POST [Game] MORTEM: Raptors vs Heat [Mar 06]

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO 100, Miami 108
Complete Game Info

Despite what certain Raptors fans might want choose to believe, the reason Toronto lost last night’s game was not due to the less-than-stellar play of Jose Calderon [or the inability of Chris Bosh to perform as a Franchise Player should, i.e. making a series of clutch plays coming down the stretch of a close game].

 

SUBSTITUTION CHART

Raptors vs Heat, 4th Quarter

 

[Fri Mar 06 2009]

 

Time

Team

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

Start

End

Diff

Q4

12:00

Mia

Quinn

Cook

Moon

Beasley

O’Neal

86

76

86

80

 

+4

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Graham√

MBonsu√

Bargnani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q4

09:40

Mia

Chalmers

 

Wade

 

 

86

80

92

82

 

-4

TOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q4

07:09

Mia

 

 

 

 

Haslem

92

82

97

82

 

-5

TOR

 

 

Parker

Bosh√

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q4

06:05

Mia

 

 

 

 

 

97

82

108

100

 

+7

TOR

Parker

 

Marion√

 

 

LEGEND:

Bold – Player Subbed into the game; Italics – Player Shifted to a new position; √ – Solid Rebounder

 

 

 

POSSESSION OUTCOME CHART

Raptors vs Heat, 4th Quarter

 

[Fri Mar 06 2009]

 

Miami

Heat

Time

Score

Toronto

Raptors

 

 

09:41

86-80

1

Kapono, Made J2

 

Time-out: Regular

Moon replaced by Wade

Quinn replaced by Chalmers

09:40

86-80

 

 

1

O’Neal, Made J2/Ast: Wade

09:26

88-80

 

 

 

 

09:06

 

2

Mensah-Bonsu, Turnover [3 Sec Violation]

 

Cook, Missed J3

08:46

 

 

 

 

 

08:45

 

 

Rebound: Kapono

 

 

08:32

 

3

Calderon, Missed J2

 

Rebound: O’Neal

08:31

 

 

 

2

Wade, Made J2

08:18

90-80

 

 

 

 

07:17

90-82

3

Bargnani, Made J2/Ast: Calderon

3

Chalmers, Missed J3/OReb: Wade

07:35

 

 

 

4

Wade, Dunk

07:31

92-82

 

 

 

 

07:10

 

4

Calderon, Missed J2

 

Rebound: Team

07:09

 

 

 

 

O’Neal replaced by Haslem

07:09

 

 

Mensah-Bonsu replaced by Bosh

Graham replaced by Parker

5

Beasley, Missed Layup/OReb: Beasley

06:47

 

 

 

 

 

06:45

 

 

Foul: Bargnani

6

Beasley, Made 2 FTs

06:45

94-82

 

 

 

 

06:26

 

5

Bosh, Missed J2

 

Rebound: Haslem

06:25

 

 

 

7

Chalmers, Made J3/Ast: Wade

06:05

97-82

 

 

 

 

06:05

97-82

 

Time-out: Regular

Calderon replaced by Marion

 

As has been detailed in this space plenty of times before … Rebounding and Defense – specifically, FROM THE 3 OTHER PLAYERS ON THE COURT BESIDE BOSH & CALDERON – are the Raptors major short-comings, on a consistent basis … not the sometimes erratic Offensive production levels of their two most important players [i.e. Bosh & Calderon].

Until this team commits to:

* Playing at least 2 more Solid Rebounder/Defenders in a 5-Man Unit with Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon

and

* Playing at least 3 Solid Rebounder/Defenders together, in a 5-Man Unit anytime Jose Calderon is off the floor

… it is not going to be able to sustain a consistent effort for 48 minutes against a High End team in this league.

When Eric Spoelstra called Time-out at the 09:40 mark of the 4th quarter and substituted Dwyane Wade [42 Pts; 74.0 FG%; including 3 Treys and only 5 FTs] and Mario Chalmers back into the game … Jay Triano HAD to respond accordingly and re-insert some combination of:

A. Shawn Marion
B. Chris Bosh
C. Anthony Parker
D. Shawn Marion & Chris Bosh
E. Shawn Marion & Anthony Parker
F. Chris Bosh & Anthony Parker
G. Shawn Marion, Chris Bosh & Anthony Parker

to ensure that the Raptors had enough [i.e. at least 3] Rebounder/Defenders on the floor, at that crucial juncture of the game, to cope effectively with a DYNAMIC player like Dwyane Wade.

Instead of doing this, however … when Jay Triano left Jose Calderon, Jason Kapono and Andrea Bargnani on together [none of whom should be classified as a Solid Rebounder] with Joey Graham and Pops Mensah-Bonsu [who are both solid Rebounders], it was The Beginning of the End for the Raptors last night, as the Heat pumped its lead back up to 10 points.

Then, when Coach Spoelstra substituted Udonis Haslem back into the game, at the 07:09 mark, and Coach Triano responded, by replacing Joey Graham and Jason Kapono with Chris Bosh and Anthony Parker, leaving the Raptors with only 2 Solid Rebounders on the floor again, it was Time To Turn Out The Lights … as the Heat then increased its lead to 15 points, from which the Dinos were never able to fully recover, thereafter, even though they did eventually go to a solid 5-Man Unit which included 3 Solid Rebounder/Defenders [at their respective positions] at the 06:05 mark [i.e. PG/A-Parker, SF/Marion, and PF/Bosh].

It’s highly questionable personnel decisions like these, made by the Raptors’ President/General Manager and/or their Head Coach that consistently put this squad squarely behind the 8-ball, and eventually leads to the unhappiness/frustration of their best players [e.g. Wince Carter, Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon].  

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5 Responses to “POST [Game] MORTEM: Raptors vs Heat [Mar 06]”

  1. Raps Fan Says:

    i didnt mention this in my post game, but you touched on it a bit in the post-game comment…

    why wasn’t marion covering wade at all? parker could have done just as good a job on moon as marion did. just something interesting that was pretty obvious, but never saw the light of day. not sure what it means, if anything.

  2. eyebleaf Says:

    Toronto Craptors.

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  4. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    The Raptors’ highly questionable personnel decisions … re: players, coaches, administrators, etc. … have been the MAIN problem with this team for a long time now, in conjunction with the organizations’ overall Commitment to Winning.

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