Further adjusted “Starting 5″ for the Raptors can overcome the Heat

Toronto used a “new” Starting 5, on Friday night, against Denver:

Jose Calderon, PG [same as before]
Sonny Weems, OG [new]
Antoine Wright, SF [new]
Chris Bosh, PF [same as before]
Andrea Bargnani, C [same as before]

The same day, Jermaine O’Neal/C hyperextended his right knee in Miami’s road win at Milwaukee and is not expected to play in this evening’s home game against the Raptors.

If the Raptors decide to use a slightly different version of their ”new” Starting 5 and insert a healthy Hedo Turkoglu into the SF position, in place of Antoine Wright, it will create the following set of individual match-ups:

Option 1 – Currently Expected Rotations

HEAT

ADV

RAPTORS

Head Coach

Spoelstra

 

Triano

0

 

0

Starters

Arroyo

=

Calderon

Wade

ß

Weems

Richardson

à

Turkoglu

Beasley

=

Bargnani

Anthony

à

Bosh

+1

 

+2

Key Subs

Chalmers

=

Jack

Wright

ß

DeRozan

Haslem

=

Johnson

Magloire

=

Nesterovic

+1

 

0

Reserves

Cook

=

Belinelli

Jones

=

Wright

Diawara

=

Evans

Individual Match-ups Assessment

0, +1, +1

 

0, +2, 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and, in all likelihood mean that Toronto will lose their 3rd game in a row.

On the other hand, if the Raptors decide to go with Option 2:

Option 2 – Should Be Rotations, from Toronto’s POV

HEAT

ADV

RAPTORS

Head Coach

Spoestra

 

Triano

0

 

0

Starters

Arroyo

=

Calderon

Wade

ß

Weems

Richardson

à

Turkoglu

Beasley

=

Johnson

Anthony

à

Bosh

+1

 

+2

Key Subs

Chalmers

=

Jack

Wright

ß

DeRozan

Haslem

à

Bargnani

Magloire

=

Nesterovic

+1

 

+1

Reserves

Cook

=

Belinelli

Jones

=

Wright

Diawara

=

Evans

Individual Match-ups Assessment

0, +1, +1

 

0, +2, +1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… there’s a fairly good chance they will be able to put a stop to their 2-game losing streak and stay 1.5 games ahead of the 9th place Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Contrary to popular belief …

Andrea Bargnani is a long ways away from being a useless NBA player, provided that he is actually used properly, i.e. as a Back-up Center, who becomes THE focal point of the Raptors’ offense each time Chris Bosh is taken off the floor.

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4 Responses to “Further adjusted “Starting 5″ for the Raptors can overcome the Heat”

  1. Mauro Says:

    I disagree 100 %!
    ciao

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  3. Brasky Says:

    It’s definitely time for more Amir. He’s busted his ass off all year trying to do all the little things but doesn’t get the burn. I’d even go so far as saying he’s been the Raptors second most productive player this year, on a per minute basis.

    More defense in the starting 5 has seemed such an obvious move for so long.

  4. khandor Says:

    Brasky,

    1. Interesting to see that we’re on the same page about this.

    2. As just one example:

    Take a look at the Full Play-By-Play for last night’s W vs Charlotte.

    What you should be able to see is this:

    i. Toronto won the game by only 2 points.

    ii. The plus/minus for the pairing of Johnson/PF + Bosh/C was +5.

    iii. The plus/minus for the pairings of Johnson + Bargnani, Bosh + Bargnani, and Evans + Bargnani were each negative.