Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Raptors haven't given up yet

  1. #1
    Raptors Republic Superstar Chr1s1anL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Posts
    3,856
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Raptors haven't given up yet

    The mood in the Toronto Raptors locker-room following Wednesday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers was reported as disheartening but coach Dwane Casey says he’s keeping an even keel as the NBA season is a marathon rather than a sprint.

    "Disheartening is a tough word because there are so many more games to go and there are so many more things that can happen," Casey told Tim & Sid on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday. "An NBA season is a marathon and if you look at each game as disheartening and discouraging you won't make it through to the next one."

    Casey believes his team will suffer hiccups on occasion but if his players learn from them, they will be better in the long run.

    "We're going to stub our toes but we have to learn from it, get better and continue with the process,” the Raptors coach explained. "If we do all of the fundamentals -- offensively and defensively -- within the process, winning will take care of itself."

    The hosts told Casey that the mood of his team's supporters could also be described in an unhappy fashion after the Cleveland loss, but the Raptors coach encouraged them not to throw in the towel.

    "I hope our fans are not disheartened or down or giving in or giving up -- we haven't," he said.

    "To get disheartened and give in with 25 games to go, that's a little bit much, Casey said. "We haven't given up. We haven't given in. We don't talk about, ‘we've got to make the playoffs.’ We talk about getting better as a team on both ends of the floor." Local whipping boy Andrea Bargnani did not have his best night in Cleveland but Casey pointed out that there is plenty of blame to go around.

    "Everybody wants to put the spotlight on Andrea and he had some mistakes last night but again it was a team thing, Casey said. "Andrea is not playing at the level he wants to play at, where we want him to play at, but he's no different than anybody else."

    Casey has spent plenty of time with his players going over their defensive rotations and Bargnani seems to be struggling on his own end of the floor which raised the question; is he coachable?


    "There's no question he is coachable," Casey said. "It's misguided to put everything, a lot of our woes, on Andrea. Do we want him to play better? Yes. But it's not all on his back. It's on all of us. We're all in the foxhole together."

    While there remains a tiny glimmer of hope for a playoff appearance, the Raptors coach was asked how good can this team, as constituted, be.

    "You are always looking to improve your team, Casey responded. "I know Bryan does a heck of a job, and Ed does a heck of a job of scanning the league, seeing the league, knowing the league and knowing what pieces we will need going forward in the future that will help us get there. Veteran toughness is huge."

    Casey said he expects rookie forward Jonas Valanciunas to take his game up a notch next season as he will help solve the team’s woes on the inside.

    "Productivity in the paint and I think that's going to come with the maturation of Valaunciunas, whose going to be better. This time nex

    t year we will be able to have quite a few post-ups for him. His game will elevate to that level. I think we can be really good going forward in the future."

    The Raptors coach likes the core of his team and expects the front office to build around his two top wings.

    "Rudy is great. It's going to be built around Rudy and DeMar," he said. "I think DeMar DeRozan's growth has been unbelievable."

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/2013/02/28/dwane_casey_toronto_raptors_fan590/?utm_source=Home%20lineup%20RSS-Images&utm_medium=feed&utm_content=Casey%3A%20Raptors%20haven't%20given%2 0up%20yet

  2. #2
    Raptors Republic Veteran Nilanka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    5,975
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    "We talk about getting better as a team on both ends of the floor."
    That's been the "goal" Casey has been preaching since training camp LAST year. At some point, you need tangible/measurable goals to evaluate one's performance....not wishy-washy grey areas.
    "I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder

  3. #3
    Super Moderator ReubenJRD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Vancouver, BC.
    Posts
    4,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Skeptical. I'm starting to get a feeling Casey is overly supportive of Andrea...

  4. #4
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,053
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    That's been the "goal" Casey has been preaching since training camp LAST year. At some point, you need tangible/measurable goals to evaluate one's performance....not wishy-washy grey areas.
    The time for potential and promises is over.

    Deliver..... or stop wasting all of our time.
    "Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."
    Tim Leiweke

    Basketball has clear winners every night --
    except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.

  5. #5
    Raptors Republic Rookie DeRozanJohnsonFan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    37
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    The time for potential and promises is over.

    Deliver..... or stop wasting all of our time.
    It's heading to the end of the regular season........don't think they'll have enough time unless they pull into a 23 game winning streak.
    Last edited by DeRozanJohnsonFan; Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 at 05:01 AM.

  6. #6
    Raptors Republic Hall of Famer mcHAPPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    19,053
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote DeRozanJohnsonFan wrote: View Post
    It's heading to the end of the regular season........don't think they'll have enough time unless they pull into a 23 game winning streak.
    I'm not talking about W's and L's. I'm talking about the 'classic' Casey-isms that have been repeated for two seasons now.
    "Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."
    Tim Leiweke

    Basketball has clear winners every night --
    except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.

  7. #7
    Super Moderator ReubenJRD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Vancouver, BC.
    Posts
    4,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I'm not talking about W's and L's. I'm talking about the 'classic' Casey-isms that have been repeated for two seasons now.
    Yeah, Casey is clearly a talker, not much of a walker. He usually says stuff like "Oh, we're injured, we're tired, but that's no excuse" which is extremely annoying because he's clearly using it as an excuse, and he says it after basically every loss.

  8. #8
    Raptors Republic Superstar Rapstor4Life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    3,063
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    He covers for Bargnani too much is my only gripe with him really, but he has to play him, when all is said and done I think we will be glad he does cause Bargnani cant get his value any lower lets throw him out there and get out of the slump so we can move him, Everyone knows we are talking serious push next season and Casey in his mind is thinking "cant wait till Bargnani is someone elses problem"

    When the gaps are filled and he has people he can work with that play D besides the starting line up, then judge him as a coach.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •