The Toronto Raptors fell short in their match against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Losing 133-118 extends their losing streak to three games, which ties their longest losing streak of the season. They remain the second place team in the conference.

Why so Serious?

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This match served as the first meeting between these two teams. With both Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol injured Nikola Jokic dismantled the Raptors’ squad. The Serbian centre showcased his skill set against Toronto as he finished the match with a triple double. His 23 points came on 72% (8/11) shooting and he grabbed 18 boards in the match. In typical “Joker” fashion his ability as a passer stood out, as he dished out 11 dimes in the contest, a huge reason for the nuggets shooting 50% (18/36) in the contest.

The Raptors’ Real OG

OG Anunoby would not go down without a fight. He poured in a career high 32 points in the match as none of Denver’s wings were able to contain him. His defence was stellar, as he snatched a career-high 7 steals in the contest. OG is the first player in franchise history to have back to back games with 6 or more steals. All this on top of his 7 rebounds and 3 assists made Anunoby the star for the Raptors in this match.

Shutting Down our All-Stars

Pascal Siakam has suffered offensively during this losing streak. His shooting splits are down across the board, putting up 20.7 points on ghastly 36.2%/33.3%/65% efficiency. He has not been effective without a true centre. He needs to be a more aggressive slasher to thrive in these line-ups. The easier attempts at the rim will prove more effective than relying on his jump shot.

Kyle Lowry has struggled during this streak as well. His 16 points are coming with horrendous 27.5&/20.7%/87% splits as well as his assists being down. It’s been a rough shooting season all year for Lowry but he’s been serviceable throughout the season. Without Ibaka and Gasol as his roll-men and VanVleet as his running mate in the back court, his offensive skill set has suffered.

Up Next for the Raptors

The Raptors continue their journey through the Western Conference with a match against a scrappy Phoenix Suns team. The Raptors won their last match-up against Phoenix and a win here would right the ship, especially with Boston playing the same night.