GAME REVIEW: Raptors at Celtics [Nov 10]

In the NBA, there are 3 distinct tiers of teams:

High End … Above .549 Win %
Middle … Between .450-.549 Win %
Low End … Below .450 Win %

One of the Key Performance Indicators [KPIs] which separates teams in the High End group from teams in the Middle group is how they tend to function [i.e. execute their ‘stuff’] during the final few minutes of a close game against a High End team.

High End teams consistently display the ability to stop their opponents from scoring during this specific phase of the game, and the ability to score the ball themselves at Crunch Time.

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FINAL SCORE: Raptors 87, CELTICS 94
Game Info

POSITIVES

 

pos

mp

fgm-a

3fgm-a

ftm-a

+/-

dr

or

tr

ast

pf

st

to

bs

ba

pts

J.Moon

F

16:25

2-5

1-4

0-0

+5

1

6

7

1

2

1

0

1

0

5

J.Graham

 

18:01

3-5

1-1

1-2

+3

1

4

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

8

K.Humphries

 

05:36

2-3

0-0

0-0

+5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

NEEDED AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

 

pos

mp

fgm-a

3fgm-a

ftm-a

+/-

dr

or

tr

ast

pf

st

to

bs

ba

pts

A.Bargnani

 

10:53

1-4

0-1

0-0

-9

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

0

0

2

* Despite scoring 23 Pts and recording 11 Rebs, in the last 3+ minutes of the 4th Quarter, Jermaine O’Neal committed 2 TO’s which cost the Raptors dearly and had his Turn-around Jump-shot blocked by Kendrick Perkins.

* Despite scoring 14 Pts and recording 6 Rebs, Jason Kapono allowed Paul Pierce to score 3 crucial FGs [6 Pts] during the final 3:14 of the 4th Quarter, cementing the victory for the Celtics, while going scoreless himself.

KEY POSSESSION OUTCOME[S]

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  3:14 Team Timeout:Regular
  3:14 Davis Substitution replaced by Perkins
  3:14 House Substitution replaced by Rondo
  3:02
[BOS 84-84]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS)
Assist: Rondo (3 AST)
O’Neal Turnover:Bad Pass (2 TO) 2:41  
  2:15 Rondo Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed
Kapono Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 2:14  
O’Neal Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK) 1:50  
  1:49 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)
  1:38
[BOS 86-84]
Pierce Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (30 PTS)
Team Timeout:Regular 1:37  
O’Neal Turnover:Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 1:18  
  1:06
[BOS 88-84]
Pierce Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (32 PTS)
Calderon Jump Shot: Missed 0:52  
  0:51 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)
  0:34
[BOS 90-84]
Pierce Reverse Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS)
Team Timeout:Short 0:34  
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 0:30  
  0:29 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)
Kapono Foul:Personal (4 PF) 0:24  
  0:24
[BOS 91-84]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS)
  0:24
[BOS 92-84]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS)
Kapono 3pt Shot: Missed 0:17  
Team Rebound 0:17  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS)
Assist: Kapono (6 AST)
0:11
[TOR 87-92]
 
Bosh Foul:Personal (4 PF) 0:08  
  0:08
[BOS 93-87]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (35 PTS)
  0:08
[BOS 94-87]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (36 PTS)
Calderon 3pt Shot: Missed 0:02  
  0:01 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)
End of 4th Quarter

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* BOSTON scored on 6 of its final 7 meaningful possessions [3:14-0:08], four times by Pierce and twice by Allen-R

Allen-R [J3]
Rondo
Pierce [J2]
Pierce [J2]
Pierce [LU2]
Allen-R [1+1], and
Pierce [1+1]

* Toronto scored on 1 of its final 7 meaningfull possessions [3:14-0:08], by Parker

O’Neal [TO]
O’Neal [Missed J2/BS]
O’Neal [TO]
Calderon [Missed J2]
Parker [Missed J3]
Kapono [Missed J3], and
Parker [J3]

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Executing, successfully, under pressure, on a consistent basis … i.e. Offensively, Defensively & Rebounding wise … is a hallmark of a High End team, in the NBA; while failing to do is a tell-tale sign that an otherwise good squad still has a ways to go before reaching that same level of excellence.

When the Raptors make good use of Jamario Moon, Joey Graham and Kris Humphries, off the bench, they become a solid, up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference.

When they don’t, however … like what happened during the 2nd Half of yesterday’s match-up vs Boston … and instead get an unproductive performance [from the field] out of Andrea Bargnani [C], a less-than-stellar defensive line from Jason Kapono, and untimely poor play from Jermaine O’Neal, coming down the stretch of Big Games vs High End teams across the League,

the Raptors are going to struggle closing out games.

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3 Responses to “GAME REVIEW: Raptors at Celtics [Nov 10]”

  1. Ryan Says:

    Surprised that the taunting episode went untouched

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  3. khandor Says:

    Ryan,

    Those focused on the ‘taunting’ of KG do not understand yet what the NBA game is all about …

    i.e. a League which is driven by the individual talent of the players on a team’s roster, how that talent is acquired, how it fits together, and then how it’s used on and off the court.

    The Raptors earned their 16-pt lead due to how they played, both individually and together, on the court versus the Celtics; and, then, lost the lead based on the same factors.

    Taunting, or not, had nothing to do with it … as neither team backed down from the other, i.e. physically, emotionally or any other way you can imagine.

    The Raptors played well enough during each of the individual possessions in that game … until the 3:14 mark of the 4th Quarter, trading blows, landing a few haymakers of their own and enduring some solid shots from their opponent, matching their intensity step for step.

    Then, begining at the 3:14 mark of the 4th … the equivalent of the 14th round in a heavyweight championship title bout, in the old days, ‘When We Were Kings‘ style … the Celtics steeled themselves for the Final Onslaught, ‘hit & held’ in a tighter way than they had to that point, and the Raptors’ simply ‘Couldn’t Go Any Further With Them‘, knees buckling [figuratively & literally] under the barrage offerred up by ‘Tha Truth’, ‘Jesus S’, ‘The Warrior’, ‘Paul Bunyan’ and ‘The Tarantula’, in concert with one another.

    In close, hard-fought games against High End teams in the NBA …

    EXECUTION, in the 3 Main Phases of the Game, i.e. Offensively, Defensively & Rebounding, is what determines a specific team’s level of COLLECTIVE TOUGHNESS which, in turn, is what decides which team WINS and which one LOSES, based upon the individual match-ups and mis-matches amongst the 10 players who are on the court together during Crunch Time … i.e. in the 14th & 15th Rounds.

    The Raptors went 1-for-7 … because the Celtics played hellacious DEFENSE, and the Raptors failed to convert on a series of TOUGH possessions.

    The Celtics went 6-7 … because the Raptors played solid Defense, and the C’s have Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo, EACH ONE OF WHOM came through Big-time for them during their final 7 meanigful possessions.

    End of story.

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