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Dr. J. Naismith 02-09-2008 09:09 AM

Raps/Clips Post Game: A Little Help From My Friends
Courtesy of Jay fellas. :D


Originally Posted by Jay
Have you ever been in a situation where you were with your friends and you really needed some help, but nobody came to your aid? For instance, back in the college days, my teammates and I were out in Columbus for a night on the town. Long story short, one of our rookies is getting his ass kicked by a couple of guys, but luckily, our veteran catcher comes to help him out, throws a guy down the stairs (which impresses a few girls) and they all get thrown out of the bar. The winning element? Our rookie escaped with his life and our catcher had a couple of girls at the stadium the next day. How is this at all relevant to the Raptors tonight? Well, Chris Bosh was getting EXPOSED tonight on D. Iím not sure if Al Thornton is really just that athletic, whether Bosh simply had a poor defensive game or whether he just needed a little help from his friends. Hereís the thing about Thornton on Bosh near the end of the game: he was beating him off the dribble not all that close to the basket, providing enough time for somebody to slide into the lane. Given, he is a quick player and it would have been tough for somebody to get over in time, but I canít remember seeing somebody even try to help Bosh out at all.

As teammates, you have to be able to recognize situations where you are going to have to cheat a little bit in order to help stop the bleeding. As a coach, you have to realize that something has to be done to give one of your players some help when he clearly needs it. There is no point getting on Bosh tonight, he has been playing extremely well on both ends of the floor lately and it is very rare that you see him continually beaten like he was tonight, but you also have to wonder where the help was. No team defense there. Hey, if Corey Maggette or Chris Kaman beat you, well, thatís what they are supposed to do. With all due respect to Al Thornton, while he is having a great season, he shouldnít be the guy breaking down the Raptors.

Lang mentioned in one of the threads that Samís plays out of breaks have been getting better and to some extent, I agree with that. It still puts him way behind just about every coach in the league in that category, but at least we are seeing some points out of dead ball situations. But letís talk about what is going on down the stretch. Shot selection killed the Raptors tonight (along with a variety of other things). Down 6 points with about 4 minutes left, the Raptors were coming down the court jacking up quick 3 point attempts when there was absolutely no need to. It wasnít even like somebody had the hot hand and therefore was letting it go because it was feeling good. You have Jamario letting a 3 go and missing, Bargnani letting a couple go and missing (and one of them had less arch than Daffy Duckís feetÖI mean, it was an angry missle), Bosh letting a jumper goÖand missing. All of this is compounded when the Raptors knew (well, letís at least hope they knew) that Chris Kaman was out there with 5 fouls. You get that guy to foul out and all of a sudden, some second chance opportunities are going to come along should you care to work the ball inside at all. This is where Sam needed to provide some direction to his players. You canít let your team come down the court that many times in a row and execute poor decision making. I have to admit, it isnít like they were forced shots, there were some good looks there, but as I said, nobody was really lighting it up, you donít want Jamario settling for 3 point attempts, you had a lot of time on the clock (so there was no need for 3s), you have Kaman playing with 5 foulsÖthatís coaching folks. Itís not like you could try to work down low to a guy who has 29 points, 11 rebounds and is 13-13 from the line on the night. Nope, you donít want to use that guy down the stretch. Jack the ball up! Itís not even a ďLive by it, die by itĒ situation anymore. Itís just die by it.

Ah yesÖthe 3rd quarter. Outscored 28-19 and provided a nice 18-0 transition into the fourth quarter. Now THATíS coming out and making a statement after the break. Given, it was the completely wrong statment to make, but a statement nonetheless. Can we please, please, please get some halftime coverage in the Raptors locker room at halftime to see just what the hell goes on in there at the break? Did you ever see Eddie Murphyís ďMr. WhiteĒ SNL skit? (if not, click here) Remember how when the last black guy gets off the bus, the party starts? Iím starting to think thatís how the Raptors locker room works. When the cameras show everyone walking into the room at the break, itís all business. But as soon as we go to commercial and the cameras are off, itís all drinks, giggles and local call girls until the 3rd quarter is ready to start. That has to be the explanation. Itís the only one that makes sense. There is no other reason I can think of to explain why the Raptors are so consistently bad in the 3rd quarter (other than a few recent games).

Now, before all of the Maggette FA talk starts. Letís not be stupid. Guy never met a shot attempt he didnít like. Sure, he can get hot and own a team like he did the Raptors tonight, but he can also be cold and not give a damn, thereby punishing his own team. I canít see him fitting in with the Raptors and he is going to demand major cash, so letís just drop that thought before it even has a chance to settle into your heads.

Next up, the WolvesÖand hey, talk about teams of the futureÖ

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Acie 02-09-2008 10:06 AM

I'm not too sure what kind of defense you're supposed to play when you foul the guy on the floor, he takes three more steps after the whistle, makes the basket and gets the continuation call.

moremilk 02-09-2008 10:14 AM

that only happened once - come on, we dindn't lose the game there, and it's not like we don't get our share of stupid continuations ... It's not like Magette really fouled Moon on that alley-hoop attempt to bargnani ...

And I don't think you can blame what happened to Bosh on help defense, the last two possesions, they ran isolation plays, everybody was on the other side of the floor. You can blame it on mitchell for putting bosh on thornton when moon would have been a better choice (on the other hand, you can't have bosh guarding kaman either). But in the end we're talking about our franchise player - the one who's supposed to dominate both ends, and who is paid 25% of our payroll.

If you need to provide help defense when he's defending a ROOKIE, not even a top one - then maybe the problems lie somewhere else. And no, it's not like played great defense lately, and he had a bad game. Everybody has bad games, but Bosh is a poor defender. He might have good games once in a while, but overal he's at least below average.

Acie 02-09-2008 10:25 AM

I love the blame game. The whole team sucked a big bag of dicks from the third quarter on. It happens...relax, go outside and get some fresh air. Everything's going to be okay.

Dr. J. Naismith 02-09-2008 10:35 AM

AP game frustrates me to no end. His defense has taken a step back from last season, but what bothers me the most is that he's inconsistent on offense. There's no excuse why Parker shouldn't be shooting a minimum of 15 times per game. We need that offense and besides Kapono who doesn't get either enough PT or looks, Parker's our next best option on offense. We need to start calling more plays for him. :grrr:

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