Sunday, March 6, 2011

Raptors Coverage: March 5, New Jersey @ London

Game 62 – New Jersey @ London (L 137-136 / 17-46 / streak L2) Sat. March 5, 2011
Watched the whooole game
The Raptors were given the chance time and again to pull out a clutch win on a big stage. They just give up so many points, I’ve yet to see them shut teams down over any stretch of games, and we allow a 48% field-goal percentage, last in the league. In the fourth, Deron Williams missed the end-of-regulation jumper to send it into extras. This game then went to three periods of overtime because the Raptors had no finish. At the end of each overtime period the Raps had the ball with less than a shot-clock of game time and couldn’t gat their shots to go. Sometimes they got a good look at the basket, but for the most part they should’ve been able to draw up plays to get them better looks at the basket. The final shot of the game came with Bargnani shooting for the win, down by one, settling for a jumpshot and coming up short. At the end of the first overtime, he did exactly the same thing and it didn’t work, except the game was tied so it wasn’t a losing shot. I’m not sure this isolation move even counts as a play. DeMar was given a chance in between the two Bargs OT whiffs, but his fadeaway jumper missed as well. A fade-away jumper from the top right elbow, at the end of all three overtimes? I’d like to see some aggressiveness, some post-work, swing the ball, look for the best shot, force the defense to play you, hope for a foul, or at least a good look from somewhere close to the basket. Passive basketball by the Raps this afternoon/ tonight. Player highlights include the Nets’ Deron Williams; 21 points, 18 assists, Brook Lopez; 34 points, 14 rebounds, 8 blocks, Sasha Vujacic had 25 points and ‘the Hustler’ Kris Humphries had 20 points and 17 rebounds. For the Raps, Bargnani 35 points, 12 rebounds, DeMar had 30 points, Ed Davis had 15 rebounds, and Barbosa had 22 points. Regroup back in Canada for Wednesday’s game hosting the Utah Jazz.

"Statistically speaking, neither of us will get this rebound"

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