Title: Raptors have a few options for possible starting lineup shakeup, some more uncomfortable than others
Date: May 4, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I spun my wheels about the Raptors potentially changing their starting lineup against the Cavaliers.
The Raptors probably need to try something new in the starting lineup. There’s not really much more to it than that.
They’ve lost two games in a row to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and while the starters as a unit haven’t been the biggest problem, Tyronn Lue’s bet that the math of a LeBron James-Kevin Love frontcourt against Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas would eventually work out in Cleveland’s favour has paid off quickly. The quality of shots the Cavaliers are getting to start both halves is pretty remarkable given that rookie OG Anunoby has at least made James work hard enough to allow his teammates to stay at home. His teammates have rarely done that with any consistency, and it’s lending a hand to a Cavaliers offence that doesn’t exactly need help. Short of trusting that they – including a clear minus-defender in DeMar DeRozan and whatever you can describe Ibaka as right now – will simply start defending much more attentively, it probably needs to change.
After Thursday’s loss, Dwane Casey suggested as much might be in the cards.
“We’ll find some answers whether we change the lineup, whatever it is, to keep the offence moving, keep the game moving, and keep the pace going. That’s the main thing on the offensive end,” he said.