If this was the official end of the Raptors post-season hopes, and don’t try and tell Dwane Casey that, no one can say they didn’t go down swinging.
In an entertaining overtime affair, the Raptors pulled out all the stops even without an ailing Rudy Gay in the lineup and came up an overtime short in a 122-114 loss.
The Raps eventual downfall was their inability to rebound the basketball.
Looking for an edge offensively, Casey went small with Amir Johnson at centre and a game Landry Fields at power forward. It resulted in better ball movement and consequently more offence but cost them in the rebounding department.
“When we go small it hurts us on the offensive boards,” Casey said. “Eight of the last eleven points in regulation came off (an offensive rebound). We emphasized it, talked about it — Amir (Johnson) has been a warrior but it’s a five-man job when we’re small. I thought the small lineup generated some offence for us, but we paid the price for it on the boards.”
Raptors fade in overtime
Toronto Sun | Mar 3