The Indiana Pacers officially eliminated the Toronto Raptors from playoff contention. It is the first time since the 2013, season the Raptors will not be competing as a playoff team. To say that this season was without it’s issues would be an understatement.
Not being able to play at the Air Canada Centre but more than that not being able to play in front of the home town crowd definitely played a significant role, COVID-19 was a big factor in the team’s overall performance as players like Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and O.G. Anunoby were all in health and safety protocols for a better part of a month.
Putting all those issues aside, using different lineups game in and game out also didn’t help the team’s chemistry.
So with only four games left in their season can this finish strong even though they realistically have nothing to play for?
I say yes! Because I feel that the young players on this team like Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe are the future.
There other questions that hopefully are answered in the off-season and those are:
Will Kyle Lowry remain a Raptor or does he leave and chase another championship with a different team?
Will Masai Ujiri remain as the team’s President and General Manager or like Lowry will he leave for greener pastors?
And will the address their issues at Centre?
These are very crucial questions for this franchise that will require serious thought. I would hate to see this team go through another 25 years without a championship.