Raptors Reasonablists: Volume I, Part V (the emergency, please don’t panic edition)

Title: Raptors Reasonablists: Volume I, Part V (the emergency, please don’t panic edition)
Date: January 26, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists. The latest edition finds us talking ourselves through a five-game losing streak.

Welcome to another edition of Raptors Reasonablists with Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy. Throughout the year, lead NBA writer Koreen and regular contributor Murphy discuss hot-button issues surrounding the Raptors, but with an even-keeled approach in pursuit of finding reasonable middle ground. If we have faith in anything, it is that reasonable middle grounds lead to: a) workable long-term solutions; b) increased empathy and understanding for others; and c) more wins — at least more wins when they truly matter — probably. We hold these truths to be self-evident, and we hold these truths to be good truths.

Koreen: I had such plans for myself today, Blake. I was going to lie in bed, and consider if this cough I have is going to develop into a full-blown cold. I was going to watch a good chunk of the five remaining episodes of Rectify I’ve yet to watch on Netflix, and consider if Daniel Holden is the greatest character in the history of the medium. (I’m leaning toward “yes.”) And then I was going to go play in my rec basketball game, shoot 3-for-14, hate myself, and call it a day. (I’m still going to do that.) I think we can all agree that that is a day worth pursuing, Blake.

But then I looked skyward, and noticed a black hologram in the grey Toronto sky. I squinted, to make out what it said, as if there could be any doubt. “RR,’ it said, in big, bold, block letters. The Raptors Reasonablists were being summoned by the powers that be to try to make sense of the most trying time for Raptors fans since they were swept out of the playoffs by a team coached by Randy Wittman.

The Raptors have lost five games in a row. Aside from the defeat in Memphis on Wednesday night, the defeats have all been fairly egregious, in one way or another (and usually in multiple ways). I thought there was a lot to like about the game against the Grizzlies, but a general lack of defensive intensity out of the gate and a general lack of shot-making (plus a total non-lack of Marc Gasol) doomed the Raptors, again. Now, they sit just a half-game up on Boston for second. And the way DeMar DeRozan was hobbling around on Monday, I am going to go ahead and predict he will not be playing on Friday against Milwaukee.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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