So that was ugly, wasn’t it?
Once it was confirmed that Andrea Bargnani wasn’t going to play because of a sore left knee, the Raptors were pretty much destined for an ass whooping. This one got ugly by the half, but credit where credit is due, the young Raptors showed some fight and there is reason for hope for the future.
Chicago is arguably one of the top four or five teams in the East and, with Carlos Boozer back in the lineup, they are a hard team to beat each and every night. The Bulls have a tough as nails coach, in Tom Thibodeau, who preaches defense and a young core that seems to be growing well together.
The Raptors should take notice. This is a team they should try to build themselves in the mould of.
Zan For Three
2010 Free Agency Redux
So looking back at the circus that was the 2010 free agency period Lebron and Wade remain the biggest pick ups and are starting to make a tremendous difference with the Miami Heat. They are beginning to be everything they were advertised to be but how about the pick up of Amare Stoudamire and Carlos Boozer?
Much was made of Lebron, Bosh, Wade and Amare but Boozer was almost a forgotten bridesmaid during that time. His off-season injury also erased him from our minds during the first part of the season. He is back and he is kicking some serious ass.
Boozer is, by far, the best player on the court for his team and that is saying something with a starting five that looks the way it does in Chicago. Miami may have built a winning culture in South Beach, but Chicago picked up a piece that really puts them over the edge.
Forget that he dominated Amir Johnson and Joey Dorsey. These are not playoff calibre power forwards yet. Boozer’s dominance inside makes him a very tough match up going into any playoff matchup. Bosh vs. Boozer? I’ll take Boozer. Horford vs. Boozer? I’ll take Boozer . Kevin Garnett might be the only one who can shut him down, and he’s a bit slower and maybe not as tough.
Watch out Eastern Conference. This guy is going to make a big difference this year.
Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
Jay Triano and his staff should be paying close attention to what Tom Thibodeau and his staff are doing in Chicago. This is a team that can score, but man is their defense good. Chicago allows their offense to dictate their offense and the Raptors still haven’t figured that out yet.
The Bulls forced stops on the defensive end and turned them into points on the offensive end. The Raptors are still trying to out-shoot their opponents. This strategy doesn’t work very often, if ever.
It’s time Colangelo, Triano and the rest of the organization look at teams like Boston and Chicago and start imitating what they see. The players in Boston and Chicago both bought into Thibodeau’s system and have reaped the benefits. Why would the Raptors not want to try the same philosophy?
Obviously a change of team philosophy requires some new players, and possibly coaches, but it may be something that the “big Wigs” of MLSE should seriously consider. That is, of course, if they’re interested in winning at all.
Tonight Sucked. Let’s just call a spade a spade and move on. We are not in the calibre of a team like Chicago. We are not. Plain and simple. However tonight provided some opportunities to be hopeful and look, positively, into the future.
Joey Dorsey (12 pts and 13 reb on 5-8 shooting in 29 minutes)
This is an impressive stat line from the young power forward out of Memphis. Yes, some of those points were scored in garbage time, but he is resembling something the Raptors may want to take a chance on. He is a big body and possess some post-up skills and might be worth investing in. He showed some fight tonight and banged inside against some pretty tough interior players.
Jarryd Bayless ( 20 pts and 4 Assists in 33 minutes)
Bayless has been the engine on offense. Although many of us would like to see a point guard pass the ball a little more, he has played well since being acquired from New Orleans. He is resembling more of a shooting guard, but this kid is 22 years old and certainly has some upside. He gets to the rim, can shoot and is serviceable on the defensive end of the floor.
Ed Davis (10 pts on 5/9 shooting, 10reb, in 32 minutes)
His first start as a Raptor and he played well in spurts. He was overmatched inside by Chicago’s bigs but Davis held his own against some pretty admirable talent. This kid is going to be a decent NBA player. I like the look of him, I like the way he plays the game. He doesn’t force the issue and will only get better and better. If the team, as I suggested earlier, starts looking at the defensive side of the ball then Davis could be a key player moving forward. Definitely something to look forward to.
Zan of the Night
The man is an absolute beast. I would not want to meet him in an alley or in the paint. He scares me and even thinking of him tonight gives me shivers. He absolutely dominated the inside tonight and basically took whatever he wanted from the Raptor bigs. Amir Johnson was his play toy tonight and there was nothing anyone could do about it.
Not Zan of the Night
Hey dude, I love you as a player. On this current Raptor squad, you’re probably my favourite player, but tonight was not your night. Mama told you there’d be days like this. More fouls than points, not a lot of minutes for you out there because of the foul trouble and not much brewing on the offensive end either. Take it as a learning experience and move on. Carlos Boozer is one of the best. You have work to do before you are competing consistently with the likes of that bad boy.*** Kristoffer Pedlar The Zan Tabak Herald *** Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Zantabakherald