Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Patrick Patterson becomes the analytics darling in 2015

2015 will never not be a bad memory to bring up to Raptors fans, but given 2Pat’s career since, he probably remembers it fondly. Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at that oh-so-painful first-round sweep in 2015.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (49-33, 4th seed) vs. Washington Wizards (46-36, 5th seed)
The Outcome
Washington sweeps Toronto 4-0 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
What we’d all like to forget: A shaky (especially on D) Raptors team with an injured Kyle Lowry seemingly gave everything they had to get Game 1 to overtime… then put up very little resistance in OT or in the next three games as Washington and Paul Pierce stomped the Raptors into the ground.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
Patrick Patterson did it all.
Well, all is an exaggeration. He didn’t do anything that helped the team, you know, win a single game, or anything.
But! Look at the numbers! Patterson had a staggering .713 true shooting percentage in the series; that …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

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