When a team is enduring a bad losing streak, the best medicine is to get far away from the glare of the media and try to right the ship.
The Toronto Raptors flew as far away from the confines of the Air Canada Centre Monday night and took on the Golden State Warriors. The team was looking to end a four-game win-less stretch which has realistically put them out of the playoffs. The result at the Oracle Arena was much the same as it has been for the past two weeks: another disappointing loss.
Coach Dwane Casey and general manager Brian Colangelo could always remind you of the positives that came out of the loss.
Andrea Bargnani scored a team-high 26 points playing through a stomach ailment. Rudy Gay returned after having back issues which forced him to miss the game against the Milwaukee Bucks, and also scored twenty six. Kyle Lowry had a double-double, and both DeMar Derozan and Amir Johnson had solid nights.
The Raptors stayed with the Warriors up until the fourth quarter and the game was generally pleasing to watch. That is where the positives end.
The team had just lost four in a row, and they needed to win every single game the rest of the way to even have the slightest chance. That didn’t happen and once again, the team lost the game in the fourth quarter. Coach Casey is to blame for that as he was out-coached at the end of the game for like the thirtieth time.
Casey’s inability to call the right plays was glaring last night. The bench did not produce at all. Bargnani scored and played well but in a game the team lost. Gay was 10-of-22 shooting.
Lowry did get his double-double, but what point guard wouldn’t when your team scores 118 points? Youngsters Jonas Valunciunas and Terrence Ross only combined for 24 minutes of playing time. New acquisition Sebastian Telfair didn’t play.
No one on the Raptors could handle David Lee, an undersized forward with a will to get to the basket. The team proved tonight that they can’t win playing an up-tempo style and last week against the Indiana Pacers, they also proved they can’t win playing the slow-down in your face style. It’s easy to see the team has no identity, and that fully rests on coach Casey, who should already be fired: It’s Time To Fire Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey.
In my column, Toronto Raptors Must Look To The Future, I surmised that the season is over and only the returning players and the youth have to get playing time. That didn’t happen last night. Bargnani won’t be around, but he ended up with the most court time.
I don’t understand what Casey is doing. I don’t understand why Colangelo isn’t doing anything. It seems as if both realize their fates are already sealed this season. I hope they are, and I hope a major house cleaning in terms of the front office and on the bench will occur soon after the season, if not now.
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