The Washington Wizards are a statistically worse team than the Toronto Raptors. However, they’re just one game behind the ‘Raps, and are actually playing great basketball at home.
The Wizards have won six straight at the Verizon Center. In the last five victories, they’ve won by an average of 14.8 points.
In their latest win at home, they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 107-94.
Wall, not Wale
John Wall’s return has been the key to Washington’s resurgence. Wall is having a breakout season, and is playing like the Wizards hoped he would when they drafted him.
During the six game streak, Wall has averaged 9.3 assists and 31 points on a whopping 68.6% shooting. He also notched a career-high 47 points against the Grizzlies on Monday.
“We’ve been playing hard,” point guard John Wall said. “When we’re at home, we come out and play defense right from the (tip).”
If you’re a Raptor fan – which you probably are if you’re reading this – then there’s a good chance you’ve already tuned this season out.
I don’t necessarily blame you.
Most Raptor fans who will be tuning in tonight are monitoring Valanciunas’ play – either that or they’re hoping for some more Wale drama to happen.
Valanciunas has been beastin’ it as of late – averaging 15 points on an impressive 72% shooting in his last five games.
On a personal stance, I’ve been pleasantly surprised on his low-post scoring ability. I’m encouraged that the Raptors are going to be able to feed him down-low and rely on him on offense.
The play of Valanciunas and Ross particularly, will be on Raptor fans’ radar tonight.
“We’ve got a lot of young players and we’re playing for next year,” Gay said. “These young guys need to know what it feels like to win.”
With these words, I would like to show my appreciation to the city of the Toronto, the Raptors and their entire organization, but above all to the incredible fans.
It has been almost eight fantastic years in Toronto that both my family and I will remember forever. We feel like we are a part of this city and that Toronto will always be part of our life.
From the first moment we arrived in Toronto we have felt right at home. Toronto will forever be our second home and we will never forget the treatment received from the basketball fans, the people of Toronto and the Raptors.
Thanks for all of your support throughout these past eight years.
Toronto will always have a special place in our heart.
Tip-off is at 6 pm Eastern.