Nick Nurse's funky zones get the attention, but Toronto's base defense is one of the best night-to-night shows in the NBA. The Raptors in full flight are beautiful. The Raptors give up the most 3s in the league, and the most corner 3s in NBA history. Opponents have hit a league-low Toronto has gotten a little lucky, but the Raptors are also dictating the terms of engagement. They sell out to make sure your best players do not get their favorite looks. That leaves shooters open, but Toronto is better than anyone at closing space. Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are long, fast, and hoppy enough to help and recover without requiring any rotations. When the Raps do toggle assignments on the fly, there are no hiccups.
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Zach talks to Portland Trail Blazers star C. McCollum about life in Orlando, the team's run to the No. Zach and TrueHoop's David Thorpe reunite for their annual rapid-fire eight-by-eight first-round preview -- plus thoughts on Damian Lillard, Caris LeVert, and much more.
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Zachariah Ulysses Lowe  - alternatively Zachary Curtis Lowe  - born August 24,  is an American sportswriter, journalist, and podcaster. After starting his journalistic career covering the criminal justice system in his home state of Connecticut, Lowe transitioned to basketball reporting and is today considered one of the premier columnists covering the NBA. For nearly four years, beginning in August , Lowe worked as a crime, government, and courts reporter for his local Stamford Advocate ;   then spent two years with The American Lawyer. Lowe is known for his detailed posts on basketball, use of video clips, and clear writing style. Lowe has cited his early-career work as a court reporter for his evidence-bias and balanced approach. In , Will Leitch called Lowe "one of the best basketball writers working right now" and "certainly the most interesting. Lowe is married to Croatian international media consultant Vesna Jaksic,  whom he met when both worked for the Stamford Advocate.
Ja Morant was upset about missing his daughter's first birthday, so he dedicated the Grizzlies' first win to her. Here is one more batch of 10 things -- actually, 12 things -- I like and don't like as we reach the end of seeding games during the strangest season in NBA history. Porter is a capital-S scorer, but unlike most young scorers, he doesn't force it -- or battle math. Porter hunts efficient shots within the flow. He cuts for dunks, and flies inside for putbacks. He trucks little guys:. You know who's good at tossing those entry passes? The best big man passer in history -- Nikola Jokic.