Lack of effort a cause for concern with Raptors

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey watches his team play against the Minnesota Timberwolves...

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey watches his team play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of their NBA basketball game in the Target Center in Minneapolis, April 5, 2013. Toronto won 95-93. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 AM ET

As the Raptors continue to wallow, limping to the finish line by playing some woeful basketball, the team’s lack of professionalism and pride were exposed Saturday night when the host Bucks beat up on their apathetic visitors.

So pathetic was Toronto’s first-half play that garbage time arrived early.

So disengaged that Toronto’s veterans, some of whom allegedly represent the team’s future, sat on the bench, where the mood was as moribund as any during this long and tortuous season.

Rudy Gay has talent, for that there is no doubt, and perhaps his back is so tenuous that he can’t go all out on every possession.

If some other factor is at play then the Raptors have a lot more problems to deal with as the off-season purge draws nearer.

In a nutshell, Gay went through the motions against a very determined Bucks team that ended the night with a playoff berth.

Gay would go 1-of-10 from the field, barely looking to attack the rim, content to


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