Happy Friday Nova Nation! Three former Wildcats are in action tonight in Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Donte DiVincenzo (Bucks) and Omari Spellman (Hawks). Lowry will look to follow up his 27 point performance on Wednesday night against the eastern conference favorite Boston Celtics. The Big Ragu will make his home debut against the Indiana Pacers and Omari Spellman’s Hawks face the Memphis Grizzlies in the volunteer state.
From Tuesday through Friday, each time a former Wildcat hits the court, we will recap how they did and include a few highlights (if available). On Tuesdays, we’ll also recap what happened over the weekend, so you don’t miss the action. This will also serve as a discussion board. We will try to keep it updated as soon as the games are over, so check back often!
The Raptors dominated the second half on their way to a 113-101 win over the Boston Celtics. Lowry accumulated 34 minutes, scoring 15 points (5-of-8 shooting), grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out six assists. K Low also went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc including one from way down town. Lowry’s star teammate Kawhi Leonard will steal the headlines with his 31 point and 10 rebound performance, but Toronto’s floor general displayed ruthless efficiency tonight.
Distance: Far pic.twitter.com/K3gfI4yAC4— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 20, 2018
KL² pic.twitter.com/2j3oWj3PXA— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 20, 2018
Kyle Lowry hits the clutch step-back! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/K1IdTJbL26— NBA (@NBA) October 20, 2018
Up Next: vs. Washington on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7pm. ET
The Bucks came away with a 118-101 win over the Pacers. The number seventeen pick in the 2018 draft struggled in the first half, but came out re-energized after the break. DiVincenzo scored all eight of his points in the second half (2-of-5 shooting) also contributing two rebounds and a steal. However, the rookie was far from perfect on Friday night suffering four turnovers and committing four personal fouls over his 20 minutes of game action.
BUCKS WIN!!— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 20, 2018
Five Bucks finish in double-figures as Milwaukee wins Opening Night @FiservForum!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/fCwHocIIV8
Up Next: vs. New York on Monday, Oct. 22, at 8pm. ET
The Hawks were downed by the Grizzlies 131-117. Atlanta made it clear that they would ease the big man into his first NBA season by holding back his minutes early on, and that plan was certainly executed tonight. Spellman was held out of tonight’s game by coach Lloyd Pierce with an ankle injury.
Omari Spellman (left ankle sprain) has been downgraded to out for the Hawks tonight— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) October 19, 2018
Up Next: vs. Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 6pm. ET