Well, that’s a wrap. It was fun while it lasted. The Toronto Raptors closed out their short-but-sweet five-game exhibition schedule with a 125-104 win over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center to finish with a 3-2 record. Toronto rode some solid contributions from their second unit to victory, with newcomer C.J. Miles as the centrepiece. Most importantly, no one got hurt in the proceedings. The Raptors have some good practice time before they open the regular season against the same Bulls on Thursday at the Air Canada Centre. Here are six takeaways from Friday night’s win. Miles looking like a perfect fit It’s probably wise to avoid getting too excited about these things, but it’s beginning to look like Miles is going to be one of those acquisitions that is an absolute perfect fit. He’s not just a guy who makes threes, he’s also a pure sniper who has unlimited range – witness his pull-up triple from several feet behind the line in the second quarter – and has the footwork, the release and the height to turn a marginal opportunity for a three into a bucket. Without disparaging Patrick Patterson or DeMarre Carroll – who combined to shoot a respectable 34.4 per cent from deep last year – Miles is in another class. His motto is ‘I’m always hot’ and it’s pretty refreshing to see the ball consistently finding a guy who is so happy to take advantage.
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