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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.
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JeffB
LX wrote:
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.
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LX
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:


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.


It felt at the beginning of the season that he was just happy to get one more contract and look at spot filling in. He was ok in that role. Now that he’s had to do more than that he just looks like a guy that came out of retirement. There’s too much of having to work around what he is not.

He was pretty good in a game where post ups were valuable. That kind of game doesn’t exist anymore. He never had much use in quicker tempo situations. He was never a good defender. Now the game is that much faster - he might as well be 38. You can ask the same thing about Enes Kanter. You might have said the same thing about Jonas had he not worked extremely hard to avoid that sort of situation. There’s no room for that kind of offensive specialist at the 5 now. Now they need to be 3 and D guys if anything. Otherwise, just positionless sorts of basketball players. Toronto had hoped Monroe could at least do some of the three point stuff for spacing, but that didn’t work out. Now he’s just getting in the way or missing layups.
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That was pathetic performance in my opinion. Second only to our worst game of the year in San Antonio (and there you can at least blame the mental breakdowns on the game being special for non-basketball reasons). We started out with no effort and our defense was way out of sync. Guys were giving easy baskets to anyone and then yelling at each other. Some improvment at least during the game on that front. Offensively they guys looked like they have lost all bball-IQ they had. Just forcing one-on-one after another. Kawai, Lowry, Powel, Siakam and probably many others did it. And then you are playing three totally useless guys in Monroe, OG and CJ. I think it would have been better to lose by 20 (as we should have) to have a wake up call instead of getting a chance to win (although its not much of a chance seeing how bad we have been in late game offense this year). 

I don't like the load management for the reason that Kawai really looked rusty in this one and him being back seems to also freeze the rest of the team offensively as they are just waiting for him to do everything. At the same time Serge looks very tired. Faried ate his lunch and he didnt have effort to say anything about it (except some complaining to refs). I would really like to have JV back so when Serge doesnt have it, we would have at least on functioning big man in rotation. Now we had to go to lineup with OG and CJ as our "bigs" which was horrendous, as Moose is so bad and Serge was playing too much anyway. 

And to answer Jeffs question, I dont feel very confident. There are too many issues with this team and we have shown to breakdown mentally against good opponents too often. 
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edki
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:


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.


It’s a knowledge problem. Someone needs to tell Monroe that he is not playing on Jupiter and g=9.8 m/sec^2 on this planet.
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