It is time for the younger players to develop and gain experience and then to win and ask the old chiefs to lift the weight.
A few minutes into the fourth quarter on Sunday night, when the specter of another late-game collapse hung over the rappers like a dark, foreboding cloud, coach Nick Nurse took the moment to his senses.
And his veterans seized it.
After going back to the tremendous pairing of Kyle Lowry and Pascal Saykum when he let the kids run a little longer in other situations, the nurse made the best move to become one of the season’s most unexpected wins.
With Lori and Ciakum dominating in the final 10 minutes, the low-staff Raptors won a 121–114 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, a nice reward for a Toronto team in the end who played well for it. Had been. With a few weeks to a few weeks.
It was fun and fun for this team.
“I said no matter what happens in the rest of the game, ‘let’s have fun,’ well, and you know I think there’s one thing that we can always rally around each other Are, “Lori said late on the team- play the game. “This game is a game of joy and fun and when you are having fun, such things happen.
“We just went there and we have enjoyed tonight. Everyone was just having fun and he was big. ”
The Lakers, who looked anxious for most of the night, saw a brief surge of energy right off the bat in the fourth quarter.
And the nurse quickly gets fed up, putting Lori and Siakam in a brilliantly cool move for Malaki Flynn and Rodney Hood.
“All I saw was really bad shot selections and laps,” the coach said. “I just called timeout and said, ‘I’m not seeing that.” It was nothing but him. ”
That was all he needed, even though the Lakers made one late, final push.
Lori and Siakam were awesome all night.
Lowery made a career-high eight three-pointers and finished with 37 points, 11 assists and just one turnover in about 41 minutes.
Siacam had 39 points and 13 rebounds all night and regularly tortured Anthony Davis.
“Awesome,” the nurse called them. “Electrification.”
Certainly, the Raptors would like to get extended playing time for kids like Flynn and Jalan Harris and Freddie Gillespie and Utah Watanabe and they would have nights where they would have a chance to play through mistakes. They were not terrible on Sunday, but the Raptors needed big cannons to produce.
“I’ll say this: I gave the youngsters a chance,” the nurse said. “You know how we run it: if they do well with those opportunities then those opportunities get longer. I think Stanley (Johnson) did some good work. They scored zero points and really I had a good game. And I thought DeAndre ‘was great tonight. “
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But on a Raptors team that had lost their last three games – all part due to fourth-half failures and youth’s predictive inconsistencies – the collective psyche needed to win on Sunday and not fly the game in the fourth quarter was paramount. This is why Fred VanVleet and the two veterans – along with Og Anunoby for the rest – were crucial to that fourth quarter.
“Obviously we know what’s going on and we talk about each other and then the coaches insist on it,” Sikam said. “So, we have to go there and execute it in the fourth quarter.”
For the line: Pascal Sayacum got to the free throw line for seven attempts on Sunday, the first foul shots he took in the current road trip.
Siakam went to an average game this season against the same number of previous seasons (5.1 as opposed to 5.3), but did not line up more than six times in the six matches before Sunday.
Rotating guard: With Kyle Lowry resting on Saturday night, it was Fred Vanvelt’s turn to take a game, recovering from a sustained injury following a hip injury that sidelined him for eight matches in April gave.
Expects the Raptors have given up, especially on back-to-back series, to continue through the rest of the season.
This allows the two veterans to recharge slightly, but it also allows the rogues Malaki Flynn and Jalan Harris to get extended minutes.
Og Ennoby was a late scratch, so he could rest after playing 40 minutes on Saturday in Utah.
A welcome boost: DeAndre Bembry, who has been in and out of the rotation in the last three weeks, provided a huge 14 point lead off the bench in 24 minutes.
“Berri said,” his job is just to be ready and I think he will survive as per the situation tonight. “” Being a physical keeper, he is able to take responsibility of handling the ball many times, making life a lot easier for himself and Malaki and Pascal. ”
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