That was a gamble, but there’s no way you could go without either one of those guys if the game was close in the fourth quarter and it was so deep, I think it was seven or eight minutes to go in the third quarter. Foul trouble got us in a bad way and that… Read more »
I’m tired of this. I’m tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the game. I know the league’s going to come down on me but I don’t care. These guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out, and at the end of the game we get cracked, [then… Read more »
Memphis and Toronto pushing closer on deal to send Rudy Gay to the Raptors, sources tell Y! Sports. Raps would part with Calderon and Davis. There have been scenarios today that include third teams, and also where Grizzlies and Raptors could do deal straight up, sources tell Y! Raptors and Grizzlies are discussing framework of… Read more »
Casey said both Bargnani (torn right elbow ligament and strained right wrist) and Valanciunas (fractured metacarpal on right ring finger) have some more tests on their respective agendas, but with practice time both Sunday and Tuesday, Casey figures he’ll have a good idea where they are after that. “If I was a betting man, I… Read more »
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said he suggested Irving try to win the game with a three-pointer as opposed to trying to force overtime with a drive. The Cavaliers played Friday night, while the Raptors were rested. “I told him, ‘I’m glad you took my advice, went for the win, went for the kill,’” Scott said…. Read more »
I wanted to get a win. It was personal for me. In a year and a half of being in the NBA, I hadn’t gotten a win against Toronto. To hit a game-winner and beat them on their home court feels good. Kyrie Irving on beating Toronto Source
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.