The talk is all about whether the Raptors are buyers or sellers at the deadline while considering the variables of finance, talent and the state of the NBA. We ask if two free throws against the Lakers is enough to heat up Hedo Turkoglu and see if Jose Calderon can get you the 2 guard you desire.
The battle for fifth. Currently the Raptors stand one game back in the loss column and in 10 games will be at least a couple games ahead of the Heat. See, while the Raptors come into a relatively easy stretch of games, the Heat pay visits to Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and Atlanta. The fifth seed… Read more »
Triano on the significance of the game: As we say in Canada, or in hockey, it’s one of those four-pointers. It’s two you get and two they don’t. It has a little bit more value than even the Lakers game.
The Raptors have challenges at the wing position. Hedo, … well we all know the issue there – even though there are signs of improvement at least in terms of effort in recent games. DeMar DeRozan has loads of potential and the consensus view is to keep his development going by having him start. The primary issue remains who plays in the second unit – and how much they play.
Podcast topics include favorite Raptors, what can Belinelli do to shoot better than 41%, Amir Johnson fan clubs, Bargnani and Bosh’s defense against the Lakers, Jay Triano’s offense, the Roll Call, talk about what needs to happen for the Raptors to surpass mediocrity (.500), the one thing Colangelo’s great at, the eeaaassy schedule and more…. Read more »
The Raptors hung in and absolutely stole the rug from under the Lakers with a thrilling 106-105 win at home. The Raptors play is much improved, but what you might not realize is how well they are doing against the West: 8-7 including wins against the Hornets, Rockets, Spurs, Mavs and the Lakers. Overall, the Raptors have beat 8 of the top 16 teams in the league (and still have to play a couple of them). Not too shabby.
The thing that bugs me about these big games is the cheers players like Kobe receive when playing in opposing arenas. Take notice tonight when he’s introduced or scores a basket, there will be a wave of cheer that transcends the crowd and I never understood it. Let’s put an end to this nonsense now… 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.