Who even says the Cavs need to blow things up? How about if we upgrade the 4 spot and have a healthy Jonas?
The main problem with our offense in the playoffs, was that our role-players weren't making their open shots consistently. Patterson, Caroll, Ross and Joseph. That left it up to Demar and Lowry who were hot and cold throughout the playoffs.
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If we make that a focal point from day 1 of 2016/17 then we have a 3-headed, more multi-faceted attack as opposed to just two (especially when those two are guards). Definitely will give us a lot better options in the playoffs and make us tougher to defend. I think also doing that will increase the attention that JV draws on the offensive end making things even easier for our role players.
Yeah we do need guys to make shots of course, but it's bigger than that. It makes me really optimistic though because even with all of those flaws AND JV being injured for most of the Heat series we still won 10 playoff games.
At the time I was pissed the Raptors were playing so ugly, now it's given me a lot more optimism for next season. JV should be used more, the offence can develop further, and DD + Lowry should be better next time around. It means this team has room to be even better in the postseason regardless of potential roster improvements, but it's also good to know that they can win ugly when needed.
"Control DeRozan's catch-shoot game. He rarely passes. Defend the ball. Much of what they do reverses to 1 on 1 play." -- Visitor Locker Room Whiteboard, Air Canada Centre, Feb. 26, 2015
JV gonna be used more next year? I'll believe it when I see it.
Probably just got lost in all the draft/free agency hype, but ....
Toronto assistant Andy Greer is leaving to become the top assistant coach to Tom Thiibodeau in Minnesota, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016
Certainly a huge blow to the coaching staff, sense Greer was a big part of improving the defense this year. Hopefully Masai and Casey have someone in mind to replace him.
Yeah losing Greer could be big. If I see us go back to the scramble D I might choke on my own vomit at some point next season.
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Since Coach Greer has left for Minnesota, has there been any talks to find a new defensive coordinator? It's no coincidence that the defense dramatically improved when they went to Greers defensive schemes over the horrible scheme we had 2 years ago.
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Nice article on the RR front page, that should surprise nobody, but at least backs up some observations with data. A few money shot quotes, sure to inflame and generate discussion....
Taking The Next Step: How the Raptors compare to recent finalists and champions
At the bottom of the Ďimportance listí appear two related statistics Ė free throw rate and total free throws made. Ranking high in these categories would mean relying on free throws as a major source of points. Surprisingly, (or maybe not so much) seven of the title winners rank below average in free throw rate, while no champion in the last decade has cracked the top 5 in free throws made. Based on these numbers alone, it appears that centering an offense on the generation of free throw attempts is not conducive to winning a championship.
So how do the Raptors stack up against the last 20 NBA finalists? One of the first things that jump out is the reliance on free throws as a major part of the offense. The Raptors ranked 2nd and 3rd in free throws made and free throw rate respectively in the 15/16 season. This stands in contrast to their 14th and 19th rankings in 3-pointers made and attempted respectively. The offensive strategy makes sense in a vacuum, as the Raptors are short on reliable long distance shooters and possess a quality slasher in DeRozan. The solution to shift the offense to the perimeter lies in the acquisition of more shooters. That makes Terrence Ross more valuable than Toronto fans might like, possibly meaning he will remain on the roster into next season.
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