Weeks removed from the Toronto Raptors disappointing playoff sweep against the Washington Wizards, Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri joined Prime Time Sports recently to try look at the positives of the playoff run.
"I think you have to take the body of work and see what works and what doesn't and what needs to be fixed," Ujiri said. "There's nothing to panic about. We won 48 (games) and came back and won 49. There's some level of consistency. We played at a high level for a year and a half so it can't be that bad where it fell off. I look at the positives a lot and then try to figure out the negatives."
When asked about what he thought about the Raptors playoff exit, Masai gave a lot of credit to Washington executing their game plan and the Raptors continued post-all-star break woes.
"Let's give them credit, they played amazing," Ujiri said. He went on to say:
"It's just came together for them. Even though we won four of the last five regular season games, heading into the playoffs, I don't think we were happy with the way we were playing since the all-star break. Falling off defensively was a big concern, but I hope this is the new normal for us. At least if you're having problems in the playoffs, it's a good thing and eventually you're going to figure it out."
With the Raps winning the Atlantic Division in both years and reaching a new franchise record for wins in 2014-15, Ujiri said that the team and franchise can only go up from here.
"I like to look at some of the things that are trending the right way," Ujiri expressed. "Winning two division titles in two-years; we had two All-Stars Kyle (Lowry) and DeMar (DeRozan), the Sixth Man of the Year (Lou Williams), we gained a practice facility, we're possibly getting a D-League team, All-Star Game is coming to Toronto (in 2016) but there is work to be done."
However regarding specific off-season moves, including the unforeseen future of head coach, Dwane Casey, Masai remained unforthcoming.
You can listen to the full interview Here .
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