DeMar DeRozan casts doubt on Raptors’ near future
What now for the Toronto Raptors? After the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped the guillotine on the Raps on Monday night to sweep the team from north of the border, Toronto is now left with many questions to answer in the offseason.
For Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, among the uncertainties the team would tackle is whether the same core of these Raptors will ever get the chance of winning the Eastern Conference title again.
"We had three opportunities. We're not sure if we'll get this opportunity again."
DeMar DeRozan on facing LeBron James pic.twitter.com/jsUP5ZeDCL
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 8, 2018
The Raptors entered the playoffs brimming with confidence. They finished No. 1 in the regular season in the Eastern Conference with a 59-23 record, the best in the history of the franchise. They were a bit shaky in the first round, but took control late in the series to eliminate the Washington Wizards. Then came another postseason showdown with their regular playoffs nightmares in the form of the Cavaliers.
The gut-wrenching setback at the hands of Cleveland might force Toronto’s management to blow the team up or replace head coach Dwane Casey. For now, these are all speculations, but it’s clear that something needs to be done this offseason for Toronto to move on from another playoffs collapse.
DeRozan ended his 2017-18 season by scoring on 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting in Game 4 before getting ejected for a flagrant foul in the third quarter.
It’s going to be a long summer for the Raptors.