Our winning #RTZ Tweet from Monday courtesy of @TTOTambz is right. To see JJ Redick join a growing rogues gallery of Raptors heartbreakers this season seems like a less than deserving fate for a team that’s been outgunned for much of the season, but rarely outworked for over a month now.
But as head coach Dwane Casey pointed out post-game, the fight should be commended but it’s the slip — not the fall — that’s doing the Raptors in. In Monday’s 92-88 loss to the visiting Magic for example, it came when they were down 83-78 with 4:29 to play. What followed was a sequence that went Raptors turnover, Dwight Howard hook shot, missed Toronto long jumper resulting in a Jason Richardson fast-break dunk the other way and the Magic lead was back up to nine with three minutes to play.
According to Casey, that’s simply hard won wisdom there’s no way of bypassing on the way to becoming a consistent winner.
“The experience factor you can’t rush it, you can’t teach it, you can’t give it to them,” said Casey. “I see fight every night. There are periods where I have to get on them and push them like every other game, but I see guys caring, I see passion and I don’t see give in.”
So now it’s on to the final game of this four-game homestand on Wednesday against the Rockets, where the Raptors get a prime opportunity to show some of that growth against a team that exploited similar errors in execution a week ago in Houson. Until then here’s a special “Top 15″ edition of #RTZ Tweets from yesterday’s game:
Top #RTZ Tweets — Raptors vs. Magic