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10 things: Raptors continue to slide after fourth-quarter collapse vs. Pacers

Here are 10 takeaways from the Toronto Raptors‘ 118-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers. One — The Toronto Raptors responded positively from their sluggish showing against OKC, but could not sustain their momentum on the second night of a back-to-back. Toronto jumped out to a 13-point edge at halftime, but their transition defence was leaky the rest of the way, while their predictable offence of getting into the paint was snuffed out by the Pacers crowding the paint, and with a noticeably looser whistle. The Raptors were in decent position to win through three quarters, but the bottom fell off in the fourth as they were outscored 36-14. The end result is a pair of losses to two supposedly tanking teams — with the prospect of dropping a third against the Pistons on Monday, who have had their number for years.
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5 things: Raptors’ defence goes missing in blowout loss to Thunder

Here are five takeaways from the Toronto Raptors‘ 132-113 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. One — This was a complete letdown performance by the Raptors from start to finish, and it mostly boiled down to the lack of effort on defence. The Thunder, whose roster resembles that of an undergrad classroom, finished with 70 points in the paint and had eight players score in double digits. Not a single Raptors player could keep their man in front of them, and the rotations in behind either came too late, or were non-existent. This was such an out-of-character performance by a team that identifies and prides itself on defence, and it leads one to question if something is afflicting them behind the scenes. Fred VanVleet left the game early with a non-COVID illness, which might explain the total lack of energy by the team in what should have been a competitive contest.
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