We don’t need to go over the Raptors’ performance in Game 4 again. We did it here the night of, and then here the morning of, and then here in detail of a specific moment. We’ve even already talked about the team’s immediate post-game reactions here.
We don’t need to, but of course: we will.
First up, the city’s little brother, Delon Wright talks strategy and his own performance. The heartbreaking moment (if we can call it that) is when Delon admits there were two 3s he definitely turned down. It’s OK, my guy.
The rest of the laments and comments here point to how Wright and the Raptors are responding to the Wizards’ increased pressure, and what they have to do next to succeed. Being back at home will certainly help.
Doubling down on that theme, coach Dwane Casey opens his media availability with talk of “trusting the pass” and “letting it fly.” For a Raptors team that looked decidedly rattled down the stretch of Game 4, it’s a sound message.
Casey gives the Wizards some credit here, in talking about speed and power of John Wall, and the “feather-iness” of Bradley Beal. It doesn’t take much to connect the dots between how the Raptors played in Game 4, and how they’ll have to play differently.
Finally, here’s DeMar DeRozan with some thoughts on his mental approach and staying aggressive. Still, there was a note of remorse, perhaps, in DeRozan’s voice when he discussed his own performance in the game.
“It was just one of them nights where you find yourself in the moment sometimes, and you come off great,” said DeRozan. “Sometimes you could find yourself looking back at it wishing you could take a few shots back, that could have been... that you probably felt were forced. Last night was that.”
It’s something of a mantra with DeRozan, this “stay aggressive” idea, and it’s hard not to shake it as a central concept. The Raptors did look, if not quite passive, then at least uncertain as to what they should have been doing with and without the ball down the stretch of Game 4.
DeRozan may wish he could have some of those shots he took back, but it’s easy to sympathize with him. Toronto’s squad didn’t quite know what to do with itself and was ultimately looking to DeMar to make something happen. Sometimes that works as a central strategy — but yes, many times it does not.
Now we wait and see what kind of attitude the Raptors come out with in Game 5.