You’ll have to excuse the Toronto Raptors if they aren’t in a festive mood like the majority of the world is at this time of the year. It’s just that there hasn’t been too much to be cheerful about in Raptorland this season. With a roster that includes Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, Hedo Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani, big things were expected from the Raptors this year, especially considering they dwell in the not-so formidable Eastern Conference of the NBA. Yet, despite winning their last two games and going 6-4 in their last 10, the team has only won 13 of their first 30 games.
“The poor performance defensively has disrupted the other, more positive things we’ve been doing and the team is in a funk,” Raptors President and GM Bryan Colangelo told the Globe and Mail early this month. “It happens in the course of an NBA season, and it’s up to us to get them out of it”.
“At the end of the day, there’s a lot of talk about this being about coaching and systems and things like that,” Colangelo told The Globe and Mail. “But at the end of the day if you’re looking for someone to blame, you can point to me because I’m ultimately the one responsible for putting this group together.”
We went to long-time Raptors commentator and analyst (and former NBA player) Leo Rautins for his diagnosis of “what ails the Raptors”.
1) “(The) Rap(tors) had one of the worst schedules to start the season than almost all teams in the NBA.”
2) “Nine (10 with Pops Mensah-Bonsu) new players and Bosh & Hedo missing camp have slowed this team down.
3) “Not having the one thing they need – (Reggie) Evans toughness and grit, hurts.”
4) “Other than Bosh, and until recently (Jarrett) Jack, everyone has played below their potential.
Source: HoopsHype.com NBA Blogs - Jeff Fox