Title: Is the Raptors’ pace of play an issue?
Date: November 18, 2015
Original Source: Sportsnet
Synopsis: I debuted at Sportsnet, taking a look at whether the Raptors should be playing a slower pace.
Grit and grind. Pace and space. Seven seconds or less. While some franchises have locked into clear identities when it comes to their style of play, the Toronto Raptors are still trying to find their tempo.
Throughout the preseason, head coach Dwane Casey focused on the defensive end of the floor. With four new players in a nine-man rotation that produced abhorrent defensive results a year ago and significantly altered pick-and-roll coverages, putting defense first made sense. With players like DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry capable of shouldering the burden in lean times, the Raptors could be patient with their offensive system.
As the team struggles to find its footing early in games—the Raptors own the league’s worst first-quarter offence—increased pace has come up as a potential panacea.
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