The Wizards know who the stars are on the Toronto Raptors and they’ll tell you they are ready for them, but it’s the other guys that they worry about. Role players like backup point guard Delon Wright who play better at home and whose scoring can make the difference between winning and losing.
“Delon Wright came in and made some big shots and big plays for them,” Wizards John Wall said after Game Five. “Whenever he gets over 10 or 15, nine times out of 10 they win the game.”
Well in this first round playoff series, the Raptors are three-for-three when Wright scores in double-digits and that’s not inconsistent with his season. Toronto won 73 percent of their games when Wright scored 10 or more points this year and just like in the postseason, he’s a better shooter and scorer at home than on the road. Wright hit over 40 percent of his threes at home during the regular season and he’s 6-10 from three so far against the Wizards in the playoffs at the Air Canada Centre.
“There is no reason (Wright) should be passing on any open shots,” C.J. Miles said after Game Five.
But it isn’t always easy for Wright to fight against his pass-first nature and it took a significant amount of outside pressure after two lackluster games on the road to somewhat embarrass him to get back to doing what he does well and his team needs from him.
“People were telling me to stop hesitating and just shoot the ball,” Wright said. “People all on my Twitter, Instagram, my family, about 30 people told me.”
Apparently it worked. Now Wright doesn’t tweet or post every day, but he obviously checks his accounts, so now it’s incumbent on his followers to remind him to shoot prior to every game!
Coach Casey has given everyone on the Raptors the green light to shoot their shots and hopefully Wright doesn’t need a reminder to let it fly in Washington on Friday. But perhaps it’d be a good idea to remind him?