The Raptors Lost to the Nets 112-98 in a Depleted Lineup
The Toronto Raptors were missing seven players due to injury, including Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa, and so on. The Brooklyn Nets' big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons proved too much for the depleted Raptors. The Nets shot 54.9% from the field compared to 35.6% for the Raptors. In addition, the Nets were deadly from the three-point line, shooting at a high clip with %44.7. Raptors also got too many shots blocked, and the Nets ended up with 11 blocks in the game.
Gary Trent Jr., although he looked rusty at times, led the Raptors in scoring with 19 points despite shooting 6-for-19 from the field in his return to the lineup. Raptors were also impressive on the board, with 52 rebounds compared to the Nets' 39.
The game was back and forth in the first half, and then Kyrie happened in the third. With only 3 points in the first half, he scored 29 points in the second half to help lead the Nets to cruise to victory.
The Toronto Raptors were dealt a tough blow last night as they faced off against the Brooklyn Nets, who were fresh off a loss of their own against the Philadelphia 76ers. The spacing was a major issue for the Raptors last night. They never looked comfortable on offense, and the Nets' length made it even more difficult for them.
This is a disappointing loss for the Raptors, but there is only so much a depleted lineup can do against the Brooklyn Nets. However, with key players like Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, and Pascal Siakam set to return soon, the Raptors should be back on track and ready to take on their next opponents. The Raptors will look to bounce back as they face off against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.