Dwane Casey sounds like a broken record and now, so do I.
They can’t shoot, like at all, and on Wednesday they couldn’t even defend. Things are going South for the Raptors and a lack of overall talent and this absurd schedule are to blame.
- What did they do well on Wednesday? The bench was pretty sold. Gary Forbes and Rasual Butler were two of the better Raptors. Butler took to life as a reserve after an extremely tough run as a starter, while James Johnson did the opposite, though both he and Butler did a decent job on Paul Pierce.
- This one could have been over earlier had Ray Allen hit the shots he has made look automatic over the course of his career.
- DeMar DeRozan was far more aggressive than he has been of late, which was a good sign that he was getting the message.
- Last positive, Aaron Gray and Johnson returned and Andrea Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless aren’t far behind.
- The negatives? Really, there are too many to mention.
- Boston is like the bizarro Toronto. All the sports teams are really good and the fans are buzzing. Interesting that the Bruins capture as much of the imagination here as the Celtics. That doesn’t happen in many American cities. Detroit and maybe Chicago, though I’d argue hockey is bigger overall in Boston than Chicago.
- Doc Rivers is excellent with the media and Dwane Casey has been great to deal with so far as well.
Let’s get to some quotes that didn’t make it into my stories:
“Coach reiterated that we took a step back defensively (against Boston) which is something that we pride ourselves on. We just have to get better. Some of this is easily correctable. We’ve been in, pretty much every game.”
“Friday we have to take our home court. One thing we want to do is get easy baskets. We’ve been lacking in that pretty much all season. It’s a long season, a long way to go. We still have a lot, a lot, a lot of fight left in us.”
“They were a little bit better than us … They were five in a row too and they just wanted it a little bit more. That cannot happen. Have to look at yourself and try to do better.
Aaron Gray: “Just getting my feet well, being able to get back on the floor. I was just excited to be out there (almost went too hard in the warmup, he said). Only had one practice. I’m going to be able to help this team. There’s nothing like game conditioning. When you’re worried about your wind, your mind is a little slow as well. Was just trying to be physical, hit a few people. Missed some assignments, but that’s something I’ll be able to correct.”
“We knew they were going to come out throwing haymakers and I thought we sustained it early in the first half, but then we gave into it in the second half.”
“That’s what we are looking for, competition for 48 minutes and the Celtics did that tonight and we didn’t.”
“I worry about the offence, but I do believe the offence will come around. A lot of that is on me because we spent so much time in training camp on the defensive end.”