Two days before playing their first game in more than four months, the Toronto Raptors didn't want to take things too lightly on Wednesday.
After consulting informally with his players, coach Nick Nurse changed plans as he planned a relaxed day.
The Raptors will begin their preseason games Friday night against the Houston Rockets.
“I spoke to a few guys during the warm-up, and decided there would be a few more typical streaks in a game. That it would be a little more competitive, ”said Nurse.
The preparatory matches began Wednesday at Disney, in preparation for the official relaunch of the circuit on July 30. Each club will play three exhibition games.
The Raptors will begin their classification games on August 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nurse is looking forward to being in a match situation again.
"I miss it, for sure," he said. It's so much a part of you. When the referee puts the ball into play, you regain the spirit of competition. You have experienced it hundreds or thousands of times. It comes back very naturally. "
For most players, the four-month break was the longest of their careers.
During the first exhibition game of each club, the quarters will last 10 minutes, not 12. We want to reduce the risk of injury.
Nurse knows he will have to moderate the ardor of some of his troops.
“I guess I'll have to be clear,” Nurse said. Make changes, limit play time, and be fairly flexible. At the same time, these matches are useful in terms of conditioning. The guys have to pick up the pace and on our side, we have to assess where we are. "
The Raptors tried as much as possible to maintain a regular schedule of weight training, stretching and shooting, before three-hour workouts.
Additional time for shots can be booked in the evening, and the team was able to take advantage of that option.
“Most of our requests for this were accepted,” said Nurse.