Grange: New term...A Raptor
Old 11-26-2009, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Honestly, what to say?

If the secret formula for the Raptors enjoying any noteable success this season is incremental improvement defensively were talking trying to be as good defensively as the Memphis Grizzlies, currently 29th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, okay? a great place to start would be with transition defence.

Why transition defence? Well, its the easiest kind of defence, really. Youre not even trying to stop the other team from scoring; youre just trying to stop them from scoring right away. This be in the Raptors wheel house: just kind of slow em down.

But last night was a joke. The distinguishing feature was the way no one took any responsibility for what was happening at any given moment. Were not talking the runouts on turnovers; the Raptors are a very low turnover team so its not normally a big issue and if a pass does get picked off chances are its going the other way for a layup.

But last night there were several occasions where the ball would be rebounded by Charlotte uncontested often and any number of Bobcats would simply run past any number of loping Raptors, get a pass over the top and score. It was hard to believe. On one occasion Calderon beats his man cleanly for a layup, but misses it. Felton starts running out not at a sprint, mind you and Calderon kind of hangs his head and jogs behind him. After an instant he looks up and realizes Felton has him beat and points to ask for help. Only problem is no one is paying attention. Bargnani is back but not really reading the play. Felton sees open court and picks up the pace, Stephen Jackson hits him in stride and its a layup.

On another occasion a moment later DeRozan lets Gerald Wallace sprint past him in the mid-court area. If there is one thing that DeRozan should never let happen in what is shaping up as an unremarkable rookie season, its letting guys sprint past him; that should be the minimum. Transition defence is pretty easy: someone has to stop or at least slow - the ball; everyone else has to find a man. When its being done right people are talking and pointing and co-operating. Let me know if you see the Raptors doing that as a group in transition. Its not about lateral quickness or athleticism or size. Its merely about being aware of whats going on and trying not to give up a layup in the first four seconds of the shot clock.

In fact Im thinking of introducing a new term to the local basketball lexicon: When an opposing player pulls a rebound off the defensive glass and dribbles the length of the floor for an uncontested fast-break layup; having to neither think of passing or even changing direction, it should be called A Raptor. As of now Gerald Wallace leads the NBA in Raptors though I think its a safe bet that Rajon Rondo will challenge for the lead by the time the Celtics are finished with Toronto on Friday.

Embarrassing.

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Old 11-26-2009, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yikes...

and i totally agree with him.

Wallace was pretty much laughing his way down the court untouched.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wallace was sipping a cup of tea while making his way to the basket
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If the players are not giving the effort, where is the accountability. Does it go to the coach for not making the players accountable. Does it go to the players for not giving the effort. It should be both. Maybe BC should go down to the locker room at halftime and pull a Jerry Jones. Maybe he should get someone in free agency or the D-League who actually plays defense. Maybe Triano should have a fast hook on players who miss assigments on defense. I'm just saying the boat needs to be rocked. The current message is being ignored by the players.
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In fact Im thinking of introducing a new term to the local basketball lexicon: When an opposing player pulls a rebound off the defensive glass and dribbles the length of the floor for an uncontested fast-break layup; having to neither think of passing or even changing direction, it should be called A Raptor.
How about we call it a "Bargnani"
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How about we call it a "Bargnani"
Didn't you read the article? They're all guilty, not just him. Show some objectivity
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If the players are not giving the effort, where is the accountability. Does it go to the coach for not making the players accountable. Does it go to the players for not giving the effort. It should be both. Maybe BC should go down to the locker room at halftime and pull a Jerry Jones. Maybe he should get someone in free agency or the D-League who actually plays defense. Maybe Triano should have a fast hook on players who miss assigments on defense. I'm just saying the boat needs to be rocked. The current message is being ignored by the players.
Honestly... at this point it has to be the players. You're a freaking PROFESSIONAL athlete. Not some schmoe taking a couple of runs at the YMCA. You should be exerting maximum effort every damn night of the season. Because THAT's why you're being paid millions of dollars a year.

It's pretty sad when the Golden State Warriors can eke out a win against Dallas with SIX players (and their head coach out too) while we get blown out by the 'cats.

No excuse.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not counting on this game being particularly emblematic. And I think Grange makes too much of a night where everything was simply off. And you can watch just about any team and see them get beat for easy baskets when a layup is missed. It is absolutely true that transition is the worst aspect of their defense thus far, but last night was about more than just that. Now if they don't respond well - then we've got a whole other kettle of fish.
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How about we call it a "Bargnani"
how bout we call it an oppositional erection
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Didn't you read the article? They're all guilty, not just him. Show some objectivity
But Bargnani has been the most consistent all season for defensive lapses. The award should be called the "Bargnani."
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I'm not counting on this game being particularly emblematic. And I think Grange makes too much of a night where everything was simply off. And you can watch just about any team and see them get beat for easy baskets when a layup is missed. It is absolutely true that transition is the worst aspect of their defense thus far, but last night was about more than just that. Now if they don't respond well - then we've got a whole other kettle of fish.
The problem is that this has been happening on a nightly basis. But your right, last night's blowout was about more than just horrible transition D. Something is definitely amiss with the Raps right now. Like someone else mentioned, these guys are supposed to be professionals and put forward a total effort on a nightly basis. That just isn't happening with the Raps right now. I've yet to see them play a complete game,or even a complete half for that matter. How many times have the Raps been blown out like that already or given up monster leads. It just shouldn't be happening that regularly.

The Raps absolutely have the talent to compete in the Eastern Conference, it's just a matter of putting forth a complete team effort on a nightly basis. The good teams do that and win regularly. Even teams with "lesser" talent are overachieving this season (Milwaukee, Miami, Phoenix and even Houston to an extent) because of the effort they put in.

All that being said, it's still way too early to throw in the towel on the season. The Raps can definitely turn it around. Let's just hope it's sooner rather than later.
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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HA A Raptor. That is a good word because last night's transition D was shitier then shit. The Bobcat's prolly had there highest amount of dunks in a game because of that.

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Old 11-26-2009, 07:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Honestly... at this point it has to be the players. You're a freaking PROFESSIONAL athlete. Not some schmoe taking a couple of runs at the YMCA. You should be exerting maximum effort every damn night of the season. Because THAT's why you're being paid millions of dollars a year.

It's pretty sad when the Golden State Warriors can eke out a win against Dallas with SIX players (and their head coach out too) while we get blown out by the 'cats.

No excuse.
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But Bargnani has been the most consistent all season for defensive lapses. The award should be called the "Bargnani."
except that grange clearly states that Bargnani was supposed to cover for calderon's lapse. All the criticism he gets is because he's not there to cover for someone else's mistake. At least he's covering his own man, unlike most other starters who get beat on a regular basis (and have to rely on Bargnani or Bosh to cover for them).

You know how many points did diaw score last night (bargnani was on diaw for most of the time, with Bosh on chandler)? Five on 2 of 6 shooting.

If everybody else would defend their man like andrea does, maybe we wouldn't need all this "help defense" ...
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how bout we call it an oppositional erection
LOL, u guys need to stop bitching if the raps win 50 games they still wont maek noise in the playoffs if they do bad in the regular season say win 41 games they wont make noise in the playoffs so as long as the games are interesting I dont give a shit about where they go and if they play defense
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