Toronto Raptors’ Play Cost Them Game Against Portland Trail Blazers

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Rudy Gay is proving he can be the go-to scorer the Toronto Raptors need if they want to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this year.

Unfortunately for them, they won’t go anywhere unless they can tighten things up at both ends of the court. The Raptors rallied back against the Portland Trail Blazers in the final 12 minutes and they even forced overtime, but came out short as they lost 118-110.

Rudy Gay was, undoubtedly, the focal point of the offense for the Raptors today. He had a perfect first quarter from the field and even though he cooled off as the game advanced, he still had a solid outing with 30 points and eight rebounds, including the final layup that sent the game to overtime.

Sadly for Raptors’ fans, the rest of the team wasn’t able to keep the offensive pace implemented by Gay. DeMar DeRozan had an off night from the floor despite his 29 points and even when Kyle Lowry had 10 assists, he only made three of his 10 shots to end with 10 points.

The Raptors need to be much more efficient if they want to start winning close games. Despite the fact that they out-rebounded the Blazers and scored a whooping 62 points inside the paint, it wasn’t enough as they displayed a poor perimeter defense. Portland made almost half of their three-point attempts while Toronto shot only 17.6% from beyond the arc.

The Raptors already lost a close game against the Houston Rockets earlier this week and they once again came on the losing end of a tight encounter. They need to balance their play on both ends of the court if they want to start turning things around sooner rather than later.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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