Well, going into the game and seeing that Nash wasn’t going to play, I thought the Raptors might actually have a decent chance. I figured if the Suns weren’t able to run as much as they have been in the past few games, then the Raptors might be able to compete. Well, turns out the Raptors were still able to score, but they just couldn’t stop Shaq.
Chris Bosh had a really good point when he talked about the refs not calling Shaq on 3 second violations, because Shaq really was setting up camp and just pushing guys around, closer and closer to the basket. But at this point in Shaq’s career, you have to think that he is going to get a lot of leeway when it comes to things like that and the refs have had his whole career to make that call and it hasn’t happened, so don’t start thinking that it will suddenly start now.
The thing is, when Shaq has one of those kinds of games, there really isn’t a whole lot you can do to stop him. He’s a beast. He will just continually back guys down and whether or not you get calls against him, just that constant banging against a man that size is going to wear you down. It was almost comical to see Jake “All Six” Voskuhl foul out in less than 10 minutes. He stayed true to the nickname (that I have given him), using up all six in record fashion. Somewhere, Yogi is saying, “Who’s this guy in a Raptors uni doing a Yogi impersonation? There’s only one Yogi!”
I still think there were a lot of positives from this game. We saw continued production from the Killer B’s and Marion, showing that they are meshing well. It may be too little way too late and there is a good chance that by next year, 66% of that trio may not even be here, but if they are, it could be the start of something good.
So the road trip continues, in Dallas. Anybody want to go with me and call a win here?