Daily Raptor Dish - 20-01-2012
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Raptors jump back into the fire

If you’re being honest with yourself, you can’t say you didn’t see this coming.

The season is not quite a month old and the Raptors are in the midst of a six-game losing streak that could grow to 12 if the Raps don’t catch a break or two.

That’s not criticism, that’s the reality of the 2011-12 NBA season. Even to suggest the possibility of a 12-game skid is admittedly harsh, but it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility in the Raptors’ current circumstances.

Despite it all head coach Dwane Casey and, by various accounts from behind the scenes, the Raps as a whole, remain an upbeat group.

But that’s not to say they’re fine with the losing.

Put yourself in Casey’s shoes. He’s coming off a year where his team was 57-25 and went on to win an NBA championship. Losing like this is foreign to him and as he said on Thursday unacceptable for any professional athlete.

Toronto Raptors not getting enough free throws

One of the huge failings of the Raptors offence is how seldom they get to the free throw line. It speaks to an unwillingness of them to attack the rim and the lack of a true low post presence.

A look at the best and worst of the league (Through games of Wednesday night. Teams, with attempts per game)

Raptors steady on TV, not on court

The Toronto Raptors have had as successful a December/January as former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Rick Perry, going a scintillating 4-11 thus far, including their current six-game losing skid.

When the TV cameras pan the Air Canada Centre most NBA game nights, there are more empty chairs than people. So it goes without saying the Raptors’ TV ratings must be south of 0 C, right?

While the sample size is small, ratings for the post-NBA lockout Raptors are well ahead of last season’s averages. According to the team, after three games, TSN was averaging 184,000 viewers compared to 150,000 last year. After five games, TSN2 was averaging 104,000 viewers compared to 96,000 last year.

Raptors’ Dwane Casey won’t change teaching methods

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey sees what you see: the missed baskets, the turnovers, the fouls, the entire pain of a six-game losing streak. Only he sees it all deteriorate in front of him, at floor level. And he does not mind admitting the strain his patience is taking.

“Everybody in the gym, whether it is players or coaches, you want to win. And a lot of times if you don’t see that ball go through the hoop, or you don’t see those Ws come up, anybody human is going to lose some bit of patience,” the coach said.

But, in the same breath, Casey reiterates the symbiosis he strives to maintain: the coaches constantly teaching, which feeds his players’ relentless work ethic. And Casey was pleased with the enthusiasm his players exhibited on the practice court after shooting just 38% in a 96-73 loss in Boston Wednesday night.

What Dwane Casey can and cannot say as the Toronto Raptors struggle

Of all the jobs a head coach does, speaking with the media is the one of the least important.

Sure, in many cases the media serves as a conduit to the fans. The people who support the team like to know what the coach is thinking. However, if you asked 100 fans whether they would take a monosyllabic coach who coaxed maximum effort and results from his team, 100 fans would say yes.

However, communicating the state of the Raptors is much more important in a year such as this. The roster is essentially the same as the one that was 22-60 last year. After an encouraging start, they have lost six games in a row. At 4-11, three Eastern Conference teams have worse records than them, but that is only because there are a lot of depressing teams in the Eastern Conference.

Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors

The Blazers are mired in their biggest funk of the season, having lost four of the last five games. The only win came against the New Orleans Hornets, the worst team in the Western Conference. ... After a 92-89 loss at Atlanta Wednesday, the team held a players-only meeting in the postgame locker room. ... The loss dropped them to 2-5 on the road. ... Camby, who has missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle, said he would return tonight. ... Reserve Nicolas Batum was poked in the left eye against Atlanta and underwent X-rays during the game. They were negative for an orbital fracture and Batum practiced Thursday in Toronto. He will play today. ... Shooting has been a struggle for most of the season and the Blazers rank 17th in the NBA in field goal percentage (43.5) and 21st in three-point shooting (31.6 percent). ... Felton is shooting a career-worst 34.6 percent from the field, including just 15.6 percent from three-point range. He played just 3:49 in the decisive fourth quarter against the Hawks as coach Nate McMillan opted to play rookie Nolan Smith and Matthews alongside Jamal Crawford in the backcourt. ... Matthews is also slumping from the field, having made just 8 of 31 shots (25.8 percent) over the last three games. ... Smith finished with three points, two assists and one rebound in 10 meaningful minutes against Atlanta. McMillan said Thursday that Smith had earned more minutes with the performance.

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Old 01-20-2012, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How hard could it be to work out and look like Brad Pitt?

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You answered your own question, sir. No matter how much a guy works out to look like that, it's all about his "stupid face".

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