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NEW ORLEANS — Three days in Florida has apparently done the Raptors some good.
At least that was the feeling upon departure from Miami. The proof will be in the result Wednesday in New Orleans and probably more so in Atlanta on Friday when they take on a conference rival.
The Raptors never really got the great weather they were hoping for in Miami, but they did get two practices, both of good length and both of the productive variety if one is to believe the early reviews.
“Came at a great time, we definitely needed it to tighten up a bunch of things defensively and offensively, try to get the camaraderie going, especially with the new guys and understand we have to be consistent these last 19 games,” DeMar DeRozan said before the team made its way to its charter flight taking them to New Orleans.
It’s probably a good sign that DeRozan comes out of Miami so positive given he is likely the one who can benefit most from the two days spent there.
Despite putting together four wins without Kyle Lowry against two losses, the signs were definitely pointing towards teams effectively taking DeRozan out of his game with no other source of offense around to scare them.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey feels the two days allowed the Raptors to get a few things worked out, primarily acclimating Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker into the system so that terminology is no longer a problem and play calls can be made on the fly without having to take timeouts.
But the bottom line is that life is not going to be easy without Lowry.
“It’s more personal than anything else,” Casey said. “You take a dynamic scorer like Kyle, that’s a lot of spacing, a lot of attack mode, three-point shooting, a lot out of your lineup. Cory’s doing an excellent job. … But we lose one element of our offense. We have improved defensively. We’ll take that until Kyle gets back and gives us that offensive punch, the spacing, once he does get back.”
Credit to: Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network
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