POST [Game] MORTEM: Raptors at Mavs [Mar 01]

FINAL SCORE: Raptors 99, MAVERICKS 108
Complete Game Info

Down by 7 points at the half, the Raptors quickly closed the gap on the Mavericks to open up the 3rd quarter scoring on 3 of their first 4 possessions:

Full Play-By-Play

At the 10:36 mark, however, when Joey Graham [SF] was called for his 4th PF and was then replaced by Marcus Banks [OG/PG], the Mavericks responded by inserting James Singleton [F] into their line-up, replacing Eric Dampier [C]. After pulling down 5 Rebounds in the first half, Singleton collected 9 more in the 3rd quarter, which allowed the Mavericks to match-up successfully with the Raptors’ “small” line-up and still retain their Rebounding superiority.

LINE-UPS & INDIVIDUAL MATCH-UPS

3rd QUARTER

 

Time

Team

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

Start

End

Diff

12:00

Tor

Calderon

Parker

Graham√

Bosh√

Bargnani

53

60

59

62

+4

DAL

Kidd*

Wright

Howard

Nowitzki*

Dampier*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:36

Tor

 

Banks

Parker

 

59

62

64

66

+1

DAL

*

 

 

Singleton*

Nowitzki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08:24

Tor

 

 

 

 

64

66

66

75

-7

DAL

*

Terry

 

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06:05

T-out

Tor

 

 

Kapono

 

66

75

68

79

-2

DAL

*

 

 

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04:38

Tor

Ukic

 

 

 

68

79

72

83

0

DAL

*

 

 

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:42

Tor

 

 

 

 

72

83

75

90

-4

DAL

*

 

 

*

Bass

 

LEGEND:

Bold – Player was subbed into the game; Italics – Player was shifted to a new position. √ – Solid Rebounder for the Raptors at this position; * – Solid Rebounder for the Raptors’ Opponent at this position.

 

When the Mavericks then replaced Antoine Wright [OG/SF] with Jason Terry [OG/PG], to further spread the floor, it was Toronto that could not match-up successfully with Dallas, as the home team opened up a 9-point margin … on the strength of [i] 2 Fts by Jason Kidd, [ii] a putback dunk by Singleton, and [iii] consecutive jumpshots by Dirk Nowitzki [one 2FG & one 3FG] … that it would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

 

When the Raptors then chose to end the quarter with the following line-up:

 

1/Ukic + 2/Banks3/Kapono + 4/Bosh + 5/Bargnani

 

[i.e. Chris Bosh plus 4 non-Solid Rebounders]

 

any hope of a 2nd half comeback was eliminated, as the lead then ballooned to 15-points [75-90].

 

If/when you compare [B] where the Raptors could/SHOULD have been with their player roster for the 2008-2009 season and [A] where they stand today, in relation to a team like the Mavericks:

 

[A] RAPTORS’

CURRENT ROSTER

MAVERICKS’

CURRENT ROSTER

[B] RAPTORS’ SHOULD

HAVE BEEN ROSTER

Calderon, Jose

Parker, Anthony

Marion, Shawn

Bosh, Chris

Bargnani, Andrea

Kidd, Jason

Wright, Antoine

Howard, Josh

Nowitzki, Dirk

Dampier, Eric

Calderon, Jose

Jamario, Moon

Graham, Joey

Humphries, Kris

Bosh, Kris

Ukic, Roko

Banks, Marcus

Kapono, Jason

Graham, Joey

Voskuhl, Jake

Barea, JJ

Terry, Jason

George, Devean

Singleton, James

Bass, Brandon

Parker, Anthony

Carney, Rodney

Delfino, Carlos

Bargnani, Andrea

Nesterovic, Rasho

Jawai, Nathan

O’Bryant, Patrick

Green, Gerald

Hollins, Ryan

Ivey, Royal

Hibbert/LRMAM/Dorsey/CDR

Humphries, Kris [inj.]

Stackhouse, Jerry

Croshere, Austin

 

it’s quite stunning just how much the talent level of this team’s overall roster has declined this season.

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