Is this really going to happen to Toronto again in the playoffs? We dive into some of the numbers to assess what exactly happened to the Raptors in their 104-101 loss to the Magic in Game 1. Are we really doing this again?
That’s the reaction from a lot of Raptors fans. Are we really losing Game 1 again?
But that’s not what I’m talking about. After the Raptors 104-101 loss to the Magic in Game 1, I have other reasons for asking this question. Let’s get into the analysis.
Is Nick Nurse Really Doing This Again?
So, does anyone remember early in the season, when the Raptors were running way too much offense through Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Norman Powell, and OG Anunoby? Even when playing with a star on the court, those guys would be given playmaking opportunities and it would usually end badly. That, along with playing those all bench units (where by necessity those guys were running the offense), led to a lot more close games than seemed necessary at the time, and a handful of losses.
At the time, it was concerning, but the sense was at least you could understand the idea: if …
Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ