Daily Raptor Dish - 08.02.2012
Old 02-08-2012, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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STAR:Raptors coach Dwane Casey urges team to stay focused during seven-game homestand

SUN:Raps in search of a few good men

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Toronto Raptors (8-18)
Is it finally time for fourth-year guard Jerryd Bayless to fulfill his potential? The 11th pick in the 2008 draft has been injured frequently since being acquired from New Orleans in November 2010, and he was once thought to be the point guard of the future in Portland but wore out his welcome with a proclivity to shoot that is at odds with his career 40.8 field-goal percentage. But for two games in a row now he has found his groove in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points against Miami on Sunday and 16 more against Washington to force overtime after Toronto was down 18 on Monday. And with Andrea Bargnani out and DeMar DeRozan still slumping, the Raptors need to ride Bayless and the similarly streaky Linas Kleiza. Fortunately, Toronto, which has matched Chicago with a league-high 17 road games, begins a seven-game homestand Wednesday that lasts until the All-Star break.
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Toronto 8-17
Last Week: 21 The Raptors lead the league ... in road games. They've played 16, tying them with Chicago, but will play seven in a row at home after Monday night's visit to the nation's capital. They're also still hanging in there at a decent No. 16 in defensive efficiency (allowing 100.1 points per 100 possessions) to keep Coach Casey sane.
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22 Toronto (8-17)
Pace: 92.1 (24), Off: 94.0 (28), Def: 100.2 (17)
After getting waxed by the Hawks and Celtics by a combined score of 200-141, the Raptors got a break with a visit from the Wizards on Friday. Then they played small and played the Heat pretty tough on Sunday afternoon. So are they trending up or down? They get both the Wizards and Celtics again this week.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Last line in Ganters article was pretty good..."It's time to grow up".
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I'm beginning to wonder if that last starting lineup (Bayless @ the 2, DD @ the 3) isn't something that we shouldn't try more often... Bayless is annoying as a PG but he's a bonafide threat from deep and he aggressive.... That's what you want from your 2-man.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm beginning to wonder if that last starting lineup (Bayless @ the 2, DD @ the 3) isn't something that we shouldn't try more often... Bayless is annoying as a PG but he's a bonafide threat from deep and he aggressive.... That's what you want from your 2-man.
bonified threat from deep..

not the word i'd use
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