Raptors at Pistons Points Per Game: Pon de replay

- November 24th, 2012

What can you say at this point other than bad luck seems to be following the Raptors like a dark cloud that refuses to go away.

The team seemingly has had every possible bad break go against it and the season is only 13 games old. Amazing. But like Dwane said, the game wasn’t lost on one play (Knight’s layup, Lowry’s miss, Drummond’s goaltend that wasn’t) it was lost on a lot of mistakes. Eight offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter is unacceptable. Even if Valanciunas was battling, but basically playing on one leg after getting kicked in the calf, as Casey said. Besides the o-boards, the Raptors are getting broken down far too easily night after night by quick guards.

Before everyone kills Lowry, understand that there would be no close finish without his going off in the third quarter (14 points). Yes, he needs to make better decisions down the stretch of games, but on the flip side, that fearlessness, that break down the defence and make a play ability has been missing from the Raptors for years. It’s a fine line. Rein him in and team will suffer. Let him go and mistakes might be made. He is pressing, trying to put the team on his shoulders. Trying to put the dagger in opponents and it isn’t working at the moment.

Positives: Bargnani’s past two games have been fantastic. I’ve never seen him play better offensively than he did tonight, though I’ve seen him play overall better games (better defence). He has taken charges three straight games.

Ed Davis was fantastic. Two monster blocks, 3-for-3 from the line, big dunk. Really gave the team a spark. Amir was better, but is struggling a bit right now.

Not the best outing from Valanciunas, but he was solid until the injury. By the way, Lowry says he’s fine (but he came down weird on his ankle late in the fourth after a drive).

Tayshaun Prince had a hell of a game after mildly calling out his coach. Credit where credit is due.

SAME OLD, SAME OLD?

Detroit players always seem to have problems with their coach.

After losing twice to the not tremendous Orlando Magic recently – and giving up a 21-0 ru – a couple of veterans seemed to take some mild shots at head coach Lawrence Frank.

Will Bynum told the Detroit Free Press Frank’s rotations were “all over the place” while Tayshaun Prince questioned his substitution patterns and use of time outs, though both said their quotes were misinterpreted.

Detroit is not in a great spot at the moment. There is talent in place, but success seems a long ways off, meaning veterans are bound to get cranky.

Drummond is a monster. Still raw, still very challenged offensively, but a machine on the glass. Should the Raptors have gone to the hack a Drummond down the stretch? Might have been worth thinking about.

 

And finally, some post-game quotes from Casey and Lowry:

Dwane Casey: It looks like the last play was the reason it wasn’t. It’s 15 offensive boards. Once Jonas hurt his leg, he was playing on one leg and just got five in a row on him, offensive boards and we had to get him out. He would have been a difference I thought if he was healthy. But it was the plays all before that. That’s the story. You can’t rely on just one stop to win or lose the game.

Once we correct those lulls, those numerous offensive rebounds, we’re going to be OK. But tonight it was a combination of that and their second shots.

No not really. He was penetrating, he got to the rim on one. The last two, I don’t know what decision he made at that time, I thought Andrea was open on the penetration. He made that decision, that’s the freedom you give players. He’s done a heck of a job getting to the rim and those other two, I think if he looked at it, he’d make a different decision. I can’t get in his mind, he’s taking what the defence gives him. But again, it shouldn’t come down to that.

“15 offensive boards, everybody has a piece of that. I’d give 2 or 3 of (Bargnani’s) buckets to have some defensive rebounds.”

We’ve got to get tougher in the paint.

More physical in the paint, especially when you’ve got a guy that’s hurt.

Have to get DeMar more involved. They were paying special attention to him.

We had Amir on Prince, backed him down. We had Dom on Prince, backed him down point blank. That’s just way too easy for two of our better defenders.

Kyle Lowry:

I got the shot I wanted. Missed it, that was it really. Got to a spot I wanted to get to on the floor, shot a shot I’ve shot a million times and the next time I shoot it, it will go in.

Very frustrating. We’ve got to learn past it. We’ve got to chip away and keep playing.”

 

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