The Toronto Raptors atrocious defense that I have mentioned before will be their downfall. The Nets are shooting 56% and went on an 18 – 2 to take charge of the first quarter. The Raptors were lucky the Nets didn’t start Miles Plumlee instead of Kevin Garnett. KG missed three jump shots that he usually makes.
The Nets only had 3 turnovers in the first half, while the Raptors had 12 in the first half. The Raptors defensive rotations and take away the opponents favourite plays didn’t happen.
The Raptors advantage going into the series with the Net was Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan who are the second highest scoring backcourt in the NBA this season.
Coach Dwayne Casey will need to play his hot players and reduce his rotations. The Raptors starters Amir Johnson a – 12, Kyle Lowry – 12, Jonas Valanciunas – 17, DeMar DeRozan – 10 and Terrence Ross – 1 have to be better. The Raptors only had 3 starters score in the first quarter: Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson.
Coach Casey used eleven players if you include Steve Novak 33 seconds. John Salmons shot an air ball three point attempt and he didn’t take another shot. He played 13:19 minutes because of his defense and Ross foul trouble.
Coach Casey should reduce his bench to Grevis Vasquez, Tyler Hansbrough or Patrick Patterson. Grevis Vasquez 18 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. He shot 3 for 5 from the three point line. Hansbrough was a + 7, but only played 6:42 minutes. He value is not in the statistics (2 points and 1 rebound); it is his physical play. Patterson was a + 5 in 26:18 minutes with 9 points and 5 rebounds.
The Nets play Paul Pierce at power forward; therefore, Hansbrough or Patterson can come in for Johnson if Amir is struggling.
The series should be over for two players unless injuries or foul trouble would require using anybody else. Nando De Colo passed up a wide open three point attempt with the clock running. The Raptors didn’t get a shot off in time. Chuck Hayes played 6:18 was a +3 without getting a statistic. De Colo and Hayes should not play anymore.
Do you think the Raptors can come back? Should Coach Casey reduce his rotation?
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