Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was asked again Wednesday about small-ball, following the decision to only play one big man down the stretch a day earlier in a loss to the Miami Heat.
It came up because Casey was asked about the Charlotte Bobcats’ tendency to play a different brand of small-ball – point guards Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions on the floor at the same time – but quickly segued into another discussion about going away from Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas.
Johnson didn’t play in the fourth quarter and Valanciunas didn’t return until just under four minutes remained.
The main reason Casey doesn’t play Valanciunas as often as he would like to (considering how effective the second-year centre has been offensively) is because he struggles mightily most of the time with his help defence. It’s not Andrea Bargnani bad, but it’s a major work in progress.