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Telling it like it is, in the NBA

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Yet another reason to like the job which Otis Smith [GM] has done, thus far?

NBA Countdown: No. 8 Orlando Magic
Reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in 14 years and second in franchise history was a wonderful accomplishment for the Orlando Magic-but there was no guarantee a championship would follow.The Magic will go into the 2009-10 season determined to defend their Eastern Conference title but looking different than when they won it. Yes, they still have All-Star center Dwight Howard as their foundation and high-priced Rashard Lewis (who’s suspended the first 10 games of the season after testing positive for an elevated testosterone level) shooting 3-pointers, but the Magic changed their late-game, go-to guy by switching from Turkoglu to Carter.

It’s why general manager Otis Smith didn’t take any bows, or even take the time to catch his breath.

And it’s also why he made one of the boldest moves of the summer, changing his carefully crafted team chemistry by trading for All-Star Vince Carter and letting go of free agent Hedo Turkoglu, a key player in Orlando’s recent rise.

“You can’t stand still in this league,” Smith said. “If you do, you’ll be going backward.”

The Magic also added free agents in power forward Brandon Bass from Dallas and small forward Matt Barnes of Phoenix. They even added point guard Jason Williams, who last played during 2007-08 with the Heat. Surprisingly, they kept backup center Marcin Gortat by matching the offer sheet Dallas gave him.

With the Celtics adding Rasheed Wallace and the Cavaliers trading for Shaquille O’Neal, the Magic tried to keep pace with the other serious contenders in the East.

There are less than seven teams every year that really are trying to win a championship in our league,” Smith said. “Those three (in the East) are trying to win now, as opposed to saying ‘We’re OK where we are. Let’s stay the status quo.’”

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Otis Smith was hired by the Magic on May 6, 2006.

This is what the team’s roster looked like on that day:

Augmon, Stacey F
Battie, Tony PF-C
Cato, Kelvin C
Diener, Travis PG
Dooling, Keyon G
Francis, Steve G
Garrity, Pat PF
Hill, Grant G-F
Howard, Dwight C
Kasun, Mario C
Morris, Terence PF
Nelson, Jameer PG
Outlaw, Bo PF
Stevenson, DeShawn G
Turkoglu, Hedo F

This is what it looks like today, 41 months later:

Almond, Morris G
Anderson, Ryan PF
Barnes, Matt F
Bass, Brandon PF
Carter, Vince G-F
Foyle, Adonal C
Gortat, Marcin C
Howard, Dwight C
Johnson, Anthony PG
Johnson, Linton F
Lewis, Rashard F
Nelson, Jameer PG
Pietrus, Mickael G-F
Redick, JJ G
Williams, Jason PG

This is Orlando’s record of performance, since that date:

2008-2009
59-23/.720, 1st Atlantic, 3rd Eastern Conference, NBA Finalist 
2007-2008
52-30/.634, 1st Atlantic, 3rd Eastern Conference, Lost 2nd Rd
2006-2007
40-42/.488, 3rd Atlantic, 8th Eastern Conference, Lost 1st Rd

This was their record of performance the season before Smith arrived:

2005-2006
36-46/.439, 3rd Atlantic, 10th Eastern Conference, No Playoffs

3 full seasons into his tenure with the Magic, Otis Smith should be considered as one of the best GM’s in the NBA.

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By way of comparison, for the benefit of Raptors fans, this is what Toronto has accomplished under the direction of Bryan Colangelo [2-time NBA EOTY award recipient] during this same time-frame:

2005-2006 Roster [Feb 28 2006]
Araujo, Rafael PF
Bonner, Matt PF
Bosh, Chris PF-C
Calderon, Jose PG
Davis, Antonio PF-C
Graham, Joey F
James, Mike PG
Martin, Darrick PG
Peterson, Morris G-F
Sow, Pape PF
Villanueva, Charlie F
Williams, Eric G-F
Woods, Loren C

2009-2010, Current Roster
Banks, Marcus G
Bargnani, Andrea C
Belinelli, Marco G-F
Bosh, Chris PF-C
Calderon, Jose PG
DeRozan, Demar G-F
Douby, Quincy G
Evans, Reggie PF
Jack, Jarrett G
Johnson, Amir PF
Nesterovic, Rasho PF-C
O’Bryant, Patrick C
Turkoglu, Hedo F
Weems, Sonny G-F
Wright, Antoine G-F

Year #1-3
2008-2009
33-49/.402, 4th Atlantic, 13th Eastern Conference, No Playoffs
2007-2008
41-41/.500, 2nd Atlantic, 6th Eastern Conference, Lost 1st Rd
2006-2007
47-35/.573, 1st Atlantic, 3rd Eastern Conference, Lost 1st Rd

Year Prior
2005-2006
27-55/.329, 4th Atlantic, 1st Eastern Conference, No Playoffs

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In the NBA, the cold harsh reality is that there are only 2 distinct tiers of teams:

Tier 1
Those few that are actually trying to win the League Championship.

Tier 2
Everybody else.

Much R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to Otis Smith for “cutting to the chase” and improving the Orlando Magic each season, thus far.

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Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 15

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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

Game 15 – vs Indiana [Tue Nov 24]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

PACERS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Ford

OG

DeRozan *

=

OG

Jones-D $

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Granger

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Murphy

C

Bargnani

=

C

Jones-S $

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Watson $

OG

Belinelli ^

=

G

Rush

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Dunleavy ?

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Hansbrough *

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Hibbert

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

Diener

PF

Johnson ^

=

PF

Foster

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

O’Brien

 

 

 

+0

OUTCOME

+2 [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; ? – Injured, status uncertain.

Even though the Raptors do not have an individual match-up advantage versus the Pacers in this specific game, they should still be able to get the W. Given the uncertain status of Mike Dunleavy [i.e. still recovering from knee surgery], it’s prudent to take a “wait-and-see approach” to Indiana this season. Jim O’Brien is a much more experienced coach than Jay Triano … but, he is not beyond making specific moves in a particular game which are somewhat-to-highly questionable that can jeopardize his own troops chances of winning. Facing the possibility of falling to 5-10 on the season, with a home-court loss to a middle-of-the-pack team in the EC, the Raptors should be highly energized for this game.

Raptors expected W-L Record: W, 6-9

Good news for the Pacers; bad news for the other Middle-of-the-Pack teams

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Dunleavy in Pacers’ opener? Maybe
… Mike Dunleavy might be back sooner than expected, his coach said today.

“Our medical people are very pleased with his progression,” Pacers head coach Jim O’Brien said. “I’ve changed my view point to a pessimistic one from a standpoint of him being ready in the middle of the season to one that I’m hoping he’ll be ready to go for game one.”

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If Indiana was to actualy have a 100% healthy Mike Dunleavy, Jr. back in it’s rotation from the start of the 2009-2010 regular season schedule … in addition to a 100% healthy Danny Granger … then, yours truly would definitely consider the Pacers as yet one more Tier 2A team in the belly of an ever-strengthening Eastern Conference.

Finally having rid themselves of the debilitating Jamaal Tinsley [PG] situation, while adding [i] a low-cost veteran PG [low cost free agent], [ii] a hard-nosed defensive-minded, rebounding, non-shooting role player on the Wing [low cost free agent], [iii] a high motor, physical front-court player [Mid 1st Round Draft Pick], and [iv] an under-rated shot-blocking, non-scoring role playing back-up Center [low cost free agent]:

STARTERS
1 TJ Ford [PG]
2 Dahntay Jones [OG]
3 SF/Danny Granger [SF]
4 Troy Murphy [PF]
5 Roy Hibbert [C]

KEY SUBS
6 Watson [PG]
7 Brandon Rush [OG/SF]
8 Mike Dunleavy, Jr. [OG/SF]
9 Tyler Hansbrough [PF]
10 Solomon Jones [C]

RESERVES
11 Travis Diener [PG]
12 Jeff Foster [PF/C]

EXTRAS
13 AJ Price [PG]
14 ?
15 ?

this would be the type of diversified line-up necessary to compete for a #6-8 playoff spot in the EC from beginning to end.

GAME REVIEW: Raptors at PACERS [Apr 08]

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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. 

Improved Raptors’ Rebounding and Defense overwhelm Pacers

Monday, March 16th, 2009

FINAL SCORE: RAPTORS 110, Pacers 87
Complete Game Info

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When you look at the following Substitution Chart you should be able to see several things from this game:

 

SUBSTITUTION CHART

RAPTORS vs Pacers

Sun Mar 15 2009

 

Time

Team

1

2

3

4

5

Start

End

Diff

Q1

12:00

Ind

Ford

Jack

Daniels

Murphy

Foster

0

0

16

16

 

0

TOR

Calderon

Parker

Marion√

Bosh√

Bargnani

 

Q1

03:54

Ind

Diener

Jack

Rush

Granger

Nesterovic

16

16

19

16

 

-3

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Graham

Bosh√

Bargnani

 

Q1

03:11

Ind

 

 

 

 

 

19

16

24

22

 

+1

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Graham√

M-Bonsu

Bargnani

 02:58 – Time-out [F]: Indiana

Q1

01:09

Ind

Diener

Rush

Granger

Murphy

Nesterovic

24

22

26

24

 

0

TOR

 

 

 

 

Q2

12:00

Ind

Diener

Rush

Granger

Murphy

Nesterovic

26

24

30

30

 

+2

TOR

Parker

Kapono

Graham√

M-Bonsu√

Bosh

 

Q2

09:36

Ind

Diener

Rush

Granger

Murphy

Foster

30

30

32

30

 

-2

TOR

 

 

Q2

08:46

Ind

Ford

Jack

Granger

Murphy

Foster

32

30

35

32

 

-1

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Parker

Bosh√

Bargnani

 

Q2

07:18

Ind

Ford

Jack

Daniels

Granger

Foster

35

32

38

37

 

+2

TOR

 

 

 

 

 

Q2

06:35

Ind

 

 

 

 

 

38

37

47

39

 

-7

TOR

Calderon

Parker

Marion

Bosh√

Bargnani

 05:23 – Time-out [F]: Toronto

Q2

04:14

Ind

Ford

Jack

Daniels

Granger

Murphy

47

39

47

42

 

+3

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Marion

Bosh√

Bargnani

 03:22 – Time-out [F]: Indiana

Q2

03:22

Ind

Ford

Jack

Daniels

Granger

Foster

47

42

48

46

 

+3

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Graham

Bosh√

Bargnani

 

Q2

02:34

Ind

 

 

 

 

 

48

46

48

46

 

0

TOR

Calderon

Graham

Marion

Bosh√

Bargnani

 

Q2

02:26

Ind

Ford

Jack

Rush

Murphy

Foster

48

46

50

53

 

+5

TOR

 

 

 

Q2

00:17

Ind

 

 

 

Daniels

Murphy

50

53

50

53

 

0

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Parker

Bosh√

Bargnani

 

Q3

12:00

Ind

Ford

Jack

Daniels

Murphy

Foster

 

 

 

TOR

Calderon

Parker

Marion

Bosh√

Bargnani

 

 

Ind

 

 

 

 

 

55

61

61

66

 

-1

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Marion√

Bosh√

Bargnani

Q3

07:32

Ind

Ford

Jack

Granger

Murphy

Foster

61

66

66

73

 

+2

TOR

 

 

 

 05:52 – Time-out [F]: Indiana

Q3

05:29

Ind

Ford

Jack

Rush

Granger

Foster

66

73

66

79

 

+6

TOR

 

 

 

 03:19 – Time-out [F]: Toronto

Q3

03:19

Ind

Diener

Daniels

Rush

Granger

Murphy

66

79

68

84

 

+3

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Marion√

M-Bonsu√

Bosh√

 

Q3

02:03

Ind

 

 

 

 

 

68

84

68

86

 

+2

TOR

Calderon

Kapono

Graham√

M-Bonsu√

Bosh√

 

Q3

01:34

Ind

 

 

 

 

 

68

86

69

90

 

+3

TOR

Ukic

Kapono

Graham√

M-Bonsu√

Bosh√

 

Q4

12:00

Ind

Diener

Jack

Rush

Daniels

Murohy

69

90

71

94

 

+2

TOR

Ukic

Parker

Graham√

M-Bonsu√

Bargnani

 10:35 – Time-out [F]: Indiana

Q4

10:35

Ind

Diener

Jack

Rush

Daniels

Hibbert

71

94

76

96

 

-3

TOR

 

 

 

 

Q4

08:54

Ind

Diener

Jack

Rush

Baston

Hibbert

76

96

76

102

 

+6

TOR

 

 

 

 

Q4

06:43

Ind

Jack

Rush

Graham

 

 

76

102

76

104

 

+2

TOR

Ukic

Parker

Graham√

M-Bonsu√

O’Bryant

 05:54 – Time-out/Official

Q4

04:37

Ind

Diener

Rush

Graham

Baston

Hibbert

76

104

87

110

 

-5

TOR

Ukic

Graham

M-Bonsu

Voskuhl

O’Bryant

 02:24 – Time-out [F]: Toronto

 

LEGEND:

Bold – Player Subbed into game; Italics – Player shifted to new position; √ – Solid Rebounder at this position.

 

* The game changed in favour of the Raptors at the 02:26 mark of the 2nd Quarter when the Pacers 2-pt lead was transformed into a 3-pt deficit.

* The Pacers’ offense fell apart mid-way in the 3rd Quarter [07:23 - 03:19], with the following list of Possession Outcomes:

Foster, Made 2 FTs
Jack, Missed J2
Ford, Missed J2
Time-out/Indiana [F]
Granger, Turnover
Ford, Made Driving Layup, plus 1 FT
Rush, Turnover
Jack, Missed Driving Layup
Granger, Missed J2
Jack, Turnover
Ford, Missed Driving Layup
Ford, Missed J3 

[i.e. 2-11/18.0%]

* The Raptors were +13 when they used at least 3 Solid Rebounders together:

Q2 12:00-09:36 +2
Q2 09:36-08:46 -2
Q2 02:34-02:26 +0
Q2 02:26-00:17 +5
Q3 03:19-02:03 +3
Q3 02:03-01:34 +2
Q3 01:34-00:00 +3

* Andrea Bargnani played 34:44 at the #5/C and was +18.

* Chris Bosh played 26:16 at the #4/PF position and was +12.
* Chris Bosh played 06:33 at the #5/C position and was +8.

* Shawn Marion played 23:33 at the #3/SF position and was +14.

* Joey Graham played 21:32 at the #/Sf position and was +8
* Joey Graham played 02:34 at the #2/OG position and was +5.

* Pops Mensah-Bonsu played 17:07 at the #4/PF position and was +16.
* Pops Mensah-Bonsu played 04:37 at the #5/C position and was -5.

* A change in a single Rebounding/Defensive match-up can have profound effects on specific possessions in a NBA game and play a significant role in determining the eventual Winner vs Loser.

While the Scoring Exploits of certain players receive plenty of public accolades, sophisticated NBA followers know the fundamental role played by specific combinations of players with the tenacity and physical ability needed to dominate an opponent in terms of Rebounding & Defense.

Such was the case in yesterday’s game, in which the Raptors annihilated the Pacers on the boards, 55-38 [+17], led by:

1. Chris Bosh, 13 [0.394/MP]
2. Joey Graham, 10 [0.417/MP]
3. Andrea Bargnani, 9 [0.257/MP]
4. Pops Mensah-Bonsu, 8 [0.364/MP]

Pacers have their ‘Man’

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

In the aftermath of their trade with the Raptors, Pacers’ President of Basketball Operations, Larry Bird, expressed his feelings about the type of Leadership he is looking for with his current team.

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Bird says team poised to fill leadership void
“Just because you make the most money doesn’t mean you’re the leader,” Bird said last month. “A lot of guys didn’t want to step on toes. Not only here, but other places I’ve been at. They’d say, the guy makes the most money, that means he’s the leader. That’s not the case. The leader comes from the guy doing the right thing, the guy that’s going to be there every day at practice, the guy that plays through pain without complaining. They do the necessary things to prepare themselves.

“I think the situation you have here, you had one guy making a lot of money and everybody just took it as he’s going to be leading us, and in some instances that was true. But I think more now that since it has opened you’ll see a number of guys stepping up.

“Really, you just need one voice. Usually your best leaders are ones that don’t say anything, they just play, prepare and do the right things.”

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Well, today … it says here that Larry Legend has now got his man …

Broken teeth, not broken spirit
“As professional athletes, we’ve bled throughout our careers,” he said. “We’ve broken bones, torn ligaments, busted teeth. It’s part of the game. It’s kind of fun when you do it, and you actually win.”

Granger’s refusal to leave the game after the collision impressed his teammates and coaches.

He made the play with the Pacers ahead by 16 in the fourth quarter. He stayed in the game.

“That one play epitomized what we want from our leaders — toughness, refusing to get knocked out of the game because you’ve lost your choppers,” Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said. “That was just great.”

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After a period of significant upheaval, the Pacers have now righted their ship … at last … and will be in playoff contention this season.

Pacers and Raptors … moving forward from here

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

There’s an interesting interview with Larry Bird on NBA.com today which gives his interpretation of the Pacers’ situation looking forward to this season and their future in the next few years ahead.

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NBA.com: What do you see as the No. 1 area of improvement for the Pacers this season?
Larry Bird: Obviously we have to get better on the defensive end. Last year we committed too many fouls and we didn’t defend the three-point shot. So overall our defense has to get better to win games. Offensively, we’ll score a lot of points. Defense was the problem last year. As far as the team goes, I think we did something in the draft to help us overall, and I think we solidified our point guard position with
Travis [Diener],T.J., and Jarrett Jack so we’re very strong in that area right now.

NBA.com: How big of an impact will rookie Roy Hibbert have on the defensive end in the role of shot blocker, overall defensive presence?
Larry Bird: It’s always good to have a big guy in there. Without Jermaine last year we didn’t have that potential to block shots. With Roy in there he takes up a lot of space and even if we don’t block a lot of shots, you can get guys to shoot up over him and maybe distract them a little bit. I think it’s going to be a major plus for us. Obviously he’s a rookie and he’s got a lot of learning to do, but in the long run he’ll be fine.

NBA.com: Who is the team leader?
Larry Bird: I think it can be a couple guys. We’ve had some players around here just waiting for the opportunity to step in and I think now they’ll look at the training camp and go through and you’ll sort of see after a while who the players gravitate to.

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What’s of most interest to this corner is:

(1) The possible location of two former Raptors on Indiana’s current depth chart, i.e. TJ Ford and Rasho Nesterovic; and,

(2) The overall level of optimism Larry Legend has for the likes of Mike Dunleavy, Danny Granger, Troy Murphy, Roy Hibbert, et al., as a core group of players which the Pacers can build around over the next few seasons …

specifically, in comparison with the current roster of the Pacers’ trading partner in the deal they made this summer for Jermaine O’Neal.

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2008-2009

 

 

A) Raptors’ Current Roster

B) Pacers’ Current Roster

 

 

1 PG – Jose Calderon *

1 PG – Travis Diener *

2 OG – Anthony Parker

2 OG/SF – Mike Dunleavy 

3 SF – Jamarion Moon

3 SF – Danny Granger 

4 PF – Chris Bosh *

4 PF - Troy Murphy *

5 C – Jermaine O’Neal **

5 C – Rasho Nesterovic **

 

 

6 PG – Will Solomon **

6 PG – TJ Ford **

7 OG – Jason Kapono

7 OG – Brandon Rush **

8 SF – Joey Graham

8 SF – Marquis Daniels

9 PF – Kris Humphries

9 PF – Austin Croshere **

10 C – Andrea Bargnani

10 C – Jeff Foster 

 

 

11 PG/OG – Roko Ukic **

11 PG/OG – Jarrett Jack **

12 OG/SF – Hassan Adams **

12 PG – Roy Hibbert **

 

 

 

 

13 PF/C – Nathan Jawai **

13 SF – Stephen Graham

14 ? PF – Jamal Sampson **

14 SF/PF – Shawne Williams 

15 ?

15 PF – Josh McRoberts **


LEGEND:
* New Role this season; ** New Player Added

While most of the ’2008-2009 NBA Season Forecasts’ these eyes have read, thus far, see the Pacers finishing toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference; and, the Raptors with a solid chance to finish in the top third of the EC … looking strictly at the rosters of these two teams, paints a very different picture in the mind of this NBA connoisseur.

Is it possible that the Raptors manage to navigate the entire NBA season without a significant injury to one [or more] of their key players [i.e. Bosh, O'Neal or Calderon]?

Yes it is.

If so … then, it is certainly possible to see how the Raptors might finish this campaign higher in the EC standings than the Pacers.

However, on the flip side … even if Toronto goes injury-free this year …

Is it also possible to see how this Pacers’ roster … with the Quality Depth it has … might, in fact, be able to generate just as many W’s this season as the Toronto Raptors?

Yes it is … if Larry legend is correct and the players he’s mentioned are indeed capable of stepping up their games to assume Leadership Roles with their team this season.

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From the perspective of this corner, these are just two of many teams in the EC that could realistically finish anywhere from #6-14 this season should the breaks go their way or not.

Tracking the Raptors’ Key Stretch of 19 Games (#19)

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

The Anatomy of Wins and Losses in the NBA:
Breaking Down Key Possessions

Game 19 – TOR 111 vs Ind (22-36) 122, L 12-7 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 18 – TOR 107 vs Min (11-43) 85, W 12-6 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 17 – Tor 102 @ IND (22-34) 98, W 11-6 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 16 – TOR 115 vs Nyk (17-38) 92, W 10-6 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 15 – Tor 99 @ NYK (16-38) 103, L 9-6 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 14 – TOR 127 vs Orl (34-21) 110, W 9-5 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 13 – TOR 109 vs Njn (22-30) 91, W 8-5 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 12 – TOR 88 vs Sas (33-17) 93, L 7-5 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 11 – Tor 105 @ MIN (10-38) 82, W 7-4 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 10 – TOR 98 v Lac (15-31) 102, L 6-4 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 9 – Tor 114 @ MIA (9-36) 82, W 6-3 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 8 – TOR 101 vs LAL (28-16) 121, L 5-3 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 7 – TOR 122 vs Was (24-19) 85, W 5-2 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 6 – Tor 104 @ WAS (23-19) 108, OT, L 4-2 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 5 – TOR 106 vs Mil (17-26) 75, W 4-1 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 4 – Tor 114 @ BOS (33-6) 112, W 3-1 … Boxscore 
Game 3 – Tor 95 @ PHI (15-25) 99, L 2-1 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 2 – TOR 89 vs Atl (17-18) 78, W 2-0 … Boxscore, Full Play-By-Play
Game 1 – TOR 116 vs Sac (15-21) 91, W 1-0

Record vs >.500 Opp: 3-3 (.500)
Record vs .500 Opp: 9-4 (.692)

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Key Possessions which determined the W-L result:

Some NBA games are decided during a specific ’sub-set’ of possessions during the 3rd Quarter … like this one, when

(with Indiana’s 16-pt lead reduced to a single digit … TOR 73, Ind 74 … following Toronto’s 15-0 run)

03:37 … Ind/subbed Travis Diener (PG/Starter) back into the game for Kareem Rush (G), after a rest of only 01:12
03:24 … Ind/Diener, Fade Away Jump Shot: Made/8 PTS, Ast: Foster/3 (Ind 76, TOR 73)
03:09 … TOR/Bargnani, 3pt Shot: Missed
03:08 … Ind/Dunleavy, Rebound
02:50 … Ind/Graham, Jump Shot: Missed
02:49 … Ind/Daniels, Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)|TOR/Delfino, Foul:Personal (2PF)
02:40 … Ind/Dunleavy, 3pt Shot: Made/20 PTS, Ast: Graham/2 (Ind 79, TOR 73)

after which the Pacers were never seriously headed, again; maintaining at least a 4-pt margin for the rest of the game.

Key Raptors: Andrea Bargnani (0-1, FGA/00.0%; 0-1, 3FGA/00.0%; 2 Defensive Miscues: i. failed to ‘Step out’ quickly and ‘Switch’ vs Diener, who used the dribble hand-off 2nd screen in the staggerred sequence; ii. failed to rotate properly vs Mike Dunleavy, coming out of an ‘Elbow Pick & Roll’ with a ‘Trap/Sag & Rotate’ sequence); Carlos Delfino (2 Defensive Miscues: i. failed to ‘Box-out’ vs Marquis Daniels/O-Rb; ii. Foul/Marquis Daniels)

Vital Components:
- 4 Defensive Miscues by Andrea Bargnani & Carlos Delfino during this specific ‘sub-set’ of possessions, plus 1 crucial Missed 3-pt Shot by Bargnani (in reply to Indiana’s successful ‘set play’) … gave the Pacers an extra Offensive possession & allowed Indiana to score 5 consecutive points during this sequence, creating a 6-pt deficit from which the Raptors never recovered against an inferior opponent. 

Next Game:
The key stretch of 19 games for the Raptors is finished.