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Dinos & Digits: Did you know the Raptors' defense is improving?

Another instalment of Dinos & Digits, where we look at five interesting Raptors stats.

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Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a place where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion. There will be a mix of both individual player and team statistics to explore, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics.

So, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:

In the month of March, the Toronto Raptors have had a +22.7 Net Rating (points scored minus points allowed per 100 possessions) when Kyle Lowry has been on the floor compared to when he's been on the bench.

That's a result of their having a 11.1 Net Rating in his 429 minutes of playing time, compared to the -11.6 mark they've had in his 157 minutes on the bench (the only negative off-court rating of any Raptor this month).

If you felt like the Raptors really lost a step in Lowry's two rest games versus Detroit and Boston, this stat agrees with you.

The team has also recorded an Assist Percentage (the percentage of a team's field goals that are assisted) of 49.1% and Effective Field Goal Percentage (weighted twos and threes) of 52.5% when Kyle Lowry has been on the floor in March.

That's compared to much lower marks of 43.1% and 42.9%, respectively, when Kyle's been on the bench.

Jonas Valanciunas is on pace to set the franchise record for the highest individual field goal percentage in a single season at 57.4%.

He set the team record just last season at 57.2%. The next closest entry was Amir Johnson in 2013-14, when he shot 56.2% from the field.

Despite all the panic surrounding the Raptors' defense lately, they have had the seventh-best Defensive Rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) in the NBA in March at 103.0.

For comparison's sake, the Golden State Warriors have been 10th at 103.7, while the Boston Celtics have come in 12th at 104.1.

Toronto's 91-79 loss to Boston last night snapped a franchise record 33-game win streak when holding opponents under 100 points.

Pretty unimportant record, but it's worth mentioning nonetheless.

All stats courtesy of and

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