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Legitimate Contenders in the NBA [2008-2009]: Part I

December 16, 2008

The 2008-2009 NBA regular season schedule has reached the 1/4 pole, as all 30 teams have played at least 20 games. Given the history of this league and …

What it takes to win the NBA Championship

… it is helpful to evaluate where they rank against one another at this juncture.

QUALITY RATING & QUALITY INDEX RANKING

NBA 2008-2009
[as of Mon Dec 15 2008]

Team

W/L

Win%

PDR

PAR

RDR

QR

QIR

EC

WC

Cavaliers

20/4

.833

1

1

3

5

1

2

 

Celtics

23/2

.920

3

2

1

6

2

1

 

Hornets

13/7

.650

6

3

10

19

3

 

4

Blazers

15/10

.600

10

9

1

20

T-4

 

7

Rockets

15/9

.625

8

5

7

20

T-4

 

5

Lakers

20/3

.870

2

14

6

22

6

 

1

Spurs

15/8

.652

7

6

11

24

7

 

3

76ers

10/14

.417

16

8

4

28

 

11

 

Jazz

15/11

.577

9

11

9

29

8

 

8

Mavericks

13/10

.625

11

16

7

34

 

 

9

 

Nuggets

17/7

.708

4

15

16

35

9

 

2

Hawks

15/9

.625

12

7

17

36

10

4

 

Magic

19/6

.760

5

10

24

39

11

3

 

Bucks

11/15

.423

18

17

5

40

 

10

 

Pistons

13/9

.591

14

12

22

48

12

5

 

Suns

15/10

.600

13

22

14

49

13

 

6

Bobcats

7/18

.280

24

4

22

50

 

14

 

Heat

12/12

.500

15

13

25

53

14

7

 

Nets

12/11

.522

20

24

12

56

15

6

 

Bulls

11/12

.478

17

21

18

56

16

8

 

 

Pacers

8/16

.333

21

25

13

59

 

13

 

Grizzlies

9/15

.375

22

18

19

59

 

 

10

Timberwolves

4/20

.167

28

23

14

65

 

 

14

Clippers

6/17

.261

25

19

25

69

 

 

13

Raptors

10/14

.417

23

20

30

73

 

12

 

Thunder

2/23

.080

30

26

20

76

 

 

15

Knicks

11/13

.458

19

29

28

76

 

9

 

Kings

7/18

.280

29

28

20

77

 

 

11

Wizards

4/18

.182

27

27

27

81

 

15

 

Warriors

7/18

.261

26

30

29

85

 

 

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Legend:
W-L – Won Loss Record; Win% – Winning Percentage; PDR – Points Differential Rank; PAR – Points Allowed Rank; RDR – Rebound Differential Rank; QR – Quality Rating; QIR – Quality Index Ranking; EC – Eastern Conference Playoff Position; WC – Western Conference Playoff Position 

Note:
1. Since 2000-2001 each NBA Champion and Finalist has had a QR ≤ 34.
2. Since 2000-2001 each NBA Champion has had a QIR ≤ #9.
3. Since 2000-2001 7 of the 8 NBA Champions have had a QIR ≤ #4. 

Take note of where your favourite team stands today … and where it will need to get to, over the course of the next five months, in order to be considered a legit contender for the 2009 NBA Championship.

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NBA’s upper echelon begins to emerge

November 28, 2008

The NBA’s regular season schedule is now in full swing with each team having played a minimum of 13 games.

As was mentioned earlier in this space, there are three tiers of teams in this League that reveal themselves on an annual basis:

1. HIGH END [above a .549 Win %]
2. MIDDLE-of-the-Pack [between a .450-.549 Win %]
3. LOW END [below a .450 Win %]

At this point, here’s what each team’s W-L record is, in conjunction with their respective Rebounding Differential Ranking [which regular readers here know is a crucial factor towards playoff success]:

HIGH END

1 LA Lakers 12-1/.923; +5.00/#3
2 Boston 14-2/.875; +3.43/#7
3 Cleveland 12-3/.750; +4.33/#5
4 Phoenix 11-5/.688; -0.25/#14
T5 Detroit 9-5/.643; +0.92/#11
T5 Atlanta 9-5/.643; -0.42/#16
T5 Orlando 12-4/.643; -0.37/#15
T5 New Orleans 9-5/.643; +0.07/#13
T9 Utah 10-6/.625; +3.50/#6
T9 Portland 10-6/.625; +4.37/#4
T9 Houston 10-6/.625; +2.06/#9
T9 Denver 10-6/.625; -0.43/#17
13 San Antonio 8-6/.571; -2.28/#24 *

MIDDLE

T14 Dallas 7-7/.500; +3.07/#8
T14 New Jersey 7-7/.500; +0.21/#12
T14 Toronto 7-7/.500; -2.14/#23
T17 Miami 7-8/.467; -5.26/#28
T17 Philadelphia 6-7/.467; +6.33/#1
T17 New York 7-8/.467; -7.20/#30

LOW END

20 Chicago 7-9/.438; -1.31/#19
21 Indiana 6-8/.429; +1.00/#10
22 Milwaukee 7-10/.412; +5.58/#2
23 Golden State 5-10/.333; -3.20/#26
24 Sacramento 5-12/.294; -1.64/#20
25 Memphis 4-11/.267; -2.40/#25
26 Charlotte 4-10/.286; -2.07/#22
27 Minnesota 3-10/.231; -1.30/#18
28 Washington 2-11/.154; -3.46/#27
29 LA Clippers/2-13/.133; -5.53/#29
30 Oklahoma City 1-15/.063; -1.81/#21

* Have played mostly without Ginobili-M and Parker-T, thus far.

Rebounding Differential Rankings in the NBA [Nov 6]

November 7, 2008

When this corner of the sports blogosphere told you earlier this fall/summer that the Raptors trade for Jermaine O’Neal was not going to be enough, by itself, to fundamentally improve Toronto’s Rebounding Deficiency from the last few seasons there were boatloads of delusional fans some who did not want to believe this specific assessment of this team, in advance of actually seeing real live NBA games this season with their own two eyes.

—————–

How could the acquisition of a former 6-time NBA All-Star …

in exchange for a smallish, erractic [but talented] Point Guard [i.e. TJ Ford], an over-the-hill, lumbering, strictly speaking part-time Center [i.e. Rasho Nesterovic], the 15th player from their roster last season [i.e. Maceo Baston], and a flip-flop of the No. 17 [overall] and No. 41 Draft Picks from the 2008 NBA Draft, who turned out to be Roy Hibbert [C] and Nathan Jawai [C], respectively …

possibly NOT improve the Raptors decidely mediocre rebounding numbers from the last few years in any significant way, shape or form?

—————–

Well … as of Thursday, November 6, 2008 the Basketball Acumen of this specific correspondent seems to be as sharp [and accurate] as ever:

[Statistics from NBA.com]

NBA

Rebounding Differential

Per Game

2008-2009

[as of Thu Nov 6]

Rank

Team

+/-

1

L.A. Lakers

+12.25

2

Detroit

+11.00

 

Philadelphia

+11.00

4

Cleveland

+9.00

5

Phoenix

+5.20

6

Utah

+5.00

7

Atlanta

+3.66

8

Boston

+2.40

 

Milwaukee

+2.40

10

Golden State

+0.40

 

Portland

+0.40

12

Orlando

+0.20

13

Charlotte

-0.25

14

Chicago

-0.60

15

Houston

-1.40

16

New Jersey

-1.66

17

Sacramento

-1.80

18

Memphis

-2.00

19

Oklahoma City

-2.25

20

New Orleans

-3.00

21

Denver

-3.50

 

Minnesota

-3.50

23

Dallas

-3.75

24

Miami

-4.00

25

San Antonio

-4.25

26

Indiana

-4.66

27

Washington

-7.33

28

New York

-8.75

29

L.A. Clippers

-9.00

30

Toronto

-10.50

When a certain NBA observer tells you something about ‘How the Game actually Works in this League’, in advance … it might well be in your best interests to believe what this person has to say, even though you are not able to fully comprehend it, at that point in time.

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“The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”Anonymous

Comprehending pre-season standings in the NBA

October 24, 2008

The NBA’s pre-season schedulae of games is rapidly coming to a close.

In general, how a team fares in its pre-season games … in this League, at least … provides a preliminary indication of where it actually stands, relative to the competition, heading into the new campaign.

Annually, there are three major categories of teams in the NBA:

1. Above .549 [High End]
2. .450-.549 [Middle]
3. Below .450 [Low End]

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When you examine the current standings for the pre-season: 

2008-2009 Conference Preseason Standings
Eastern Conference
Eastern W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
Orlando 6 1 0.857 0.0 4-1 4-1 3-1 3-0 6-1 W 6
Boston 6 2 0.750 0.5 5-2 3-2 3-1 3-1 6-2 W 2
Detroit 6 2 0.750 0.5 5-1 3-0 3-2 3-0 6-2 L 1
Atlanta 5 3 0.625 1.5 4-1 3-1 1-2 4-1 5-3 W 1
Philadelphia 4 3 0.571 2.0 4-3 4-1 1-2 3-1 4-3 W 1
Indiana 4 4 0.500 2.5 1-0 1-0 3-1 1-3 4-4 W 1
New York 3 3 0.500 2.5 3-3 3-3 0-2 3-1 3-3 L 1
Toronto 4 4 0.500 2.5 1-1 1-1 2-3 2-1 4-4 L 2
Chicago 3 4 0.429 3.0 0-1 0-1 1-3 2-1 3-4 W 2
New Jersey 2 4 0.333 3.5 1-4 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-4 L 4
Washington 2 4 0.333 3.5 0-1 0-0 0-2 2-2 2-4 W 1
Cleveland 2 5 0.286 4.0 2-3 0-1 1-3 1-2 2-5 L 1
Miami 1 5 0.167 4.5 0-3 0-1 1-3 0-2 1-5 L 1
Milwaukee 1 6 0.143 5.0 0-2 0-2 1-3 0-3 1-6 L 2
Charlotte 0 8 0.000 6.5 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-6 0-8 L 8
Western Conference
Western W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
New Orleans 7 0 1.000 0.0 2-0 1-0 4-0 3-0 7-0 W 7
Minnesota 6 2 0.750 1.5 2-1 2-1 3-1 3-1 6-2 W 1
Denver 4 1 0.800 2.0 2-1 2-1 3-0 1-1 4-1 W 1
Houston 5 2 0.714 2.0 5-0 3-0 3-1 2-1 5-2 W 3
L.A. Lakers 5 2 0.714 2.0 1-2 1-1 5-2 0-0 5-2 W 5
Phoenix 5 2 0.714 2.0 3-0 1-0 2-1 3-1 5-2 W 3
Golden State 4 2 0.667 2.5 2-1 0-0 3-0 1-2 4-2 W 2
L.A. Clippers 4 3 0.571 3.0 2-2 2-1 0-3 4-0 4-3 L 2
Portland 4 3 0.571 3.0 3-3 0-2 2-2 2-1 4-3 L 1
Utah 4 3 0.571 3.0 3-2 2-1 1-1 3-2 4-3 W 2
Dallas 4 4 0.500 3.5 1-0 0-0 2-2 2-2 4-4 L 2
San Antonio 3 3 0.500 3.5 0-2 0-2 1-2 2-1 3-3 L 1
Memphis 2 6 0.250 5.5 0-2 0-2 2-2 0-4 2-6 L 4
Oklahoma City 1 5 0.167 5.5 0-4 0-1 0-1 1-4 1-5 L 2
Sacramento 1 7 0.125 6.5 1-7 0-2 1-3 0-4 1-7 L 6

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what you see, with only 4 days left, is generally speaking fairly representative of what you should now expect to get over the course of the 82-game regular season from these teams, in a broad sense.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Above .549
Orlando, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia

.450-.549
Indiana, New York, Toronto

Below .450
Chicago, New Jersey, Washington [playing without Arenas], Cleveland [playing few minutes with LBJ] , Miami, Milwaukee, Charlotte

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Above .549
New Orleans, Minnesota, Denver, Houston, LA Lakers, Phoenix, Golden State, LA Clippers, Portland, Utah

.450-.549
Dallas, San Antonio [playing with Ginobili]

Below .450
Memphis, Oklahoma City, Sacramento

——————————————-

Although it’s not uncommon for a team to shift from the High End to the Middle over the course of the regular season; it is rare for a team to move from the High End to the Low End … and vice versa … once the regular season starts unless, of course, it has to play [or is playing currently] without 1 or more of its marquee players for an extending number of games.

What is usually the most interesting thing to see, however, over the course of the 82-game regular season, is which few teams are able to elevate their performance (i) from the Middle into the High End, and (ii) from the Low End into the Middle … automatically making them one of the ‘Feel Good’ stories of the year; and, which few teams, if any, will go in the opposite direction … automatically making them one of the ‘Biggest Disappointment’ stories.

Into which specific category does it look as though your favourite team is going to fit this season?

High End now that stays in the High End
High End now that drops down into the Middle
Middle now that steps up into the High End
Middle now that stays in the Middle
Middle now that drops down into the Low End
Low End now that steps up into the Middle
Low End now that stays in the Low End

Turning up the Heat in Miami, Part II

February 11, 2008

Seems as though some astute NBA observers …

e.g. Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo! Sports: Behind the Boxscore, where reprises happen

began to see yesterday what was alluded to … here … last week, re: the upcoming ‘climate change’ in South Florida.

Despite their loss to the Lakers (94-104) – who are very very good right now – as Hubie Brown (NBA TV Analyst) told the ‘Hoops World’ (during the 1st half of ABC’s national broadcast),

“Shawn Marion is an energizer … that, when they (the Heat) get (Udonis) Haslem back, look out!”

If Pat Riley can resign ‘the Matrix‘, add the right Free Agent signing(s) this summer (Rasho Nesterovic?), and then secure a solid (Lottery?) pick in the 2008 NBA Draft … the Heat should be right back in the middle of the Eastern Conference next season … playing an exciting (Elton?) Brand of basketball.

Turning up the Heat in Miami

February 7, 2008

In the aftermath of trading Shaquille O’Neal, for Shawn Marion & Marcus Banks, these are daunting numbers for Miami … 

9-38

#15, last place, in the Eastern Conference (EC)

10 games back of the 8th, and final, playoff spot

#27 (last in the EC) in Rebound Differential (-3.23) … a vital statistic, in the NBA, which Determines Winners from Losers …

#30 (last in the NBA) in Scoring Differential (-7.63).

Q1. Where does the Heat go from here?

A1. Straight up … with a bullet … in the Eastern Conference standings.

Fact #1. At 36 years of age, The Diesel simply cannotDefend, Rebound and/or Finish around the basket, at a very high level, any more … with a +15.84 Efficiency Rating this year (Career Averages). 

Fact #2. At 30 years of age, The Matrix is still a Rebounding, Defending, scoring machine, who is performing at or above his Career Averages this season … with a +23.74 Efficiency Rating.

Adding Marion & Banks to the Heat’s current line-up, thusly:

Starters
PG – Jason Williams (6-1, 180)
OG – Dwyane Wade (6-4, 216)
SF – Shawn Marion (6-7, 230)
PF – Udonis Haslem (6-8, 235)
C – Mark Blount (7-0, 250)

Bench Players
G – Marcus Banks (6-2, 212)
G – Daquan Cook (6-5, 205)
G/F – Ricky Davis (6-7, 205)
F – Dorell Wright (6-9, 210)
PF – Alexander Johnson (6-10, 230)
C – Earl Barron (7-10, 245)

Reserves
PG – Chris Quinn (6-2, 175)
PG – Smush Parker (6-4, 190)
C – Joel Anthony (6-9, 245)

instantaneously makes Miami into:

i) A better Rebounding team;

ii) A better Defensive team, especially in the half-court, with a plethora of athletic, good-sized guards, forwards and centers; and,

iii) A better Offensive team, capable of playing an up-tempo game by scoring often in transition, in bunches, from high percentage shots. 

Q2. Did the transaction help the Suns solidify their status as one of several “contending” teams in the Western Conference?

A2. Definitely.

BUT …

Q3. Did it help the Heat regain a measure of respectibility this season (short term), and heading to the future (long term)?

A3. Without a doubt!

With a re-energized Pat Riley, two viable scoring options, D-Wade & S-Marion (plus, an outstanding defender) … if the Heat can return U-Haslem to full health

Do not be at all surprised to see Miami challenge for the 8th (and final) Playoff spot, in the EC, before the end of this season.

Visit: www.khandorsports.com

Eclipse of The Suns

February 6, 2008


In his heart-of-hearts, 5-time NBA Champion, part owner & GM, Steve Kerr knows that Phoenix, as constituted … playing the “style” of basketball advocated by Head Coach, Mike D’Antoni, i.e. Offense first & foremost; Defense & Rebounding distant after-thoughts … has absolutely zero (“0”) chance of ever winning an NBA championship.

What it takes to win the NBA Championship 

But … should he actually decide to trade Shawn Marion & Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat for Shaquille O’Neal … what he’d be doing for this franchise would be mortgaging the Suns’ foreseeable future for a chance to win it all in the next 2 years. 

Suns will regret trading for Shaq

Shaquille O’Neal is a venerable and accomplished Center in the annuls of the NBA – a veritable legend – who was once THE Dominant Force in the League but who, unfortunately, can no longer play the game at that same level today: 

SEASON AVERAGES
Season Team G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
07-08 MIA 32 32 28.5 0.581 0.000 0.482 3.0 4.8 7.8 1.4 0.6 1.7 2.91 4.00 14.2
Career   1013 1004 36.4 0.580 0.050 0.524 3.8 7.7 11.5 2.7 0.6 2.4 2.86 3.50 25.6

That said, however, if inserted into the Suns’ revamped line-up, thus:

Starters

Steve Nash, PG

Raja Bell, OG

Grant Hill, SF

Amare Stoudamire, PF

Shaq, C

Key Bench Players

Leandro Barbosa, G

D.J. Strawberry, G
Alando Tucker, G
Eric Piatkowski, G-F

Boris Diaw, F

Sean Marks, F-C

Brian Skinner, C

and, permitted to play within a conventional “style” of NBA basketball, e.g. similar to what Steve Nash was required to play when he teamed with Dirk Nowitzki, in Dallas, which took their team to the Western Conference Finals …

How good would Shaquille O’Neal really have to be – and, For how many minutes a night? – in order to, instantaneously, re-make the Phoenix Suns into a PRIME FORCE in the NBA for the next two years (the length of his current contract)?

Hmmmmmmmm … 14.2 PPG; 7.8 RPG; 1.4 APG; 1.7 BPG … in combination with Nash (a 2-time MVP), Bell, Hill (a multi-time All-Star) & Stoudemire (a multi-time All-Star), supported by Barbosa, Strawberry, Tucker, Piatkowski, Diaw, Marks & Skinner.

The so-called ‘basketball experts’ who feel that Steve Kerr doesn’t know what he’s doing, should he decide to complete this trade … are doing nothing more than MOURNING the LOSS of what THEY BELIEVE to be the Avant Garde way The Game SHOULD be played (in their eyes) in the NBA today … i.e. delivering “fast-paced & highly entertaining” basketball to the masses … which is what the Suns have done since the 2004-2005 season.

But Steve Kerr, if you asked him … would be only glad to say, “Forget that … I Want To Win My 6th NBA Championship … Nothing More and Nothing Less; Avant Garde basketball be damned! … and, this move, right here, is the BEST WAY for me to make this happen with this team, under the current landscape (i.e. after the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol).”

Full Speed Ahead, Mr. Kerr! … it’s the only chance you’ve got to successfully fend off challenges from the other top teams in the Western Conference, i.e. the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Portland Trail Blazers, over the next decade.

Carpe Diem!

Tracking the Raptors’ Key Stretch of 19 Games (#8 & #9)

February 5, 2008

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

Game 9 – Tor 114 @ MIA (9-36) 82, W 6-3 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 8 – TOR 101 vs LAL (28-16) 121, L 5-3 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 7 – TOR 122 vs Was (24-19) 85, W 5-2 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 6 – Tor 104 @ WAS (23-19) 108, OT, L 4-2 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 5 – TOR 106 vs Mil (17-26) 75, W 4-1 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 4 – Tor 114 @ BOS (33-6) 112, W 3-1 … Boxscore 
Game 3 – Tor 95 @ PHI (15-25) 99, L 2-1 … Full Play-By-Play
Game 2 – TOR 89 vs Atl (17-18) 78, W 2-0 … Boxscore, Full Play-By-Play
Game 1 – TOR 116 vs Sac (15-21) 91, W 1-0

===============================================

Key Possessions which determined the W-L result:

– Game 9, during the 1st Quarter …

Bosh Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 6:45
[TOR 17-6]
 
Bosh Free Throw 2 of 2 missed 6:45  
  6:44 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)
  6:22 Johnson Jump Shot: Missed
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 6:20  
Bargnani Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)
Assist: Parker (1 AST)
6:06
[TOR 19-6]
 
  5:53 Johnson Turnover:Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Calderon (1 ST)
Bosh Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS)
Assist: Calderon (4 AST)
5:42
[TOR 21-6]
 
  5:28 Wade Jump Shot: Missed
Bargnani Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 5:27  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS)
Assist: Bargnani (2 AST)
5:09
[TOR 24-6]
 
  5:01 Davis Jump Shot: Missed
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 5:00  
  4:44 Blount Foul:Shooting (1 PF)
Moon Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 4:44
[TOR 25-6]
 
  4:44 Davis Substitution replaced by Cook
  4:44 Blount Substitution replaced by Wright
Moon Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 4:44
[TOR 26-6]
 
  4:17 Johnson Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 4:15  
Bargnani Hook Shot: Missed Block: Wright (1 BLK) 4:02  
  4:00 Wade Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)
  3:50 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed
Calderon Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 3:49  
Bosh Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)
Assist: Calderon (5 AST)
3:41
[TOR 28-6]
 


– Game 8, during the 4th Quarter …

Farmar 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS)
Assist: Bryant (4 AST)
8:58
[LAL 96-87]
 
Odom Foul:Shooting (5 PF) 8:35  
Odom Substitution replaced by Turiaf 8:35  
  8:35
[TOR 88-96]
Moon Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)
  8:35
[TOR 89-96]
Moon Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)
Bryant 3pt Shot: Made (42 PTS) 8:13
[LAL 99-89]
 
  7:59 Moon 3pt Shot: Missed
  7:58 Team Rebound
Turiaf Foul:Loose Ball (4 PF) 7:57  
  7:48 Moon Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed
Turiaf Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 7:46  
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS)
Assist: Bryant (5 AST)
7:25
[LAL 102-89]
 
  7:07 Bosh Driving Layup Shot: Missed
  7:06 Bosh Rebound (Off:7 Def:5)
  7:06 Bosh Tip Shot: Missed
  7:06 Bosh Rebound (Off:8 Def:5)
  6:58 Dixon Pullup Jump shot: Missed
Turiaf Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 6:57  
Turiaf Reverse Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)
Assist: Farmar (1 AST)
6:42
[LAL 104-89]
 
  6:41 Team Timeout:Short

Key Raptors:

– Game 9, Jamario Moon (2 pts; 2-2, FTA; 2 Rbs), Andrea Bargnani (2 pts; 1-2, FGA; 1 Rb), Jose Calderon (1 Rb; 2 Ast), Anthony Parker (3 pts; 1-1, FGA; 1-1, 3FGA; 1 Rb; 1 Ast) and Chris Bosh (5 pts; 2-2, FGA; 1-2, FTA)

– Game 8, Jamario Moon (0 pts; 0-2, FGA; 0-1, 3FGA), Chris Bosh (0 pts; 0-2, FGA; 2 Rbs; 2 O-Rbs)) and Juan Dixon (0 pts; 0-1, FGA) 
 
Vital Components:
– Game 9 … during the decisive run in the 1st Quarter … from the 06:45 to the 03:41 mark, Toronto scored on 6 of 7 offensive possessions (12 pts) and limited Miami to “0” pts, preventing the Heat from scoring on any of their 6 possessions

Tor/12 pts; 6-7, FGA (85.7%); 1-1, 3FGA (3 pts);
3-4, FTA; 5 Rbs
WAS/0 pts; 0-5, FGA (00.0%); 0-1, 3FGA (0 pts);
2 Rb; 1 TO

– Game 8 … during the decisive run in the 4th Quarter by the Lakers, from the 08:58 to the 06:42 mark, Los Angeles outscored Toronto by 9 pts (11-2), converting on 4 consecutive offensive possessions with a Made 3-pt-shot (Farmar), a Made 3-pt-shot (Bryant), a Made 3-pt-shot (Vujacic) and a Reverse Layup (Turiaf) … while the Raptors scored only 2 pts on their corresponding 6 possessioms, 0-5, FGA; 0-1, 3FGA; 2-2, FTA; 3 Rbs; 3 O-Rbs … blowing open what had been a close game until then, TOR 87, Lal 93

Next Game:
vs LA Clippers, 15-30 (Fri Feb 08)