Is Toronto’s hardcore Rap-act back in full effect? Or was it due to the fact an inferior opponent was in the building? The rub lies somewhere in the realm of the latter receiving a slight edge, but a bottom line still remains; the 5-game funk has officially come to an end!
Kyle Lowry continued his poor play going 1-7 in 19 minutes, with no assists and two turnovers. In February, Lowry is shooting 34% overall, 24% from three, and is averaging 5.3 assists and 2.9 turnovers.
In his post-game press conference, Dwane Casey was prompted about James Johnson, and he shed some light on why Johnson started. Asked why James Johnson started: It wasn’t for the three. It was for defensive purposes, to matchup with Kawhi Leonard, to give us a physical presence with him. I was worried about his minutes, but… Read more »
With Toronto off to the best start in the history of the franchise, I wanted to ask Doc Rivers what has impressed him about the team while he’s been watching game tape and preparing for the game tonight.
This I can explain. His low usage rate when he is on the floor minimize his impact on team stats, such as team O/D rating and even plus minus (since that stat also accounts for the other members of the rotation. However, when he is being used, his individual stats, or the stats that are only dependant on his contributions, he looks pretty good, pretty great even.
Basically, like what everyone else has been saying, it comes down to usage rate. Involve him enough in the offense and there's no reason why his individual efficiency won't be reflected in the team stats.
Now here's where you might say "but the raptors lose more when he shoots more than average, so the usage rate argument doesn't hold up". That's a fair point, but I would argue that Jonas often gets those extra field goals when A) the guards are putting up a ton of bricks and Jonas is cleaning the glass, or B) he's a last resort after its clear that the other scoring options aren't working. In both scenarios, the team as a whole is playing below average, so it makes sense that they would win a lower percentage of games.