Well it's been a while since I posted a blog about the Toronto Raptors and a lot has happened but in the end nothing has changed. Make sense? It will.
What we've learned about this team after 30 games is that its' strengths and weaknesses are the same as they were last year. The team scores a lot and when they're hitting their jumpers it's a fun team to watch and a dangerous team to play against. Having said that (Curb Your Enthusiasm joke) when the Raps shooters go cold they go ice cold and get killed.
The D is awful and painful to watch as every team pulls down offensive boards one after the other. They lack grit and a mean spirit that hasn't been around since Charles Oakley's brief stint in T.O. And again a lack of solid game plan and poor coaching has reared its ugly head. Jay Triano although one of the nicer personalities in the league is clearly not the right fit for this team and I don't care what anyone says he WAS given the job because he's Canadian.
But ultimately some blame has to fall on the creator GM Bryan Colangelo. He has built a team similar to the one he left behind in Phoenix with one exception. The Suns have far m ore talent than this team does. It's clear the Raptors are no where near being one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference and this fact is thrown into our faces every time they compete with one of those top teams.
Oh and for all those people who are waiting for the savior Reggie Evans to come in and save this D…….give your heads a shake. He'll be coming off the bench and should improve the second units D but won't change the fact that this team is soft. Enjoy these last few months with Chris Bosh because I would expect he will be heading south with a new contract this summer. I mean why would he want to stay with a team that has made no significant improvement?
Oh well thankfully the East is so weak the Raps 13-17 record has them sitting in 7th place, a win percentage of .433 which in the West would have Toronto sitting in 13th place!
Toronto is averaging 103.8 points per game but are also giving up an average of 107.6 points per game.
Some things never change.
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Written by Tomas Cleary