With the wound of Washington's Game 2 blowout still open, the sad Toronto Raptors were forced to face the sad Toronto media today and discuss where to go from here. Surprisingly, the answers were not "run a warm bubble bath, roll up in the fetal position, and cry for hours". Dwane Casey, Lou Williams, and DeMar DeRozan gave their best effort in describing what happened last night and where the team has to go from here.
Casey again preached a lack of physicality, highlighting the pick and roll defense as especially problematic.
After watching video, Casey says there were 17 blow-bys on perimeter.— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) April 22, 2015
Also criticizes bigs impacting ball on pick-and-roll. "Usually we blame JV, but it wasn't JV."— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) April 22, 2015
Casey on transition D "We were back, but we weren't communicating. [We were there] in spirit."— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) April 22, 2015
Williams talked about refereeing and the team mindset.
Lou, like Lowry, said it can be frustrating to see the game called differently in playoffs, calls they usually get don’t happen, must adjust— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) April 22, 2015
Lou on watching film today: "I think the most alarming thing we saw is our sense of urgency and attention to detail"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 22, 2015
DeRozan discussed that sense of urgency too, along with musings on the Kyle Lowry disappearing act.
"If being down 0-2 doesn't stimulate urgency, I don't know what would," DeRozan says. "No one's ready to go home."— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) April 22, 2015
"That's what I've realized: We've got to be a lot more physical," says DeRozan— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) April 22, 2015
DeRozan on Lowry: "He feels like he's letting us down in a sense but we've all got to stick together"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 22, 2015
Any thoughts on the team comments? Is the team on the right track with what needs fixing? Do you need a hug? I need a hug.