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Simply put, we need a Big Black Guy to come in here and rebound

Posted by Arsenalist on October 31, 2007

Toronto Raptors 106, Philadelphia 76ers 97

Seriously, we do. A pretty nervous win over a pretty bad team who managed to stay in the game only because we don’t have a single guy on the squad who would have the balls to face Reggie Evans in a back-alley late at night. Samuel Dalembert’s impression of Wilt Chamberlain wasn’t entirely unexpected but the ownage he laid on Bosh for the better part of the game might be. There was rarely a rebound tonight which we got with ease, even the team rebounds were contested. The perimeter defense was shoddy and the interior with the exception of a few true stops, often lacking. If I hadn’t put the score at the top you might’ve thought we lost, but we didn’t and we got two men to thank for that: TJ Ford and Andrea Bargnani.

Here’s a fact: TJ Ford is the only real clear advantage we will have on most nights. Bosh’s size can be countered, Bargnani’s threes can be contested and Calderon might be contained by the zone but TJ, only TJ contains TJ. How’s a 12:1 assist turnover sound? If not that, try on a +24 for size (gotta love the new box score stat). The bench had a terrible game, all they really did was give up any advantage the starters had earned. Calderon had a good scoring game and Delfino grabbed some boards but other than that, nothing was working offensively or defensively after early in the second quarter. It was Ford and Bargnani that provided the timely scoring when it looked like a once comfortable 21 point lead had been Kyle Korvered down to a point.

If you ever wondered just how susceptible we were to athletic swingmen, look no further than Iggy because if it weren’t for his own undoings, he could’ve willed his team to a win and almost did. Complementing his outside shooting and inside game was Korver who we mysteriously let drift way too many times. Six threes between the two took me back to the last game of last season and question whether we have improved defensively AT ALL.

Parker’s shooting touch (vacationing during preseason) is back and smoother than ever, helped us build the big lead that Bosh almost singlehandedly gave away. You have to check out the play-by-play, he had about 7 straight possessions where he either a) turned the ball over b) got rejected or c) took a bad shot. Not a good game for CB4 – no, even though he had 16pts, it doesn’t mean a thing. Bad, bad game. But let’s get to Bargnani’s, his 4pt play late in the fourth turned this game around and halted the ridiculous 76ers onslaught that was about thiiissss close to costing us the game. Bargs at least showing a willingness to rebound and play close to the rim, a definite improvement from the preseason. His 20pts and 5 hard earned rebounds were paramount tonight.

47-35 was the rebounding differential but man, it looked much, much worse. Reggie Evans was looking like Dennis Rodman, he actually got his own rebound off a missed FT which led to a score. The man is a beast and we need someone like him here. According to Leo, we’re a “rebounding by committee” team which I can tell you is a crock of shit and never works. You can’t ask your guards to come and rebound for you when you rely so much on quick outlet passes, it’ll just kill your game. Neither Ford or Calderon are big guards and don’t have the strength and size to take on rebounding tasks on a daily basis. Whether we can get him or not is a different question but someone like Rasho needs to be replaced by a rebounding demon who can do the dirty work.

We got lucky tonight that Philly didn’t get a few more offensive rebounds. Raps win a close one, NJ is up next. grab the feed.

5 Responses to “Simply put, we need a Big Black Guy to come in here and rebound”

  1. Parkerville said

    Terrible game by Bosh. Aside from that one 3pt play on Dally he got was getting dominated by him. I thought Kapono had a good early impact, Sam should’ve looked at him a little more, he was feeling it. It was scary watching Philly make that run. Thank God for Bargs.

  2. David Moro said

    Meh, half the Dalembert blocks were fouls anyway (check the wrist).
    Bosh looked like Bosh was: Out of game shape. His knee is apparently fine, according to te MRI (in fact, it looked stronger, according to reports).

    So, his hops off the floor were minimal tonight. A healthy Bosh eats Dally for breakfast (although maybe gives up a couple of nice blocks to him).

    Quit worrying. I swear, the next time Violet Palmer officiates a game I’m not even going to say anything, I’ll just know we aren’t getting a call for like 15 straight minutes–which is what happened.

    How many transition buckets did they get on cheap non-calls? Officials have obviously been “told” not to give ANY charges, ever. I suppose EVERYTHING is a flop now.

    No wonder people are picking Howard for MVP. Iggy sucked. How can he be considered the player of the game when he had 7 turnovers and should have had like 10 (more, if you count the sloppy passing that led to more opportunities for steals)?He can shoot the three and jumps really high, that’s about it. Those handles are average.

    Bosh got slapped, held on to, grabbed and basically mugged–and they called the foul because Bargs fell down 20 feet from the hoop. Yes, a few were nice plays by Dally, but most were just non-calls.

    I saw one play where Delfino went right into the defender who was behind him get absolutely clobbered, of course, no call–and that allowed Philly another dunk. I loved how everytime Miller even attempted a lay-up he got a three point play, too. That was golden.

    A healthy Bosh gets 17-18 rebounds, not 4, which guess what?Was the difference on the Boards today.

    Yeah, the bench has to learn to play together and Delfino needs to be used more effectively and Garbo just needs to get surgery.

    But overall, not bad offensively.

    Defensively, I totally agree with your assessment (in terms of the overhelping on the perimeter). We’ll get killed in Jersey if we do that again. Hopefully Mitchell is able to sort that out soon.

  3. eddy said

    great analysis… i couldn’t have said it any better.

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  5. Raps Fan said

    reggie evans would have been a nice addition to the raptors. hes a big black guy who can rebound. plus he has some scary ass teeth…*shudders*

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