The D-League schedule makers gave the Long Island Nets a nice grace period before they opened their inaugural season at Barclays Center. The Long Islanders played four games from Chicago to Toronto. On Wednesday, they open in Brooklyn vs. Canton.
All that said, Ronald Nored’s expansion club doesn’t look like it’s ready for the big time. They’ve won one game and on Sunday afternoon in the Toronto suburbs, they got blown out by the Raptors 905, 117-83.
Bruno Caboclo, a 6’9” forward on assignment from the Raptors, and C.J. Leslie recorded double-doubles as Raptors 905 (2-0) beat the Long Island Nets (1-3). Caboclo led the team with 17 points and seven blocks while Leslie grabbed a game high 12 rebounds. Caboclo’s seven blocks set a franchise record, improving on his previous mark of six.
Eight players scored in double figures for Raptors 905 as the team shot 50.6 per cent from the field and outrebounded the Nets 55-33.
The Long Island Nets play the same motion offense as the big club and like Brooklyn, when they hit the three-ball, they have a chance. And when they don’t, it’s ugly. L.I. shot 5-of-26 from deep, less than 20 percent. Four young Nets missed one or more three without a make, led by Boris Dallo who started but went 0-of-6. Beau Beech hit one three, but missed three others.
Carrick Felix, who like Anthony Bennett was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2013, led the Nets with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-5 from the arc. The 6’6” swingman missed all of last season with a knee injury. He also had three blocks, two assists and a rebound.
Egidijus Mockevicius, Long Island’s 6’10” center out of Evansville, grabbed eight rebounds and scored 12 points.
Video of the full game can be found here.
- Box Score - Long Island Nets vs. Raptors 905 - D-League
- Game Book - Long Island Nets vs. Raptors 905 - D-League
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