FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
Ryan Wolstat’s takeaways from last night’s game in Brooklyn
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.