Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam says there were no excuses following his team's Game 1 loss against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics kicked off the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Raptors with a comfortable 112-94 win.
Siakam shot 5-of-16 from the field, scored only 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists. "You can't make excuses, man; it's basketball. You go out there; you play," Siakam said, per ESPN.
"This is something that we love to do, been doing it for a while. And obviously it's tough, and you don't want to minimize the things that's going on. But once we step on the floor, it's time to play, and we gotta be able to do our best and play and do everything to be our best.
So we can't really have those things as excuses."
Siakam says a tough week absolutely not an excuse
Siakam admitted it was an emotional week following the shooting of Jacob Blake and NBA players contemplating to boycott the rest of the season.
"It was an emotional week, and a lot of things happened, and a lot of debate between staying and leaving. But for me, I was like, 'If we're here, we're here.' There's no more -- we gotta be here and we just gotta play, and we can't use that as an excuse," Siakam added.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse was negatively surprised with his team's Game 1 performance as he said they weren't themselves in the opener against the Celtics. "Obviously we're not ourselves," Nurse said.
"I think more, we have to play a lot better. I think especially at the offensive end. We really just weren't very good. We didn't make many shots. We didn't play with great composure. We didn't execute very well.
It was a rough one today on a lot of fronts. I think that the actual X's and O's and the tactical part, we'll need to do better. But it wasn't a very good rhythm on the day for us." The Raptors swept the Brooklyn Nets 4-0 in the first round but failed to deliver a good performance against the Celtics.
"It was tough but it was all part of a bad rhythm," Nurse said. "We didn't play nearly well enough or hard enough or good enough or fast enough or tough enough to win today, because we got our butts kicked."