Raptors wretched against Bucks

Kyle Lowry of the Raptors looks to pass against the Bucks' Brandon Jennings on Saturday night in...

Kyle Lowry of the Raptors looks to pass against the Bucks' Brandon Jennings on Saturday night in Milwaukee. (Getty Images/AFP)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

No energy, no sense of urgency, no chance. Toronto’s plight Saturday night was pretty much summed up in one wretched half of basketball.

In fact, wretched would do the Raptors little justice in a stretch where absolutely everything that could go wrong did go wrong, from an inability to make shots, to defend, to get back in transition, to convert on easy opportunities around the rim.

As odd as it might sound, the night actually began on a promising note when Jonas Valanciunas showed a rare left hook along the baseline to produce a basket.

In the second quarter fellow rookie Terrence Ross took off from just inside the foul line to dunk over Gustavo Ayon.

But that was about it in terms of highlights when so many lowlights overshadowed anything remotely competent.

When shots don’t drop and calls aren’t going your way, frustration becomes inevitable. DeMar DeRozan allowed emotions to get the better of him, earning a technical from official Josh Tiven.

 


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