Toronto Raptors' Backcourt a Huge Concern
The Toronto Raptors' loss to the Orlando Magic Tuesday night was an eye opener for Raptor's fans. The complete lack of a secondary back court was evident as Toronto blew an early 10 point lead with some sloppy play.
Will Solomon, starting in place for the injured Jose Calderon, was brutal in every category turning the ball over seven times and hitting only five of 18 shots taken including 0-5 from downtown. Third string point guard Roko Ukic was just as bad, committing two turnovers and shooting 2-10 from the field. Completely miss-matched, Orlando's starting back court of Jameer Nelson and J.J. Reddick picked them apart for 32 points.
What blows my mind about the play of Will Solomon is the amount of shots taken. 18 shots from the field!? You have to be kidding. With all-star Jermaine O'Neal and the unstoppable Chris Bosh down low, those numbers are just insane.
Jose Calderon, a potential all-star this season is averaging 13.5 points and nine assists while only committing 1.8 turnovers per game. He doesn't take 18 shots per game and he runs the offence through Bosh and O'Neal, the way it should be. The Raptor's are in big trouble this season if they don't address this issue, another first round elimination is almost certain.
The Rap's need a point guard who can run the offence through the big men and make smart decisions with the ball. Solomon and Ukic have done the complete opposite. Colangelo needs to shake things up, a trade at this point wouldn't make much sense but I wouldn't be afraid to Sign Mighty Mouse a.k.a Damon Stoudamire to a 10 day contact and see if he still has game.
Jose can play 30-40 minutes and a seasoned veteran is exactly what the Raps need to come of the bench. They showed last season with T.J. Ford that two all-star calibre point guards can't work in Toronto. Heck, bring back Derrick Martin if you have too.
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