The Blazers’ plan is to do what the Raptors did last year, in two ways. First, the offense is set to feature more ball movement and more 3-poiners. Indeed, they saw the league’s biggest jump in assist percentage (AST/FGM) from last season to the preseason (and it’s 12th biggest jump in the percentage of shots coming from 3-point range). Second, for the first time since C.J. McCollum became a starter three seasons ago, the plan is to sit McCollum and Damian Lillard together, so that five reserves will play together, with Evan Turner running the second-unit offense. Toronto’s changes produced the league’s second-ranked offense and its best bench.
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