fossil fool: seismic shift, or alt-shift-delete?
Old 12-30-2010, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll give you the whole thing here. You can be sure to find it on the blog page as well. fossil fool

I've bolded the big question at the end, as I think it might be worth discussion.

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That was fine game last night. Not because of the win. Nor due to the nature of the win. I mean that was all good. But I can remember Jermaine Jackson leading a couple other ten-day contracts in some battles. And there was Lamond Murray lighting up the Spurs at around this time of the year. What sets last night’s game apart from so many others, is that the approach was so different than so many others over the last few years.

Down there in Dallas, the Raptors played a style that limited possessions, and relied heavily on defense, in order to sensibly find the equalizer that could make up for the talent differential. It worked like a charm, and beyond that, it just plain looked like a basketball game. And it flew in the face of the re-invention of the game that seems to be Bryan Colangelo’s favored mode of thought. We have seen decent teams, and bad teams alike, crumble under the weight of running, and rushing offense, and floor balance for transition defense be damned. The running game needs to come out of an integrated whole, and not applied to a mix of players with no clearly defined roles, simply as a means of trying to hide the lack of an integrated whole. There are no freaks of nature on the Raptors that are going to be able to use a quick-paced game for the advantage of the team over the long haul, but there just might be some basketball players. We’ve only been allowed to see them perform that way when the bench has been shortened due to injuries. And those short-handed nights have usually worked out quite well.

Last night offered one of the starkest contrasts to the regular gameplans. The night before, the team had shown a distinct inability to do much of anything offensively. Forget about being patient enough to find a second or third option - they couldn’t find a first option. Rushing their early offense lead to turning the ball over in a hurry, much like in many other games over the last 3 years, but perhaps it had never been quite so clear just how little chance this team was giving itself. There had been some nice comeback wins where tired opponents withered late after exploiting so many giveaways and so many fastbreak opportunities. The Raptors have been able to find their equalizer in those games, with some added pressure as games wore on, and by making use of a bench so deep that it extends right through the starting lineup. Think back to Ali’s rope-a-dope. He was no longer as fast as lightning. He didn’t have the footwork any longer. So he let his opponents tire themselves out by hammering away on his body, until he once again held the advantages that he had enjoyed as a young man, relatively speaking. The Raptors had on occasion been able to reduce the opposing team to something less than or equal to a bunch of second-stringers, and to their credit, put up the fight to get some results.

But this team is not going to be able to withstand a season of kidney punches landed in endless flurries. I don’t know if any team would. PJ Carlesimo came onto the telecast at the half in the game against Memphis, and said that the defense wasn’t so much of a problem when they forced the Grizzlies to play in the halfcourt, so they were going to have to try to do that more often. Somewhere, not too far deep inside him, he had to know that was only going to happen if they gave up on the ridiculous offensive gameplan that gave the opposing team more easy chances going the other way than it did good shots for the Raptors. And surely he couldn’t have been alone with that realization. Surely the players themselves knew as much, even as easily seduced as they might be to the idea of quickening the pace.

And the next night we saw an abandoning of good ship Getashotoffquick. We saw plays run. Some of them worked, without requiring pure, blind aggression from each individual, but instead through finding teammates and teammates ensuring they were in the right spots. When plays did not work, they were able to defend in transition, and then further at the point of attack, and finally they contested shots and altered shots. And off of some of the other team’s broken plays, they were able to run and score on legitimate fast break opportunities. There are ways to play the game in spite of a deficit of overall talent. It’s not going to translate into a great number of wins, but it will assuredly point any team in the right direction. And we saw that in Dallas. Jerryd displayed heart and desire in controlling how this game was played. He should have a couple more d’s added to the end of his name as his reward, and hopefully have his name all over a few more wins like this one. When he went down and Barbosa took over, there were not the usual turnovers from Leandro. His speed fit into this grind-out game better than it would have had they all been racing up and down all night long. He found an advantage, and then made it possible for all five guys to take advantage of it, and that hadn’t happened so often before. It was basketball. You know - that team sport. It was not Colangelo’s “exciting brand of basketball” as he and Triano had envisioned. But it was basketball. And if you love the game, then what is more exciting?

Now the question remains as to whether it was an actual shift in plans, or just something they needed to do while shorthanded? If we see this team go back to poorly defined roles in which each guy plays on an island that no Herve would want to inhabit, with possessions multiplied rather than limited, then there have to be some serious questions about what is being built here. Are they putting together a team for fans that love the game? Or are they trying to do whatever they can just to engage fans that might happen to like the game, by offering regular doses of adrenaline that have little to do with future success?
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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nicely written up, but i hate taking more than i think i should from one game. If that was some kind of key stepping stone in the developement of Ed Davis then i think that game did a hell of a lot of good.

Time will tell how the team reacts though. I'm thinking these injuries have come at a very inopportune time.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That was two questions that you bolded.....

regardless, I don't think this management team is set on any one style of basketball and realize the need for a halfcourt playstyle as well.... it's generally a long process and this team shows signs that they are doing things that they haven't in the past. Consistency is a huge issue with any young team, and you have to have the right veterans around the young guys. It's not always about highly priced veterans, but more about how they mesh. I like what Jose and Barbosa bring to this team in terms of offensive flow and it seems like there are pieces being brought in to build towards a more defensive pedigree.

The mental fortitude of this team needs to continue to be strengthened, and the coaching staff and verteran leadership has to continue to hold others accountable...
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I am not putting much worth into this win over dallas.
One thing i have noticed is, when the Raptors seem to be up against a wall they play harder than when they are handed to them easy wins.

Maybe Triano needs to tighten his rotation.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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How come no one is talking about Barbosa after this win in Dallas?
Barbosa single handedly put the raps on his back & won the game in the last 4 minutes on offense & defense...
& yet there is barely any mention of him...Especially from the media!
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How come no one is talking about Barbosa after this win in Dallas?
Barbosa single handedly put the raps on his back & won the game in the last 4 minutes on offense & defense...
& yet there is barely any mention of him...Especially from the media!
i'd say even though he came up big in the end, that game wasn't a single handed / one person needs more credit kind of game. It was a real team effort which was nice.

and also call me crazy, but i am still not sold on Barbosa.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I am totally sold on Barbosa. He may force the play sometimes, but most of the time he nails it or gets to the line.
He is exactly what the Raptors need. Someone not afraid to take it to the rim.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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btw LX, isn't it ctrl-alt-del?
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I am totally sold on Barbosa. He may force the play sometimes, but most of the time he nails it or gets to the line.
He is exactly what the Raptors need. Someone not afraid to take it to the rim.
Barbosa is perfect for this team.... a keeper. Guy is relentless and fearless. Unbelievable that he isn't a fan favourite. Doesn't care about starting, yet is our best SG at the moment... I love Barbosa... he is the one vet we should absolutely keep... he's a winner.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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btw LX, isn't it ctrl-alt-del?
alt-shift-delete is a soft reset on a blackberry
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