Raptors dealing with absurdly bad luck, per Nick Nurse
The Toronto Raptors lost another close game on Monday night versus the Portland Trailblazers after a shot by Pascal Siakam failed to go in with one second remaining. Following Toronto’s second consecutive loss, Nick Nurse uttered that the Raptors are experiencing an abundance of bad luck, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports.
Nick Nurse: "These 50-50 games, 50-50 would sound really good right now. We just haven't got our share of those yet."
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 12, 2021
The Raptors have lost their last two games by a total of only two points, with their game-winning shot attempts went in-and-out of the basket. The first missed game-winner came on Sunday against the Golden State Warriors when Siakam failed to make a turnaround jump shot from just inside the three-point line.
Then, following Toronto’s 106-105 loss to Golden State, they would experience a similar fate on Monday night against Portland. Right after CJ McCollum converted a 17-foot pullup jump shot with 10 seconds remaining to give the Trailblazers a 112-111 lead, Nurse would call a timeout.
During the timeout, Toronto drew up another play for Siakam, who would narrowly miss a three-foot floater. As a result of their latest defeat, the Raptors have lost five of their last six games, giving them a dismal 2-8 record. Toronto is currently tied with the Detroit Pistons for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
If the Raptors want to salvage their season, they’ll need to begin ringing off some wins soon. While they’ve struggled to close out games recently, Nick Nurse believes that his team can get back on track once they start to have better luck with late-game shots.
Though, some may wonder if the Raptors used up all of their luck on game-winning shots when Kawhi Leonard nailed a miraculous rim-bouncing jumper in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in the 2018-2019 season.