Raptors blown out, swept from NBA playoffs
Here's the National Post (Canada) reporting on the Toronto Raptors, who on Sunday were escorted out of the 2015 NBA playoffs in rudely abrupt fashion by the Washington Wizards:
By the time the midway point of the first quarter rolled around on Sunday, you could not blame Raptors fans if they were accusing the players of being without guts for the opposite reason that the coach suggested. It is not that the Raptors did not try — not exactly — but there was a total abdication of responsibility as their appearance in the 2015 playoffs ended in an embarrassing first-round sweep. The Wizards took Game 4 Sunday 125-94.
“Yeah, yeah, I’ll say it: It was embarrassing,” forward Patrick Patterson said. “A horrific effort on our part.
“Something happened during the season that caused the change. I’m not exactly sure what the cause was, but the effect obviously was us losing games, going on a crazy losing streak and then non-success, horrible play in the playoffs. So I’m not exactly sure what the biggest difference was or what happened or why.”
This was a bad defensive team virtually all year long, and all of their worst qualities were on display on Sunday. They helped too much, and did not have the speed or intuitiveness to recover. They failed to communicate in transition, leaving any given Washington player totally unaccounted for. They lost various Wizards off of the ball, getting caught ball watching. They got beat on the perimeter so often that the Wizards enjoyed a parade to the free-throw line.