Some Games, Some Things, v1.20
It only took 21 games, but the Raptors
finally got a win against a quality opponent, that is, a team with a .500 record. And no, there was no coincidence that it came with Bosh
back in the line-up. When I was in Boston Mitchell went on a fairly lengthy and Sam-esque rant about what Kevin Garnett means to the Boston Celtics, the gist of which was he makes his teammates better. Much better. Itís a big stretch to say that Bosh
has a similar impact on a team or a game as Garnett. The Big Ticket has one attribute that Bosh
never will have: At 7-1 and 260ish, Garnett has a pure physical advantage over every single power-forward in the league and every centre except maybe Yao. Bosh
might even be a more diverse offensive player, but heíll never be able to command the lane and own the glass the way Garnett does every night, at least on the defensive end. No disrespect to Bosh, but Garnett is on the short list of all-time greats, in my opinion, for that reason.
gives the Raptors
a focus offensively that they just donít have without him. He gives them somewhere to start their offence. The fact that he generally requires a double-team makes the Raptors
ball-movement and motion that much more effective. He gets to the line which keeps them scoring when the shots arenít falling and he takes responsibility in the fourth quarter. He did all of that yesterday and it picked up his whole team only a day after they were all embarrassed in Boston.