TORONTO — As a species, we have a tendency to overreact to the recent past. When things go wrong, as is annoyingly inevitable, we attempt to make sure they do not go wrong in the same precise way again. At worst, that ensures that we will make new kinds of mistakes. At best, you find a path to bliss, or perhaps just blissful sustainability.
You see this frequently in sports. Failure is usually met with a solution that runs in the exact opposite direction. Thought your old coach was too stern? Hire a “players’ coach.” Did your playing style prove untenable? Make a 180-degree change, or at least close to it. As such, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been preaching the merits of balance — solid play on both ends of the floor — since training camp. With last year’s unbalanced Raptors in mind, it makes perfect sense. That team survived because of its offence, and it fell apart in the post-season when the perimeter attack failed to yield the same results while the defence remained an abomination.