Last season, Toronto was abysmal at defending opposing point guards. This season, the tide has turned and the Raptors have become among the league's best.
In 2014-15, Toronto allowed the 3rd-most points to opposing point guards out of any team in the league. This season, however, Toronto is allowing the fewest — which means they've become the best at stopping opposing point guards from scoring. Only Stephen Curry (37, 44) and Russell Westbrook (22) have scored more than 20 points on Toronto's defense this season.
TSN's Josh Lewenberg credits the addition of Cory Joseph, a healthy Kyle Lowry and an improved interior defense for the successes. Regardless, if the Raptors can keep shutting down stars, then they'll have a good shot to do serious damage in a run to the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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Last year Raps allowed 3rd-most pts to opposing PGs. This year they're allowing the fewest. Credit: Joseph/healthy Lowry/improved interior D