Searching for '93: What I'm saying
Old 01-12-2009, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pretty witty take on the Raptors over these last couple weeks. Here's a little bit of what Stephen had to say:

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While going over the box scores from the previous ten Raptor games I started to make the same face every Matrix fan made when Keanu Reeves meets the architect. Meaning, I was going to lose myself in minutia when the basic facts were as follows:
  • The team went 5-5.
  • There wasn’t a spectacular victory or terrible loss in the bunch.
  • Trading for Jermaine O’Neal was a slightly worse idea than allowing Andy Rooney to be filmed in high-definition.
  • All signs point to Jose Calderon being more effective at 25 - 30 minutes a game.
  • Nothing has changed.

For me, there’s a bigger issue: I find the current incarnation of the Raptors dreadfully uninteresting. 60 Minutes did a neat piece last night on how the Mercantile Exchange and various investment banks artificially raised the price of oil last year when, in actuality, supply was out pacing demand. Reminds me of the Raptors. Without a rabid, passionate, quasi-bias fan-base this is probably the second most boring team in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings are, unquestionably, the runaway winners in this category.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The sad thing is, objectively, we probably are a dreadfully boring team to watch. The reason I say "probably" is because I can't be objective as such a big fan of the team. I was at the Houston game a week and a half ago, and was thrilled because we won. But was it a thrilling game? If you had no emotional or financial investment in the outcome, probably not even close.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Orlando game was a nice game. The GSW game at the beginning of the year was nice. The horrific loss to the Nets, and the loss to the C's in Boston were both really good games all the same. Thats about it. The adrenalin rushes have been few and far between, starting with last season.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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the loss to the bucks was terrible. we really needed that one.

the ongoing jo crap is really getting to me. i think it was a good move, others don't, the arguments are all well known. does everyone in every media outlet and/or blog really need to tackle this subject every day?

if you really find the team shitty and uninteresting, why are you blogging about it?
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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For me it's more of a concern with the league as a whole. Too much gets decided by jumpshots. It makes the games a little too one-dimensional. Last night there was a nice close game with Orlando v San Antonio, and it was ultimately decided by long-range shots. It wasn't about Howard or Duncan, but about the Magic making 3's and the Spurs not. Parker went to the basket twice in clutchtime and came up short, while Jameer fired away from deep and it was game over.

It has just gotten to be much harder to play inside and make it matter. Cleveland really excites me this year, but they are succeeding by getting better jumpshots instead of constantly forcing things with Lebron in one on 5 situations. Having a shooter like Mo makes all the difference. And having a strong defense that leads to easy baskets, of course - that's the Cav's real strength. But how many teams are able to convert defense to offense all that much these days? I just don't see a lot of chess matches out there. Teams are generally not deep enough to allow for anything more than uglying things up a bit.

Remember how tedious the game got when they moved the arc in closer in the 90's. That didn't last long, because it made everything so one-dimensional. But I wonder if it wouldn't work out better now, with teams sagging so much and giving up the three so readily. Would a closer three-point line make it easier to run guys off the line at least, sagging defense or not, and bring back more of a need to create a little more? I like that the one on five game is gone, but I wish that the game could open up a little more, and we could see actions leading to certain reactions, instead of teams sticking with their shats and hoping to hit them down the stretch.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I missed that 60 Minutes report last night. (Damn!!)

The Raps may be 'boring', but their my team ('till death).
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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that's okay, people say the Spurs are boring to watch too.... now if only we can win a title...
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Who said "shitty"? Maybe you should read the whole entry.

I blog because I want to become a better writer. And the Raps are my team by proxy. Seems simple enough.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i love reading your stuff searching, keep it up !!
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:55 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I appreciate that. Feel free to send massive blast emails. Cheers.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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No spectacular victory? What about blowing out Houston and beating the 30-8 Magic?
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Based on the box score it's possible that Dwight Howard was playing with members of the Washington Mystics. As for Houston, no.

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