SIMMONS: Basketball the furthest thing from Raptors’ mind after Blake shooting

Elwanda Tulloch

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“It’s just starting to feel like everything we’re doing is just going through the motions and nothing’s really changing,” Raptors guard VanVleet said. “And here we are again with another unfortunate incident.”

VanVleet has lived this life. When he was five, he lost his father, whom he barely knew, shot in a drug deal. On Sunday, he was in his hotel room on what should have been Kobe Bryant’s birthday, and was reading the online post by Vanessa Bryant and thinking and crying, they lost their dad: “I lost my dad.”

And then came the online video we’ve all seen by now. The shooting of Blake in the back that apparently paralyzed him in Wisconsin.

“You can’t make sense of it,” VanVleet said. “You can’t.”

There is a game to play Thursday night when the Raptors and Celtics meet and, under closer to regular circumstances, this would

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