No matter where you stand on the optimist-pessimist spectrum one thing is undeniable: so far this season has been a massive disappointment. If you were wise enough to predict what has transpired so far, good for you, you’ve earned a right to say, “I’ve told you so”, just don’t rub it in every time. If… Read more »
This game was definitely worth staying up to watch. The Warriors play exciting ball even without Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette. What are you going to do right? At least this road-trip is over, with the Raptors going 2-4. Could be worse, I had them pegged at finishing this road swing 1-5. Arse made a… Read more »
Ladies Love Cool Andris in today’s Opening Tip. Some are already calling for Jay’s head to be carried out in a sack and thrown off the CN Tower. Tonight the coach of Canada’s NBA team takes on the straight-shootin’ owner of the second most wins in NBA history. Nelson’s troops are banged up, while our… Read more »
I’m not mad/upset/disgusted/disappointed/etc at the loss tonight. Sure Vegas had the Raptors as 8 point underdogs, but anyone with any sense wouldn’t bet on the Raptors unless they are playing the bottom of the barrel teams in the league. The fact of the matter is that the Blazers are a top echelon team, and the… Read more »
There is a pattern developing here. First the Raptors come out like gangbusters- shoot the ball with a high percentage, pound the ball inside with success, and put the boot to top flight teams: Portland, NJ, Dallas, even Boston. Next, the team begins to build some confidence. And lastly, they begin to jack up shots… Read more »
The “young turks” edition. Adams – only one thing will enable this guy to play any quality NBA minutes: Gatorade being deemed a stimulant and anybody who drinks it is banned from playing in the league. Bargnani – shooting .500 from the floor, showing confidence, not hesitating….yet Coach Triano sits him during the decisive part… Read more »
Raptors have won two straight and are trying to avenge the earlier loss in Toronto when Steve Blake burned us for a 3 with 8 ticks left. Chris Bosh then did his PG impression, remember? The live chat is available and you can follow the game on Twitter. The stream links are below, there’s the… Read more »
“I eat slow white men” Raptors 107, Kings 101 This is one of those games that becomes news only if you lose. It wasn’t easy and there were moments of doubt from start to finish but the Raptors managed to hang on and beat the Kings in the most boring close game you’ll ever see…. Read more »
The “put me in, coach” edition. Adams – asked Santa for a blowout….any kind of blowout. Needs one just to see some PT. Should have asked for some skills. Bargnani – asked Santa for the ability to become a brick shithouse, evidently. Doing his best Oakley on one possession, but also doing his best “he’s… Read more »
Twitter based live blog tonight. Raps back in action after a three day break! Link to Live Chat Stream #1 107-101 Final. 2-2 on the roadtrip thanks to JO’s big night. Also, much thanks to Jack Armstrong for making this game painful to watch. 3 minutes ago Randy Brown is on the Kings bench in… Read more »
So we all agree that we need to make a serious move or two if we want to do anything significant this season and Bryan Colangelo agrees. Apparently Colangelo offered his once prized signing Jason Kapono to the Nuggets for J.R Smith but the Nuggets wisely declined. So there you have it, Colangelo does admit… Read more »
We’re in the spirit of giving here at Raptors Republic and this time its two tickets to watch Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard go at it on January 4th, 2009. To enter the contest all you need to do is post something in this thread, here are a few suggestions: A Raptors prediction for the… Read more »
This I can explain. His low usage rate when he is on the floor minimize his impact on team stats, such as team O/D rating and even plus minus (since that stat also accounts for the other members of the rotation. However, when he is being used, his individual stats, or the stats that are only dependant on his contributions, he looks pretty good, pretty great even.
Basically, like what everyone else has been saying, it comes down to usage rate. Involve him enough in the offense and there's no reason why his individual efficiency won't be reflected in the team stats.
Now here's where you might say "but the raptors lose more when he shoots more than average, so the usage rate argument doesn't hold up". That's a fair point, but I would argue that Jonas often gets those extra field goals when A) the guards are putting up a ton of bricks and Jonas is cleaning the glass, or B) he's a last resort after its clear that the other scoring options aren't working. In both scenarios, the team as a whole is playing below average, so it makes sense that they would win a lower percentage of games.