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GAME REVIEW: Raptors @ Bucks [Nov 1]

November 3, 2008

In the NBA, it is always better to win a game than it is to lose one.

This said … Winning certain games, in and of themselves, can often mask specific deficiencies which, if left unchecked, will rot the core of an otherwise tasty apple. 

The only other time in the history of the Toronto Raptors franchise the dinos have started their season with a 3-0 mark was in 2004-2005, which ushered in two years of doom & gloom and, ultimately, resulted in the trading of their only superstar player [i.e. Wince Carter].

What were the root causes of the team’s many eventual problems that season?

1. The lack of QUALITY DEPTH throughout the roster.
2. An inability to REBOUND the ball like a team with a top notch QUALITY INDEX RATING.

Despite a positive start to the regular season, when a team (i) does not have confidence in the players on its bench AND (ii) cannot sustain a Positive Rebounding Differential, over an extended run of games, it is only a matter of time before its W-L record balances out and, quite possibly, tips in the opposite direction.

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FINAL SCORE: Raptors 91, Bucks 87
Game Info

POSITIVES

 

POS

MP

FGMA

3FGM-A

FTM-A

+/-

OR

DR

TOT

AST

PF

ST

TO

BS

BA

PTS

C.Bosh

F

41:27

6-10

0-0

8-10

+14

1

9

10

6

3

0

4

1

1

20

J.Moon

F

27:35

4-8

3-6

4-4

+9

0

2

2

2

1

1

0

1

0

15

A.Parker

G

43:52

4-10

1-3

2-2

+10

0

1

1

3

2

4

2

0

2

11

J.Calderon

G

43:21

8-15

3-4

6-6

+10

0

5

5

9

1

1

6

0

0

25

J.Kapono

 

25:10

3-5

1-1

2-2

-5

0

4

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

9

* 3FGM-A [%] vs Opp: 8-16 [50.0] vs 3-13 [23.1], +15 Pts
* FTM-A [%] vs Opp: 23-26 [88.5] vs 12-19 [63.2], +11 Pts 

NEEDED AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

 

POS

MP

FGMA

3FGM-A

FTM-A

+/-

OR

DR

TOT

AST

PF

ST

TO

BS

BA

PTS

J.O’Neal

C

28:43

5-10

0-0

1-2

-2

1

7

8

1

6

0

4

2

1

11

A.Bargnani

 

17:29

0-3

0-1

0-0

-9

1

4

5

0

4

0

2

2

0

0

J.Graham

 

04:21

0-1

0-1

0-0

-4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

* Assist:Turnover Differential vs Opp: +4/22:18 vs +10/24:14 [Tor -6]
* REBOUNDING DIFFERENTIAL:

1st Half – Tor 20 Rebs, 41 Pts; MLW 20 Rebs, 40 Pts
3rd Q – Tor 8 Rebs, 19 Pts; MLW 7 Rebs, 21 Pts
4th Q – Tor 7 Rebs, 21 Pts; MLW 12 Rebs, 27 Pts 
TOTAL – Tor 35, 91 Pts; MLW 39 Rebs, 87 Pts   [Tor -4]

KEY POSSESSION OUTCOME[S]

* 00:21 4th Q … Tor 84, MLW 85 … Calderon’s Made 3PT-shot, which resulted from Sessions defensive miscue, i.e. helping off JC at the Top Of The Key, versus CB4’s Right Wing isolation … Tor 87, MLW 85

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The next time these two teams meet, if the Bucks get even slightly better performances from:

 

POS

MP

FGMA

3FGM-A

FTM-A

+/-

OR

DR

TOT

AST

PF

ST

TO

BS

BA

PTS

R.Jefferson

F

36:03

3-13

0-3

3-4

-6

0

8

8

3

5

1

1

0

3

9

M.Redd

G

43:39

7-19

1-6

4-7

-4

1

5

6

2

1

1

3

0

0

19

C.Bell

 

13:12

1-5

0-1

0-0

+1

0

2

2

2

2

0

2

0

0

2

and give some additional PT to:

 

POS

MP

FGMA

3FGM-A

FTM-A

+/-

OR

DR

TOT

AST

PF

ST

TO

BS

BA

PTS

A.Bogut

C

31:18

7-10

0-0

0-0

-2

5

4

9

3

3

2

3

0

0

14

R.Sessions

G

36:46

5-10

0-0

2-4

-9

1

1

2

9

4

1

2

0

1

12

T.Lue

 

05:47

0-0

0-0

0-0

+6

0

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

L.Mbah a Moute

 

19:35

4-7

0-0

1-2

+5

1

1

2

1

2

1

0

2

1

9

J.Alexander

 DNP – Coach’s Decision

it would not be a surprise at all to see Milwaukee triumph on the scoreboard … given the Raptors lack of QUALITY DEPTH and their REBOUNDING DEFICIENCY.

Although both of these teams should be in the playoff hunt this season, in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors hold an edge due to the presence of Jose Calderon & Chris Bosh, who are each superior players to their counterparts on the Bucks.

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Cavaliers: one step forward, one step back

August 14, 2008

Despite having the 2nd best basketball player in the world today on their roster, it’s as though the Management Team in Cleveland is still searching in the dark for a roadmap, detailing how to get their crew safely to the Land of Milk and Honey.

Cavaliers acquire Williams in three-team trade

It says in this corner that … the Cavaliers are no closer today to winning the NBA title, one day in the future, than they were yesterday, before this latest transaction occurred; or, than they were several months ago, when they last attempted (in vain) to upgrade the personnel on their team …

Cavaliers just went backwards

The immmediate take on the ramifications of this three-team trade?

Sam Presti & the ‘Oklahoma Whatsitsnames’ just improved their team, again.