Ujiri credits chemistry for Raps’ improvement

Terrence Ross is playing the best basketball of his career, shooting 52 per cent from deep in his last seven outings and scoring around seven points per game more than his season average of 9.2. (David Cooper/Getty)
January 3, 2014, 5:01 PM

The Toronto Raptors continue to trend upward and Masai Ujiri attributes their recent success to much-improved chemistry.

The team’s general manager joined Jeff Blair on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Friday and spoke about the progress the Raptors have made.

“I’m a big chemistry guy,” Ujiri said. “It’s all trial sometimes … You’re hoping you get chemistry and that there’s the right fit.”

Inevitably, the future of Kyle Lowry was discussed. Ujiri emphasized communication, saying he wants his players to know where they stand. Ujiri said he told Lowry and his agent that the point guard’s name was in trade talks.

“I tell everybody where the team is and I communicate that well with Dwane Casey,” Ujiri explained.

He sounded upbeat, even finding room to have a laugh about tanking, as he delved into the progress that some of the team’s younger players have made.

“If our team is not good enough, it’s simple, we will rebuild,” Ujiri said. “If it is good enough, we move forward.”

Terrence Ross is playing the best basketball of his career, shooting 52 per cent from deep in his last seven outings and scoring around seven points per game more than his season average of 9.2. The second-year swingman is one of many players that have benefitted from the Rudy Gay trade.

“He has a weapon that everybody is looking for in the NBA and it’s that shot,” Ujiri said. “He keeps the whole court spaced for his teammates.”

The Atlantic Division leaders play the Washington Wizards on Friday night knowing that a victory would see their winning streak reach five games.

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