Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse discusses his conversations with Thaddeus Young and Scottie Barnes after an on-court argument between the two was seen last night, the new bench unit he tried vs. the Blazers and non-starters getting quick hooks.
- You were talking about the bench last night. And it sounded like that rotation that you got with Hernangómez and-- [INAUDIBLE]
- Koloko. Koloko.
- --Koloko coming out, is that sustainable? Like, is that something you'd like to stay with? Or is that just sort of waiting on Precious to sort of-- maybe he will--
NICK NURSE: Well, again, I don't ever think we ever can-- I mean, I-- worked last night, right? I think when it does work, then you feel good about it. I think it was good in both halves. You probably are going to look at doing it again, right, and see what it looks like.
I think it's all such a work in process and never-- we're always trying to say, oh, jeez, once we get our rotations down, we'll be fine. And then we know where that leads us when your guys are missing and all kinds of stuff.
So for right now, I think so. I mean-- and doing what we did in the second and fourth is-- was a total departure or totally new thing. But I think that, like I said last night after the game, I think that we're probably at our best when Chris and Precious get some more elevated minutes and can do what they can do at a high level, when they're going, when they're clicking.
- Nick, when you were talking about getting back in transition and sort of having them go back to the spot as opposed to getting tossed back and things like that. Do you view that as just the base point of where, hey, let's establish this and go from there? Or do you see that as, hey, this is something that's working. This is what [INAUDIBLE].
NICK NURSE: Well, I think that what we're trying to do here is get 'em a plan, simplify a plan that can just kind of plug the holes, right? I mean, defensive transition a concern, and especially with those guys right now. So we're just trying to plug those holes for now, and give 'em a different plan, and see what it'd look like.
And we've worked very hard at it. They've worked very hard at it. So hopefully, it'll be OK. I kind of like it. It's different, and it's-- certainly changes the rhythm of the game both ways. So it's kind of interesting so far.
- Fred made a comment the other day about the bench, saying that, like, it's tough when you come off the bench, you got, like, two minutes to prove yourself. If it goes one way, you're back on the bench. He said, like, he used to-- he was like that years ago.
Is that just the nature of being a bench guy? Or how do you deal with the fact that guys only have a couple of minutes to prove it, otherwise it--
NICK NURSE: Well, they shouldn't have a couple minutes, right? It shouldn't-- I think those were unfortunate nights for those guys. But I would say this-- it's not like they run out there, and they're like, you got two minutes or you-- or else. That isn't the case at all.
I just think that once something happens, like a major run, that you've got to react to it as a coach, right? I certainly don't want it to be 90 seconds or two minutes or whatever, not at all. But I think in certain circumstances, you have to react to it.
- The Scottie-Thad thing seem to be smoothed over pretty quickly. And--
- --players obviously have disagreements from time to time over the course of a long season, normally not so publicly. I guess my question is, when a team is struggling, do those types of things happen more frequently? And as a head coach, how can you moderate and help diffuse situations like that?
NICK NURSE: Well, I think first of all, what you said is right. I spoke to both of them today. And they're, like, barely like anything happened. So for me, you just move on from there.