After a strong opening game, there was really no excuse for the Raptors’ offense to dry up as much as it did in Game 2. How did it happen? We investigate. There’s no other way to say it: Game 2 was disappointing for Toronto. The Raptors’ defense from Game 1 held up just the same — but if you don’t score on the Warriors, you don’t beat the Warriors. And the Raptors just could not score.
Here’s what went down in Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
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The Raptors put up a 109 DRTG in Game 2, which is actually a slight improvement on their Game 1 result of 112 points allowed per 100 possessions. But their offense from Game 1, a fantastic 122 ORTG, was nowhere in sight.
The Raptors scored just 103 points per 100 possessions in Game 2 instead. They would have needed an ORTG of 109 or better to beat the Warriors in this one, assuming the other end stayed the same. Obviously, they didn’t get it.
In the regular season, the Warriors played 42 games in which their opponent put up an ORTG of less than 109. They were 37-5 in those games. You just can’t beat the Warriors with that kind of offense. …
Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ