Raptors-Suns: Jay Triano’s Coaching Costs Raptors A Win

November 16th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
Playing the high scoring 8-2 Phoenix Suns in their own building, where the Suns are undefeated on the season looked like a near impossible task for the reconstructed 5-4 Toronto Raptors.

But the Raptors were game on this night and took the Suns to the brink of defeat when Hedo Turkoglu’s last-second shot failed to fall as time expired. Suns 101, Raptors 100.

However, the game should never have gotten to a last-second shot for the win.

The Raptors had played the Suns even and ahead for the entire game, ending each quarter with a slight lead  Even when the Suns finally managed to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, the Raptors looked like they were not going to let this game get away.

But for some strange and illogical reason, Jay Triano decided to go back to the worst defensive guard lineup the Raptors have put on the floor this season.

At the 8:28 mark of the fourth quarter with the score tied at 84, Jay Triano substituted in Jose Calderon for Hedo Turkoglu to reunite him with Jarrett Jack. Let the bloodshed begin!

As has been discussed on numerous occasions this lineup simply doesn’t work.

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