Printed 3: 07 PM EDT Aug 22, 2020
No Kawhi Leonard, no Danny Green, and the Toronto Raptors indifferent excelled.
Toronto coach Slice Nurse followed up a championship season in 2018-19 with a 53-19 file, excellent 2½ video games within the encourage of Milwaukee for the 2d-handiest file within the league, and the Raptors did it with out Leonard and Green, who left for other groups in free agency final summer season.
For his efforts in preserving the Raptors a championship contender, Nurse was named the NBA’s 2019-20 Coach of the Year. He got 90 of the doable 100 first-fair votes and executed with 470 components, successfully earlier than Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer (147 components) and Oklahoma Metropolis’s Billy Donovan (134 components), who had been 2d and third within the vote casting by media.
While bubble video games had been no longer conception to be for this award (votes had been due earlier than the seeding video games began), the Raptors cling been with out a doubt one of the necessary excellent groups within the bubble, ending 7-1 in seeding video games and taking a 3-0 collection lead against Brooklyn in their first-round collection.
The Raptors barely overlooked a beat with out Leonard and Green, and that speaks volumes to what Nurse has done in his two years as head coach. He becomes the first coach to cling G League and NBA Coach of the Year honors. Nurse was a Raptors assistant till 2018, when he replaced Dwane Casey.
Toronto was on tempo for 58 victories earlier than COVID-19 suspended the season on March 11, and it had two All-Stars in Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam.
Nurse and his workers cling done a tender job with participant enhance. Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby and rookie Terence Davis II cling change into treasured contributors. Nurse has moreover earned a repute as tactician — both a master of pregame planning and in-sport adjustments.
The Raptors had the 2d-handiest protection (104.7 components allowed per 100 possessions) and No. 13 offense (110.8 components per 100 possessions) for the league’s fourth-handiest safe ranking at plus-6.1 components per sport.