Toronto Raptors is proving that they are more than a one-player team after convincingly seeing off LA Lakers in their first game since the NBA restarted on July 31 in Orlando, following the Season’s pause because of the global #Covid19 pandemic.
British-Nigerian player Ogugua ‘OG’ Anunoby was the second top scorer for Raptors, hitting 23pts behind Kyle Lowry who topscored with a game-high 33pts and 14Reb, helping the defending champions see off Lakers 107-92.
Anunoby is yet to commit his international future to Nigeria, but there’s a belief that he is one of the players pencilled down by the new coach Mike Brown to play for D’Tigers. Born in London to Nigerian parents, the 23-year old is eligible for Great Britain who are hoping he could be part of their roaster for next year’s Olympics.
Meanwhile, Cameroon’s Pascal Siakam, contributed 15pts and 9rebs for the Raptors who going by this first match, are one of the favourites for the play-offs. Congolese-Spanish player, Serge Ibaka was on the court for 19mins and had just 4pts.
“Great team. No ifs or but’s. Well coached…. Championship DNA. The media may not give them as much credit because Kawhi is gone but players know what type of team they are” Lebron James said after the Lakers lost to Raptors for the second time this season.