This week was another losing week and the Toronto Raptors seem to be plunging to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The team has not been able to take care of the basketball and have been giving away far too many points at the line.
Injuries have still been a problem.
The team missed leading scorer Andrea Bargnani for all of their games this week, point guards Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless have been hurt and Amir Johnson is not 100 percent. It may seem a bit obvious, but this team needs to get healthy in order to play to their full potential.
The team has shown what they can do in little bursts, but they can’t seem to do it consistently enough. The problem with the team has not been the effort—they just don’t have enough talent right now.
Performance on a scale of 1-10: 7
Here is a recap of the four games:
Raptors @ Grizzlies, L, 85-96
Defensively, the team was solid. Linas Kleiza continued his solid play, leading the way with 22 points while DeMar DeRozan collected 18.
Joey Dorsey collected a double-double and the team was solid on the boards, as well.
Offensively, the team just didn’t get it done. The way the Raps play, 85 points will not get you a win unless you are playing sparking defense, and they just did not do that.
The second quarter killed them and this seems to be a pattern. The turnovers were another huge problem and the whole team seemed to have soaked their fingers with butter instead of chalk before the game.
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“Watching Demar DeRozan progress, what type of player do you see him being like and can he be a viable No. 1 option in this league?”—Punit Saraon, Raptors fan page on Facebook
As a Raptors fan, the quick answer would be “I hope so."
DeRozan certainly has shown what he can do. He’s extremely athletic, has a quick step and is starting to show signs of consistency. His jump shot has been terrific as of late, and he certainly has the potential to be an All-Star in this league.
Going into the future, the most important thing will be his work ethic.
“Moving forward, do you think the Raps would be better with this roster and a few more draft picks or would you see them excelling more with trades involving key guys like Calderon, Weems etc.” —Tyril Ong, Raptors fan page on Facebook
Right now, this roster is very young, but it lacks the talent to compete.
However, it is also loaded with tons of potential. A trade doesn’t seem necessary at this point of the season; just letting the young guys develop seems to be the best plan for the future.
I think the Raptors also need one or two more players for their core, which can be achieved by picking up young players, whether it’s through the draft or free agency.
It will be an interesting offseason.
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