Every game is a tryout for the Toronto Marlies and now, it’s an apt tagline for their corporate brothers as well.
Whether it’s for a spot in the starting lineup, rotation, or with another team, these Raptors are all auditioning for something.
The early reviews were strong on Tuesday night, but the now 16-4 San Antonio Spurs came within a hair of winning the NBA title last season for a reason — they’re really good — and eventually, the team’s depth and star power proved too much for the home side as the Spurs won 116-103.
Toronto was soundly outplayed for the final three quarters.
An off-night from star-in-waiting Kawhi Leonard mattered little to the ultra-deep Spurs as perennial super-sub Manu Ginobili led the way with 16 points and nine assists. His long-time “Big Three” mates Tony Parker and Tim Duncan also outclassed the young Raptors, who dropped to 7-13.