POST [Game] MORTEM: Raptors vs Knicks [Feb 22]

FINAL SCORE: RAPTORS 111, Knicks 100
Complete Game Info

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In comparison with Friday night’s 30-point shellacking:

i. The Knicks used both Chris Wilcox [#4/5] and Larry Hughes [#2/3: 1-9/FGM-FGA/11.0%] and sat out Danilo Gallinari.

ii. The Raptors chose not to use Marcus Banks [#1-2], Nathan Jawai [#4/5], Jake Voskuhl [#4/5] and Patrick O’Bryant [#5].

iii. The Raptors were able to win the Battle of the Boards [i.e. 50-43].

 

 

TORONTO RAPTORS’ SUBSTITUTIONS vs NEW YORK KNICKS

[Sun Feb 22 2009]

 

Time

1

2

3

4

5

Start

End

Diff

Q1 12:00

JC

AP

SM √

CB √

AB

00-00

15-14

+1

Q1 05:45

 

 

JG

SM √

 

15-14

22-16

+5

Q1 03:37

 

JK

 

22-16

24-19

 -1

Q1 02:29

RU

 

CB

 

24-19

27-27

-5

Q2 12:00

RU

JK

JG

SM

CB

27-27

39-31

+8

Q2 08:51

JC

 

AB 

39-31

44-41

-5

Q2 05:59

 

AP

SM

CB

 

44-41

57-53

+1

Q3 12:00

JC

AP

SM √

CB √

AB

57-53

67-66

-3

Q3 06:06

 

 

JG

SM √

 

67-66

80-72

+7

Q3 01:35

RU 

 

JK

JG

CB 

80-72

82-74

0

Q4 12:00

RU

JK

JG

SM

CB √

82-74

92-85

-1

Q4 07:25

 

 

SM

AB 

92-85

96-88

+1

Q4 06:46

JC 

AP

JK

SM √

 

96-88

104-93

+3

Q4 03:43

 

 

SM 

CB

 

104-93

111-98

+2

Q4 00:08

 

 

JG

     √

 

111-98 

111-100 

-2

 

LEGEND:

Non-Italics & Non-bold – Player in the game at this position; Italics – Player Shifted to a new position; Bold – New Player Subbed into the game at this position; √ – Solid Rebounder at this position; AB – Andrea Bargnani; AP – Anthony Parker; CB – Chris Bosh; JC – Jose Calderon; JG – Joey Graham; JK – Jason Kapono; RU – Roko Ukic; SM – Shawn Marion.

 

 

Those who doubt that Shawn Marion’s most effective position in the NBA is, indeed, the #4/PF should take note of how the Raptors used The Matrix in this game, and the qualitative difference in the way they played:

 

A. With Shawn Marion at the #3/SF position:

 

21:43/MP = +1 Point

 

B. With Shawn Marion at the #4/PF position:

 

22:05/MP = +18 Points

 

C. Without Shawn Marion on the floor:

 

4:12/MP = -8 Points.

 

D. When using 3 solid Rebounders together at the #3, #4 and #5 positions:

 

Graham/3 + Marion/4 + Bosh/5 = +7 Points 

 

Althought the Knicks are by no means a High End Team …

 

Part 1

If the Raptors can play EVEN while using Marion at the #3/SF position; and, then, shift into a HIGHER GEAR with The Matrix in his sweet spot [i.e. #4/PF] … specifically, alongside of Joey Graham [#4] and Chris Bosh [#5] … this team can:

 

[i] Succeed in keeping its opponent off the boards; and,

[ii] Generate easy Fast Break Points of its own.

 

Part 2

In addition …

 

By using Anthony Parker at the Back-up PG position - which the Raptors chose not to do yesterday - whenever one of Graham, Marion or Bosh is not on the floor, the Raptors can still ensure that they have 3 solid Rebounders [relative to their positions] working together in their respective 5-Man Units.

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3 Responses to “POST [Game] MORTEM: Raptors vs Knicks [Feb 22]”

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  2. Scott G Says:

    Agreed – great analysis.

    Sometimes, I feel, the raps problems go deeper than mere substitution patterns. To me, the biggest difference in the two games was the effort level exerted on the defensive end.

    I’m starting to like the idea of Marion resigning with us… but the devil is in the details. As we have agreed, he ain’t worth 10M per for 4, or anything of that nature.

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