Chisholm:Losing Bosh Could be a Help?
Old 02-24-2010, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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He talks about the need to figure things out down the stretch, and how not having Bosh right now can actually help with that.

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These guys need to learn to swim without a life jacket, and that is what they are learning to do now without Bosh around. Three years ago Bosh went down with an injury early in the year, and since the team had looked ragged out of the starting gates, most feared the season would be lost before it had even really started. His absence, however, fortified the chemistry of those around him and help everyone to understand what they were capable of as a unit and the team went on to win the Atlantic Division when he returned twelve games later. This team needs that level of cohesion without Bosh on the floor because the last two times the Raptors 'lost' Bosh in the Playoffs they were punished severely for it.

The first time was in Game One against New jersey when Bosh, after a sterling start to the game, was hit with his second foul in the first quarter and had to sit. While the strategy on the part of coach Sam Mitchell to leave him on the bench as long as he did was questionable (he would up finishing the game with only three fouls), it was the team's inability to maintain their momentum with him out that did them in.
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The next year against Orlando was a different story with the same result. Instead of Bosh having to sit with foul trouble, he was taken out of the game by Orlando's coverages on defence, essentially suffocating him and daring someone (anyone) else on the team to beat them. No second player had the capacity to step up (prompting that summer's acquisition of former All-Star Jermaine O'Neal) and the Raptors were basically trounced by a rock-solid Orlando team.

It's scenarios like that that make these last 27 games so crucial for Toronto. A winning record alone is not enough to enter the Playoffs with; a team needs momentum, chemistry and confidence. Every player on this team needs to know that if they are put into a position to affect the game that they can do so in a positive way. Every combination of players needs to believe that they have the ability to disrupt their opponents on defence and score against them with quality shots on offence. As nice as it is to know that you have one of the best players in the NBA anchoring your attack, you cannot rely on him solely as your strategy against opposing teams.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think he's going to do what Kobe did. Take a little while longer to come back to hit the gym.

You guys probably notice Kobe a little bit bigger than usual last night, Bosh has slowly been losing a little weight as the season goes on like all players do. I hope he's hitting the gym, so he'll be perfect for the playoffs.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think he's going to do what Kobe did. Take a little while longer to come back to hit the gym.

You guys probably notice Kobe a little bit bigger than usual last night, Bosh has slowly been losing a little weight as the season goes on like all players do. I hope he's hitting the gym, so he'll be perfect for the playoffs.
i dont know about kobe looking bigger or Bosh losing weight, but its definately good for each of those players...

our team doing good without our star player is great for us in the long run as it keeps Bosh fresh for the playoffs...
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When Bosh was out for a stretch of games in the 2006-2007 season he talked about having the opportunity to really evaluate the team's weaknesses without him there, figure out how he could better pick his spots during games, and really just get a feel for what the team looks like from an objective standpoint; if I remember correctly the team went on a tear after he came back. Seeing things from a different perspective can never hurt, and in this case I expect it to help.
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I think injuries can have a good effect sometimes, but they can also be devastating. Without Bosh, we are obviously much weaker, and with the upcoming schedule being much tougher, if it lingers and we lose a bunch of games, there's a serious risk of even missing the playoffs. We're only a few games ahead of the 9th spot, and all the teams below are playing very well. Charlotte are struggling a bit, but they did beat cleveland by 20 points or so. Also, all 4 teams below us are in the top 10 in the league in defense, which bodes well for them to have a strong finish.

However, the biggest risk is if Bosh comes back without being fully recovered, and plays at 70% or so. I'd rather keep him out until he's 100% and hope the rest of the team can at least hold water. Luckily, Miami is also without wade, who seems to have a worse injury, and noah in Chicago is also struggling with a long term injury. It's going to be an interesting finish in the east this season.
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When Bosh was out for a stretch of games in the 2006-2007 season he talked about having the opportunity to really evaluate the team's weaknesses without him there, figure out how he could better pick his spots during games, and really just get a feel for what the team looks like from an objective standpoint; if I remember correctly the team went on a tear after he came back. Seeing things from a different perspective can never hurt, and in this case I expect it to help.
Yep - and seeing the team perform then really gave him an added comfort level. He was already starting to get with this year's team, but it is still going to help.
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I think he's going to do what Kobe did. Take a little while longer to come back to hit the gym.

You guys probably notice Kobe a little bit bigger than usual last night, Bosh has slowly been losing a little weight as the season goes on like all players do. I hope he's hitting the gym, so he'll be perfect for the playoffs.
Great points. If he can use this time for body maintenance and get some strength back, it would definitely benefit us later on. We're not going anywhere standings wise anyways. It's gonna be Boston or Atlanta we play first round, almost for certain.
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