The Raptors slump continued against the Pelicans and Dave Gray does not think they have what it takes to beat the Celtics right now...
"The Celtics certainly have no issue with their star man. Jayson Tatum just seems to get better and better."
Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors
Tuesday, 00:30 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena
How do the Raptors fix Siakam
The Raptors offence is seriously struggling this season. They have way too much talent to sit 27th in scoring. They may be a team that is built on good defence but it is not good enough for a team that still has ambitions of a title. They may get a boost here though up against a team that has just given up 120 to the Pistons.
Fred VanVleet has come out of this opening run with a lot of credit. He leads the team in scoring but he needs some help from Kyle Lowry and in particular, Pascal Siakam. The latter had just 10 points against the Pelicans last time out after returning from a team suspension. He is the man that Toronto have a lot of hope for but he just isn't playing very good basketball. Nick Nurse is a phenomenal coach, but he doesn't seem to know how to fix his star man.
Tatum is a superstar
The Celtics certainly have no issue with their own star. Jayson Tatum just seems to get better and better. He once again hit the game winner for Boston a couple of days ago and he really is emerging as one of the best players in the game. It isn't just that he can do it, he can do it when the pressure is on and that is a superb sign for the Celtics going forward.
Defence has been a big issue. They are giving up the third highest shooting percentage in the league. With the Raptors struggles on offence they may be able to get back on track but this game could come down to which of the struggling units can improve the most.
Can't trust the Raptors
I just do not trust the Raptors right now. They have too much talent for this slump to continue. But until they show it, I just can't back them. Particularly up against a team with the scoring power of the Celtics. The Toronto defence can slow them down, but ultimately I think Tatum and co will come up big when it matters.