After three quarters, the team trailed 93-87, with their defensive play as a concern once again:
For the 2nd straight fake game the Raps have given up 89+ pts on 52%+ shooting thru 3Qs to non-playoff teams. Can't imagine Casey's thrilled— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) October 11, 2014
Things tightened up in the fourth quarter, and Kyle Lowry led the team towards the finish, as the Raptors came back for a 116-109 victory. Lowry finished with 18 points, three rebounds, six assists and five steals.
The score matters very little in the preseason, of course. It's the process, the habits that are developed which are more important. So, the emerging theme early on in the preseason is obviously the lackluster defensive play, which you can be sure Dwane Casey will continue to put an emphasis on.
The Raptors finished 10th last season in defensive efficiency, and if there is some tangible on court value to continuity and bringing most of the roster back, it's the cohesiveness on the defensive end. At least in theory.
This team is going to score a lot of points. They have depth in the lineup to do so, even when the starters take their breaks and the second unit plays heavy minutes. It's early, it's preseason and all that, but it'd be nice to see some improvements on the defensive end as we near the start of the regular season.
What did everyone think?