Ebene News – CA – BLOG WOLSTAT RAPTORS: Siakam must be much better, otherwise this team will be lost

Is it time to panic since the Raptors started 0-3 for the first time in 15 years and became the first 20 team to explode double-digit prospects in each of those losses to start one year (tip of the hat to Elias Sports for that one)?

Short answer: no Despite the pre-game speech from Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers that the Raptors are a group that have been “together forever” and therefore are still completely synchronized, this is no longer true Yes, four of the five starters are well-oiled machines together, but Aron Baynes is still trying to adjust, with mixed results and the bench is a whole new look, now that Chris Boucher and Matt Thomas have more regular roles It will take time to familiarize yourself, especially after a short training camp

As always, Kyle Lowry and pretty much every four other Raptors led to success Four of Toronto’s best four-player rosters (in terms of net ranking) had Lowry in them

The major issues arose when the six-time All-Star sits his All-Star Pascal Siakam did not carry units as the lead dog

Siakam had a weird start He looks a lot more energetic and locked up and seems to have more fun than he did in the bubble, but he was also a bit prone to mistakes, was angry with refereeing and passed out completely over matches Is it fatigue? Frustration? It wasn’t the Siakam we saw to kick off the 2019-2020 campaign Siakam was one of the top 10 MVP candidates after the first month or so

This guy looked solid in the first quarter: (20 points on 9/16 shooting, 13 rebounds and seven assists against three turnovers, plus-15), minus in the second quarter (5/18 from field, eight rebounds, two assists, three turnovers, -9), good shot but overall ineffectiveness in the third quarter (18 points on 7/13 shooting, 3 rebounds, two assists, two turnovers, -19) and horrible to close the games (two points in 27th fourth quarter minutes including zero, yes, zero, trips to the free throw line, three turnovers, three assists, 1/9 from the pitch and a lousy -20)

To sum up: Siakam is -39 in the second half of the first three games, 6 in the first two quarters, hasn’t reached the free throw line once in the first or fourth quarter of a match and committed five fouls in the final seven minutes of Tuesday’s loss

Nor has he been the world defender he has been in recent seasons (torched by Brandon Ingram, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons)

Add to that the slow starts of key guards Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell and even the good work of Lowry and OG Anunoby doesn’t matter much (and Anunoby only beat Philadelphia on the offensive side) team lacked creators, lacked players other than Lowry willing to attack downhill and attempt to foul The Raptors were a far bomb and hope for the best team No one took a three point higher percentage until present (48% of Toronto’s shots were from three points and the team is only 20th in accuracy) They are tied for fourth-last number of readers per game, last for converted readers, attempts to basket off drives and field goal percentage off drives They do at least create assists on drives (third in the league) and don’t return them much, but they also don’t get many free throws. Raptors have to mix it up nger to find more offensive hits, but may not have the staff to do so

They were horrible in the pick-and-roll (last in points per possession for the ball handler in the pick-and-roll), hideous in isolation (tied for last), didn’t failed to post and were terrible in transition, a long-standing staple of former Raptors teams

In these early days, Nick Nurse is still looking He shocked everyone by turning to little used swingman Stanley Johnson as his sixth man and Johnson rewarding the movement with a solid performance This time around Thomas and Boucher barely played (Alex Len was inserted for Boucher for match purposes as he is much more physically equipped to fight giants like Joel Embiid and Dwight Howard) Len was pretty average, but mostly without Interest in his Raptors debut Terence Davis and rookie playmaker Malachi Flynn didn’t play anymore, nor did veteran DeAndre Bembry, who looked interesting when given minutes

Dean Oliver’s Four Factors have long been considered reasonable numbers to help you understand the strength of a team

Well, it’s early, but Toronto is 26th in effective field goal percentage (8th last year), last in free throw attempt rate (13th in 2019-20), 23rd in free throw percentage. turnover (17th last year) and percentage of offensive rebound (24th previously) Defensively, they rank respectively 16th, 15th, 2nd and 28th against 2nd, 15th, 2nd and 22nd a year ago

Sign up to receive daily news from Toronto SUN, a division of Postmedia Network Inc

A welcome email is on its way If you don’t see it, check your junk folder

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful We have enabled email notifications You will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, an update to the discussion thread you follow, or if a user is following you comments. See our community guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings

© 2020 Toronto Sun, a division of Postmedia Network Inc All rights reserved Unauthorized distribution, transmission or reproduction is strictly prohibited

This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including advertisements) and allows us to analyze our traffic Learn more about cookies here By continuing to use our site, you agree to our terms of use and our privacy policy

Pascal Siakam

Ebene News – CA – BLOG WOLSTAT RAPTORS: Siakam must be much better, otherwise this team will be lost

Source: https://torontosun.com/sports/basketball/nba/toronto-raptors/wolstat-raptors-blog-siakam-needs-to-be-much-better-or-else-this-team-will-be-lost