Toronto Raptors Show Evidence of Defense

November 16th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
If one were to look at the Toronto Raptors’ roster and projected stats for this team, it would be easy to conclude that these Raptors would score a lot of points.

In nearly every interview with Jay Triano he has stated that they are working on team defense because no one is concerned about this team’s ability to score.

And in the first nine games of the season, scoring has never been an issue.  An average of about 108 points per game has the Raptors fourth in scoring in the NBA.

But defense has been a concern.  Giving up an average 106 points per game and averaging 125 points per game surrendered in the team’s four losses would seem to indicate the Raptors defense is suspect.  At the very least, defensive effort has been wildly inconsistent.

Inconsistent that is until the last two games the Raptors won.

Most recently against the Clippers, the Raptors held the Clips to zero baskets made in the final eight minutes and 18 seconds of the game and pulled out a 104-89 win.

Sure the Clippers are a weak team, but holding any team under 90 points represents a great defensive effort.  Holding a team to a couple ...

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