For once, the Raptors actually get everything right | Toronto Sun

Needing a steal of an inbounds pass, the first pat on the back goes to the coaching staff, advance scout Brent Haskins and the Raptors video team that all work hand-in-hand of breaking down each night’s opposition. Coming out of the timeout, Patterson said it was evident the coaching staff was very confident in the play they thought Brooklyn would run to inbound the ball. According to Casey, it was going to be one of four plays. Based on the way Brooklyn lined up they had it down to two, but guessed it would be one and the guess was bang on.

How the Raptors’ Patrick Patterson took the shot that beat the Nets | National Post

Patterson started the game wearing a mask, thanks to the displaced nose he suffered on Saturday after the Clippers’ Blake Griffin hit him in the face with his forearm. Early on against the Nets, Patterson was struggling, missing his first few shots. So, teammate Chuck Hayes convinced him to take it off. “[Hayes] gave me the idea of, ‘Hey, since you’re getting it [re-set] tomorrow, what’s the point of wearing a mask today?’ “I was like, ‘You know what? As bad as that sounds, you’re right.’” Patterson went on to score 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting.

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Hayes is a perfect example of how you can carve out a successful (and long) NBA career simply by knowing your role and being a professional. His free throw has a bigger hitch than Anthony Mason’s and he’s averaged less than four points per game for his career, yet he keeps ticking along. Here’s the crazy thing about Hayes: he’s only 30. Wouldn’t you have guessed 35 or 36? Maybe when he’s 65 some crazy NBA owner will sign him to a 10-day contract for the sole purpose of guarding the NBA’s last back-to-the-basket player. Of course, he’d need to pass his physical first.

The Raptors’ not-so-secret recipe for success | Sportsnet

“You can’t put your finger on it … it has just clicked,” says Amir Johnson. “We know what to expect from everybody. We’ve just been playing like a team [and] it’s just comfortable now. It’s been good.” Adds Valanciunas: “Everybody is supporting each other. That’s the key.” That mutual support and team play may be put to the ultimate test over the next handful of games. Though no timeline has been set for DeRozan’s return from the ankle injury his suffered last Saturday against the Clippers, it is expected that he’ll sit out Wednesday’s home game against Orlando and his status for Toronto’s upcoming five-game jaunt through the Western Conference is up in the air at this point. With their top scorer on the shelf, the Raptors will need to rely even more heavily on their chemistry and balance.

Jonas Valanciunas: Time to Rise | Delay of Game

Unlike most European big men, Valanciunas loves to bang in the paint and plays very effectively with his back to the basket. A “true” center, he invites contact and can score with a variety of hook shots, up and unders, and spin moves. After drawing contact, Jonas makes his opponents pay by converting fail line shots at an impressive 77%. Valanciunas’s excellent footwork and nimble, yet powerful, body allows him to get by slower opponents and take them off the dribble in certain isolation situations. In addition, his improving mid-range jumper (from around 15-18 feet) keeps defenders honest who play off of him on the perimeter.

Raptors Players Don’t Like Drake | RealGM

Who doesn’t like a rich kid from Forest Hill who “started from the bottom”?

The Red94 Podcast: Episode 32, On a hypothesized Lowry for Lin trade | Red94

The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Raptors starting to get some TV ratings bounce | Eh Game

Since the Raptors turned things around by making that big trade on Dec. 8, audiences on TSN are averaging 228,000 — a 56 per cent increase. They’re also averaging 255,000 viewers a game in January and are up 19 per cent over last season. If things continue this way, they should record the highest regular season average in four years — the last time they came close to making the playoffs.

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10 Responses to “Morning Coffee: Jan. 29th Edition”

  1. acfaubs

    From the Valanciunas article:

    “One of Jonas’s main drawbacks is his lack of intensity at times. Since he entered the NBA last season, Valanciunas has been plagued by inconsistent efforts in terms of motor, which possibly stems from his calm nature on the court at times. Not to be confused with a lack of toughness, the second-year big’s aggression needs a boost on both ends of the floor.”

    … What?

    • tweed8

      No, I would have to agree. There are some nights when he just doesn’t seem to be as emotionally intense as he could be. What the reason for this is I wouldn’t know… maybe it’s on nights when he’s not getting minutes and/or can’t find the groove or just not getting touches. But I can remember watching some games when he just isn’t being fierce and thinking what is up. Further more it’s on these nights when he see him not putting up numbers or rebounding like we know he can.

      • acfaubs

        I think he always has his intensity. Motor issues, maybe. It seems like he just doesn’t known how to channel it in the most positive ways sometimes — if he feels like he’s on a short leash, if things aren’t going well, he’s getting ignored on offense, etc., he expresses his intensity through acts of frustration or sulking rather than bringing it extra hard on the floor like you’d hope. So he can absolutely stand to improve there.

        But I think the most important thing, the “X-factor” that gives JV a chance to be special, is that he always carries this intensity in one way or another, and it shows how badly he cares/wants to win. I just disagreed with the article correlating together lack of intensity with motor — yes, it’s splitting hairs, but intensity/aggression is the one thing I love about Jonas.

        • tweed8

          So, the funny thing is that while reading the article I hit the line “… Valanciunas has been plagued by inconsistent efforts in terms of motor…” and it made me frown.
          I think on the average night he brings his aggression but, there have been nights where I have wondered, what’s up? So, I think it’s pretty easy to see it either way in the end because, when his motor is high, his intensity level certainly goes up. Like you said splitting hairs.

          • onemanweave

            He’s a young, second-year big. There are going to be ups and downs. Truth is — he really is the future of the TO Raps. He is a young, physical center with good moves, a decent shooting touch, an excellent free throw shooter and he simply over-matches most bigs he faces when he’s rolling.
            He gives you a second chance on a regular basis. Barring injury or heavy recreational drug use, he should continue to get better. He is the future.

            • tweed8

              You’ll get no argument from me on his potential. It will be nice to see him get a hold on the ball a bit better and some strength as he still does get out bodied by some. I really want to see the Raps consider him more for than just “garbage” points.

              There are a few out there calling overrated but, quite frankly, I think he’s doing just fine for a second year big man… especially for one who didn’t play in this league before last season.

  2. GetLicks

    Why even link that Drake discussion? It stemmed from a fake news site’s obviously bullshit article. If RR wants to be taken seriously, that type of stuff should be reviewed before it’s posted.

  3. Lyall Davis

    “After drawing contact, Jonas makes his opponents pay by converting fail line shots at an impressive 77%. ” Fail line shots. Making you fail since 1947.

  4. A G

    Lowry to Houston? Who knows, but no way Masai wants anything to do with Lin unless it’s a real good deal.


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