Grange: "There's a smoke-and-mirrors feel to things."
Old 11-10-2008, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A weird vibe on this trip. Beating the Charlotte Bobcats should not be a make or break deal, and you can easily say the Raptors are off to a good start: they're 4-2 and 3-1 on the road. But there's a smoke-and-mirrors feel to things. They're no better a rebounding team than they were last year. They consistently give up more shots. They consistently allow other teams to blow by them on the perimeter. Their win over Philly aside, they've looked overmatched against ‘good' teams, which doesn't bode well for tonight.

Sam's building the barricades a little bit, routinely lamenting the holes in the roster – perimeter athleticism mainly. You can bet this does not go over well at the home office and only encourages them to notice things like rotations that are slow; hustle plays that don't get made, mental mistakes that get repeated.

Why does Boston add a respected interior defender and become one of the best defensive teams ever, and the Raptors add one – and we're not saying Jermaine O'Neal is Kevin Garnett, but he's supposed to be an elite defender – and the needle doesn't really move? I can't say I know for sure, but my take is this team doesn't have enough above-average players. Strong seasons by O'Neal and Bargnani can change that equation, but that puts the onus on Sam to facilitate that. As I wrote today there have been trade talks, but adding some quality at the wings would be hard to do without giving up Bargnani and Colangelo isn't ready to do that yet and maybe he shouldn't. In any case, the win against Charlotte bought everyone some time.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great read.

We could easily have lost to Milwaukee, and the Warriors. Played 1 good quarter against the Bobcats.

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Old 11-10-2008, 03:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Michael, I never ever want to see Bargnani putting the ball on the floor in the half-court, in the NBA
The guy goes on to say he should pattern his game after Bill Laimbeer.

One of his greatest assets is his abillity to take bigs off the dribble.

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Old 11-10-2008, 03:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The guy goes on to say he should pattern his game after Bill Laimbeer.

One of his greatest assets is his abillity to take bigs off the dribble.

Idiot!
Hey didn't say I agree with him all the time, just that the difference between 1-5 and 4-2 isnt all that far.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey didn't say I agree with him all the time, just that the difference between 1-5 and 4-2 isnt all that far.
Sorry I should've clarified, that was a comment left by a reader.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think Grange is infected with Rap fan craziness. He is making out like there is so much to panic about. They've played 6 games. They played two good quarters against Charlotte actually. They played two good quarters against Milwaukee and Golden State. They played one horrible quarter against Philly, and they still won all those quite comfortably. Yeah with any luck some of those teams could have pulled through at the end, but the same could have been said with regards to Toronto's chances against Detroit.

And Boston as one of the best defending teams ever? This is the team that had a ton of 20 point swings go against them throughout the playoffs? Grange is just getting so extreme in these blogs of his. Where's the sober analysis? I loved that about him. Now it's all about the sky falling because we haven't become one of the best defending teams ever. Am I wrong in thinking that the defense is pretty good, and that the smoke and mirrors was here when everything was all about the offense?

And finally - sorry, but this is the guy who thought the sky was falling the instant the trade for JO was made - because it would kill Bosh's impact. Hmmmm...indeed.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The guy goes on to say he should pattern his game after Bill Laimbeer.

One of his greatest assets is his abillity to take bigs off the dribble.


Idiot!
There is only one problem with the "bold" statement: he can't dribble under control more than once. Not yet, at least.

Bargnani is lethal when taking one hard dribble to avoid a flying defender and fire off a shot. But when he decides (well in advance, I might add) to drive to the hole, we all better pray no one is ready to take charge, because if they are, it will happen, 100%, take it to the bank. It's hard to stop when you are 7-footer and weigh upwards of 250 pounds, but Bargs is among the worst in doing that even for a 7-footer.
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There is only one problem with the "bold" statement: he can't dribble under control more than once. Not yet, at least.

Bargnani is lethal when taking one hard dribble to avoid a flying defender and fire off a shot. But when he decides (well in advance, I might add) to drive to the hole, we all better pray no one is ready to take charge, because if they are, it will happen, 100%, take it to the bank. It's hard to stop when you are 7-footer and weigh upwards of 250 pounds, but Bargs is among the worst in doing that even for a 7-footer.
Actually after doing presicely what you said on Sunday the next time he stopped and dumped it down to an open man under the basket.

I guess I should've added that his speed is what sets him apart from other 7 foot players. This gearbox advocating he pattern his game after "Leadfoot" Laimbeer is just silly. They're not even close to being the same player. IMO Haffa should've patterned his game after him.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If you ever watch closely when Bargs plays. Almost 90% of the shots that are off the dribble go in. Those are the type of shots I feel comfortable seeing Bargs take
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