Turnovers An Issue In Toronto Raptors’ Preseason Opener

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The Toronto Raptors got their preseason campaign off to a winning start as they beat the Boston Celtics 97-89 at the TD Garden in Boston on Monday night.

Despite the win, the Raptors managed 25 turnovers and head coach Dwayne Casey was less than pleased with the fashion in which the team won. ”You see we turned it over 25 times. I know it’s an exhibition game, but we’ve got to get that way down”, Casey said in a post-game presser.

The starting lineup that consisted of Kyle Lowry, Demar DeDerozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas turned the ball over a collective 16 times.

The addition of Gay should mean that the team will have no trouble scoring with the likes of Steve Novak adding range from the outside. At the organisation’s media day last week, Casey told reporters that the team was reverting back to a defense-first mentality.

The Raptors will need to cut down heavily in this area if they are to be successful this season. With about six teams aiming for what is likely to be two playoff spots, turnovers may prove to be the difference in winning and losing ball games.

The Celtics welcomed Brad Stevens to the court, as the former Butler Bulldog made his coaching debut in the NBA. Next up for the Raptors are the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre. For the Celtics, it is the New York Knicks at the Dunkin Donuts Centre in Rhode Island.

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