So many things wrong

Okay, I know it’s coming, so I may as well talk about it right off the top (and this goes for you too Ben, so please don’t email me at work tomorrow). TJ Ford did NOT, I repeat, NOT lose the game for the Raptors. Did he make a good decision down the stretch? Not even close. His dribble, dribble, dribble drive option was a poor decision, no other way to put it. That being said, I don’t think Bosh was really an option since Varejao was neutralizing him all night (and dunking on him…but more on that later), but there was plenty of time for a drive and dish to either MoPete or AP, two capable shooters.

I know I am undoubtedly going to hear about how Calderon shows better court management down the stretch and maybe he does, but that being said, let’s look at what happened at the end of the game. Bargnani on an open look from Ford, missed. Bosh, open look from Ford, missed. Bargnani, turnover, 3 second violation. Bosh jumper off a Ford pass, missed. Bargnani finally hits from Ford (8th assist). AP misses a layup. Anyway, it goes on, but please don’t talk to me about TJ not creating opportunities down the stretch or being a good floor general, because truth be told, while he made a HORRIBLE decision down the stretch, he did provide the Raptors with more than enough opportunities to put the game away.

The funny thing is, the point people keep harping on with Ford is that he makes poor decisions, but I don’t think that’s really the case. Yes, he a made a bad decision tonight (Sam, you have to take the lead here and make it clear what is option A and option B or even C), but my concern more than anything is the turnovers. 4 tonight. Not tragic, but not good. I think that is something that has to be addressed before decision making. Decision making can be helped via the coach, but turnovers…well, you have to hold on to your luggage! I also think that if you are going to be a starting point guard who is strong at driving and drawing fouls, then you have to shoot above 80% from the line.

Now, Mr. Bosh. You’re an All-Star. So how is it that you manage to forget basketball fundamentals and have Varejao dunk over you when you should have boxed him out and shipped him back to Cleveland? As soon as that shot went up, Bosh should have back that ass up and gotten Varejao out of the way, especially when you know the guy is a beast on the boards. Poor execution by Bosh. You can’t forget the basics if you want to be a real winner. Those little things win games.

As we’ve said a million times before, coming out of timeouts, the Raptors never look ready. It’s like they were talking about the All-Star game during their timeout and then come out onto the floor with no set play. As much as I hate Phil Jackson, watch the Lakers when they come out of a break. 3 options ready. You think Jerry Sloan has the Jazz walking onto the court looking like the Raptors coming out of a break? No way. Sam, this HAS to improve.

Anyway, should be interesting against the Pacers on Friday.

10 Comments

Johnn19  on February 22nd, 2007

It should never have got to the point of Varego making the rebound jam or the 3 falling. Raptors offense was out of synch all through the game. To much individual play by TJ in the 1st half. Not enough passing to involve more players in the offense. Not enough Jump shots falling, TJ 3/10, Garbo 3/10, Mopete 2/7 Rasho 0/3. Raptors win when 5 or 6 contribute TEAM scoring. When they don’t they lose. In the last 3 mins 0/6 jump shots not acceptable in any game.

Jay  on February 22nd, 2007

Yeah, I’m with you on that. No way should it have been down to that play. Poor shooting all around. Also agree that it was not one of TJ’s better games, take your pick on which half, neither was spectacular.

All of your comments are pretty much dead on. 0/6 doesn’t cut it anywhere.

TTFD  on February 22nd, 2007

Sam and TJ lost that game last night ;)
Actually, the way those two teams were playing no one seemed to want to win it in the last quarter or so…I hadn’t seen so many different turnovers in a 5min stretch before by both teams.

Lang  on February 22nd, 2007

If that last shot had gone in for us, this conversation would be totally different. Let’s analyze 47 minutes instead of 1.

TTFD  on February 22nd, 2007

So F Jones gone…thoughts on Dixon vs Jones?

Jay  on February 23rd, 2007

Probably even up as both players just seemed to be in places where things weren’t going to fit for them. Fred’s inability to provide consistent scoring and poor defensive presence early in the season were his downfall. The nagging minor injuries didn’t help either.

Dixon is pretty much the same situation. A skilled player who just ended up in a situation that didn’t fit for him. He will be able to pick up some minutes in Toronto and it never hurts to have a guy who can play both guard positions (hey, let’s get him into the TJ/Jose debate! LOL. Okay, no, he’ll be a shooting guard, but we will have to see how his defence goes. Overall, I think it was a good deal. Saved a bit of cash too, although not a ton, but better than nothing.

TTFD  on February 23rd, 2007

Nice extrapolation :) I concur.

So Raps crush’em tonight….despite the 18-1 run Indiana had…J Calderone is selling me on him being starter, sorry, but his passes are crisper and to me he goes into a play kicking out with some foresight rather than desperation b/c of a drive gone bad, TJ has to be calm at the wheel….regardless…RAPs!!

Jay  on February 24th, 2007

Nice game last night, but that 18-1 run showed some serious deficiencies that need to be addressed if the Raps hope to do anything down the stretch and into the playoffs.

I seriously can’t comment any further on TJ/Jose. I just can’t.

Will try to post after tonight’s game.

TTFD  on February 24th, 2007

“Will try to post after tonight’s game.”

I was thinking a few days ago that would be a good idea, one way to increase posts etc maybe…

DANN38  on February 24th, 2007

At one point in the game against Indiana, TJ shot the ball and missed on five straight possessions.
I do like TJ but his play has got to improve.