Raptors need to pick themselves up after loss

Dwane Casey shows his frustration as the Toronto Raptors lost to the New York Knicks  108-100 at...

Dwane Casey shows his frustration as the Toronto Raptors lost to the New York Knicks 108-100 at the Air Canada Centre on April 11, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

The hunted to the hunter, the Raptors find themselves on the most precarious of footing as basketball’s playoff buzz is in full bloom.

They lose a game and yet they end up with a division title on the same night, but the bigger picture tells a completely different story.

If the playoffs were to begin today, the Raptors will draw Brooklyn in the opening round, a matchup that clearly favours the Nets.

Had they taken care of business Friday night at home against visiting New York, the Raptors could have conceivably run the table, setting the stage for a playoff series against either Washington or Charlotte, both beatable foes.

“You need to play against every team,” said centre Jonas Valanciunas, who has responded from his rather regrettable, foolish and embarrassing off-court incident by producing career-high games in scoring and rebounding.


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