Raptors might have overlooked Wizards

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA — A day later, there was still no explanation for the lack of simple effort by the Raptors in Washington.

Even the morning walk-through where the coaches pointed out the technical shortcomings and oversights was brief because frankly there wasn’t anything technical about the Wizards’ dominance.

They wanted the ball. The Raptors didn’t. They had energy. The Raptors had none. Case closed.

“It was guys getting broke down and we couldn’t keep anyone in front of us,” head coach Jay Triano said.

The one theory Triano did throw out there was that maybe, as preposterous as this sounds, the Raptors overlooked the Wizards.

All the talk going into the game was how the Wizards were going to be playing without John Wall for the first time all season.

“That was one of the questions we looked at,” Triano admitted. “Maybe we looked down there and saw that they had guys and it wasn’t as big a game as when we beat the Magic or played well against Miami.

“We just kind of didn’t come with the same mindset. You can’t do that in the NBA. These guys are all pros and they all play hard (although that makes the Raptors the exception on Tuesday).

“That’s why with a guy like (Philadelphia 76ers’ Andre) Iguodala out, if he is, it doesn’t mean anything to us. We have to come high energy regardless who we are playing.”

Iguodala is dealing with a wrist injury and some tendinitis in his right Achilles.

He sat out two games a week and a half ago and then return to play two before sitting down Tuesday against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. He was a scratch Wednesday night as well.

“If he is out, it doesn’t mean anything to us,” Triano said. “We have to come with high energy regardless who we are playing.”

It sounded very much like Triano wanted to see if his players learned anything from that embarrassment in Washington.


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