C.J. Miles

NBA trends: New-look Raptors looking like playoff contender

NBA trends: New-look Raptors looking like playoff contender

The Toronto Raptors are in third place in the Eastern Conference.

It is hard to get excited about that given the Raptors’ recent run of postseason futility.

The past four seasons, Toronto has finished third, second, fourth and third in the East.

But it’s the way Toronto is playing that makes the Raptors look like a postseason threat.

The Raptors’ predictable, isolation-heavy offense has been replaced with a ball- and people-moving system that includes more options, three-pointers and pace of play.

Last season, only Phoenix had a worse assist ratio than Toronto. This season, the Raptors rank in the top 10.

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