ON THE RECORD: What was said after the Raptors fell to the Orlando Magic

A lot of focus on Gradey Dick

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Toronto couldn’t handle one of the NBA’s most improved teams on Friday night. Especially considering how many top players were not in the lineup against the Orlando Magic. The Raptors get another chance on Sunday, this time in Orlando, and everyone but Gary Trent Jr. has a lot to improve on.

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Here’s a sampling of the post-game comments from both teams:

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RAPTORS HEAD COACH DARKO RAJAKOVIC ON OVERALL PERFORMANCE:

“I thought in the first half, did pretty solid job outside of those two first minutes to start the game. After I thought we did good job of finding and we kept them two offensive rebounds only in first half. We were with our aggressiveness to come up with steals and opportunities for us to run in transition. But as the game progressed, their defensive attributes came to the full sight.”

“I thought I saw some really good things tonight, we just couldn’t put it enough minutes of basketball to win the basketball game.”

RAJAKOVIC ON A ROUGH GAME FROM GRADEY DICK:

“I think the biggest thing with his learning experience here is learning to play as a starter first of all because he’s playing for a couple of games as a starter now. Second thing is how to play starters’ minutes, he played a game of 39 minutes and 36 minutes, he had a couple of games in a row so in a certain degree I expect a dip at some point and unfortunately it was tonight. He did not have that extra juice that he usually brings and it was a tough night. Sometimes, yes, playing through mistakes but he also needs to understand I can’t do this. There is a fine line, sometimes learning is on the bench as well.”

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GARY TRENT JR.’S ADVICE TO DICK AFTER THIS ONE:

“No matter what keep going. Same thing I tell Jordan(Nwora) when he comes in, shoot, score. Same thing I’m telling Jr. Ramsey, everybody, come in and be aggressive, be assertive. Obviously, next man up. There’s a whole bunch of opportunity out there for a lot of people to showcase and check it off as many wins as we can.”

TRENT ON HOW HE ASSESSES THE ROOKIE’S SEASON:

“I’ve just really seen him getting more comfortable. You know, obviously, he’s thrown into a situation that’s not relatively easy. New coach trying to figure everything out and had a lot of changes as a rookie so that could be a lot for you. But again, he’s handled it well. He’s handled his G league stint when we sent him down. He’s been super receptive, he’s been like a sponge. He’s ready to learn to keep going and take the next step and he has so much more improvement to do and so much more to add to his game. His opportunities is limitless if he continues to keep working. I’ll continue to help him as much as I can.”

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RAJAKOVIC ON NEXT STEPS FOR DICK:

“I think what he’s going through now is invaluable. Starter’s minutes, playing heavy minutes. He looks tired, but he needs to learn how to play through that. He played more games this season than he played in the previous five-years of his life. The college season near the end and he’s still playing. He’s a 20-year-old and there is so much to learn, like even to a certain degree failure and a bad game is good because he’s gonna go back, he’s gonna analyse and he’s going to learn something from and he’s going to come back being better. I think it’s just taking a one day at a time approach and taking a lot of lessons on the defensive and offensive end about what he can do.”

ORLANDO GUARD JALEN SUGGS:

“They were playing great basketball there to start the third. We withstood that and continued to move the ball, got great shots. Defensively, I think we turned up the pressure a bit and that led to good things for us.”

ORLANDO FORWARD FRANZ WAGNER ON HIS TEAM’S IMPROVEMENT:

“It’s hard to win in this league, so I think it says something about our group that we’re finding ways to win games. At least for me, this is the first year where we’re really doing that. That progress is really cool to see.”

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