Raptors still lack killer instinct

Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan drives to the net against Detroit Pistons power...

Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan drives to the net against Detroit Pistons power forward Jonas Jerebko at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, March 14, 2014. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

The Raptors this year have shown huge improvement in closing out games with big fourth quarters.

But there remains a definite lack of ability to put an opponent away earlier in the game when they have them on the ropes and that was again the case Wednesday night in a 101-87 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Now that may be splitting hairs — only a year ago, even the thought of complaining about a team that is nine wins over .500 would have been ridiculous — but a team that can put a team away early when it has them down the way the Raptors appeared to when they went up by 18 midway through the third quarter can save its starters a lot or wear and tear.

But these Raptors don’t seem to like to do things the easy way.

The Detroit Pistons, no one’s idea of a top-tier team, even in the weaker Eastern Conference, reeled the Raptors right back in and were back within five by the time the fourth quarter began.


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