“We ran it earlier in the game and it worked,” Triano said. “He has to drive to create the other options. Even if he drives on that play, we know where the help is coming from and that’s the pass. Jose (Calderon) was right there in the corner, wide open.”
We had a chance to win it right at the end but Triano made the same mistake he made in Phoenix – clearing out for Turkoglu in a set with no movement. Just like Phoenix, the result was a massive brick which burst our bubble and ruined an otherwise acceptable performance (at least offensively).
Thursday night at a Raptors season ticket holder meet and greet at the Air Canada Centre, Tom Liston and Phdsteve had a chance to talk with Raptors brass Richard Peddie, Bryan Colangelo, and head coach Jay Triano. During their conversations, some things were revealed.
“When you have Chris Bosh in the lineup, a lot of times you give it to him and he either creates or holds the ball and makes a play,” Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. “Right now, we’re having to make more passes each possession down the floor to find ways to score. When you do that, there’s a better chance that guys turn it over.”
“I don’t know why he was subbed out,” Roy said. “He was killing us. We didn’t have an answer for him. Coach even came to the sideline and he got upset with us because he was pretty much getting what he wanted. They did us a favor when they subbed him out.”
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.