3. Threes, threes, and more threes.
The Toronto Raptors’ half-court offense has not been inspiring whatsoever. Their offense is revolved around just getting the best look from three and nothing more. Whenever someone is open, the ball goes to that player to launch the three. It doesn’t matter if the player is cold, a bad shooter, or Aron Baynes; when there’s an open three, they take it.
They currently lead the league in threes taken with 43.5 attempts per game and are shooting it at a 33.3 percent rate. Looking like the new Houston Rockets isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it does feel like there is a lack of creativity too many times on offense. When the shots from three aren’t falling, the Raptors continue to launch away.
This can be problematic when shooters are cold and you have no plan B, which is what happened in the first game against the Pelicans.
Threes are what Nick Nurse lives by and he will always make it the focal point of his offense. He loves efficiency and for his team to take efficient shots only (no long two’s). While there isn’t much wrong with that, Nurse has failed to balance it out with the other efficient scoring areas of the game — scoring around the rim and getting to the free-throw line.
This makes for a predictable offense that makes it easy to gameplan against. The Raptors currently have the 25th best offense in the league, per Cleaning The Glass.