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Old 12-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #19 (permalink)
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There’s no coming back from this for the coaching staff, so the elephant in the room, the lame duck status of Dwane Casey will be resolved. And it can only be resolved one way now. “It’s hard to keep your head up,” said a stunned Casey afterward. Dwane’s been around a long time. He surely knows his time in Toronto is running out, barring a miracle in the next couple of weeks – and how many miracles has this organization had on its side over the years? Starting the fourth, knowing Golden State was about to start throwing Mike Tyson haymakers, putting Steve Novak, the team’s worst defender on the floor was an odd gamble. Letting Kyle Lowry stay on the court despite getting his bell rung was a gamble. Even if he didn’t have a concussion, he didn’t look right. Julyan Stone did a decent job earlier and is a superb defender who forced Stephen Curry into a rare pull-up airball earlier in the game (Curry is the league’s best pull-up shooter). Then the team failed to load up at the three-point line, daring the Warriors the best three-point shooting team in NBA history, to beat Toronto by going to the rim. It wasn’t pretty.
This is bang on - for a 'defensive minded' coach, his decision making on that end demonstrate a complete lack of understanding for what is actually happening in front of him. It's like he sticks with the gameplan/rotation no matter what. Very Triano like.

One good early sign was Toronto attacking Golden State inside early. You know Stephen Curry is going to light it up every night, so having Kyle Lowry post him up was solid coaching.
This was great...except for the fact a true-post up only happened one time.
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