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Old 11-03-2008, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is Arse on par or way off here regarding Sam?

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Sam Mitchell doesn’t want to get fired. To ensure that he doesn’t get fired he’s trying his best to get off to a good start since this is the most vulnerable time for him. If the Raptors come out of the gates slow there’s a good chance that Colangelo won’t stand for it and look in a different direction because as the old adage goes, it’s easier to fire one coach than fire 12 players. Now that Mitchell’s been handed Jermaine O’Neal and has publicly acknowledged (however truthfully) that he’s got a good team, the excuses for a poor start are drying up. So to make sure that he gets the most wins out of this relatively easy early schedule he’s stretching his starters. I have no problem with that.

The short rotations that are being used so far are generating a lot of talk. I just don’t see what’s wrong with them if they’re accompanied by wins. Is your concern that Mitchell’s not showing faith in the bench and that the “strategy” of extending your starters isn’t sustainable and will burn out the players by February? If so, you’re right, but know that you and I aren’t the only ones that understand that. As questionable as some of Colangelo’s moves have been over the last couple years we need to realize that the guy has a pulse and that anyone with a pulse sees that at some point we’ll need to look at the bench to carry us through the middle of the games. Everyone on the bench including Hassan Adams will get a chance to prove their worth and if they do they’ll work their way into the rotation, if not, then we’ll make a move.

The 3-0 start couldn’t be sweeter, we’ve beaten two good teams and ruined a home-opener for the other. The interior defense has held its own even though the rebounding numbers aren’t there and our perimeter people are making the most of their opportunities by shooting a high percentage. The wing defense has been good enough and Anthony Parker is playing at a very high level, especially when it comes to his man-defense. I’d like to credit some of that to Jermaine O’Neal’s presence in the paint which is always in the back of any attacker’s mind. He’s come up with some spectacular defensive plays in all three games which send a message to any guard who might’ve been thinking of attacking the paint. Parker is moving his feet very well and is playing with the confidence of knowing that there is a second line of defense if he gets blown by. Even Calderon’s defense is being disguised by this new found defensive barrier. There’s no doubt that O’Neal’s presence has had the effect of increased defensive confidence on the perimeter.

Timely stops have won us games but without timely scores we’d be 0-3. So far our fourth quarter strategy hasn’t differed much from last year. Give it to Bosh, clear out and hopefully he scores or draws a foul. Now this is not sustainable and needs to be fixed. In the three games against Philadelphia, Golden State and Milwaukee we’ve been bailed out by a Bosh jumper, Bosh jumper and drive, and a Calderon three, respectively. In all three cases the play coming out of a timeout was not a play at all and the players simply freestyled their way to scores. Sam Mitchell’s main criticism has been the lack of a sophisticated playbook and until he gets one we’ll be living and dying by the sword of individual one-on-one plays. What goes around comes around and if we keep relying on simplistic “plays” like we have so far there’s no doubt we’ll hit a stretch where we struggle to score late in games because the shots that are going in now won’t be then. This is just probability talking. A consistent fourth quarter offensive scheme is a must.

Overall Mitchell’s done a great job of mixing and matching the way Bosh and O’Neal have been used. He’s made sure that neither is starved of touches and is playing to their strengths. The perimeter players knocking their shots down makes the big men look even better since most of the outside shots we’re taking originate from a Bosh or O’Neal double. Calderon’s been running the pick ‘n roll with confidence and has been consistently looking for his shot from 18 feet when the defender goes under. He’s shown that he’s not gun-shy and why should he be? The man is a great shooter. The combination of Parker, Kapono and Moon are providing high-percentage offense while holding their own defensively.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could very well be the case....

I will say this.. if Bosh, JO, Jose and AP are still averaging around 40 min/gm 15 games in I will NOT be a happy camper. We can't afford to be the new PHX Suns and run our guys ragged in the reg. season and then fade in the playoffs.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think he's on par
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I fear the potential injuries if they're playing as much as they have been, especially with guys like JO and Bosh who are prone to getting injured.
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Honestly, I don't think Sam Mitchell gives a damn or thinks about these things.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sam's finished. Tick tock, tick tock...
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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sam's Finished. Tick Tock, Tick Tock...
Yaaaaaay!!!!!
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sam will be fine.He knows he can get another head coaching job in the NBA.So i really don't think he worries that much about it.Contrary to what most here think, Sam is a pretty good coach and a good comunicator!
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The Raps seriously need to go over the cap and into the tax to aqcuire some solid veterns that will make a difference off the bench and will provide that little extra spark. Without that, Smitch will keepon playing his guys 40 minutes especially if the bench continues to perform the way they did against the Bucks
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I fear the potential injuries if they're playing as much as they have been, especially with guys like JO and Bosh who are prone to getting injured.

But i have to agree with Doug Smith earlier today.This was NOV. 1st and he had absolutely no problem with Sam playing some guys (Bosh/Calderon/Parker) six extra minutes in game 3 of the season, when the bench was giving them nothing in a very close game!Especially considering they weren't going to play again for 4 days.

I think he's right.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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In the same instance. When you're the #4 seed in the playoffs and have that home court in the 1st round, and you get that by a margin of 1 game, you'll look back on the 6 extra minutes. When games are there for the taking against winnable opponents, you're gotta seize it.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Um.

I think he's trying to win games, and has less players that he has to worry about getting minutes to.

You guys are efin deluded!

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Old 11-03-2008, 12:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Honestly, I don't think Sam Mitchell gives a damn or thinks about these things.
hahaha its so true.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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JO is hardly playing extended minutes, even in OT games.

Parker and Jose played some scary minutes in an OT game. Wow! Fire Sam!

Adams and Solomon are hurt and that leaves the team pretty severely shorthanded. I guess we should have just given up any chance of winning those games.

I'm honestly quite lost as to what exactly is even being discussed here. To say the team is being run ragged at this point, and considering they all had the day off yesterday, and they went to extremes to keep from running everyone ragged in pre-season - it's stretching to McCainian levels.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:16 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Seriously..... we win the first 3 games and people are calling for the coaches head, do we have the worst fans in the league or what?
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Ugo.

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Old 11-03-2008, 02:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
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If they just would've fired Sam 3 years ago you wouldn't have to hear this now... :heehee:
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I'll keep saying it over and over cuz I don't care.

'Cuda loves Smitch.

And when he's got a winning team on his hands, you should love him too.
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JO is hardly playing extended minutes, even in OT games.

Parker and Jose played some scary minutes in an OT game. Wow! Fire Sam!

Adams and Solomon are hurt and that leaves the team pretty severely shorthanded. I guess we should have just given up any chance of winning those games.

I'm honestly quite lost as to what exactly is even being discussed here. To say the team is being run ragged at this point, and considering they all had the day off yesterday, and they went to extremes to keep from running everyone ragged in pre-season - it's stretching to McCainian levels.
For me, I wasn't worried about injuries or having guys fatigued from day-to-day..... I was just wondering why Sam left those guys in when they were obviously gassed and their effectiveness was seriously impacted. There is no guarantee that somebody fresh could come in and do better.... but as the game was sliding away and our guys looked like they were gonna drop, it took pretty big balls for Sam to leave them in, knowing that there would be a lot of second-guessing if we weren't able to come back. (of course, as somebody mentioned, it is highly unlikely that would even enter Sam's mind)
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I'll keep saying it over and over cuz I don't care.

'Cuda loves Smitch.

And when he's got a winning team on his hands, you should love him too.
Yeah, but you ladies ALWAYS fall for the bad boy in the suit.

I've been hurt before so I'm wary. lol.
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