Raps ready to mix it up

Casey, play­ers make ef­forts to make of­fence less pre­dictable

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There will be many pos­ses­sions for the Raptors in ev­ery game this sea­son that will catch Dwane Casey by sur­prise be­cause some­thing en­tirely un­scripted will tran­spire and the coach won’t know what’s com­ing.

And that will be just fine with Casey; it’s all part of the grand plan to un­lock a more free-flow­ing of­fence that op­po­nents won’t be able to an­tic­i­pate.

“(If) I don’t know where the ball is go­ing, damn sure the de­fence is not go­ing to know where it’s go­ing,” Casey said Tues­day be­fore the Raptors played the Detroit Pis­tons in Toronto’s lone home pre-sea­son game. “(As) long as it doesn’t go in the third row up in the stands, we’ll be okay.”

The changes will in­clude more than hoist­ing three-point­ers at any op­por­tu­nity. Be­com­ing less pre­dictable is the goal of a slightly tweaked Raptors of­fence that’s still very much a work in progress.

The threes will come — and Casey would like to see be­tween 25 and 30 at­tempts a game — but the flow will be the key al­ter­ation. No longer will the Raptors play slowly, call out a play, get the ball to Demar Derozan or Kyle Lowry and let them go to work.

“It’s a fun way to play,” Casey said of the new ap­proach. “That’s the way the game is go­ing, it’s harder to scout. The game is so so­phis­ti­cated now that teams scout you so well they know ex­actly what you’re go­ing to do be­fore you even get the rest of the sen­tence out of your mouth as a coach. They’re pre­pared be­cause of video, in­ter­net, what­ever it is.

“This style, the way we want to go, is hard to pre­pare for. They can’t help on Kyle, they can’t help on Demar, they can’t dou­ble-team them as quickly. They’ll fig­ure it out even­tu­ally but it’ll take ’em a lit­tle while if they don’t know where the ball is go­ing.”

Ron turenne/getty Im­ages

OG anunoby goes to the hoop dur­ing the Rap­tors’ 116-94 win over the Pis­tons Tues­day.

Dwane Casey Getty Im­ages

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