Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

Wizards talk trash on Raptors guard Delon Wright, but is it warranted?

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Delon Wright (Getty Images)

Delon Wright is well aware of what Kelly Oubre Jr. had to say about him, and he's focused on proving the Louisiana native wrong when the Raptors face the Wizards in Game 6 on Friday.

Wright was the difference for the Raptors in a hard-fought Game 5, as he matched his playoff career-high with 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench. Of those points, 11 came in the fourth quarter alone, when the Raptors outscored the Wizards by nine.

After the game, Wizards forward Oubre took a shot at Wright for his inconsistent play in this series, noting how much better he's been at home compared to on the road. It's part of the reason, Oubre explained, why Game 6 will be "a different story."

"We're back at home," Oubre told The Washington Post's Candace Buckner. "Just like Delon doesn't play well anywhere else, you know, other than at home. You can kind of chalk it up as the same story."

In response Wright said he has a quote waiting for Oubre "after we win."

"I saw it," Wright told TSN's Josh Lewenberg on Thursday. "I mean, that's his opinion. I didn't play as good as I did at home there, but he made it seem like I was just a total bust. We'll see in Game 6."

There's no denying that Wright has been much better at home in the playoffs. According to NBA.com, the Raptors guard is averaging 15.7 points while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the perimeter in Toronto, compared to 6.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 20.0 percent from the perimeter in Washington. While the Raptors outscored the Wizards by a combined 11 points with Wright on the court in their three wins - all of which came at the Air Canada Centre - the Wizards outscored them by a total of 14 points with Wright on the court in their two losses.

However, Wright has typically been the same player at home and on the road this season. The biggest dropoff in the regular season was his 3-point shooting, as he made 40.3 percent of his 3-point attempts in Toronto and only 32.9 percent of his 3-point attempts elsewhere. Otherwise, his numbers were almost identical.

It bodes well for Game 6, when Wright and the Raptors look to close out the series in Washington.

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