Once again, I managed to not see this game live, but did see it later (I’ve gotta get this sorted…I mean, really), but other than knowing the Raps already won from listening on the radio, getting to see RJ get blocked by Bosh brought a serious smile to my face. After RJ’s smug few minutes at the mic after game 1, it was nice to see him get the ball stuffed back down his throat, maybe that will shut him up a bit. Dude, when you are getting people in Toronto to hate you more than Vince, you’re really doing something wrong.
An interesting game, nice fortitude shown by the Raptors in pulling it out at the end. TJ and Jose had decent games, but I’m not sure exactly when Jose fell in love with his jump shot and decided to chuck it up every time down the court. Sam eventually went back to TJ to get the penetration and opportunities to go to the line, which is what we were talking about during the season when people wondered why Sam kept bringing TJ back in. When it gets to playoff games, you see how important it is to get to the line and get penetration down the stretch.
This isn’t to say that Jose had a bad game, because he didn’t. The 1-2 punch is showing to be effective and you have to give credit to Jason Kidd, because he is putting in 40 minute games out there against younger and quicker guys and isn’t missing a beat. Give him credit for being in great shape and having good focus, because it is no easy feat to keep up with TJ and then have him followed by Jose.
So much has been made about AP’s shooting and rightfully so, he has been great, but let’s give it up for his D. Vince is getting a lot of touches and isn’t able to do much after that. AP has been playing him well (better than I thought he would), but then again, these are big games, so you know Carter isn’t going to be at his best. AP has shut down any thought of Vince driving, which typically isn’t that tough to do, but he has also been getting up on him every time he lets a shot go. Nice work against a guy with great athleticism.
I’m not sure about you guys, but Nachbar makes me nervous. He got a lot of good looks last night and the Raptors can’t count on him to miss down the stretch like that again. He’s a fiery player and the last thing you want is for him to get in a groove. Need to keep him under wraps or he could be the X-Factor.
What’s up with Juan? I didn’t see him get injured, but he only logged 4 minutes last night. His D has been fairly good this season and we all know how good he was offensively. Seems like maybe he could be the next X-Factor…stay tuned.