TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors improved to 2-0 with a 128-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers as they get ready to head out on a season-high six-game road trip that includes San Antonio, Golden State – a wee respite against the Los Angeles Lakers – before a tour of three other potential Western Conference playoff contenders. A split would be good work as the competition is a huge jump from a depleted Chicago Bulls team and the Sixers, who didn’t come to compete Saturday.
Here are five things we took away from Saturday’s game.
Ibaka quietly leaving his mark
Remember Serge Ibaka? Remember when he was acquired at the trade deadline and it seemed like the Raptors finally had an additional all-star caliber player to compliment DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry? Ya, him – the only player in the NBA last year to have more than 100 threes and more than 100 blocks while shooting 40 per cent from three. He’s been overlooked in the early going this year, treated like he’s old news. Easy to forget that he’s just finished his first training camp with Toronto and is still trying to synchronize with what …read more