It’s been a long time since most people even remotely considered the Toronto Raptors a team that could potentially make it into the NBA Playoffs. However, with their 108-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, the Raptors are now mathematically eliminated from making the postseason.
The Raptors attempted to make a push for the playoffs at the end of January when they completed the trade with the Memphis Grizzlies that landed them Rudy Gay. Gay got the team off to a streaking start in his first few games with the team which gave fans a little bit of optimism. However, his inefficient offense proved to be a fatal flaw for this team over the past month, leaving them where they are now.
Despite the fact that they have had a multitude of problems this season and are, once again, not going to be a part of the playoffs, Toronto hasn’t been without a few positive things. For instance they have shown a much improved defense this year, specifically since Gay arrived to the team. There is still work to do in that department, but they are trending in the right direction.
The end of this season will also likely mark the end of the Andrea Bargnani era in Toronto, much to the delight of many fans. At times, Bargnani has been a versatile and lethal scorer. However, he has always been one of the worst defensive players in the league and his offense has trailed off over the past year or so.
There will be no playoff games played in Toronto this year, just like in many seasons prior to this one. However, the Raptors have made some moves and changes that seem to have their team headed in a positive trajectory; although, we’ll have to wait until next season to see for sure.