"The medical people are still holding him", coach Dwane Casey said before Game 5 Wednesday.
It's what helped carry them to the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and on Wednesday night, it carried them to a massive 108-98 Game 5 victory over the Washington Wizards.
I am taking the Raptors to close this series in game six. The 28-year old shooting guard has been inconsistent at times in this series, and he is averaging 28.8 points on 45.2% shooting through five games.
"We've been down 2-0 before, so I don't think being down 3-2 when we are going home is anything psychologically draining", Oubre said.
In the first quarter, they surrendered just a single turnover after the horrendous 18 total they allowed in Game 4. Valanciunas, who made his first fourth-quarter appearance of the series, had 14 points and 13 rebounds. "Everybody stepped up and Delon stepped up big". The Wizards were winning most of the loose balls and dominating the boards - they would outrebound Toronto 50-35.
Toronto can finish off the Washington Wizards in this first-round series with a win Friday night at Capital One Arena.
A large crowd gathered in rainy, cold Maple Leaf Square outside the ACC on one of the most notable nights in recent Toronto sports memory.
AP De Mar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors are one win away from advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs
When Kelly Oubre converted a three-point play, it gave the Wizards a five-point lead with 8:52 to play.
On Washington's next possession, Valanciunas stripped Wall, leading to an uncontested dunk for DeRozan.
"He's a tough cover", Casey said. "He's a big key to their team when they go small". "And that gave us an opportunity to stay with that lineup". In Game 5, the Raptors connected on 11-of-25 three-point attempts. Miles scored a three with 41 seconds left, the punctuation mark on a thrilling ending. "I don't think there were any secrets to it". Although video feeds were reportedly spotty, giant screens were playing the Raptors game, the Toronto Maple Leafs Game 7 duel with the Boston Bruins and Toronto FC's CONCACAF Champions League Final against Chivas Guadalajara.
Casey said the losses were uncharacteristic of how the Raptors have played on the road this season.
It's just a matter of time before Otto Porter has a breakout game. In the two games on the road, it drops to 48.7%. "I have all the confidence in the world our guys are gonna come and play much more like we did tonight".
Wright's offensive outburst also represented a rebound, both for himself and a team offence that turned stagnant Sunday night in Washington. They made the bigger shots at the end of the game. Toronto was flat offensively in the first half, but DeRozan's 20 points kept them ahead going into the locker room. But the Wizards closed with a run capped by Wall's shot at the buzzer that put Washington up 24-23 heading into the second.
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