Undermanned Raptors lose 112-98 to Brooklyn

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TORONTO — Nick Nurse’s husky voice summed up the current struggles of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

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Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in his third game back from suspension, and the Brooklyn Nets won 112–98 over the undefeated Raptors.

With several key players ill or nursing injuries, Nurse said it was hard to sum up his team’s performance.


“Listen, don’t get too mad here. This is a really good, motivated team with a lot of scorers and shooters and our guys are not feeling great,” said the Toronto coach, who looked like he was not feeling so well.

“Some of our guys … are still coming out of illness. We’ll take what we can and just try and regroup. We’ve got a day off tomorrow and we’ll expect the players to come back.” Get started.

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Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points to lead the Raptors (9-9), who missed both Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes in addition to a half-dozen others. OG Anunoby finished with 15 points, while Thaddeus Young and Chris Boucher scored 12, and Jeff Dowtin Jr. and Juancho Hernangomez finished with 10 each.

Nick Claxton added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Brooklyn (9-10).

Injuries and illnesses continue to mount for Toronto. News that VanVleet was out with a non-COVID illness surprised reporters before Wednesday’s tipoff. Trent Jr. and Boucher missed Saturday’s loss at Atlanta with illness.

“We know we’re short handed, but we don’t like to make excuses, so we know we could have done better,” Anunobi said. “We could have played harder on defense, could have played better on attack… We felt we could have played better.

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And then there are injuries. Barnes (knee sprain) and Dalano Banton (ankle sprain) exited the game. Also missing were All-Star forwards Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuva and Otto Porter Jr., who were sidelined with injuries, leaving the Raptors with nine players versus Brooklyn.

The nurse said, “The guys who got a chance to play should help the next time they haven’t played for a while… take some of them out, get their feet under them, get some of the conditioning back.”

The beleaguered Raptors played well in the first half and trailed by just one point at the break, but ran out of gas against a full-strength Nets team.

The Nets led 91–76 to start the fourth quarter, and when Irving’s 26-footer sank with 4:42 to play, Brooklyn went up by 20 and hundreds of fans zipped up their coats and started cheering for the exits. headed for.

“That’s what we want him to do,” Ben Simmons said of Irving. “Just be yourself, have the confidence to come out and take those shots and be who you are,” she said. He’s an incredible player, an incredible teammate.

Irving was booed during the team’s introductions. The embattled guard had served an eight-game suspension for posting a link to a documentary with antisemitic content.

The Nets took an early 12-point lead on a cutting dunk by Durant, and extended it to 15 points on Edmund Sumner’s running reverse layup with 47 seconds left in the first quarter. The Nets led 38–26 to start the second.

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Toronto opened the second quarter with a 13–0 run, when Young scored on a putback of Trent’s missed jump shot to take a one-point lead. The Nets went ahead by seven before the Raptors closed out the half with a 6–0 run, punctuated by Anunobi’s huge dunk on Kevin Durant. At the halftime break, Brooklyn had a 52–51 lead.

The Nets extended their advantage to 17 points on Claxton’s dunk midway through the third quarter.

Mr. 1,100

The game marked the number 1,100 in Young’s career. Among active players, he ranks fourth on the all-time NBA games played list behind LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, and Chris Paul.

raptors red carpet

The Toronto Argonauts were greeted with thunderous applause when they walked onto center court with the Gray Cup. The Argos beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-23 in an exciting 109th Gray Cup on Sunday. The Canada women’s basketball team was also at the game.


Drake caught the attention of some onlookers as he sat courtside in a furry cream-colored coat with two teddy bears stitched down the front. Longtime broadcaster Jack Armstrong wore the coat for part of the game, undoubtedly eliciting some laughs from the audience.


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The Raptors host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 23, 2022.

Source: globalnews.ca

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