Raptors defence looks inept in loss to Knicks

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots and scores a basket over Toronto Raptors forward...

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots and scores a basket over Toronto Raptors forward John Salmons at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

No urgency, no ability to seize an opportunity, no defence, no chance.

No pulling any punches when a team has to summon its best, yet is unable to sustain any level of defensive competence.

Incompetent and inept are the buzz words to describe Friday night’s effort, the Raptors incapable of making stops against the visiting New York Knicks.

There was fight and defensive intensity late, but it was far too little as the Raptors would succumb, 108-100, in front of a sold-out house at the Air Canada Centre.

Jonas Valanciunas had a career-high rebounding night, two nights after producing a career-high scoring night.

The kid fought hard, played hard, but on this night there were too many passengers, not enough desperation and very little defence.

Ultimately, if this team does not get better on the defensive end, the Raptors’ first post-season appearance in six years will be short and quite painful.


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