The Toronto Raptors somehow keep on winning despite giving their opponents double-digit leads and making dramatic comebacks to win. This formula works well during the regular season against inferior teams. The Raptors won for the fifth time this season after trailing by at least 15 points during a game they came back and to win. The formula will not work in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Raptors offense depends heavily on DeMar DeRozan high volume shooting to help them win. The Raptors win last night against the Chicago Bulls DeRozan took 38 field goal attempts to score 42 points. His 17 for 38 (44.7%) is an excellent percentage. He had no choice last night with Kyle Lowry hurt and Serge Ibaka kicked out of the game. The Raptors head coach Dwane Casey doesn’t seem to want balance scoring; it works during the season not against double and triple teams in the playoffs.
Coach Casey use of Jonas Valanciunas usage during the game is still a question because the Raptors win no one can doubt the coach’s decision. Jonas plays 26 minutes, averages 12 points and 9.5 rebounds a game despite playing no fourth quarter minutes. His shooting percentage is .549 with only 9 field goal attempts per game. Jonas recorded his 25th double-double this season two games ago. He leads the team in rebounding.
The Raptors only have 4 players who average more than 10 points a game without including Terrence Ross (10.4) who is no longer a Raptors and was traded for Ibaka who himself is averaging 14.4 points a game. DeRozan, Lowry and Valanciunas are the only Raptors who have done it who were with the team the full season.
Coach Casey’s is winning despite the up and downs of the Raptors. He will once again win close to 50 games, be a top 4 seed and a fourth consecutive playoff spot. If Lowry can comeback a few games before the playoffs to get himself comfortable after a long layoff. The Raptors playoffs success will guarantee Coach Casey job security.
Can the Raptors win 2 playoff rounds this season?
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