Toronto Raptors drop another disappointing loss to the hands of the Orlando Magic

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Friday, March 4, 2022

Things aren't looking the best right now in Toronto as the Raptors lost yet another game against a bottom-feeder team, falling to the Orlando Magic to a score of 103-97. The Magic came into this game on a nine-game losing streak and were able to snap it against a Toronto team trying to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Defense wasn't the problem in this game, Toronto just couldn't score the ball. As a team, the Raptors shot just under 40 percent from the field and only 65 percent from the free-throw line. Since the blowout in Brooklyn, it seems the Raptors can't convert on the opportunities they get.

Pascal Siakam was sensational with 34 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists. Malachi Flynn continued his impressive play with the absence of Fred VanVleet with 20 points and eight assists, controlling the flow of the game. It's the production from the other guys that need to be better.

Gary Trent Jr. continued his ongoing slump. The young star went 2-12 from the field, including 0-9 from beyond the arc for just four points. That is simply unacceptable. 

Looking at Orlando's side of things, there wasn't a single player that dominated. Not a single player scored more than 20 points, but as a collective everyone put their hands to the plow. A total of seven players finished in double figures and those that didn't gave some solid contributions as well.

It seemed like the Magic were the team competing for a playoff spot and that the Raptors were the bottom-tier team. Cole Anthony was great with an uncommon double-double for a point guard with 15 points and 12 rebounds. His hustle and tenacity was a huge lift for Orlando.

Looking at the stats across the board, both teams played nearly identical. Other than the fact that the Magic made 20 out of 21 free throws, compared to Toronto that went 11-16 from the charity stripe.

This was a game that the Raptors should've won but they didn't, now dropping to 34-29. Toronto will now get a one-day break before gearing up against the Cleveland Cavaliers who are also sliding in the standings. That matchup will be on Sunday night at 7:30 ET and will be nationally televised on ESPN.