Nonetheless, the team’s offence appeared to have a sense of purpose that had been missing. The team finally started to notice that Fields likes to make off-the-ball cuts, with Lowry and DeRozan both finding him for easy buckets. The pace was pushed with more regularity, and the ball moved with more crispness. If it was a sign of things to come, it might be OK for some cautious optimism.
Lowry played with hustle and poise in his Raptors debut and combined with Fields like they were longtime teammates on Wednesday in Toronto’s 104-101 pre-season victory over the Washington Wizards.
Who will start at point guard has been one of the storylines of training camp, and Calderon came off the bench to do a decent job of running the second unit.
Wall might be unfamiliar with Bon Jovi’s music, but some of the rocker’s tunes were probably appropriate on a night when the Wizards built an early lead before failing to go down in a blaze of glory — while at the same time giving late-game execution a bad name.
Other than Terrence Ross missing out with a sore knee, the Raptors and their fans finally got a glimpse of what this year’s roster looks like when healthy in another narrow pre-season victory.