Archive for the ‘Click and Roll’ Category

  • DeMar DeRozan is aware that he’s been disappointing fans and coaches with his recent play: “I think I was just slacking a little bit and it’s definitely time to pick it up.” That’s never something you like to hear. (Toronto Star)
  • Bryan Colangelo confirmed that Reggie Evans’ injury accelerated the timeline for calling Ed Davis up from the D-League. (National Post)
  • Davis only picked up one foul in his 35 minutes of playing time in the D-League, so it looks as though we don’t have to worry about him coming down with “Amiritis”. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jay Triano thinks the Raptors are “a fair-weather defensive team right now… We get after it when we are scoring, when things aren’t going well we don’t (get after it defensively). That has got to change.” (Toronto Sun)
  • Well, that didn’t take long: Is it time to put Jerryd Bayless in the starting lineup? Somewhere, Jose Calderon is alone in a gym screaming “THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!” (Raptors Republic)
  • While we’re on the subject of starting lineups, why isn’t Amir Johnson starting? (Hoops Addict)
  • This is the single best interview with Andrea Bargnani I’ve ever read — it seems you need to talk to him about video games to get more than five-word answers out of him. (Eye Weekly)
  • Nat from Heels on Hardwood has been organizing some pretty cool social media stuff for Raptors fans with her new #RTZ initiative. Join the movement and you could find yourself tweeting, Facebooking and what-have-you at a Raptors game with Nat. (#RTZ)
  • Doug Smith reports that Leandro Barbosa will probably be back in the lineup tonight against the Rockets. (Toronto Star)
  • Ed Davis has switched to a lighter knee brace and could return to the lineup as early as next week. (Toronto Sun)
  • As great as Sonny Weems has played lately, there are multiple signs that the Raptors aren’t using him properly. (T. Jose Caldeford)
  • Here we go again: Is it time to re-insert Jose Calderon into the starting lineup? (The Picket Fence)
  • Should the Raptors aim to draft Canadian players so they won’t want to leave Toronto when they become stars? (Dino Nation Blog)
  • Linas Kleiza is expected to be back in the Raptors’ lineup tonight against the Wizards. Hopefully he’ll come off the bench so Sonny Weems has another chance to show what he can do in the starting lineup. (Toronto Star)
  • John Wall will probably miss tonight’s Raptors-Wizards game with a sprained right foot, but Jack doesn’t think facing Kirk Hinrich instead will be a picnic: “Kirk is a very talented player in his own right.” (Toronto Sun)
  • Kinda old news, but rookie center Solomon Alabi has been assigned to the Erie Bayhawks in the D-League so he can get some playing time. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jarrett Jack attended the birthday party for Chris Bosh’s two-year daughter and brought her about 15 gifts. Chris thought he might have overdone it but Jack replied, “No. I am Santa Claus.” (Toronto Sun)
  • It seems that an Achilles injury suffered in the pre-season (is the Achilles the only body part that gets capitalized?) could partially explain why Linas Kleiza has been the worst player on the Raptors so far this season. (Toronto Sun)
  • Tim Chisholm accurately points out that it’s not Jay Triano’s fault that he can’t coax more wins out of such an untalented team. (TSN.com)
  • Ryan McNeill wonders if Triano has too much faith in DeMar DeRozan’s potential considering his recent play. (Hoops Addict)
  • The Raptors face Vince Carter and Chris Bosh in back-to-back games tonight and tomorrow, so here’s a primer as to why this matters in case you just became a Raptors fan yesterday. (Note: Nobody on this planet became a Raptors fan yesterday.) (Toronto Star)
  • Speaking of Bosh, I had previously assumed he was a pretty smart guy but it seems he was unaware he could get NBA League Pass in Canada. (Toronto Star)
  • Shaq loves Toronto, hates Bosh: “Bosh obviously couldn’t handle the pressure, so he had to go join two other people to help him out. Listen to what I tell you Toronto is in the top three NBA cities for every NBA player. Trust me on that, brother.” (Business Insider)
  • Greg Brady from Fan 590 is reporting that Richard Peddie will be replaced as President/CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment. Obviously, I’m going to want to devote a separate post to this news at some point, but I need to collect some more info about this first. There are conflicting reports so this news might not be legit. (@gregbrady71)
  • Andrea Bargnani admits that he had a “terrible game” against the Warriors on Monday and it appears everyone on the team acknowledges they need to improve on defense. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jay Triano seems to be getting tired of being asked about why the Raptors don’t bring consistent effort: “When you figure it out, you tell me. You’ll have a better job than the one you have right now.” (National Post)
  • Here’s the latest Ed Davis injury update from Doug Smith: “I’m guessing – big guess, too – that you’re looking at two, maybe three, weeks at the earliest.” (Toronto Star)
  • Jarrett Jack isn’t buying Jason Whitlock’s “Toronto is White Vegas” theory and apparently doesn’t see the allure of Toronto’s gentlemen’s clubs: “I haven’t been to any of the strip clubs here, so they can’t be that damn good.” (The Basketball Jones)
  • Also on the Jones blog, I posted the videos for Paul Millsap’s 11 points in 28 seconds last night and Tracy McGrady’s 13 points in 33 seconds in December 2004. Which performance was more impressive? (The Basketball Jones)