Yup, I fully expect the Raps to miss the playoffs at this point, although I slo think that's not the worst outcome for the team either.
It's not all doom and gloom either. DeRozan and especially Weems have been quite good, and I like what Johnson and Wright have managed to bring to the table as well. However, if we want to move on to derailment...
1. Starting Jose. Terrible idea, just bloody terrible. Jack had played more than well enough to keep his starting role, and picking Jose despite that sends entirely the wrong message. Plus Jose's D is just as bad as in previous seasons. Yuck.
2. Not benching Bargs sooner. Bargnani needs to be held responsible for his lacadasical play, and benching him sooner would have accomplished that. I'm not saying he should have been benched entirely, just that he should have gotten a quicker hook when he was playing sleepy-time defense and rebounding.
3. A lack of disciplne for Turk. His whole I'm sick, but not to sick to party routine should have been slapped down from on high. A gentle benching doesn't send the same message.
4. A lack of direction from the top. Triano and B-Co needed to step up and be far more clear and detailed about expectations and consequences for the whole team. Guys are just floating through games and there hasn't been any consequences for that kind of shizz. Somebody needed to play bad cop for this roster but no one stepped up.
The talent on the roster is there for them to have been much better than they have been. However, unrealized potential is like an afternoon crap - it's jusy a niggling urge of no real importance until it hits the bowl.
I'd also like to take this time to issue a AAA travel advisory to avoid any Raps-centric boards for at least 2 or 3 weeks. The levels of stupidity, bigotry, and general douche-baggery are at all time highs, and it's really no fun for anyone involved.