The Toronto Raptors got here into their sport towards the Los Angeles Lakers feeling good for the primary time in what appears like ceaselessly. Not solely did they demolish the Golden State Warriors, however they gained on the buzzer towards the Washington Wizards only a evening in the past. With no LeBron James or Anthony Davis for the Lakers, this could possibly be a win, proper?
Sadly, a shorthanded Raptors staff that misplaced OG Anunoby to ejection early within the sport confirmed little or no battle, letting the Lakers run wild for a lot of the sport.
The Lakers stomped the Raptors by a 110-101 scoreline that was by no means near being as tight as these numbers point out. The Raptors had been down by as a lot as 30 on this contest, as Frank Vogel and the remainder of the Lakers went to down on a beat-up Toronto squad.
The final two wins had been a few of the greatest moments of this season, and arguably stand out as THE two greatest moments, however Toronto regressed to the imply. It is a lottery staff, and so they performed prefer it final evening.
The Toronto Raptors fell again right down to earth
“However they didn’t have Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, or Anunoby extra all or a lot of the sport!” I hear you yell. True, this was a short-handed squad. Nevertheless, the Lakers, a staff that sacrificed most of their depth to accommodate two of the sport’s 10 greatest gamers, had each of their heavy hitters out.
Montrezl Harrell was additionally booted out within the Anunoby scuffle, that means Marcus Morris and what’s left of Marc Gasol tore this staff up.
Even when all of these studs had been wholesome, the cracks within the armor which have doomed this staff all season lengthy proceed to indicate up. The bench lacks scorers, although Malachi Flynn performed effectively, the rebounding is subpar, and the perimeter defender is susceptible to permitting some gaudy statistics.
Raptors followers may usually take solace in the truth that their stars have been enjoying effectively, however even that didn’t present up final evening. Pascal Siakam was 3-16 from the sector at one level, and Gary Trent Jr., contemporary off a career-high in factors scored and an superior buzzer-beater Raptors followers liked, was simply 4-15. Final evening was a large number from head to tail.
There’s nonetheless loads of time to salvage a considerably optimistic season out of all of the unwatchable dreck that Raptors followers have needed to take care of. Nevertheless, until the Raptors out of the blue get extraordinarily fortunate and each Lowry and VanVleet return with a vengeance, Toronto appears to be like destined for a postseason at residence.