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Old 03-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default The best Raptors defensive combination of players

The five-man unit of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Gay, Johnson and Valanciunas has proven to be a defensive beast. In just 11 games — small sample size alert — that group has allowed an absurdly stingy 75.8 points per 100 possessions. No other Raptors unit is close to that mark.

Andrea Bargnani was inserted back into the starting lineup in the Milwaukee game, separating Johnson and Valanciunas. Since Bargnani has to improve regardless of what the team’s plans for him are, the move has some logic. But the Johnson-Valanciunas pairing should be the Raptors’ future up front, and the tandem could turn the Raptors into a formidable defensive team with a pair of high-efficiency, low-usage scorers in the front court. So far this year, the two have played just 168 minutes together. The Raptors need more data.

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