Commentary, rather than analysis of last night’s game.

I usually try to work some kind of analysis into my post-game recaps. I try to find some interesting trends in the numbers, or I break down a play or two, but I’m going to try something completely different; I will shift to just commentary.

Here goes nothing.

So the Heat defeated the Raptors last night by a score of 90-83. Nobody should really be all that surprised; these are the two-time defending world champions. This is simply what they do. You know what you were getting when you saw this match-up on the schedule – you were in for a loss. Lebron James wears a jersey for this team. So does Dwyane Wade. You know what you’re in for.

[Want an abbreviated version of the recap? Check out the Quick Reaction post with grades for your beloved Dinos!]

And credit to the Raptors; they clearly had a plan of attack, albeit a flawed one. I understand that the Heat have no real centers on the roster (Greg Oden’s broken body does not apply), and we have this big shiny Lithuanian prospect manning the pivot, but playing through Valanciunas against the Heat was a fool’s errand. At this point, Jonas is not skilled enough to successfully handle double-teams, which was apparent in the early going. Either by luck, or by familiarity, Dwane Casey shifted the gameplan to a wing-oriented attack early in the first.

I should mention that I am not of the opinion that Valanciunas should have been frozen out of this game. I would have liked to see the Raptors use him in a variety of ways – cutting towards the rim, pick-and-rolls – but this was simply not a good match-up for our prized blue-chipper. As of right now, Jonas has three credible offensive skills: posting-up one-on-one (shot-fake, drive towards the middle, hook shot), pick-and-roll (he keeps the ball high and rolls HARD), and offensive rebounding. The Heat doubled Jonas in the post and blew up pick and rolls by trapping the ball handler; this wasn’t a good match-up for Jonas.

So without Jonas (or Amir) in the mix offensively, Casey reverted to attacking through his wings, and against all odds, it worked to some extent in the first quarter. Demar hit a handful of tough shots over Wade early on, using an assortment of dribble moves to create enough space for him to rise up and hit some jumpers. Were they good shots in the abstract? No, but with the Heat’s defense locked in to start the game, Demar’s answered prayers were all that we had. His development on the offensive end has been rather promising – he might be more than just Corey Maggette 2.0

While the Raptors played isolation-ball through their wings, the Heat also played through their wings, but they did it with passing. Both teams saw their starting shooting guard and small forward shoot a combined ~35 times this game, but not all shots are created equal. The Heat passed the ball very well, especially when Lebron drew a second defender in the post, and they found open cutters darting towards the basket, or they found wide-open spot-up shooters on the perimeter. Meanwhile, the Raptors offense usually consisted of Demar curls around a Hansbrough/Amir/Jonas screen and shooting, or Gay attacking Lebron/Beasley on dribble drives from the top of the key. The Raptors couldn’t stop the Heat, and the Heat didn’t really need to stop the Raptors. Unsurprisingly, the Raptors were down 14 to the Heat at the end of the half.

Since they were up big, the Heat seeming stopped caring, and just began to toy with the Raptors. Lebron came down the court on a few possessions and took a few lean-back threes just because he could, and because he’s Lebron James, he actually hit a whole bunch of them. Wade did his usual off-the-ball/in the post stuff. Typical stuff from the Heat.

To their credit, the Raptors made a run in the third on the back of a Tyler Hansbrough-led small-ball attack. Thanks to his frenetic and boundless energy, Hansbrough was able to mitigate any loss in rebounding while also giving the Raptors some quickness on the interior. He rotated well and stayed between his man and the basket. With Hansbrough in to handle some of the defense, Gay and Derozan were freed up to attack more on offense, and the Raptors learned to beat the Heat’s traps by doing something magical called “passing“. Lowry sunk a pair of threes from the left wing (what a commie), Demar hit a few jumpers and Gay tossed in a heroball shot over Lebron. There was life.

And to be fair, the Raptors defense was quite successful. The lineup of Hansbrough-Gay-Ross-Derozan-Lowry worked hard on defense, rotating and generally being where they should be. They forced Miami into taking tough shots and committing uncharacteristic fouls. On the other end, Hansbrough grabbed offensive rebounds like a Black Friday shopper grabbing discounted electronics and gave the Raptors extra possessions to tie the game. The Raptors even got to within four points of the Heat after Demar crossed up Rashard Lewis (remember him? Whaddup to the Sonics) and nailed a jumper in his eye.

But then the free throws. Good lord. DeRozan. Gay. Hansbrough. So many wasted opportunities (8, to be exact, they shot 2/10 in the fourth). The Raptors offense was successful in the last six minutes of the game, but the damn free throws just wouldn’t drop, and before too long, time just ran out for our beloved Dinos (there’s an extinction joke here). Valiant effort, but not enough.

  • mountio

    JV: 11.7 pp36 (vs 13.5 last year), 47% FG% (vs 56% last year). His defense maybe looks marginally better (but even then, its not great). His rebounding is up a tiny bit per 36. All in all, an extremely disappointing start for our “blue chipper”
    We can complain about RG (who was been a black hole) – but if you want to talk about lack of progress, it has to fall squarely on JV’s shoulders. Sure, we should have got him the ball more earlier in the year when he had some rhythm (which is on Caset for sure), but at some point, we have to wonder about this guy ..

    • ckh26

      I share your pain.So maybe its time for a trade. Our friends across the other lake in Cleveland must now be in full blown panic mode. They expected to show quantum improvement and make the playoffs. However they are flaming out. So here’s the seat of the pants trade…

      We offer up Ross + JV + Amir + and Rudy. You have to take Rudy to get the package. We get back Waiters + Varajeo + T.Thompson + a 1st pick of Clevelands choosing in the 2014 draft. They have a couple.

      Why does Cleveland do this ? To get rid of Waiters and keep Irving happy. This is the NBA. At times the only things missing from these assorted daycare’s are sooothers for these guys. They get Ross back and its a wash to them. They aren’t sure on Varajeo and get a young big back with potential . Casey isn’t using JV may as well see if we can get something for him. and it fits what cleveland is doing. They get Amir to backfill Thompson and to work the PNR with Irving. They can now wait on Bennett. Because we INSIST they take Rudy they make the best of it and rationalize they are now set for a run at a very mediocre east playoff spot with a an established SF who can score late in games.

      Why does Toronto to this. ? Admittedly we get a first class ass muppet with Waiters but it is a wash with Ross. Ross better on D but Waiters seems to have progressed more on offense .We get a ligitimate 4 with upside in Thompson and hes young. Fits with what we want. We get to unload Rudy and to do that you gotta sweeten it to the point where you have to give something of real value to get out from underneath this brick of a contract. JV is enough to make Cleveland choke down Rudy and that 19M We get Varajoeo to hold the fort till we can find another young big. Hard to do. But thats the pennance for BC’s trade for Rudy and we get a wild card 1st round pick that maybe we get lucky on.

      Don’t know the salary cap stuff but its a trade that has some pain and gain for both sides

      • Jamshid

        That is an awful trade for Raptors 😉

        • ckh26

          OK.. why ?

          • Steve

            Because we can get more in a trade out of those players you mentioned

            • ckh26

              Specify and quantify. What “more” do you think you can get and from who ?

      • Tim W.

        As I said in the other thread. This is a horrible trade for the Raptors. Trading Valanciunas, a legit center with excellent two-way potential and who plays one of the most difficult to fill positions, as well as Amir, Ross and Gay, for Thompson, who is a nice player, but who plays a position that isn’t difficult to fill and isn’t really better than Amir, Varejao, who misses more games than he plays, and is 31 years old, and a malcontent chucker who might be a cancer in the lockerroom.

        And you wonder why we don’t like the trade?

        Are you sure you’re not a Cavs fan? Because the Cavs make out HUGE in this deal.

        • ckh26

          Nope not a cavs fan. We always tend to value our home team players higher than their actual worth. I do agree that Waiters is a world class ass muppett. Risk is always proportionate to reward. The reward is the draft pick which pans out, the cap room we have Urjui spending and not BC and not a complete gutting.

          • Tim W.

            This isn’t a case of overvaluing Raptor players. This is a case of not wanting to do a bad trade.

            Waiters is the type of risk that bad teams usually take. And it’s the type of risk the Raptors have been taking for years. Lowry, Gay, Bargnani, etc. How about the Raptors stop taking the bad risks and make some smart decisions. Like not trading a potentially very good two-way center for a bunch of replaceable players?

            • ckh26

              Both JV and Ross have potential but Potential is a great burden. This is smartass but if you put potential in your right hand and dog shit in the left, when you hold them up for all to see…the left hand has something in it but the right hand does not. Trading potential for hard assets is almost always a good thing because you know what your getting for something your not really sure of. I’d make this trade wouldn’t. Its just sports and we both can be right.

              • Tim W.

                “Trading potential for hard assets is almost always a good thing…”

                Problem. Players with potential ARE hard assets because they usually have more value than players without potential. That’s the way the NBA works.

                And teams that trade away potential for veterans usually end up as a middling team. Bad teams do that.

                Let’s put it this, not one Raptor fan has said it’s anything BUT a horrible trade. Take away the Valanciunas for Thompson part, and it’s a maybe, but most likely not. Including Valanciunas for Thompson is just plain bad.

                • ckh26

                  Unlike yourself I really don’t worry about what others think to validate my thoughts.. Stay tuned for my Kyle Lowry trade which you’ll undoubtedly disagree with as well. Cuz its what you do :-). But I do appreciate the comebacks.

                • Tim W.

                  If you think I worry about what others think to validate my thoughts, you must be new around here.

                  My point is that the consensus seems to be that it’s simply a bad trade. It doesn’t really make the Raptors any better right now, and it certainly doesn’t make them any better in the future, and it actually probably makes them worse.

                  It’s not as if we’re dealing with a lot of unknowns, here. All the players have been in the league for at least a season. The trade is horrible for the Raptors and I think you just need to come to grips with that.

                • ckh26

                  Shonuf Sherriff . New to these here parts. See you don’t like my kind round here.. Kind that disagrees with you. The trade is not horrible because you think it is. Take the last word because without it you’ll likely die.

                • Tim W.

                  Are you kidding? LOADS of people disagree with me here. And, no, the trade is not horrible because I think it is. You’re right. The trade is horrible because Toronto gets completely screwed in the deal. Why on earth would they make this trade? What exactly is the point?

                • OldSkoolCool

                  Just a tip. When making a trade suggestion and people don’t like it…try arguing with reasons as why you think its a good trade…not just “i think its good and i don’t care that you don’t”. If you put together a good argument people will generally listen.

                • ckh26

                  Tip.. read above on Why make the trade.

                • Tim W.

                  Maybe the fact that so many people were vehemently against it tells you your argument wasn’t a very good one. Perhaps going into more detail. Here’s the argument against a breakdown…

                  ” Admittedly we get a first class ass muppet with Waiters but it is a wash with Ross. Ross better on D but Waiters seems to have progressed more on offense”

                  If by “progressed more” you mean “lacks a conscience”, then yes. I’m not sure the point of this for the Raptors. Waiters has a higher ceiling than Ross, yes, but having a bad influence in the locker room of a young team is always a bad idea. A VERY bad idea.

                  “We get a ligitimate 4 with upside in Thompson and hes young. Fits with what we want.”

                  So the Raptors give up a legitimate 5 with upside for a legitimate 4 with upside. Why? Young fours are FAR easier to acquire than fives. Arguably, he power forward position is the least valuable position, yet you want to give up a legit 7 footer to grab one. Plus, Valanciunas has more upside than Thompson, so you’re getting less value. Bad, bad deal.

                  “V is enough to make Cleveland choke down Rudy and that 19M We get Varajoeo to hold the fort till we can find another young big.”

                  In 17 years of Raptors’ history, they have had two, young legit centers: Camby and Valanciunas. So you’re suggesting trading away Valanciunas just so Cleveland will take Gay’s contract? I’d rather keep Gay. I’d also rather take back a longer contract, in exchange, than give away one of the most promising centers the franchise has ever had.

                  You’re mortgaging the future just for someone to take away a player. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’d rather just buy him out or waive him.

                  And the Varejao holding the fort until the Raptors can find another young big doesn’t really take into account the difficulty teams have in finding young centers. That’s why teams do things like take Alex Len over Ben McLemore, or Hasheem Thabeet over James Harden. Because finding a good young big is VERY difficult.

                  And then there’s Amir, who you don’t even mention in your breakdown, but who has been the most productive player for the Raptors, since Bosh left. He’s still just 26 and far more valuable than just a throw in in a trade.

                  So on the surface, the trade is bad for the Raptors and then when you break it down it’s bad.

                  And you certainly haven’t made much of a case. Saying “just because you think it’s bad doesn’t make it bad” is not a good argument.

                • ckh26

                  Your still sure that this is a bad trade ? A Rudy Gay led team at 6-10 with a downward trajectory is worth preserving ? The premise of this trade is to unload a grossly overvalued player even at an eyes wide open loss (JV is the loss) in order to clear the books now and there is something coming back to work with going forward. We are a bottom quadrant team now. We can still be a bottom quadrant team without JV and Amir .

                • Tim W.

                  Worth preserving? I think you misunderstand my opposition to the trade. I’m not suggesting the Raptors shouldn’t blow up the team. I’m suggesting they should make really bad trades in order to do it. The problem with your trade is that you’re throwing Valanciunas into the deal when he’s the most valuable part of the deal. The Raptors have worse assets AFTER the deal. Not better.

                  I’ve been a proponent of blowing the team up from the beginning. But unless the Raptors get a likely top 5 pick or elite player back, it’s simply not worth trading Valanciunas.

                  Trading Valanciunas away just to get rid of Rudy Gay, who might leave at the end of the season, anyway, is the type of move that kills franchises.

                  My only guess is that you value Valanciunas a lot less than most people (Raptor fans and around the league) do.

      • gradgrind101

        Both GM’s credibility would suffer a massive hit. Cleveland would not be better and take on way too much salary. Toronto would be giving up 4 out of 7 starter/rotation players and get only 3 back and a draft pick that won’t come this year (Cleveland has Sacramento’s 1-12 round protected pick). Besides why would you want to give up 3 character hard working players (AJ, JV & TR) and get a potential headache (DW) in return? Also, TT and DW are closer to their peaks whereas TR and JV are still near the bottom of their development curve and this trade would be giving up on them way too soon. TR and JV are good athletes with great attitudes and the raptors can afford to be a little patient with them as they develop/mature. WHY WOULD YOU WANT SOMEONE WHO IS ALREADY A PROBLEM 1+ SEASONS INTO HIS CAREER?

        • ckh26

          True you are trading 4 starters off a sub .500 team and taking back 3 starters from another sub .500 team. We’d be giving up an 8th overall + 5th overall + solid rotation player and the albatross known as Rudy who can seem to do no right here.Just read this message board. We’d get back two 4th overalls who also start and an “older” yet starting centre PLUS the draft choice. I thought Cleveland had one of their own this year. The big gain here is to get out from underneath Rudy’s contract, get another 1st round pick along with our own and open up some free agent money that Ujuri could turn into a deeper bench and a perhaps another rotation player.

          At this point our team has reached its ceiling. Doing nothing and expecting improvement is an unlikely outcome.

          • Tim W.

            Where a player is drafted is moot the moment he plays his first NBA game. Valanciunas has more value than Thompson by a long shot. I don’t know if I would trade Ross for Waiters, but that MIGHT be an even trade. Gay for Varejao, straight up, is slightly in Cleveland’s favour, because Varejao is 31 and injury prone.

            And then you’ve got Amir, who has been the most productive Raptor, the last three seasons.

            I wouldn’t do the deal without Amir. Throwing Amir in makes it even worse.

          • gradgrind101

            In my opinion there is no way the raptors have hit a ceiling. They have developing or improving players (Ross, JV & DD) who have upside. What they lack is depth. That’s the main reason why they can’t make that trade you proposed.

      • Atothe

        Salaries definitely don’t match up

      • Roarque

        What have you been smoking? Can we send you some BC bud – it cuts down on the paranoia dude.

    • Andrey

      LOL Masai was saying in interview that he can’t imagine Jonas getting worse. Well guess what he’s worse lmao

      • John Pisky

        The lack of an effective PnR partner for Valanciunas has had a HUGE impact on his development and play this season. First, the team fails to capitalize on his great play over the summer by failing to get him consistent touches in-game, essentially destroying his rhythm as he began putting up shots whenever he caught the ball near the basket. THEN, they basically cut the PnR out of their offense, which is horrible for JV, as his points per possession while rolling last season was 1.23 (good enough for 16th best in the league). On the other hand, he didn’t even score a point per possession in isolation or post-up situations last year, coming in at 0.86 and 0.88 points per possession respectively. What’s more, he’s not put in a possession to take advantage of his dominance on the offensive glass where he puts up 1.34 PPP because his role in the offense actually draws him away from the basket right before shots are taken. Both Rudy and Demar regularly hoist up shots seconds after coming off of a screen set by either Amir or JV, which leaves little time for whoever set the screen to get in position for a rebound.
        Granted, JV is not entirely faultless here, as he needs to develop some more post moves (his go-to running hook has become so predictable that the Birdman actually sagged off him last night to give that shot to him and be in better position to block it when he put it up) and get better post position. His defensive rotations also need to get better. However, we must remember that the center position is probably the MOST difficult position to learn in the NBA, especially on defense. It is not uncommon for young centers to only begin putting a complete two-way game together just before the end of their rookie contracts (ala Roy Hibbert). Management should have done a much better job at tempering expectations, particularly considering Jonas never played any basketball in the States, creating an extra hurdle for him to overcome.

    • FLUXLAND you are wondering about JV, but Ross doesn’t concern you at all?

      I’d sooner send Ross packing than JV, assuming JV’s role changes to rebounder and defensive presence, not the “we are holding back Canada’s Big Dipper” movement we’ve seen on here for the past month.

      • mountio

        Oh no .. Im worried about Ross too. But relative to expectations (which were next to nothing, most ppl had written him off coming into this year), Ross has been ok.
        If this team was going to be better year, it was mostly based on the improvement of JV, which has been non existent. Straight up, JV is still a better player .. Im not attempting to say otherwise … Im just saying hes been a big disappointment this year

        • FLUXLAND

          Got ya.

          Yeah, I hear ya. Something is not right with him; I’m sure you’ve seen my posts about him around here, so I am not a huge JV The Savior proponent, but like all Raptors players (past and present) it’s always about roles.
          Point blank, he needs to do nothing but rebound and play effective D and if he’s pouting about not getting touches (because other than exhaustion his behavior makes no sense) he needs a reality check. He whines and looks at the refs like he’s a vet. – I don’t get where the sense of entitlement comes from, he’s done nothing in the L.

  • DC

    Your header badly needs a spell-check. Only 2 right out of 4 isn’t good!

    • arsenalist

      I fixed it for him. To be fair, he went to McMaster for school.

      • DDayLewis

        I might have been very hungover this morning when I wrote this. Blame it on the alcohol (and possibly more).

  • DryDry

    “two-time defending world champions”

    Uhhh, no.

    “two-time defending NBA champions”


  • Red Baron

    When considering JV’s improvement, or lack thereof so far this year, I think some of the responsibility is on Jonas for sure (i.e. he seems a bit too amped up at times, doesn’t get consistently deep position, doesn’t move off the ball too well, still getting burned defending pick and rolls), but that all said, man they sure aren’t putting him in a position to be successful either. Other than the customary first possession touch (which is becoming so predictable that Heat seemed to know it was coming last night), there seems to be zero attempt at making him at least part of the offense. Rudy can miss 15 FGA’s every night and keeps getting the ball but if Jonas misses a few they seem to go away from him rest of game. JV and Lowry also seem to be at each other a bit in a few different games now which is also concerning. Still plenty of time but they need to get him going…at the very least in those games where he has a distinct match-up advantage (i.e. the opposing big checking him is a weak post defender).

    • gradgrind101

      Hey Red… I appreciate your opinion but know what you are saying when you criticize Lowry. I respectfully ask you this …Have you ever played ball with a true point guard? Lowry may have his flaws but so does every single player. From coaching and playing there are 3 main things I look for in a pg.

      1) He needs to be a competitive tough minded SOB

      2) He is the coach on the floor so he needs to understand all aspects of offensive/defensive sets and to hold everyone accountable when they screw up.

      3) He must posses a balanced skill set (offense and defense)

      So when you say “JV and Lowry also seem to be at each other a bit” it is normal. JV is in a little over his head right now and needs a lot of guidance. At least Lowry cares enough about his role that he will get in a players grill when they fail repeatedly…Any decent point guard would…

      • Tim W.

        I have a few problems with Lowry I can’t get passed. The first is that he is too apt to go into hero ball mode, and that’s not good for the team. He’s not good enough to do that, yet thinks he is.

        Secondly, he doesn’t seem to make those around him better. Yes, he get his assists, but he doesn’t seem to raise the level of those around him, which, to me, is important for a ball dominant PG (as opposed to a complimentary, off the ball PG, who you often see playing with guys like LeBron). One of the jobs of the PG is to raise the confidence of his teammates, and Lowry doesn’t seem to do that.

        Lastly, he doesn’t make good decisions on the floor. He’ll chuck up bad shots at the worst time. Fail to get the ball inside, when the team is struggling outside. Won’t get it to a guy who is shooting well.

        • ac1011990

          Lowry honestly isn’t playing that bad, he takes some bad shots but so do elite PG like Westbrook. Lowry is shooting 3’s at 38%, which is fairly good. You can’t blame him because the raptors play a horrible style of basketball, when he passes, the ball just sticks and it’s usually a contested or bad shot. It’s becoming a problem even with the big men. Unless this team changes it’s style of play and starts actually passing and playing team ball you can’t fault Lowry. He’s getting his assists and is playing good defence, he can’t make people around him better if the team just sucks and plays streetball. I would like for him to pass it more down low to Valancinus, but first he really needs to work on some post moves and his positioning. Ross is getting some open looks but is really inconsistent. Novak has been shooting terrible on the raptors and that’s proof of how awful this teams play style is. Personally I would love for Lowry to get traded to the Bulls, he would make this years team very dangerous. A good coach, and a good style of basketball would do wonders in changing people’s perspective of him.

        • gradgrind101

          Tim W. you make some good points but keep in mind I did say Lowry is not perfect. However he is a respectable point guard and he doesn’t have any major flaws. That in itself is significant! Given a choice I would never take a complimentary off the ball point guard. I prefer guards like Rajon Rondo or Gary Payton. Tough dudes that no one likes but everyone respects.

          Also, when you say “make those around him better” Lowry does make the Gay/DeRozan duo better by getting them some quality touches (not Lowry’s fault if Gay hasn’t hit his mark yet). But you got to also consider how he impacts “those around him” when on defense. Because Lowry defends the ball well his mates don’t need to sag or rotate off their man to provide help if he gets beaten off the dribble. Just ask Miami how important ball defense is to their success.

          Kyle Lowry is a quality point guard…He’s not perfect but who is?

          • Tim W.

            A point guard who makes poor decisions and doesn’t improve his teammates is pretty flawed, in my books. If Lowry can play beside a guy who the offense is run through (LeBron, Harden, Kobe, etc), then I think he’d be a fine point guard, because he can shoot and has the ability to play tough defense, but if he’s running the show, the team is always going to struggle.

            I’m not looking for a perfect point guard, but there are certain flaws I can’t overlook. For point guards it’s decision making and the mental part of the game. And I don’t give Lowry high marks in that area.

  • Ion66

    I can’t explain the free-throw thing, but there is improvement over past years. Going back even one year, you’d have a blow-out early, and have to watch LJ sitting on the bench for the 2nd half, joking around as the Heat bench mopped up and they win by 10. At least now they have to put in a full effort to the end. Does that mean anything in the long run? Probably not, but I think I prefer frustration to being pissed off. How to take the next step? Not sure. Just glad to have a competitive team on the floor and not have to watch a 2nd rate team get their asses handed to them. I know some worship at “Our lady of perpetual rebuild” but it feels like we’re closer to something here.

  • nocasey

    This team has some workable pieces starting with JV. Is he an all-star? Its too early to tell, but he is a big with solid rebounding instincts and a good work ethic. In my opinion he is someone you keep around. Then Demar, who while he does chuck at times, is a solid scorer who can fill up the scoresheet and get to the free throw line. Hansborough is someone you keep as well. He is an energy guy who doesn’t need plays set up for him to be effective. And lastly Ross: an athletic wing with a sweet shooting stroke who can defend.

    The three guys who need to be traded as soon as possible are Gay, Lowry and yes, everybody’s favourite son Amir Johnson. Gay and Lowry will not stay in Toronto and are “me” first players who don’t make others around them better. Amir has served his time in Toronto. I just don’t see how he fits into the teams future. It seems he has already checked out with the way he’s playing.

    Without Gay and Lowry this team is set up for a true rebuild. Rebuilding involves playing your young guys and developing them, which brings me to the last guy who needs to leave: Dwayne Casey. I don’t even need to explain why.

    • Thimble

      Amir started off the season well, but lately it looks like the flu may have took a lot out of him. I expect to see the old Amir back soon.

      • consmap

        This point has been brought up before, but Amir also is raising a newborn at the moment. It’s a possibly that he just isn’t sleeping well.
        Maybe the baby has as much energy as Amir does 😛

  • 204 pegcity

    JV didn’t take a step back that’s funny he plays with a team full of chuckers and the coach doesn’t have a leash on any of them except for jv. I’m just hoping there showing casing the player’s for trades. I’m hoping Casey is the g.o.a.t for the high pick this draft cause Casey can’t coach a team period. Remember pound the rock once a day like (rob ford) = Casey

  • Statement

    Hey Blake,

    The Jays are hiring for a baseball operations analyst. You probably already know, but I thought I’d throw that out there.

    The Raps are 6-9, just as expected.

  • Phat AlberG

    If the Raptors are not using Jonas trade him to Spurs so I can see him grown to be player he needs to be.

  • Amigo

    Dear Casey,

    could you please name 3 players out of your 3 years rosters that improved under your management ?

    could you please remind me a winning play executed coming out of a timeout under your management?

    could you please explain me why a player goes from 20 min to DNP under your management ?

    could you please explain me why you let players shoot 11- 37 under your management ?

    could you explain me how you let a co captain ban stats sheets from the locker room under your management ?

    Take your time and plenty of excuses

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