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Daily Raptor Dish - 11.12.10
Coach Karl gets his 1,000th win against Raptors
Raps defenceless in loss to Nuggets
Perhaps the most fitting tribute came from his veteran point guard Chauncey Billups.
“Unbelievable,” Billups said. “He has 1,000 wins and he beat cancer twice. I think those (two) are his biggest wins. Not very many people can say they beat cancer twice. He is a special, special guy to make it through all of that.”
Frankly, Karl had become a little tired of talking about the chase for 1,000 wins.
“For me, I don’t like the spotlight on me,” Karl said before the game. “I like it to be on my team. I think there’s a justification for it, but I think it has been way too long and let’s get it over with and move on to playing NBA basketball.”
Win No. 1,000 got a whole lot tougher about 90 minutes before game time when the Nuggets announced Carmelo Anthony would sit out his second consecutive game with tendonitis in his right knee, although the report said Anthony was improving.
Karl, typical of his style, looked no more concerned with that prospect than had he been told Michael Jordan in his prime was joining the Raptors roster for the night.
“It’s the same script,” Karl said referring to the first game without Anthony. “We don’t know exactly how we’re going to win, but I think the guys in there think we’re going to figure it out.”
Raptors head coach Jay Triano said Karl elicits instant respect both on and off the court.
“I am impressed not just with the number of wins, but the way he has bounced back and remained as humble and good a coach as he is after what he has gone through the last little while,” Triano said. “Guys like that I respect and admire not just because of what they do as basketball coaches but because of who they are as people and the way he has been able to fight through and be courageous through a very difficult time.”
Raptors tipoff: Bring on the Pistons
It wasn’t so much the absence of Carmelo Anthony that determined how Friday’s loss to the Nuggets went down as it was the complete lack of defensive intensity by the home side.
It was the type of night that had head coach Jay Triano reverting to his clipboard-busting ways as the Anthony-less Nuggets won this one on hustle at both ends of the court pulling away for a
The Raptors showed some of that Denver hustle on the offensive end but when it came to defence, it was nothing more than an rumour for the home side.
As angry as Triano was while it was playing out, he had reined in that anger by the time he met with the media after the game.
“Defensively they had a lot of mismatches,” Triano said. “I thought when Chauncey Billups got two fouls on Jerryd Bayless and we had to play him with a guy who is a non-natural point guard, that hurt us.
“Then our (power forwards) couldn’t stay at all with Al Harrington. He just drove past them. He used his quickness to spread the floor, so they went with a smaller lineup and we had to try and match that. But we can’t play defence for half a game. I thought in the second half we attempted and that’s all I ask of our guys.”
Raptors fall 123-116 as Nuggets coach hits big milestone
The Pistons have won just one in their past seven and just two in its past 10. Despite that they are 5-5 playing at home. Like the Raptors, they will be arriving in Detroit having played the night before. The Pistons were in Minneapolis Friday night to play the Timberwolves. Scoring has been a big problem in Detroit where the Pistons are averaging just 93.2 points a night, 29th in the NBA. They are also dead last in rebounding relying on the aged Ben Wallace. The one part of their game that has been decent has been their three-point effort, both defending it and using it to spark what little offence they have. The Pistons shoot 38% as a team from the three-point line, good enough for eighth in the NBA.
DID YOU KNOW
Former Raptor Tracy McGrady averages just under 17 minutes a game for the Pistons but has struggled to have an impact in Detroit. He’s averaging just four points a night ... As challenged as the Pistons starters have been, the team’s bench ranks fourth in scoring averaging 38.9 points a game ... Wallace ranks first among active players for games played by a player who was undrafted. Wallace’s 995 games dwarf the second name on that list which belongs to Houston’s Brad Miller, who sits at 813.
Raptors Blog by Doug Smith
The Raptors were without starting point guard Jose Calderon, who is out with a sore foot and won’t be available for Saturday’s road game against the Detroit Pistons.
Jerryd Bayless struggled as a starter – just 1-for-9 from the floor in 23 minutes – and while Leandro Barbosa chipped in 22 points, there was a distinct lack of flow in Toronto’s offence.
“I thought Leandro and Jerryd did a decent job of running the team, but they’re looking at the bench (for play calls) where Jose just goes,” said Triano.
“They’ll get more comfortable with that. We have to keep giving them the ball in those situations and give them a handful of plays to run where they don’t have to look over at the bench and slow the game down. But points weren’t an issue.”
Nuggets get milestone win over Raptors
There is a school of thought that says when things are going bad, teams and individuals get nothing but bad breaks and there were two instances in the final few minutes that kind of showed that school of thought (not be confused with the School Of Rock, which is fun movie though I digress) may be right.
The HOTH are clawing back, down seven with about 4 1-2 minutes left and you could sense momentum. They have a pretty good defensive stand, surround Afflalo on the baseline and it looks a turnover or stop is coming. Well, Affalo bounces a pass through about three sets of hands and JR Smith nails a three and angst on Jay’s face as he buried his head in his hands was classic.
Fast forward to one of the key possessions of the game.
Down four after a Bargnani three with 47 seconds left they play really good defence and force Chauncey into a bad miss.
But, instead of grabbing the rebound, I think it’s Kleiza and Barbosa (the chicken scratch hand-writing isn’t what it should be) who kind of bump into each other and the ball goes out of bounds to the Nuggets.
Then it’s time to foul and the game’s effectively over.
Two bad breaks, no one’s fault but kind of sums up how things are for these guys right now.
Karl earns 1,000th win as Nuggets beat Raptors
Toronto made it easier than it needed to be. Although the Nuggets were missing Carmelo Anthony, their top scorer and rebounder who was out with a bum right knee, practically non-existent defense from the Raptors allowed the Nuggets to put on a virtual shooting clinic in the fist half. Guard Chauncey Billups put in 18, Al Harrington had 19, and Arron Afflalo contributed 17. Toronto was saved by a hot Linus Kleiza, who wracked up 19 points in the first half, including 3-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
(Must’ve felt good for Kleiza, who had a limited role during his four years with the Nuggets and finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Likewise for Sonny Weems, a Nugget benchwarmer who now starts for Toronto. He finished with 21 points).
Still, things didn’t get much better for Toronto, who never really looked alive until the final six minutes. Unfortunately, the Nuggets, who sunk over 55 per cent of their shots from the arc, were equally effective.
"Defensively, we had a lot of mis-matches tonight, I thought when Chauncey got fouls on Bayless and we had to play him with a guy who’s not a natural point guard, that hurt us," said Raptors coach Jay Triano
With win in Toronto, Nuggets' Karl gets 1,000th career victory
Chauncey Billups called it "a moment that you'll never forget."
"He's one of the best coaches I've played for," Billups said. "He's all about winning, he's all about playing the right way and sharing the basketball and everybody having their opportunities out there. I believe that's the way you win basketball games. Obviously, with 1,000 wins, he knows what he's doing."
Karl survived prostate cancer in 2005 and was treated for neck and throat cancer earlier this year, missing the end of last season while undergoing treatment.
"It's unbelievable," Billups said. "He's got 1,000 wins and he beat cancer twice. Those are his biggest wins."
Billups scored 21 points and Gary Forbes had 15 in place of the injured Carmelo Anthony as the Nuggets snapped a two-game losing streak. J.R. Smith scored 11 points for Denver.
Former Nugget Linas Kleiza set season highs with 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Leandro Barbosa matched his season high with 22 points, but Toronto lost its fourth straight. The Raptors have dropped six of eight.
Friday's game was almost like PlayStation. Even without the injured Carmelo Anthony (knee, day-to-day), the Nuggets (14-8) shot 56.6 percent from the field, scoring 98 points in the first three quarters alone. It was insane.
And when it was over, the 59-year-old Karl flashed a big, boyish smile that pressed his cheekbones to the limit. One by one, Nuggets players, coaches and executives congratulated the coach. Al Harrington, who scored a season-high 31 and played splendid defense, playfully poured a little cup of water on the big winner. The smiles were infectious.
"I felt connected with them," Karl said of the moment with his team.
One thousand. Think about it for a second.
"That's a lot of wins, dog," Melo said. "A lot of wins."