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Casey needs to push his squad to work on communicating with one another.
No matter how effective individual players are, any team will suffer tremendously from a lack of communication.
Coach Dwane Casey recently expressed his concern for the Raptors’ inability to communicate (via The Toronto Star):
I don’t know what it is. We talk our butts off in the locker room but we get on the court and we’re like strangers. We’ve got to do a better job of communicating, pointing, talking, declaring the ball and letting everyone know where everybody is…not assuming in order to get organized in our transition.
It might not be an issue that can be fully resolved by season’s end, but the Raptors need to start talking to one another on the court. Perhaps a leader will emerge in Rudy Gay or Kyle Lowry to start the conversation, but if not, the Raptors will continue to have issues on offense and defense if they don’t communicate with one another on the court.