Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. scored 18 factors apiece in a 109-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday that left the Toronto Raptors on the point of elimination.
Malachi Flynn added 15 factors in his tenth begin for the Raptors (27-41), who used a franchise-record thirty fourth totally different beginning lineup on the season. Yuta Watanabe chipped in with 11 factors, whereas Khem Birch had 10.
Former Raptor Jonas Valanciunas had 18 factors and 21 rebounds for Memphis, whereas Jaren Jackson Jr., had 20 factors to prime the Grizzlies (31-30).
In a troublesome season that noticed the displaced Raptors nose-dive down the standings with one win in March amid a COVID-19 outbreak, Toronto got here into Saturday’s sport nonetheless alive for a spot within the play-in match by a sliver — a spot coach Nick Nurse known as the “last-chance saloon.”
The Raptors started the night time twelfth within the Jap Convention and 4 video games behind Washington for the tenth and last play-in spot.
Nonetheless, the Raptors, who’ve 4 video games to go, have stated their objective down the stretch is to judge and develop, and so starters Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet (dressed within the teaching apparel of a black Raptors golf shirt) and OG Anunoby sat out the sport both for relaxation or damage upkeep.
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