Archive for November, 2010

Claw Marks: another late serving of wtf


Triano served up his own salty language by the salty lake after the game. Delicious. But it’s only going to further corrupt our youth as you’ll see from some of the kids in the forum.

jeffb

Seriously, not one player had more then 32 minutes other then Bargnani. When you get to within 1pt late in the third don’t sit your hottest players for the next 5 minutes.
Look at Utah, D-Will(41min), Millsap (38min), Jefferson(40min) and it was a blowout for 3 quarters.

Is Jay afraid of giving these players burn. He manages minutes like a squirel storing nuts for the winter. Wayyyy too regimented on his minutes. We lost the game tonight in the first 5 minutes of the 4th when Triano had Weems, Andersen, Calderon, Amir on the floor. He’s gotta smell blood and go for it with his best, hottest players and ride them when you get the chance to steal a road game.

Triano’s post game interview :

-He seriously just said “what the fuck are you gonna do”

Fire this guy, pleeeeeaaase. What an embarrassment.

Gotta love live television. lol

nolimitz64

little kids use the word fuck like it’s nothing these days

I mean who gives a fuck if that bald fuck said fuck after losing this fucking game?

ArmChairGM

In fairness to Jay, he does know how to run offensive schemes. This team gets to the line and runs some decent plays, given the talent level and age of the talent.

Having said that, Jay is the man for “operation get a high lotto pick”. It’s cool, guys. During the past two games we’ve seen what an awesome point guard can do for a team. If we’re lucky, next summer we’ll have the priviledge of drafting a PG who has the potential to be a D-Will or Tyreke type of impact player. The Raps need an awesome PG. DD deserves to play with one. I want one, and I think you should, too.

Let’s here it for operation “get a high lotto pick”!

Acie

So many impatient dudes here. Did anyone really think we were going to be this amazing jugernaut of a team? This is a transitional year of discovering what we have, who we are, guys learning and embracing expanding roles…

aggressivity negated


Aggressiveness - thy name is Reggie Evans! It actually is - in anagram form. Rearrange the letters and there you have it. OK - so you need to add an s or three to make it work. So use the ones that all the kids are replacing with zeds, and we’re good. Reggie Evanssss baby - he don’t need no z!

The guy worked hard to get his game back after he destroyed his foot last year. He even gave up his beloved candy to get the pounds off. It would be nice if he could prove to be an example to a player or two for whatever time he has left here. And I have to say that I’m glad that he is here for now, even though I was very disappointed when the Chandler deal failed to be completed.

I can only hope that some of the aggressiveness rubs off on Ed Davis. Maybe the rook can be well “advised”. Perhaps Reggie can put the young man in his “Dad Vise”. Whatever it takes to make sure the kid’s career doesn’t start off with something that looks like a “sad dive”.

Meanwhile DeMar seems to have taken notice. He doesn’t yet have the flow of testosterone that would lead to Reggie’s type of “mad razor need”, but he is getting to the line and keeping defenses on their toes by keeping all the “drama rezoned” to the paint. That aggressive drive and dunk at the end of the game in Sacramento was exactly what I would hope for the future. It was clutch. It was effective. And it was fearless, particularly when considering how hard he had been fouled by Carl Landry earlier. The kid would seem to have much more backbone than back-down in him. If he can translate that fully to his game on the defensive end, then this team’s fortunes could make a turn to the upside by this time next year.

And then there is Andrea Bargnani, taking about as much of Reggie’s style of play to heart as could be expected of “a bra and grannie”. Of course that won’t stop him from being used as an “arena brand gain”, but in the long run, this guy that refuses to do what is needed to win games is just giving us a “barren angina ad” where aggressive play should be making hearts go boom the right way. If there are going to be any overall positives for this team, whither it be in wins or losses, then they are going to come from aggressive play from everyone.

It’s a fundamental aspect of the game - one guy letting up will bring the rest down. You might argue that the combination of Reggie and Andrea works out wonderfully well. It’s a team game right? Smooth out the weaknesses of each with the strengths of the other. But as much as Andrea’s shooting makes up for Reggie’s inability to do so, Reggie carries his own on the offensive end with those picks and rebounds. Meanwhile on the other end we get to see Reggie locking down a guy like Landry in a crucial moment of the fourth quarter, and forcing him into a bad shot from the elbow, but only to have to follow Landry on the miss, and battle Sacramento’s entire front court for the rebound alone, while Bargnani watches from behind the whole play. That was just one glaring example of inexcusable teamwork where what is lacking can not be made up by anybody not named il mago. There was also a missed opportunity to take a charge after a ball that Reggie had knocked loose was dug out of the corner and thrown to a King player cutting into the paint where Andrea was caught flat-footed and flailing at air. There were a few times where a lack of boxing out allowed for Kings points where only a stop should have happened.

Clearly anything that might have rubbed off on Andrea where Reggie’s aggressive play was concerned, was converted only to offensive play. And even there it only lasted for the first half. Come crunch time Andrea was getting rid of the ball as if it was a hot potato. There he was in his favorite spot behind the arc. The ball is passed out to him. Amir had come out there to set a pick for him, but realized that Andrea was wide open and so he looked for him to take the shot and got ready to get back on defense. But Bargnani decides that Amir from 25 feet out is the best option and passes the ball off to him. And there was the biggest part of our frontcourt, alone behind the arc without any sense of what to do next, seceding the paint to the opposition no matter what might come to develop. On the other end Bargnani would fail to box out Cousins and give up the foul to allow the Kings to gain a five-point edge. Then, and only then, would Bargnani decide to show some sort of aggression, by launching a three that would be too little and too late. The white flag had already been waved on possession after possession on both ends of the court. No matter how you spell it, that’s no way to to win.

Now of course, had Bargnani been benched for the game, the Raptors likely would have lost all the same. But there would not have been any white flags waved with the likes of Reggie and DeMar offering resistance and making the Kings work on defense. Maybe Cousins would have had a big night, but at least it would have been off of strong play, and not just gimme points after being left alone to grab offensive rebounds. It’s time to stop putting the future in the hands of “a banana grinder”! Look, see, and play like Reggie Evanssss, Mr. Mago, and then we’ll have a chance of getting somewhere. Let’s say that five years in, I’m not counting on that happening, and that will be the tragedy of this season, no matter how the “Baloney Clangor” might spin it.

Claw Marks: fssssssss-boom


That was fun, and then not so fun. The overall aftertaste is pretty bitter, but there were some positives to be gleaned from that midnight snack of fail. You might guess that the comments on the forum are mostly full of bile, gas, and the pain of chronic reflux. But you won’t need Pepto Bismal to get through these highlights -

Sick, Wicked and Nasty!

I think we’re going to see a lot of games like this and New York game… the team starts off good but when pressured they will struggle. They’re young, new to each other and don’t have that go to guy yet.

Overall an entertaining game. I’m just thrilled with Demar’s development… he needs to work on his free throws but otherwise wow…he’s really taken the next step. Bargnani is great on offence but nothing on the defensive end short of his 1 block per game. Kleiza overall was good and a nice game from Calderon finally. What can you say about Reggie.

Weems needs to be benched. Not one pass tonight…he’s too selfish and he stops the ball movement which for a guy with his skills isn’t right.

strung_out

as a raptor fan… i have already accepted the fact that I’ll be constantly disappointed

007nites

The ball needs to be put in the right player’s hand at the end with the correct play.

ArmChairGM

I found Demar’s game very encouraging. His defense still needs to improve, but he seems to “get it” on offense. We need him to be a slasher and use his athleticism and, for the most part, he is doing that. Also, Bargs looks like a legit #1 option on offense. Some encouraging signs.

lushlife

i had rogers cable fail on me, then i had to call the customer service……..then this!!! why did barbosa take that 3 with a fucked up wrist arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh we shoulda had this one!!!!

dpoc

wow… this seemed like an un-losable game for the most part, but each quarter got progressively worse.. the first quarter had to be the most impressive quarter that i’ve seen the Raptors play in recent memory.

On the bright side joakim noah only had 9 boards tonight so:….

Reggie Evans: 16.3 RPG
Joakim Noah: 15 RPG

oneironought

Gotta go for 3 at that juncture [on the last possession].

Derozan looked very goooood.

Bargs could’ve put up 40. Once again he became an afterthough in the 2nd half. However, that’s no excuse for his futility on the boards.

Reggie was sexual chocolate as per usual.

Onekhmer

played hell of a game for 3 quarters. i blame JT for not seeing the weaknesses.
1) Tyreke had 5 fouls ATTACK
2) Cousins had 5 fouls ATTACK
3) Barbosa is freaking INJURED and hasn’t been shooting great. you cant just expect a cold shooter to get a lucky 3 in the end when you want YOUR HOT SHOOTERS to take it..

jakapono24

This was a really weird game but there were many positives I suppose.

The fast break was excellent in the first half…and to some extent in the early 2nd half. I think once Dalembert came in the game and started rebounding/tipping balls the game was changed. Reggie is a good rebounder, but it’s trivial when the other big is being overmatched.

About that last play, I think that Kleiza missed a really easy layup first of all, very little defence (trying not to foul), but it was a bit of a head scratcher…I thought that he was going to kick it out, but he didn’t. And also, when they got the offensive rebound I thought it might be tipped out to Jose or someone for the 3, but never happened. I’m not sure why we’d go for the two, but had we scored there it may have worked out in some crazy sense. Our 3’s weren’t falling at the end of the game anyways.

But overall I thought the Raptors showed that with Jack in the game they can be highly effective even when he’s not shooting all that well because he penetrates at ease whereas Jose tends to run multiple pick and rolls to no avail…I thought Jack should have been in the game once Casspi hit the 3 to put Sac town up AND I DEFINETELY THOUGH HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN WHEN CASSPI HIT THE DAGGER! But overall, I think the rotations today were SLIGHTLY better, however anyone else notice at the end of the 2nd, end of the 3rd the lineup was terrible with Sonny, Jose, Anderson, Barbosa, and I think it was Reggie or Amir…they had no chemistry and lost a pretty large lead for us. That was the true game changer in my opinion. Well, I wrote a lot, so take it all in and get ready for Utah…at HOME.

thought

it never really felt like sacramento was out of the game, because even when they were down 16 or 18 or whatever it was, tyreke was getting to the rim at will and creating opportunities for his teammates. how incredible is that guy? he’s not fast, he’s not overly athletic, but you can’t stop him from getting to where he wants to go on the court. it honestly felt like he was doing something productive with the ball everytime he had it.

while the kings leaned on evans to manufacture some momentum, our lack of a creator really, really hurt us in the fourth. like most have said here though - three great quarters, one shitty quarter. i can live with a loss like this. even though they choked away a pretty significant lead, i don’t feel like they “gave” this game to the kings. the kings had to work for that win until the buzzer went, and honestly if it weren’t for three tough shots by casspi in the fourth this game is a completely different story.

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