GAME REVIEW: Raptors at PACERS [Apr 08]

FINAL SCORE: Raptors 101, PACERS 130
Complete Game Info

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Rarely in a NBA game will you see one team actually double the k-PER TOTAL of its Opponent; but, this is precisely what happened in last night’s Raptors at PACERS match-up.

Once again, the MAIN problem for Toronto was not the performance of their All-Star player, Chris Bosh … nor the play of Jose Calderon, although to a lesser extent last night, given the reduced MP he had overall in this game.

Pacers  130

Raptors  101

 

Player

MIN

kPER

J-Jack

32

+29

T-Murphy

26

+27

D-Granger

28

+27

T.J-Ford

21

+26

J-McRoberts

22

+20

R-Hibbert

26

+15

J-Foster

14

+7

S-Graham

25

+4

M-Baston

7

+2

T-Diener

13

+0

B-Rush

25

-7

M-Dunleavy

DNP

J-Tinsley

DNP

M-Daniels

DNP

R-Nesterovic

DNP

TOTAL

 

150

 

Player

MIN

kPER

C-Bosh

28

+23

P-O’Bryant

20

+14

J-Graham

23

+11

Q-Douby

22

+9

A-Parker

29

+9

R-Ukic

23

+4

P-M-Bonsu

22

+4

J-Calderon

25

+1

J-Kapono

19

+2

S-Marion

24

-1

J-Voskuhl

5

-1

M-Banks

DNP

N-Jawai

DNP

K-Humphries

DNP

A-Bargnani

DNP

TOTAL

 

75

 

The core problem with the Raptors this season is the overall lack of Quality Depth on their player roster.

Bryan Colangelo [Pres/GM] will need to address the situation properly, by upgrading at least two positions in the 2009 NBA Draft and then acquiring two new NBA-level players who fit well around Bosh & Calderon, via trade or free agency, if the Raptors hope to become a playoff team in the Eastern Conference next season. 

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3 Responses to “GAME REVIEW: Raptors at PACERS [Apr 08]”

  1. Brasky Says:

    I believe Jose Calderon’s lack of positive team impact is one of the big reasons this team has done so terribly. The man puts up sparkling individual one-number efficiency ratings, but since his actual usage and possession percentage are very low, his individual ORat doesn’t translate over to the team very much. In that sense he’s not much of a playmaker.

    Combine that with the fact he gives up so much on defense – be it his inability to stop the ball even on straight line drives, his tendency to give up on the play after pick and rolls, his shoddy rotations, and his general idea that good defense constitutes clapping ones hands incessantly – his teammates, especially the bigs, really pay the price for his defensive inneptitute. The entire team’s perimeter defense is obviously out of whack, but he is problem child number 1.

  2. khandor Says:

    Brasky,

    Welcome aboard! :-)

    Please explain what you’re referring to when you speak of such things as:

    * Jose Calderon’s “usage rate”
    * Jose Calderon’s “possession percentage”
    * Jose Calderon’s “individual ORat” not translating over to the team

    Please define what you mean by the term “playmaker”?

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    re: his [Calderon's] inability to stop the ball even on straight line drives

    How many times did you count that this happened in last night’s game?

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    re: his [Calderon's] tendency to give up on the play after pick and rolls

    How many times did you count that this happened in last night’s game?

    Please explain how YOU distinguish when it is that Calderon “gives up” on this specific action vs the poor implementation of one of the Raptors’ other defensive techniques for coping with P & R/P situations.

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    re: his [Calderon's] shoddy rotations

    How many times did you count that this happened in last night’s game?

    re: his general idea that good defense constitutes clapping ones hands incessantly

    How many times did you count that this happened in last night’s game?

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    re: the Bigs paying the price for Calderon’s poor individual defense

    Are you sure that it’s the Bigs who pay the price for Calderon’s defensive ineptitude rather than the other way around? … specifically in P & R/P situations vs Opponent Bigs

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    re: The entire team’s perimeter defense is obviously out of whack

    According to whom?

    Based on what specific observations?

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    re: but he [Calderon] is problem child number 1

    Please list the starting PG’s in the NBA who you believe to be markedly better than Jose Calderon in terms of providing superior individual defense for their team at this position.

    Looking forward to reading your follow-up comments. :-)

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