Raptors @ Lakers … post mortem

First & foremost … 

THE problem, last night for the Raptors was that … with the exception of Rasho Nesterovic and Joey Graham … this edition of their team does not have the type of ‘physical’ player it takes (at this level) to play 1st class individual D against one’s own check, in the final minutes of a meaningful game vs a top notch opponent.

If Sam Mitchell had gone to the following line-up last night, in the last 6 minutes of the game:

Calderon, Moon, Graham, Humphries and Nesterovic

… with the offensive focus in the hands of Jose (outside) & Kris (inside)

… Toronto ‘might’ have been able to get a few important ’stops’ along the way AND still score enough points to close the gap on the Lakers.

As it was, with the rotation they used … Full Play-By-Play … Toronto failed to make any serious headway at crunch-time.

In general, although Calderon isn’t great in this area … with his size & strength … he can get the job adequately on D, at the PG spot … as can Chris Bosh, at the C spot … Jamario Moon, if he’s allowed to play the OG position … Kris Humphries, as the PF … and Joey Graham, if he’s played as the SF.

When matched up against the elite teams in the NBA … THE major problem for the Raptors is the lack of defensive & rebounding ‘physicality’ … with the likes of TJ Ford (PG), Anthony Parker (OG), Carlos Delfino (SF), Jason Kapono (F) and Andrea Bargnani (PF/C), on the floor together.

Secondly …

When Kobe plays 47 of 48 possible minutes … see Boxscore … then, you just have to know that Phil Jackson had no intention of ever losing this game; and, that Jelly Bean, Jr. (in fact) had things on cruise-control for the first 40 minutes, pacing himself until the time was right for him to take control in the final 6-8 mins, with the Lakers having 2 days off before they’re at New Orleans on Friday.

Thirdly …

Saving Calderon for tomorrow night’s game at Golden State, when he’ll be needed vs Baron Davis, was an interesting move by Sam Mitchell, in an effort to avoid an ‘0-for-5’ on this road-trip.

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3 Responses to “Raptors @ Lakers … post mortem”

  1. Raps Fan Says:

    really shows you how much work the raptors need to still do. they were absolutely outclassed in every regard: coaching, players, plays, decision making, everything. i don’t know how you could have left parker out of your suggested lineup. he was the best player on the court for the raptors on both ends of the court.

    good articles man, you are added to my daily read list.

  2. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    Thanks for your comment. 🙂

    AP is a solid 2-guard in the NBA but … despite the terrific game he had last night … he just doesn’t have the ‘physical make-up’ it takes to succeed against the likes of Kobe Bryant (and a few other very talented scorers) at this level of competition … when the game is on the line.

    Coming down the stretch of a close game, playing from behind, against a quality opponent … individual Defense & Rebounding are more important than the type of ‘limited finesse offense’ which is AP’s specialty.

    PS. Although you and I might see the NBA game in a slightly different way from one another … feedback like yours is always appreciated on this blog.

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