Week 13 saw the Toronto Raptors post a perfect 3-0 record as they welcomed several players back to the lineup. Which performances stood out the most?
The Toronto Raptors have had arguably the worst luck in the NBA this season when it comes to injuries. Just when one player would return, another would get injured to balance the mood.
Mind you, the swarm of injury bugs appear to have moved on from Toronto…
For just the third time this season, Nick Nurse had a full roster at his disposal. Once again armed with maximum lineup flexibility, if we ignore minute restrictions, the Toronto Raptors showed great chemistry and exhibited solid scoring tactics throughout the lineup, from the starting lineup down to the very end of the bench. This team was ready to roll and show the world why they are the champions.
Their first matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder was supposed to be a tricky matchup. The Raptors knew that they could win, but at the same time, the Thunder were rolling and had a firm lock on the 7th seed in the Western Conference. They were not a team to be taken lightly. Though the Raptors got off to a hot start in the first half, they nearly blew a big lead for the second game in a row. Fortunately, they prevailed.
Their second matchup, against the Washington Wizards, was rather easy. Washington was welcoming back Bradley Beal and Thomas Bryant from injury and they didn’t have the talent or the defence to hold the Raptors at bay. Unlike the previous two matchups, the Raptors built up a huge lead but this time they kept it going for the entire game and took the win at home on the first night of a back-to-back. It was Toronto’s seventh win in a row over the Wizards.
The final matchup of the week was against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Looking at their record it seemed to be another fairly simple win, but they were not a team to be taken lightly, as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins were both enjoying career years heading into this match. Even with a strong early start from the Wolves, the Raptors showed great poise and composure, quickly turning a deficit into a huge lead and holding on for the win to finish the week a perfect 3-0.
Following such a joyous week, there are bound to be plenty of excellent performances to choose from, it truly becomes tough to pick only five. But that is always a great problem to have if you’re a Raptors fan.
With that being said, which Raptor performances made the top five this week?