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Toronto’s 2019-20 Season Still a Success Despite Game 7 Letdown

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The Toronto Raptors’ 2019-20 season has officially come to a close. The defending NBA champions were extremely uncharacteristic in their win-or-go-home Game 7. In brief, turnovers costed them their season. Despite this disappointment, we cannot forget what they achieved.

  • 53-19 record, re-clinching the East’s No. 2 seed
  • 7-1 Bubble seeding record
  • Coach of the Year for Nick Nurse
  • 6th straight all-star appearance for Kyle Lowry
  • 1st (of many) all-star appearance for Pascal Siakam

Following the loss, Lowry added “Turnovers killed us, we were indecisive in our decision making. I think it killed us.”

The Boston Celtics, led by Jayson Tatum’s 29 points, grinded out a 92-87 victory to clinch their third conference finals berth in four years.

Lowry and Fred VanVleet, who each logged 40-plus minutes, had 16 and 20 points respectively. Serge Ibaka added 14 points off the bench.

Nonetheless, it was the carelessness that was the story of the game. The Raptors committed 18 turnovers, leading to 31 points for the Celtics.

Pascal Siakam, who posted 13 points and 11 rebounds, was responsible for five of those turnovers– with a few of these occurring in the fourth quarter.

Postgame, Siakam told the media “I have to be better. Definitely a low moment for me. Just a learning experience and you gotta be ready. I wasn’t really able to help my teammates. I take a lot of the blame. It’s a learning experience for me.”

Despite Toronto’s turnovers, they found a way to stay in the game till the very end. For the most part, Game 7 did not disappoint.

Entering the fourth quarter, the Celtics held a 72-71 advantage and jumped out to a 7-0 run. As a result, the lead was quickly extended to eight.

The Raptors, however, did not go down without a fight. Together with a made layup and a pair of free throws, Lowry brought the Raptors within two points with 1:21 remaining in the game, but unfortunately fouled out with 35.4 seconds left.

Just like that, the Raptors’ incredible season came to an end.

“This team’s played fantastically, like wonderfully, amazing. We just hit a little bad moment, where we did everything we possibly could physically and mentally to work through it, and we almost pulled it off but we couldn’t do it”. — Nick Nurse

The Toronto Raptors now exit the bubble with a lot on their mind. This offseason has already began, as the Raptors and Nick Nurse have agreed to a contract extension.

Meanwhile, as we wait for the next season, we must appreciate what was an incredible, expectation-exceeding season.

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