Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Atlantic Division101.3 (1st)98.0 (1st)
Eastern Conference2nd5th

Raptors report: Getting inside

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There's all kinds of things the Raptors don't do well -- which makes sense given their 16-44 record -- but three-point shooting might be their biggest weakness.

They rank dead last in the league, shooting 30.7 per cent from beyond the arc and it's killing them offensively most nights.

Teams don't respect their outside shooting, which allows them to pack the paint and take away the driving effectiveness of a guy like DeMar DeRozan.

But the team knows it can't force guys to do what they can't do.

"I want to be able to shoot more threes, I like the three and it's a very valuable tool, but we can't force guys who aren't shooters to shoot them," said head coach Jay Triano.

Toronto does lack a consistent outside threat from outside. No one on the team -- perhaps outside of centre Andrea Bargnani -- could be considered a true threat and no one else is likely to get the green light to shoot at will from the bench.

"We don't want Sonny (Weems), DeMar (DeRozan), James Johnson shooting threes," said Triano. "Jose (Calderon), Leandro (Barbosa) and Andrea are the three-point shooters, Jerryd Bayless can make one as well but we're not getting the looks and I don't want to force the three."

MAVERICKS 114, RAPTORS 96: Dallas held Toronto to just 39 second-half points with stifling defence and the Raptors couldn't adjust. Without Andrea Bargnani (out with the flu), Toronto had no consistent offensive threat and when the Mavs took away the effectiveness of DeMar DeRozan (just 19 points), it killed the Raptors. Amir Johnson led the team with 21 points.

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