Raps ready to mix it up
Casey, players make efforts to make offence less predictable
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.”
OG anunoby goes to the hoop during the Raptors’ 116-94 win over the Pistons Tuesday.
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