Instead of giving you a Raptor fans’ opinion about what the Warriors bring to the table, it’s better to get somebody who has covered the Warriors on a daily basis for more than a decade. I had a chance to preview tonight’s game with Matt Steinmetz who is an analyst for Comcast Sports Bay Area… Read more »
Toronto Raptors 95, Philadelphia 76ers 84 If we had lost that game would you have written off this team? No, of course not. So let’s not get carried away after one win either, even though it happened to be the most impressive regular season win this franchise had registered in six years. Yes, six years…. Read more »
A new season, a new home for roll call, and a Raptors win in what could be a game to decide playoff seeding later on. Sah-weet. Adams – last seen hitting up the ATM at King and Bathurst before heading to “the doctor” Bargnani – not often you’d hear me say this about someone with… Read more »
Tim Chisholm, basketball writer for TSN.ca was kind enough to chat some hoops with us. You can check out his regular blog here. Here’s a very brief summary: Sam Mitchell’s X’s and O’s: Feel’s like Sam’s not capable of having a great assistant which takes a large role in how the team works. Mitchell’s gone… Read more »
It’s finally here, opening night. Raptors and 76ers from Philly starting at 6PM EST tonight to tip-off our 14th season. The game is a tough one. Home openers are hard to win as a road team but Philadelphia has lost 3 of their last 4 which should give the Raptors some hope. An early divisional… Read more »
First up let’s announce the contest winner. We ran a SQL query which randomly selected one comment from the 199 that were submitted. Just for fun we’ve shown 4 other people who came oh so close to winning….
Team news for the day is the Raptors exercising the club option on Bargnani’s contract. Imagine if they had let him walk? I mean, picture Colangelo holding a press conference and walking up to the podium along with Sam Mitchell and saying, “The club has decided to part ways with Andrea Bargnani. This was not… Read more »
Let’s start off this morning by thanking Eric Smith for linking to the free ticket contest. Nice of him. The season’s a mere three days away and the Raptors are picking up some injuries. They’ve all been to low-key players such as Hassan Adams, Will Solomon and Nathan Jawai but when your roster is this… Read more »
With a week until the season starts, there’s not much to say that hasn’t been said. We’ve heard ad nauseam about our lack of defence, Sam Mitchell’s Lasik (which, if you ask me, makes him look like the type that sleazes up to drunk chicks at a jazz bar), and, highest on many skeptic’s lists,… 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.