TJ did pretty much what we figured he was going to do last night, attack and attack early. The Bucks D broke down in a minute and they were never able to recover. What wasn’t getting much coverage last night was that TJ was also being an absolute pest on D, grabbing 3 steals and forcing a lot of other quick passes. Down the stretch, he started to go a little bit into TJ mode, overdribbling and ending up tripping over his own feet, but a credit to him, he got back on D and the next time down the court, made a smart decision. I would still like to see the turnover/steal ratio improve (he had 4 turnovers last night), but I like that he is being aggressive on the ball, remembering that being a PG doesn’t only mean playing one end of the floor.
Can we also get some love for MoPete? Once again, Mo shows that when he’s on the floor, it’s always 100% no matter what the score and his D is like a wet blanket. He just gets on you and you can’t get him off. The foul he picked up in the 4th was bogus and while the guys didn’t say anything about the T, I thought the T he picked up was a little bogus too. I’m all for keeping decorum in the game, but a guy does a little jump and you T him up? Come on.
What I also loved about last night was TJ sticking up for Bosh after Bogut’s flagrant near the end of the game. If Bonner was here, it would have been ON, but I’ll take TJ stepping up and getting a little lippy. TJ plays his best when he has a little bit of swagger going last night and the fact that he went up to Bogut (who would have dropped him if he felt like it) says a lot. We also got a good shot of Garbo high-fiving TJ when he got back to the bench. Nice job by Sam to get TJ the hell out of there after that, that was good coaching.
Time to buy a lottery ticket, the Raptors actually outrebounded a team, but I’m not going to give the Raps a ton of credit on that, because the Bucks were simply disinterested last night. Actually, if you saw Charlie V out there (and if you blinked, you missed it), he pretty much summed up their effort last night. If I were a Bucks fan, I would be pretty pissed off. That looked like the last time the Raps played the Bucks, just reversed.
I stated earlier that I don’t hate anybody in the game…I’m starting to find a strong distaste for Ruben Patterson. The guy thinks he’s a prime time player and while he has talent, come on, you average about 11 points (over your career) and for a thick guy, you play soft. All talk. All talk.
Now come the big games (and who in the world thought we would be saying that about the Knicks?). I don’t think the Knicks match up well against the Raptors. True, they are young and athletic, but that’s kind of the point. I don’t think they have the same poise the Raptors do and they definitely do not have the leadership. If it comes down to a crunch game, I’m going to go with the Raptors and (gulp) can’t believe I am going to say this, but if I have to rely on a coaching decision in the stretch, I’m going to take Sam over Isiah (who recently got extended…guy’s team is playing under .500 and he gets extended…wow). Should be interesting.