Raptors Vs Pistons March 4 NBA Game Preview
Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors simply has to like his chances right now. It would have been hard not to be impressed by the show put on by Fred VanVleet at All-Star Weekend, meaning the road remains open for them to make it to postseason.
They’re now just a half-game behind Boston for nabbing that vital sixth seed.
For Toronto, their success has been closely tied to their incredible depth as a franchise this season. They’ve been managing to find the rim without an ideal supporting cast to rally behind VanVleet and Pascal Siakam.
On March 4, they’ll be continuing their postseason push as they go head-to-head with the Detroit Pistons at Scotiabank Arena.
Time To Turn It Up
The game against the Pistons, as well as upcoming skirmishes opposite the 76ers and the Nets, mean Toronto needs to turn it up right about now if they’re to see their three up and coming players finish strong in the second half of the season.
One such player is Precious Achiuwa. Following his blooper of a shot and missing of two wide-open teammates during the Rising Stars Game, Achiuwa might be penalised with a decrease in playing minutes over the next couple of games.
Still – it’s no surprise that Achiuwa is more than capable of lighting up the score and crashing the boards. He’s a standout defender but needs to work on his shot selection and tendency to finish poorly near the basket.
But perhaps the number one guy to watch and work in progress for the Raptors has been OG Anunoby.
Clearly in need of a rest leading up to the All-Star break, Anunoby scored only 8.8 points per game during the last four games. Also, with just 31% of his shots connected, there’s obviously work to be done on his offense.
Tables Turned For Detroit
For the Detroit Pistons, however, the situation isn’t looking nearly as promising.
The Pistons came into the current season as a rebuilding team, and as such, had a lot of question marks hanging over their heads.
One such question mark had been whether or not Detroit would be able to build around Cade Cunningham. This particular question has been answered with a resounding “yes”, with Cunningham having shown himself to be someone capable of thriving on both ends in support of his teammates.
But even though it certainly seems as if the Pistons “got their guy”, it remains to be seen whether Cunningham will be enough to drive the game against the Raptors all the way home.