Hollinger: Raptors In Crisis Mode
Old 12-22-2008, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Raptors are officially in crisis mode after losing to the lowly Thunder on Friday 91-83. Chief among the concerns is Chris Bosh's recent performance. Bosh averaged 26.4 points and 10.2 boards on 54.1 percent shooting in November. Amazingly, he hasn't hit that point total even once in 12 December outings, and the Raps have won only twice this month.

Bosh shooting percentage from the floor is at 40.6 percent for December. Even after adjusting for minutes, his attempts have dried up, too: He's taking nearly five fewer shots per game. We haven't read any reports of injuries or other ailments, so it might just be a case of teams' selling out to stop Bosh and daring the other Raptors to beat them. One item to support that case: His assists average is one of the few numbers that have improved (2.4 to 3.1) this month.

Or maybe the team just wore him out. Bosh averaged 42.0 minutes per game in his first 16 contests. Raptors head coach Jay Triano has dialed him back to 35.5 since taking over, but the damage might already have been done.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yea most of the people here at RF agree
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I guess.

But to be honest, this kills me.

NBA guys get very little in the way of practices because of travel and what not. Games become thier only real output during many weeks. Morning shoot arounds are nothing more than loosen up/ stretching excersises, and watching the games, Tornto has been anything but hard workin gon a lot of nights so even the games aren't that taxing. Bosh is a 24 year old kid, if he's "worn out", I am a monkeys uncle.

Consider this. NHL players have a much tougher game to play, by far. I've played both so I know. And they get the same practice shedule, however, morning skates in the NHL very often are full on skates, no contact, but 100% conditioning. I have NEVER heard a reporter or coach or player bitch about "being worn out". Not once.

Bosh is underachiving for other reasons, most likely mental stress and fatigue. I will sympathize for him because I think he DOES put in the work, an dhe does care. But he gets no wiggle room on the physical side, 42 mins a game is peanuts.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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^I agree with you about NHL players having a much more tougher game to play and there shouldn't be any real excuse. However i do not think 42 min a game is peanuts.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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no. it isn't.

but a 24 year old guy should be able to do it.

36...maybe no.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My guess is that other teams focus solely on Bosh because the rest of the Raptors blow.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yep.

you can see it.

and the OTHER guys, all of um, are not hitting shots.

if you askme, letting the shooting coack leave was the bigest error.

and i mean that
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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to me it looked like Chris Bosh lost his passion..but when watch the game against the Thunder you could see CB4 really wanted to win so my guess is the main problem is we have nobody to help Chris it was supposed to be O'neal but he has no legs left, are only way out of this to make a trade and shake things up.
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i agree he seems to have been burnt out to some extent. but is he really doing that differently when you consider minutes? if anything, i think he's probably taking less shots/minute and it doesn't look like jay's offense features him as much nor does it get him touches where he's as effective.

it feels like cb's getting most of his touches from 18 feet.
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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hollinger likes to makes theories without watching actual games. I didn't see anything in the past two weeks to suggest teams are collapsing on Bosh, and definitely didn't see him pass more that he usually does. But even to people watching every game, it's somehow of a mistery why his production collapsed.
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My observations from the games I have been able to watch is that Bosh was relying more on jump shots and less on driving to the rim, getting fouled and making his points from the free throw line. However tonight against the Clippers I think he drove more and look at the result 31 points and a Raptor win.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:39 AM   #12 (permalink)
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yeah, but being defended by steve nowak and deandre jordan in the 4th probably helped some ...
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