Raps vs. Celtics Preview (Game 3)

Well, I have been absent for a while. My explanation? My computer decided it was time to have a final meltdown…and when I say meltdown, I mean meltdown. Anyway, just bought a new system today, back in business. Now I can get my porn Raptors stuff on a big screen without worrying about crashes.

So this weekend has been good so far. Bought a new computer, Habs are taking the Leafs to the woodshed (as any RF reader knows, as much as I love the Raptors, I hate…HATE the Leafs and love the Habs) and there’s plenty of snow coming down. The final cap would be for the Raptors to take care of the Celtics tomorrow afternoon.

It will be interesting tomorrow for a few different reasons. The first is that we will get to see Bosh playing healthy against the Celtics and we will also get to see how he deals with the fact that KG killed him in overtime last time he played against them. As deep as the Raptors are, Bosh is an important part of the picture and to compete against the Celtics, they are going to need him at both ends of the court.

Another reason why this game will be interesting is because the Raptors will not have TJ in the lineup. The reason this is signicant is because TJ has owned Rajon Rondo. I mean OWNED. Rondo just can’t handle TJ on D, not being able to keep up with his speed. That’s not to say that Jose isn’t quick too, but there’s no argument when comparing speed between Toronto’s guards. That being said, we have all seen how good Jose is at managing a game, slowing things down when they need to be slowed down and having good court vision, so maybe we will see a different approach from the Raptors this time around.

I don’t care what they say about “rust”, Bargnani looks terrible right now. Given, his stats were low the other night as he ran into foul trouble early, but that’s half of the problem. At some point, the Raptors are going to have to deal with Bargnani and his tendency to get into early foul trouble. When you play against the big teams (like the Celtics), you need all of your players at their best and if Bargnani keeps getting into early foul trouble, the Raptors are going to have to find other options again.

Here’s something that will be interesting to watch: how much Hump is going to play. Can I restate (for the millionth time), this is the guy we got for Hoffa. Absorb that for a second. Okay, now here’s something that I like from him. He has realized that with his frame, he can attack the rim when he pleases. The thing with Hump is that he is starting to realize that while he may not sink every dunk attempt or get some of those layups to drop, he’s probably not going to have them blocked either and that is providing him with confidence. You also have to love the energy he is bringing on the boards and the serious D he is playing. The only thing that makes me nervous is that he has been hitting his jump shots lately, which may give him a false sense of ability in that part of his game. The last thing I want to see Hump doing is falling in love with a jump shot. There will be a lot of bumping going on between Hump and Perkins and it will be interesting to see when they have him slide over for double teams.

These are two teams that are just rolling right now. The Celtics come in winners of 8 in a row (9-1 in their last 10) and the Raptors seem to have found a groove, coming in with 4 wins in a row (7-3 in their last 10). As good as Boston is, some of you may be surprised to see that they are 11th in the league in scoring, only a few spots ahead of the Raptors…problem is, nobody can score against them. They’re the best defensive team in the league and the Raptors will have to have everything clicking in order to come out with a win.

Let’s hope that our 7 foot shooting guard…oh wait, did I call Bargnani a shooting guard again? Silly me. Let’s hope our 7 foot foul machine has a good game, the Raps will need him.

Enjoy the game.

2 Comments

Doc  on December 16th, 2007

haha …. good stuff Jay and nice to have you back. ;)

Jay  on December 16th, 2007

Yeah, so many things I wanted to talk about in the past few games, but I couldn’t even post from work (before the actual work day starts, of course) in the morning. New job and the firewall situation is out of control! I can read, but I can’t post!

Anyway, thanks, good to be back.