We Move: Raptors Uprising GC defeats 76ers GC, falls short against T-Wolves Gaming
April 6, 2023
For the second straight night, Raptors Uprising GC split a doubleheader, recording a comfortable 3-1 series win over 76ers Gaming (18-22, 23-13, 21-11, 22-12) before falling 3-2 to T-Wolves Gaming (16-22, 20-22, 21-17, 22-17, 10-21).
After four series to start The Switch, Toronto is 2-2 at the halfway point of group play.
Following a disappointing defeat to the Pacers to end their Tuesday night, Raptors Uprising had all eyes on bouncing back against Philly. Yet, things did not go Toronto’s way to start.
The 76ers came away with a win in Game 1, which then sparked an immediate Raptors Uprising fightback. Following a convincing Game 2 victory, Toronto also dominated in Games 3 and 4 to take the series 3-1 and record their second triumph of group play.
In the T-Wolves, Toronto faced a much tougher opponent, and given the young nature of this Raptors Uprising squad, this series was to be a true test for them.
Despite a dogged start, it was Minnesota who took a 2-0 lead in the series, putting Toronto on the brink of getting swept. However, as we’ve seen so often this season, Raptors Uprising was not going down that easy.
Toronto clawed back into the series and won Games 3 and 4 in exciting fashion to force a Game 5 yet again.
Although momentum was on their side, Toronto failed to execute and it was the T-Wolves who ultimately won the series 3-2.
Another big night for Mooch saw him put up 89 points and 18 assists, while Gazulli also helped himself to a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Haam also finished with 20+ points, recording 24.
Head coach Roy Krishan spoke post-game on his team’s night and how progress remains the name of the game.
“Part of having a young team is making mistakes,” said Krishnan.
“We’re in our second tournament and we’ve got a never say die attitude. Things may not go our way in a Game 5, but that’s just life in the NBA 2K League.”
“We’ve shown a lot of progress, we just need a little bit of polish and soon it’ll be us pulling off the reverse sweep.”
Krishnan also praised each of his players for what he’s seen so far this season.
“Everyone on this team has something to prove, and that’s not something you always get.”
“Losses hurt and they’re supposed to hurt. You can then either go home and say ‘we lost and we’ll come back tomorrow’, or you can really take it in and say I never want to feel this again, and that’s what we have.”
Following another Game 5 loss, Krishnan also discussed the feeling of going into one.
“It’s easy to get away from the game plan when things are moving so fast.”
“Pressure is a very real thing, and it’s not about not feeling it, but it’s about feeling it and performing under it.”
Raptors Uprising GC will now turn their focus to next week’s matchups, which begin on Tuesday, April 14th with another doubleheader against Wizards District Gaming and Pacers Gaming, respectively. Tipoff against Washington is set for 9pm ET before Toronto looks for revenge against the Pacers at 10:30pm ET.
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