TrueHoop: What's Working for the Raptors
Old 11-15-2009, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The hazards of small sample size theater run rampant during the opening weeks of any sports season. Look no further than the efficiency numbers of Paul Davis and Acie Law if you want an idea of how a tiny data set can skew results.

That being the case, it's hard to look at Toronto's top-ranked offense through nine games (113.7 points per 100 possessions) and not conclude that this season's Raptors squad is doing something right.

Raptors head coach Jay Triano cites the number of versatile playmakers as the pivotal factor for that gaudy offensive rating.

"So many of our guys are unselfish," Triano said. "They don't necessarily have to make plays for themselves. They make plays for their teammates."
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedo Turkoglu is working for the Raptors. A 6'10" guy with his offensive skills causes serious matchup problems for opponents. They are running multiple pick-and-rolls and finding guys in positions where they can be effective with the ball. The question at this point is when will they begin to play defense. They are indeed scoring 107.7 ppg at this point but they are also giving up 106.4 ppg. For now they are maintaining a positive point differential. They have a tough five games on the immediate horizon. A three-game road trip against the 8-2 Suns, the 7-3 Nuggets, and the 4-6 Jazz who they play on the second night of a back to back. Then they open a three-game home stand with games against the 7-2 Heat and the 7-3 Magic.
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Raptors currently rank 29th in defensive efficiency. Average those offensive and defensive ratings out and you've got a .500 ball club. But if Toronto can take a page from the old Phoenix Suns playbook and scoot that ranking up to the middle of the pack, they're likely to be a very interesting team after the All-Star break.
Precisely what many here have been hoping for. Here's to hope.
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good read...cannot disagree with the guy....
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Precisely what many here have been hoping for. Here's to hope.
exactly haha. i think the Raptors are already a very interesting team, even if they lose sometimes.
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