Raptors Fall To Clippers In Hawaii, Split Pre-Season Series

While most of you were sleeping the Toronto Raptors capped their preseason match-up in Hawaii with a 84-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Stan Sheriff Centre.

Tip-off was just after 1 AM E.T. with Kyle Lowry (rest) and Norman Powell (strained right ankle) did not play. The Raptors trailed 49-62 at halftime and only put up 11 points in the third quarter with the Clippers extending their lead 88-60 going into the fourth. The Raptors’ reserves cut it to 12 down the stretch before the Clippers ended an 18-2 run.

There were many questions going into the offseason for the roster with the question surrounding the rosters three-point skills top of mine.

On Tuesday night the team went 6/36 from beyond the arc going 16.7%. C.J. Miles who was brought in from Indiana for Cory Joseph was expected to help boost the teams 3 ball game and went 1-6 and 1-8 from the field. It is pre-season though, so there is a lot of time for the team to get the moneyball going.

“I think the process and what we’re going through right now is learning how to play that way,” Coach Casey said after the game. “It’s a different style of play. I know, we know, that type of offensive production, once we get it down, wins.”

DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 11 for the Raptors. Blake Griffin scored 17 points and DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and eight rebounds as the Clippers won easily in Honolulu.

 

 

Up next for the Raptors: Portland on Thursday.