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Thread: Early Season Implosion, what happened?

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    Raptors Republic Starter matt's Avatar
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    Its simple. We played a lot of our early games against strong western opponents. If you just look at the games we've played against eastern opponents our record is 8 wins and 8 losses. Obviously other factors combined gave the team a brutal start but I believe this was one of the major reasons why.

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    Quote RapthoseLeafs wrote: View Post
    Reasons for Losing:

    1) Dysfunctional play - Lowry (new), SF (Nerve-man Fields), Rookie Centre (Important position - too much pressure on JV)
    2) Pace. With Lowry as the PG, the faster pace didn't match the talent properly.
    3) Hate to dismiss what some are saying, but Raps played a very tough schedule
    4) Excessive amt of Road games (10 in November - of 16 game total)
    5) Injuries to key Bench players
    6) Bench Line-up didn't play like they're playing now.
    7) Starting Schedule pace - After 1st game, Raps played 7 games in 11 nights (4 on the road - 3 Western teams)
    8) Casey had some weird line-up combos
    9) Bargnani (Raps 1st scoring option), got off to a rough start.
    10) Domenic McGuire STARTED 9 games in November
    11) 3 Rookies [Jonas, Ross, Acy], 7 New players [Rookies + Lowry, Fields, Lucas, McGuire] plus Pietrus (late November).


    Reasons for Winning (Key points in Bold):

    1) Jose is starting
    2) Schedule has been easier
    3) Lowry is passing better - coming off the Bench (then he did as a Starter)
    4) Bench - 2nd in the League (over Jose stretch). November (14th), December (4th), January (2nd)
    5) Team defense has picked up - simply because players have done it as a TEAM, although 2011-12 Raps were still better.
    6) Back Court Offense - November (19th), December (4th), January (1st)
    5) During the Jose stretch, Raptors have been No. 1 in Pts out of the paint
    6) Opponent 3 point shooting % - November (25th), December (8th), January (1st) - .244
    7) Assists - November (21st), December (11th), January (2nd)

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    What are NOT reasons (for Winning):

    1) F/Ta - Raptors actually trended down with January being the lowest total.
    2) 3 Point Shooting (by the Raps) - Marginal increase (< 1.0 made shot)
    3) Opponent Points in the Paint [Defending] - November (18th), December (30th), January (11th) - 5 games

    What are NOT reasons (for Losing):

    1) Any one specific player

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    Yet one specific player is the cause for winning? I see.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Yet one specific player is the cause for winning? I see.
    hmmm, seems he said a LOT more than that, but when someone goes over the edge, I guess it's hard to change the script.

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