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Raptors news: Toronto is officially out of the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons

Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Raptors

It’s official. The Toronto Raptors’ crazy 2020-2021 NBA Season is finally coming to an end. A Washington Wizards win on Monday night made things official as the Raps are now four and a half games away from the 10th-seeded Wizards with just four games left in their regular season calendar. The 2019 champs will have to settle with a 12th place finish at best as they’re set to miss the post-season for the first time in eight seasons (via Bleacher Report).

It’s been a tough year and I’m pretty sure the entire Raptors roster wants to get it over and done with as soon as possible. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Toronto has been virtually on the road the entire season as they had to play within the US territory and were forced to set up a temporary home in Tampa, Florida.

This, alongside a ton of injury woes and health and safety protocol complications, made it extremely difficult for the Raptors to really get things going and find their identity this season. Despite a career year from starting point guard Fred VanVleet who averaged 19.9 points per game, the Raptors couldn’t find their groove as they dropped loss after loss.

Pascal Siakam led the way for Toronto while the team was clouded with trade rumors all season long. This included the uncertainty of leader Kyle Lowry’s future with the team as well as seeing sixth-year forward Norman Powell pack his bags after he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers before the mid-season trade deadline.

This was definitely one of the most challenging seasons in the Raptors’ recent history and the entire franchise is hoping that the squad can come back strong and hungry come the 2021-2022 NBA season.