Posts Tagged ‘Tyson Chandler’

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

 

Teachable Moments, NBA Style

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

What the Charlotte Bobcats’ Tyson Chandler is, in fact, learning from his new coach, Larry Brown, is precisely what it takes to become a True Champion

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The Team Bus, Coach Brown, a Rough Baby and CP3

BASKETBALL 24/7
People ask what Coach Brown is like when he’s not talking basketball and he’s a great dude, but the thing is, he’s talking basketball 24/7.

There are not too many conversations that you’ll have with him that aren’t about basketball. He’s a very concerned person, but he’s 100 percent into basketball.

His impact has been huge. One thing about coach is he’s going to bring it and be the same every single day. He will never stop coaching. I don’t know if I’ve ever been around anyone who loves basketball as much as he does and has the passion for it that he does.

It never stops and he’ll breakdown everything in footage. He’ll breakdown a mistake that a rookie made at the end of the game as if it was the first play of the game that a starter would make. That’s one thing I appreciate about him is that he coaches every single player the same.

If you make a mistake, he will correct you. He doesn’t care if you’re in your 12th year or your first. That attitude trickles down to our team and gives us our character.

Coach Brown has shown me the dedication every day that it takes to be great. It’s about understanding the passion and knowledge that you have to have to be great. The way he talks about the game is totally different from anybody I’ve ever heard talk about it.

The way he breaks things down, the way he looks at mechanics, the way he understands why guys are great scorers or great rebounders. Everything he does is from studying and that’s something I have learned from him.

For example, I’ll shoot a hook shot or a short jump shot and I’ll make it and he’ll come back and say, “Oh Tyson, come on, you have to get the ball in your fingertips.”

After he says something like that it feels uncomfortable. But then I’ll shoot it and miss it and he’ll say, “great shot.” Your first reaction is to say: “What are you talking about, great shot? I just missed that.”

But I’ve come to the realization that he understands that it doesn’t matter if you miss it that particular time. If you continue to shoot the ball the right way and you get to the point where you shoot the same way every single time, you’re going to make a higher percentage. It works out better than if you’re shooting half the time one-way and half the time another.

It’s just stuff like that that he’s a stickler on. He’s a stickler on you doing things the right way every single time.

You have to have a team that’s receptive to his coaching and his coaching style. Guys have to be willing to learn every day because he’s not going to stop teaching. If you’re the type of person that at some point wants that voice to go away, it’s not.

Every player I’ve talked to that has ever played for him says: “You’re going to understand how great he is when you don’t have him.”

It can be tough for guys being coached non-stop because a lot of players have never had that in their career. But when you’re on a different team and away from him, you look back and realize that he was just an incredible coach. Every guy I’ve talked to has said I’ll learn more than I’ve ever learned just playing for him and it’s true.

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in The Game Of Life.

Kudos gallore to both men for continuing to put in the work [i.e. Tyson for being willing to listen; and, Larry for being willing to speak, relentlessly].

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PS. Great basketball players simply do not exist without the benefit of working with great basketball coaches.

Do the Raptors really have the 5th most talented team in the Eastern Conference?

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

During Wednesday’s television broadcast of the Orlando/Toronto game, Jack Armstrong, Toronto’s analyst, made the following observation about the perceived talent level for this year’s Raptors team:  

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Then, on Thursday evening , during the FAN590′s ”Hoops” broadcast, Eric Smith, Toronto’s radio analyst, tried to re-iterated this same point of view, when a caller suggested that the Charlotte Bobcats should actually be considered as “a better team with more NBA talent than the Raptors” … along with, at least, 4 other teams in the Estern Conference, i.e. Boston, Orlando, Cleveland and Atlanta.

After hearing Eric’s response to that caller, this is the exact comment [including errors] which was submitted by yours truly to his FAN590 blog, The Rap, on Friday, Dec 18 2009, at 2:17 PM:

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Hi, Eric.

I heard you on speak with a caller on last night’s show, just prior to 8:00 PM, concerning your belief that the Raptors [11-17/.393] are a better team than the Bobcats [10-14/.417]. According to what you said, your opinion was based on conversations you have had with various NBA insiders who you have encountered across the league and what their impression of Toronto and Charlotte has been to this point in the season.

Respectfully, it is my contention that you … and these NBA insiders who you happened to have communicated with regarding the relative strength of these two teams … happen to be incorrect in this assessment, and will eventually be proven wrong are the season plays itself out.

After starting the season poorly, without Stephen Jackson on their roster, the Bobcats have begun to climb up the standings in the Eastern Conference, and are now ahead of the Raptors. Although the Raptors [#4] have played a more difficult schedule than the Bobcats [#15], to this point, IMO, Charlotte has more “NBA talent” on its current roster, and should probably be expected to close out the current season by finishing ahead of Toronto in the final standings.

Calderon [+1] > Felton
DeRozan < Jackson [+1]
Turkoglu < Wallace [+2]
Bosh [+2] > Diaw
Bargnani < Chandler [+3]
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Jack = Augustin
Belinelli < Henderson [+4]
Wright < Brown [+5]
Johnson = Mohammed
Nesterovic [+3] > Diop
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Banks < Murray [+6]
Seems [+4] > Law
 Mensah-Bonsu = Graham
Evans [+5] ?
O’Bryant = Ajinca
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Triano < Brown [+7]

PS. Hopefully, the fanbase should now be able to see that we’ve been saying for a while now, re: Jose Calderon’s relative lack of individual defensive prowess not being the major catalyst for the team’s many short-comings on that side of the ball, has been a highly accurate assessment. :-)

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As you can clearly see there are several typos and what appear to be “publication errors” contained in that specific comment, which was submitted rather hurriedly and is still awaiting moderation/publication at The Rap.

In an effort to clear up any mis-understanding which Eric Smith - or other visitors to his blog – might have … 

Here is a more “in-depth” analysis of the rosters for the Raptors and the Bobcats, with a few adjustments to the initial ratings that more accurately reflect the current state of affairs with these two teams, from the perspective of this coner:

RAPTORS VS BOBCATS

ROSTER EVALUATION

2009-2010

No.

Player

Off

Def

Reb

Total

Adv

Tor

Cha

STARTERS

01

Calderon

4

2

3

9

+1

 

 

Felton

3

3

2

8

 

 

0

 

02

DeRozan

3

2

3

8

 

-

 

 

Jackson

4

4

4

12

 

+1

 

03

Turkoglu

4

2

3

9

 

-

 

 

Wallace

3

3

5

11

 

+2

 

04

Bosh

4

3

5

12

+2

 

 

Diaw

4

3

3

10

 

 

-

 

05

Bargnani

4

1

2

7

 

-

 

 

Chandler

1

4

4

9

 

+3

KEY SUBS

06

Jack

3

3

3

9

 

0

 

 

Augustin

4

3

2

9

 

 

0

 

07

Belinelli

3

2

1

6

 

-

 

 

Henderson

2

3

2

7

 

+4

 

08

Wright

2

2

2

6

 

-

 

 

Brown

2

3

3

8

 

+5

 

09

Johnson

2

3

4

9

 

0

 

 

Mohammed

3

3

3

9

 

 

0

 

10

Nesterovic

3

3

3

9

+3

 

 

Diop

1

4

3

8

 

 

0

RESERVES

11

Banks

2

3

2

7

 

-

 

 

Murray

3

3

2

8

 

+6

 

12

Weems

3

2

2

7

+4

 

 

Law

2

2

2

6

 

 

-

EXTRAS

13

O’Bryant

1

1

1

3

 

0

 

 

Ajinca

1

1

1

3

 

 

0

 

14

M-Bonsu

1

3

4

8

 

0

 

 

Graham

2

3

3

8

 

 

0

INJURED/OUT

15

Evans

[2]

[2]

[4]

[8]

[√]

[+5]

 

 

N/A

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

 

HC

Triano

3

2

3

8

 

-

 

 

Brown

4

4

4

12

 

+7

 

TOTALS

 

Toronto

42

34

41

117

+4

 

 

 

Charlotte

39

46

42

127

+7

 

 

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The Answer to the question – Why did Turkoglu leave Wallace?

Friday, November 27th, 2009

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The defensive system of an elite level basketball team is based on the execution of Rules and/or Concepts which are created by a team’s coaching staff to cover each situation which might occur during that team’s season; Rules and/or Concepts with which a casual [or, even, a die-hard] fan might not be familiar with already.

During this specific sequence:

Chris Bosh is X5, checking Tyson Chandler [C/O5].
Andrea Bargnani is X4, checking Boris Diaw [PF/O4].
Hedo Turkoglu is X3, checking Gerald Wallace [SF/O3]. 
DeMar DeRozan is X2, checking Stephen Jackson [OG/O2].
Jose Calderon is X1, checking Raymond Felton [PG/O1].

WHEN O1 MADE THE INITIAL LOW-POST ENTRY PASS TO O2 [RIGHT BLOCK] AND LAKER CUT TO THE WEAK SIDE OF THE FLOOR:

X1 was responsible for denying the Pass-back to O1 [as he cut through the lane to weak side of the floor [which is exactly what X1 did]. Once O1 got to the weak side, X1 was responsible for: i. Being outside of the lane on the weak side [to avoid an Illegal Defense Violation]; and, ii. Releasing Off his individual check [O1] to Zone Up against whichever opponents [i.e. 1, 2 or 2+] were located on the perimeter of the weak side.

X2 was responsible for defending against O2 in a 1-v-1 situation.

X3 was responsible for: i. Being outside of the lane on the weak side of the floor [to avoid an Illegal Defense Violation]; and, ii. Releasing Off his individual check [i.e. O3] to Zone Up against whichever opponents [i.e. 1, 2 or 2+] were located on the perimeter of the weak side.

X4 was responsible for: i. Being outside of the lane above the Free Throw Line [to avoid an Illegal Defense Violation]; and, ii. Releasing Off his individual check [i.e. O4] to Zone Up against whichever opponents [i.e. 1, 2 or 2+] were located on the perimeter above the Free Throw Line Extended [either on the weak or the strong side of the floor].

X5 was responsible for defending against O5 [located at the ball side elbow] in a 1-v-1 situation.

SPECIFIC RULES FOR O2 vs X2 POST-UP SITUATIONS vs MAN-2-MAN D

Since X2 is a frail 1st year player [20 yrs of age] who cannot defend successfully vs O2′s post-ups … based on a lack of guile and physical strength … X4 was responsible for Covering Down on the ball-handler to get the ball out of O2′s hands [in an effort to avoid the 1-v-1 isolation vs X2]. In general, there are three different techniques which a team can use to execute this specific Cover Down with X4, after the Post Entry Pass has already been made: I. Immediately, On The Initial Catch; II. Delayed, On The 1st Dribble; and, III. Late, on the 2+ Dribble. In this instance, the Raptors chose not to Cover Down Immediately, but to execute either Option II or III … which one exactly is unclear, given the physical movement of X4. All that’s known for certain is that X4 did not execute Option I.

AS X4 PREPARED TO INITIATE HIS COVER DOWN [either Option II or III vs O2]

X3 was responsible for Stepping-up Above The Free Throw Line Extended in order to maintain a Zoned Up position vs O4 [who moved above the Three Point Line] on the weak side of the floor [i.e. in order to avoid an Illegal Defense Violation].  

X1 was responsible for maintaining a Zoned Up position vs O1 [weak side FTLX] and O3 [weak side Corner].

X5 was responsble for: i. Denying an interior pass to O5 [who had cut to the weak side Block]; ii. Being within a step of O5 on the weak side of the floor [in order to avoid an Illegal Defense Violation], iii. Providing Help against a baseline drive by O2.

THE PASS FROM O2 TO O3 HAPPENED WHEN:

1. X4 shifted to the Left Elbow and waited for O2 to take his 1st dribble … which never came … in order to initiate Option I or II in his Cover Down vs O2.

2. X3 failed to communicate with X1 and X5 that he [i.e. X3] was Stepping-Up to defend the area of the floor above the Free Throw Line [i.e. where O4 was positioned] in unison with X4′s Cover Down; and,

3. X1 and X5 failed to: i. Recognize that X3 was Stepping-Up to defend that specific area of the floor and was no longer responsible for being Zoned Up on the weak side of the floor [i.e. vs O3 and O1]; and, then, ii. React quickly to the baseline basket cut which was beautifully executed by O3.  

SPECIFIC RULES FOR O2 vs X2 POST-UP SITUATIONS vs ZONE D

If the Raptors had shifted into their Zone Defense vs O2′s post-up, then their players would have been located in the following positions [in a 2-3 Zone]:

X2 – Left Baseline Defender … checking O2, in a 1-v-1 situation

X4 – Left Top Defender … at the Left Defensive Elbow

X1 – Right Top Defender … at the Right Elbow

X3 - Right Baseline Defender … at the Right Block

X5 – Middle Defender … at the Left Block

Since, X1 [i.e. Jose Calderon] did NOT step-up to the Right Elbow position and, instead, X3 Stepped-up to defend against X4, this indicates that the Raptors had not shifted into their Zone Defensive alignment during this sequence but were responsible for moving and reacting to O2′s post-up within the parameters of their Specific Man-2-Man Cover Down Rules.

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PS. Follow-up queries are welcome in the comments section.

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 16

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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

Game 16 – at Charlotte [Wed Nov 25]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

BOBCATS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Felton

OG

DeRozan *

à

OG

Bell

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Wallace

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Diaw

C

Bargnani

=

C

Chandler ^

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Augustin

OG

Belinelli ^

=

G

Henderson *

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Brown *

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Radmanovic

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Diop

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

Jefferson

PF

Johnson ^

=

PF

Mohammed

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Brown

 

 

 

+0

OUTCOME

+2

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.

This is a back-2-back game for the Raptors. Although these two line-ups are relatively equivalent, in terms of individual match-up advantages, the additional experience which Raja Bell and Larry Brown have, in comparison with DeMar DeRozan and Jay Triano, respectively, gives Charlotte an edge which should be enough to secure a W in a close game.

Expect the Bobcats to be one of several improved teams in the EC this year battling for a lower tier playoff spot with the Raptors.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 6-10

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PS. This contest holds a high degree of interest, due to the presence of rookies DeMar DeRozan [No. 9/1st Rd, USC, OG-SF], Gerald Henderson [No. 12/1st Rd, Duke, OG-SF] and Derrick Brown [No. 40/2nd Rd, Xavier, PF-SF]. Brown, in particular, was a relatively unheralded player in this year’s NBA Draft who yours truly would have liked to see the Raptors trade down to obtain … in addition to receiving other assets, in exchange for the No. 9 [overall] Selection. Although it is still very early in the process, all three players seem to be acquitting themselves nicely in the NBA.

ROI

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Thunder near trade for Hornets’ Chandler
Presti continues sound foundation construction around Kevin Durant [SF]. Controlled PG? Westbrook; check. Multi-purpose PF? Green; check. Defensive/Rebounding C? TC; check. Multi-purpose/defensive focused OG? … Next. 

Celtics trade ‘assistant coach’ Sam Cassell to KIngs
Expect Sam-I-Am back in Beantown, shortly, sitting in the 2nd row behind Doc. Is Ainge preparing for a bigger deal prior to the deadline? Looks like it.

Ranking the Best Big Men in the NBA today

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Coming out of the annual All-Star Break and heading toward this week’s Trade Deadline  [Feb 19, 3:00 PM] … as different trade rumours swirl about the NBA [on-line & elsewhere] … it can be instructive to assess where certain marquee players rank amongst their brethren, at the specific position[s] they play the best.

When considering Big Men [i.e. Centers/C and Power Forwards/PF], it is also imperative to understand what their fundamental role is within the NBA game and what qualities are the most important for them to exhibit on a consistent basis, if their respective team’s are going to have a legitimate chance to win a League Championship, now or in the not-too-distant future.

Big Man Ranking Criteria

* Leadership
* Rebounding [which includes: i. Defensive; ii. Offense]
* Team Defense [which includes: i. Interior Rotations; ii. Perimeter Rotations; iii. Execution of Pick & Roll Techniques; iv. Transition Effectiveness; v. Shot blocking off the ball; Switching off the ball]
* Low-Mid Post Scoring
* Passing Effectiveness
* Individual Low-Mid Post Defense [which includes Shot blocking on the ball]
* Individual Perimeter Defense
* Screening Effectiveness
* Picking Effectiveness
* Perimeter Scoring
* Offensive Transition
* Physical Traits: i. Quickness; ii. Agility; iii. Explosive Power; iv. Size & Strength
* Psycho-Emotional Traits: i. Stability; ii. Intelligence; iii. Intensity; iv. Toughness 

These are the current rankings, according to this corner:

 

 

 

Rankings for Starting Centers

 

No.

EASTERN

No.

WESTERN

1

D-Howard/Magic

1

T-Duncan/Spurs

2

C-Bosh/Raptors

2

A-Stoudemire/Suns

3

A-Horford/Hawks

3

A-Bynum/Lakers

4

K-Perkins/Celtics

4

Y-Ming/Rockets

5

R-Wallace/Pistons

5

A-Jefferson/Timberwolves

6

Z-Ilgaukas/Cavaliers

6

Nene/Nuggets

7

A-Bogut/Bucks

7

T-Chandler/Hornets

8

D-Lee/Knicks

8

S-O’Neal/Suns

9

J-O’Neal/Heat

9

Mehmet Okur/Jazz

10

R-Nesterovic/Pacers

10

Andre Biedrins/Warriors

11

E-Okafor/Bobcats

11

Marc Gasol/Grizzlies

12

B-Heywood/Wizards

12

Marcus Camby/Clippers

13

S-Dalembert/76ers

13

Nick Collison/Thunder

14

B-Lopez/Nets

14

Greg Oden/Blazers

15

J-Noah/Bulls

15

Eric Dampier/Mavericks

 

 

16

Spencer Hawes/Kings

 

 

 

 

Rankings for Starting Power Forwards

 

No.

EASTERN

No.

WESTERN

1

K-Garnett/Celtics

1

D-Nowitzki/Mavericks

2

J-Smith/Hawks

2

P-Gasol/Lakers

3

S-Marion/Raptors

3

C-Boozer/Jazz

4

R-Lewis/Magic

4

L-Scola/Rockets

5

A-Varejao/Cavaliers

5

A-Stoudemire/Suns

6

C-Bosh/Raptors

6

D-West/Hornets

7

A-Jamison/Wizards

7

L-Aldridge/Blazers

8

T-Prince/Pistons

8

K-Martin/Nuggets

9

LRM-A Moute/Bucks

9

S-Jackson/Warriors

10

B-Diaw/Bobcats

10

D-Milicic/Grizzlies

11

T-Murphy/Pacers

11

J-Green/Thunder

12

U-Haslem/Heat

12

Z-Randolph/Clippers

13

T-Young/76ers

13

C-Smith/Timberwolves

14

A-Harrington/Knicks

14

B-Miller/Kings

15

T-Thomas/Bulls

15

M-Bonner/Spurs

16

Y-Jianlian/Nets

 

 

 

Use the “comments” section to provide your feedback. :-)

 

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 ?

What Game 7′s are made of

Monday, May 19th, 2008


10 reasons
San Antonio is going to win tonight’s Game 7

 

10. The Tony Parker vs Chris Paul match-up will be played to a draw.

9. The Bruce Bowen vs Peja Stojakovic match-up will be won by the ‘Karate Kid’.

8. Joey Crawford is not on tonight’s officiating crew.

7. Michael Finley and Brent Barry are accustomed to making big shots in big games.

6. Tim Duncan has yet to play a good “away game”. Tonight, he’s due.

5. Three PFs (Thomas-K, Oberto-F & Horry-R) are better than one (West-D).

4. Ime Udoka is not going to waste valuable possessions by taking ill-advised shots.

3. When the Hornets “go small” the Spurs will counter, “going BIG” at the guard spots.

2. The Spurs are mentally tougher than this inexperienced Hornets team.

1. GINOBILI!!!

 

10 reasons New Orleans is going to win tonight’s Game 7

 

10. Chris Paul is a better PG than Tony Parker. This is his time to shine.

9. The 5/1 Wing Pick & Roll, with 2 (Peja) back-screening for Chandler, is a tough check for Bowen.

8. Joey Crawford is on tonight’s officiating crew.

7. One of Jannero Pargo, Bonzi Wells or MoPete is due for a BIG scoring night.

6. Tyson Chandler is the best 1-on-1 defensive match-up vs Tim Duncan, in the NBA.

5. 1 star PF (West-D) is better than 3 also-rans (Thomas-K, Oberto-F & Horry-R).

4. There’s no way Ime Udoka can duplicate his Game 6 performance for the Spurs.

3. The Hornets superior athleticism will generate key Stls, Blks, TO’s & Off-Rebs.

2. The Hornets are on post-Katrina mission, as the NBA’s feel-good story this year.

1. The Spurs are a dirty team whose ‘bad Karma’ will finally catch up with them!

 

Go ahead and take your pick.

 

Either way, it SHOULD be a terrific ballgame!

The Champs are on the ropes

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Down 2-3 in their series against New Orleans, the San Antonio Spurs head home for Game 6 tomorrow night, facing elimination from the 2008 NBA Playoffs for the first time.

Dropping last night’s pivotal Game 5, on the road, the reigning NBA champs, again, let the play get away from them during the 3rd Quarter, allowing the Hornets to fight their way back from a 3-pt deficit at the half (44-47) to assume control … with a 14-pt margin in their favour … by the end of these 12 minutes (72-58).

Did the Spurs look old and tired, once again, during this specific stretch?

Yes, they did.

Did they make several costly turnovers?

Yes, they did … 4, in total.

Did they shoot a putrid percentage from the field … missing open shot after open shot, whether near or far?

Yes, they did … finishing 5-18 (27.8 %) for the quarter overall.

On the other hand, did the Hornets do a terrific job defensively?

Yes, they did … registering 3 Blocked Shots (West/2; Chandler/1) and 3 Steals (West/2; Chandler/1) during this quarter alone.

Is all now lost for the Spurs? … knowing that, should they manage a victory at home (in Game 6), to square the series (3-3), they will still need to get a W, in the Big Easy, where they have been thoroughly outplayed so far?

Not by a long shot … at least, if Gregg Popovich will only stop being so stubborn and refrain from playing certain players who have let the Spurs down, on the road, to this point in the series.

When the Spurs went to their bench during the 3rd Quarter last night, they were let down by two of their key reserves … i.e. Robert Horry & Ime Udoka … who were both over-matched when asked to defend or score versus either Tyson Chandler or David West during this important segment of the game, where the Hornets pulled away from San Antonio.

As suggested in this space last week … The answer for the Spursthe key player in a San Antonio victory at New orleans will be Brent Barry (G/F, 6-7, 210), who is that much bigger than Udoka (G/F, 6-5, 220) … who is only in his 1st year with the Spurs and doesn’t know yet what it takes to win big games on the road in the Playoffs … and quicker than Horry (F, 6-10, 240) … who is no longer the same ‘Big Shot Bob’ that stuck the fatal dagger in so many playoff opponents of yesteryear.

Expect the Spurs to win Game 6, at home … but, the more significant question is …

Will Coach Popovich have solved the individual match-up riddle that is David West (PF, 6-8, 240) by the 3rd Quarter of Game 7?“ 

The Spurs attempt to repeat as NBA champions, for the first time, might just hang in the balance.