Paul Jay: Offensive focus a risky venture
Old 11-19-2009, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This guy was one of the best Raptors writers around a few years ago.

I guess he's at CBC now.

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When a team allows 130 points in a game of basketball, even in the thin Colorado air, it's usually hazardous to a coach's career.

Last year Sam Mitchell learned this, as 'Melo was his Alamo and ticket to early retirement after a 132-93 drubbing in December.

Jay Triano is on much safer ground, however, even though his team collapsed in the second half of an 130-112 loss Tuesday night.

For one, there is a big difference between an 18-point loss and a 39-point one.

But more importantly, the Raptors of today are committed to a more offensive style of basketball, and sometimes when a team makes scoring a priority, you get games like this or the early-season stinker to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Mitchell, on the other hand, known as a tough defender as a player, cringed at shoot-outs, so when the Raps got smoked, Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo might have taken it as a sign the team was no longer buying what Sam was selling.

Triano can't be pleased his team is allowing 108.1 points a game - only the aforementioned Grizzlies are permitting more - but the 107.4 points a game they are scoring must be at least a partial salve.

It's tempting to suggest that these gaudy numbers are the price of implementing a shoot-in-seven-seconds-or-less uptempo style of basketball, but the truth is, the Raptors aren't a particularly fast-paced squad.

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Old 11-19-2009, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hey hey I don't believe this writer. Mitchell wasn't defensive minded he always mentioned not shooting the ball well


Also, 100 SHATS was his trademark
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Um...or his boss's idea?
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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per possession basis, the Raptors are both the most efficient offensive team
This instantly reminded me of Jan 2008 win over Boston.
We shot incredible percentages, 4 starters were on fire, .714 from 3-point...
...and game was won by 2 points with help of rare Calderon drive and-1

Is that the way you want to be winning games? Hope that every time there will be a perfect storm?
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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needs to be a defensive juggernaut in the starting 5.

Perhaps one that played a suppossedly suberb defense in the Olympics.
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