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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Golden State Warriors||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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The Golden State Warriors came out on the losing end of a tight match in their last game but showed tough defense on both the perimeter and in the paint. The Raptors aren’t much of a rim-attacking team, so containing Toronto’s shooters should be enough to take the victory.
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|Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Information|
|Teams||Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors|
|Location||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Time||8:00 PM EST, August 11th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN2|
|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Golden State Warriors|
|Patrick Mutombo||Head Coach||Kris Weems|
|1-0 (5th in LVSL)||Standing||0-1 (17th in LVSL)|
|Won 1||Form||Lost 1|
Leaders (Per Game)
|M. Flynn (23.0)||PPG||J. Kuminga (16.0)|
|F. Gillespie (13.0)||RPG||G. Payton II (8.0)|
|S. Barnes (5.0)||APG||J. McLaughlin, C. Ross (4.0)|
|S. Barnes (2.0)||SPG||J. Kuminga (3.0)|
|D. Banton (3.0)||BPG||S. Mawugbe (2.0)|
|A. Mahmoud (1.00)/M. Flynn (8.0)||FG%/FGM||C. Oliver (.667)/J. Kuminga, M. Moody (6.0)|
|M. Flynn (.800)/M. Flynn (4.0)||3P%/3PM||J. McLaughlin (.750)/K. Guy, J. McLaughlin (3.0)|
The Toronto Raptors are fortunate to be led at the point of attack by incoming sophomore guard Malachi Flynn, who in his last game was tremendous from the jump. However for all the success he created from the perimeter, the Raptors struggled to finish in the paint.
While the Raptors are always looking to spread the court and shoot from three, the 19:14 two-to-three point field goal ratio was spurred on by their struggles at the rim.
For Toronto to get out of this game with a win, they need to be successful on both fronts on offence as Golden State have very switchable defenders. All eyes will be on incoming sophomore center Freddie Gillespie who dominated the paint in his last game with 13 rebounds but struggled to finish shooting just one of nine in their last game.
— NBA (@NBA) August 8, 2021
While it was surprise during the 2021 NBA Draft that Scottie Barnes was selected fourth overall, through one Summer League game he’s shown to have been more than worthy of the selection.
In his first game, a victory over the New York Knicks, Barnes posted an impressive stat line of 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and two steals on 38.9% shooting from the field. It took him a while to get into the flow of the game, but Barnes eventually found his rhythm – even nailing a three-pointer.
Barnes’ defensive skills will be under the microscope as he matches up against the hyper-athletic Jonathan Kuminga. The Raptors rookie looked excellent defending both the paint and the perimeter, but he’ll now be tested in transition and on the first-step. It should be an exciting matchup!
The Golden State Warriors are looking for players that can fit their system. While their first game wasn’t encouraging from the three-point line, they certainly showed that they are willing to grind it out defensively and find opportunities for others.
In a two-point loss to the Orlando Magic, the Warriors assisted on 20 of the team’s 34 field goals. Unfortunately, much of their shot creation was undone by their 14 turnovers on the evening – difficult, but forgivable due to the nature of Summer League.
Unlike their professional outfit, the Warriors’ Summer League team isn’t filled with shooters. However should players like Moody, Guy, and Kuminga continue to shoot liberally from three, the team must create open opportunities against a long Raptors defence.
No. 7 pick Jonathan Kuminga overpowers No. 8 pick Franz Wagner ? pic.twitter.com/qrQAXcHvpy
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) August 10, 2021
Jonathan Kuminga’s draft stock fell over time as significant holes in his game revealed themselves through the season. Despite that, Kuminga showed that as a rookie his aggressive mind-set and athleticism are fantastic building blocks for his future.
In his Las Vegas summer League debut, Kuminga posted 16 points, six rebounds, and three steals in an overtime loss to the Orlando Magic. He’s far from a finished product, but Warriors fans have plenty to get excited about.
Kuminga’s defensive versatility will be put to the test against the Toronto Raptors. A team that seems willing in its ball movement and aggressive when finding mismatches, Kuminga will have to show his basketball intelligence can match his hyper-athleticism.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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