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Old 01-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bozonic View Post
Is it my imagination ...Last year looks a lot like this year except Casey frowns on sideline where Jay used to look apopleptic...new coach...focus on defense...Bargnani gets 20 and 5 ... Bayless, Gray, Kleiza hurt ..Jose looks interested again...Rasual Butler pleez, DD shooting guard ,huh

the cards move around the table but results the same... They get a look like a deer in the headlights and they know they can't win in last 5 minutes unless they have 10 pt lead..Up by a few in first quarter then slide by half and down in the fourth
I disagree. Are you serious? The difference in how this team plays is night and day! Yeah we're losing so you can say that the result is the same, but Casey's influence is massive (we actually compete on the defensive end).

This team plays hard defense now. It was evident from opening night. Last year's team was a team of chuckers that could get lucky on any night because they could get hot from behind the line, but couldn't stop anyone when it counts. They were the quintessential treadmill team.

Casey's system hilights just how limited our current roster is. We play the right way, but we don't have the horses to be a good team, especially right now. We have been decimated by injury this year: Aaron Gray, Bayless is out, Kleiza just came back. Now Bargs is sitting.

Outside of Bargnani, nobody on our team can consistently create his own shot. Weems wasn't amazing but now more than ever we could use his athleticism and friendship with DeRozan.

So far this year, DeRozan has lost confidence and regressed, and Davis is finding his offensive game. Both have a lot to learn and are starting to realize that they aren't as good as they think they are; not in the NBA!

Our big weapon this year was supposed to be our depth - right now we're missing our starting PF (and best player), backup PG and backup C (Gray). We at least competed before Bayless and Bargs went down. The season is long and we will undoubtedly play it safe and rest our injured guys - nobody is rushing to get back; what's the point? I think the Casey system is a big step in the right direction, but it's not one that will or is supposed to give us big gains in the short term. We are, after all, rebuilding. We may also lose Barbosa in a trade before the end of the season.
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