4. The Toronto Raptors 16th ranked half-court offense
Continuing with Nick Nurse, let’s explain why he is apart from the rest. Nurse is one of the few coaches who adjusts different defenses against different teams in the regular season, had the best defense in the league and led the Raptors to the most transition points. His only weakness was his inability to have a good half-court offense.
All season long, the Toronto Raptors would struggle in the half-court. They had the least amount of plays in the halfcourt during the season and scored 94.5 points per 100 half-court plays, ranking them 16th in that regard. In the playoffs that number would fall to 93 points per 100 half-court plays.
This would come to bite them against the Boston Celtics the most who did an excellent job of completely neutralizing the Toronto Raptors transition offense. Scoring points became difficult for the Raptors and each offensive possession was certainly not as fun as their regular season. It was definitely a scary sight and maybe, just maybe, if they were a bit better on that end, they would’ve had enough to beat the Boston Celtics.