Armstrong: Thoughts on the Raptors
Old 01-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Armstrong: Thoughts on the Raptors

1. Sundiata Gaines: He's with the team on a 10-day contract and the way things are going he might get another 10-day due to attrition. His approach is the right one for a new member of a team. Play good hard-nosed defense and make high percentage decisions as the point guard. Run the offense and get other shots. He won't play many minutes but he looks comfortable out there and is willing to do exactly what Jay Triano expects from him.

2. Injuries (Reggie Evans/Peja Stojakovic/Sonny Weems/Leandro Barbosa/Jerryd Bayless): Wow! What a huge problem; five pretty good players out of the mix and needless to say the margin of error is between slim and none. A game at Washington proved that. I don't envy trainer Scott McCollough, he's got his hands full with the workload and then add in Amir Johnson and Jose Calderon who are grinding their way through their own aches and pains. It's a thankless job and a stressful one too. It has been a tough year for the Raptors with this category and in years like this, the trainer earns every penny he makes.

3. Next four games (AT: New Orleans, San Antonio, Orlando and Miami): Good Luck! Talk about a tough stretch considering where the team is at with their talent level, injuries and depth. Oh boy, this could be a challenge. The biggest thing I'm looking for here is a team fighting its tail off each possession, doing it's best to be competitive under adverse circumstances. You'll find out plenty about the pride and heart that each individual has on this team coming up which will allow you to decide whether the player fits into your long-term plans.

4. Ed Davis: Play him! At 13-27, reality has sunk in. This team has a long ways to go before they can compete at a high level in the Eastern Conference. Why not use this difficult time to develop Davis as much as you can? Jay Triano has done that, and as the games keep mounting, he might as well keep throwing him out there for even longer stretches and letting him learn. The more he plays and the more he get's taught and held accountable in response to those minutes will lead to greater growth don the road.

5. 47-41-33-40: The win totals of the Toronto Raptors the past four seasons. Who knows what we see in the second half of season from this team? Needless to say, unfortunately, it hasn't been an upward spiral of late. The attention on President/GM Bryan Colangelo to create positive change with the expiring contracts of Evans and Stojakovic, Chris Bosh trade exception, etc., will become a bigger story as we move closer to the February 24th trade deadline and the NBA Draft. There are some good young pieces to build with and yet need more talent as well as a few veterans who can provide more leadership and good example to this developing team. The defensive side of the ball has to be a major point of emphasis in player acquisitions along with adding talented guys. The Raptors need more two-way players.

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Armstrong.. you brilliant basterd summing up what we are all thinking.
NO talk on Bargnani? or even a glimpse at what he thinks the raps will go the rest fo the season.
I am thinking they may hit 35 wins if they are lucky.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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you really think they can put up 20+ wins over the second half of the season.

i'm not on tank nation, but to be realistic, this year is injured, by all the injuries, all the lack of talent (player and coach).

but i would have seen our youngs going forward, so have minutes this season, and with all the injuries, they did do that.
so not all i garbage, but i'm pretty happy right now with the effort they put most of the time.
with less talent, they do almost the same number of close games than last year. so i not too bad.
yes our record is bad, but we can only hope that trades, youngs and draft can bring next season (2012-2013 since 2011-12 will be cut) a big step in the right direction (playoffs team for several years, and maybe contender).
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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