Today in Raptorland - 11/8/08
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Today in Raptorland - 11/8/08

No defence for Raptors' effort

The statistical story was scary.

Atlanta's Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Flip Murray and Maurice Evans outscored Toronto's Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Jason Kapono and Joey Graham by an astonishing 62-25. Add Bibby and toss in Toronto's point guards and it was 81-35.

"We have to forget about the offence," said Calderon, who was 2-for-10 on a six-point, 12-assist outing. "That's not our problem right now. It's our defence – almost everybody was off on defence."

Hawks too hot for Raptors

Johnson took it to a number of Raptors defenders after getting Anthony Parker into foul trouble. Even Hassan Adams got his first minutes of the season to try to slow him down.

That didn't work, and for good measure, Johnson also played a key role in disrupting the Raptors' offensive flow by guarding Jose Calderon.

That seemed to take the edge off his offence, as Calderon shot just 2-for-10 for the game. But most noticeably, the Raptors weren't able to make the Hawks pay for guarding their wing players — Parker and Jamario Moon mainly — with Bibby, a gifted offensive player but an average defender at best and at 6 foot 2 hardly cut out for guarding shooting guards and small forwards.
Paranoia the destroaaaa

You are Bryan Colangelo. You need a 3. Do you offer Bargnani & Kapono for Harrington or Wallace, then push hard to sign either a big (or backup PG) for the minimum?

FD: Yes.

Hawks ground Raps

"By allowing so many fast break points (18-3 Hawks) and second opportunities, you make it harder on yourself," Parker said. "It was just one of those games."
Hawks have bonded

Coach Sam Mitchell smiled knowingly when he thought of the defensive workload that shooting guard Anthony Parker is going to get on this road trip, starting last night with Atlanta's slippery Joe Johnson. "His reward for that is (Charlotte's) Jason Richardson, then his reward for that is (Celtics') Paul Pierce," Mitchell said. "Sometime after that (at the end of the month) comes Kobe Bryant."

Young, improved Hawks school Raptors

And as much as Calderon and Parker struggled from the field -- they shot just 4-for-19 -- defence was the biggest problem.

Bibby and Johnson had no problem getting past their defenders, no matter who they were. Mitchell used all of his perimeter options, even using Hassan Adams for the first time this season, but nobody could keep up with the Hawks' duo.

Hawks, 4-0, blow past Raptors

“It was one of those nights where pretty much everything was clicking,” Johnson said. “Mike had the hot hand, and it was like he couldn’t miss, so I was trying to find him every chance I could. And he opened up the floor so everybody else could create and everybody got involved.”
MVP Material

• Making the case for the Raptors’ All-Star forward: Bosh continues his climb to superstardom, even if people in Toronto are the only people that get witness the journey regularly. Having a new sidekick, Jermaine O’Neal, who was once among the top three for this same award, will make things a little easier for Bosh. Scoring in bunches (26.0) points) should not be a problem for Bosh, who is in a similar situation to what O’Neal was in a few years back in Indiana. Bosh is rarely appreciated for just how good really he is, namely because he’s playing on a team that gets ignored by the casual basketball public south of the Canadian border. Make no mistake about it, though, the Olympic gold medalist and former Georgia Tech star is going to be a permanent fixture among this lofty crowd.

• Odds he’ll make the final cut: Slim. Bosh needs the Raptors to get off to another huge start like the one that propelled them last season. His team’s success will be the long factor in terms of how long he stays in the race.

Raptor Rewind- From Land Of Dirty Bird

Garbage time was looking exactly like that. Raptors could do nothing on offense at all. It was just brutal and there real is not words that are with in good taste to describe what was going on. I try to remember the kids out there and I will refrain from dropping f-bombs. But if I did at least something would be dropping for the Raptors who had the scoreboard stuck on 75 and it had nothing to do with evil score keepers. Finally Sam Mitchell accepted his fate and but in the back-ups around the 6 minute mark. Hawks fans what ones showed up had pizza,tacos or whatever the give away for the home side when they get to 100. It was 101-77 in case you were wondering. Andrea Bargnani had a really nice but meaningless dunk. YIPPIE only 2 more minutes left to go in this one. Your update on brutality was a 110-83 Hawks lead. Raptors went on 9-0 run to close it out but honestly it real meant nothing. 110 -92 is your final and a sleepless night ahead for Sam Mitchell. I will for only the truly brave folks out there have a link to the boxscore. But you do it at your own risk.
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