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Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 9

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

re: How an astute NBA observer might expect the first part of the schedule to unfold for the Raptors this year

Game 9– @ LA Clippers [Fri Nov 13]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

CLIPPERS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Davis-B

OG

DeRozan *

=

OG

Gordon

SF

Turkoglu $^

ß

SF

Thornton

PF

Bosh

ß

PF

Griffin *

C

Bargnani

=

C

Camby 

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

ß

PG

Telfair ^

OG

Belinelli ^

=

OG

Butler ^

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Davis-R

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Jordan

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Kaman

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

G

Collins

PF

Johnson ^

=

C

Smith ^

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Dunleavy

 

 

 

+3

OUTCOME

+1

Legend: ADV – Individual match-up advantage; * - 2009 NBA Draftee; ^ - Acquired via trade; # – Restricted free agent; #M – Restricted free agent, matched offer; $ – Unrestricted free agent; $R – Unrestricted free agent, re-signed; $^ – Acquired via Sign & Trade; Italics – Returning player.

This is where the schedule begins to get considerably tougher for the Raptors this year, as they embark on their 2nd road trip to the WC, for the first of 4 games in a span of just 6 days, ending with a back-2-back in Utah.

Toronto actually matches-up quite well with the Clippers and has a solid shot at securing the W in what will be a critical “swing” game against a beatable opponent on the road. Unfortunately, when the Clips will be playing their last of 4 games during a homestand, on a day’s rest, with a refurbished Baron Davis at the helm, this is unlikely to be a cakewalk for the Dinos. That said … the Raptors do have enough weaponry to emerge with the W in this spot, provided that Jay Triano can actually hold his own vs Mike D. in the final minutes of the 4th quarter.

Raptors expected W-L Record: W, 4-5

YOU MAKE THE CALL: Which young PF would you take?

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Courtesy of BlazersEdge [via TrueHoop's Thursday Bullets] …

What’s Next for LaMarcus Aldridge
… time and again during the second half of last season — you remember the stretch when every home game seemed like a twenty point blowout —  I was sitting there dumbfounded (as Brother Wendell and the Mercury’s Ezra Caraeff can attest), watching LaMarcus do things we’d never seen him do before: truly take over a game, glare at the opposing team’s bench after a big dunk in traffic, get in someone’s face and have that person back down first.

On more than one occasion this spring, I found myself thinking (often thinking aloud, spraying spit with excitement) that Aldridge is really not that far from becoming the single most entertaining Blazer in franchise history.

His combination of pure skill, hustle, length, determination and intelligence is arguably already unmatched.  

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If you could only choose one, which young [25 or under] Power Forward in the NBA today would you select for your team?

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The choice of this corner?

At the Power Forward position, in today’s NBA … there is no player in the game with more straight-up basketball talent than Josh Smith.

When it comes to this specific choice, he’s the player yours truly would take from this list … believe it or not. :-)

If he’s ever fortunate enough to find NBA employment with [I] the RIGHT organization and [II] the RIGHT head coach, who knows how to use his numerous skills properly, within the team concept … still younger than many others realize … Josh Smith has more Capacity For Dominance, at the POWER FORWARD position, than any other, in conjunction with all three phases of the game [i.e. Offense, Defense and Rebounding].

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PS. Alternate choices, as well as your expanded thoughts on the subject, are welcome in the comments section.

ROI … re: NBA related Talent Identification and the musings of one HP

Monday, June 29th, 2009

FYI and reading pleasure …

An Open Letter to the Memphis Grizzlies
Hilarious Excerpt #1. I even tolerated the insane teasings toward the OJ-Mayo-As-A-Point-Guard fiasco, or as I like to call it, “The Turnover Manifesto.”

Hlarious Excerpt #2. I begged you,  pleaded with you. I used podcasts, blogposts, emails to people who know you, to try and steer you from this course of action. But you wouldn’t listen. And look what you have to show for it.

A seven foot pogo stick with a Twitter account [i.e. Hasheem Thabeet].

Hilarious Line #3. Lots of people question the 6′5” player [i.e. Tyreke Evans] with killer explosiveness with insane ability to get to the rim who also happened to come out of the same program as this year’s Rookie of the Year who was also a point guard and which happens to be located in the same city as your damn franchise ensuring that you would have at least had a player on the squad that someone would know.

Hilarious Line #4. I’d love to tell you that it’s not you, it’s me. But that’s a lie. It’s you.

Hilarious Excerpt #5. I’ll call you when I reach my mother’s.

Bye, Memphis.

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Matt Moore is one of the most prodigous writing talents in the literary basketball business today. Would only he be able to drop his penchant for excessively curse-laiden “flavourful” language, on occasion, when his blood pressure is on the rise, he should be a daily read for anyone who follows the NBA game.

Laugh, cry, or vilify, but … at all times … it’s done while bringing a smile to your face. Get to know his name, folks. It says here, he is someone who is going far, in this here game.

 

Related:

NBA Draft – Live Blogging

ROI, M-05-19-09

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Brian Grant diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
The importance of appreciating what you’ve got while you’ve still got it.

Who will actually draft the player who will later prove to be the best player in the draft?
That’s the key question, right there, not which team will have the good fortune of “winning” the NBA’s Annual Draft Lottery this evening.

Notes from Nuggets practice
The difference between being Lost vs. Knowing Where and What YOU ARE.

Magic vs Cavs Preview: Looking at the season series
Reasons why Cleveland has a lot to fear in this playoff series.

Never underestimate the heart of the better team
Reasons why you should be on the Cavs and Lakers in the Conference Semi-finals