Going into Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards, the Toronto Raptors were playing short-hand as they had three key players, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, and Marc Gasol out with significant injuries. Reading some of the comments on Instagram it seemed like the Raptors were doomed to lose this game, but they actually held their own and leading the way for the Raptors was Kyle Lowry who scored 26 points, Serge Ibaka also contributed to the offence with 23 points and 10 rebounds. But all was not rosy as the Raptors won the game but they let an eighteen point lead slip at one point and ended up winning by 4, 122-118. If I had one criticism of this team it would be that certain stages of the game they become too relaxed and let the other team back in the game which in most cases leads to a loss I would like to see the Raptors get a lead and hold it for a full 48 minutes. The other criticism I have of this team is the turnovers they commit most nights let’s examine the game against the Wizards, in 48 minutes of Basketball the Raptors committed 17 turnovers vs Washington’s 13 now I am not saying that Washington was better, I’m saying the Raptors need better ball control. But aside from that, the game from Toronto’s perspective wasn’t bad, I was especially impressed with Fred Vanvleet who made his return Friday night after a five-game absence, and dropped 16 points and eight assists. Washington’s offence came from different guys but the majority of their scoring came from three players Bradley Beal who had 37 points, Ish Smith had 26 points and NBA Veteran Isaiah Thomas had 12 points. Raptors won their fourth in a row Friday night and look to continue their winning ways as they play the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon and will still be without the services of Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell, and Marc Gasol as they are still nursing various injuries, on the other hand, Dallas will be without Luka Donic as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle. Let’s see if the Raptors can come out and have a fast start and keep that pace going for 48 minutes and have everyone contributing not just on the offensive end, but help clean up the defensive boards as well.