Not much went right for the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, as they opened the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 112-94 loss to the Boston Celtics.
TAKEAWAYS: Celtics dominate on both ends in Game 1 win
It was a struggle on both ends of the floor, evidenced by Toronto's 10-for-40 (25%) shooting from beyond the arc in contrast to Boston's and 17-for-39 (43.6%) shooting from deep.
After the game, head coach Nick Nurse was asked about the adjustments he'll look to make ahead of Game 2. According to him, the problems begin with quality of his team's play, not necessarily the game plan.
"Well, we're gonna have to do some (adjustments) that's for sure," Nurse responded, "but I don't really know how to characterize that game as far as adjustments and stuff go.
"We're not ourselves and I think we've got to play a lot better," the newly-minted Coach of the Year continued. "I think especially at the offensive end, I just thought we just weren't really very good, and we didn't make many shots, and we didn't play with great composure down there - probably didn't execute very well but it was a rough one out there on a lot of fronts."
Despite getting a number of good looks, Toronto's trio of Kyle Lowry (5-for-12), Pascal Siakam (5-for-16) and Fred VanVleet (3-for-16) combined to shoot 13-for-44 (29.5%) from the field, which is not a recipe for offensive success.
Boston locked in on the defensive end, limiting the league's top team in transition to just seven fast break points in the game, which likely had an impact on Toronto's stars' inability to get going on the offensive end.
"I think the actual X's and O's and the tactical part of it," Nurse added. "Obviously, we'll need to do better but it wasn't a very good rhythm out there today for us."
Early foul trouble spelled issues for the Raptors in this one, and while Nurse felt that a few calls impacted the momentum early on, he was quick to reinforce that the Raptors issues begin and end within themselves, adding that "we didn't nearly play well enough, or hard enough, or good enough, or fast enough, or tough enough to win today, so we got our butts kicked."
Fortunately for the Raptors, there's a quick turnaround with Game 2 falling on Tuesday, Sept. 1, giving them an opportunity to improve upon their Game 1 struggles to make them a thing of the past.
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