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Gasol Makes Raptors Debut

Marc Gasol Makes Toronto Debut, as Raptors Route the New York Knicks

The paperwork has been taken care of and Marc Gasol has made his Toronto Raptors debut.

The debut didn’t come in the prettiest of games, as the Raptors did not do themselves any favours in an ugly 104-99 victory against the lowly New York Knicks. That being said, it was nice to see the Spaniard work himself into the rotation, coming up with seven points on 3-for-7 shooting along with six rebounds.

Although at times, the Raptors offense was out of sorts and Gasol looked lost in the fold, his play on the defensive end was just as advertised. Picking up two steals and a blocked shot, Gasol provided a steady presence for the Raptors around the rim. He showed maturity, great footwork, and a good understanding how to play the angles.

A former NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Gasol may have been a little rusty in his Raptors debut – the past couple of days have no doubt been a whirlwind for the centre – but nevertheless, in 19 minutes of action, Gasol showed a little bit of everything. A few impressive passes, stable defense, a soft touch under the basket, and a smooth elbow jumper.

As bright spot in what was otherwise an ugly game was the play of All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Pouring in a game-high 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting and 5-for-7 from long range, Lowry’s health and play will be of utmost importance for the Raptors down the stretch as they continue their road to the NBA playoffs.

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