Raptors End Week With 6th Straight Victory Over Kings
The Toronto Raptors are absolutely rolling as they picked up their sixth straight victory over the Sacramento Kings by a score of 102-87 in what was Head Coach’s Dwane Casey’s 500th career game.
Albeit, the weaker competition, the Raptors survived the avalanche that was thrust upon them at the start of the season. Over the first month of the season, the Raptors played seemingly every elite team in the league, some multiple times, while trying to implement a new offensive system simultaneously. It’s been an incredibly difficult stretch for the Raptors, but as the middle portion of the season approaches, the chemistry becomes evident as the rotation tightens.
“(The new offence is) coming along well. We’re getting more and more comfortable, ball movement is getting much better and guys getting more comfortable handling the ball, pushing the ball in transition,” DeMar DeRozan said. “Now everybody’s getting a feel for the offence. That’s a good thing. And we’ve still got a long way to go.”
At 17-7, the Raptors’ schedule doesn’t get much harder from here on out as the competition remains relatively unimpressive. Of course, the Raptors will lose eventually, but the mission remains the same – continue to work on the new offensive system, keep the rotation tight, and ultimately prepare for the playoffs. You can never start preparing too early.
The Raptors continue to struggle from long range, but the team remains in the top-10 for both of defensive and offensive rating. Kyle Lowry has begun playing at an All-Star level, while O.G. Anunoby has locked up a spot in the starting line-up, surprisingly pushing Norman Powell out of the rotation almost completely. Especially as C.J. Miles continues to find his stroke back, Powell has continued to fall out of favour in Toronto. The Raptors young bench also continues to be one of the better second units in the entire league, providing the team with valuable minutes on a nightly basis.
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“On-time, on-target passes. It’s something I know guys ad nauseam get tired of us talking about it and emphasizing,” says head coach Dwane Casey. “But I’m a firm believer that you are what you emphasize.”
Moving forward, the Raptors are set to face the Clippers, the Suns, and Nets. The Raptors may not reel off a winning streak similar to that of the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, but as they focus on doing the right things on the court and playing the right way, the Raptors will be well equipped and ready for the postseason.