First off , game 2 was a total embarrassment. To QUIT so early during the first round of the playoffs shows that Casey has clearly lost the locker room. Its been two years now since Masai has been on his evaluating process. If you ask Masai a question about the weather outside he will some how respond with. We are a young growing team that he is currently evaluating the team. Hold up..2 years to evaluate T.Ross and Amir Johnson ? ( just to name a few).
Its obvious to all that so far Casey has been out coached and lacks a plan B,C and D when preparing for games. In game 1&2 The Raptors startes off ok and then the Wizards made an adjustment, cue the blowout. Is this really the Raptors Achilles heel ?.
Something stood out to me in games 1&2 that I think Masai must take keen notice HanpLeadership. Heart. Commitment and Passion.
Prior to game 1. Paul Pierce totally called out the entire organisation to the entire world. Game 1 came and Lowry ,Derozan,JV, Amir or Hansborough did not see it 100% appropriate to wait for the perfect moment early in the game to lay Paul pierce flat out, maybe a bloodied nose, receiving a Technical foknow, in the process. No coach should implement such a tactic, this has to come from the players. The leaders on the team. This come from your heart, your passion as a player who understands the fan base and its appetite for an enforcer. Would James Johnson have done it, we would never know, but right off the bat the Raptors do exactly what most of the NBA expected, be a soft assss team and got roughed up.
Game 2 came and the fans expected to see that fire, that passion , some heart and commitment. Noooooooo not this raptor team. They gave up, got blown out and embarrassed their fan base. Has anyone ever seen a team give up on home court ,game 2 , first round of the playoffs. We just did.
We all know Casey might be out his lrague, but does he have a group of players that are willing to scrap and claw for a playoff victory. Is this team full of guts ? Is anyone on this team willing to fight for one playoff win? Masai your core of players that you have been evaluating for wayyyyy to long just spat in your face.
Look at the Bucks, they went into Chicago and scrapped got into a couple battles, Henson even man handled brooks on one occasion causing a big ruckus. The same inexperienced and young bucks. Thus quality comes from the players heart, maybe the coach could instill it in them a bit. But its all on the players..
Anyone that has played rec league know exactly what I mean. If you make the playoffs in whatever sport and a player on the next team calls out your team you know that on Game 1 its going downnnnn...
Masai your players need a gut check. Wake them up.