In an exciting 122-118 fast-paced shootout, the Toronto Raptors escaped with a victory over the Washington Wizards. Who stepped up during this critical win?
Throughout an NBA season, teams will go through phases. They’ll struggle at points and be clicking on all cylinders at others. And over the course of a physical 82-game season, there are times when you just need to survive. Right now, the Toronto Raptors are in survival mode.
Marc Gasol, Norman Powell, and Pascal Siakam are all currently out indefinitely due to injury. Gasol has a hammy, Powell has a shoulder, and Siakam has a groin. All three players look like they’re going to miss a minimum of weeks, with the possibility of missing months. While they’re out, the Toronto Raptors just need to survive.
And that’s exactly what they did on Friday night. They welcomed in the Washington Wizards, a horrific defensive team with the ability to put up points. The game was a fast-paced thriller, with both squads reaching well over 100 possessions. Due to the pace, it was more defensive than the final score would indicate, but neither team was exactly locking-in on that side of the ball.
For Toronto, it all started with an impressive first quarter. They outscored the Wizards 40-23 in the opening frame, posting absurd shooting figures from inside and outside the arc. That lead was enough to carry them through the rest of the game. Good thing, as they were outscored in all three of the remaining quarters.
The Raptors didn’t trail after 2-0 in this game, but the Wizards did manage to tie the contest several times during the fourth quarter. Toronto felt in control for the large majority of 48 minutes, but by the end, they just seemed to limp across the finish line.
However, when you’re missing three key pieces, it doesn’t matter if you limp, sprint, or jump across the final line. The Toronto Raptors are in survival mode, and they survived with a win in this contest. Who helped them get there?