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Uncompetitive Raptors Embarrassed in Loss to Pelicans

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The Toronto Raptors are trying to be competitive.

There’s no point in tanking. They’ve won too many games to have a better than 50-50 shot to keep their top-six protected first-round pick this year and this year’s draft has widely been considered among the worst in recent memory. Keeping that pick may not even be that valuable anyway.

So what exactly is the plan?

“I think for … where we’re at right now, the first thing we got to do is to learn how to fight, how to be competitive, how to find ways to stay in games,” Raptors coach Darko Rajaković said Tuesday. “We’re preparing like the next game is the most important game in the world. For us, everything is going that way.”

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