"They were doing something a little bit different defensively that kind of threw our rhythm off a little bit with their traps". These two teams have yet to meet this season but I'm expecting this one to be close as the Pistons have fared well against teams with winning records while the Raptors have been solid at home all season.
"We made it complicated on ourselves, but we've got to give Detroit credit". "There's just not very many times where we play a good defensive first quarter". They trailed the Golden State Warriors by 27 points before losing 127-125 at the ACC on Saturday and were down by 21 points to the 76ers in a 117-111 loss at Philadelphia on Monday afternoon. We took advantage of that a few times where they had to make a decision if they were going to take the roll man or the kick-out. Detroit shot 30 per cent (6 of 20) from the field and was outrebounded 17-10 as the Raptors made 11-of-26 shots (42.3 per cent) and led by as much as 15 points in the quarter.
"He had 12 attempts".
"I thought that stretch where we built a big lead we did do that, we did move the ball", he said.
Kyle Lowry added 18 points for the Raptors - who led by as many as 15 points in the contest - while DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points apiece. "We did a good job of finding him and he did a good job of knocking them down".
Added Lowry: "It makes the defence not want to leave him".
Casey did get the intensity he wanted from the start from the Raptors, who had eased into too many games of late.
DeRozan had 10 points in the opening quarter to help stake Toronto to its 13-point lead following the first. But after the lead was squandered late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, a backup group led by Miles and Delon Wright got them back on track.
The Raptors earned its third straight win over the Pistons. It's only one game, bad shooting game.
The Toronto Raptors and the Detroit Pistons have each lost two games in a row and have dropped three of their past four. Toronto has not lost back-to-back games at Air Canada Centre since last January 22 and 24, when they lost to Phoenix and the Spurs. "Not when everybody sees it, but he does Pilates, he does running, so I trust that he's going to get his work in", Casey said.
"But one thing about Kyle ... he gets his work in". "But it's very hard to do it if you're waiting on practice".