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    Of course, if you want to make your mark on the league with your defence, you really need your best players committing to that end of the floor, and that's where Toronto's big-ticket item, Andrea Bargnani, comes in.

    He shocked everyone in Raptor-land out of the gates last year with his commitment to Casey's defensive schemes, and for the first time ever the team allowed fewer points per 100 possessions with Bargnani on the court than off of it.

    So far in this preseason he looks just as committed to keeping up his defensive production. He and Valanciunas have teamed up to use their length and mobility to really choke-off the basket area from their opponents, and both are doing a solid job covering on pick-and-rolls and protecting the weak side.

    There are still blown assignments here and there, but for the most part the focus and precision of Bargnani's defence gives plenty of hope that he can continue to play like this well into the season.

    Considering that he'll no doubt lead the team in minutes played, that's a very important factor in Toronto's bid to become and elite defensive outfit.
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    I just pulled the above about Bargs from the article...mainly because he gets so much attention here. It's a decent article...even if it doesn't say anything we didn't already know.

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    Chisholm's posted a couple good articles lately; this one, one about the PG position and one about Valanciunas (both are linked in the 'Related' section on the linked article)

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    DeMar DeRozan remains the defensive weak-link in Toronto's starting five, and this preseason he's continued to blow rotational assignments. Meanwhile, Jose Calderon still has trouble staying in front of even the most antiquated opponents (like Pablo Prigioni on Friday in Montreal) given his lack of lateral quickness.

    While the rest of the team can probably make up for their shortcomings, it will be worth keeping an eye on their minutes if their play begins to impact the team's ability to string together stops when they are on the court.
    Guess there is still work to be done, or trades to rid ourselves of the weak links.

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    for the first time ever the team allowed fewer points per 100 possessions with Bargnani on the court than off of it.
    was Chisolm talking about the first 13 games here?

    For the season:

    With Bargnani on court the Raptors gave up 108.2 pts per 100 possessions. Off court the Raptors gave up 105.1 pts per possession.

    http://www.82games.com/1112/11TOR15.HTM

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    Quote Craiger wrote: View Post
    was Chisolm talking about the first 13 games here?

    For the season:

    With Bargnani on court the Raptors gave up 108.2 pts per 100 possessions. Off court the Raptors gave up 105.1 pts per possession.

    http://www.82games.com/1112/11TOR15.HTM
    "He shocked everyone in Raptor-land out of the gates last year..." so yeah, I would say the reference to "out of the gate" indicated Chisholm was talking about the stretch before the first injury.

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