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Northern Neighbour
bozonic wrote:


Absolutely, CAsey waited far too long to call time out when run was accelerating. Note he likes to keep for end of game but this time they were worthless....game over man


He called two timeouts with the first 4 minutes and 20 seconds of the third quarter. Another timeout wasn’t going to do anything. At some point, the players have to respond and they did not.
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Northern Neighbour
DocHolliday wrote:


I'm not so sure the team lost focus but more NY adjusted and TO was unable to respond.  I also think the team took the Knicks a bit too lightly and took the foot of the gas.  This one I lay at Casey's feet, his adjustments just didn't work but to be fair, THJ really took off and sometimes a player taking off like that is just difficult to contain.


I’m not sure how Casey can be blamed. He called two timeouts in less than 5 minutes. He threw out a ton of players and combinations and nothing clicked. Maybe he should have put Miles in earlier, and that’s probably it. And maybe get Lowry out sooner, too, because he ended up with 4 turnovers in the 3rd. At some point, the players have to respond and they did not. Nothing worked.
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DocHolliday
Tommy C wrote:
Yeah, the JV-Ibaka pairing doesn’t work. I can’t see Ibaka going to the bench, I can see JV coming off the bench but not sure really. The problem is that I don’t see a scenario where Ibaka gets trade and same goes for JV. Hypothetically speaking; who has a better trade value - JV or Ibaka? The market is most likely very dry for both imo.


I don't think the market is dry for Serge, 3&D from the 4 or 5 with solid percentages has value in this league.  I mentioned in another thread that it makes sense to me to have JV backing up Serge or ideally both used for match-ups with JV against the bigger players out there - a scenario he does very well in - if you're a traditional 5 he's got your number. Serge is the opposite.  Interestingly, the Raps best Off. line is OG, DDR, Klow, Pascal and JV.

Strikes me odd as it seems we're under valuing JV at the 5 again.  Yes he makes bone head plays at times but you can see him unsure of where to be or what to do.  Take the NY game, a couple times JV was open on the perimeter and he started to go through the motion of shooting the 3 and then pulls it back from half way up and flips the ball to DDR or another guard.  There's also some hesitation on the defensive end as well like when he was guarding Beal on the swtich (though that would be tough for any player).  Ibaka hasn't been much better. Despite that though (and despite the development curve the team is doing with the youth), 17 games in and in a new system, the Raps are;
  • tied for 4th overall in the league, 
  • 2nd in the East (despite many here thinking the Raps are now a 5-8th seed), 
  • have a net rating that ranks them 4th overall 
  • and have the 3rd best offense in the league.  
There must be something Casey/staff/players are doing right
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DocHolliday
Northern Neighbour wrote:
I’m not sure how Casey can be blamed. He called two timeouts in less than 5 minutes. He threw out a ton of players and combinations and nothing clicked. Maybe he should have put Miles in earlier, and that’s probably it. And maybe get Lowry out sooner, too, because he ended up with 4 turnovers in the 3rd. At some point, the players have to respond and they did not. Nothing worked.


100% agree though that doesn't mean Casey won't make some errors here or there - he's human too dammit [cookiemonster]

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LOG
I'm not a Casey fan at all, but I don't see how this could be on him.
Well I guess he could've showed some Rocky clips during the half time to keep them motivated.
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CobraKing
We were due a garbage game, just a pity it came against the Knicks in such an epic fashion (30 points from NYK in the quarter?).

Let's hope we get the W against the Pacers this evening.
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