The Toronto Raptors suffered 13 losses in 14 games in March, and their chances of entering the playoffs are greatly diminishing.
Nick Nurse’s team fell to the bottom on Wednesday, losing 113-103 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who was disqualified from Canadians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort.
The recent defeat has given the Raptors a record of 18 wins and 30 losses. They ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference. If this season ends like this, the Raptors will have a seventh chance to win the first overall pick in the next draft. However, the Toronto team, temporarily playing in Tampa, Florida, was far from being excluded from the playoffs because they were only two games away from the Chicago Bulls, ranking tenth, and the last team dropped them to the finals. . The playoffs are the ultimate game.
If the Raptors want to achieve this feat, they will have to have a better month than the last one, even if Kyle Lowry, who is about to fight a toe infection, is deprived of a few days of service.
Fred VanVleet said after his defeat on Wednesday: “We must fight to retreat. Tonight [mercredi], We consider to be our three best players, that is to say, me, Pascal [Siakam] And OG [Anunoby]Obviously, we are all trying to recover from COVID-19, and we all feel that our physical condition is hitting a wall. “
“Sometimes we play basketball very well, sometimes we are completely terrible, it is difficult to find the exact cause of this phenomenon, because there are millions of situations that are happening. The situation is getting worse and we have to find something.”
If the Raptors want to break out of the chasm they have fallen into, they will need to start to score some victories in their next game against the Golden State Warriors in their temporary home game on Friday.
This is the first of four consecutive home games for the Toronto team, after which it will host the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.