Raptors: Tyler Hansbrough’s toughness ‘a special talent’ | Toronto Star

“The No. 1 thing is playing hard like that every day is an NBA skill, that is a talent,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said ahead of a visit from the New York Knicks on Monday. “I don’t know how you describe it or what you call it but for the guys I’ve seen over the years who bring it every day like that, that is not easy to do. “You would want everybody to give it every day like that and hit people and play hard and take hits, get beat up every day, but it doesn’t happen.”

Can the Raptors Return to Being a Solid Defensive Team? | Raptors HQ

The lineup of Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry produced a Defensive Rating of 92.5, a fairly remarkable number. Toronto’s two-man combo featuring Amir and JV produced a 96.9 Defensive Rating and combos featuring any two from the starting five produced solid results as well. Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry are terrific pick-and-roll defenders, particularly with their ability to hedge in unison. Valanciunas has potential to be one of the best defensive centers in the NBA thanks to his combination of timing, mobility, size and athleticism, while Rudy Gay, warts and all, is still a solid defender.

Raptors’ backup spots unsettled | Toronto Sun

“It may fluctuate until somebody grabs it and runs with it and commands it so to speak,” he said. “That may take some time. I like the effort of everybody. It’s not like the guys on the second unit are not competing or performing well. (It’s just that) They are all kind of playing at the same level. Nobody has stood out or separated themselves.” You can take that one of two ways: Either no one has been good enough or they’ve all been as good as each other.

Lewenberg: Daye’s offseason transformation | TSN

“Austin has every NBA skill,” Casey said after practice Saturday. “The only thing he’s ever had to work on is his strength and his body to not get knocked off the mark, not to give up offensive rebounds and to be stronger. That’s his biggest challenge as an NBA player because he’s one of the best three-point shooters that we have [and] he has a great basketball IQ.”

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  • Matt52

    Hey Sam: really appreciate the morning coffees. Keep them coming!

    • Sammy

      Should get better as the season gets into swing; offseason for the writers too.

  • Dre

    wow Daye chose Toronto over Miami? that’s kinda dumb

    • Loopay

      depends on how you look at it. Ring chase or actually play and not fall into no man’s land in the nba

      • Nilanka15

        It’s funny that he thinks he’s going to play….

        • loopay

          better chance here than in miami…

  • morgan c

    Who is that girl with Austin Daye and where is that picture from?

    • That’s the only reason I clicked on this morning coffee .. and I’m sure most readers did too haha