Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Part III: I miss you
Date: December 14, 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 focuses on a struggling Raptors’ bench unit that will face some questions when Delon Wright returns.
Welcome to another edition — and another year — 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.
MURPHY: Well, Eric, that has to be the ugliest 3-1 road-trip through the Western Conference that the Toronto Raptors have ever had. I suppose it’s one of those stretches where you erase the “how” from your memory, take the “how many,” and move on, but Buzz, your road-trip…woof. A closer-than-it-probably-needed-to-be win in Memphis, the usual Sacramento nonsense, an Ugliest Game of the Year contender in a loss to a banged-up Clippers team, and then a narrow escape against a Suns team giving T.J. Warren a 35-per cent usage rate-level green light right now.
Again, we should probably all just forget about it. Going 3-1 on the road is tough against any competition, the loss was on a back-to-back (and their first against a sub-.500 team), and their season-long numbers are still encouraging: third in net rating, fourth in offence, ninth in defence and no team has fewer road games from here than the Raptors, who won’t travel more than one time zone away. Things are fine, and I don’t mean that in the flaming kitchen meme sense.
Continue reading at The Athletic.