Raptors Report, Week 13: Tanking Becoming an Option for Raptors?
This was, by far, the worst week of the Raptors season, and it just didn't seem like they wanted to win.
Sure, losing four games isn't that bad for a team who isn't supposed to win very many, but the way the Raps lost was awful, and none of the opponents were above .500 in the first place.
I don't think the team is purposely tanking, but it doesn't appear that they have a shot at the playoffs, and getting in the middle is the worst thing that can happen, tanking should certainly be an option.
If the team gets on a roll and ends up around ninth seed, it will be disappointing for Raps fans and Bryan Colangelo because the team is stuck the middle once again.
The team has seemed to lose confidence and it would be nice to see them win a few games, and the players should try their best every game in order to keep developing, but stay near the bottom of the conference at the same time
Note: The team released Sundiata Gaines and signed the D-League's leading scorer Trey Johnson.
Performance on a Scale of 1-10: 3.5
Here is a recap of the four games:
Are the Raps Purposely Tanking?
Raptors vs. Grizzlies, L 98-100
The Raps played well in this one, they really did. Rudy Gay's late shot sunk the team's confidence, and with 0.8 seconds left the Raptors couldn't manage to tie the game. Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan put on a show and Jerryd Bayless was two boards away from a triple-double.
The team's consecutive three-point streak was snapped at 987 games, and the team lacked defense. This was a tough loss to take, and after this one, the losing streak kept growing.
Raptors vs. 76ers, L 94-107
DeMar DeRozan was great, and Amir Johnson was solid. I have nothing else to say.
In the last five minutes of the game, I counted the amount of solid defensive possessions the Raps had. There was one. Nobody with the exception of DeRozan seemed like they wanted to win. Just a horrible effort by the Raps in this one.
Raptors vs. Bucks, OT L 116-110
This was a good enough effort to send the Raptors to their first OT of the season. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for them to come up with the win. They battled back down the stretch and made it entertaining.
Amir Johnson was stunning with 24 points and 12 boards. Also, Alexis Ajinca was a pleasant surprise for the Raptors, putting up 10 points with some solid D in 13 minutes.
Andrea Bargnani was horrid from the field, and DeMar DeRozan had an off-game the day Sonny Weems had full minutes. Coincidence? I think not. These two can't play together. Yes, the team put in a better effort, but ultimately it was a loss.
Raptors at T'Wolves, L 87-103
Ed Davis played a great game, recording a double-double of 15 and 11.
This one really got me. It was so frustrating that most Raptors fans had to turn off their TV's after the first quarter. The effort just wasn't there. It didn't seem like the team wanted to snap this 10-game losing streak. And once again, Sonny Weems logs full minutes, DeRozan struggles. Weird, huh?
Overall, this was just an awful week, and hopefully we will see a better effort next week from the Raps.
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