Kristian Winfield: Raptors show Nets what a good defense looks like

NEW YORK — If the Nets needed more evidence to substantiate claims that defense is imperative, they discovered it in their 123-117 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. The Nets have three elite offensive superstars and a fleet of sharpshooters, but the Raptors have one of the league’s most connected defenses, even if it’s a down year for them by the numbers. That unforgiving Toronto defense made the Nets uncomfortable at home. The Raptors forced 18 turnovers, with Nets star Kyrie Irving accounting for seven of those himself. Those turnovers contributed to the Raptors attempting 17 more shots…

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