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Old 11-28-2009, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It’s time to be honest: the plan has flaws.

Over the summer and throughout training camp, the Toronto Raptors publicly stated that they had to improve their defense to become relevant in the Eastern Conference. The entire organization - the players, coaches, and front office - was focused on getting-stops in 2010.

A month into the season, it seems this was all talk. Nothing more. So far, the Raptors have played little or no defense, allowing opponents to score an embarrassing 108 points per game, which is the second highest in the NBA.

The problem is simple: the organization thinks finesse starters Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon can help them become a defensive squad.

You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. And it will always be a struggle for skilled players like Bargnani and Calderon to hold their own, let alone excel on defense.

So, what now? Well, now things get interesting for coach Jay Triano because he lacks the leverage within the organization to make these changes.

For instance, if defense is really Triano’s priority, why not start the bigger, quicker Jarrett Jack over Calderon? And while were at it, why not start Reggie Evans (when healthy), Amir Johnson, or Rasha Nesterovic at center, shift the frontcourt down a position, and have DeMar DeRozan come off the bench?

These moves makes sense. Jack, as the starter, wouldn’t get beat off the dribble, while Calderon could assume his super-sub role of two seasons ago. Evans, Johnson, or Nesterovic would add toughness; Bosh, Bargnani, and Turkoglu would create mismatches at the 4, 3, and 2 spots.

Unfortunately, politics won’t allow it. GM Bryan Colangelo signed Calderon to a five-year, $45 million contract to start at the 1-spot. The two-time Executive of the Year also drafted Bargnani first overall and, thinking he was their post of the future last summer, extended him to the tune of five-years and $50 million. Clearly, the front office has committed to the Spaniard and Italian.


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Old 11-28-2009, 10:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I also think we will struggle with these 2. Calderon has terrible man2man D and Bargnani is lost half the time.
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We fucken suck right now... and we look like a joke compared to real NBA Teams
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Too much offense from the starting 5. But, I guess we are waiting to see what Reggie brings to the table. From last night, you can see that Rasho plays much better with Calderon and Bosh (High-Low Offense) and he rebounds on defense. But we are stuck with them for now, I would start Hedo-Bosh-Calderon-Wright-Rasho for now with Bargnani the centerpiece of your second unit with Amir-Beli-Jack-Derozan. Then if Bargnani is hot, you burn him for 30-35 minutes.
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Wow we are just as bad on here when we compare it to our team. To come on here and say Jack is better then Jose on D just shows we suck just as much as our team right now. Just fucking sad to read all this bull shit.
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I cant wait for reggie to come back but fuck, we cant hold everything over him. I believe he will be a diffrence maker but shit, the guy cant play defence for the entire team all 48 min
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