Today in Raptorland - 11/13/08
Old 11-13-2008, 09:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Raptors were handled easily by the visiting Philadelphia 76ers from the opening tip, and though Toronto got to within a point near the end of the first half, eventually fell 106-96 before a disgruntled crowd of 18,093.

"Man, it's really hard to explain," Jermaine O'Neal said. "That has been our Achilles heel. We win when we get (defensive) stops and, when we lose, we can't stop anybody.

"We need to do a better job of playing better defence and take it more personally. (Offensively), I would not say they shot us down. We got the shots we wanted but we did not make them."
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Calderon said after the game he was feeling better but will have more tests this morning. Whether he plays in the Raptors' next game, Sunday at home against the Miami Heat, is unclear.
Adjustments all over

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Bargnani still is coming off the bench, but has been playing with new point guards in Roko Ukic and Will Solomon and not Jose Calderon.

"The problem now is, we are used to having Andrea on the court with Jose, who knew where to get Andrea the basketball," Mitchell said before last night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. "We are trying to teach two new point guards where Andrea and the other guys like the basketball."
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Oden had three points and two rebounds in 16 minutes in Portland's win last night.
The Raptors looked lost last night when Jose Calderon left with an injury. What would they do if he missed an entire game?

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"It's tough," Mitchell said of a scenario without the steady hand of Calderon to call on. "We have two guys who are trying to learn how to play in the NBA. You can watch it on TV and you can practise it but until you get in front of 19,000 people, until you play against starting point guards, there's a learning curve. We're trying to get these guys up to speed as fast as possible but there are no short cuts. Jose went through the same thing.


Calderon hurting, and so are Raptors

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"We've been able to manage the minutes and play Jose and get him a break here and there (when Calderon was 100 per cent for the first seven games of the season) but when Jose was out, it was just tough for us to get in to our offence."

Mitchell was reduced to using Anthony Parker at point guard late in the fourth quarter, a true grasping-at-straws move.

"We had to try something," said the coach.
Plenty of questions but no easy answers

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"Our biggest problem right now is ..." said Sam Mitchell, the Raptors coach. And since he was speaking in his drawn-out Georgia drawl, there was time to imagine where the rest of the sentence was headed before the words were spoken.

Surely he was going to say the obvious top-of-mind stuff – that the Raptors can't rebound, don't run, start a small forward who appears deathly afraid of contact, hardly ever get into the lane save for Chris Bosh, mostly defend like turnstiles, reside a few players short of being semi-deep and have a roster as flexible as an 86-year-old arthritic truck driver on the homeward leg of a California turnaround. But he didn't say that. You've got to simplify the message for the masses.


Calderon's hamstring leaves Raptors hamstrung

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Calderon is optimistic about playing on Sunday against the Miami Heat. The Spanish point guard will go for diagnostic testing today. He said he felt a cramping sensation in his right hamstring while driving to the basket at the end of the first quarter. He left the game and returned midway through the second quarter before removing himself for good after halftime.


Raptors miss injured Calderon in loss to 76ers

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Parker's misfires, however, were likely more acceptable to Mitchell than Jason Kapono's hesitance to shoot. While Parker made just three of his 13 field-goal attempts in the first half, his replacement took just one shot. And that came just one game after Mitchell criticized the Raptors for turning down too many shots.

The one exception to that seems to be Jamario Moon, who is developing the penchant of taking bad shots to appease Mitchell. After getting a dunk blocked in the third quarter, Moon launched a contested three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock on the next possession. It rimmed out, and Moon was not long for the floor after that.


Sixers rapt things up nicely with win in Toronto

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The Sixers, who had been below 40 percent from the floor and scored fewer than 90 points in their three previous games, shot 53.8 percent, kept their turnovers to a very efficient 13 and created 19 points off 14 Raptors errors. All that work left the Raptors with their fourth loss in five games.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We look lost with Calderon in or with him out. The best momments of the game were with Solomon in, but then he had those bad plays in a row.

Jose wasnt him the last couple of games. Lets hope the injury its not bad.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I hate to say it, but I wish we still had "Forderon".
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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here are several thoughts about last nights game.

What can be said about last nights Raptors – 76ers game that won’t sound harsh? Well, we could start with Andrea Bargnani having a pretty good game or Jermaine O’Neal having his best game ever on the Offensive glass or we can talk about Chris Bosh and his 30/12 night to recover from his 9 points against the Celtics. As I watched last night it became very obvious to me that this team is in a lot of trouble very early in the season.

Watching Jose Calderon hobble around made my blood go cold as I thought about Will Solomon or Roko Ukic having to start for this team for any length of time. We saw last night that neither one of the two is capable of running an NBA offense with any consistency. I hope he returns against the Heat on Sunday and I am very glad for the 3 days rest.

There were some very good things that happened last night. First, the Raptors held the 76ers to 40 rebounds which was down 16 from the first game but were still -3 on the glass. Jermaine grabbed 9 offensive boards and the Raptors were +5 on the offensive glass, but were -8 on the defensive end which was a huge problem as the 76ers seemed to take all our second shot opportunities away.

Another good thing about last night was the play of our front court with Chris Bosh, Jermaine O’Neal and Andrea Bargnani all having solid games. Chris and Jermaine could not be denied most of the night and when Andrea was on the floor, the 76ers could not defend any of them as Samuel Dalembert fouled out and the rest of the 76ers bigs were in foul trouble all night as the Raptors kept the pressure on the front court. The Raptors were rewarded with 28 trips to the line hitting 23 of them which is +9 for the game. Chris and JO both had double doubles and worked hard for every interior shot and rebound they grabbed. Andrea had the play of the game grabbing a defensive board then running the ball into the front court, passed to Jason Kapono who missed Bargs on an open run to the hole, he then set up low and received a pass back from JK then destroyed Reggie Evans leaving him in a heap on the floor while he spun in a reverse dunk. If we can continue to get this level of inspired play from the front 3, we should be able to challenge all season long.

Now for the ugly parts from last night’s game. Jamario Moon, Jason Kapono, Anthony Parker and Joey Graham were a combined 6 of 28 shooting. I am sorry, but as I have said all season so far, that is just awful play from a group who is supposed to be our strength. By comparison, Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller, Willie Green and Lou Williams were a combined 22 of 42 with Thaddeus Young adding 3 – 5. It was hard to watch this team be outscored at will by this very active group of 76ers who played hard and harassed our shooters all night while seemingly taking many open shots off screens and wide open baseline shots and so many transition baskets. Sam has some crucial issues to resolve and to resolve quickly as the rest of the Eastern Conference won’t wait for the Raptors to find a scoring threat from the wing. I understand Jose went down and was hurt most of the night, but that should give anyone an opportunity to step up and show the coaches they are ready and willing to make the move up the depth chart if someone gets hurt. I have mentioned this before and I feel that we need to make a move to bring in a lock down guy to help out defensively which seems to be our bigger need. With all the good things this team did last night, they gave up too many easy shots and made too many turnovers that ended up in our basket. It is very difficult to claw back into a game when you take 23 seconds to score and give up the answering basket in less than 5. We brought the game to 1 point and 4 points several times but a couple bad passes or terrible offensive choices from our ice-cold shooters resulted in the score quickly returning to a 10 point margin.

The Raptors have more talent than last nights game showed us and let’s hope they recover. We are a shooting team and we need to find ways to win games when that part is not working. Last night gave us hope that those pieces are there as well, and losing Jose I know had a huge impact on the floor. Let’s hope he recovers quickly and can lead this team against the Heat on Sunday.
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And Ford had a great game against NJ
9 assist and 8 rebounds
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Trades are always second guessed and i think his point is that T.J. would be nice to have right now! i disagree for a few reasons, but we do need a real backup for Jose as these 2 guys would look awful in the D-League!
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I hate to say it, but I wish we still had "Forderon".
Forderon used to make me cringe when taking zero-percentage out of control, wild shots late in the game to lose it for us. Oh man, that was hard to stomach some nights. Excellent synopsis by takman 777.

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I hate to say it, but I wish we still had "Forderon".
I don't want to say it because It would cause people to RIOT!!! That and it would mean about 100 posts to put up on my blog lol.
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Dino Blogger. you have a great blog! lots of stuff to read and digest. i have lots of reasons why Jose is a better fit than Ford, but the main reason is he played a game that was not what we needed but valuable to other teams. as i see it, we had been moving to an inside game grooming Andrea to take a spot up front with CB4, but he wasn't growing fast enough, nor does he seem to enjoy the banging interior defenders need to put up with night after night. with Jose more than able to get the ball inside first and shoot when he had too, Ford became good trade fodder to acquire the expiring contract of JO which will give us cap room at the end of the season.

i like t.j. a lot, but he looked out of sync with what the Raptors are trying to do on offense... now if we can just remind Sam of what that exactly is, we should be fine LOL
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