“I think he had a chance to sit back and see how we played, to understand how we played, and not necessarily just playing fast and not moving the ball. We’re a little bit more structured than [how] he first started playing in the beginning,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “I think he had a chance to sit back and see how we were doing at that time. He’s doing a good job of moving the ball.
Having missed almost a month of the season thanks to surgery on his elbow, Fields has come back to a team enjoying unprecedented success. To crack a rotation that’s been getting effective play from a variety of small forwards and shooting guards, he has to find a way to make himself useful.
Why? Why take on such a job? Why live with the threat of firing continually hanging over your head? Why put up with the egos, the slings and arrows, the scrutiny, the pressure? “It beats working” was how Casey put it.
With the Celtics blown out in Sacramento on Sunday evening, the Raptors head into 2013 just 3.5 games behind eighth place Boston, and while I doubt it will be Boston that Toronto is really chasing in the end (I still see the Celtics finishing higher than eighth), that’s still a feat in itself when you consider that the Raps were as many as 8.5 games back as recently as mid-December.
To be clear they are not as feared as that Clippers tribe which includes Jamaal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, and Matt Barnes, but like those Clippers reserves the Raps reserves are having an impact.
Sitting and watching has proven to be valuable for Lowry as he observed the merits of team basketball being reinforced with his counterpart, Calderon, running the team. Just look at the first couple of touches for Lowry in the two recent road wins over New Orleans and Orlando. After breaking down the defence, he opted to pass the ball to open shooters even though he was in the lane and nobody would have batted an eyelash had he scored himself.
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