Title: Raptors facing a much different challenge against Heat
Date: May 2, 2016
Original Source: Sportsnet
Synopsis: I provided Sportsnet with a quick-hit notebook from the Raptors’ practice ahead of Game 1 of their 2nd-round series against the Heat.
TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors had all of an hour to breathe and enjoy their substantial Game 7 accomplishment before turning their focus to the Miami Heat. The second round of the playoffs starts Tuesday, and head coach Dwane Casey gave his players until midnight Sunday to enjoy before looking forward.
A different type of transition team
The only thing quicker than the turnaround between series might be Goran Dragic in transition. The Heat have thrived in the open court since losing Chris Bosh to another blood clot (he’s not expected back for this series), and a large part of that has to do with freeing the speedy Dragic to push the tempo, surrounded by wings in single-big lineups.
“They got Joe (Johnson) and that makes a big difference, Luol (Deng) is playing extremely well, they’re playing a lot up tempo, Goran’s out in transition a lot more than he was earlier in the year,” Kyle Lowry said of the newer-look Heat. “It’s just a real different team. They’re playing hard, playing scrappy, but they’re really playing up tempo and trying to use their spacing to their advantage.”
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