Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 5: Raptors set franchise record for playoff assists in best playoff showing yet
Date: April 24, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my new playoff day-after playoff column looked at a close-out Game 5 victory for the Raptors over the Magic, improved ball movement, what may carry over to the next round, and more.
I’m never sure if the post-series version of this column is necessary. Once a job is done, the need to recalibrate is kind of over, right? Who cares if a tool is calibrated properly if it won’t be used again?
A sucker for consistency and wrapping things up neatly, I’ve always gone ahead with them anyway. Even though the Raptors won’t play the Orlando Magic again, having closed out the series 4-1 in decisive fashion on Tuesday, I think there’s still value in getting a snapshot of the round that was before moving ahead to the next. That includes trying to see what information one series might have for the next. Surely, the Philadelphia 76ers have been watching with that in mind, too.
Because it’s a series wrap, we’ll fly through this a little quicker than usual, putting a bow on some of the trends we’ve been looking at throughout the series. And then it’s all series preview mode for a few days.
As established by now, the morning after each playoff game, we’ll reconvene here to try to sort through everything that happened. I’ll continue to tweak the format — a key coaching decision, adjustments and rotations, key statistical trends and so on — based on feedback, so please keep that coming. I was going to name it “I Fight With My Brain, And With An Underlying Hatred…” and we all lost on “Wake and Blake,” so here we are.