As the fallout continues from a horrible day for the Raptors in San Antonio, where they were blown out 110-82 and kept to their lowest score of the season so far, you have to wonder can they legitimately match it with the league’s top teams?
Perhaps more importantly, do Toronto themselves even have the belief that they can step up and compete? More on that in a moment but first let’s look at the cold hard facts.
Looking at this season alone, they just simply haven’t been good enough against the real top line teams in the NBA. There are the three losses to LeBron James and the Cavs, two losses to Golden State (the latest by 10 points), the Clippers took care of Toronto with minimal fuss by 8 points, and of course this latest disaster against the Spurs.
The worrying thing is though, throughout most of these games they have been in the contest at some point in the game, but just cannot manage to close out a game down the stretch, despite having at least 2 players more than capable of making big clutch plays.
If we look at some of the post-game comments after the loss in San Antonio, we start to get closer to the real problem in the team, and you have to wonder if they genuinely believe they are good enough!?
Kyle Lowry said “tonight was just a butt kicking that we got, they did their job, they are 28-7. If we want to compete with the best we must get better.”
While Lowry is right to a degree, yes the Spurs did their job as a quality 28-7 team to get the win at home, does somebody want to tell Kyle they themselves are a 23-10 quality team?! They most certainly did not do their job and have not done so against the quality teams for a long time.
DeRozan spoke an almost identical tune where he again said, “It’s the Spurs, they did what they were supposed to do, move on go back home and start off right.”
Can Toronto as DeRozen put simply move on and go back home? Is it really that simple? Just to forget an obvious problem and continue beating up on lesser teams?
Judging from the post-match interviews of their two-star players, does it sound to you like they believe they are good enough?