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  • A quick observation

    I find it really random that Landry Fields got the start last night and lead all players with team high 42 mins. The reason I find it interesting cause Casey said after last game that he wasn't going to take Pietrus out of the starting line. Than next game he has Fields starting and plays the most minutes? I think BC talked to Casey. Too me with all this Gay talk it doesn't work if they don't dump Fields on one these teams.

    What do y'all think?
    @Chr1st1anL

  • #2
    It could have something to do with it, but that would contradict an earlier report that MLSE has advised Casey to distribute minutes in a way that he deems fit, and for BC not to interject.

    It's easy to forget after the lousy start to his season, but Fields was signed by Toronto to be the starter for this team and chew up a lot of minutes at the SF spot. Maybe Casey decided that Fields was ready for a chance to start again last night, and when he played half decent, he kept him out there as much as he could to try and get some of his confidence back and gain a little traction.

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    • #3
      I admit the timing is weird after his comments about Pietrus... But Casey's style seems to be to always give his players the vote of confidence in the media. Saying he was going to keep MP as a starter may have just been lip service.

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      • #4
        He said Bargs isn't going to start when he comes back too
        @sweatpantsjer

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        • #5
          I don't think the timing is that weird. Casey is not going to say something like "we do need to take Pietrus out of the starting lineup, he's not giving us anything". He has to be positive about his players to maintain good relationships, and it does him no good to say in public well before a game that he's making a lineup change if even just for the simple reason of why would you tip your hand to such a change, even a small one?

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          • #6
            Anyone could see it was only a matter of time before Pietrus was taken out of the starting lineup, but I like that Casey is the type of coach who'll probably never say something like "if he doesn't play better we'll have to make a change" in the media.

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            • #7
              I remember at some point in the first half, Pietrus chucked up a couple of questionable threes on back to back possessions, both of them missing. That may have had something to do with it.

              Also, a bunch of Landry's minutes came at the four.
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              • #8
                ceez wrote: View Post
                He said Bargs isn't going to start when he comes back too
                NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

                That was a lie????????


                AAAAAAAAAUGH!

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                • #9
                  Also, did anyone else feel like Fields' D is looking much better? He looks a lot more nimble out there now than he did earlier in the year or something. Moving his feet, being active with his hands, obviously crashing the boards when shots go up.

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                  • #10
                    white men can't jump wrote: View Post
                    Also, did anyone else feel like Fields' D is looking much better? He looks a lot more nimble out there now than he did earlier in the year or something. Moving his feet, being active with his hands, obviously crashing the boards when shots go up.
                    Well think about it if your hand was involuntary clenching while playing a serious game would you have your head in the game? Fields talking to himself in the earlier games it was the injury scaring the life out of him "like what the hell is going on?" Guaranteed he had his head 95% on what was going on with his hand and the rest on the game. Healthy again he can pick up where he left off being healthy does that to a guy.

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                    • #11
                      He's playing outstanding ball on both ends of the floor right now. But I think he still has a problem with his shot.

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                      • #12
                        There always seems to be a conspiracy around here every week or so haha

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                        • #13
                          J Ram wrote: View Post
                          He's playing outstanding ball on both ends of the floor right now. But I think he still has a problem with his shot.
                          Agreed, but it's because Mckechnie and staff are completely restructuring the shot. It's been mentioned the last couple games since Fields' return. Quite frankly, it looks better, it's the little things on why it's not going in. Ex: Shooting pocket, follow through, or even his body isn't set.
                          Twitter: @ReubenJRD NBA, Raptors writer for Daily Hive Vancouver, Toronto.

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