Winners spend well over the tax

The eight teams that remain in the playoffs spent an average of $80.0 million this year. And only Atlanta spend less than $75 million. We can conclude that we likely need to spend in Colangelo's "higher than that" category to be a contender.

What to do

Can we seriously make a real change with only 12 games to go? Absolutely. And besides, the status quo doesn't work. Demand performance and you just may get it as the talent is there. Challenge your franchise player to lead by example. Go to war. Together.

Hedo, not Hero (for now)

Tom Liston looks at Hedo Turkoglu's numbers and uncovers the facts behind Hedo's struggles (spoiler: he's not really struggling that much) while suggesting ways the Turk can get out of his funk.

Why we’re winning

Before the season started, I stated that "I believe there are a few keys IF the Raptors are to get somewhere in the 45 win range – which would likely place them in the 4 to 6 spot in the East". This update checks keeps statistics in mind and reviews the Raptors’ progress. So far, so good.

A Better Bargnani

There is no doubt even the casual fan has observed Andrea Bargnani’s growth this year. This post helps quantify how much better, clearly shows how his game has developed and highlights one key piece still missing in his repertoire.

Belinelli and Weems are the “Wright” Solutions

The Raptors have challenges at the wing position. Hedo, ... well we all know the issue there - even though there are signs of improvement at least in terms of effort in recent games. DeMar DeRozan has loads of potential and the consensus view is to keep his development going by having him start. The primary issue remains who plays in the second unit – and how much they play.


I don't think I sufficiently communicated my disgust with the last play of the Indiana game in yesterday's post. Having three ball handlers on the court as Chris Bosh does a TJ Ford impersonation rubbed me the wrong way, in fact, the whole second half rubbed me the wrong way, but that play rubbed me in a very wrong way. The game is serving as some motivation for this post which looks at some statistics concerning the lineups of Jack, Calderon and Turkoglu.

Meet Christopher Wesson Bosh

I believe Chris Bosh hasn’t made up his mind. How can he? He doesn’t know how this team will finish. Nor does he know what teams will have cap room and what their plans are. However, more frustrating are the comments I’ve read recently about him not being worth a maximum contract. Frankly, I was shocked but it was worth “refreshing” my own thoughts on the topic. So I did a bit more research and concluded that:

RR Reader Insight: The more effective way to improve team rebounding

I’ve recently read a number of articles and blog posts on the importance of rebounding (specifically rebounding differential – the difference between a team’s total rebounds vs. their opponent’s total) in determining the outcome of basketball games. Being an undersized and gritty rebounder in high school, I tended to agree.