We thought Tom Thibodeau was a short rotation specialist, but Nick Nurse hasn’t been able to envy him for two years. With the Raptors taking the top three spots, it’s enough to take a look at the ranking of the players who played the most this season! They are Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet respectively. The three teammates are the only team in the NBA to play more than 37 minutes per game. We can even add Scotty Barnes to that trio, as the young winger appears 36th in the standings with over 34 minutes per game. Only the Cavaliers also have four players place in the Top 50 most games played.
The problem for the Raptors, who are on a 3-game losing streak, is that Nick Nurse has been hitting his players way too much for two years. The two most used players in the NBA last season were Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, who already played about 38 minutes per game.
“We would like to reduce the playing time for each game by 5-6 minutes”
“I think the coach is working, he is working a little this season” Fred VanVleet responds on Nick Nurse’s desire to limit his playing time. “He already does a little bit. You know, we’re in it, but I believe in my coach and what he’s doing. »
The Raptors point guard makes sure his playing time is limited, except he’s still playing a lot of… “I think my playing time has decreased. I don’t know if the 47 minutes I played last night was useful on average… But I think my playing time has decreased a bit. Maybe a minute. I take one thing at a time, but the coach is trying to… Again, I’m trying to bring everything the team needs, and it wasn’t good enough to win tonight. ”
Because the Raptors lose, even with maximum confidence in their two All-Stars. Their balance sheet is largely negative, with three straight losses and even 11 losses in their last 14 outings. Maybe because the players are tired and the lack of rest is paid for in the home game.
“It is difficult and we would like to reduce the playing time by 5-6 minutes per game” Nick Nurse explained before the meeting against the Knicks. “It seems that we are going in this direction. We just need a player who can take those minutes when the matches are available. We always think about it.”
“It looks easy when we all sit in offices, but it’s not the same when we play the game and the match is intense”
During “Training Camp,” Nick Nurse revealed that this was one of his goals for the season. But that’s easier said than done…
“When you have a super competitive player who plays very well and wants to play, it’s hard to say: “Sorry, it’s time to rest. We don’t care what happens on the field, it’s time to rest. The most difficult thing is that it looks easy when we all sit in offices, but it is not the same when we are playing a game and the match is tight. »
For Nick Nurse, the Raptors are often involved in close games and it is difficult for him to take out Pascal Siakam or Fred VanVleet in the 4th quarter. “There is a difference in points, three minutes left in the game and we say:”Oh… it’s 38 minutes, if we don’t take it out it will be 41 minutes. We are outside. There is a difference in Miami…‘ That’s more or less the reality, and it’s different for those of us who aren’t in the heat of the moment or sitting in our offices. But I took the information into account…”
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