The Raptors need depth. Badly
After beating a solid Timberwolves team that challenged the Bulls last night, the Raptors came into Washington and let the winless Wizards give them a beat down last night. The Wizards dominated the second and third quarters and the Verizon Center crowd gave them a standing ovation for winning their first game of the season. It was a little hard to take with the knowledge that the Raptors now have four very tough games ahead of them. Sacramento tonight, then three games against the Pacers, Hawks and Bulls respectively giving the Raptors a very real possibility of falling to 4-10 early, giving a serious blow to their small playoff hopes.
The Raptors simply just did not have enough bench scoring to deal with playing a back to back last night, making Raptors fans biggest fears a reality in this compressed schedule. After Saturday’s Sixers debacle and last nights game it is evidently clear that the Raptors just don’t have the bodies to put together a winning effort two days in a row. When Anthony Carter is running the point for your second unit, you are going to lose often, especially in games like last night where you need to win with your second unit.
Shooting and turnovers also plagued the Raptors as they missed their first 14 three point attempts and turned the ball over a season high 23 times in the loss. The Raptors need to develop a clear offensive system that will get the ball into the pain as they are no longer the high scoring Raptors of old that would put up 100 points almost nightly. An easy way to solve this problem is to get Andrea Bargnani the ball. Bargs has been playing great basketball lately and has been getting love throughout the basketball community for his improved play and it is time the Raptors finally tool the offense around Bargnani’s out of this world post game abilities.
One positive in the loss was the continued strong play of Amir Johnson. Amir followed up his excellent game on Monday night with another solid rebounding performance and looks like he will be the Raptors workhorse this year.
The Raptors play Sacramento tonight at the ACC.