Toronto Raptors: 6 Revelations From Game 5 Win Over Wizards

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 17: Kyle Lowry
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4. Delon Wright Can Actually Shoot

Again, culture change meant 3-point shots, but Delon Wright has been reluctant to shoot the ball at all this postseasons. In Game 4, Wright looked tentative anytime he touched the ball.

Admittedly Wright is a pass-first point guard and that’s why he works so well in tandem with Fred Vanvleet. Now, VanVleet is gone and the Raptors need a bench scorer. Wright has been put in opportunities to take open 3’s before, but he’s passed them up.

Passing up the shot doesn’t only reduce the Raptors’ 3-point attempt rate, but it actively hurts the offence when an open player drives into the teeth of the defence. Wright, a 36 percent 3-point shooter this season had his chances again in Game 5 and he took them.

The floor also opened up for him after legitimately threatening the Wizards from deep, resulting in a stuffed stat line of 18 points, five rebounds, an assist, two steals, and a block on 60 percent shooting from the field.

Two of two from deep, Wright hit a clutch triple late in the fourth to help the Toronto Raptors solidify the game and hopefully help prove to himself that he has all the skills to become an effective, deadly basketball player.