Raptors Aren’t So Scary Anymore


Shea Miller

The Detroit Pistons have had their fair share of struggles this season but none of those struggles have came in any of the three games the Pistons have taken on the Raptors this year. The Pistons are 3-0 against the Raptors this season and looked dominate in all three games. In each of the three games, the Pistons have shot better than 50% from the field and better than 40% on 3-pointers. They shot 51% from the field and 50% on 3-pointers in Monday’s 118-104 win over the Raptors, giving coach Dwane Casey a 6-3 record against his former team, with sweeps in 2019 and this year. Hamidou Diallo was the standout, with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Hamidou did not look like it was his second game back after a groin injury that kept him sidelined for a little over a month before his return. He provided a spark of energy that pumped up the rest of the lineup and brought a defensive presence that showed in guarding the raptors crafty wings. He also went 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, showing some improvement in an area of his game that could make him a bigger offensive weapon. Casey used only 10 players, with Sekou Doumbouya and Josh Jackson not playing. Dwayne Casey (Head Coach) said he wanted to get a longer look at Diallo, who was on a minute’s restriction in his first game but seemed to be more energized on Monday. It makes sense that Casey would take a longer look at Diallo and Tyler Cook, who signed a second 10-day contract. Diallo looked better than every Pistons fan could imagine in his first game in Detroit with extended minutes proving once again that Troy Weaver (General Manager) and the Pistons front office has done an amazing job bringing the right guys to help out this year. Saddiq Bey is becoming harder and harder to guard every game it seems when he’s hitting 5-of-7 from 3-point range and going 6-of-10 from the field overall. In recent weeks, he’s showing more ability to drive to the rim with a strong finish or find an open teammate which is a nice addition to his game to keeps defenders off balance and to makes him less predictable. Frank Jackson had a good bounce-back game with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. He seems to be getting more comfortable in his role as a reserve shooter and found different ways to score, both off the dribble and as a spot-up 3-point shooter which he has greatly improved at. Since coming from the kings in the Delon Wright trade in his second game Cory Joseph has found a spot as the backup point guard and adding in some scoring. He had 17 points, four rebounds and five assists in Monday’s game. Tied with Saddiq and Hamidou for high scorer for the Pistons with 19 points, five assist and three rebounds, Saben Lee’s impact was also felt by the Raptors. He constantly made great decisions when on the floor for the Pistons and is also looking like a very promising young rookie. My Favorite stat from the game is that 8 of the 10 guys Dwayne Casey played in the game hit at least one three and also the fact that they shot 15/30 from behind the arc. Jerami Grant is usually the focal point in Pistons games but as of late the Pistons seem to be playing more as a team and have been relying on him a lot less to just score the ball since the team chemistry looks to be at an all time high.