What to do about the Toronto Raptors' terrible third quarters
Old 11-30-2009, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Poor third quarters have killed the Toronto Raptors on their current three-game losing streak.

In Charlotte, the Raptors were outscored 33-21, turning a six-point deficit into an 18-point deficit. In Boston, they were outscored 33-17, turning a one-point lead into a 15-point deficit. Against Phoenix they were outscored 34-27, turning a one-point deficit into an eight-point deficit, although the Phoenix lead ballooned to as high as 19 points in the quarter.

Something has got to give. Maybe the Raptors should all chug a Red Bull or something.

"Me and coach talked about it," guard Jarrett Jack said. "I think his patience is starting to wear thin with what's going on in the third quarter. It might be a quicker lineup change or a quicker insertion into the second half lineup or possibly even not starting the second half with the same starting unit that started the game. Whatever we have to do to get that one thing turned around, we need to go ahead and get it out of the way."
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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3rd quarters have been killing the raps for 15 years now.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's true, 15 years, it's borderline weird at this point. It's past being frustrating, you almost expect a run from the other team is coming, I end up hoping the game is still within reach at the end of the third.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Start off every 3rd quarter by playing Zone!!! Man up.

Funny thing is today Jay was asked if they'll start playing more zone, his reponse.............we'd need to practice that and we won't get another full practice until Dec. 21st.


Is this guy for real? Did they not go through zone defence during training camp? Hell, or since? It's not as if these players have never played zone defence before. I'm really astounded that they aren't really prepared to play much zone defence 18 games into the season!!
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Start off every 3rd quarter by playing Zone!!! Man up.

Funny thing is today Jay was asked if they'll start playing more zone, his reponse.............we'd need to practice that and we won't get another full practice until Dec. 21st.


Is this guy for real? Did they not go through zone defence during training camp? Hell, or since? It's not as if these players have never played zone defence before. I'm really astounded that they aren't really prepared to play much zone defence 18 games into the season!!
Also it seems the schedules are always screwing the Raps. Compare our schedule to Boston's, this league is a joke with their bias
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Start off every 3rd quarter by playing Zone!!! Man up.

Funny thing is today Jay was asked if they'll start playing more zone, his reponse.............we'd need to practice that and we won't get another full practice until Dec. 21st.


Is this guy for real? Did they not go through zone defence during training camp? Hell, or since? It's not as if these players have never played zone defence before. I'm really astounded that they aren't really prepared to play much zone defence 18 games into the season!!
this is indeed quite troubling. and it's one thing to be unprepared, and quite another to announce that to the national media. "hey opposing teams, we don't even know how to play zone, so go ahead and rock the pick and roll all you want. we got nothing!"

where did the quote come from jeff?
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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this is indeed quite troubling. and it's one thing to be unprepared, and quite another to announce that to the national media. "hey opposing teams, we don't even know how to play zone, so go ahead and rock the pick and roll all you want. we got nothing!"

where did the quote come from jeff?
It came from todays practice. I put the video in another thread, check it out i posted it about 20 minutes ago.

-check out the thread: Is Jay still using the not enough practice excuse

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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start JJ instead of Jose in the 3rd
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