Jack: Five Raptors Issues That Need To Be Corrected
Old 11-14-2008, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1. Defence - Big issue is the perimeter defence. Way too many blow bys.

The Raps have to do a better job of containing dribble penetration, they’re getting hurt a great deal on draw and kick plays that set up 3-point shots.

Toronto needs to do a better job of being fundamentally sound on close outs on shooters - right now, they're flying out at guys and then giving up the drive.

The interior defence is much improved with Jermaine O'Neal's presence and the improvements of Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani as defenders. But the weaker you are covering on the perimeter, the tougher it is to be a good rebounding team because everyone is out of position to do it effectively.

2. Wing Positions (2 & 3 spots) - Here's the question you have to ask yourself.

Have Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Jason Kapono and even Joey Graham had stretches where they've played quite well? The answer is yes. The challenge is, can they do it consistently? It's imperative that a few of these guys get it going and become solid and consistent scorers and defenders.

Excellence is a habit - each and every day playing at a significant level. The level of play at these two spots must improve. If not, the Raptors need to look at a guy like Bargnani playing a little more here and take your chances with the defensive challenges of playing him at the three spot. The team can play some zone if need be to hide that a bit.

3. Turnovers - After eight games this season, the Raps have committed one more turnover than they've forced! Considering how good they've been in this category the past few years, this is a huge issue. And lots of them are coming in late-game scenarios.

It's typical in the early season with most teams, but they've got to toughen up and tighten up the execution.

This can't become a pattern - you start to give up too many fast break points off your mistakes.

4. Running Game - The Raptors are not getting enough easy points in transition. Instead, they're getting bogged down playing a ton of half court, five-on-five scenarios. The defence needs to be able to turn over opponents a bit more and run off of missed shots, blocks and turnovers. If they can't get this aspect improved, then the level of half court execution needs to get to that next level.

Get guys like Parker and Kapono easy 3's on the break and get Moon some run out opportunities in transition. It's harder for these guys (they aren't "blow by you" guys in five-on-five sets) to be effective in half court sets when it's constant, five-on-five grind it out stuff.

5. Depth Improvement

a. Point Guards - I think the backup point guards will end up being OK. Ukic is going to be a good player down the line and Solomon is a tough guy who will adjust and get better in time. Is this an ideal arrangement behind Calderon? No. But I'm confident that they can mange a game for 10-12 minutes a night here.

b. Wing Guys - Need more from your wing players off the bench in terms of defence, scoring, something - nuff said.

c. Post Players - I like what I see from Bargnani - he's getting better on both sides of the ball. He's far from there yet, but I'm seeing good signs defensively in terms of shot blocking, willingness to rebound, toughness and a better understanding of how to get his game off inside and out. He's a work in progress.

I know Humphries can take some maddening shots on occasion, but I like him. He's tough, he'll rebound and give you some hustle plays in spurts. He's got to make a push for more playing time – the opportunity might be there if things get shook up at the 3 spot with a Bargnani playing a bit there. Maybe some backup 4/5 minutes. He's in a numbers game here with O'Neal, Bosh and Andrea all needing minutes. Its' up to him - opportunity knocks.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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2. Wing Positions (2 & 3 spots) - Here's the question you have to ask yourself.

Have Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Jason Kapono and even Joey Graham had stretches where they've played quite well? The answer is yes. The challenge is, can they do it consistently? It's imperative that a few of these guys get it going and become solid and consistent scorers and defenders.

Excellence is a habit - each and every day playing at a significant level. The level of play at these two spots must improve. If not, the Raptors need to look at a guy like Bargnani playing a little more here and take your chances with the defensive challenges of playing him at the three spot. The team can play some zone if need be to hide that a bit.
Thats the most important part. Consistency. Go jack.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The whole time I was reading it I could here his raspy, sounds like he just gargled razor blades voice saying all the that stuff, which is bang on BTW.
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Jack did a good job pointing to obvious caveats of Raptors current situation.
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Give joey more burn.

I think he would be an improvement over Moon at this point - and demotion should act as a Catalyst for Jamario. make him earn his starter's role back, if indeed he gets it back. In any case, this should light a fire under his ass.

He'll see more of oppoistion's backups when he's on the floor.
Joey did damn well in Boston - had a great preseason and offseason, and looks to be rebounding and playing far smarter than he has in the past. He's made a few mistakes here and there this, but shit - so has everybody so far.

Not sure if this should be in this thread - just a suggestion to tweak our wing play a bit.
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1. Defence - Big issue is the perimeter defence. Way too many blow bys.I have been saying this all season so far, even after our wins! our perimeter defense sucks and every team knows that all they have to do is attack from outside to beat us!

2. Wing Positions (2 & 3 spots) - Here's the question you have to ask yourself.

Have Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Jason Kapono and even Joey Graham had stretches where they've played quite well? The answer is yes. The challenge is, can they do it consistently? It's imperative that a few of these guys get it going and become solid and consistent scorers and defenders
Directly related to point one! Jack is calling these guys out for terrible play! i wonder if we could get some guys from Europe or the D-League that would be willing to play defense for the money these guys make! if i were younger, i would burn my ass for that money!

3. Turnovers 4. Running Game
This killed us against the 76ers, against the Celtics, against the Pistons... see a pattern? the guys have to control the ball or they will continue to lose. it is very simple! that goes directly to the lack of a transition game as we get very few easy baskets off the break. What a joy it was to watch Jamario grab the ball and run and drive it home! now he looks lifeless most nights..

5. Depth Improvement
or lack there of! our bench last year won us many games with Jason Kapono and Carlos Delfino able to spark a run. i said many times this off season that the loss of Delfino would come back to haunt this team and it has! he was a tough defender and ran the floor very well and was always a threat with the rock. that has left us some d-league calibre bench players worth very little in a trade and less on the floor!

It might only be 8 games in to this season, but the holes are glaring and there seems to be little to be done to stop the bleeding.


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Give joey more burn.

I think he would be an improvement over Moon at this point - and demotion should act as a Catalyst for Jamario. make him earn his starter's role back, if indeed he gets it back. In any case, this should light a fire under his ass.

He'll see more of oppoistion's backups when he's on the floor.
Joey did damn well in Boston - had a great preseason and offseason, and looks to be rebounding and playing far smarter than he has in the past. He's made a few mistakes here and there this, but shit - so has everybody so far.

Not sure if this should be in this thread - just a suggestion to tweak our wing play a bit.
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i think wing position is the key
and when i say wing position it means they need AP/kapono/moon to get some consistent scoring and also defending, if they can score more it naturally means they aren't turning the ball over as much because more shots are probably being taken rather than the ball being stolen
the wings are also our keys when it comes to defending and rebound, they need to be able to defend their men so that the bigs don't have to always rotate and help which put the bigs into foul trouble and makes them leave their men and also takes them out of rebounding position and from boxing out, it also means the wings need to help rebound the ball especially when the shots are long, this will also increase the fastbreak because they can rebound it themselves and run
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i think wing position is the key
and when i say wing position it means they need AP/kapono/moon to get some consistent scoring and also defending, if they can score more it naturally means they aren't turning the ball over as much because more shots are probably being taken rather than the ball being stolen
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As i have said before, this team misses Carlos Delfino huge! he was the one who could provide the stable option and a bit of shut down defense from the wing. right now, the Raptors are pathetic and every team knows they need only attack from the 3 spot to go on long runs.
the wings are also our keys when it comes to defending and rebound, they need to be able to defend their men so that the bigs don't have to always rotate and help which put the bigs into foul trouble and makes them leave their men and also takes them out of rebounding position and from boxing out, it also means the wings need to help rebound the ball especially when the shots are long, this will also increase the fastbreak because they can rebound it themselves and run
The pressure these guys put on our big men on both ends of the floor is tremendous and if Chris and Jermaine and Andrea all have a bad game then we just don't have any other options on offense or defense. i think an all - star ncaa team could figure out how to beat these guys!
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oops sorry admiral, put the second quote in the wrong spot!

this stuff was mine :-)

As i have said before, this team misses Carlos Delfino huge! he was the one who could provide the stable option and a bit of shut down defense from the wing. right now, the Raptors are pathetic and every team knows they need only attack from the 3 spot to go on long runs.
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Jack for coach???? LOL
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I think Jack is too smart to get into coaching!
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