TORONTO - The Raptors got a lesson in defensive intensity, focus and execution courtesy of the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Few people coach defence like Tom Thibodeau does and few defensive units look as well-oiled on a regular basis as his Bulls.
Chicago suffocated the Raptors early and then tightened the grip in the second quarter on the way to an easy 96-80 victory at the Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors, now 4-6, tried to continue the trend of passing the ball around well after doing so Wednesday in Memphis, but Chicago, in the top three in the NBA in many defensive categories, simply wasn’t having any of it. Toronto shot just 27.3% in the first, then was held to a 2-of-17 start to the second quarter before finally making a few buckets to reach the half down 15.