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Old 05-31-2016, 01:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I change my mind again after the Raps won two at home. That was impressive. Casey stays.

They had a lot of great out of timeout plays this year that led to baskets. A lot. I don't know the percentages and what it was like compared with other coaches around the league, but I remember many effective plays out of timeouts executed to perfection and resulting in points. In the playoffs as well.

The team is heavy on getting Demar and Lowry the ball off of screens. The iso's usually occur in the flow of the game after those screens occur in the first half of the shot clock.

But the offense is repetitive and stagnant and I think it needs to be micromanaged at times. Casey's approach is pretty hands off which is similar to a lot of great coaches in NBA history, but when the players are slumping and the flow is dead, I think Casey and the team needs to be better prepared to execute set plays.

My biggest critique is his use of the PF spot. Two years now he just hasn't been getting the most that he could out of that position. He's had quick triggers for two pretty good players in Amir Johnson and Scola. Along with Patterson, all three of those guys are pretty average as far as playoff power forwards, but none of them had the confidence at the end of the year to make a significant impact. Casey uses that position to hand-off the basketball on offense and not shoot, but then he has a quick trigger for them and seems to blame the team's troubles on them by making changes at that position - but the changes make no difference in the teams' performance because that position in his system has no responsibility on offense except to hide and stay out of the way. He hasn't done a very good job at empowering his somewhat talented PFs alongside Demar/Lowry.

An upgrade at that spot will hide that issue for Casey. I don't see the team improving with another year of Patterson and somebody slightly better or slightly worse at that spot.

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