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Posted on November 1, 2010 | 11 Comments
Dear Mr. Bargnani,
I’ve been told I’ve been way too hard on you. I’ve been told that I’ve focused too much on your inability to rebound and play team defense and not enough on your impressive array of offensive skills. I’ve been told that you have such an innate ability to affect the game on the offensive end that it outweighs the things you don’t bring to the court. I’ve also been told that playing beside a guy like Reggie Evans, who inhales rebounds like Charlie Sheen inhales whatever the hell he inhales that causes him to makes such stupid decisions, will neutralize your rebounding liability.
So I have to ask…
WHAT THE F#@K HAPPENED THAT ALLOWED DeMARCUS COUSINS TO GRAB TWO GAME SWAYING OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS RIGHT OVER YOU????????
Yes, the Raptors lost to the Sacramento Kings 111-108, due in large part to Bargnani allowing rookie center, DeMarcus Cousins, to grab two crucial offensive rebounds right over Bargnani, allowing Sacramento to score both times, including when Sacramento got their first lead of the game?
Think I’m being too harsh by singling Bargnani out? Did you listen to what Leo Rautins said when it happened both times? I’m not the only one.
The sad thing was that the Raptors were in control for most of the game. This was really their game to win or lose. It started to go south when shots that were dropping earlier stopped dropping. That happens sometimes and you can live with that. One bright side, other than Reggie’s continued dominance on the boards, was the play of DeMar DeRozan. Most of the time the Raptors struggled to score, he was usually on the bench. However much his jumper is still inconsistent, his ability to drive to the basket and draw fouls really made this team go, on offense. As expected, he had his hands full with Tyreke Evens, but he did a solid job on him when he was on the floor.
Another bright spot was Jose Calderon finally busting out of his slump, going 5-9 and looking A LOT more confident shooting the ball. And he continued to play much better defense. He’s still not a stopper, but he’s not the liability he was last season.
Kleiza was his usual self, scoring within the offense, being aggressive and picking up at least two travelling calls while trying to post up. Note to Linas: When you move your pivot foot, it’s called travelling. You’re doing it at least once every game. Watch the tape. Still he played well, again, and hit a very big three late in the game.
The bench, apart from Calderon, didn’t fair so well. Weems didn’t shoot well and got smoked by Tyreke Evans one too many times. Barbosa is looking worse and worse as the season goes on (yes, I know it’s just 3 games), and I’m seriously wondering whether he should just get the surgery on his wrist now. If he keeps playing like this, he’s not helping the team, and it’s not as if they’re fighting for a playoff spot, now.
David Andersen actually had a good game, but only played 15 minutes. Truth be told, he did allow the Sacramento big men to get inside too easily, at one point, when he got yanked.
Amazingly, Jarrett Jack had a +7 +/- rating yet had a pretty poor game on both ends of the court. Everyone who was talking about how Jack is obviously the best PG on the Raptors should be holding their tongues about now. He’s not going to continue to play like he has, but this is exactly why I wasn’t a big fan of trading Calderon away.
And now Bargnani.
The movie Annie Hall is probably a little old for many of you, but there’s a famous scene where Woody Allen is caught in line beside an opinionated loudmouth who he finally confronts. When the man claims to be an expert on Marshall McLuhan, Woody Allen pulls Marshall McLuhan from behind a poster who dresses the man down for not knowing what he is talking about. Although I’m not a Woody Allen fan, it’s a classic scene.
Woody’s last line in the scene is “Boy, if only life were like this.”
Well, yesterday, I, as well as a couple of other people, were arguing against this self-professed 20 year basketball coach who claimed that blocks are more valuable than rebounds. I, as well as a few others, were understandably shocked that not only someone actually believed that, but they had the responsibility of teaching younger people the game of basketball. I fear for the game, if this is true.
Well, this person actually stated that he’d rather have 1.5 blocks in a game than 4 rebounds. In what is beyond irony and bordering on divine providence (and this coming from an atheist), Bargnani blocked 2 shots against the Sacramento Kings and grabbed just 2 rebounds. If Bargnani had just grabbed 2 more rebounds, the rebounds he basically gave to Cousins, the Raptors would most likely have won the game. Not only is 4 rebounds worth more than 1.5 blocks, it was the difference between a win and a loss.
Sometimes, life is like that. But I still would have rather had the win.
Blogger’s Note: In my continued effort to get as much free Dropbox space as possible, I am going to give a short Dropbox tip at the end up every post. I will do this until I have the full free amount (10 GB). You can sign up and install Dropbox on your computer by clicking on this link or the one on the top right sidebar.
I signed up for Dropbox about a year ago after reading about it on this blog.Curious, especially when so many commenters chimed in about how great it was, I signed up and installed it. At first, I simply used it as an extra folder I would keep copies of things in. Nice, but not completely useful. What changed was when I realized that instead of keeping copies in the Dropbox folder, I simply would work out of that folder. I put my Documents folder IN my Dropbox. Now, everything I did was automatically backed up to the Dropbox server, where I could access it anywhere, including on my mobile device. Very cool.
So my tip: Don’t save copies to your Dropbox folder. Work out of it. That’s what it’s for.
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