If we can get him to just play the "pack it in the paint" defense that Casey preaches and keep PG's in front of him, be a little bit more high percentage with his passing and shooting, I think his lateral defense and rebounding can really help us. He can also break the defense down offensively which is great.
In the past I have disagreed about trading Bargnani ... But I have reconsidered my position, he is hurting the team big time right now, he shoots so much but has a horrible percentage and his rebounding is non existent for his position. Time for us to give those minutes to Ed Davis, one of the best PER's in the league right now? I'm down with that.
I would hate to trade him for Gasol however, why do the raptors need another overpriced, over the hill big man?
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"Defense wins championships."
Casey making Pietrus and Anderson guard Mayo and doubling Mayo when he chose to step past the 3 point line was huge. Ed Davis didnt have a double double but he had a quiet effective game that isnt measured on the stat sheet, same with DeRozan really showing his maturity, last year DD would force some really dumb shots, didnt get angry took the jumpers that were his to take and looked for his teammates when doubled getting much better with his decision making.
If a trade is not do able. Then yes the logical choice is to bring him in as the 6th man, and limit his min. to no more than around 24. I dont think that even he would debate that his play over the years is anything more than warranting a 6th man position. Its all about the team winning, we need to play defense, score on the fast break, and hit around a third of our 3 point shots to win. The talent level of this team is not enough to be able to win without defending. We need to play our best defenders.
That being said I like our current starting lineup from a defensive standpoint, especially when we get lowry back in the line up, I think we can give other teams fits on the offensive and defensive glass.
"Defense wins championships."
You guys need to relax in regards to Lowry. Since he came back from injury (the first time) he's been essentially playing still hurt while not in game shape. To be honest, I think they rushed him back too soon.
I didn't hear any of this talk before he got hurt.
He does need to remember to play defense, though. My only issue with his play thus far.
At the very best, you could say he does better starting then he does coming off the bench this season (cause he hasn't been good coming off the bench at all this season)? Neither is a reflection on Lowry. My only problem with him (Lowry) is also on the defensive end and thats only when he tries to cheat and grab a steal. And I've only really noticed that happening after he came back from injury and when we're down a few or in a drought.
A lot of our loses are from wasted shots from Bargs and poor defense from Bargs what more proof do you need? Bargs has been shooting like 32% this season on like 20 something attempts a game. He wastes posessions and doesnt rebound which means more posessions for the opposing team and even worse defense for us.
Lowry's gambles wont be as bad with legit bigs defending the paint, what he does is what you want from your PG plus he rebounds on the regular boxes out and can put teams in fould trouble with his play style. Lowry is legit.
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