HIGH POSTS – A Quick Slam Of Dwayne Casey

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I’ve about had it with Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey not playing Jonas Valanciunas enough.  Tonight’s triple overtime game was the last straw, as the second-year center played just 29 minutes out of 62 – with no personal fouls and getting 10 rebounds – while Wizards C Marcin Gortat torched Toronto all night.

A young developing player has to be allowed to fail, but Casey isn’t letting that happen.  It’s hard to blame Jonas if he starts looking to the bench whenever he makes a mistake at this point.  If Raptors GM Masai Ujiri wants to get maximum return out of his center, he might have to consider a coaching change.

I think our tweet says it all:

HIGH POSTS – Raptors Republic podcast out today!

Blair Miller > HIGH POSTS

Our leading (and only) basketball writer gives his, um, blunted, unconventional – and occasionally obsessively detailed – take on recent happenings in the hoops world.

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What’s new, Ballers?!

The sweet spot of the year for roundball is upon us: March Madness is coming up, and the NBA season is past the All-Star break, gathering momentum toward playoff and/or divisional races.  After taking some needed time off after the NFL season, we’re back!

Sometime this weekend we’ll be unveiling TFQ’s Upside Down Awards for the 2014 NFL season.  The UDAs are our unique (and occasionally obscene) take on the high and low points of the NFL season that was.  Keep an eye out for that, and more regular postings of High Posts.

For now, the usual cast met again on Raptors Republic for another edition of our weekly podcast.  You can take a listen here.

Here’s a list of the topics from the ‘cast, courtesy PhdSteve on Raptors Republic:

  • Michael and Greg’s preview of Marcus Smart on ESPN True Hoop’s bucksketball.com
  • The Jimmer to Toronto? Does the prophet strike again?
  • Is World Peace possible in smoke city?
  • A review of the trade deadline that came and went and what it can tell us about the Raptors, Ujiri, and the plan going forward.
  • Tim Chisholm’s piece on transcendent players
  • What about a Bosh reunion?
  • Kyle Lowry, Kyle Lowry, and more Kyle frickin Lowry
  • The development of Tre Rosé, The onus on Jonas and the teams last 7 days that provided 2 wins against Cleveland, a win over Orlando, and a tight loss to the red hot Bulls
  • What to expect or hope for in the next 10 days in what may be the toughest part of the remaining schedule
  • Some college ball (about 10 mins at the end) where we talk Gators as #1, preview the ACC and SEC, and Steve tries to convince Blair and Mike that UCLA can still win it all!

 

HIGH POSTS – Raptors Republic podcast out today!

Blair Miller > HIGH POSTS

Our leading (and only) basketball writer gives his, um, blunted, unconventional – and occasionally obsessively detailed – take on recent happenings in the hoops world.

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Ballers, what’s up?!

The usual cast met again on Raptors Republic for another edition of our weekly podcast.  You can take a listen here.

Now that the NFL season has finished, I’ll be taking a week or so off from regular posting to recharge.  The podcast will also be taking a week-long hiatus.

But keep an eye out for TFQ’s inaugural Upside Down Awards, where we give a take on recognizing aspects of the NFL season that only my twisted brain could come up with.  It will be a fun read.  After that, High Posts will gather steam, giving thoughts on happenings in the NBA and NCAA.  There will also be NFL Postmortems for each franchise in Deep Posts.  Get ready!

Here’s a list of the topics from the ‘cast, courtesy PhdSteve on Raptors Republic:

  • The week that almost was as the Raps close out the West Coast road trip 2-3 before a big win vs New Orleans at home
  • The SACTO loss.  Was it the refs or players?
  • The Clippers loss and how sometimes the better team just wins.
  •  And The win against NO reminds us how good Lowry is and how taking out the trash is all this team needs to do to get the 3 seed in the East.
  • We close with some random thoughts on the all-star game and the upcoming trade deadline.

Then from about 30 minutes on we talk NCAA

  • It’s a tribute to Iowa week! as we look deeper at both Iowa & Iowa State.
  • There is a local Toronto kid not named Wiggins tearing up the NCAA and we talk about him!
  • We then start our Conference previews with conference tournaments just around the corner as we preview the Big Ten and the Big 12
  • The mailbag question of the week comes from @mitchymitchy4: will/should Embiid stay for a second year at Kansas?
  • And the we talk about Marcus Smart and stupid fans

See y’all soon – in the roundball world!  Looking forward to it.