The Toronto Raptors are currently hotter than the sun after winning 15 games in a row against 16 before the All-Star break against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on Wednesday night.
Obviously there were many highlights during this run. So many that it can be difficult to choose just one – or even a few.
However, in the latest Free Association episode, hosts JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett pointed out some aspects of the winning streak that they noticed.
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Bunkis deepened some statistics on Toronto's winning streak and saw the Raptors look golden on several fronts.
"The last loss of the Raptors was on January 12th, it was a one-point loss for the Spurs," said Bunkis. “In the last two losses, how many did the Raptors lose at a combined rate? Three. They lost a total of three points in the last two losses. It was a damn good team. …
“In the last 15 games, the Raptors are the first in field-goal percentages, they shoot as a team at 50.5 percent, they are the first in effective field-goal percentages, they are the first in real shots Percentage, first in three point percentage – they are 40.6 percent as a team – they are third in the templates per game, they are fifth in the ratio of the templates to sales, they are third in the ratio of the Templates. Firstly, they steal per game, secondly, they are sixth in the defensive rating and secondly in the net rating. It was good. "
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Bennett, on the other hand, responded to critics of the series who had tried to degrade performance and referred to the level of competition that the Raptors faced.
"For people who say," Oh, they're beating weak teams, the schedule was weak. "Yes, that's right, there's no question about it, the schedule is weak," Bennett began. “But the reason why the schedule was so weak with just over 30 games remaining after the All Star break was that the start of the year was so difficult. So I'm not going to punish them for competing against many weak teams, because everything is balanced.
"You will play 82 against the entire league. And if you tell me this season and we are not even at the all-star break and Gasol has missed 19 games, Powell 16, Lowry 12, Siakam 11, Ibaka 11, VanVleet 10. They are their best players and they missed most games. ”
You can listen to the entire episode of Free Association in the YouTube player above. There, Bunkis and Bennett will also discuss the effects of rookie Terence Davis, discuss the buyout market a little and dissect Andrew Wiggins trading.