Title: Raptors will have to live with variance as they learn to embrace the three-pointer
Date: October 5, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I analyzed the variance the Raptors can expect as they ratchet up their 3-point volume.
It resembled the worst of shootarounds. The type of sequence that would make the Philadelphia 76ers feel good, an entire team letting it fly like they were just told Mary-Sue won’t go out with them. Poor Lucas Nogueira at least has a future as a heavily tattooed shoot-a-way machine. It was, in just a few seconds, a snapshot of the bumps in the road the Toronto Raptors may face as they look to inject some long-distance shooting into a more multi-faceted and less predictable offensive system.
Fortunately for the Raptors, it is still the pre-season. But there will be more possessions like this. There will be entire games like this. It’s a reality that nobody is hiding from as the team ratchets up the three-point attempts.
“There’s nobody that has restrictions as far as shot selection and the three-point shot. We work on it, we’ve gotta live with it, we’ve gotta die with it,” head coach Dwane Casey explained last week at training camp in Victoria. “What I don’t wanna hear is ‘Ah, they’re shooting too many threes.’ Well, guess what? That’s where the game’s going, and the only way you’re gonna be able to do that is some nights it’s gonna look beautiful, and you’re just gonna have to make a lot of ‘em some nights to get over the misses. It’s a new, analytical style of play. We’re not gonna go all the way in, but we’re gonna adapt a lot of those type of shots.”