Half Hour Hot Takes: Rob Williams defies logic in the first half

Scottie Barnes is a young Celtic killer in the making

In the second game of the season, Scottie Barnes put up 25 points and 13 rebounds and dominated the Celtics as a rookie. The No. 4 pick makes an early case for this year’s rookie, and more importantly a future Celtic Killer on the way. He could have the potential to join Ish Smith and Khris Middleton in half a decade or so.

Barnes started hot tonight with four points and four boards. He was also a threat in the defense. The writing is on the wall, Scottie comes for the cloak of the 2020 Celtic Killer. He finished the first half with 13 points and six rebounds. I look forward to hating to see him on the Raptors for a while, but I respect him tremendously.

Robfficiency at its best

Rob Williams will occasionally deliver a fun perfect game, as in the season opener where he went 5-5 and put up a 16-10 rebound, five block, three steal and three assist state line with a foul and no turnovers. Absolute 2k MyCareer efficiency levels.

We’re in the middle of a right now, a future A + teammate character on the way. Rob has 14 points and nine rebounds on 7-8 shooting. It’s unreal.

Starting 3-3, with all three coming on paybacks, is the pinnacle of “Robfficiency,” which Webster’s Dictionary defines as “the ability to defy the general laws of statistics as it pertains to inferior mortals on hardwood.”

That’s right, guys

“It” is this improved defense. It’s really come around for this team since the first couple of games. Since Orlando’s third quarter, Boston’s defense has been much better than during their early season slide.

This Raptors team put up 115 in the first matchup, but was severely limited in this first half. Clearly, it’s early and not crucial for the entire season, but it feels like this level of defensive consistency and effort will be here to stay as long as the team stays relatively healthy.

Keeping a much-improved Raptors team that hung a loss of nearly 30 points upside down below 50 points in the first is a good omen for the future.

Tatum Triple Double?

Jayson Tatum is on triple-double tonight as he already has a double-double in the first with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He also has five assists, so keep your eyes open for the triple-double.