Toronto's Delon Wright heeds advice, shoots the ball in win over Washington
29 April, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
After winning the first two games of the series, the Raptors hit a skid in the first round as the Wizards evened the series at 2-2. VanVleet is questionable for tonight's game, but regardless of his status Wright has carved out a defined role this series.
Wall and Beal's production, though, dipped in each fourth quarter against the Raptors. But the Raptors' depth, the key to their East-leading season, was also on full display. Plus Morris got away with shoving a ref twice in this series and with going right to the Raptors bench and jabbing a finger in the face of OG Anunoby. Casey left Kyle Lowry and DeRozan on the bench for a long stretch at the start of the fourth as the backups seized control of the game.
"On the road, in a hostile environment, I just wanted to be another support guy out there, that can ease the starters a bit", VanVleet said. "He's the engine that drives that group".
Coach Dwane Caseytold the media pre-game that VanVleet was available. What was a rampant carnivore in the regular season had once again transformed to a shadow of itself, succumbing to greenery and the life of a herbivore. The Raptors kept it close in both losses, losing by six and three points in their last two contests. The Wizards' season was a rollercoaster and the end result was a disappointment.
If you've been following the Raptors for more than a year, you'd also know they have two historically underperforming post season guards in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, infamously know as the TrashBrothers. "It's nothing new to us".
"Our bench is always my favorite part, I love those guys to death", Lowry said. "We have high expectations coming into the year and we fell short of them". "And now we're here". "He was guarding a really, really great player, one of the best players in the league, DeRozan". It looked like the series would go a dreaded game seven where the Raptors would have to fight it out.
The Raptors were simply better on the night, sharing the load as they have all season.
DeRozan sounded like someone who knew what needed to be done, especially since the Raptors had shaken off previous Game 6 failures by closing out Milwaukee on the road in that situation past year.
"We got some looks", said Wall, whose entire team had only 12 assists. "And the headache that comes with that".
"We've been down 2-0 before, so I don't think being down 3-2 when we are going home is anything psychologically draining", Oubre said. "We got the lead and they never got back into a groove".
Toronto got off to by far its worst start of the series, taking an expected early punch from the Wizards.
He attributed the Raptors victory to the return of Fred VanVleet-after admitting that he downplayed VanVleet's importance earlier in the series to build the confidence of the players who were playing in his absence-and the overall play of the bench.
The Raptors trailed by 12 in the first half and were down by five through three quarters before rallying for a 102-92 victory over the Wizards in Washington.
Then it was time for the bench to take over. The 24-year-old was averaging 10 points and five rebounds in this series, though he was not as active in the Wizards' offense.
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