Monroe is playing his way out of the rotation with or without Jonas. They are just paying too high a price having Monroe on the floor. Anunoby at C worked much better. Blake Murphy pointed out that Toronto won the Harden minutes by 8 points. The worst part of the bench minutes came from Monroe. And the fact that those minutes came right after a bad start from the starting five really mucked things up.
A tighter rotation is definitely going to help. And I have a good feeling about a lighter schedule helping to keep legs fresher and allow the Raptors to heal up a bit and inject more energy into games. And we’re going to see Kawhi impacting games in more ways than we saw last night. He did pretty well, but that was really just easing his way back and getting back into game shape. There’s a lot more room for him to impact the defense and rebounding.
What happened to monroe? This guy used to be pretty good and get a solid 16/8. He always had his flaws, but he's only 28. He has trouble just sinking layups, has absolutely no lift and most nights looks 38 rather than 28.