Toronto Raptors struggle offensively in blowout loss to the Boston Celtics

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Saturday, November 11, 2023

The road trip finally comes to an end for the Toronto Raptors, however, not in the fashion they hoped for as they fall 117-94 to the Boston Celtics. Despite being the second night of a back-to-back for Boston, it was Toronto that lacked energy.

Within the first few minutes of the first quarter, the Raptors came out with great energy and effort. Jakob Poeltl got off to a hot start with two quick buckets going right at Kristaps Porzingis. This rhythm would prove to be unsustainable quite fast.

Jaylen Brown was the star of this game but that's not to say that he was the only offensive catalyst. It was clear that most of the Raptors' defensive attention was targeted toward Jayson Tatum, however, this led to Toronto's downfall. Brown finished with a game-high 29 points and five rebounds. Although he filled the scoring column, he only finished the game with a net rating of +9.

Jayson Tatum led the way for all players with a net rating of +42, asserting himself in all facets of this game. He finished the night with 27 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Precious Achiuwa was given the Tatum assignment and wasn't able to hold his own in the slightest.

Nobody on the Raptors was able to impact this game on the offensive side of the court. Pascal Siakam led the team in scoring with just 17 points on an inefficient 35 percent from the field. Scottie Barnes has cooled down since his amazing game against the San Antonio Spurs, finishing with under 15 points for the second straight game. The former top-five pick finished with 10 points on 4-15 shooting including 2-9 from three-point range.

The team as a whole shot just 38 percent from the field and got outrebounded 46-37. Besides the offensive woes, the Raptors only turned the ball over eight times and shot 14-16 from the free-throw line. It was evident their poor offensive performance leaked into their efforts on defence resulting the product that was put on display tonight.

The Raptors now drop to 4-5 on the season but will finally return home to what should be an easier matchup against the Washington Wizards on Monday at 7:30 PM ET.