CHISHOLM: DESPITE EARLY LOSSES, RAPS MUST STICK TO THEIR GUNS
Old 11-11-2009, 10:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sorry Raptors fans, but this is what you (inadvertently) signed up for.

Importing nine new players into a brand-new system – especially on defence for players unaccustomed to playing defence – is going to take time. No one wants to hear it and no one wants to live with the ramifications, but them's the breaks.

The Raptors just completed a three-game road trip with no time to practice in any meaningful way and so the slippage in the schemes should have almost been expected as the trip wore on. Does that excuse the lack of effort on display at times or the inability to secure rebounds? Not entirely, but everything is symptomatic of everything else; if you're out of position because of a botched rotation then you are not as locked-in to the action as you'd like to be and you might miss a box-out or an open man. In some of those instances that means one has to dig down deeper and stay focused on the game, but sometimes it's just someone else's mistake and you can't see that you have to fix it in time. It makes for some truly ugly basketball, but that's how the next few weeks are going to look too, so y'all had better get used to it.

At this point, there is no team that the Toronto Raptors "should" beat. While a San Antonio club missing two All-Stars may look like a squad ripe for the picking, the Raptors are not cohesive enough yet to simply stroll up and grab the fruit. Some nights they are going to be totally locked in and some nights they are going to be totally out of sorts. One can liken it to playing an instrument or learning a new language; one day you may think that you've finally pushed past a certain wall only to run into it again the next time you sit down to play or speak.

This is little solace to paying fans that are in the market for some consistent and competitive basketball, but if this team is going to reach that threshold then they need the time to make (and iron out) all of the mistakes involved in building something new from (almost) scratch.

However, there is one interesting quirk that has begun to crop up that is worth some extra attention, and that is the three-headed shooting guard position. As nice as it is to be able to get rookie DeMar DeRozan meaningful minutes with his best teammates, one has to wonder what he is actually learning being totally ignored while out on the court. He is one of the few Raptors who has committed to running the floor in transition, he makes hard backdoor cuts, he is athletic enough to get himself to the free throw line and yet he NEVER sees the ball. While the Raptors have a lot of hands to feed in that starting five, no unit is as effective with four offensive options as it is with five. Young players like DeRozan tend to perk up when they are afforded some role in the scoring, and his athleticism and quickness on defence have shown an uptick in those scenarios. Perhaps this is simply stage one of a larger, full-season plan, but the early returns on any plan are hard to decipher at this stage.
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not a bad article. A slightly positive view and something I'm hoping will happen. We will see tonight would be a huge win for this club.
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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bah!
trade the whole team and fire all the coaches!
and the towel boys too!
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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bah!
trade the whole team and fire all the coaches!
and the towel boys too!
Don't lose the mop girls I think that will hurt ratings
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Basically, Chisholm just wrote for you what I am too lazy to write. I agree with him 100%.

He cannot be argued with.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I like what he said about Demar, the kid needs a few more touches.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Demar has been a non factor, man the guy needs more touches beucase he does nothing out there during the 12 min/game he plays
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Good stuff, couldn't agree more.

I love that DeMar busts his ass to get open, crashes the glass and fills the lanes and hasn't let his lack of touches on offense affect all that. I just don't know how long his hustle is going to last if his buddies aren't going to reward him with touches and if his coaches aren't going to give him some playing time.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Demar got hit with a nice bounce pass off a curl into the lane in the first game I think. They need to get that motion going again and get him more involved that way. But then they are finding the same needs with Hedo.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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one of the NBA highlights was Hedo's pass to Demar for the slam
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah. I'd like to see Jay run DeMar off more screens, hit him on some cuts to the rim, and throw him some oops. Toss him the ball with an opportunity to get at the rim and he'll finish. Once he gets that ball handling together he'll be fun to watch.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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All this said about DMarr..... there something to be said for letting this kid fight and claw and EARN his shit first.

It's easy to say, hey give the ball to demar... but hoonestly, there's 2-3 guys more capable then him who have earned more at this point. It's good to make kids work, it's good to teach them to be hungry.

deRozan has a good head on his shoulders, he will take to this method of learning nicely. Triano seems to be doing all the right things if you ask me.... just takes time man.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I hoenstly think that it's the complete lack of desire that this team has shown on the defensive end (on the road especially) that has disheartened fans the most.

I have no problem with the Raps getting beat by sheer skill.

I DO have a problem with them getting beat because they're being outworked.

That has very little to do with coaching and everything to do with personal pride.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Team needs someone to step up and be vocal about the defensive side of the ball throughout the game.

No one is getting guys together and giving it to them.

Perhaps when Reggie is back he will, but right now everyone is too nicey nicey with each other. Someone needs to be a vocal leader on the floor, and that position is totally up for grabs and it absolutly crucial for defensive motivation.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:48 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I understand personal accountability on defense and all but at some point CB, as the de facto leader of this team, is going to have to step up and take charge.

Whether taking charge means screaming at someone for a blown coverage, getting on someone's ass for a failed box out, it doesn't matter. If guys start out doing the right things and maintain those habits because they're scared of Chris, or whoever decides to take the lead, getting on their ass, it will develop into instinct overtime. Something's gotta give at some point though.
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