Posts Tagged ‘Joe Johnson’

Hawks finally turn the corner

August 9, 2008

Hawks Re-Sign Josh Smith!

As it stands right now, this Atlanta Hawks team …

2008-2009 Roster
PLAYER POS HT WT
Bibby, Mike G 6-1 190
Claxton, Speedy G 6-1 170
Evans, Maurice G-F 6-5 220
Horford, Al C-F 6-10 245
Johnson, Joe G 6-7 235
Jones, Solomon F 6-10
Law, Acie G 6-3 195
Morris, Randolph C 6-11 259
Pachulia, Zaza C 6-11
Richardson, Jeremy (FA) G-F 6-7 195
Smith, Josh (FA) F 6-9 235
Stoudamire, Salim (FA) G 6-1 175
West, Mario West (FA) G 6-5 210
Williams, Marvin F 6-9 230

with the solid acquisitions they’ve made this off-season … AND without over-paying for a mediocre NBA player like Josh Childress … is SOOOOO MUCH BETTER THAN 2007-2008, it’s no comparison.

While some might not LIKE Rick Sund (new GM), the solid job he’s done, thus far, is a MATTER OF FACT.

If the Hawks can stay healthy this season … they will be a legitimate Playoff Contender for a second consecutive year, in a much improved the Eastern Conference.

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THE problem with the current Raptors

April 24, 2008

Let me ask you these two questions:

If you flipped TJ Ford for Steve Nash (let’s say in a fantasy world) … do you think the Suns would stand a snowball’s chance in h*ll of getting past the Spurs this year?

How about the Raptors vs the Magic?

If your answers to those two queries are a resounding,

No Way, Jose!

and

Like, for sure, dude!

then you’re beginning to see that the major problem with this team is that … unlike what happened in Phoenix when Colangelo, Jr. COMPLETELY LUCKED OUT that Steve Nash WANTED to return to the Suns when Mark Cuban cut him loose BECAUSE NASH’S WIFE & KIDS ALREADY LIVED IN THE PHOENIX AREA (not because BC is a top notch GM who knows what he’s doing) … THERE IS ONLY ONE STEVE NASH AND HE ISN’T PLAYING FOR THE RAPTORS, JUST YET.

Steve Nash is/was the architect of Phoenix’s rise from the ashes … which Bryan Colangelo orchestrated with their once-proud team … no one else.

Because Steve Nash wanted to live in Phoenix, he signed with the Suns when Cuban said, “Thanks but no thanks, Stevie boy, I don’t think you’ve got what it will take to Win a Championship for me with the Mavs, at the price you’re asking.” FULL STOP.

Because Steve Nash is the best ‘Pick & Roll/Pop’ PG in the History of the NBA (so sayeth an authority like Mark Jackson, during the Suns/Spurs Game 2 match-up) … when Colangelo fired Frank Johnson (who he had previously picked to run the Suns) and appointed Mike D’Antoni … IT WAS D’ANTONI WHO INSTALLED THE SUNS’ 4 OUT/1 IN OFFENSIVE SYSTEM, tailored specifically for Steve & Amare (who is the perfect under-sized but super athletic Center to run that system) and deserves 2nd billing on the Suns credit roll for their resurgence as a first-tier franchise in the NBA.

If not for Colangelo’s decision NOT to re-sign Joe Johnson … Phoenix might well have its 1st NBA title already.

Then … “when the going actually got tough” in Phoenix and daddy was out as the principal owner … that’s when the ‘Golden Boy’ decided to ‘Bolt the Ship’ and head for greener pastures … in mid-season 2006 (think about THAT for a second or two) … for the comfy ‘international’ confines in The Great White North, with free reign to call the shots AND a Big Ticket contract.

Want to know THE reason this version of the Raptors isn’t quite ‘tough enough’ to get the job done in the post-season?

When a fight breaks out (like it did in Phoenix) … what does a really tough ‘hombre’ decide to do … FIGHT or RUN?

(what did Colangelo, Jr. do in the Valley of the Sun?)

7 Seconds or Less … is the Coward’s way to play NBA hoops … and will never ever be rewarded with the championship.

The old Boston Celtics … with my MAN, Bill Russell at the CORE … and the ShowTime LAKESHOW … with my MAN, Earvin at the CORE … both shot it plenty quick enough to rack up devastatingly Big scoring numbers but neither operation would EVER have been referred to as TOO SOFT to get it done in the playoffs … cause their success was built upon a BALANCE between

OFFENSE … DEFENSE … and, most important of all … REBOUNDING,

not an “offensive philosophy of 100 shots per game”.

MLSE does not know what it’s doing AND should not be in the business of running ‘pro sports teams’ in Toronto … cause they KEEP HIRING THE WRONG PEOPLE to head up their basketball & hockey operations (e.g. see the current debacle with Anaheim’s GM, Brian Burke).

As the old Chinese Warlord could tell you from his personal experience … the strategy that works best when training an army of men … is decapitating the heads of the two most favoured concubines appointed to lead the masses in the first place.

(know who the concubines are in this case?)

It ain’t rocket science, to be sure … but, dem Chinese Warlords sure did know what they were doing … when it came to BUILDING & MAINTAINING their Dynasty.

Food For Thought … as always.

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In Peace, Victory & Excellence.

Tracking the Raptors’ Key Stretch of 19 Games (#2)

January 19, 2008

The Anatomy of Wins and Losses in the NBA:
Breaking Down Key Possessions

Game 1 – TOR 116 vs Sac (15-21) 91, W 1-0
Game 2 – TOR 89 vs Atl (17-18) 78, W 2-0 … Boxscore, Full Play-By-Play

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Lue Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) 5:20
[ATL 73-75]
 
  5:12 Team Timeout:Regular
  4:53
[TOR 78-73]
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS)
Assist: Delfino (1 AST)
Johnson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 4:30  
  4:29 Delfino Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)
  4:07
[TOR 80-73]
Moon Running Dunk Shot: Made (9 PTS)
Assist: Calderon (8 AST)
Team Timeout:Regular 3:59  
  3:51 Moon Foul:Personal (3 PF)
Horford Substitution replaced by Childress 3:51  
Johnson Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Moon (3 BLK) 3:39  
  3:37 Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)
  3:30
[TOR 82-73]
Bosh Layup Shot: Made (32 PTS)
Assist: Moon (2 AST)
Lue Foul:Shooting (2 PF) 3:30  
  3:30
[TOR 83-73]
Bosh Free Throw 1 of 1 (33 PTS)
Lue Turnover:Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST) 3:19  
  3:13 Delfino Driving Layup Shot: Missed
  3:12 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)
  3:10 Parker Tip Shot: Missed
Childress Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 3:08  
Smith Layup Shot: Missed 3:05  
  3:04 Calderon Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)
  2:39 Delfino 3pt Shot: Missed
Williams Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 2:38  
  2:28 Parker Foul:Personal (2 PF)
Lue Substitution replaced by Horford 2:28  
Johnson 3pt Shot: Made (25 PTS)
Assist: Horford (4 AST)
2:14
[ATL 76-83]
 
  1:50 Delfino 3pt Shot: Missed
Horford Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 1:49  
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed 1:43  
  1:42 Bosh Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)
  1:23
[TOR 85-76]
Calderon Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)
Team Timeout:Regular 1:23  
Smith Jump Hook Shot: Made (24 PTS)
Assist: Johnson (7 AST)
1:09
[ATL 78-85]
 
  0:50
[TOR 87-78]
Calderon Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS)
Childress Turnover:Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Calderon (1 ST) 0:44  
  0:20
[TOR 89-78]
Bosh Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (35 PTS)
Assist: Calderon (9 AST)
Horford Jump Shot: Missed 0:00  
Team Rebound 0:00  
End of 4th Quarter

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Key possessions which determined the W-L result:

4:53 Anthony Parker made a ridiculous 3-pter (off balance, with a hand in his face, as the shot-clock expired) from the deep left corner, TOR 78 Atl 73
4:30 Joe Johnson drove the left baseline and missed a contested layup
4:07 Jose Calderon drove the right baseline, drew help, then hit a cutting Jamario Moon (from the top of the lane) for a running dunk, TOR 80 Atl 73
3:39 Joe Johnson drove into the lane and had his interior layup attempt blocked by Jamario Moon
3:30 Jamario Moon drove into the lane, drew help, and made a lay-off pass to Chris Bosh, who finished an acrobatic shot, was fouled, and then made his And1 free thow, TOR 83 Atl 73
1:23 Jose Calderon (versus Al Horford, in a defensive mismatch, following a “Switch”) drove the right baseline and made an uncontested layup, TOR 85 Atl 76
50.8 Jose Calderon made a pull-up, step back jumpshot, TOR 87 Atl 78
20.7 Chris Bosh made an 18 ft, turn-around, fade-away left elbow jumpshot (Assist: Calderon), TOR 89 Atl 78

Key Raptors: Jamario Moon, Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh

Vital Components: 
Offensive Rebounds Allowed (0), Interior Baskets Allowed (1), Free Throw Attempts Allowed (0), Missed Free Throws (0), Blocked Shots (1), Interior Field Goals Made (3), Assists (4)

Next Game:
@ PHI (tonight, 2nd half of back-to-back, Tor/-2)