Raptors defence not struggling as much as recent stretch suggests

Title: Raptors defence not struggling as much as recent stretch suggests
Date: November 25, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at the Raptors’ recent streak of allowing 100 points and tried to put it in the proper context.

With 18 seconds to play on Wednesday, Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza canned a 3-pointer that had absolutely no consequence on the outcome of the game. The Raptors still walked away with a 115-102 victory against the Rockets. What Ariza’s triple did do, though, is push a Raptors’ opponent above the 100-point marker.

That marks the ninth consecutive game in which the Raptors have surrendered 100 points, the third-longest stretch in franchise history and the first time that’s happened since early in the 2014-15 season.

On the surface, this is bad. The Raptors are giving up triple-digit points every night out, it’s uncharacteristic of their history under head coach Dwane Casey, and that missing lock-down gear at the defensive end is something that’s been clear, at times, qualitatively, as well (or through the “eye test,” if you prefer). It’s true that, overall, the Raptors aren’t defending particularly well this year, especially of late. They’re surrendering 105.3 points per game, which is a lot of points.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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