the best example is the san Antonio game, but I've seen him a few times force the issue against a defense hell-bent on stopping him. I've also seen him more than a few times overcoming that, so there's that.
really, is that how you read "put the best defender on kawhi and leave an inferior guy on siakam"? Even so, I would disagree with your statement - put your worst defender on green and he will shoot 15 wide open 3s when his guy gets lost in screens chasing him around. Personally, I think people should hide their worst perimeter defender on kyle, who is the least offensive threat off the dribble - but in real life it depends on which team you play - and it will change from game to game and within games, as teams adjust to who's playing better. And I guarantee you teams will try everything, they will put their worst guy on siakam and see if we exploit that successfully - if we do, they will change it.
yeah, defending a top 4 team in the league is tough, but that's not the point - the point is how do you best do it. I'm skeptical you can plan your strategy in terms of get guy X in foul trouble - since that's such a random thing. That's more of a tactical thing, not a game plan.
I mentioned this multiple times, the bottom 3 playoff teams in the east will be obliterated, I expect at most 2-3 wins combined. Last year, the first round eliminated teams actually won 9 games, I don't see anything close to that happening this time around.
Was Kawhi flustered in the SA game? It didn't look like that to me. Rather, the entire team was just overwhelmed by the situation, which happened early in the season. Rarely does anyone see Leonard lose his cool. And don't mistaken him trying to do more as becoming flustered or frustrated. In addition, what is more relevant are the games played over the last month, where the starting five has operated like a well-oiled machine and the ball is humming.
You don't put your worst defender against a guy who can score in multiple ways. You put him on a catch-and-shoot guy like Green, as it's much easier to defend a player off the ball. As the coach, you tell your player to never lose sight of Green. Don't worry about helping and just stay on his hip. It's a lot easier to defend, even with screens, than you suggest. Plus, Green seldomly puts the ball on the floor and creates, making him the easiest guy to defend. I do agree, though, that Green will get his shots, but it won't matter who is defending him.
The main reason why you put your best defenders on Leonard, Siakam, and Lowry is to prevent them from creating. You want to take the ball out of their hands or at the very least contain them so that a second or third help defender isn't needed. That's where the Raptors are at their best. If you put your worst defender on Siakam, the Raptors' PF will either a) score with a tremendous amount of ease or b) get into the paint at easy and, thus, force help to come his way that leads to open shooters. That is just really bad strategy. Stop the ball at the point of attack, prevent players from getting into the paint, and get the ball out of the hands of the opposition's best players. Obviously this is easier said than done against a team as deep and skilled as Toronto.
Lowry, meanwhile, is far from being the easiest to guard. He gets into the paint much easier now on P&Rs with Gasol. The only difference this year is that he's looking to create and pass to open shooters instead of scoring. This again shouldn't be confused with Lowry being an easier guy to defend or the "least offensive threat off the dribble". If anything, his dribble penetration is creating havoc for the opposition and leading to open looks for his teammates. We must be watching completely different games.
Finally, game plan is tactics. A game plan is tactical. You're splitting bloody hairs. There is no difference. The point I was making is that the opponent's best strategy is to attack offensively and go after the Raptors. Push the pace, force the Raptors to defend, and try to get one of the starters into foul trouble (Siakam being the most foul prone). Another "tactic" of the "game plan" is to play physically, which is what Detroit has done with success. Teams with a lot of length, like Milwaukee, also can create problems for Toronto since they can get into passing lanes.