Fred VanVleet slaps Raptors with harsh reality amid struggles
The Toronto Raptors can’t seem to maintain sustained success on the court. Coming off two wins against top-seeded Eastern Conference teams, they failed to capitalize on the momentum, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-109.
After the game, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet was vocal on the inconsistency plaguing his squad the past few weeks.
Via The Athletic’s Josh Lewenberg:
“Seems to be our pattern,” admitted VanVleet after the Raptors loss. “Play well, play really bad, get yelled at, play hard, then do it all over again. So it’s disappointing for sure, but it is what it is.”
Ever since Toronto’s 5-game winning streak at the beginning of November, the team has largely struggled to string together consecutive victories. They’ve gone 4-8 since then.
“It’s about winning ball games and doing things the right way and we just can’t seem to sustain that long enough to win against teams we must think we’re better than. But it doesn’t work like that in the NBA because they were the better team tonight.”
Fred VanVleet: “Seems to be our pattern – play well, play really bad, get yelled at, play hard, then do it all over again. It’s disappointing, but it is what it is.” pic.twitter.com/84ADTybvGx
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 9, 2021
The Toronto Raptors have a deep, talented roster fully capable of terrorizing teams on any given night when they’re on. But with the rash of injuries coupled with highly volatile effort from the team, Fred VanVleet and Co. must regroup in order to get their groove back.