Game 31: Raps vs. Warriors - Post-game

Well, that wasn’t pretty.  It would be easy to say that the Raptors showed some heart in almost pulling this one out, but in reality, it was more of a case of the Warriors being who they are and just not playing D as they typically don’t.  They are just going to try to outscore you and that’s what they did to the Raptors tonight.

There were two major things that bothered me tonight, one of which was covered extensively by Jack and Matt on the broadcast tonight: the uncontested threes.  A few weeks ago, I was talking about how JT was fine with teams taking 3s if it meant that the Raptors were locking down the inside and how I thought that the Raptors were still going to have to get out and contest shots.  We kind of saw why tonight.  I don’t care what kind of a 3-point shooting team you are, if you get enough good looks, you are going to knock them down.

The point that wasn’t touched on tonight was shot selection.  When the Raptors were able to get within 4 points, we saw them come down the court and launch 3 jumpers in a row, none of which went down.  Right after that, we saw Golden State come right back down the court and go inside to Biedrins for one and a foul.  It was like a student/teacher lesson.  The student (the Raptors) had an idea of what they wanted to do and kept trying (unsuccessfully) to do it.  The teacher then took over and showed the student how to properly work things.  When you cut into a lead like that (I believe at that point it was from 15 down to 4…and then back up to 13 with that and-1 play being the catalyst), you have to try to wear the other team down.  You have to keep beating on them and use your horse (Bosh) to let them know they there have a world of problems coming their way.  Settling for outside jumpers from cold shooters isn’t going to scare anybody and it certainly isn’t going to win you any games.

I think all of us can agree that having Jamario sink a few 3’s tonight was the worst thing that could have happened for him.  Watch out for him going on a 3-attempt rampage.  That’s what I hate most about him.  Even when he is dead cold, he keeps launching 3’s like he is a natural shooter.  I’m all for Kapono taking 3’s when he is ice cold because that’s all he has.  If he’s not taking jump shots, it’s not like he’s going to jump over anybody or break somebody’s ankles on the way to the rack.  If I had Jamario’s jumping ability, I would be trying to posterize everybody in the league.  Remember back when Shawn Kemp was in shape?  Think waaaaaaaay back.  Remember how when the slightest opportunity presented itself, he would try to humiliate guys with dunks?  That should be Jamario.  He’s so frustrating to watch, because we all know he isn’t making the most out of his ability.

Anyway, a tough 3 games coming up.  Here’s hoping JO gets over the flu…and fast.  The Raptors will need all the help they can get.  If the Raps lose these upcoming 3 games, I think BC gets a deal done, but who knows?

2 Comments

Doc  on December 30th, 2008

Will the pain ever end Jay? This season is close to being a write off. :(

Jay  on December 30th, 2008

Yeah, it seems like they find new ways to lose every time out. When they correct one thing, something else goes wrong. It’s like those Looney Toons episodes where a bucket is leaking and as soon as they stick a finger in it, another whole opens up.

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