I haven't even begun my post and feel the need for caveats and qualification:
I do not speak from expertise. I do not pontificate with superlative observation. I do not posit with disdain.
I just see some shit, and think 'Hey this seems to flow from this!'
Dwane Casey was brought in by BC because this organization had little defensive ability. He was vetted and chosen for a bunch of reason. We also brought in players with DC in mind. Some didn't pan out; James Johnson, Alan Anderson and countless D-League looking to hang a 10 day on their defence. Picking JV was reinforced by the notion that he would be a Casey guy. "He fits perfectly with the principles Casey is trying to instill." - Maurizio Gherardini That his resume was impressive. And that his mandate was to bring a culture of 'winning' and respect for the game. Which now under new direction adopted player development.
When I reread that piece by David Zarum that I (hopefully) linked above, it reminded me the seemingly bewildering success we've been getting cozy with this year is the fallout from that decision.
Casey constantly infuriates and frustrates. The instant I see something that could easily been avoided with X precaution, or Y forethought, Z obvious action I leap from the couch and scream at the screen (to endless amusement of present company). But in the seconds after chemicals turn my brain to anger soup, some synapse fires and I recall the fact that time and time again DC's seemingly in ability to call a timeout or make an adjustment or avoid some innocuous play, clearly recognisable to even the lamest basketball mind, can be linked to his mandate and character.
Won't play JV extended minutes/Picks the lucky kid sitting courtside to sub out Hayes before even glancing at JV?
He needs to earn minutes beyond the organizations mandate with Defence.
Last minute DeRo ISO-Ball? Someone needs to pile up shot attempts for when every play you draw up is shit/poorly executed and you still need a bucket in the playoffs.
Won't stop a run with a timeout? I've got to drill into these scrubs that the NBA game is a flow, a rhythm, a slugfest. They hit you, gas, you hit back. Winning the first and third and getting serious garbage time only happens to the Raptors, not for the Raptors. You want to win close games? Build a chin and get ready to take a punch, then hit back. Preferably manage that tempo so your punch isn't too early or late.
Coach Casey, if nothing else, has stuck to his guns. Said he was going to do something. Is or attempting to do it. Players are buying it. We the fans are enjoying some of the spoils.