Three games into the 2021-22 NBA season, the Toronto Raptors are very much in a process of figuring things out.
Two nights after their opening-night loss to the Washington Wizards, the Raptors responded with a blowout win over the Boston Celtics, only to fade in the second half against the Dallas Mavericks one night later.
Suffice to say the early theme of the season has been defined by ups and downs, except for Chris Boucher, according to head coach Nick Nurse.
"I didn't see any up," Nurse began when asked if Boucher was too up and down against the Mavericks on Saturday. "He needs to start playing better, period."
Against Dallas, Boucher was a minus-eight in the box score, going 0-for-5 from the field to finish with zero points, two rebounds, two blocks, an assist, steal and a turnover in just eight minutes of action. As Nurse's words would indicate, the Raptors will need more from Boucher this season as he rounds out a frontcourt rotation that features Scottie Barnes, Precious Achiuwa, Khem Birch and, once he returns from injury, Pascal Siakam.