Game 43: Raps vs. Hawks - Post-game

When you have the ball in Jamario Moon’s hands with the game on the line, you’re in trouble. I really try not to take personal shots at guys, because you never know what it’s like until you are there in their shoes, but I don’t know how a guy shooting 33% from behind the arc who has shown no ability to make clutch 3’s this season feels the need to take a 3 while the team is down by 1 with half a minute left. It just doesn’t make sense at all. None.

There were some key defensive lapses on Jamario’s end too and he was called out quite clearly by Chris Bosh, but let’s also take a step back and look at Bosh’s criticism here. I’ve said in our message board that the key to being a leader is knowing how to pick your spots. Should Bosh have called out Jamario? Yes. BUT, he should have called out Jamario a long time ago. You can’t expect to have a big impact on Jamario now after he has been doing this all season. We have all witnessed Jamario continually take 3’s and long range jumpers, ignoring his leaping ability. We have seen him take ill-advised shots all season, so to come to him now and call him out seems like a whole lot of nothing and a whole lot too late. When Jamario tries to defend his shot by saying, “I guess everybody’s upset, but it was an open shot…anybody can miss an open shot”, he’s just confirming my suspicion.

But let’s not pin this loss just on Jamario. When you come out and shoot 25% in the third quarter and blow another double digit lead, there is plenty of blame to go around. When you don’t realize that your opponent is missing some key players, the kind who actually provide a defensive presence and you go 2-18 from behind the arc, you have to start wondering if players are listening to their coach, because I can guarantee you that wasn’t in JT’s game plan. And while I know that Kapono is not completely well, I don’t know if I can remember a time when I saw him look this terrible shooting the ball. It looks like he is shooting medicine balls right now, like he’s shot-putting the ball. I don’t know if it is physical or mental, but I know it’s not right.

So now on to Detroit on Wednesday. Yikes.

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