The buzz coming into Wednesday night presented the best of both worlds. Headlining the event was Andrew “Maple Jordan” Wiggins finally making his Canadian-soil debut, but lurking in the background was a chance for the Raptors to continue to chip away at their haunting inconsistencies. With the Timberwolves only healthy enough to manage an 8-man lineup,… Read more »
1.For a jump shooting team we sure don’t make shots when we NEED them. Wide open looks and we miss them. Lots of them. Each time we drew close and could make a move to go in front we missed.
2. Speed in any sport is feared. We have none. Zero. There is not one person on this team that can motor up and down the floor with speed and just put guys out of position because they are scrambling to get back. I chuckle when I hear Matt Dumlin saying “ Casey wants them to run.” Run with what? We have Clydesdales not Arabians.
3.Basket Ball IQ is in pretty short supply on this team as a whole. The two guys who I see as the smartest players (Fields and Hayes) simply don’t have the skill level at this point of their careers to see the floor in meaningful stretches to help out. Backdoor cuts, hell any cuts for easy baskets for the Raps are as rare as those who think Joey Crawford should still be employed in the NBA.
4. I saw this during the first big test of this year vs. the Bulls back in November and its still true 60 games in. We have very little in the way of interior rebounding after JV sits down. It’s killing us. We get a stop and lose the weak side board and bingo they get fresh 24. Then theres the nagging feeling that unless we buy JV a Kentucky hoodie he may never get as many minutes as needed to adjust to this.
5. For the first time this year I felt like throwing tomatoes at these guys. Get close and then miss wide open looks. Get close again by going inside then move away from that strategy as a conscious choice not because its being shut down. We exert no pressure defense in the backcourt after getting close again and momentum is about to shift. We just let them walk the ball up unimpeded and they got time to gather themselves Kyles two meaningless 3 pointers with 30 seconds to go sums up this effort tonight. A day late and buck short.
OK vented. On to OKC and file this in the trash bucket under “For sore eyes only.”