Raptors @ Hawks … post mortem

When the Raptors are leading by 7 pts with 5:10 left in the 4th Quarter and then replace their Point Guard, for offensive purposes, but make only 1 Field Goal (scored by the incoming PG, on a Pull-up Jump Shot) through the end of regulation play, while surrendering 3 Field Goals on defense (including a 3-pt shot that tied the game on the final possession, over that same PG), plus a trip to the Free Throw Line, during this time span … then Toronto deserves to lose this game.


Moon Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)
Assist: Delfino (2 AST)
[TOR 105-98]
  5:10 Team Timeout:Regular
  5:10 Williams Substitution replaced by Horford
Moon Substitution replaced by Nesterovic 5:10  
Calderon Substitution replaced by Ford 5:10  
  5:00 Horford Foul:Offensive (1 PF)
  5:00 Horford Turnover:Foul (2 TO)
Bosh Jump Shot: Missed 4:44  
  4:43 Horford Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)
[ATL 100-105]
Smith Dunk Shot: Made (16 PTS)
Assist: Johnson (8 AST)
Bosh Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 4:14  
  4:12 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)
  4:05 Smith Turnover:Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST)
Nesterovic Foul:Offensive (2 PF) 3:49  
Nesterovic Turnover:Foul (2 TO) 3:49  
  3:30 Johnson Jump Shot: Missed
Delfino Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 3:29  
Parker Turnover:Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Bibby (3 ST) 3:10  
Nesterovic Foul:Shooting (3 PF) 2:58  
(2:58) Timeout: Official
[ATL 101-105]
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)
[ATL 102-105]
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)
Nesterovic Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 2:41  
  2:39 Bibby Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)
  2:23 Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed
Team Rebound 2:21  
Bosh Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Smith (2 BLK) 2:03  
Bosh Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 2:01  
Delfino 3pt Shot: Missed 1:58  
  1:57 Horford Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)
[ATL 104-105]
Horford Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)
Assist: Johnson (9 AST)
Ford Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) 1:32
[TOR 107-104]
  1:17 Johnson Turnover:Bad Pass (5 TO)
Bosh 3pt Shot: Missed 0:51  
  0:49 Horford Rebound (Off:2 Def:7)
  0:36 Smith Jump Shot: Missed
Ford Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 0:33  
Ford Jump Shot: Missed 0:13  
  0:11 Bibby Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)
  0:11 Team Timeout:Regular
  0:08 Bibby 3pt Shot: Missed
  0:07 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)
  0:03 Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed
  0:03 Team Rebound
  0:03 Team Timeout:Short
Nesterovic Substitution replaced by Moon 0:03  
  0:03 Horford Substitution replaced by Williams
[ATL 107-107]
Bibby 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS)
Assist: Childress (4 AST)
Team Timeout:Regular 0:00  
  0:00 Bibby Substitution replaced by Horford
(0:00) Instant Replay
End of 4th Quarter


“(in the NBA) You win games with ’stops’ more than you make shots … I think our defense won the game for us.
George Karl (Head Coach, Denver Nuggets), Mar 23/08 

In the NBA … it does not matter how well a certain player performs for the remainder of a specific game … if that same player either (i) makes a crucial error(s) in judgment or is taken advantage of, on the defensive end of the floor, by the opposition during a (critical) game-deciding possession(s).

The fact is … officials do not Win or Lose games in the sport of basketball.

Players Win or Lose games … and, in the NBA, the margin for error in a significant percentage of these is so small that … one single play, at the right or wrong time, is frequently the difference between Winning & Losing, on any given night in this League.

“What Byron (Scott) understands is players win games. Coaches? We hold them accountable, we try to put them in the right system and we put them in a certain structure to be successful. but at the end of the day, not one coach makes one shot.”
Sam Mitchell (Head Coach, Toronto Raptors), Mar 29/08

Such was the case, yet again, last night in Atlanta.

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  4. FeetinthePaint Says:

    Definitely agree with your statement about players — not officials — deciding the game. Officials are often scapegoats. And scapegoats are just projections from fans. “If this had happened, the team would have done this” or “if that foul wasn’t called, we’d have been up by 15 instead of losing.”

    With all of the talent and preparation that pro bal clubs have, one play is the difference. Good post and cheers.

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