Toronto Raptors Set Franchise Record with 6-0 Regular Season Start
The Toronto Raptors are rolling.
They are firing on all cylinders and the scary thing is – they can still get better.
The Raptors are sitting pretty with a 6-0 record, heading into an interesting matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. As they continue to build chemistry, the Raptors remain dominant, defeating teams no matter the lineup or who gets the night off due to rest or injury. In their win against the Mavericks, the Raptors were without two key bench players and back up point guards in Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright, yet Lorenzo Brown stepped in, and the Raptors continued on their winning ways.
Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry continue leading the pack, both playing on All-Star levels while playing key leadership roles on a team that still requires time to gel.
“Everyone has their own individual personalities, but everyone on this team knows how to come outside their own box and their own bubble to be able to accept others and be in their bubbles,” says Kyle Lowry. “That’s where we’ve got good professionals.”
Through six games, Lowry, a notoriously slow starter, has been incredible, averaging 19.8 points and 10.3 assists per game, while shooting 57.5% from the field and a ridiculous 52.8% from long range. Moreover, he has a true shooting percentage of 72.7%! Likewise, Kawhi Leonard has picked up where he left off, contributing with 26.6 points and eight rebonds per game, shooting 50% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc.
Yet, the Raptors know that the best is yet to come. Although a top-10 offensive and defensive team in the league, the Raptors rank 22nd in pace of play, which contributes to the lack of time that this group has played alongside the likes of a Kawhi Leonard.
“We really haven’t scratched the surface. We haven’t played well for a half (a game), I don’t even think,” VanVleet said. “We’ve just got little spurts here and there where we’re explosive and able to get leads on people, but that’s not going to be enough over the course of the year. So, as the weeks and days and games go on, you just try to continue to get better and become a solid team.”
Tomorrow, the battle of the undefeated will take center stage!