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The Raps were lucky that the game was even close midway through the 3rd when the unthinkable happened. (Coach) Jay Triano made a change to his hermetically sealed gameplan. Sensing the Bucks couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, and Luke Ridnour was penetrating into the pain at will, he switched to a zone, and it paid immediate dividends. The Bucks did eventually crack it a few times, but it definitely slowed them down a lot. The other thing Triano did was switch to a smaller lineup of (Chris) Bosh, (Hedo Turkoglu), (Marco Belinelli), Jose (Calderon) and (Jarrett) Jack late in the 4th. That move also proved to be effective...
"Hi Andy,HT: True Hoop
As you can imagine, you are asking a question that a lot of Raptors fans are asking themselves. My take? A bit of both. Coach Triano is the "if it works..." variety of coach and, as you point out, once Jack took over in Jose's absence the team picked up their play. However, the schedule also became much easier at the same time. The start of our season saw a lot of games in November and early December and both the frequency and the quality of opposition swung in our favour about the same time. Jack is a good point guard, but his talents alone didn't buoy this team in that time, especially given the primary back up is Marcus Banks.
Hedo has had a horrible start to his Raptors career. He seems lethargic, he seemed to be lost with the ball not in his hand, and he publicly came out and basically demanded to be more of a ball handler. He became somewhat of a primary handler with Jose out since we didn't really love the idea of Marcus being the quarterback on this team when Jarrett went to the bench. While this still didn't give us the Hedo of old, we saw flashes of what "could be" and he showed he can create if given the chance.
With the return of Jose, Coach Triano used the tried and true "we'll have to work him in" line but even with some media trying to stir the pot into a PG controversy, it just never formulated. Jose seems to fit well with the second unit and the way Jay subs in, he brings a starter to the bench in the first 5-7 minutes of each game and puts them back in to start the second, giving Jose a starter and 3 pretty active/athletic bench guys with which to run the offense. Typically Hedo is out there with him early in the second, so it stretches the D a little. I see this continuing until Hedo finds his shot.
Jose has been adamant that the backup position is fine for him. If true, I think he will thrive since his major fault (defense) is masked a little by going against second stringers. Also, Jose doesn't remain stationary without the ball, which gives Hedo a bit more room to operate and more options with which to play.
No word on the lineup changing anytime soon. The rumours have started about Jose being trade bait, but I can't imagine that happening given the chemistry between Bosh and Jose."