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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

GAME REVIEW: Raptors at Hornets [Feb 6]

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Raptors 92, Hornets 101
Game Info; Box Score; Full Play-By-Play; Video Highlights

When you only use 8 players, and your starting Center & Power Forward combine to make 10 Turnovers … 5 apiece, both with a negative AST:TO [3:5] … and their primary back-up off the bench also commits 2 Turnovers, for a total of 12 from these two positions; with the entire team committing just 16 [i.e. 12-16/75%] … there should not be any mystery, whatsoever, when a team is unable to play through its post players coming down the stretch of a close game, in the NBA, on the road.

 

POSSESSION OUTCOME CHART

RAPTORS AT HORNETS

4TH QUARTER, FEB 6 2009

 

#

Raptors

Time

Score

#

Hornets

 

 

05:11

NOH 83-83

1

Posey, Made 3PT Shot

1

Moon, Missed Jump Shot

04:53

Tor 83-83

 

 

 

 

04:34

NOH 86-83

2

Butler, Made 3PT Shot

2

Bargnani, Turnover [5]

04:20

Tor 83-86

 

 

 

 

03:59

NOH 89-83

3

Posey, Made 3PT Shot

3

Bargnani, Missed 3PT Shot

03:41

Tor 83-89

 

 

 

 

03:31

NOH 92-83

4

Stojakovic, Made 3PT Shot

4

O’Neal, Missed Hook Shot

03:11

Tor 83-92

 

 

 

 

02:57

NOH 92-83

5

Stojakovic, Missed Jump Shot

5

Bargnani, Made 3PT Shot

02:40

Tor 86-92

 

 

 

 

02:16

NOH 92-86

6

Butler, Missed 3PT Shot/Orb-West

 

 

01:56

NOH 92-86

7

Posey, Missed 3PT Shot

6

O’Neal, Turnover [5]

01:46

Tor 86-92

 

 

 

 

01:30

NOH 94-86

8

Brown, Made Driving Layup

7

Parker, Made 3PT Shot

01:22

Tor 89-94

 

 

 

 

01:01

NOH 97-89

9

Brown, Made 3PT Shot

8

Calderon, Missed Layup

00:47

Tor 89-97

 

 

 

 

00:35

NOH 99-89

10

West Made 2 FTs

9

Kapono, Made 3PT Shot

00:31

Tor 92-99

 

 

 

 

00:29

NOH 101-92

11

Stojakovic, Made 2 FTs

10

Bargnani, Missed 3PT Shot

00:16

Tor 92-101

 

 

 

When the Hornets are forced to play without Chris Paul [PG] and Tyson Chandler [C], and the Raptors still cannot close the deal, despite leading by 8 pts [83-75] at the 06:52 mark of the 4th quarter … and in spite of playing without Chris Bosh, themselves … by [i] losing the Turnover Battle, [ii] losing the Rebound Battle [34-36], yet again, and [iii] getting hammered from the 3PT Line, to the tune of 24 Pts [21-45] … it is a harbinger of troubled times ahead for the Dinos.

 

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To wit:

 

Failing and falling and finding blame
Action: Another late-game meltdown.

Reaction: When they have fallen completely apart, and it happens with shocking regularity, there’s always been a measure of, not calmness, but togetherness in the locker room.

But when does that fall completely apart like the team does? When do they start turning on each for the brain cramps that kill them night after night after night?

There were a few sideways glances and rolled eyes at times in the New Orleans game and a few in the locker room after.

Maybe Bargnani could pass the ball a wee bit more.

Maybe Jamario could not take silly jumpers.

Maybe Jose could feed O’Neal more and not try to get everyone else involved, or ask them to get the ball in the post.

I’m not saying they’re at each other’s throats but with each blown game, I get a sense an explosion is closer to reality. That might not be a bad thing, mind you, but the danger is that they really start getting on each other and it’s counter-productive. Some creative differences are good, a meltdown of any semblance of team chemistry is not.

This losing is getting to them, I can just tell by the terse answers, or lack of answers, we’re getting to innocuous questions. Nerves are frayed and this is a dangerous, dangerous time.

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There is now a solid chance that things will actually become even WORSE, in Raptorville, before they eventually end up getting BETTER.

RAPTORS SCHEDULE

Jan 30 vs Milwaukee L 85-96
Feb 01 vs Orlando L 90-113
Feb 03 at Cleveland L 83-101
Feb 04 vs LA Lakers L 107-115
Feb 06 at New Orleans L 92-101
Feb 07 at Memphis ?
Feb 10 at Minnesota ?
Feb 11 vs San Antonio ?
Feb 15 All-Star Game
Feb 18 vs Cleveland ?
Feb 19 Trade Deadline
Feb 20 at New York ?