Here Comes the (Mc)Bride: Raptors 905 Fall to Westchester Knicks 119-106

*Lets out long, exasperated sigh* It wouldn't be the Raptors or Raptors-adjacent if they didn't beat their biggest opponent one game, and then lose to a team they've already beaten twice this season the following game. After an important win over the Delaware Blue Coats on Saturday, the Raptors 905 fell to the Westchester Knicks Wednesday night. Well, "fell" is objective in this instance, as the Knicks had the 905 scrambling from the beginning tip. Westchester lead by as many as 28 points, and every time the Raptors would cut it to, or close to, single digits, the Knicks would go on another run. Outside shooting for Westchester was handled primarily by assignee Miles McBride, who appeared to hit or assist on a 3 every time he touched the ball, finishing with 23 points and 9 assists. On the inside it was former 905er, Dewan Hernandez who used his 6'11, 235 lb frame to muscle his way to the rim on every rebound or bounce pass. Despite out-rebounding the Knicks 50 to 40, the Raptors 905 just couldn't find their rhythm, and it cost them a game that should have been an easy win. 

Raptors 905 Defeat Windy City Bulls In Another Blow Out Win

It's very hard to beat the same team twice in a row, and even harder to completely blow them out of the water in back to back games. Basketball players, by nature, are ultra competitive. It is almost guaranteed that the opposing team, embarrassed after being utterly destroyed, will come back stronger and play harder with a chip the size of a boulder on their collective shoulder, ready to prove that they are not the result of their last game. The winning team, especially a team as young as the 905, may come out the next game still riding the high of the blow-out, with an ego bigger than their point differential. Easy mistakes or diverting from the plan may seem like not a big deal since the result the night prior was so promising. The complacency of the winners could very well meet the mercilessness of the losers, turning the tables and flipping the game on its head.