TORONTO - Two very different teams were on display on Sunday afternoon.
On one side, the visiting Portland Trail Blazers gave a textbook lesson on how to run a deadly, new-age NBA offence. On the other stood the Raptors, with a mismatched roster that turns the offence into an exercise of fitting square pegs into round holes on a daily basis.
That Toronto forced the game into overtime was a major achievement, considering the efficiency discrepancy, but the Blazers eventually prevailed 118-110 when the Raptors ran out of gas after mounting a furious comeback at the Air Canada Centre.
Portland sits near the top of the West for a reason and the reason starts and ends with its attack. Damian Lillard is the conductor - raining threes and moving the ball around - LaMarcus Aldridge remains a force down low and they are surrounded by a collection of gunners that are the envy of the rest of the league.