On this week’s edition of RaptorBlog Radio, we discuss game-winners from DeMar DeRozan and Kyrie Irving, the never ending point guard saga in Toronto, how Rajon Rondo’s season-ending ACL tear changes things in the East and as always, we look ahead to a tough week that includes games against the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers and Heat.

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Comments (4)

  1. Fully agree with you guys, I can’t believe how anyone in good conscience would choose Calderon over Lowry.

  2. Lowry can’t stay healthy if his life depended on it, I wouldn’t build my franchise around a guy whos going to miss atleast a quarter of a season every year

  3. If we had Ross on the floor guarding Irving, and Irving still made the three then Casey would have been blamed for using a rookie to guard Irving. The best all around player was Anderson. He’s done more than any other player on defense.

  4. “You don’t have anything against Jose Calderon”?

    Sorry, but that’s not what I’ve seen. I’ve never felt that most of you guys (especially you, Joe) have given Calderon his due. Now, I’m not suggesting Calderon has been great or shouldn’t be traded (he’s 31 and obviously not the long term answer), but he’s obviously not the type of PG you guys like and that’s his biggest problem.

    Calderon is a pass first PG who makes his teammates better, hits the open shot and doesn’t do anything spectacular. But he’s also been one of the few Raptors who have actually had a positive effect on the floor in the last few years.

    In a lot of ways, he reminds me a lot of Andre Miller. Throughout his career, he’s always been underappreciated by the team he played for, who wanted more of a scoring PG, but the teams he left always seemed to miss him after they traded him away.

    That’s the one thing about the PG position. The main job is to run the offense efficiently and make those around them better, but most fans don’t see that.

    And your point about Lowry being a better basketball player hits the nail on the head. Yes, Lowry is a better basketball player, and at any other position, that would probably matter. But at PG, it’s secondary. Lowry’s biggest strength, the fact that he plays with a chip on his shoulder, is also his biggest weakness. He makes poor decisions and tries to do too much.

    Personally, I don’t think either one is the PG of the future for the Raptors. Calderon is simply too old, while we’re seeing while Lowry has fallen out of favour with two other teams despite his talent.

    I have a few trade proposals for a Raptors-Celtics trade…
    http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/2013/01/the-raptors-pg-situations-and-trade-proposal-tuesday-edition-2/

    And by the way, the comment about no one wanting Calderon speaks volumes about your opinion of him. So at least be honest, here.

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