Zones. Are. For. Cowards.
As you may already know I am from the “zones are for cowards” faith, but if that zone is played aggressively and most importantly keeps guys on the perimeter I see its merits.
The Raptors zone did the exact opposite.
Marreese Speights who got 23 points in the post said of the zone, “It was pretty easy,” “The zone wasn’t really that hard to break.”
Lou Williams continued, saying,”We knew they were going to play some zone and we knew where the weaknesses were inside of that zone, we just attacked it and it worked for us.”
When Mareese Speights and Lou Williams aren’t scared of our defensive schemes, you know your effort just isn’t there. The inside has always been an indicator of how tough a team is and the Raptors showed absolutely no sense of ownership of the paint. No one was fouled, no intimidation was given and no charges were taken. The Raptors just gave up the most important part of the floor with no care.
There is not much left to say without speaking in cliches. The Raptors need to develop any sort of defensive gameplan to start getting things together because at this paint they are headed for the cellar.
Trey Johnson made his Raptors debut, scoring the teams first three pointer and getting twelve minutes of solid playing time, Alex Ajinca also made his Raps debut scoring two points and grabbing two boards in six minutes of playing time. Sundiata Gaines was released from his second ten day contract.