We could start this article like the previous one. A small point … This is what once again separated the Toronto Raptors from their opponents, again in a bad way. In the aftermath of the defeat to the Warriors, Nick Nurse’s men rebounded well by controlling the game against the Blazers for three and a half time. They were up to 17 points ahead.
The rest you start to know… Before experiencing an offensive slump in the fourth quarter, which allowed Lillard and his teammates to come back and have the momentum in the decisive moments. Siakam once again took the winning shot and came close to putting it on again. But did not put it. A last failed action which does not call into question his excellent match punctuated by his first triple double in his career, but which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth after this new cruel defeat.
Toronto will be back at home, but “not at home,” as Chris Boucher told us, for a five-game series. The situation is not yet critical, despite the worst record in the league (2-8), but it will quickly be necessary to add victories to the clock, otherwise the season could turn into a nightmare.
The thread of the match
The start of the match is controlled by a man: Pascal Siakam. As if to redeem himself from his failed final shot against the Warriors, Spicy P starts off with a bang against a helpless Covington. He scored 8 of Toronto’s top 13 points and served Lowry at 3 points twice (8-16).
He adds a new inside shot on Lillard (8-18). Boucher signs his entry with 6 points including a basket plus the fault on a bright pass from Siakam (11-24).