Game Thread: Washington Wizards 83 - Toronto Raptors 122 (F) - Page 2
Old 01-30-2008, 10:47 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Bargs was so good he was on the bench for most of garbage time. Baston and Hump were in the front court.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:51 PM   #22 (permalink)
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good to see Baston get some minutes, nice comeback after depressing loss.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:52 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Really, this was expected.

But Bargs again impressed me. He had that confidence in him. He knew he was better than the other guy down the court and well he was. Heck that pass he made in the third quarter to Delfino was beautiful and reminiscent of his rookie season. I'm telling you, I've never seen a big guy with the court vision he has.
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couldn't say it any better.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:57 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Really, this was expected.

But Bargs again impressed me. He had that confidence in him. He knew he was better than the other guy down the court and well he was. Heck that pass he made in the third quarter to Delfino was beautiful and reminiscent of his rookie season. I'm telling you, I've never seen a big guy with the court vision he has.
Here's to hoping that his development continues to improve instead of regressing.
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YES! Great game overall. I was greedy tho and wanted W's for both Washington games, but a 30-something point win for us is a good consolation.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:38 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Three players that stood out for me:

Juan Dixon: I've felt a little bad for him of late. He hasn't been playing up to his potential and it must be a bit difficult for him to be out of position when he's on the floor all the time now. That being said, Juan has been a lot better PG-wise. Some of his passes in both Washington games have been Calderon-esque - and his shooting seems to have returned to where it ought to be. Good for him.

Rasho: Dude was great yesterday. Great rebounding, great offensively too. Stellar game for Rasho all around.

Bargnani: this game was just like he was playing in his rookie year. the confidence was back, that's for sure. The rebounding numbers might not have been there, but defensively he was doing a lot of things i liked. His height alone is enough to alter many a shots, and he is also quite quick on defense. It was a good showing yesterday - and as claudius mentioned: that assist to Delfino where he slashed and then kicked it out was very nice!
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:29 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Really, this was expected.

But Bargs again impressed me. He had that confidence in him. He knew he was better than the other guy down the court and well he was. Heck that pass he made in the third quarter to Delfino was beautiful and reminiscent of his rookie season. I'm telling you, I've never seen a big guy with the court vision he has.
How about Kevin Garnett?

Bargnani's confidence is getting better, and he's starting to find his shot. However, his instinct is often to play as if he is a smaller player; that turnaround shot he loves, while unblockable, is also unreliable. It would be better if he tries to fake guys out with pump fakes and head and shoulder fakes before shooting over them, like Dirk does. Often Bargnani is guarded by a guy 4-6" shorter than he is, and he should be able to just shoot over the top of them.

Furthermore, while Bargnani's offensive instincts are coming back, he's still a pillow on D. Not only are his helpside defensive rotations lethargic, but for the love of god he can't box out! I saw little guys repeatedly beat him to a rebound; it's pathetic!

I can't understand for the life of me why he was averaging more block last year than this year. Sure, he took more chances, but he seemed to have good instincts for the block last season, while this year he seems to have forgotten that ability.

I'm not even in the "trade Bargnani" camp right now either; I think he'll pan out eventually. But it's very alarming that his D is still so slow (he's a bad defender at PF and equally bad at C), and he seems to play his best when Bosh is on the bench.
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I honestly thought his defense was coming around! Rebounding is another issue all together.
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