Title: How the Raptors broke through offensively against the Bucks in Game 5
Date: April 26, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about some of the offensive adjustments the Raptors made in Game 5 against the Bucks.
It would have been difficult to tell through the first four games of their series against the Milwaukee Bucks, but the Toronto Raptors employ what head coach Dwane Casey calls a “0.5 rule” on offence. Reading between the not-so-veiled lines, this essentially dictates that when a player receives the ball, they should be pushing the possession forward within half a second, whether it be with a pass, a shot, or a non-stationary dribble.
On Monday, that rule almost seemed too conservative. The insertion of Norman Powell into the starting lineup has sped the Raptors up, providing another ball-handler and attacker, one who at times seems to employ a “0.005 rule” for himself. The effect of that change was mostly felt on the defensive end in Game 4, but the Raptors offence in Game 5 looked like something close to the blueprint for beating the Bucks’ aggressive, trapping defence.
As Eric Koreen wrote yesterday, there’s a sound logic to an opponent being able to figure out the Bucks’ defence over the course of the series. Head coach Jason Kidd is mostly unflinching in his base defence, and the reads and opportunities that are borne from heavy strong-side pressure.