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Thread: Was 2011-12 all for naught?

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    Default Was 2011-12 all for naught?

    A lot of optimism was created with the change in style of play and commitment to defense instilled by Dwane Casey last year. Unfortunately this season, the culture change seems to have been forgotten and the Raps are right back to the same door mat ways of the last 5 years..... sadly.

    Everyone is well aware the season is only 6 games in however there are some startling trends early.

    2010-11:

    opp ppg: 105.4 (26th in league)
    defensive rating: 112.7 (30th)
    pace: 93.0 (10th)
    opp fg%: 48.2% (29th)
    opp true shooting%: 56.6% (29th)
    defensive rebound rate: 71.98 (25th)
    opp points in the paint: 42.8 (30th)


    2011-12:

    opp ppg: 94.0 (9th in league)
    defensive rating: 104.5 (14th in league)
    pace: 89.3 (25th in league)
    opp fg%: 43.5% (tied for 6th)
    opp true shooting%: 52.4% (11th)
    defensive rebound rate: 75.4 (3rd)
    opp points in the paint: 37.6 (17th)


    2012-13:

    opp ppg: 98.8 (22nd)
    defensive rating: 106 (25th)
    pace: 93.3 (13th)
    opp fg%: 46.5% (24th)
    opp true shooting%: 55.8% (26th)
    defensive rebound rate: 73.6 (17th)
    opp points in the paint: 40.2 (21st)


    Clearly the culture change has been forgotten. Excuses of new players, new starters, lack of chemistry, time needed, blah blah blah, etc. are, quite frankly, WEAK. Last year was a strike shortened season with numerous new players and a new coach yet they managed to deliver.

    The statistic that stands out for me is the opponent field goal percentage. Last season 9 of the top 10 teams in this stat were playoff teams - the exception of course was Toronto.

    The last few days I've been avoiding this site because it is too negative for me. While this thread is certainly negative in nature, I hope it is at least constructive.

    I hope Casey quickly remembers what made last year successful in spite of a 23 and 43 record. It is time to remove the new found emphasis of scoring more points than the opponent and go back to focusing on giving up less points than the opponent.

    Just my 2 cents. I am beyond frustrated and disappointed in the season thus far. I know, I know, it is only 6 games but is a disturbing 6 games.
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    I think the word you're thinking of in the title is "naught"
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    A lot of optimism was created with the change in style of play and commitment to defense instilled by Dwane Casey last year. Unfortunately this season, the culture change seems to have been forgotten and the Raps are right back to the same door mat ways of the last 5 years..... sadly.

    Everyone is well aware the season is only 6 games in however there are some startling trends early.

    2010-11:

    opp ppg: 105.4 (26th in league)
    defensive rating: 112.7 (30th)
    pace: 93.0 (10th)
    opp fg%: 48.2% (29th)
    opp true shooting%: 56.6% (29th)
    defensive rebound rate: 71.98 (25th)
    opp points in the paint: 42.8 (30th)


    2011-12:

    opp ppg: 94.0 (9th in league)
    defensive rating: 104.5 (14th in league)
    pace: 89.3 (25th in league)
    opp fg%: 43.5% (tied for 6th)
    opp true shooting%: 52.4% (11th)
    defensive rebound rate: 75.4 (3rd)
    opp points in the paint: 37.6 (17th)


    2012-13:

    opp ppg: 98.8 (22nd)
    defensive rating: 106 (25th)
    pace: 93.3 (13th)
    opp fg%: 46.5% (24th)
    opp true shooting%: 55.8% (26th)
    defensive rebound rate: 73.6 (17th)
    opp points in the paint: 40.2 (21st)


    Clearly the culture change has been forgotten. Excuses of new players, new starters, lack of chemistry, time needed, blah blah blah, etc. are, quite frankly, WEAK. Last year was a strike shortened season with numerous new players and a new coach yet they managed to deliver.

    The statistic that stands out for me is the opponent field goal percentage. Last season 9 of the top 10 teams in this stat were playoff teams - the exception of course was Toronto.

    The last few days I've been avoiding this site because it is too negative for me. While this thread is certainly negative in nature, I hope it is at least constructive.

    I hope Casey quickly remembers what made last year successful in spite of a 23 and 43 record. It is time to remove the new found emphasis of scoring more points than the opponent and go back to focusing on giving up less points than the opponent.

    Just my 2 cents. I am beyond frustrated and disappointed in the season thus far. I know, I know, it is only 6 games but is a disturbing 6 games.
    damn (no need for racial slurs), you sound depressed. Won't lie it's a little funny, who cares it's just a basketball team. I want to personally thank the management/coaching for putting a piss-poor pathetic sorry excuse for a team on the court night after night, and completely turning me off basketball and consequently saving my time.

    but to answer your question the contrast in attention to detail is startling. What makes it even more maddening is playing like this last year and coasting through games would have actually meant something, b/c of the huge talent pool in the 2012 draft. Casey is human just like all of us, and he might be going through a rough patch in his life right now (if that's the case he needs to be fired), or maybe he is being told who to hold accountable and who not by higher management........maybe stop watching until there is a trade. I haven't watched more than a quarter the last 2 games.....
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    What I'm sensing is confusion. An attempt at focusing on offence is causing the team to forget about defence and in the process even do a terrible job offensively. I don't know if the fast paced offence they are trying to implement is Casey's or BC influenced. The later is very possible as most of his(BC) teams were the fast paced kind. To add to the woes, they've got a bunch of new players who were not part of the 'culture change' last year. I think the solution to the problem is re-implement the defensive culture change and let offence take care of itself and when everyone is in sync defensively,