Raptors vs. Nets Points Per Game

- January 7th, 2012

Here we go with the second edition of Points Per Game. Remember, this will be my look at various talking points from the previous Raptors game. Will be posted by the morning after each game.

- Raptors again hold an opponent to sub-.400 shooting percentage. Yet more proof that the team is buying in to what Dwane Casey is selling. The remarkable turnaround continues. On the negative side, it seemed like every shot the Nets made came from three point range. The team made 48.4% of its three-point attempts, which negates a good chunk of what Toronto was doing defensively.

If a team hits about half its shots from three, it counteracts most of the misses from two.

Not to mention Deron Williams had his way with Jose Calderon.

- Second chance points absolutely killed the Raptors. Kris Humphries grabbed nine offensive boards. That can’t happen if a team wants to win a game. Ed Davis was very good again, pulling down eight rebounds to go with his 11 points, but the rest of the Raptors were subpar.

- Another strong outing offensively from  Calderon, 19 points, 8 assists, 0 turnovers, but again, letting  Williams get to the line 13 times was one of the major reasons Toronto lost this game.

- Another good game from Andrea Bargnani. Nobody saw this start coming.

- Anthony Morrow had been horrible this season, but was one of New Jersey’s biggest contributors on Friday. Morrow was on and consistently burned the Raptors, particularly from downtown. Morrow nailed six three pointers.

- Linas Kleiza is close to returning from off-season surgery and could play on Saturday in Philadelphia.

- DeMar DeRozan was due for a stinker and this one was it. He just didn’t have it.

-  Casey said in training camp that no system can stop everything and the Raptors might have to surrender a fair number of threes in order to shut down team elsewhere on the court. On Friday, especially when the Raptors went zone, the team didn’t close out as well as it has and allowed the Nets to get far too many good looks. Most teams aren’t going to hit half of their threes, but still, Toronto needs to defend the outside shot better. All part of the process, but I’m sure Casey’s not a happy man right about now.

- The Sixers looked impressive in a big win over Detroit, but like Toronto, are starting a seven games in nine night stretch. Philly has a lot of shooters, so Toronto will have to fix some of its mistakes from Friday quickly in order to pull off an upset win against a playoff team.

Categories: Basketball, NBA, Toronto Raptors

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2 comments

  1. BargnaniTime says:

    you seem unprofessionally harsh of Andrea at times… hell, all the time really. I’ve noticed your tweets regarding him… give credit where credit is due.

  2. ryan.wolstat says:

    If anything, I probably wasn’t hard enough on him. He was dogging it and deserved to be called on it.
    Credit to Andrea for his performance so far this season. I definitely wasn’t expecting it.

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