Arsenalist: Raptors set to challenge industrious Pistons
Old 11-05-2008, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's Arse's take on tonight's match-up vs. AI and the Detroit Pistons.

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Western Conference basketball makes me puke. I much prefer watching low-scoring, ugly, gut-it-out basketball like the type played by the Knicks and Heat of the mid-90’s or the Bad Boy Piston teams. Tonight could be a classic Eastern Conference matchup with the physicality of O’Neal and Bosh going up against the hardline Pistons defense led by Rasheed Wallace. Allen Iverson will likely make his Pistons debut at the ACC tonight and to preview the game I spoke with Vince Ellis who is a Pistons beat writer for the Detroit Free Press. Some of the talking points up for discussion were how the big trade went down, the Pistons core pieces, how they matchup against the Raptors, ex-Raptor Michael Curry’s coaching techniques, his impact on the team, getting a Detroit perspective on the Raptors off-season changes and much more. You can listen to the interview by clicking here or you can simply press the play button (lower quality on some computers). It was a little surprising to hear Ellis refer to the trade as a ’step backwards’ for the Pistons on the court. You can check out his latest work where he talks about Curry’s take on Iverson fitting in.

The game marks the first time Sam Mitchell and Michael Curry have gone head-to-head. They’ve known each other from their high-school days and have been former negotiators for the NBA Players Association. Vince Ellis tells us a lot more about Michael Curry as a coach and you’ll notice that he’s a lot like Mitchell in many ways including his no-nonsense attitude towards everything. One of the differences is that the Detroit media loves Curry. Maybe it’s the water in Detroit that makes them appreciates a no-BS coach even though he could be a mean SOB at times. That’s a sharp contrast with how Mitchell is perceived in Toronto for having a similar act. Either way, Curry’s practice drills are impressive and one of the drills Curry runs reminded me of Sam Mitchell’s FT drill with Jermaine O’Neal.


The contrast in depth here is astounding. The Raptors have been using a 7-man rotation while in Detroit’s last game against Charlotte all 12 players got minutes and 10 of those played at least 17 minutes. The Raptors are averaging -12 in the rebounding department while Detroit’s 25 points better at +13. If we get killed on the boards again almost everything else would need to go perfect for us to win, so it follows that we can’t afford to get killed on the boards. Rebounding and fourth quarter team offense execution will decide this game. Detroit’s a team that’s made a living out of getting a stop when they’ve needed a stop and if it comes down to the last two minutes in a close game, they’ll always be favored.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go figure, a city that has tasted succes, and knows how they got it, appreciates a guy like Curry, who coaches just like Michell.

A city that has wallowed in mediocrity ----> failure, can't stand Mitchell, but just loves a guy like Vince when he was here because he made pretty slam dunk shots and posed for the camera.
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Go figure, a city that has tasted succes, and knows how they got it, appreciates a guy like Curry, who coaches just like Michell.

A city that has wallowed in mediocrity ----> failure, can't stand Mitchell, but just loves a guy like Vince when he was here because he made pretty slam dunk shots and posed for the camera.
Touche.
I wonder how the fans in Detroit would feel if it was Sam that was their coach.....

Although he is a Hard worker, has high expectations and is a good guy...


But Mitchell still sucks though.....
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