3 Reasons This Game Should Have Ended in Regulation Time
Old 01-13-2008, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Courtesy of Jay's blog entry tonight on the mainpage.

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Lately, we’ve been doing a lot of talking about how the Raptors have not been able to finish off teams, how they fade down the stretch and just don’t have that killer instinct. If you wanted a good example of why the Raptors are not able to finish off teams, today’s game against the Blazers was a perfect example. Now, by no means are the Blazers chumps. They are a good team, the hottest in the NBA. This isn’t a team that you are going to put away very easily. But that being said, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to close out a game when you have a team down by 6 with a minute and a half to go. Here are three reasons why this game should have ended in regulation time (and then just some other commentary).

1. Shot selection. I don’t know if I tend to talk out loud during games, whether the game is just that simple or whether my wife is starting to pick up basketball just by poking her head into the room every once in a while, but when my wife can come into the room with a minute left and ask, “Jay, why are they taking 3 point shots at the end of the game? Aren’t they winning by 6?”…when she asks that (and she’s dead on), you have to think that a bunch of guys (and a coach) who have been in the game their whole lives would be asking the same question. What exactly is the strategy in trying to nail some 3s, especially when you are a team that can’t rebound to save its life? 1:20 left in the game, up by 6 and Delfino jacks up a 3. WHY? I don’t care how good the look is, when you’re up by six with 1:20 left, you get that ball inside to the guy who has carried the game, Chris Bosh. Of course, the Raptors don’t rebound the ball, the Blazers come back the other way and throw down a dunk. It’s now a 4-point game. So next trip down the court, what do the Raptors do? Jack another 3 with 44 seconds left. That is their game plan. Up by 4 with 44 seconds left and their plan to close out the game is for AP to launch a 3. Nice. Tell me if you’ve heard this part before: Raptors don’t rebound the ball, Blazers come back down the court miss a 3, BUT REBOUND THE BALL and then throw down a dunk. It is now a 2-point game. Which then gets back to a 4-point game after a few free throws are made by Bosh. Which leads me to point 2.

2. Jamario’s Stupid Foul. I’m sorry, but Leo and Chuck were way out of line trying to defend Jamario on his foul of Outlaw on what ended up being a game tying 4-point play. Under no circumstances do you run out and try to block that shot with a 4 point lead. You learn that in high school. They were saying how you have to like the energy and enthusiasm, but no, you don’t. At that point, you have to be pretty damn disappointed. Everyone on the floor should know that a made 3 point shot there still leaves you with the lead and that all you will have to do is inbound and make some free throws. Get a hand up, sure. Get two hands straight up? Sure. But run out and jump at a guy? No. I don’t care that you barely even touched the guy. You touched him and he was smart enough to make sure the ref saw it. The game shouldn’t have even gotten to the point where Jamario had the chance to screw it up, they should have put the Blazers on ice, should have been up by about 8 by that point, but that’s what you get when you don’t know how to manage a game. You put yourself in situations where a guy might make a mistake…a mistake that could lose your team the game. Jamario is a shot blocker, hell, he’s a good shot blocker, but he has to realize that there’s a time and place for it. His coaches have to make sure he knows that.

3. Raptors inability to rebound. Down the stretch, in games you are winning, you HAVE to be able to come up with at least one big rebound. If your team is going to be stupid enough to start launching 3s down the stretch in a game they are winning, you have to be able to come up with a rebound so you can keep the clock going in your favour. If you are losing and you are launching 3s, you REALLY need a few guys who can rebound in order to get some second chance points. The Raptors just can’t rebound, especially in tight situations where they need to fight. They just can’t do it. The only reason they were able to outrebound the Knicks the other night was because the Fat Boys were on the bench for most of the game. When you get to the playoffs, if you can’t rebound down the stretch, you are going to lose some close games and the problem is, in the playoffs, there might not be another game for you to make up for your mistakes.

The good thing about Jamario is that the guy didn’t dwell on his horrible mistake. He put it behind him and then went out and had two great overtime periods. He stayed aggressive, but was smart about it and stayed in control. The Raptors also decided to get their heads screwed back on and just started feeding the ball to Bosh inside. I liked the play at the end of the first overtime period, although my only complaint is that I would have gotten him the ball a little closer to the basket so that he wasn’t required to dribble in and then make his move. When Bosh has to put the ball on the floor too many times before making a move, he tends to either turn it over or lose focus on the release. Let him establish himself down low, get him the ball and then have him attack on a quick spin move. But yes, that was a little better down the stretch.

When you look at the game the Brandon Roy had and then you look at the “game” Andrea Bargnani had, you would never know these two were 1-2 in ROY voting. Seriously, you wouldn’t have a clue. Roy did everything he could to win that game, including a remarkable deep 3 at the end of the first OT that displayed hustle, smarts and talent (and maybe a little luck). Bargnani came right out at the start of the game and Yogi’d himself into 2 quick fouls, which resulted in him assuming Yogi’s former seat, left end bench. On top of that, he forced some shots and threw up a line drive of a shot that I would have sworn was a pass if anyone had been near the basket. He had his feet rooted to the ground on D and just didn’t look comfortable. At first, I really thought he was going to be locked in for this game, showing the Toronto crowd that he is on the same level as Roy, that last year wasn’t a fluke. He came out and hit a jumper, but then he followed with a running dunk, showing differernt parts of his game and letting the Blazers know that he has the ability to mix it up and score. But after that, it was a disaster. Poor shot selection, bad defending, just not good. Does anybody know the number of a good sports psychologist? You’ve gotta wonder what is going on up in that kid’s head. I’m not even close to thinking that he is a bust or that last year was a fluke, but he just looks out of sorts right now.

Jose Calderon is going to die on the court. It’s as simple as that. Another great game from him, but behind him, the Raptors have nothing. D-Mart somehow blackmailed his way into another backup role and his “Carlton-esque” shot that had even Sam shouting and motioning at the next stop in play, “Darrick! Darrick! No!” was one for the ages. Remember when you were a kid and you got all excited playing some game, then you did something really stupid, like throwing a ball through a car window? Then, somebody asked you, “What the hell are you doing?” and as you paused, breathing really heavy and fast, eyes bulging out of your head, you couldn’t think of a single good reason why you just did what you did? Well, that was pretty much the situation with D-Mart tonight. It was a deadly mix of adrenaline and endorphins…it was the equivalent of D-Mart buying Sonny’s Burger joint in Brampton (40 years of THE BEST burgers in Ontario), locking the doors and then having the crew cook up a feast for one.

Anyway, great to see the Raptors stick with this one and pull it out in the second overtime against a good team, but it shouldn’t have even been close to getting there. At some point, the Raptors are going to have to learn how to close things out…like the Knicks over the Pistons tonight…WHAT?
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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great post Jay. Right on.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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good post man, But I have to say, and Im not defending To rebounding late in the game, but thats what happens when you are playing small, and your big has played 55 minutes.
It was Sams choice, but at least we won the game.
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ya. they dertainly should have pulled off the victory in an "easier" fashion. But in a way, i'm much more happy about the win with the way it came out.

Fact is, we stopped a team on a HUGE roll. We did it in an unconventional manner- when they essentially had the momentum going into both overtime periods.

The true characters of our best players was shown (Bosh, Jose, Parker). ya. Anthony has regained his awesome touch. He's pretty much back as one of the major players on this team.

And about the Jamario foul. It was certainly a good call. One of the few that the refs got right. unfortunately for us. But the way he got his game on in the overtimes was peachy. Just goes to show that we don't have a typical NBA rookie on our hands. Keep it up Jamario!

man, i'm so JACKED after that victory.
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I concur Fancy. Portland had won 17 of their last 18 or 19, Roy and players of his ilk always give the Raps fits, long athletic bigs always give the Raps fits and despite two crushing plays at the end of regulation and the 1st OT they found away to win. Their perseverance was really impressive.
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Personally i don't care about anything but the win. Players make mistakes...particularly young ones. Moon's foul wasn't the first or last time that'll happen and Jose not fouling Roy the same. Great win ...hopefully they learn from the mistakes but the win is the important thing. Nice to see that result rather than the collapse as from the last portland game, or the cleveland game.
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I would add few more things that stuck in my head...

1. Jamario's missed dunk in first half... he rebound the ball after Bosh missed shot and was unable to dunk it... he went high on his jump but tried to slam it hard and he hit back iron.

2. Portland three point shot in the dying second of the 1st half... Portland player with few seconds to go in the half ran whole floor and managed to score a three... that shouldn't happen... ever.

3. Bargnani's missed dunk in 3rd quarter... he run on the sideline and missed an open dunk.

If any of those 3 went Raps way they would have won in the regulation but...
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Here's my list. Don't usually bitch about this kind of shit but it was ridiculous yesterday:

1. the refs
2. THE REFS
3. THE FUCKING REFEREES!!!!!

Seriously, yesterday's game was reffed like all 3 zebras had hard cash against the point spread. Jamario (or AP?) got hit on the wrist shooting a 3 - fuckin obvious - with about 2 mins to play. No call. Almost the exact same play on Travis Outlaw later - only he made the basket - and the refs blow the whistle.

Bosh was getting mugged continuously all game long with virtually no calls. If we even looked at Brandon Roy we got a foul.

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I knew it was going to be a long game after the first foul - Bargnani getting called because Pryzbylla ran into him at the 3 point line - one second into the game!! I mean come on, he's not Haffa Araujo, why the reputation calls???
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it was funny cause i was at the gym watching the game while on the treadmill, with 37 seconds left we were up by 6 and i told my buddy beside me "get out the salami and cheese mama...." and said i'm done, its over, im tired and i'm going home.
on the way home i call my GF and she tells me its now tied 93-93.
i put on the Fan 590 to hear paul jones say this game is going into OT.
i nearly get into a car crash.
i get to my front door and hear my GF screaming at the TV... i run in and join her to watch the remainder of the game, and i'm still in disbelief that we give up 6 points in 37 seconds and its OT and a nail biter.

long story short, we end up winning the game.
if we'd have lost this, i guarentee a trade goes down this week.
that game was bigger for us than anything else... especially after blowing that lead... shit would of hit the fan if we'd have lost, trust me.
thank god we won!
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it was funny cause i was at the gym watching the game while on the treadmill, with 37 seconds left we were up by 6 and i told my buddy beside me "get out the salami and cheese mama...." and said i'm done, its over, im tired and i'm going home.
on the way home i call my GF and she tells me its now tied 93-93.
i put on the Fan 590 to hear paul jones say this game is going into OT.
i nearly get into a car crash.
i get to my front door and hear my GF screaming at the TV... i run in and join her to watch the remainder of the game, and i'm still in disbelief that we give up 6 points in 37 seconds and its OT and a nail biter.

long story short, we end up winning the game.
if we'd have lost this, i guarentee a trade goes down this week.
that game was bigger for us than anything else... especially after blowing that lead... shit would of hit the fan if we'd have lost, trust me.
thank god we won!
Sorry but i can't trust anyone that loves Wince Carter (half man, half woman)

You.re right though that something would have hit the fan for sure.
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SWAN, pretty sure insider's avatar is one of jest and not to be taking literally.
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SWAN, pretty sure insider's avatar is one of jest and not to be taking literally.
Hey i put smilies there to cover that possibility

You never know these days though...lots of twisted love for the half-breed even still... can't understand it!
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Hey i put smilies there to cover that possibility

You never know these days though...lots of twisted love for the half-breed even still... can't understand it!
LOL..
i lost a bet to thriller and this was the my punishment... he picked this avatar for me as a joke.
btw, i think ive had it long enough... i'm changing it tonight!
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LOL..
i lost a bet to thriller and this was the my punishment... he picked this avatar for me as a joke.
btw, i think ive had it long enough... i'm changing it tonight!
That sucks! Yeah..better change that asap.
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The refs definitely sucked. Roy coming down on Bosh and hurting himself, and Bosh getting no call - that pretty much put me over the edge. That was one game where I had to question whether there was some action on the side.

And Bargnani's play in general to start the third, allowed Portland to gain momentum when Toronto played well enough to stretch out the lead a little.

I liked how they got to the line, got Portland in the penalty in the fourth, and generally capitalized on that, but I also very much disliked Delfino's decision to shoot the three.

And Bosh's shot at the end of regulation should have gone in. He got quite a few worse looks than that to go in for him. Too bad there.

It would have been a very tough loss, but in the end, with the mental toughness and discipline that they showed when it counted most, it could be one of their bigger wins. And they have had quite a few big wins already this year.

The rebounding still does not worry me so much. When TJ returns the rebounding will improve. You can put money on it.
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You guys think that refs were unfair... so does Portland press but they feel that refs were giving all the calls to Raps so who is right?

From Portland press...

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There were some questionable calls -- Calderon was awarded a tiebreaking three-pointer with nine seconds left in the first overtime, even though replays clearly showed his right foot over the line -- and Webster was grabbed intentionally by Bosh in the second overtime without a foul being called.
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