The Toronto Raptors enter Game 3 in Washington down 0-2 with their backs firmly against the wall. Tonight they look to speak via their actions as they seek to regain their chemistry & salvage some pride.
Nail in Casey's coffin tonight. For those who don't think it's the coaches fault, it's time to be enlightened.
Wittman is going all in on guarding our guards. Double teaming high in the post, ignoring the bigs completely on P+R, leaving open lanes in exchange for no threes. On offence he is running high P+R to death. They are attacking our slow-footed guards on every possession. No post-ups, no swing around the perimeter. It's either drive and finish, drive and kick, or drive and find the rolling big. His bigs are crashing the offensive glass every play as he knows if the penetration gets past the guards, the Raps interior D will be switching and helping, left unable to box out anyone. He is not running anything through Gortat or Nene, two more than capable offensive threats, because the advantage isn't going 1-on-1 inside against JV, AJ, PP. This was used by WSH all season, but Wittman has recognized the better bet of attacking guards.
This all makes sense in designing an offense and defense to combat the Raptors strengths and exploit their weaknesses.
Time for Casey's prep for this series. He put Hansbrough in the starting lineup. For the life of me I can't understand why, except for he wants Amir on the 2nd unit for help reasons, which is not working. His offensive scheme has not changed one iota for this series. ISO guards, swing on the perimeter, drive and try to get fouled. Hasn't adjusted whatsoever to Wittman by posting bigs, or passing to them on P+R. He keeps Vasquez on the floor when he is getting killed on D and not offering any ball movement or shooting. Keeps JJ pinned to the bench when he can guard 1 through 5. Talks about needing spacing on the floor when Washington is doing just fine with one shooter out there. His big offensive plan is to run. Repeatedly yells GO, GO, GO when they finally secure a defensive rebound, even though Washington is already setup defensively, and his team is not a run and gun team. Blamed transition D for Washington scoring so much in the 2nd quarter. Most of those WSH scores were 5-on-5. They are not running us out of the gym, they are picking us apart.
He clearly has no idea what to do. In the playoffs you should know all of your opponents tendencies and have a plan to go against your own to throw them off. Washington knows our tendencies and hasn't even had to change theirs because Casey hasn't done anything to stop them.
Series will be a sweep, and if Casey is back next year, there will be one less fan watching.