Toronto Raptors take tough shots and Washington Wizards flip the script on offence: Game 3 observations

National Post

Thoughts, observations and comments from Post basketball reporter Eric Koreen from the Toronto Raptors’ 106-99 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 3 of their first-round series.

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• During the season, the Raptors averaged 25.1 three-pointers per game and 24.6 free throws per game. The Wizards averaged 16.8 three-pointers and 21.4 free throws. On Friday? The Raptors took 28 three-pointers and 19 free throws, while the Wizards took 29 three-pointers and 31 free throws. The Raptors were supposed to be the more explosive, more advanced offence. The Wizards were supposed to be the kings of the midrange. Instead, with the Wizards using more three-point shooters than usual, they look like something approaching a modern spread offence, with John Wall orchestrating. We will find out how much of that is playing against the Raptors defence and how…

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