Toronto Raptors fall yet again to the Detroit Pistons in a hard fought matchup

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@nickeemkhan

Thursday, March 3, 2022


It seems that the Detroit Pistons turn back the hands of time whenever they face the Toronto Raptors as they won their sixth straight game against the team from up north with a 108-106 victory. Dwane Casey continues to have success against his former team as head coach of the Pistons. This wasn't a game that went the way Toronto wanted it to, but they were still fighting till the end.

It was not an easy outing in the slightest for the Raptors. Offensive struggles were evident from the get-go. Not having Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby definitely affected them but usual contributors struggled too.

Gary Trent Jr. has looked like a shell of himself since the All-Star break and added to that with 14 points on a horrendous 4-23 shooting from the field. Out of 15 three-point attempts, he only made three.

Despite early struggles, Toronto went into halftime down just three points. However, the third quarter would be the deciding factor of this game. The Raptors couldn't get any flow whatsoever on offense. Calls weren't going their way and frustration was building.

After what felt like a poor call by the officials Nick Nurse got in an argument that led to him being ejected from the game. At this point the Raptors were down nearly 20 points and needed some sort of energy. The ejection did just that.

The Raptors would battle back and bring the deficit to just a two-point deficit. Due to some sloppy plays and tough baskets by the Pistons, the Raptors found themselves unable to complete the come-from-behind victory.

Pascal Siakam did his best with 28 points on 10-15 shooting. Scottie Barnes had another great game fresh off being named Rookie of the Month with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The Toronto Raptors drop to 34-28 and will have to respond quickly as they face the Orlando Magic tomorrow night on the second night of a back-to-back. Toronto will have another sold-out crowd for their matchup at 7:30 PM ET.