News – US – WOLSTAT: Displaced raptors always feel that they are on the move and it shows


Toronto is 7-6 at home now and 9-9 away. While settling in Tampa Bay, with the Super Bowl and Homes, they miss Canada very much. This organization is not used to being 500 or so at home. Only San Antonio and Golden State have had better home records than the Raptors since 2013-14, the start of their playoff streak (Toronto has since won 719 percent at home, and only the Spurs have a better percentage than Toronto’s stellar win of 746 since 2015-16 mark)

The most striking reason the Raptors weren’t very good in Tampa is the fact that most of the key players shot the ball far worse there than anywhere else.They had a lot of early games there when the team was messed up and still got rolls and rotations It will be interesting to see if this continues now that they find their shape

Pascal Siakam hit 24% of his three-point attempts at the Amalie Arena, 34% everywhere else.His overall goal of field targets is lower at home too, although oddly enough he was great on the free-throw line (84% there vs. 80% on the go)

When he asked Siakam about this Monday morning, he didn’t know the numbers, nor does it sound like Tampa feels right at home

“I don’t even know half the time we’re playing I feel like it’s always gone so I don’t really care,” said Siakam

Fred VanVleet’s Divisions Are Wild Even considering his franchise record of 54 points skews the numbers significantly, it can nonetheless be seen that VanVleet shot 367/339/870 in Tampa, 436/405/910 on the way

Norman Powell is another interesting case Powell has shot 49% out of three away games, still respectable, but much less than 36% at home.His true percentage of shooting is also very different on the road, and his overall goal for field goals and free throws is also increasing significantly

Also add OG Anunoby. Anunoby shot 51% on the street, with a true shooting percentage of 65% vs. 48/58% at home

Kyle Lowry is the runaway Lowry has been consistent across the board, but slightly better in terms of home shooting, including 41% of three versus 37% on the street

I jokingly asked Nick Nurse if the rims might have been off and he joked, “One end looks a little shaky,” but his more serious answer was that the club just didn’t play that well there and they don’t get much basketball luck either (good looks do not fall off, etc.) “Things just didn’t go early and I think it’s fun to read too much into all of these things, but I can’t tell you that there is a difference,” said the nurse

One thing I’m sick of seeing: Toronto’s winning streak in recent years without Lowry Sure, they’re now 16-0 in the last 16 without the greatest Raptor of them all, but does that mean they’re better without him as some are trying to imply ? Ridiculous Fred VanVleet seems to be taking things to another level without his mentor, but he’s also pretty good alongside Lowry.No one can argue that the Raptors are smarter or more efficient on either end of the floor without Lowry having such a high level basketball player IQ has as you can find

In the six wins that year without Lowry, Toronto played two competitors (Philadelphia and Milwaukee), two tire fires (Minnesota and Sacramento), the most disappointing team of the first half (Miami), and a decent Indiana team.Not exactly a killer line, and about half of the eleven teams that lost to Toronto with Lowry on that streak last year were terribly mediocre

Plus, good teams perform without their leader, which is what the Raptors did. There will be a day Lowry is not in Toronto, he’s a free agent after the season as everyone knows, and there will be a day when it will be Age finally catches up with him, but the raptors won’t get any better without him

All that has been said, a hell of a hassle against the Sixers the game plan against aspiring Joel Embiid worked well, Aron Baynes probably had his best defensive game of the season, Anunoby and Siakam used their will and athleticism to circumvent their size disadvantage, and the guards, especially VanVleet, were annoying and annoying, exactly what a star like Embiid doesn’t want to arrange. Chris Boucher was his usual self too

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News – USA – WOLSTAT: Displaced Raptors feel like them always on the go and it shows