The timing of Friday’s off-day for the Raptors couldn’t have been any better.
If ever a team needed a break, it’s these Raptors. The team nearly played a double-header on Thursday night, going seven quarters, in fact, before eventually losing a heartbreaker to the Washington Wizards.
DeMar DeRozan, who has had a huge workload all season, played a staggering 57 minutes to vault up to fourth in the league at 38.1 minutes per game, just 0.3 behind James Harden and Kevin Durant and a minute behind league leader Carmelo Anthony. Kyle Lowry, ninth in the league in total minutes played (just behind DeRozan), gutted out 54 minutes of his own, despite hurting his ankle on a potentially game-winning layup attempt.