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Monster CB4 effort plus Bargnani’s late three earn hard fought win in Memphis

Posted by Arsenalist on November 21, 2007

Toronto Raptors 95, Memphis Grizzlies 89

A much needed win delivered home by Chris Bosh’s 22 points and 19 rebounds along with a late Bargnani triple which gave the good guys a one point lead with 2:14 left. Carlos Delfino added another three late on to seal the win in a game which was there to be won all along, much like the Boston, Orlando and Utah games **shudder**. For once the Raptors worked inside-out the entire game with Chris Bosh enforcing himself and providing the inside presence on both ends. Jason Kapono’s outside shooting helped out early in the fourth and when Memphis made their run and opened up a five point lead, we played good collapsing defense on Gasol and forced outside shooting from Warrick, Lowry and Gay which played into our hands. A day after the Dallas debacle, the Raptors climb back to .500 and head into Cleveland to face the struggling Cavaliers, another game which on paper we should win.

As Leo alluded to in the game, Bosh picking up his fourth foul in the third quarter was a blessing in disguise as it allowed him to rest until the fourth quarter on the back end of a back-to-back, that might’ve been what enabled us to win this game. Bargnani started off this game missing everything prompting many of us to sing here-we-go-again but to his credit kept on shooting and played very good man-defense on Swift and Gasol. The jumper eventually started falling and that’s what people will see in the box score but we should really talk about his excellent one-on-one defense. He keeps his arms straight up, doesn’t bite on fakes and uses his length wisely in post-defense situations. There were a couple instances where he picked up fouls trying to beat his driving defender to the spot but besides that his defensive positioning was excellent today which allowed him to grab 11 rebounds. An excellent game by Bargnani who’s proven that he’s much more effective when starting, I don’t know if this is a psychological thing but benching him earlier in the season was obviously a mistake.

Jamario Moon is like our Scottie Pippen. Just hear me out on this, an excellent defender with great recoverability and a streaky jump shooter. Moon has shown that he can anticipate what’s going to happen on defense and react before the play actually happens, his block on Mike Miller was an ultimate example of that. The athletic swingman can do no wrong on defense and anything you get out of him on offense will always be considered a bonus. Moon’s keeping the game dead simple and not trying anything that he knows he can’t do, you don’t see ill-advised jumpers, far-fetched passes or low-percentage drives coming from him, any points he scores are coming completely through assists and broken plays. What a great addition by BC, props to him.

Jose Calderon got the start instead of the “stinged” TJ Ford and had a subpar game based on his own backup-PG standards – 10 points and 8 assists for Calderon who had to deal with the ultra-pesky Kyle Lowry and the crafty Damon Stoudamire all game long. Calderon wasn’t able to penetrate as well as TJ usually does but distributed the ball well on the perimeter allowing Parker and Bargnani to nail some of their threes. A low-key game from Calderon which made me wonder if that isn’t how a PG’s game is supposed to be. Zero offense to TJ Ford.

One-Liners:

Rudy Gay’s Verticality: Leo Rautins was going off about how Gay stays too vertical which takes away from his athleticism. Hearing Leo talk I got the impression he wants Gay to play like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Couldn’t quite catch his drift.

Maco Baston Cameo: Maceo Baston needs to read the one-line scouting report on Stromile Swift – Make him shoot. Having Swift fake you out with his jumper deserves an automatic 5-game benching.

MDG Smooth Play of The Game: How come they show this play with 3 minutes to go in a tight game? Are they saying there can’t be a smoother play later than this?

Darrick Martin shot-jacking: On the first possession he’s in he takes two bad shots. Why again should Jose listen to him on the bench? Seriously though, besides his one good pass to Kapono on the break, I’d classify Martin’s performance as poor and I’m not even expecting much from him.

Carlos Delfino: This guy gels his hair for at least 20 minutes before each game, there’s no way it can stay in the same shape after 25 minutes of PT. I don’t really care as long as he keep hitting the glass like a demon and making those step-back jumpers.

Me Golfing: YouTube

New Blog: There weren’t enough already, here’s another one: Raptors Guy.

I shall sleep well tonight, latch on the feed.

7 Responses to “Monster CB4 effort plus Bargnani’s late three earn hard fought win in Memphis”

  1. Red Rebounder said

    I hear ya on Delfino’s hair. It’s rock solid.

  2. Eddy said

    What a great addition Jamario Moon is. He came out of nowhere and is looking great in our starting lineup. An exciting player, does exactly what he’s asked and rarely forces his game. Nice jumper and a ton of athleticism. I questioned why they had him in the starting lineup earlier in this season but I guess the coach was a believer in him, and he’s definitely making a believer out of me. I like the Scottie Pippen comparison, too. I like how he’s in tune with his role with the Raps and even in post-game interviews, takes a loss hard even if he’s had a strong individual performance. He’ll be a great story this season if he continues his strong play. Love the win, no matter how ugly it was. We gutted it out big time.

  3. Raps Fan said

    i think moon takes a couple too many shots down the stretch. he comes out the gate hitting those, but doesn’t swing the ball enough for my liking in this offense. say what you want about the raptor offense: stagnant, predictable, prone to slumps; but they share the ball nicely. moon needs to swing and realize there are guys on this team who’s job it is to shoot and hit those tougher shots down the stretch.

    didn’t bargnani get pump faked by swift? i am pretty sure…gonna have to fire up the pvr and check.

    martin really drove me nuts last night. that pass to kapono on the semi break was a given. dude looks like he hits timmies hard for a boston cream hourly. i agree though, why would calderon, or anyone on this team, listen to him on the bench when he jack shots he has no business hitting? good thing mitchell is head coach, or martin wouldn’t have a job at the end of the season…

  4. arsenalist said

    @Raps Fan: LOL at the Timmying for the boston cream. I think you’re thinking of Maceo Baston getting faked out and dunked on, not Moon. As for him firing up shots, he only takes them if they’re open, it’s not like he forces his game or takes bad shots.

    As for Martin that guy sure played like a hypocrite by jacking up early and often. Surprisingly he usually hits a couple shots when he actually gets PT, yesterday was just a bad, bad game for him.

    @Eddy: Agreed on Moon, he’s been a God-send so far and he looks like the type that will continue to play hard and do the small things right. He’s almost a perfect fit as our SF – an athletic player that doesn’t demand the ball much, has a high basketball IQ and can play stifling defense and rebound.

  5. SAM is COY said

    Martin has ALWAYS done that. It boggles the mind why the “F” they signed him to a roster spot, and not just keep it open. They could use Dixon as 3rd string PG–yes, i am talking about jack-the-ball-Juan, if you have seen any game with him as the PG, he actually runs AND dishes the ball, IF he is playing the PG spot.

    “A low-key game from Calderon which made me wonder if that isn’t how a PG’s game is supposed to be.”–JOHN STOCKTON averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists per game.

    It’s people that got sold on watching/hearing the Iverson/Starbury/AND1-type player-as-worlds-greatest-PG’s that believe the role of a PG is to dribble the hell out of the ball showing MAD SKILLZ, penetrating at will-showing-guts, and making the amazing dishes.

  6. […] Monster CB4 effort plus Bargnani’s late three earn hard fought win in Memphis « Arsenalist Jamario Moon is like our Scottie Pippen. Just hear me out on this, an excellent defender with great recoverability and a streaky jump shooter. Moon has shown that he can anticipate what’s going to happen on defense and react before the play actually happens, his block on Mike Miller was an ultimate example of that. The athletic swingman can do no wrong on defense and anything you get out of him on offense will always be considered a bonus. Moon’s keeping the game dead simple and not trying anything that he knows he can’t do, you don’t see ill-advised jumpers, far-fetched passes or low-percentage drives coming from him, any points he scores are coming completely through assists and broken plays. What a great addition by BC, props to him. […]

  7. Lopez said

    Yea I give praise to CB4 on the game he had! And its a good feeling to see us pull a game out like this one! But its a little frustrating to see Bargnani so inconsistent! Yes he did turn it on a little in the 2nd half but when ur an Nba player and u jack up 20 shots of course ur gonna make some. The coaching staff is tryna force Andrea into stardom too quickly maybe if he just slows down a little and get a little better shot selection he’ll be a much better player but they’re trying to make Andrea another Dirk and its not gonna happen overnight. I think coming off the bench and going with the flow of the game is whats best for and Andrea and not forcing things like he’s doing right now!

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