The soap opera continues tonight for the Toronto Raptors, as they suffer yet another fourth quarter downfall, losing to the Golden State Warriors 114-102. Entering the final quarter up by two, everything seemed promising for the Toronto Raptors, before their offense went absolutely stagnant in the final twelve minutes. Not being able to generate any offensive flow, the Warriors took advantage of that, and ran away with this game, leaving Raptors’ fans in awe yet again..
Besides a fourth quarter offensive meltdown, the offensive wasn’t too bad for the Toronto Raptors tonight. Obviously, when keeping up with a Warriors team that is known for scoring at will, matching their intensity on the offensive end is a difficult task, and the Raptors were not able to do so during the late stages of this game. The ball movement was primarily good (assisting on 28 of the Raptors 38 made field goals), but the shot selection during are most crucial possessions, was rather disappointing.
If you want any hope in beating this Warriors team, slowing them down offensively is an absolute must. However, that’s obviously easier said than done, as the Warriors shot an outstanding 53% from the field tonight. With so many ways to beat you on the offensive end, the Warriors tormented the Raptors defense. Whether it was David Lee, Stephen Curry, or Klay Thompson, the Raptors had no answer for anyone tonight.
Anytime you have to deal with a frontcourt that includes the likes of David Lee, and Andrew Bogut (who both combined for 20 rebounds), you know you’re in for a long night on the glass. With that, the Toronto Raptors found themselves -12 in that category, as they were outrebounded 49-37.
Game Ball: David Lee
Tonight’s game ball goes to none other than David Lee. Finishing with an impressive stat line and a team-high of 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists, Lee was doing just about everything for the Warriors tonight. Not only was he busy battling on the glass, Lee was also a facilitator, while managing to take high percentage shots.
Honorable mention: Aaron Gray.
I had to add in an honorable mention in here for Aaron Gray; for this may be the best performance he’ll have all year. He finished with a career high 22 points tonight, and contributed with 12 rebounds as well.
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