Raptors 905 face the Canton Charge in the opening round of the 2017 NBA D-League Playoffs. The format is a best-of-three with the lower seed hosting the first game and the higher seed hosting Game Two and, if necessary, Game Three. The 905 won the season series between the two clubs 3-1.
Game 1: Raptors 905 vs. Canton Charge Tip-off: 7:00PM ET Canton Memorial Civic Center
Game 2: Canton Charge vs. Raptors 905 Tip-off: 7:30PM ET Hershey Centre
Game 3: (If necessary): Canton Charge vs. Raptors 905 Tip-off: 7:30PM ET Hershey Centre
Tale of The Tape
Axel Toupane scored a season-best 32 points in the first meeting between the two teams this season, a 102-74 blowout victory. Canton took game two 109-99, capitalizing on the 905’s defensive lapses. The 905 claimed the final two games of the season series, 93-86 and 118-88.
Canton’s Offence & Defence
The Charge finished the regular season averaging 110.1 points per game, eighth most in the D-League. Canton also ranked 10th in assists and 15th in rebounds per game. The Charge allowed the seventh least points per game in the D-League.
905’s Offence & Defence
The 905 were in the middle of the pack offensively, averaging 106.8 points per game, ranking 14th overall. Defensively, the 905 have led the league all season, allowing a league-low 99.6 points per game, the only team holding opponents below 100 points per game.
Playoff Structure Positives
The Raptors 905 will head into the playoff the with the D-League’s best road record (21-4). They are also tied for the second most wins at home (18). The 905 will have the chance to flex their road muscles when they take on the Charge at the Canton Memorial Center in the franchise’s first playoff game.
Different Season Ending’s
The 905 had three extended win streaks this season, including an eight-game winning streak to close the season. Conversely, Canton dropped its final three contests of the season.
Both teams have received boosts from their parent clubs with the Toronto Raptors assigning Bruno Caboclo and Pascal Siakam. The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned Kay Felder and Larry Sanders to Canton. Felder is a big boost for the Charge, averaging 29.9 points in 36 minutes of action, over 11 D-League appearances this season.