Greivis Vasquez presents matchup problem as well

Greivis Vasquez presents matchup problem as well
February 26, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Aside from the obvious problems posed by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Wizards have to contend with another guard for the Toronto Raptors who has given them fits -- Greivis Vasquez.

Vasquez, who was acquired in a trade with the Sacramento Kings in December, punished the Wizards (29-28) in their last meeting. Toronto has won all three going into Thursday's game at Air Canada Centre (CSN+, 7 p.m. ET). 

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On Feb. 18 at Verizon Center, the score was tied at 27 entering the second quarter. Then Vasquez helped the Raptors (32-25) break away. He assisted on the first field goal of by DeRozan, made a driving bank shot, assisted Tyler Hansbrough, then made consecutive shots in the lane. He played so well, Vasquez logged all 12 minutes of the second, getting six points and four assists to spot his team a six-point cushion at halftime.

The Raptors led 84-70 after three quarters, and Vasquez was essential in holding off a run by the Wizards by registering six points and three assists in the fourth. In 26 minutes, he had 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting, seven assists and just one turnover for a bench that had 43 points in the 103-93 victory. 

Vasquez has reached double-figures scoring in four of his last six appearances. The Raptors have won five of them. 

A 6-6 ball-handling guard from the University of Maryland, he can present matchup problems for Washington. He's not as fast as John Wall or Bradley Beal, but he can get to the spots he wants and make shots.