While the majority of the country was watching the Toronto Blue Jays try to force a Gamy 7 in their ALCS versus the Kansas City Royals, 20,072 basketball fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec watched the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 92-82.
It wasn't exactly the sweetest revenge for the 4-0 sweep the Wizards handed the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, but it was a start.
With that, the Raptors move to a 5-2 record in meaningless preseason basketball and look ready (or at least ready enough) for their season opener in Toronto on Wednesday, October 28th versus the Indiana Pacers.
In tonight's game, Dwane Casey's tightened his lineups, sticking mostly to a nine-man rotation up until bringing in Anthony Bennett and Delon Wright for a few minutes each in the second half. Two-point-guard sets with Kyle Lowry and Cory Joseph were heavily featured, while the power forward of choice for the night seemed to be Luis Scola.
Scola got his second straight nod in the starting lineup, while Patrick Patterson had a dumpster fire of a game off the bench, going 0-for-7 from the field (0-for-4 from deep) for 0 points. If Scola gets the starting nod on opening night, it wouldn't be all that surprising at this point. That looks like it will be the case for now, at least until Patterson pulls himself out of this slump he's in.
Around the rest of the team, DeMarre Carroll was great, leading the Raptors in scoring with 16 points, Jonas Valanciunas kept up with Marcin Gortat (a welcome change from the series we'd all like to forget), and Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined to shoot 8-for-27.
Some things were good, others were bad. Now, none of that matters anymore. Let the regular season (finally) begin!