Why the raptors are OKC-like and how to fix it
Old 01-01-2009, 05:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why the raptors are OKC-like and how to fix it

I'm talking about this like if our current roster stays the same for the rest of the season, I'm not looking to mention trades, I mean I know we need a wing and all but that's not what i want to talk about.

Games we should've/could've/had to win (these are teams we are much better than);

1. philly
2. NJ x 2
3. OKC! (only 2 wins a4 we played them)
4. GS (only 9 wins be4 we played em)

WE ARE 12-20! THAT MEANS WE ARE IN THE BOTTOM TEN OF TEAMS IN THE NBA AS OF NOW! even if we have a way to go until the season is ova, we shouldn't place our self in this situation at any point in the season, it's unacceptable!

This is a team with a first round, first pick player in bargs, 3-point champ in kapono (bosh-JO + kapono was supposed to be deadly), Calderon (who hasn't been playing like himself as of late with all the TOs), Bosh, JO, and a decent supporting cast even though it lacks depth. that should be more than enough to beat those crappy ass teams up there (yes, even NJ!).

If we won in those five losses, our record would be;

17-15 & 7th in the east (rather than 12-20 and 4th last in east )

Things Raptors are doing well in or with (optimistic);

1. FT shooting, we are best in nba
2. three point shooting
3. first quarter (i think we are great 1st quarter team, if only the game was 1 quarter long )
4. ? (i don't even know man! we gotta get better!)

Problems we have to address and fix;

1. PLAY FOUR F@#KING QUARTERS FOR F#@K'S SAKE!!!!
2. rebound better
3. become more consistent (ahem...BOSH...ahem...Bargs...ahem....WHOLE TEAM....ahem)
4. become more physical (points in the paint)
5. players need to follow their defensive assignments
6. better perimeter defence (have you noticed that all teams are scoring 11-15+ threes on us for while now, every game! seriously, all the open perimeter looks need to be cut off!)
7. stop jumpshooting!!!!!!!!!! (poor shot selection at times)

although i'm sure these are things we all know, i just had to get it off ma chest.
the raps need to get their s#@t together and fix all that crap and just PLAY BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 01-01-2009, 06:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think we are better than the 76ers or the Nets.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think we are better than the 76ers or the Nets.
well i feel we really are better. we've even beaten them both before and at their homes. philly is a heartless team with no perimeter players. i'm not saying we are a passionate team with balls, but we are most def better than those guys. all the experts and analysts expected us to be better than philly and we are... we just aren't showing it. and NJ is good, but they just rely on devin harris and Carter plays good when he feels like it. NJ is just as bad as us on defense, we have better players and everything and match up well with them offensively, but we still lost to them twice only because we couldn't guard the perimeter and slacked off (first time we lost to them is because the Raptors weren't taking the game seriously. jose was like it was over in the third... that sparked them).
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You didnt really mention how to fix it, just that we suck, so your plan is to tell them to stop sucking, start rebounding and start playing physical? AWESOME!!!!
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You didnt really mention how to fix it, just that we suck, so your plan is to tell them to stop sucking, start rebounding and start playing physical? AWESOME!!!!
well first off, i couldn't tell THEM if i wanted to.
secondly, I don't think you understand, I never said they sucked. yes they have a lot of holes that need to be filled and that these have to fixed defensively as I've mentioned. That is how you become better. you don't just SAY you are going to get better and hope for the best. there are steps to take, you have to do something about. i've mentioned the areas we struggle in, now they need to do what they KNOW they have to do, what the coach tells them in practice everyday to do. i've mentioned the Raptors problems, they need to take initiative and use their full talents and abilities properly to fix those problems, that's obvious. they know better than you and I, I just mentioned the specific things they are doing poorly, they have to do the opposite. how they do it is up to the coach, my point is that they have to ACTUALLY DO IT! we are good shooting team, but too much shooting can hurt you which is what we are doing!

even a trade won't make things magically better because I think our team chemistry is pretty good, a trade could make it worse or better, a trade could doesn't guarantee that we will start rebounding better, guard the perimeter better, shut down guys like lebron or dwade just cause of a solid wing. when JO came here, he was supposed to bring attitude, swagger, and all that, but it didn't help much because the other players aren't stepping the way they know they are supposed to. they say it themselves for pete's sake!

it's up to the players, they need to take the next step to make their team better by doing everything they are supposed to do. for the raptors, they need to fix the things i've mentioned in order to become better, step by step.

we are a good shooting team in general as I said, EVERYONE on our team can shoot. guys have got to grow balls and take it inside, i know it isn't easy sometimes, but our guys don't try as much as they should be. jay triano tells them all the time and they don't listen most of the time. they get lazy and settle for jump shots and don't finish the games out strongly (playing all 4 quarters). it's not like our guys are incapable of going inside, they just need to be more aggresive. we need to be one of those teams that makes other teams be like, "not these guys, aw crap, were done!!", not, "pfft, it's the craptors, these guys are pansys and pushovers, lolz". like boston, lakers, even orlando, atlanta, detroit, etc.
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Sorry, but talent wise we're no better then GS/NJ/Philly!

OKC was a pathetic loss though!
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OKC beat GS and we loss o both teams. That is sad in some sort of a way
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