Warriors destroy Raptors in another offensive effort

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The Raptors There was no solution Jordan Poole Sunday night. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors were defeated by the Golden State Warriors Their fifth consecutive loss came Sunday night with a score of 126 to 110. The laundry list of problems for the team, however, starts with their defence — or lack thereof.

Despite not having two of their All-Stars Stephen Curry Canadian Andrew WigginsThe Warriors were able beat the Raptors. Jordan Poole took over the heavy lifting and torched Toronto for 43 points, a career-high, on a 14-of-23 shooting field.

Pascal Siakam The Raptors’ leader was 27 points, on 9-of-20 shooting. He also had five rebound and six assists. Fred VanVleet On 6-of-18 shooting, he scored 22 points, including 4 of 10 from deep. Malachi Flynn He scored 16 points from the bench.

The Raptors’ lacklustre defence

Poole’s uber-efficient night was not exclusive to him, as Golden State shot an astounding 53.1 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from three, respectively, as a unit. This trend isn’t new for Toronto, however. Coming into Sunday’s contest they were allowing their opponents to shoot 48.8 percent from the field, which was good for 28th in the NBA.

Poole was able to do what he wanted offensively from a player standpoint. Fourth-year guard Poole showed his versatility by shooting 5-of-11 beyond the arc and 10 of 11 from the free throw line.

Draymond Green He also had one his best offensive games. In his four previous games, the 32-year old had scored 15 points. Green scored 17 points against Toronto on 7-of-15 shooting. 13 of those points came in the first quarter. Green scored three triples in a row to begin the game. In his six previous games, Green had made three triples.

Nick Nurse discusses defensive woes

Despite allowing 126 points and never being able to string together enough stops to trim the Warriors’ lead, head coach Nick Nurse wasn’t too concerned with his team’s defence early on. The former Coach of the year lamented that Golden State had more juice than Toronto as the game progressed.

“That’s like the first time at home that we gave up one of those defensive performances,” Nurse told reporters post-game. “We just couldn’t keep up with them or find them or protect the rim. We started off OK. Our plans were to protect Draymond’s paint and he begins with three straight. [threes], so I wasn’t that concerned that early to start but obviously, that gave them a lot of juice and confidence.

They made the right play every time. I have to give them a lot. They were cutting and passing and finding everybody all night; they had a whole bunch of guys making shots and just kept moving faster than we were ready to move tonight.”

The Raptors are hoping to end their five-game losing streak against them Sixers Monday night

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