What do Kobe Bryant, Brandon Roy, Manu Ginobili, Corey Maggette, Rip Hamilton and LeBron James have in common? All are elite two-guards in the NBA, and all have posted games of 30 points or more over the Toronto Raptors
in the last two months.
There has been much time spent writing about the Raptors' rebounding woes. But, increasingly, it appears that perimeter defense may end up costing the Raptors
down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Following Friday nights' debacle in New York against the Knicks, Jamaal Crawford and his 43 points can now be added to the growing list of perimeter players that have torched the Raps.
Since the New Year, the Raptors
have given up games of 34 points to Ginobili, 35 points to Maggette, 46 points to Bryant, 39 points to Hamilton, 33 points to Roy, and 39 points to James - expect for the January 13th win over Portland, all those games resulted in a loss.
are allowing opposing shooting guards to shoot a staggering 54.8% from the field, far and away the worst in the Association. Shooting guards are averaging a robust 22.4 points-per-game against the Raptors, tied for 26th in the league.