Not that anyone needs to be reminded of how bad things got Tuesday night in Orlando in the Raptors' 103-90 loss to the Magic, but the 24 turnovers marked either the individual season high or season-high tying mark for four Raptors -- Joey Graham, Jason Kapono, Will Solomon and Roko Ukic -- Solomon's seven turnovers being a career high.
Worse still, the Raptors opponent last night, the Miami Heat has proven to be a team that makes opponents pay for their turnovers. The Heat scored 20 off Washington turnovers Tuesday night in a win, marking the sixth time this year it has scored at least 20 points off opponents turnovers. It comes into the game averaging 21.3 a game.
Avoiding the blame
The Raptors were, to a man, careful not to point any fingers after the loss in Orlando. The 24 turnovers were shared by pretty much the entire team. But it's crystal clear that without Jose Calderon in the lineup, the team's chances of winning are drastically reduced and it's not just about protecting the ball as Jermaine O'Neal pointed out (although that certainly helps).
"We didn't start shooting the ball as well and a lot has to do with Jose Calderon not being in there," O'Neal said. "He is the one who sets up our offence. He is the one that is not only going to push the ball but make sure that guys get in the right places and get in areas that they can score the basket."
Heat rookie Michael Beasley has yet to turn 20 and while he has been an offensive contributer from opening night, his defence has been a work in progress. "Objectively, he has come a long way defensively, he really has" Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "From where he came from in Summer League to where he is now, he is remarkably better."