Before the Toronto Raptors‘ depressing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 12, they boasted the best record in the NBA. Following that performance up with a heart-breaking loss to the Detroit Pistons the day after really put a sour face on Raptors fans.
Take a Deep Breath
While those losses sure hurt, there’s no real reason to worry. In the Pelicans’ loss, E’Twaun Moore looked like an All-Star. He dropped 30 points on 72 percent shooting from the field, and 60 percent from deep. The Pels ended up smashing he Raptors, 126-110.
Moore was making his way to the rim with ease, and draining everything. The Raptors defense wasn’t up to par, but moving forward we should expect them to learn from this.
While it was a painful game to watch for Raptors fans, Pascal Siakam continued his great play on the season against the Pelicans. He was the most consistent Raptor, and put up a solid 22 points in 28 minutes.
OG Anunoby also got into double digits in this game, and looks to really be coming into his own on offense. With CJ Miles injuring himself in this game, Anunoby should log more minutes upcoming games.
Coach Casey’s Return
Coach of the Year Dwane Casey made his return to Scotiabank Arena for the first time since being fired in the offseason, and safe to say he got the last laugh for now.
The game versus the Pistons was painful in a different way to Raptors fans. While the Raps got outplayed by the Pels, the Pistons won on a Reggie Bullock buzzer beater lay-up. They blew a 79-60 lead in the third quarter, giving me way too many flashbacks of years past.
The worst part? The Raptors had the final possession with 10 seconds left in the fourth while the game was tied, and Kawhi Leonard dribbles the ball off of his foot and out of bounds to give Detroit just enough time to run one last play.
Reggie Bullock at the buzzer, revenge for Dwane Casey back in Toronto pic.twitter.com/uc4XRiqru4— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 15, 2018
Talk about a heartbreaking loss. Jonas Valanciunas gets lazy, and loses Bullock on the switch and allows him to get the easy bucket.
While this sucked, I guess it was nice to see Casey get a well-deserved win. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, and a video tribute to him was put up on the jumbotron in the second quarter.
Bright Spots Part 2
Siakam looked great again, putting up 17 points and adding in seven boards in 29 minutes. The Pistons’ front court is no joke, and Pascal held his own.
Greg Monroe played meaningful minutes! Finally. Nick Nurse let the moose out of the cage for 21 minutes where he put up 17 points and nine rebounds in his first true contest of the year due to Serge Ibaka being out. I’m hoping to see more of what Monroe can bring to the table for the rest of the season.
Playing the Other Best
The Raptors took on the Boston Celtics on Friday. Both teams haven’t been playing their best as of late, and were looking to get back on track. The Celtics got the best of the the Raptors in overtime, 123-116.
The Celtics got the best of the Raptors as Kyrie Irving went off. He finished the game with 43 points on 18-of-26 shooting along with 10 assists. Yet again, Siakam was a bright spot yet again with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The Raptors finished just 8-of-29 from the 3-point line for 28 percent. That isn’t going to beat the C’s very often. Leonard also had 31 points and 15 rebounds.
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