No breaks for Raps

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Jay Triano and his coaching staff are logging more hours than they ever have as the Raptors install a new defensive philosophy that, if successful, forces teams to beat them from outside the paint by shading attackers to the sidelines and baseline.

The problem is, this segment of the schedule does not allow much practice time, so Triano is using whatever time he does have to get his points across.

"Every day so far we have had a major teaching point, whether it has been at a meeting, a video session or in shootaround," Triano said. "As we go, we will keep adding and giving these guys one more thought about the style that we are going to play and how we are going to play different situations. A lot of it depends on the type of teams you are playing. Today we are talking about a couple of different things that regard LeBron (James). We just keep finding different ways to add to what they already know."

DEFENCE WINS

It's not a coincidence that members of the U.S. Olympic team have come back to their respective NBA clubs with a renewed defensive mindset. Look no further than James and Chris Bosh. Bosh said the defensive coaching responsibilities on the U.S. team were carried by Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's staff.

"It was kind of unspoken," Bosh said of the defensive focus. "A lot of the things we did we didn't talk about it much. We probably said it once, addressed it and everyone totally agreed.

"It's off of seeing what defence can do," Bosh said of the lasting influence. "You win games. Playing team defence but playing the individual defence you need to have in order to be successful."


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