Category Archives: Toronto Raptors

New Post at Hickory-High.com on Orlando’s Playbook

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The Orlando Magic have one of the best pick-and-roll rosters in the league: an agile, strong finisher in the middle, surrounded by great shooters. However, a team can only run so many straightforward pick-and-rolls before the defense catches on. One other way Stan Van Gundy utilizes Dwight Howard and his sharp shooting teammates is by running staggered, off-ball screens.

And there’s a lot more interesting stuff over there, too.

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Chicago’s Luck Beats Toronto’s Strategy

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Bulls and Raptors faced off in a surprisingly close game on Saturday ngiht.  Chicago allowed a wide open look at a game winning shot in regulation and had their own game winning shot blocked in overtime, yet they somehow won.  Let’s take a look at how it all went down.

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Raptorswatch 2012: Jose Calderon Can’t Catch a Break

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)

For the second time in three games, the Toronto Raptors were down by three with a chance to tie the game in the final moments of the fourth quarter. If you guessed that they ran a play to get Jose Calderon an open three, you’re right! Let’s take a look at how the Memphis Grizzlies handled it.

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The Rockets Shut Down the Raptors’ Chances for a Tie

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Raptors faced off against the Rockets on Tuesday night, and with ten seconds left, the Rockets led by three.  The Raptors had the ball on the sideline with the chance to tie.  In two previous games the Raptors ran plays designed to get the inbounder, Jose Calderon, open for three.  Let’s take a look at what the Raptors ran and how the Rockets handled it.

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Kobe Bryant Stops the Raptors from Running Their Favorite Play

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette

The last time we saw the Toronto Raptors running a last second out of bounds play, they screened for inbounder Jose Calderon to get him an open three.  With some help from Nick Young, their plan nearly succeeded.  So with 3.7 seconds remaining, let’s see what head coach Dwayne Casey diagrams and how the Lakers handle it.

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Nick Young Misses the Memo on the Whole Dangerous Inbounder Thing

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

How many times have we heard an announcer prattle on about how the inbounder is the most dangerous player on an out-of-bounds play?  Down by three with 1.5 seconds remaining, the Raptors had the ball on a sideline out-of- bounds play with a chance to tie.  Let’s take a look at how the Wizards and Raptors put the “dangerous inbounder” trope to the test.

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