Game Review: Raptors at Lakers, Oct 19

FINAL SCORE: Raptors 89, Lakers 112
Game Information

The fundamental inequities which exist between the rosters of these two teams were on full display in last night’s exhibition game.

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At the 02:41 mark of the 3rd Quarter, the Lakers made 3 substitutions:

* Replacing V-Radmanovic with Lamar Odom,
* Replacing D-Fisher with Trevor Ariza, and
* Replacing A-Bynum with Jordan Farmar;

while, the Raptors made 1 substitution:

* Replacing A-Parker with Jason Kapono.

9 seconds later, at the 02:32 mark, the Raptors made a 2nd substitution:

* Replacing J-Calderon with Roko Ukic;

and leaving each team with the following line-ups on the court:

RAPTORS – Ukic [PG], Adams [OG/SF], Kapono [SF/OG], Bargnani [C/PF] & O’Neal [PF/C]

LAKERS – Farmar [PG], Bryant [OG/SF], Ariza [SF/OG], Odom [PF] & Gasol [C]

After Jason Kapono made 2 Free Throws to put the Raptors ahead, 72-70, the Lakers closed the quarter with a 10-4 run which put them up, 80-76. 

During the run, the Raptors made 1 substitution, at the 00:30 mark:

* Replacing J-O’Neal with Chris Bosh.

To open the 4th Quarter, the Raptors made no new substitutions, while the Lakers made 2 substitutions:

* Replacing K-Bryant with Luke Walton, and
* Replacing P-Gasol with Chris Mihm;

leaving them with the following line-up:

LAKERS – Farmar [PG], Ariza [OG/SF], Walton [SF/OG], Odom [PF] & Mihm [C].

Without bringing Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, or Andrew Bynum back into the game, the Lakers then outscored the Raptors in the 4th Quarter, 32-13, to seal their victory.

The following table indicates the substitutions made by each team during these respective phases of the game:

RAPTORS

Time

Score

LAKERS

 

3rd Q

 

 

Calderon, Adams, Parker, Bargnani, O’Neal

02:42

70-70

Fisher, Bryant, Radmanovic, Gasol, Bynum

Calderon, Adams, Kapono, O’Neal, Bargnani

02:41

70-70

Farmar, Bryant, Ariza, Odom, Gasol

Ukic, Adams, Kapono, O’Neal, Bargnani

02:32

72-70

 

Ukic, Adams, Kapono, Bosh, Bargnani

00:30

76-77

 

 

4th Q

 

 

 

12:00

76-80

Farmar, Ariza, Walton, Odom, Mihm

 

06:23

83-96

Farmar, Ariza, Walton, Powell, Mihm

Ukic, Adams, Moon, Humphries, Bargnani

05:42

84-98

 

 

03:28

86-104

Farmar, Ariza, Yue, Powell, Mbenga

 

00:00

89-112

 

while the final table reflects the playing time alotted to each player for both teams who saw action during these two sequences of the 3rd and 4th Quarters: 

 

RAPTORS

Minutes

LAKERS

Minutes

Calderon

00.09

Fisher

00:01

Adams

14:41

Bryant

02:41

Parker

00:01

Radmanovic

00:01

Bosh

06:48

Bynum

00:01

O’Neal

02:11

Gasol

02:41

Ukic

14:32

Farmar

14:41

Kapono

08:59

Ariza

14:41

Moon

05:42

Odom

08:18

Bargnani

14:41

Walton

08:32

 

 

Mihm

08:32

 

 

Powell

06:23

 

 

Yue

03:28

 

 

Mbenga

03:28

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When assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the Raptors and the Lakers, it is comical to think that some other NBA observers are actually considering the current version of the Raptors:

1. To be a ‘legitimate’ contending team in the NBA this season; or,

2. To be a ‘legitimate’ contending team in the Eastern Conference this season.

As is … the cold, hard, reality is: 

I) When Jose Calderon is not in the game, the Raptors do not have a capable back-up Point Guard who they can use to run their team against a high calibre opponent.

[Note 1: In part, this is because they have shown little to no interest, thus far, in using Anthony Parker … a capable ball-handler and decision-maker … in this capacity.]

II) When some combination of Chris Bosh, Jermaine O’Neal and Kris Humphries are not on the court together, the Raptors are incapable of rebounding the ball in a way which is consistent with being a legitimate contending team in the NBA … given the deficiencies of their back-up players, like Andrea Bargnani [C/PF], Jason Kapono [SF/OG], Hassan Adams [OG/SF] and Roko Ukic [PG], in this specific area of the game.

III) The absence of QUALITY DEPTH on the Raptors’ roster is going to be an achilles heel for their team this season, in comparison with the other top flight teams in the NBA this season,

e.g. Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers;

as well as, the other 2nd & 3rd tier teams that are in the ‘chase pack’ alongside Toronto.

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5 Responses to “Game Review: Raptors at Lakers, Oct 19”

  1. Johnn19 Says:

    Calderon is going to need to play big minutes to start the season. Hopefully Soloman can give him a 5/6 minute break a couple of times per game, without losing too much ground, (it would be good to have AP on the floor also with him) as I feel he is ahead of Ukic, on both offense and defense for now, although by season end I expect Ukic to be in that role. Raptors will probably struggle against teams with good back-ups ala Farmar with Lakers who ran circles around Ukic last night.

  2. Raps Fan Says:

    it’s upsetting (not so much alarming as i assumed as much) that our reserves are so bad. i actually prefer starting joey graham over moon if this is the case to have some useful come off the bench at the 7/8 spot. nice charts, they were helpful.

    on another note, i think the lakers should be starting ariza, the guy is a nice player. can’t believe orlando gave him up for cook. another nice draft pick by isiah thomas, i wonder if he gets another shot in the nba?

  3. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    Phil Jackson values the contributions Ariza makes to the Lakers, regardless whether starting or coming off the bench.

    Based on what I’ve heard so far, Dr. Phil considers him to have been their best player during this pre-season.

    Expect Trevor to have a big year. He is a terrific complimentary player with Kobe, Lamar and Andrew.

    When the Lakers have these four players on the court together … with a host of other parts,

    e.g. Vujacic, or Fisher, or Farmar, or Radmanovic, or Gasol, or Walton, or Mihm, or Powell, or Mbenga,

    running the Triangle Offense and sharing the load Defensively, as the ZenMaster’s teams always do,

    they are going to be lethal this season.

    Unlike other sports observers … I am not in the BUSINESS of MAKING PREDICTIONS willy nilly. 😉

  4. Raps Fan Says:

    fortunately i am, lol. i have plenty of predictions that will be a comin 😉

  5. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    LOL … Looking forward to hearing them all, in due time. 🙂

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