Jay's RF Post Game Summary vs. Heat
Old 11-20-2008, 12:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to admit, I was surprised to see Jose Calderon back in the lineup. As somebody who has gone through some pretty serious hamstring injuries, I know how easy it is to tweak things and then set yourself back even further than you originally were, so Jose and the doctors must have felt pretty confident that Jose wasn’t going to do any additional damage by playing tonight. Even still, at this point in the season, even with limited minutes, I can’t say that I agree with the decision to play him tonight. I don’t care if the Raptors are slumping right now, because they have Friday against the Nets (a winnable game) and then a tough matchup against the Celtics on Sunday. That’s a lot of ball in a short period and when you finish off the week with the Celtics, you might want your starting PG to be ready.

Earlier, I called out those individuals who have been calling for Bargs to be traded. He pretty much showed tonight what he can do and overall has continued to have a good season. But since we have already been through that, let’s look a bit at JO and how people (yes, that’s YOU Dave Feschuk c/o The Toronto Star…Mr. Misery personified) were complaining about him not having things together four games into the season. As we’ve said here, it doesn’t matter how much of a vet you are, moving into a new team, new playbook, new teammates, new city, new country…well, it can be a bit much and surely there will be an adjustment period. Now that he has posted 5 straight double doubles and has been a beast on the boards lately, we don’t hear so much of that complaining, eh? The thing about JO is that while his stat sheet is impressive, the things that aren’t on the stat sheet are even more impressive. Watch when guys are attacking the lane. You will see many shots adjusted mid flight or even see guys looking for a last minute dish because they see JO lurking. At times, we even see JO cheat a little and give a guy an opening so he can come at an angle for the block. JO’s defence has also made Bosh and Bargs better defenders, because they don’t have to worry so much about being in mismatches where they end up being overpowered. JO is taking a lot of heat off of the other Raptor bigs.

I was talking earlier about not letting DWade try to take over the game and damn if we didn’t almost see it tonight. I’ll throw out the cliched caveat here, that we don’t want to see anybody get hurt on the court, but at some point, when a guy is blowing around supposedly one of your best defenders (AP…who had rough night on D) and then subsequently walks down the lane for an uncontested dunk…well…to paraphrase Romeo Crennell, that’s when it’s time to CROWN HIS ASS. The game was still far enough away for the Heat that the Raptors could have sent a message to DWade. Where’s Bonner when you need him? Down the stretch, it got too close to even think about this, but when you’re up 12 and a guy throws down a couple of highlight reel dunks, make sure that the next time he tries, he’s looking up at the mop girl who’s waiting for him to get up.

Anyway, on to the Nets. I’m sure there will be (yawn) some Vince comments at some point, but really Raptors fans, that was a loooooong time ago.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just hope Sam gets Moon out of his doghouse, because we really need him against Nets and Celtics

I mean he only took two shots (which weren't bad shots) and even almost drove to the rim on fastbreak (freethrows is good too)

Bargnani can't start against these teams!

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Old 11-20-2008, 02:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Vince comments will never get old. I'm sorry it troubles you, but I'll have my BOOOOO on Friday night and every subsequent night aft.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We can stick Parker on VC and go with the 3 bigs experiment, which I quite like so far. I like actually outrebounding teams for a change, and having the ability to matchup a 7 footer on Daequon Cook or in the Nets case, Bobby Simmons, is just too funny and awesome to pass up. I think we should put Moon in when the other team has elite SFs, but for now this works. Bargs should have another big game on Friday if he doesn't get in foul trouble.
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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After the first home game this year the fans were chanting "Let's Go Raptors - V-C Sucks!". It's a bit embarrassing.

As for Wade - he had his moments, but the Raptors, and particularly JO, made him into a jumpshooter, especially in crunch. He didn't need to get his ass crowned entirely. All it took was for his space to get shut down and a bit of legal contact. He was really pissing me off with the traveling that wasn't getting called.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We can stick Parker on VC and go with the 3 bigs experiment, which I quite like so far. I like actually outrebounding teams for a change, and having the ability to matchup a 7 footer on Daequon Cook or in the Nets case, Bobby Simmons, is just too funny and awesome to pass up. I think we should put Moon in when the other team has elite SFs, but for now this works. Bargs should have another big game on Friday if he doesn't get in foul trouble.
I would stick with the big three against everyone. The thing about Moon is that he's a free pass for the elite SFs on the defensive end, and he's hardly proved to me that he's capable of being a lock down defender.

Bargnani will put pressure, on Pierce, Tmac, etc, because they'll have to work on defense and push him out of the post or fight through screens to guard him. Against Moon they just get to sit back and watch.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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On VC - yep, our fans are bitter and know how to hold a grudge. They have a right to do that and should continue booing his sorry ass for as long as they feel like it.

On JO - oh, yeah. The guy was always a monster out there, but on this team, by contrast with what passed for interior defence prior to his arrival, he certainly looms gargantuan!
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