FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

Ryan Wolstat’s take­aways from yes­ter­day’s game vs. the Knicks

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1 IN­CRED­I­BLY DEEP

The Rap­tors keep re­mind­ing us that this is the deep­est team in fran­chise his­tory. Case in point: Seven play­ers took as many or more field goal at­tempts as Kawhi Leonard or Kyle Lowry and the team still cruised. Most teams don’t have play­ers like Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby emerg­ing from the sec­ond unit.

2 ’LET­TING THEM FLY’

Pas­cal Si­akam hit three three-point­ers for the first time af­ter go­ing five games in a row with­out mak­ing a sin­gle shot from be­yond the arc. He said af­ter­ward he’s just work­ing on con­fi­dence, slow­ing things down, set­ting his feet and “let­ting them fly.”

3 LEONARD AT THE LINE

Even when Leonard is off, he’s still hard to guard. He got to the free throw line 10 time, part of Toronto’s mas­sive 40-22 free throw at­tempt edge. The Knicks sim­ply couldn’t check the Rap­tors. Knicks coach David Fiz­dale said af­ter­ward part of that stems from ref­er­ees not know­ing who any of his largely young, un­her­alded play­ers are. But it’s more than that. Toronto sim­ply can draw fouls in large num­bers.

4 ONE HOT NURSE

Nick Nurse didn’t have to overex­tend him­self for this one, but the re­sult was the same, an­other win. With Toronto now 12-1 (in­clud­ing 7-0 at home), Nurse be­came the first head coach since Lawrence Frank (13-0 with New Jersey in 2004) to win at least 12 of his first 13 NBA games.

5 OP­PO­SITE ENDS

Does any­one else find it odd that Toronto has been win­ning 47+ games for years now and New York’s been los­ing 50+ an­nu­ally, yet the Rap­tors boast a far more im­pres­sive crop of young play­ers? Just ask­ing. Knicks not named Tim Har­d­away Jr. shot 11-for-40 from the field in the first half.

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