The defensive lapses are more frequent this season and have been never more apparent than Philadelphia’s 18-4 late fourth quarter run on Tuesday.
The Raptors employed a two-point-guard lineup with Lowry and Calderon while also keeping Jonas Valanciunas on the bench, despite being effective and having zero personal fouls.
Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Demar DeRozan are poor defenders overall and the two-point-guard lineup allowed for even further mismatches on the defensive end. The 76ers had an effective FG percentage of 60 percent in the fourth quarter ncluding 12 points inside of three feet.
This year, the Raptors are second worst in the NBA in free-throw attempts to field-goal-attempts allowed ratio — meaning they are often putting opponents on the line. With the league-average free-throw percentage being 75 per cent, this is less than ideal.
3. Bargnani not Bene
Bargnani is off to a very slow start and his numbers are at or near career lows. He can be a unique asset as great-shooting big men are a rare breed. However, if Bargnani is not shooting well, his deficiencies are even more glaring.
What is quite troubling is Bargnani ranks 12th on his team for defensive rebounding percentage which is a stat which tells you what percentage of rebounds a player collects while on the floor. Even Lowry, at six-feet tall, sits at 18.0 percent which is well ahead of Bargnani’s12.8 percent.