Going into Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards, the Toronto Raptors played short-hand. 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 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 ten 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 become too relaxed and let the other side 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.
l. 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 most 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. Next for the Raptors is a date with the Dallas Mavericks.
Can the Raptors pull off another win let’s wait and see.