Raptors Reasonablists, Volume I, Part X: Don’t force shots, and don’t panic

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume I, Part X: Don’t force shots, and don’t panic
Date: April 17, 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 tries to work through a terrible Game 1 loss against the Bucks.

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: As anybody who continues, for some reason, to follow me on Twitter knows, I just moved. (It would be a real shame if I kept that professional platform professional in the least.) As I write this, on Sunday night, I have spent three days and two nights here. It is a great place in a lot of ways. I have an office; the bay window has a view of a big park, which has a dog park; in the distance, I can see the Toronto skyline, CN Tower and all, and I’ll get to see some lovely sunsets; I have a front porch, so I can theoretically sit on it being cranky in the summertime heat. I look forward to that. This place is objectively better than my old place, despite the slightly longer commute to both Air Canada Centre and BioSteel Centre I must endure.

However, Blake, I am a boy/man of routine. I lived at my old apartment nine years and two months. Before, I could wander through my place in pitch-black conditions; now, I’m bumping into the corners of furniture because I’m unused to the dimensions of the apartment. So, for the last few days, I have felt a bit adrift, someone with a new apartment but not yet a home.

In that way, the Raptors’ Game 1 loss was a blessing for me. As I look to be grounded, I found comfort in the old, familiar opening loss. It had all the staples of a Raptors Game 1 defeat: an oddly flat performance; a lack of adherence to the basic game plan, like “getting back in transition,” for instance; an off shooting game for at least one or both of the team’s all-stars; and the obligatory post-game — complete with two off days to stew, dissect and self-loathe before the next game — talk of adjustments. I am wrapping this nice, familiar blanket around me as we speak.

Continue reading at The Athletic.


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