Raptors on Fire | Taking on Hapless Nets in Brooklyn
by Brad Mullins Scores & Statson
The Toronto Raptors are on fire and have been all season long. They are in the middle of an eight game winning streak and looking to make it nine tonight against a very bad Brooklyn Nets. The Raptors have established themselves as the team to beat in the NBA Eastern Conference. They are clearly the best team in the East and it’s not that close. The Raptors come into this one with an overall 49-17 record and are a staggering 29-2 record against losing teams. The Raptors are setting themselves up very nicely for a number one seed and look to hit the playoff stronger than ever before.
The Raptors are not just beating opponents, they are smacking them in the mouth, and it usually gets ugly. Take their last outing against the Knicks. This game was much more of a blowout then it looked, and it looked like a blow out! With a final score of 132-106; the only reason this one looked sort of close was the fact that the Knicks managed to score 106. Tonight the Raptors go for their 50th win for the third time in franchise history and notch number 30 against teams with a losing record.
The Raptors lost to Milwaukee on February 22nd, in overtime. They lost the game by three and had they been able to wrangle that game in, they would be in the middle of a 16 game winning streak and going for number 17 tonight in Brooklyn.
The Raptors score a ton of points with an average of 112.2 ppg, and they are shooting 47.1 percent from the field. They are slightly above average over the last eight games with 114.5 ppg, and 47 percent shooting.
"We just want to hoop, man," Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan told reporters. "Every time we get an opportunity to hoop, we're going out there and doing what we know how to do and that's to play, whether if it's an early game, a late game, whatever it may be. No matter who we're playing."
The Brooklyn Nets are awful and quite possibly the worst team in the NBA. At 21-46, the season has hit rock bottom for this squad and it shows. This team has no heart and very little desire to win. They are very clearly ‘tanking’ the season at this point and its ugly.
The Nets took their worst beat down of the season against Philadelphia on Sunday by a final score of 120-97. It gets uglier (if you can believe it) the nets gave up 80 percent shooting from the 76ers, in the first quarter.
"Globally, they dominated us in every fashion," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters. "I don't think there was an aspect of the game tonight where they didn't dominate. They really got after us defensively, and offensively, we couldn't stop them."
Toronto is 12-2 in the last 14 outing against the Nets and the last win in the series for Brooklyn, came in 2015. Tonight will be a challenge for the Nets to stay within 10, the entire game. The Raptors should own this one.