The Learning Continues: Raptors Uprising GC suffers two straight five-game defeats
April 12, 2023
Raptors Uprising GC began their second week of Switch Open group play with two heartbreaking five-game defeats, first to Wizards District Gaming (13-22, 22-15, 22-16, 16-21, 18-21), and then against Pacers Gaming (21-16, 16-21, 22-20, 18-21, 20-22).
Both series ended in dramatic fashion, and the squad will know that victory was indeed in their sights, as well as the fact that the learning continues amid this young team’s journey to success in the NBA 2K League.
Toronto now holds a 2-4 record in group play, with two more series left to go.
Before Tuesday, Raptors Uprising’s last series was a 3-2 loss at the hands of T-Wolves Gaming, after which head coach Roy Krishnan said, “pressure [in a Game 5] is a very real thing, and it’s not about not feeling it, but it’s about feeling it and performing under it.”
Yet in spite of Toronto’s valiant efforts, they could not seal the deal in either of their matchups against the Wizards and Pacers, respectively.
Against Washington, Raptors Uprising had a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4, but a failure to execute when it mattered proved costly once again.
It was a similar story against Indiana as Toronto was once again 2-1 up ahead of Game 4. Yet, two narrow losses in Games 4 and 5 condemned Raptors Uprising to a second series defeat on the night.
Stats-wise, Mooch finished the night with 92 points, while Haam also had a big scoring run with 50 across the two series. With Mooch and Haam notching double-doubles, Gazulli also had one of his own following 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Head coach Roy Krishnan reflected on the two losses post-game, claiming that Raptors Uprising is still focused on the goal at large.
“The goal is still to make a deep push in the Switch,” a confident Krishan said.
“If we can make the Elite Eight or better, we should be a playoff team to be reckoned with.”
“I think we’re learning a lot, it’s part of having a young team, and eventually we will get to the flipside of these game fives. Once we do, we will put the whole league on notice.”
Raptors Uprising GC will conclude group play in the Switch Open on Friday, April 14th with another doubleheader against T-Wolves Gaming (6:45 pm ET) and 76ers GC (10:30 pm ET).
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