Call it the downside of development.
One day after his team’s drubbing at the hands of the Celtics in Boston, head coach Dwane Casey reflected on the “double-edged sword” that comes into play with the Raptors’ current situation after Thursday’s practice. Namely, that valuable wisdom a player like Jonas Valanciunas is going to gain on the floor against the likes of Kevin Garnett, will likely be hard won and contribute to scores like Wednesday’s result (particularly against veteran clubs like the Celtics).
Check out Casey at the top for that, plus more on the possibility of bringing the team’s third rookie, Quincy Acy, back to Toronto from the NBA D-League’s Bakersfield Jam and Rudy Gay testing some new eyewear for function and not fashion.
Like Valanciunas, Terrence Ross also has seen a spike in minutes of late and the rookie spoke Thursday about what that extra burn means to him, as well as, the team’s shift in mentality as the Raptors near the finish line this season.
Finally, Thursday presented the first opportunity to hear from Andrea Bargnani following the announcement that his 2012-13 season is likely over due to a second injury to a ligament in his right elbow. The key word to this interview (and possibly this entire situation from multiple angles) is “frustration”.