Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 2: 76ers matchup changes, Green’s end-of-quarter 3s, cold shooting and more
Date: April 30, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at a shaky Game 2 loss for the Raptors as they looked unprepared for the 76ers adjustments.
Everyone knows the NBA is a make-or-miss league. What Game 2 between the Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers presupposes is: Maybe it isn’t.
If two teams combine to shoot 27.8 percent on 72 threes, maybe there aren’t enough makes for the old cliche to hold. We’ve talked about the team’s 3-point shooting all year. It was supposed to be great, it under-performed for long stretches and then, as Brett Brown will constantly remind you, the Raptors were the league’s deadliest 3-point shooting team after the deadline. All told, our expectations for them ended up close to where they started: Pretty good.
After a 10-of-37 night from outside in a 94-89 Game 2 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, it’s a point of discussion once again. The 76ers sending extra attention at Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors trailing most of the game meant more 3-point attempts, and it wasn’t something that went their way. They’re now down to 34.8 percent on 32.4 3-point attempts per-game in the postseason. Not terrible, just below where they need to be. Danny Green is 12-for-38, Kyle Lowry is 10-for-35 and Fred VanVleet is 5-for-18, all well below their normal marks.