Toronto Raptors – 5 days of Christmas

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Surprising production and versatility from the 4 position

Nov 28, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) high fives forward Luis Scola (4) after makeing a three point shoot during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center. Toronto Raptors defeated Washington Wizards 84-82. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The glaring hole in the Raptors lineup has luckily been covered up by interesting quick-fixes so far this season. You can’t complain about starter Luis Scola’s 10 points and 6 rebounds per game. On the other hand, you can complain about Patrick Patterson’s abysmal 31% from 3-point territory, but not when he is limiting his men under 40% from the field.

It’s not perfect but it has been fine. Just fine. The results have given coach Dwane Casey interesting roster choices with James Johnson, DeMarre Carroll, and even DeMar DeRozan at the 4 in very small lineups.

The platoon 4 spot will be an on-going experiment, but the early results are in, and it’s been a healthy surprise.

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