The Landry Fields lay-up sums up the Toronto Raptors‘ game against the defending Western Conference champions Oklahoma City Thunder. This game was an absolute disaster, and yes the refs were bad, and OKC is an elite team, but this one was just flat out embarrassing Even worse, Raptors prized point guard Kyle Lowry left the game with a sprained ankle. The injury apparently isn’t too serious, but Lowry will likely miss at least a couple of games.
The 108-88 blowout shows that the Raps still have a long way to go before they can be considered a legitimate threat in the East, and that all starts with Dwane Casey. He still has to adjust to his new players, and get his rotations in check. For starters, Terrence Ross needs more run.
Ross has the same amount of points as Fields in less than a quarter of the playing time, and yet Fields still gets the bulk of the minutes. It wouldn’t hurt to give Linas Kleiza some playing time either- bottom line is that they need improved production at the small forward slot whether it’s through someone stepping up or trade.
Defensively, Casey’s schemes weren’t effective in slowing down the OKC onslaught, as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka seemed to score at will.
While losing to OKC at home isn’t anything to be ashamed of, the putrid Raptor offense showed little resistance tonight and the fact that it wasn’t even close could be a cause for concern. Shooting 36% from the field definitely isn’t acceptable, and the Raptors offense looked awful without Lowry in the game.
The biggest fear out of this game, however, is Kyle Lowry’s ankle. The injury is being called ‘nothing big’, however nothing big could mean him only missing a few weeks rather than months. More will be available tomorrow, but it is highly unlikely he will be ready to go against the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow night.
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