The road became that much more daunting for the Raptors, a team mathematically within reach of the post-season.
Reality paints a different story, one that involves duplicate pieces in Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan, a confidence-challenged Andrea Bargnani, a team with a deficient bench and a team that will soon have to play its rookies extended minutes, no matter the outcome.
A well-rested Bucks team now awaits the Raptors, who have to somehow forget the disappointment that was Friday night.
There was effort by the Raptors, at no point did they quit or not compete, but they simply weren’t good enough against a very good Pacers team.
In the wake of their 93-81 loss, the Raptors have now lost three in a row against three teams in Indiana, Cleveland and Washington that play different styles.
The week began with so much promise, but now ends with the harsh truth that these Raptors just aren’t good enough.
By the time the Raptors return home to play Cleveland on March 10, the playoffs will be a complete afterthought.