Paul Jones: Rallying Cry
Old 11-15-2009, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paul Jones: Rallying Cry

There is an old adage in the NBA about “playing the full 48 minutes” and it is usually the lament of a team that has let a game slip away in the final minutes after building a lead. But the Toronto Raptors are looking at that axiom from the other side after their last two games that saw them record come-from-behind wins.

Wasn’t that some comeback by the Raptors in Los Angeles on Friday night against the Clippers? Toronto tied a franchise record for the largest comeback in team history as they ran down the Clippers and erased a 22-point deficit to win. The game got so ugly early that with a 10:30 tip on the east coast, many turned off their televisions and radios only to awake to see a shocking result. Oh and they just didn’t win by a point or so at the buzzer. They won that baby going away with a 104-89 score.

There was great energy from bench players as Marco Belinelli was tremendous scoring 15 points off the pine, playing a huge role in the comeback victory. Head coach Jay Triano was upset at another poor start but ecstatic at the grittiness of the team to keep battling and pull out the win. He actually remarked during his post-game news conference that even when Toronto was down by 22 points, somebody (we find out later it was assistant coach Alex English) said “we’re going to come back and win this thing.”

A few tweaks to the defensive strategy and a line-up that Triano seems to like with Antoine Wright and Amir Johnson spearheading the defence seemed to spark the Toronto resurgence. With those two in the game, it is a line-up that has formed the basis for many a defensive charge early in the season. The question seems to be which other two or three players Triano will use to complete the line-up. Jarrett Jack is occasionally part of the group on the floor and the rest according to Triano depends on match-ups.

Friday night, it was Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani, the two Italian national team players who supplied some of the offensive firepower. It figures the two of them would have good chemistry playing together regularly for their homeland and being inherently familiar with one another on the floor.

But while Raptor fans rejoice at a comeback win Jose Calderon, who had a stellar second half scoring 16 points on 7 of 10 from the floor with five assists, cautioned that this can’t happen regularly against good teams. In particular, Calderon pointed to the next three games against Phoenix, Denver and Utah, saying there had better not be slow starts.

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Old 11-15-2009, 05:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We all want to see some extended minutes for Marco playing with Bargs. Can't wait to see what they could do!
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Boshinator_ View Post
We all want to see some extended minutes for Marco playing with Bargs. Can't wait to see what they could do!
That is a definite possibility. DeRozan starting SF and either Belinelli or Wright taking SG.
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