The Toronto Raptors might not have been the favorites in the East heading into his season, but they sure were expected to be somewhat of a contender once again. Through six games, however, that just doesn’t look like being the case at all. They sit at 1-5 now following Monday night’s 126-114 defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics. A great deal of that defeat came courtesy of Jayson Tatum, who dropped 40 points upon the heads of the beleaguered Raptors.
The damage was largely done in the second quarter, a quarter in which the C’s outscored the hosts 38-14, setting the table for what was basically a stroll for the remainder of the evening. Despite the ease of which they won, Toronto did have a bright spot with Fred VanVleet posting 35 points. That won’t earn them a win, but it will surely give them a bit of confidence as they try to turn this run around and build some momentum. The Celtics, meanwhile, improved to 5-3 with the win. That’s two in a row and four from their last five now.