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Old 11-19-2009, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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There were too many blow-bys to count but one that stood out in the second half makes the point: Hedo Turkoglu misses the second free throw and Williams catches the outlet in stride around his own three-point line and turns on the jets. Meanwhile Calderon had been standing roughly around centre with Turkoglu on the line and his first move on the miss is to drop back. He keeps dropping back. And back. Williams is at top speed by the time Calderon tries to offer any resistance, and this is when he’s standing somewhere around the elbow. Needless to say Williams hardly notices and makes the easy layup. To me the obvious move is to cover Williams when Turkoglu is on the line. Don’t let him catch that first pass and if he does turn him early and if you do get beat you have 50 feet to recover and try and turn him again, plus your teammates can recognize you’ve been beat and can help. But standing passively 15 feet from the hoop and waiting for a world-class player to make a move when he’s got 60 feet to make up his mind is not going to work out in your favour. I honestly can’t believe it happened.

On another occasion in the first half there was a Toronto miss and Calderon was a bit behind the play when Williams got the ball just before half. Calderon sprinted to catch up but takes a very generous angle – that is, he barely gets into Williams’ area code. Williams is over centre and heading down the right sideline. To me the play would be to get onto Williams' hip and keep him going in that direction.

In the NBA the goal is to contain the dribbler, as opposed to stopping the dribbler. These guys can’t be stopped. How many times do you see point guards have to pick up their dribble at midcourt or have their pocket picked? Not often. But they can be directed or herded. The trick is to offer a path of least resistance – “by all means continue dribbling to the sideline and baseline, where at least your options are limited” – while doing your best to block the alternative. As an added bonus the Raptors general game plan is to herd the ball to the sideline and baseline.

In this case Calderon overruns Williams. With the Jazz point guard heading down the right-hand sideline Calderon heads to Williams' right hand. Sometimes this is a tactic – you're trying to make him turn where you know there is help or you’re baiting him into turning to his weak hand, for example, and are anticipating the move.

Calderon is anticipating nothing. He overruns Williams and isn’t even close enough to force him to break his stride on the crossover; Williams simply changes hands, jogs into the paint and drops a little bounce pass to Ronnie Brewer for the dunk. Leo gets on Bargnani for being slow to help, but I don’t think you can blame the help when the point guard is beaten so badly.

These are just two plays, but the theme was oft-repeated. Maybe he was tired and obviously Williams was dialed in, but Calderon made it an easy night for him and tough for his team
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Fuck it, start Belinelli at the point.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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a little hasty, maybe we should give it a little more time... though I think both Jack and Jose have been less than average. I think the key is less shots for them... I can only wish... but starting belinelli at the point is not the answer. He should get more PT though especially with Bargs.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry but Calderon has pulled his game up since the first 5 games.

Really this article should be called Failing grade for Jarrett Jack beucase he has been total shit all round

Highlights thus far

FG - 35%
Assists - 3/game
PPG - 6
Min/game - 24.3

*note Calderon is now shooting FG 49% and thats including his shitty as start

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Old 11-19-2009, 12:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sorry but Calderon has pulled his game up since the first 5 games.

Really this article should be called Failing grade for Jarrett Jack beucase he has been total shit all round

Highlights thus far

FG - 35%
Assists - 3/game
PPG - 6
Min/game - 24.3
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Jarrett Jack has been by far the biggest disapointment on this team. He averages almost as many turnovers per game as assists. That plus he can't shoot for shit and his defence is not as advertised.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, I remember in the second half Williams made Calderon look like a fool. It wasn't a spectaular move, it was something any fast player could do. He just ran by him pretty much uncontested because Calderon was on his heels. Calderon sucks on defense. There is no other way to put it. Nash is a better defender than him for crying out loud... Not that Jack has shown anything better on D so far...
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This was the first piece in a while where I said I agree completely.

Beyond what Bargnani does, Bosh etc. all defence and the mentality to play defence begins at your point guard position. Why? Because he's guarding the guy on the opponents team who always has the ball in his hands. If you can't stop or hinder the point of attack, everything after that breaks down.

The games where we've won Jose has done well. In fact, in the Phoenix game, I'd argue he played some of the best defense I've ever seen him play. But when he looks bad on defense, the entire team does and that's what was happening last night.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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+1 to everything said about jack and jose failing grade in this thread
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