Raptors Break Down in Motown, Have Lost 13 of the Last 15 Games
The Toronto Raptors have dropped their season series against the Detroit Pistons for the first time since the 2018-19 season as the Pistons took advantage of the Raptors on a second night of a back-to-back and took the victory 118-104.
Toronto got Kyle Lowry back into the starting lineup after missing their matchup against Portland due to a foot injury. He put up 10 points, two rebounds, and a steal in 23 minutes. Pascal Siakam struggled from the field, shooting five-for-14 en route to his 14 points, but recorded six rebounds and five assists to go along with his minus one box plus-minus.
OG Anunoby was the only starter to shoot over 50% from the field, as he continues his stretch of impressive performances. He had 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three blocks while shooting three-for-eight from deep.
The story for the night for the Raptors was their frigid shooting, as they managed to go 11-for-36 from three-point range (30%) and shot 40% overall from the field.
The Pistons on the other hand looked completely comfortable, as they shot 50% from both the field, and from three. Losers of four straight heading into their matchup with the Raptors, Detroit snapped the streak with the help of six players finishing with 12 or more points.
Rookie Saddiq Bey picked up right where he left off from his last performance against Toronto, as he finished with 19 points on five-for-seven shooting from three. Former Raptor Cory Joseph was recently acquired from Sacramento in exchange for another former Raptor in Delon Wright, and Joseph torched the Raptors off the bench. He finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Joseph shot five-for-eight from the field, a perfect five-for-five from the charity stripe, and knocked down two of his four three point attempts.
With the loss, the Raptors have now lost 13 of their last 15 games. It’s not difficult to wonder if the Raptors will consider shutting down major players if they continue to trend downwards in the next couple weeks. With a stacked 2021 draft class expected to produce at least two or three franchise-level talents, the Raptors could very well be looking towards the lottery if things continue to be the same.