Raptors Defensive Woes Continue

Despite shooting 59% from the field, Raptors rebounding and perimeter defense still non existent against Spurs

Knicks Raptors BasketballThe Toronto Raptors have seen this script before. After shooting the lights out in San Antonio last night, Toronto collapsed under the weight of their inferior perimeter defense and rebounding woes to lose to the Spurs 131-124.

With Tony Parker and Tim Duncan out with mild injuries, Manu Ginobili picked up the slack scoring 36 points off the bench while Antonio McDyess grabbed 5 offensive rebounds – equaling the team total for the Raptors who pulled down just 29 boards. While Toronto’s offense was stellar – including a 32 point night by forward Chris Bosh – their defense was stand still, allowing Ginobli, Richard Jefferson and even former Raptor Matt Bonner to drive the lane at will.

“I thought their smalls went past our smalls,” Raptors coach Jay Triano said. “Our bigs had a hard time keeping their smalls in front of them. We’re just having a hard time stopping the penetration right now.”

The Raptors are third last in the league in opponent scoring, giving up an average of 108 points per game so far this season.

Toronto faces the Bulls on Wednesday for a 7:00 tip off at the ACC.


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