Game Preview: No. 5 Grand Rapids Drive at No. 4 Raptors 905

By Drew Zlogar | March 27, 2018

Meet the No. 4 Raptors 905

NBA Affiliate: Toronto Raptors
Regular Season Record: 31-19
Key Stat: 97.3 points against per game (1st in NBA G League)

Meet the Grand Rapids Drive

NBA Affiliate: Detroit Pistons
Regular Season Record: 29-21
Key Stat: 47.0 rebounds per game (2nd in NBA G League)

Season Series: Grand Rapids wins 2-1

Game 1: Grand Rapids 112, Raptors 905 106

Top scorers

Henry Ellenson (GRD): 28 points, 9 rebounds

Lorenzo Brown (905): 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals

Game 2: Raptors 905 119, Grand Rapids 83

Top scorers

Bruno Caboclo (905): 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks

Landry Nnoko (GRD): 16 points, 5 rebounds

Game 3: Grand Rapids 101, Raptors 905 87

Top scorers

Derek Willis (GRD): 25 points

Bruno Caboclo (905): 17 points

How They Got Here

Raptors 905: The defending NBA G League champions, and the affiliate team for the Toronto Raptors finished second behind the Westchester Knicks in the Atlantic Division, in the Eastern Conference. They finished the regular season with an impressive 18-7 record at home, and won seven of their last ten games.

Raptors 905’s 102.2 points per game mark puts them as the lowest scoring offense in the league, but finished the regular season with the best team defense, giving up a league-low 97.3 points per game. Their 45.8 rebounds per game put them seventh among NBA G League teams in that category.

Grand Rapids Drive: At 29-21, the Grand Rapids Drive, affiliate team for the Detroit Pistons, ended with the same record as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the top of the Central Division, but due to tie-breakers, finished second. They ended the season winners of six games in a row and seven of their last ten.

Grand Rapids dominated the boards all season long, finishing second among all NBA G League teams with a mark of 47.0 rebounds per game. They also finished third in the league in free-throw percentage, making 78.6 percent of their attempts.


Players To Watch

Raptors 905

Lorenzo Brown

Kennedy Meeks

Alfonzo McKinnie

Grand Rapids Drive

Kay Felder

Landry Nnoko

KJ McDaniels

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