Title: The Raptors’ lack of clutch offence persisting as a problem
Date: January 27, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I spun my wheels about the Raptors’ inability to score in the clutch so far.
The Toronto Raptors are struggling to score with the game on the line.
Whatever else is taken away from Friday’s loss to the Utah Jazz, this was the most prevalent and the most concerning. It is true, as Kyle Lowry said after the game, that it was just one game and there’s not a ton of cause for worry. It is also true, as Dwane Casey said after the game, that the energy the team started with was as culpable in the outcome as the way they finished. Nobody said as much, but it’s also true that Friday was a “make or miss league” game – the Raptors shot an unfathomable 16-of-47 on uncontested shots and Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 24 points on 47 possessions. They’re not going to win many games like that.
None of those things are untrue. However they got to the final five minutes or so, though, the result was too familiar: The Raptors continued struggling to score with the game on the line.