding paydirt. That’s a shooting percentage of less than 24%, which is no damn good. I’m going to let loyal reader Reginald handle the insight here.
Looked good on the bench. Too bad - if Toronto wanted to launch so many 3s they could have at least improved their percentage by giving him some run— Reginald Smith (@Redge312) July 6, 2018
That’s the only proof that we have at this point, because something got snarled with the live stat-o-matic at some point, and as of this writing on Friday night, NBA.com says that the final score was 57-47.
With that being the case, I can’t tell you if the 16/5/2 performance from Henry Ellenson as listed in the box score is accurate or not. I can tell you that he was held scoreless in the first half, which is generally speaking not great. If the NBA manages to fix the box score (I’m not holding my breath, as I suspect the problem is a failure on site to keep stats, thus they may be gone forever), I’ll update this article at some point on Saturday.
8pm: Detroit vs Memphis, NBA TV