GIF + Analysis: Raptors Final Defensive Play vs Magic

With the Raptors up two, they were called upon to defend a Magic offense that was shooting at 48% clip and was 12/25 from three.

With the Raptors up two, they were called upon to defend a Magic offense that was shooting at 48% clip and was 12/25 from three. Here’s the full play with analysis right after:

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No pressure on the inbounder: Casey didn’t risk the inbounder (Channing Frye) finding a way to a shooting position after receiving the ball back after the pass.

Sticking to perimeter shooters: DeRozan sticks to Frye – notice that he didn’t even help on the drive by Harris for the shot. No help is provided from Lowry either on the Harris drive. Earlier in the game the Raptors were getting burned with their guards helping, on this play they stuck with their checks. Same is true for Ross.

No switch: Johnson and Patterson did not switch, Johnson did very well fighting through the somewhat mediocre screen and getting into a face-up defending position against Harris. At this point in the play, the odds are already in the Raptors favor given that Magic have not gained any advantage thus far. In the case a switch had happened, no doubt the ball would’ve been dumped to Vucevic for a post-up against the smaller Johnson.

Patterson does not come out: Patterson was tempated to help on Harris driving, but trusted Johnson to come into position and defend the play. If Patterson had helped, a pass to Vucevic would’ve been a layup.

Patterson boxout: In the case the switch did not happen (which it didn’t), the Magic plan was to crash the offensive boards and Patterson’s box-out on Vucevic is supreme.

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