FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

Ryan Wol­stat’s take­aways from last night’s game in Brook­lyn

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1 RE­BOUND­ING IS STILL A MA­JOR IS­SUE Granted, Brook­lyn is a strong team on the boards, but part of Toronto’s is­sues in this one were ef­fort-re­lated. Too many play­ers weren’t hunt­ing down the ball.

2 DRIB­BLE PEN­E­TRA­TION IS A PROB­LEM, TOO Spencer Din­wid­die and D’An­gelo Rus­sell con­sis­tently at­tacked the rim and the Rap­tors strug­gled to pre­vent them from go­ing where they wanted to.

3 IT’S NICE TO HAVE THAT KAWHI GUY Whether it was a stun­ning steal, or just a big bucket, Leonard re­mains the ul­ti­mate lux­ury for Nurse to em­ploy. He’s al­ways ready and brought some dag­gers to this game.

4 IT MIGHT BE TIME TO WORRY ABOUT LOWRY’S JUMPER He was 1-for-6 from three, af­ter go­ing 1-for-7 and 1-for-6 in his pre­vi­ous two games and 2-for-7 in the one prior.

5 THIS WAS NOT AN IM­PRES­SIVE PER­FOR­MANCE BY ANY MEANS Brook­lyn plays hard and is well-coached, but the Rap­tors have far more tal­ent and should not have been in this much of a dog­fight. Things just aren’t click­ing and the bad shoot­ing ap­pears to be seep­ing into ev­ery­thing.

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