Guard Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors is aware that they are solely responsible for their team’s second consecutive defeat against the Orlando Magic.
The Raptors, a team that is actively competing for a playoff spot in the East, are having trouble understanding the Magic. Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero gave Toronto trouble in their matchup on Friday, and they did the same thing again on Sunday when the Magic defeated them 111-99 thanks to their combined 43 points. They had 57 points overall in their prior game.
In Toronto’s most recent loss, VanVleet—who has recently been the subject of trade rumors—had 20 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. He had trouble shooting the ball, however, and was only 2-of-7 from long range.
FVV admitted that it would be extremely difficult for them to win with that kind of performance. In spite of this, he underlined the need for his team to perform more consistently.
“We all need to improve, beginning with myself. We would probably win some of these games if I had performed better throughout these stretches. VanVleet said, “I’m always going to take responsibility for that.
With the defeat, Toronto’s record fell to 13–14 for the year. They are currently tenth in the East, which puts them in the play-in positions but far from where they would like to be at this stage of the season.
There will be a lot of basketball played in 2022–23, but as Fred VanVleet suggested, they can’t afford to drop games they can win because it can cost them towards the conclusion of the season.
The Raptors’ awareness of their flaws is a positive thing. However, the moment has come to take action.