Dwane Casey said that he wants the Raptors to be a defense-first team.
"I know to win in this league you have to play defense first," Casey said. "To be a playoff team we have to play playoff basketball, and that includes playing defense first, having a defensive focus first and an offensive focus second." The Raptors ranked 18th in field goal percentage allowed, so it's an area in which they could stand to improve. On the other hand, their pace was just 23rd in the NBA, which suggests even if they focus more on defense, it shouldn't affect the team's offensive output since there really can't be much more of a dropoff.
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