This year, neither an expert reporter who has been tracking the T-Rex for a long time nor an audience who simply likes the NBA should think that they can occupy the fifth place in the Eastern Conference before the end of the year. this season.
, can make the playoffs but is not a guaranteed force in the playoffs. Before the All-Star Game, Toronto did pay a similar record.
However, in the second half of the season, this team from the north rose strongly. With a good score of 16 wins and 9 losses, it squeezed out the Cavaliers Tyrannosaurus Rex in one fell swoop and jumped to the top five in the Eastern District.
While falling into the public eye, it also makes people look forward to their playoff journey.
This year, neither an expert reporter who has been tracking the T-Rex for a long time nor an audience who simply likes the NBA should think that they can occupy the fifth place in the Eastern Conference before the end of the year. this season. Can make the playoffs but is not a guaranteed force in the playoffs. Before the All-Star Game, Toronto did pay a similar record. However, in the second half of the season, this team from the north rose strongly. With a good score of 16 wins and 9 losses, it squeezed out the Cavaliers Tyrannosaurus Rex in one fell swoop and jumped to the top five in the Eastern District. While falling into the public eye, it also makes people look forward to their playoff journey.
Regular season record
48 wins and 34 losses / 5th in the Eastern Conference
As stated before, the playoffs are the goals set for this year's Dragon preseason. This year, this year should be the first practice.
However, playing bad or training is obviously not in Nick Nurse's coaching philosophy. Looking at the exquisite average playing time of the Tyrannosaurus starter, it is known that although this year is only the first season of the Tyrannosaurus Flanking Sea lineup, Nurse has no plans to Regardless of the record, while experimenting with the lineup, he also tried his best to start the game.
Under the team's winning culture, the Toronto Raptors, who finally figured out the new system after the star game, took steps to sweep the league. The offense relies on the concept of infinite dislocation, constantly using the physical advantages to attack the opponent's defense weaknesses, and the defense became the top five defensive teams in the league after the concept taught by Nurse fermented. Under the training of the coaching team, the Tyrannosaurus players delivered excellent results in the second half of the season, both on offense and on defense, and also told the league how terrible their upper limit is after a successful run-in.
Team strengths and weaknesses
A lineup where everyone can hit the ball
Spread out the Raptors' roster, except Khem Birch and Chris Boucher, everyone can get off the ball after grabbing the rebound, and everyone can eat opponents on the perimeter. Whether it's Achiuwa at center or VanVleet at point guard, Toronto Raptors every player can dribble and shoot, and that's the scariest thing about them.
In the past, if a team had a certain number of players who couldn't perimeter, or couldn't get the ball off the bat, the defense could develop specific strategies to target those weaknesses. The problem is that most of the players in the Raptors lineup can do almost everything on the court and play so-called positionless basketball.
Strong rebound protection
Whether it is offensive rebounding or defensive rebounding, the Tyrannosaurus Rex ranks among the best in terms of rebounding data this year.
Achiuwa, Siakam, Barnes, Boucher and Anunoby, and even veteran Young, who was traded in the middle of the season, although the Raptors don't have players above 6-foot-10, half of the lineup has above-average rebound protection.
As Nurse said when he drafted Barnes: We think the most immediate utility he can bring is to get the rebound and then start the transition break. For a team like the Tyrannosaurus that emphasizes activity and aims to run to death and jump to death, you will not pay for your life, fighting for rebounds is definitely a key skill they are proud of.
Excellent second half
The good performance of the Tyrannosaurus in the second half of the season is a big boost for them in the playoffs. Unlike the Bulls or the Jazz, the Tyrannosaurus can directly bring the adjusted state after the star game to the playoffs.
After everyone is familiar with the new system, the Tyrannosaurus can play 100% of its strength in the playoffs, which is a huge advantage over other teams. Take the Bulls and Cavaliers who were overtaken by the Tyrannosaurus in the second half of the season as an example. In the playoffs, the Bulls must be familiar with how to play without Ball's conduction and first-line pressure. Obviously, they spent the second half of the season without finding the answer. As for the Cavaliers, the lack of Allen as the last line of defense in the restricted area greatly weakened their defense, and like the Cavaliers, they did not find a solution. On the other hand, the Raptors' record in the second half of the season proves that they are finished with a warm-up, and Toronto's performance is more optimistic and favorable than other teams that are in trouble after the star game.
All of the above are the advantages of the Tyrannosaurus, and they are also the performances that they can still perform in their ideals. However, assuming the Raptors can play the lineup's strengths in every game, it won't only have the fifth record in the Eastern Conference. The truth wrapped under the sugarcoat is that while everyone can play singles, every player except Siakam has their own flaws. The physical fitness and height of VanVleet and Trent, the experience of Barnes and Achiuwa, the Tyrannosaurus really has the ability to show most of them in singles, and the singles usage rate is also the second highest in the league after the Nets. There is no such thing as a superstar pair. Very rare for the Tyrannosaurus.
However, because it is not a complete body, as I said, this is only the first season of the new generation of Tyrannosaurus, so the above advantages are ideally played. The Raptors are a team with a very high ceiling, but also a very scary floor.
This year, the Toronto Raptors played against the Philadelphia 76ers with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. In the game at the end of the season on April 7th, US time, the two teams fought in complete form until the last moment, and the Tyrannosaurus finally won. , but also injected a boost for the team.
The Raptors had a solid defense against James Harden, limiting him to under 20 points in both games against Philadelphia in the second half of the season, with poor shooting percentages. Philadelphia's offense relies heavily on the performance of the two superstars. This style of team is the friendliest to the Tyrannosaurus' defense. After all, their strength is pincer attack. If the enemy has a clear offensive main axis, other people's offensive ability is relatively low. Weak, which is exactly what Nurse and the T-Rex defense will most likely target. The results don't lie, and one of the wins even came with the Sixers in Harden and Embiid, and the Raptors without VanVleet. The Tyrannosaurus' defense against the Seventy Sixers is quite a set.
If the defensive tactics are set correctly before the game and can be implemented on the court, I don’t think the Tyrannosaurus have no chance of winning, they can’t win the game, at least they can beat Philadelphia to a semi-disabled。
I think Siakam's personal performance is the key to this series of the Tyrannosaurus. If he can play the trump card at the end of the season and be the last reliance of the Tyrannosaurus at the critical moment, then Toronto's hope of winning this series is not slim. Can fight.
The Tyrannosaurus lacks players who can play singles at critical moments. VanVleet and Trent are limited by their size. It is not a wise choice to give them one-on-one in a scorched-earth battle. Siakam must jump out in this series and show his 37-point performance on the 4/7 day. If he can do it, supplemented by Nurse's rich defensive tactical settings, Toronto has a chance to fall below everyone's glasses and defeat the seven-star double star. six people.
Prediction of the first round results
4:3 Sixers win
Although I expect a strong performance from Siakam, looking at Harden and Embiid who have proven their strength, I still believe in the two superstars in Philly. But I'm sure that with the current Tyrannosaurus' momentum and strength, the Seven or Sixers won't be able to pass the level easily. Regardless of the outcome, the Raptors have had a successful season. The Tyrannosaurus has created a prototype of the future style of play, and the future is limitless.
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