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Torrey Craig
Torrey Craig
Position: G
Born: 12/19/90
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $4,878,049
At your introductory press conference, you talked quite a bit about restoring the Pacers’ historic commitment to defense, which kind of went by the wayside last year. How do you do that? Rick Carlisle: Work. A lot of work. The number one thing is to get them in great condition, develop chemistry and implement an offensive and defensive system that makes sense for this group. It’s pretty clear from our draft, we’ve brought in two guys (Chris Duarte and Isaiah Jackson), who were high-level college defenders. And then adding Torrey Craig, who’s a defensive-minded guy, so the offseason moves have all been in the direction of adding competitive defensive players. (Assistant coach) Lloyd (Pierce) is essentially going to be the defensive coordinator and Ron (Nored) will work with him on defense. Our big emphasis will be on ball movement and defense. I should say defense and ball movement. The defensive side of the ball is something we’re really going to concentrate on. We’ve got to do better there.
I’m sure that wanting to have success and to have the opportunity to succeed, but was there anything that changed to where you felt like you had to look for a win-now situation? Nance Jr.: It kind of hit me over the past few years watching the playoffs and watching the guys that really step up and shine in the playoffs, guys that you can’t take off the court. I fit that mold to a ’T.’ I’m sitting there watching PJ Tucker become a cult hero in Milwaukee and Bobby Portis, even a guy like Aaron Gordon or Torrey Craig kind of shinning in their roles and that type of stuff in the playoffs where they’re a versatile defender, can switch, knock down shots, can do a little bit of everything. I consider myself among that mold, I’m ready to show. It’s Dame and CJ’s team and I’m not here to throw my hat in that ring, I’m here to make their job easier, make their lives easier. I want to try to make it so Dame doesn’t have to take 35-foot shots, he can take 30-foot shots, you know what I mean? Anything to make those guys’ jobs easier and I know for a fact that I can certainly do that.
The Dario Saric injury has sneakily thrown off the Suns’ lineups and rotations, eliminating their second-biggest rotation player and forcing an already undersized group (at least in this matchup) to play smaller whenever Deandre Ayton is off the floor. This could’ve been a series the Suns used Saric at the four alongside Ayton, pushing Jae Crowder, Cameron Johnson and/or Torrey Craig to the three in bigger lineups. Phoenix has been forced to play either Johnson or Craig at center, sliding a non-Ayton starter into the vacant slot to form a small lineup. That’s a win for Milwaukee. Saric wouldn’t have solved the rebounding or rim-protection issues, but his gravity as a spot-up shooter and pick-and-pop big could’ve helped offensively.
Storyline: Dario Saric Injury