“They did something big for us holding them to one field goal throughout the whole quarter,” DeRozan said about the bench. “It gave us a great opportunity to go out there and pull out this win.”
DeRozan had 25 points to lead the Raptors, who were up by as many as 26 points.
“Man, they did a great job of cutting off everything,” Lowry said about the second unit. “It was such an ugly slugfest in the second quarter.”
The win extended Toronto’s winning streak over Portland to five straight games.
Asked if that meant he would make a change Tuesday if he didn’t see what he wanted to see from Siemian on the game video, Joseph replied, “I’m not sure, I’m not sure, but losing three games in a row, and having five turnovers [Monday] — anything’s possible.”
Miami’s pain, in terms of its losing streak, has a lot to do with three-point shooting and turnovers. In Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami turned the ball over a season-high 24 times and shot just 7 of 27 on three-pointers.
But Chicago hasn’t been much better in either category.
In fact, both the Heat (31.9 percent) and the Bulls (32.1 percent) are among the five worst teams in the league in three-point accuracy.
On turnovers, Chicago is 20th in the league at 15.8 per game, and Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping Miami is tied for 22nd at 16.3.
Part of Chicago’s problem is that it hasn’t found a consistent, quality Cheap Jerseys Paypal Payment point guard. Last season, they shuffled through four starters at the position — Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams, Isaiah Canaan and Jerian Grant.