Raptors see a lot of areas for improvement heading into Game 2

Raptors coach Dwane Casey (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Raptors coach Dwane Casey (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 AM ET

After watching all the defensive assignments go awry, reviewing countless sequences of tepid screens, questionable heaves early in the shot clock and a general lack of a physical edge, Amir Johnson was left in somewhat shock knowing the Raptors still had a chance.

That’s what one day removed from the franchise’s first post-season appearance in six years provides, a sense of perspective and calm, sober reflection and the hard, biting reality only film session can produce.

“We made a lot of mistakes,’’ said Johnson, Toronto’s stand-up veteran who, ironically, set the tone for Saturday afternoon by making a mistake, an error in judgment that led to the game’s first basket, Brooklyn’s first lead on a wild and crazy day when the home side barely had a lead.

“It’s stuff we can clean up defensively, stuff we can clean up offensively.


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