Careful Chris, don’t want to injure that mouth. Cavaliers 93, Raptors 76 As unlikely as a playoff spot is, I’m still looking forward to this bunch at least try and make a push to prove that they’re more than a collection of overrated misfits and underachievers. The trade has breathed a little purpose into the… Read more »
In awe of the King. Cavs 101, Raptors 83 Was I the only one embarrassed when the Raptors started the game showing zone? Or when Lebron dunked twice against a zone defense? Or when Szczerbiak hit 2 of his first 3 treys (the guy doesn’t jump, and it’s not like he’s a threat to drive… Read more »
Toronto Raptors 83, Cleveland Cavaliers 90 Depending on your Raptor beliefs you can look at this one in a few different ways: 1) All in all a good effort by the Raps, too much Lebron in the end 2) Jose sat for way too long in the third/fourth quarter during which time Cleveland went +6,… Read more »
Miami Heat 54, Toronto Raptors 96 This game was not a barometer to measure how effective the Raptors are but merely a simple test to check whether the Raptors are still interested in playing basketball this season. Turns out they are. At some point in this game you had to feel sorry for the Miami… Read more »
Cleveland Cavaliers 93, Toronto Raptors 90 Typical Raptors. Do everything right early and then slowly but surely screw everything by reverting to your true form of a team that’s lost on offense and plays shoddy defense. There shouldn’t be any surprise that we blew a 20 point lead at home because we’re a team that… Read more »
Cleveland Cavaliers 82, Toronto Raptors 91 This one was comfortably in the bag before tipoff when it was announced that Lebron would be resting his finger for a day or two. Not having Bosh didn’t even matter because we simply have way too much depth for Cleveland to handle; even with Lebron this would’ve been… Read more »
Toronto Raptors 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 111 Another day, another Raptors loss, another game that was just begging to be won through the first three quarters. But when you let a team hang around for that long, they’re bound to come back and bite you in the ass and bite they did. Chris Bosh’s monster 41… Read more »
Checked this one at the ACC to the tune of a crowd of 15,830, a number ridiculously high considering the game means as much as Maceo Baston’s late cameo. I suppose it’s the Lebron Factor plus last season’s success. What you might not know if you saw this on TV was that other than timeouts,… Read more »
This I can explain. His low usage rate when he is on the floor minimize his impact on team stats, such as team O/D rating and even plus minus (since that stat also accounts for the other members of the rotation. However, when he is being used, his individual stats, or the stats that are only dependant on his contributions, he looks pretty good, pretty great even.
Basically, like what everyone else has been saying, it comes down to usage rate. Involve him enough in the offense and there's no reason why his individual efficiency won't be reflected in the team stats.
Now here's where you might say "but the raptors lose more when he shoots more than average, so the usage rate argument doesn't hold up". That's a fair point, but I would argue that Jonas often gets those extra field goals when A) the guards are putting up a ton of bricks and Jonas is cleaning the glass, or B) he's a last resort after its clear that the other scoring options aren't working. In both scenarios, the team as a whole is playing below average, so it makes sense that they would win a lower percentage of games.