It was a devastating blow to a Raptors team that really needed a positive of any sort after dropping three in a row at home and heading out west looking much the worse for wear.
“This is a special group.” – Mark Jackson
“It’s one of those where they started hitting the 3 in the third quarter and we couldn’t turn the water off,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “We did an excellent job in the first three quarters and then we couldn’t score in the fourth quarter.”
In the end, it was an epic collapse by the Toronto Raptors as they squandered a 27 point third quarter lead and were out scored 42-15 in the fourth quarter for a 112-103 loss to the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night.
“When I was in Indiana I felt like the opportunity wasn’t good enough for me, in my opinion. So I wanted to come to Toronto and be a bigger piece. I didn’t come here to try and start, just be a bigger piece of the picture.”
DeRozan sounds like someone who has spent too much time invested in the welfare of the Raptors. We have seen this before from other players drafted into the organization who grew to become the team’s face, or at least voice — primarily Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. Eventually, being a part of repeated Raptors implosions can wear on a basketball soul. To be clear: DeRozan has not asked for a trade, and remains positive about the city and team.
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