Hoop Heads North: Kobe Bryant's Punchout
Old 11-30-2008, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Our friends from Hoop Heads North with a witty preview of tonight's affair against the Lakers.

Guess who's the Kobe and guess who's the Raptors.


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Remember Mike Tyson's Punch-out!!? Tonight's matchup feels like a matchup between Little Mac and Mike Tyson but I think Raps can beat Kobe Bryant! Ok, Ok, Ok.....I know it may be a stretch but here's what the Raps have to do to beat the Lakers.

Here's the Tale of the Tape:

LA Lakers
Record 13-1
Home Record 8-1
Offense 107.5 ppg
Defense 93.7 ppg
Home Offense 108.9 ppg
Home Defense 95.4 ppg

Toronto Raptors
Record 8-7
Away Record 4-3
Offense 97.9 ppg
Defense 98.9 ppg
Away Offense 92.1 ppg
Away Defense 93.1 ppg



If this was Punch-Out, Doc Louis would be in your corner telling you to "Join the Nintendo Fun Club today" or "Dance like a fly, bite like a mosquito!" or to do this:

"Copy Detroit, Raps!"
OK, so the record alone speaks for itself. Kobe's Lakers are the best team in the league. The Lakers own one loss this season BUT that came from a matchup at HOME against an Eastern Conference team in the Detroit Pistons. Detroit kept the Lakers under 100 points and played tough defense on Kobe. So if the Raptors can match that defensively, they'll have a chance.

"Increase Offensive Production!"
Defensively, the Raps statistically match up with the Lakers. The biggest mismatch? Offense. Lakers average 107 points per game vs. the Raps 97 points per game. How can the Raps overcome this? More offensive production from starters Anthony Paker and Andrea Bargnani. When the Pistons beat the Lakers, all 5 starters scored in double figures including Kwame Brown.......yes, KWAME BROWN! Raps need some decent offensive production from guys off of the bench like Joey Graham (let's put together a string of good games!) and some big buckets from Jason Kapono.

"Take Advantage of the Injuries!"
Let's see how the injury factor plays out. It sounds like Andrew Bynum is playing through a foot injury and Jermaine O'neal may be a game-time decision. If J.O. can go tonight, that should be a huge help to the Raps' offense and defense. In my opinion, the Raps win the bigs matchup with Bosh-Bargs-O'Neal vs. Pau-Radmanovic-Bynum.

"Don't let Kobe score 81!"
This will be the biggest challenge for the Raps.....shutting down Kobe Bryant. The Raps' defense has been questionable this season. Anthony Parker/Jose Calderon have to contain to Kobe. The Pistons kept Kobe to 12 of 30. Raps may have to pull Joey Graham off the bench to play some rugged defense on Kobe to hopefully throw him off his game.

"You the man now, Bosh! Live up to the MVP chatter"
Chris Bosh has to live up to his MVP chants. The biggest challenge for him is to compete against the reigning MVP. The Raptors also have to prove that they are a playoff contender this year, and prove that they can move past the first round. Chris Bosh has been a beast but now he has to show that he can make his team better, and increase production out of his teammates Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon.

A win may be unrealistic, but if the Raps can at least go 12 rounds with the Lakers, they'll make some noise around the league.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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All of those are hard considering they're the Lakers..
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thats gold. And right on target.

Why not study the only team that has beat them? At least have it in your pocket if Raps Plan A leads to a 39-12 first quarter.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Use Moon/Parker/Adams and Graham on Kobe you have 24 available fouls, you can try to pressure Kobe all day.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I like your idea TO2988. I always feel that the Raps need to utilize their fouls. They each have six and it's not like you get to take them home so they should use them to their advantage. Foul Kobe make him realize that the D is not letting him go by. Take him out of his game and we might just win
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Are we forgetting that this year Bynum is back?
And healthy?.......
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Prepare the the Lakers second L
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If we can get some foul calls going our way there is a chance. But the Lakers commit very few fouls, so we have to hope for some quick whistles.
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If we can get some foul calls going our way there is a chance. But the Lakers commit very few fouls, so we have to hope for some quick whistles.
Gasol does if Bosh drives to the paint
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i really like this article. it actually gives me hope for the raps to win hhaha..
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Punchout... Great game! Nice article
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