Toronto Raptors Are Breaking Down Before Our Eyes

Svyato Rovenchuk@TorontosClassicSenior Writer IApril 4, 2010

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 13:  DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors dunks during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center on February 13, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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At one point the Raptors sat at 5th place in the NBA Eastern Conference, believe it or not. However after some major struggles and disappointing losses they find themselves struggling to stay in the NBA playoffs. It’s a sad story no doubt. Especially from my point of view. The Raptors were really good this season, something Toronto teams never are. There were high hopes set on them by the basketball fans in Toronto and we would have to slowly watch our hopes shatter.

The Raptors dropped some key games and proved their 5th place seating was somewhat of a fluke and that they did not get there by their talent. I’m not saying the Raptors aren’t a good squad, they are, but they are having their issues no doubt.

Just tonight the Toronto Raptors played the Golden State Warriors and they had an excellent opportunity to win the game and walk away in a positive way. Instead they lost in a brutal score of 113-112. 1 point games are about as crushing as you can get. Especially considering what happened at the end of the game. Chris Bosh had the ball, he had a chance for the lay up, the two points and the victory. Instead it turned out to be a miss and all us Raptors fans had to say was, “What the hell just happened?” Sad story, really sad story.

However, you cannot look past the great game that Chris Bosh had. He led the Raptors in the points category in this game with a whopping 42 points, not exactly something to shake a stick at. Pretty impressive, I’m not done though. He also had the team lead for rebounds with 12 in this one. Despite the great stats he was still very disappointed with his last second screw up. I guess the little things overshadow the big things.

There is no doubt that the Chicago Bulls are breathing right down the Raptors necks for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are only 1.0 back of the Raptors for the last playoff spot so one screw up could cost the Raptors everything and from what we have seen this season, that won’t be too hard to get.

The Raptors haven’t exactly been the best example of a consistent team, or dominant for that matter. They were the poster boys for teams that break down under the pressure and as much as we Toronto Raptors fans hate to hear it, it’s the absolute truth. There’s no denying the fact that our Raptors crack when the spotlight is pointing at them.

Well they have the spotlight on them one more time. The question they are being faced with is if they have what it takes to hold on and stop the bleeding before it’s to relate. The thing is, no one is really sure. The Raptors have plenty of talent on their team that they could definitely find themselves winning the games in the end, but they have not shown that quality as of late.

They are exactly at .500 at this point with a record of 38-38. Obviously Raptors fans want to see the first 38 increase rather than the second, Bulls fans obviously wanting the exact opposite. With only a few more games left in the NBA Regular Season it is the Raptors responsibility to their fans to get the job done and stop losing the games they know they can win.

That’s right, I said it. It’s their responsibility to the fans. Toronto is not exactly sports capital of the world. The Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Toronto F.C., Argonauts, etc. are not exactly the epitome of success. The Raptors are the only shining light in this dark tunnel of Toronto teams and we don’t want the light to disappear.

So with that there’s only one more thing to say, Go Raps Go!

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