New Years Hangover


Toronto Raptors Kick Off the New Year In an Ugly Way Against the Heat

Bury it, burn it, cut it up.

Do whatever you got to do to destroy the game tape. Never watch it again. Pretend it doesn’t exist and pretend Thursday night never happened. Chalk it up as one of those “one of 82” type of nights. Sleep on it and wake up with a blank slate.

Thursday night provided one of the more historically bad shooting efforts in recent memory. The Raptors netted a season low 76 points in an eight point loss to the Heat on the road and shot a morbid 6-for-42 from the three point range, becoming only the third team in NBA history to take over 40 perimeter shots and cash in on six or fewer of those attempts.

“We had a lot of good looks, but I’ve never been part of a game where we literally shot open looks and missed shots [like that],” said Kyle Lowry, who put up 15 points in the loss. “[VanVleet] had a couple go in and out, myself, Terence. I think OG made two and he was the only one that was [any] good from three.

“Good game plan, good zone by them, I guess.”

It was ugly from start to finish and when the final buzzer sounded, the Raptors were more than ready to run off the court. Eying the boxscore, it did not look pretty, especially if one glances over Fred VanVleet’s night, which included a lone three-pointer on 11 attempts.

“It is what it is. We want to play good against the better teams [and] you want to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat,” said VanVleet. “We’re trying to win every night. I look our chances against anybody. Right now we’re in a rough spot. But it’s a process. We’ll get ourselves out of it. We’re trying to focus on the long haul. This is a part of the journey.”

Absolutely mind-boggling to think that the Raptors flew down to South Beach and their first game removed from their New Years celebrations, turned into an absolute slump-fest. The parties must have been delightful, but now it’s time to get back to work and refocus.

The Raptors put this one in the rear-view mirror and set their sights on the Brooklyn Nets who expect to have Caris LeVert back in the fold for their Saturday matchup.


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