The Toronto Raptors dropped a game to the LA Clippers in a contest where they maybe deserved more. What did we take away from the game?
On the second night of a back-to-back, and their third game in four nights, the Toronto Raptors stuck around at the Staples Center for one more night, this time taking on the LA Clippers and looking to repeat their previous night’s success.
The night was all about the Toronto Raptors facing off against Kawhi Leonard for the first time since he left the team following their title win, but Leonard’s overall performance was held in check by a terrific display from the Raptors defense – even if the team lost by 10 points.
The Raptors were still without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka heading into the game, and would, unfortunately, lose OG Anunoby just over a minute into the game too. Kawhi Leonard accidentally poked Anunoby in the eye when reaching for a steal, and just like that, we were robbed of an intriguing matchup only 1:47 into the game.
Even once Anunoby departed, the Raptors stepped up to the plate and, but for a fourth-quarter comeback, would have taken down both LA teams in two nights. The defense was on point for 48 minutes, but the offense stagnated at times, which is understandable given the losses. Pascal Siakam had a noticeably tough night, finishing with 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting, but the Raptors still finished the game with a better field-goal and three-point percentage.
Their undoing was the Clippers’ ability to get to the line, and their ability to hit the glass – something that has plagued the Raptors for a while now. It was still an impressive performance overall, especially considering the circumstances. For the past two games, the Raptors have been in a position to win both games and come away with one victory.
Heading into the back-to-back, that wasn’t a scenario that was often spoken about, but give credit to the Raptors, they gave it their all. What else did we learn from the game?