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What the Bulls would need to have happen, in order to earn the No. 8 seed in the playoffs

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

With approximately 3 weeks remaining in the 2009-2010 regular season schedule:

 

GAME

TORONTO

RAPTORS

W-L Record

35-34/>.507

CHICAGO

BULLS

W-L Record

33-37/.471

70

Vs UTA, .500+

L, 35-35

 

71

Vs DEN, .500+

L, 35-36

Vs MIA, .500+ *

W, 34-37

72

@ MIA, .500+

L, 35-37

Vs NJN

W, 35-37

73

@ CHA, .500+

L, 35-38

@ DET

W, 36-37

74

Vs LAC

W, 36-38

Vs PHO, .500+ *

W, 37-37

75

@ PHI

W, 37-38

@ WAS

W, 38-37

76

Vs GSW

W, 38-38

Vs CHA, .500+

L, 38-38

77

@ CLE, .500+

L, 38-39

Vs MIL, .500+ *

W, 39-38

78

Vs BOS, .500+

L, 38-40

Vs CLE, .500+

L, 39-39

79

@ ATL, .500+

L, 38-41

@ NJN

W, 40-39

80

Vs CHI

W, 39-41

@ TOR, .500+

L, 40-40

81

@ DET

W, 40-41

Vs BOS, .500+

L, 40-41

82

Vs NYK

W, 41-41

@ CHA, .500+

L, 40-42

SUMMARY

Home

7

4-3

7

4-3

Home vs .500+

3

0-3

6

3-3

Away

6

2-4

5

3-2

Away vs .500+

4

0-4

2

0-2

CHICAGO would need to:

1. Win their 3 home games against teams with .500+ W-L records [i.e. vs Miami, vs Phoenix and vs Milwaukee]; 

2. Win their 3 away games against teams with .500- W-L records [i.e. at Det, at Washington and at New Jersey];

3. Win their 1 home game against a team with a .500- W-L record [i.e. vs New Jersey];

4. Turn their away game Loss against Toronto into a Win;

and have TORONTO:

5. Win their 3 home games against teams with .500- W-L records [i.e. vs LA Clippers, vs Golden State and vs New York];

6. Win their 2 away games against teams with .500- W-L records [i.e. at Philadelphia and at Detroit]; and,

7. Turn their home game Win against Chicago into a Loss

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In a year during which:

The Bulls

* Chose not to retain the services of Ben Gordon/OG-PG
* Traded away Tyrus Thomas/PF-SF and John Salmons/SF-OG

in order to cut player salaries, overall, and create the additional cap space needed to pursue 2 “maximum contract” players in the 2010 summer free agency signing period;

while,

The Raptors

* Signed Andrea Bargnani/C to a contract extension [$50.0 M for 5 yrs]
* Traded for Reggie Evans/PF
* Traded for Hedo Turkoglu/SF [$50.0 M for 5 yrs]
* Traded for Antoine Wright/SF-OG
* Traded for Marco Belinelli/OG-PG
* Traded for Amir Johnson/PF
* Traded for Sonny Weems/OG-SF
* Signed Jarrett Jack/PG [$4.5 M for 4 yrs]
* Signed Rasho Nesterovic/C [$1.9 M for 1 yr]

in order to increase their talent quotient, overall, in hopes of becoming a legitimate contender and, thereby, convincing Chris Bosh to re-sign with their team in the 2010 summer free agency signing period,

it would certainly appear to be the case that there is very little to choose between these two franchises, at this time …

RAPTORS

ADV

BULLS

HEAD COACH

Triano

=

Del Negro

0

 

0

STARTERS

Calderon

à

Rose

DeRozan

à

Hinrich

Turkoglu

=

Deng

Bosh

ß

Gibson

Bargnani

à

Noah

+1

 

+3

KEY SUBS

Jack

ß

Pargo

Weems

=

Murray

Wright

=

Johnson [or Warrick]

Johnson

=

Miller

+1

 

0

RESERVES

Belinelli

=

Brown [or Law]

Evans

=

Warrick [Johnson]

Nesterovic

ß

Richard

+1

 

0

EXTRAS/OUTS

Banks

=

Law [or Brown]

O’Bryant

=

James

SUMMARY

0, +1, +1, +1

 

0, +3, 0, 0

located in the middle-of-the-pack, in the Eastern Conference … in arrears of 1/Cleveland, 2/Orlando, 3/Boston, 4/Atlanta, 5/Milwaukee, 6/Miami and 7/Charlotte.

Come July 1, 2010, however, this might no longer be the case, at all, if Chris Bosh should decide to ply his trade with a different franchise in the NBA. 

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Raptors best be careful in “trap game” vs Timberwolves

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Yes, Minnesota is the last place team in the Western Conference.

Yes, Minnesota has lost 12 consecutive games.

Yes, Minnesota has lost 18 of its last 20 games overall.

But, if you look closely at the Timberwolves’ schedule:

FEB

Opponent

Result

Sat 06

Vs Memphis

W, 109-102

Tue 09

@ Philadelphia

L, 97-119

Wed 10

Vs Charlotte

L, 92-93

Tue 16

@ Detroit

L, 85-108

Wed 17

@ Washington

L, 99-108

Fri 19

Vs Chicago

L, 94-100

Sun 21

Vs Oklahoma City

L, 107-109

Tue 23

@ Miami

W, 91-88

Wed 24

@ Atlanta

L, 92-98

Fri 26

@ Oklahoma City

L, 92-109

Sat 27

Vs Portland

L, 91-110

MAR

Opponent

Result

Wed 03

@ Dallas

L, 109-112

Sat 06

Vs Houston

L, 98-112

Mon 08

Vs Dallas

L, 112-125

Wed 10

Vs Denver

L, 102-110

Fri 12

Vs San Antonio

L, 85-103

Sun 14

@ Sacramento

L, 100-114

Tue 16

@ Phoenix

L, 114-152

Wed 17

@ Utah

L, 100-122

Fri 19

@ LA Lakers

L, 96-104

LEGEND: Dark Green Shade home game vs. >.500 Opp; Light Green Shade – Home game vs <.500 Opp; Red Shade – Won home game vs. >.500 Opp; Orange Shade – Lost close home game vs <.500 Opp; Peach Shade – Lost close home game vs. >.500 Opp.

what you should also be able to see is that this team has actually played very competitive basketball in 5 of its last 9 home games [i.e. .556], including 4 close losses [i.e. 3 vs. >.500 Opp's] and 1 solid victory [vs. Memphis, >.500], during this specific stretch of the season. 

While the Raptors are defintely a better team overall than the Timberwolves … 

MINNESOTA

ADV

TORONTO

HEAD COACH

Rambis

=

Triano

0

 

0

STARTERS

Flynn

à

Calderon

Brewer

ß

DeRozan

Gomes

à

Turkoglu

Jefferson

à

Bosh

Milicic

à

Bargnani

+1

 

+4

KEY SUBS

Sessions

=

Jack

Ellington

à

Weems

Wilkens

=

Wright

Love

=

Johnson

0

 

+1

RESERVES

Pavlovic

=

Belinelli

Hollins

=

Evans

Pecherov

à

Nesterovic

0

 

+1

TEAM ASSESSMENT

0, +1, 0, 0

 

0, +4, +1, +1

this is only the case when they are wholly committed to getting stops at the defensive end of the floor [i.e. 27-0 when holding their opponent to less than 100 points] and preventing their opponent from having free reign on the offensive glass [i.e. by achieving a positive Rebounding Differential; Tor/T-25, Min/T-18].

If not, the Timberwolves’ collective will might just be good enough to secure a W in this evening’s match-up and, in the process, deal the Raptors’ playoffs hopes a serious blow. 

Most feasible solution, in Raptorville

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The long term remedy for what ails the 2009-2010 version of the Toronto Raptors is clearly outlined in today’s column by Dave Feschuk: 

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Time for Jay Triano to take a stand

It’s been said that if an NBA coach is foolish enough to take advice from the media or the fans, he’ll soon be sitting among them.

So I’m definitely not recommending that Jay Triano secure a copy of the recent issue of Esquire magazine, the one that contains words of wisdom from John Wooden, one of basketball’s great gurus. But if somebody who gives a hoot happens to buy it for him, be sure to highlight the part in the interview in which Wooden lays down a timeless law of the hardwood with which Triano seems shockingly unfamiliar, specifically: “If a player’s not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He’ll come around.”

Wooden, of course, is 99 years old now, which goes to show that nailing bums to wood is not the invention of knee-jerk sports scribes or failed coaches who took advice from such. It is, to the contrary, as timeless a team-building concept as has ever existed.

And yet, while Triano’s key problem has been coaxing defensive effort out of his squad, he has been loathe to dispatch pine-scented discipline to his biggest defensive slouches.

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Specifically … and, as Mr. Feschuk eventually explains … the 2 biggest culprits on this year’s team are Andrea Bargnani/C and Hedo Turkoglu/SF, not Jose Calderon/PG, or Chris Bosh/PF, or DeMar DeRozan/OG.

If the Raptors are going to have any legitimate hope of winning their 1st Round playoff series this year … should they eventually be able to hold onto the 8th seed and match-up against the Cavaliers … is to remove at least one of Bargnani or Turkoglu from their main 5-Man Unit and replace this lackadaisical rebounder/defender with someone else who is better at those exact aspects of the game.

QUESTION

What is fundamentally wrong with the Raptors’ current sense of TEAM?

ANSWER

The breakdown in collective morale which occurs when specific players, who are talented at the offensive end of the floor, are not held accountable for their individual short-comings in the areas of Rebounding and Team Defense, via demotion relegation to the bench.

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SOLUTION vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Option 1 – Status Quo

 

CAVS

ADV

RAPTORS

HEAD COACH

Brown

ß

Triano

+1

 

0

STARTERS

Williams-M

=

Calderon

Parker

ß

DeRozan

James

ß

Turkoglu

Jamison

=

Bosh

Hickson

=

Bargnani

+2

 

0

KEY SUBS

West

=

Jack

Moon

ß

Weems

Williams-J

=

Wright

Varejao

=

Johnson

+1

 

0

RESERVES

Gibson

?

Belinelli

Jackson

=

Evans

Ilgauskas

=

Nesterovic

0

 

?

EXTRAS/OUTS

Green

N/A

Banks

O’Neal

N/A

O’Bryant

ASSESSMENT

+1, +2, +1, 0

 

0, 0, 0, ?

 

Option 2 – Bargnani’s not in the main 5-Man Unit

 

CAVS

ADV

RAPTORS

HEAD COACH

Brown

ß

Triano

+1

 

0

STARTERS

Williams-M

=

Calderon

Parker

ß

DeRozan

James

ß

Turkoglu

Jamison

ß

Johnson

Hickson

à

Bosh

+3

 

+1

KEY SUBS

West

=

Jack

Moon

ß

Weems

Williams-J

=

Wright

Varejao

?

Bargnani

+1

 

?

RESERVES

Gibson

?

Belinelli

Jackson

=

Evans

Ilgauskas

=

Nesterovic

0

 

?

EXTRAS/OUTS

Green

N/A

Banks

O’Neal

N/A

O’Bryant

ASSESSMENT

+1, +3, +1, 0

 

0, +1, ?, ?

 

Option 3 – Turkoglu’s not in the main 5-Man Unit

 

CAVS

ADV

RAPTORS

HEAD COACH

Brown

ß

Triano

+1

 

0

STARTERS

Williams-M

=

Calderon

Parker

ß

DeRozan

James

ß

Wright

Jamison

=

Bosh

Hickson

=

Bargnani

+2

 

0

KEY SUBS

West

=

Jack

Moon

ß

Weems

Williams-J

à

Turkoglu

Varejao

ß

Johnson

+2

 

+1

RESERVES

Gibson

?

Belinelli

Jackson

=

Evans

Ilgauskas

=

Nesterovic

0

 

?

EXTRAS/OUTS

Green

N/A

Banks

O’Neal

N/A

O’Bryant

ASSESSMENT

+1, +2, +2, 0

 

0, 0, +1, ?

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Every now and then, somewhere, some place, sometime;
You are going to have to plant your feet, stand firm
and make a point about who you are and what you believe in.
When that time comes, you simply have to do it.

- Lee Riley [Pat Riley's father, The Winner Within]

In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You’ve got to stop other teams to win.
- Pat Riley, The Winner Within  

No rebounds – no rings.
- Pat Riley

Right on the money about Johan Petro

Friday, March 19th, 2010

One of the things which yours truly specializes in doing is identifying “talent”, in advance of others.

Approximately 8 months ago, this is what was written in this space, concerning the best available free agents during the 2009 summer signing period:

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ROI – Reviewing and rating current NBA Free Agents

By position, the following players are under-rated [#, indicates where they should be ranked] in this year’s Free Agent class, according to yours truly:

CENTERS
* Johan Petro [#4]

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Then, 2 days ago, this is what was written by Chris Dempsey, about Johan Petro’s work, thus far, this season:

Petro rewarding Nuggets – and himself – with recent surge

When the Nuggets traded for Petro last season, it was solely as a guy to help the team get under the luxury tax threshold. And it worked. What they didn’t necessarily know at the time was they were getting a player that had potential to be a nice complimentary piece in the future.

That was until they got him on the Pepsi Center practice court.

“Almost immediately our coaching staff said ‘Hey this guy is an NBA player, give us time. He’ll be a player,’” Warkentien said. “This summer when we were looking at the bigs available at minimum (cost), this guy is a guy they asked for. Our guys asked for him and recruited him. He’s the guy they wanted all along. Johan has worked everyday and they have worked everyday to get this guy there. And for all of their efforts, that tree is bearing fruit.”

Petro nearly signed with the Hawks during the summer, but opted to sign a one-year deal with the Nuggets, which is paying him $884,881.

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Below is a comprehensive list of Big Men who were on the open market last summer:

Anderson Varejao, Lamar Odom, Charlie Villanueva, Rasheed Wallace, Zaza Pachulia, Leon Powe, Drew Gooden, Brandon Bass, Rasho Nesterovic, Joe Smith, Channing Frye, Fabricio Oberto, Chris Wilcox, Chris Andersen, Jason Collins, Brian Skinner, Ike Diogu, Johan Petro, Robert Swift, Adonal Foyle, Mikki Moore, Chris Mihm, Shelden Williams, Jake Voshkul, Maceo Baston, Stromile Swift, Melvin Ely, Sean May, Sean Marks, Malik Rose, Ryan Bowen, Paul Davis, Rob Kurz, Austin Croshere, Jamaal Magloire, Antoine Walker, Chris Richard, Michael Doleac, Jelani McCoy, Dwayne Jones, Cheikh Samb, Mouhamed Sene, Donyell Marshall, Theo Ratliff, Raef LaFrentz, Shavlik Randolph, Jarron Collins, Calvin Booth, Michael Ruffin, Mike Harris, Andre Brown, Chris Taft, Lance Allred, Cedric Simmons, and Lorenzon Wright

While other NBA observers [both astute and non-astute] might not have thought that Johan Petro would be capable of becoming a productive Big Man this season, if provided with additional playing time, it is gratifying to know that yours truly cannot rightly be counted as one of them.

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PS. Also of note is the following quote from the Nuggets’ GM:

“When someone tells you that coaching doesn’t matter in the NBA, think again and check the Johan Petro files.”

Taking this perspective one step further …

Should anyone ever try to tell you that “coaching doesn’t matter in the NBA,” it’s important to recognize the fact that this person simply lacks a thorough understanding of what the NBA game is really all about. 

If the Raptors do these 10 things …

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Now that they have finally managed to end their recent stretch of bad play, with their improbable come-from-behind home court victory, on Wednesday, vs Atlanta

i.e. According to Matt Devlin [the Raptors' television play-by-play announcer], in games where the Hawks had led during the final 3 minutes of the 4th quarter], their W-L record had been 41-4 …

QUESTION
What should the Raptors’ expectations be for their next 3 games?

ANSWER
- Win vs Oklahoma City, Fri Mar 19 [2nd W in a row]
- Win at New Jersey, Sat Mar 20 [3rd W in a row]
- Win at Minnesota, Mon Mar 22 [4th W in a row]

… provided they:

1. Continue to sit out Antoine Wright [as their 5th Wing];
2. Give only limited PT to Reggie Evans [as their 5th Big];
3. Give only limited PT to Marco Belinelli [as their 4th Wing; and, 3rd PG];
4. Increase the PT for Sonny Weems [as their 3rd Wing];
5. Increase the PT for DeMar DeRozan [and, specifically, use him to finish games, as their 2nd Wing ... beside either Hedo Turkoglu/1st Wing or Weems/2nd Wing];
6. Continue to start Jose Calderon [as their main PG];
7. Completely eliminate the Calderon+Jarrett Jack [as their 2nd PG] line-up;
8. Increase the PT for Amir Johnson [as their 3rd Big];
9. Decrease the PT for Andrea Bargnani [as their 2nd Big]; and,
10. Increase the PT for Chris Bosh, at the Center position [as their 1st Big].

At this point in the season, and given the relative position of the other teams in the Eastern Conference Standings … if Toronto continues to use an 8-man rotation which looks like this:

STARTERS
Calderon + DeRozan + Turkoglu + Bosh + Bargnani [or Johnson]

KEY SUBS
Jack, Weems and Johnson [or Bargnani]

RESERVES
Banks, Belinelli, Evans and Nesterovic

EXTRAS/OUTS
Wright and O’Bryant

… there is no legitimate reason, whatsoever, for this Raptors team to fail to make the playoffs.

Feel the sunshine on your face …

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

and, just stop and think …

How great is it for YOU to be alive today?

Read the following article …

George vs The Dragon

Coaching the wildly talented but wildly uneven Nuggets is hard enough, let alone doing it with throat and neck cancer, but that’s what Karl is trying to do. Everybody tells him it’s not possible, and today, maybe he’s starting to believe them.

With only three of his torturous six weeks of treatment done, and the inside of his mouth looking like he just took 100 bites out of a lava-hot pizza slice, and his head throbbing and his eyes hollow, Karl looks like a guy who should be on a stretcher, not an NBA bench.

“George, this is only going to get harder,” a nurse tells him. “You’re not going to feel like working.” Clearly, she’s never met George Karl.

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then, go and give everyone in your life who you love … a heart-felt bear-hug.

There is simply no better day than THIS in the history of the world.

Raptors catch breaks late, steal victory from Hawks

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

There are different schools of thought concerning how specific NBA teams perform in ”close games”, over the course of an 82-game regular season schedule, regarding the actual effects of such things as:

I. Superior skill level/ability;

II. Superior coaching;

III. Age/experience/maturity;

IV. Luck; and/or,

V. Some combination of the above.

Are close games really decided by luck?

Mythbusting: Experience and close games

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The outcome of last night’s Raptors-Hawks game:

Atlanta Hawks [43-24] 105
TORONTO RAPTORS [33-33] 106
Complete Game Info

is consistent with the perspective that views V., above, as the most appropriate interpretation of the available data …

Given that:

A. After struggling with the accuracy of his jump shot for the first 46 minutes of the contest, the best player on the home team made several key plays in the final 2 minutes to fuel an otherwise improbable come-from-behind victory against a solid opponent [i.e. +.650, Win%] that’s been playing fairly erratic basketball of late;

and,

B. The home team was also the beneficiary of every questionable officiating call during this same segment of the game.

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Heading into last night’s game:

Atlanta Hawks

Minuses
- Lost 2 of 4 last away games [i.e. G2 at New York and G1 at Miami] 
- Played without best player [i.e. Joe Johnson] in the line-up
- Played 2nd game of a back-to-back situation
- Travelled from away game at New Jersey to Toronto

Pluses
- 3 game Winning Streak, overall [i.e. G5 at New Jersey, G4 vs Detroit and G3 at Washington]

TORONTO RAPTORS

Minuses
- 1st game at home after 4-game west coast road trip
- Lost 9 of last 10 games, overall

Pluses
- Returning home from 4-game west coast road trip
- 3 point home favourite
- Antoine Wright/SF-OG out of the line-up

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End of game Play-By-Play

Atlanta Hawks (43-24)

Toronto Raptors (33-33)

4th Quarter

Horford Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Crawford (2 AST) 

- Horford made contested shot over Bosh

01:37
[
ATL 105-101]

 

 

01:21

Bosh Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Horford (2 BLK

- Bosh made good drive; Horford made terrific block

Horford Rebound (Off:2 Def:12) 

01:19

 

Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed 

- Solid team defense forced contested shot from left corner

00:59.9

 

 

00:58.3

Calderon Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 

 

00:58.3

Team Timeout : Regular 

 

00:45.9
[TOR 103-105]

Bosh Driving Hook Shot: Made (12 PTS) 

- Bosh made contested shot over Horford

Smith Layup Shot: Missed 

- Smith missed contested shot against Bosh [5 PF] who managed not to foul

00:23.8

 

 

00:22.5

Team Rebound 

 

00:22.5

Team Timeout : Short 

 

00:22.5

Instant Replay – Support Ruling 

- Officials made wrong ruling [i.e.  ball last touched by Toronto/Turkoglu], #1

 

00:22.5

Weems Substitution replaced by Jack 

Bibby Substitution replaced by Evans 

00:22.5

 

Crawford Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 

- Official made bad call  [i.e. no foul committed by Crawford], #2

00:15.7

 

 

00:15.7
[TOR 104-105]

Turkoglu Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 

 

00:15.7

Bosh Substitution replaced by Johnson 

 

00:15.7

Turkoglu Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 

 

00:14.0

Team Rebound 

- Terrific hustle play made by A-Johnson to keep off rebound alive

- Official made bad call [i.e. M-Williams was not out-of-bounds when he touched the ball], #3

 

00:14.0

Team Timeout : Short 

 

00:14.0

Johnson Substitution replaced by Bosh 

Crawford Substitution replaced by West 

00:14.0

 

 

00:02.9
[TOR 106-105]

Bosh Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (14 PTS) 

- Bosh made contested fade-away jump shot against Horford

- Official made bad no call [i.e. Bosh travelled by dragging his pivot foot prior to taking cross-over step], #4

Team Timeout : Regular 

00:02.1

 

Evans Substitution replaced by Crawford 

00:02.1

 

West Substitution replaced by Bibby 

00:02.1

 

 

00:02.1

Bosh Substitution replaced by Johnson 

 

00:02.1

Calderon Substitution replaced by Weems 

Crawford Jump Shot: Missed 

- Crawford dropped inbounds pass from Bibby, then took rushed shot

00:00.0

 

Team Rebound 

00:00.0

 

End of 4th Quarter

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Although there are any number of factors which can influence the eventual outcome of a close NBA game, the overall quality of the work done by the officiating crew is undoubtably one of them, as evidenced by:

i. #1-4, above;

and,

ii. The video highlights …

Full marks to Chris Bosh & Co. for having the intestinal fortitude required to battle through an overall poor performance and the ability to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them late in last night’s game.

Who’s da man fuelling the good play of the Bobcats?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

According to Tim Povtak, a senior writer at NBA Fanhouse …

Aging Theo Ratliff Has Sparked Bobcats’ Playoff Rise

The Bobcats have younger big men like Tyrus Thomas and Tyson Chandler. They have bigger guys like DeSagna Diop and Nazr Mohammed still on the roster. Yet it’s the well-traveled Ratliff, still viewed as an undersized center, who has become their anchor in the late-season drive.
Ratliff, who is playing for the ninth different team in his 14-year NBA career, was obtained from the San Antonio Spurs Feb. 18 in a cup-of-coffee trade (actually, for a 2016 second-round pick) at the insistence of coach Larry Brown

, who was looking for someone he could trust.
Ratliff, who turns 37 next month, hardly was playing for the veteran Spurs

, but Brown quickly put him into his starting lineup. The Bobcats have won seven of his 11 starts, including the last six consecutive games.
He was especially instrumental in their 96-89 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic

– a potential first-round playoff opponent — and particularly down the stretch when he thwarted a potential home-team comeback.
He had 10 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes, but statistics never have been his forte. In the last six minutes: he blocked a shot by Vince Carter, who tried to drive on him. He changed two driving layups, by Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus

, that became misses. He also grabbed an offensive rebound to keep another possession alive.
“Theo looks like when I had him back in Philly,” said Brown, who coached Ratliff from 1998-2001 with the Sixers. “Only thing, he never got any shots back then. Everyone just told him to rebound the ball.”
 

 

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However …

If you take a closer look at the individual Game Logs for 3 specific players on the Bobcats’ current roster [shown below]:

Theo Ratliff’s Game Log This Season For Charlotte, since Feb 19

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

1

32:05

4

10

40.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

2

7

9

1

2

0

1

4

10

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

1

14:44

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

1

1

0

2

0

0

3

6

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

1

22:15

0

3

0.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

1

2

3

0

0

2

1

1

0

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

1

18:52

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

0

2

2

1

2

0

1

3

8

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

1

18:23

4

6

66.7

0

0

N/A

3

3

100.0

3

2

5

0

2

0

1

1

11

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

1

16:41

0

1

0.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

3

3

1

0

1

2

4

0

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

1

27:08

3

8

37.5

0

0

N/A

4

4

100.0

2

4

6

2

0

0

1

4

10

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

1

26:39

1

4

25.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

1

1

2

0

1

0

1

0

4

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

1

29:06

2

5

40.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

1

3

4

0

2

0

4

4

5

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

1

31:09

2

3

66.7

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

1

3

4

0

0

0

4

2

6

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

1

30:53

5

6

83.3

0

0

N/A

0

3

0.0

1

1

2

0

1

0

2

2

10

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

11:58

1

3

33.3

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

2

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

18:30

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

3

2

5

1

0

0

2

2

0

 

 

Tyrus Thomas’ Game Log This Season For Charlotte, since Feb 19

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

0

20:40

3

9

33.3

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

2

7

9

0

2

2

0

3

9

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

0

18:27

3

8

37.5

0

0

N/A

0

1

0.0

0

4

4

3

0

2

0

1

6

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

0

23:49

4

6

66.7

0

0

N/A

2

4

50.0

0

5

5

3

3

2

1

2

10

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

0

26:30

2

7

28.6

0

0

N/A

2

4

50.0

2

2

4

0

1

1

1

1

6

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

0

18:20

2

8

25.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

2

3

5

3

1

0

0

5

5

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

0

31:17

7

12

58.3

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

2

7

9

0

1

0

2

4

14

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

0

26:37

5

12

41.7

0

0

N/A

5

6

83.3

3

7

10

0

2

1

2

5

15

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

0

29:26

7

16

43.8

0

1

0.0

2

2

100.0

3

9

12

1

2

1

2

4

16

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

0

21:51

6

7

85.7

0

0

N/A

1

4

25.0

2

3

5

3

3

0

3

2

13

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

0

30:55

6

8

75.0

0

0

N/A

8

9

88.9

0

3

3

2

1

3

1

5

20

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

0

25:12

5

9

55.6

0

1

0.0

0

0

N/A

1

3

4

0

2

2

3

4

10

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

30:54

5

10

50.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

3

8

11

2

4

1

4

5

12

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

25:12

3

9

33.3

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

1

11

12

2

2

0

6

4

9

 

 

Tyson Chandler’s Game Logs This Season for Charlotte, since Feb 19 

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

0

15:55

3

4

75.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

5

7

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

0

31:56

5

7

71.4

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

6

3

9

0

4

0

0

2

13

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

0

15:03

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

6

9

66.7

2

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

12

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

0

16:42

2

2

100.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

2

2

4

0

2

1

1

1

5

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

0

07:18

1

2

50.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

2

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

0

15:16

2

2

100.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

0

4

4

0

1

0

1

1

6

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

you should be able to see clearly that the team’s recently improved performance has actually coincided with the return to good health of Tyson Chandler [i.e. Charlotte's Back-up Center] and the gradual integration of Tyrus Thomas [i.e. Charlotte's Back-up Power Forward] into their primary rotation, as much as [or, perhaps, even more than] the role and production of Theo Ratliff, as their Starting Center.

When a team like Charlotte finally turns the corner and morphs into a legitimate playoff contender it is rarely the case that there is only 1 player responsible for this actual transformation.

The simple fact is …

Charlotte has been engaged in the process of a long term build-up over the course of the past 2 years, given the additions of:

Larry Brown, Head Coach

DJ Augustin, PG [acquired via the Draft]
Alexis Ajinca, C [acquired via the Draft]
Boris Diaw, PF-SF [acquired via trade]
DeSagana Diop, C [acquired via trade]
Gerald Henderson, OG [acquired via the Draft]
Derrick Brown, PF-SF [acquired via the Draft]
Tyson Chandler, C [acquired via trade]
Stephen Graham, SF-OG [acquired as an UFA]
Stephen Jackson, OG-SF [acquired via trade]
Tyrus Thomas, PF-SF [acquired via trade]
Theo Ratliff, C [acquired via trade]
Larry Hughes, G-F [acquired as an UFA]

and,

Michael Jordan, Principal Owner,

in conjunction with the decision to retain the services of:

Gerald Wallace, SF-PF
Raymon Felton, PG
Nazr Mohammed, C

… and, the single individual most responsible for their success today is their once much-maligned General Manager, Rod Higgins.

Related:

Kudos to the Bobcats for resurrecting their once morbid franchise 

5 Men On A Single String … Kudos to Larry Brown

 

Understanding how Toronto lost to Golden State

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Toronto Raptors [32-32] 112
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS [18-47] 124
Complete Game Info

——————————

QUESTION

How exactly did Toronto manage to lose this game to Golden State?

ANSWER

When you look at the boxscore for this game:

——————————

Toronto Raptors

 

 Starters

 

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts 

  D. DeRozan

G

26:04

8-11

0-0

2-3

-6

0

2

0

2

1

0

1

4

18 

  J. Jack

G

17:12

3-7

1-1

0-0

-19

1

1

3

3

0

0

0

2

  A. Bargnani

C

39:20

3-6

0-1

5-6

-7

1

4

2

0

0

0

0

1

11 

  C. Bosh

F

36:03

8-13

0-0

8-10

-15

1

11

5

6

0

1

0

2

24 

  H. Turkoglu

F

29:21

2-6

0-1

0-0

-2

1

6

8

1

0

2

0

2

 Bench

 

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts 

  J. Calderon

 

32:00

8-12

7-8

1-1

+7

0

1

12

1

0

0

0

1

24 

  S. Weems

 

21:52

5-10

0-1

0-0

-5

2

4

1

2

0

0

0

3

10 

  A. Johnson

 

20:37

6-7

0-0

2-3

-2

1

6

0

1

2

3

0

5

14 

  A. Wright

 

11:00

0-2

0-2

0-0

-10

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

  M. Belinelli

 

6:31

0-2

0-2

0-0

-1

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

1

  M. Banks

 

DNP – Coach’s Decision

  R. Evans

 

DNP – Coach’s Decision

  R. Nesterovic

 

DNP – Coach’s Decision

  P. O’Bryant

 

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

 Totals

 

 

43-76

8-16

18-23

 

7

39

31

17

5

6

1

23

112 

 Percentages:

 

.566

.500

.783

 

Team Rebounds: 6

 

 

 Golden State Warriors

 

 Starters

 

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts 

  M. Ellis

G

44:58

12-22

5-7

2-3

+14

0

4