Arsenalist: Smitch Worried About Our Wings
Old 10-21-2008, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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And rightfully so, but tonight should be a true test for guys like Parker and Moon who according to various sources will be given considerable minutes tonight. Parker was apparently quoted in saying that they're approaching tonight's match-up versus Denver as a regular season one. So, should certainly be interesting.

I realize that its too soon to panic this early into the season, but should we be worried with the likes of Parker and Moon at SG & SF? It's not like we have players to fall back on either incase they continue to struggle. Thoughts?

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Sam Mitchell’s making a lot of sense this morning as he calls for our 2’s and 3’s (Parker and Moon really) to ’step up’ and not rely on Bosh and O’Neal to do the work. Nothing could be truer and Mitchell’s fearing that the ‘concentrated’ talent everybody’s talking about is stuck in threes player with the rest of them being pylons. If you think about it we’re somewhat following the Celtics model from last year - JO = KG, Bosh = Pierce and Calderon = Allen. Now, now, I know you’re thinking that Arse has inhaled too much wet paint but I’ll concede that our talent is weaker and have different types of players than theirs but the model is the same. Get three good to great players and surround them with a cast that works. It worked for Boston last year and Colangelo’s hoping that somehow two of Hassan Adams, Will Solomon, Jamario Moon, Joey Graham, Roko Ukic and even Ralph Sampson become the James Posey and Kendrick Perkins from last year’s Celtics. It’s true, look it up.

Anthony Parker’s thinking the Raptors will approach tonight’s game “like a regular-season game”. Tune in to this one if possible, I think we’ll finally get a look at what October 31st against Philadelphia might look like. Hopefully both teams give their starters 30-35 minutes and make this a good run. I want to have something positive to remember leading up the regular season and if they lay an egg tonight this blog could get really ugly, really fast. I know its preseason but the Nuggets will provide a test that needs to be passed if the team wants to go into opening night with some sort of confidence. Hopefully Sam Mitchell doesn’t yank Bosh and O’Neal under the preseaon mantra and openly tries to win this game rather than pretend to be a conservative coach which he’s sooo not.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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All that is needed at the wings is decent production and defense.

We really dont need a wing to score 20 a night as that would take away from the talent we have on the inside, but rather what is needed is a steady production of about 10 to 15 a night with some better defense.

I hope that the team stops that trap on the three point line and just plays some heads up defense, mano a mano, to see how it actually is looking in that regard.

As far as worry with what we have, if everyone perform to the levels of last year, I think we will be fine. Moon can easily get 10 and 6, Parker 12 and 4. If that remains constant then there is no need to worry. I just dont know if Parker, Moon will stay at last years levels. So I am concerned, not worried, but still concerned.
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Moon needs to get to the hoop/Line and play D! Ap needs to continue what he's doing,he's impressed me this pre-season.
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