Should Toronto Fans be Worried?

Updated: May 3, 2016

Toronto, Canada (BASN) —As the Toronto Raptors get ready to take on the Miami Heat in the second round of the NBA playoffs, one can’t help but be a bit concerned with the performance of the Canadian ball club.

Let’s face it folks, the 89-84 Game 7 victory over the Indiana Pacers was far from pretty.

Up 16 heading into the 4th, things quickly spiraled out of control for the Raptors as the Pacers desperately tried to steal the game.

It was bad.

With missed shots and careless turnovers by the Raptors, the Pacers managed to cut the lead to 3 with 52.4 seconds left in the game.

But Toronto would hold onto dear life thanks to a couple of Paul George turnovers and DeRozan made free-throws.

The train wreck was over. The game was over.  And The Raptors were finally able to move on to the second round.

Now a win is a win, no matter how ugly. But if Paul George didn’t turn the ball over late in the game, I wonder if the outcome would of been different.

The Positives

Norman Powell = Heart. The rookie…Mr. Serious…Mr. Straight out of the D-League, arguably had the biggest night of his NBA career shooting 3-of-4 behind the arc.

Patrick Patterson came to play saluting fans as he drilled the 3 (3-of-5).

Cory Joseph once again gave his team a lift with his NBA championship playoff experience.

Home court advantage Coach Casey told reporters if his team didn’t have the support of the fans during Game 7 he’s not sure they would of won.

The Negatives

I can’t help but focus on the performance of the backcourt All-stars.

DeMar DeRozan, though he finished with 30 points, it was on 10-of-35 shooting.

When asked by a reporter what he thought about his performance, his point guard Kyle Lowry quickly came to his aid.

‘He was gonna empty the clip,’ said Lowry.

‘That’s what he did and that’s what his goal was and we gonna ride with him emptying that clip. I don’t care if he shot 40 times. He emptied the clip and we won so that’s all that matters.’

DeRozan, who only a few weeks ago told reporters once he gets it going it will be a ‘scary sight,’ delivered a scary performance late in the 4th quarter going 0/4 from the field.

Lowry finished the night with 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting and 9 assists.

Throughout the press conference the Raptors talked about getting the monkey off their back. A clean-slate.

But until DeRozan and Lowry start clicking, this writer believes the slate isn’t totally clean.

Toronto Raptors host the Miami Heat tonight at the Air Canada Centre.



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