Wednesday, April 4

Raptors Get A Taste Of The Playoffs.

' There is certainly a playoff athmosphere tonight ' said the Heat TV guy. Why not ? The Raptors amd the Heat are battling for the 3rd spot in the Eastern conference and homecourt advantage in the playoffs. And the game certainly lived up to expectations as the Raptors battled the Heat toe to toe before losing the game , 89-92, and the series 1-2 . ' For most part , we did enough and dodged a lot of bullets down the stretch ' said Miami coach Pat Riley. On the other side, coach Sam Mitchell was the recipient of a lot of bullets after the game. Make that howitzers ! It's because his last second substitution of an effective Jose Calderon by T.J. Ford proved to be a mistake. Sam's decision not to foul Shaq, who was 0-6 from the foul line, was highlighted too. So you see , the tenure of Sam is not really that secure. Coach of the year one day . Cockroach of the year the next day !
It's another double double for Chris Bosh. He along with 10 day contractee Luke Jackson played real well. Jackson scored 10 points in limited minutes of play. However , the rest of the Raptors played medicocre ball. T.J. Ford , in particular , was ineffective that's why his insertion in the dying seconds of the game was questionable. ' The coach said to me to make a play. So, I made a play ' answered T.J. to a reporter's question on what was supposed to be the play to tie the game. T.J. was surrounded by three point shooters- Mo Pete , Anthony Parker , Jackson. If I am announcing last night, this is how I will describe the last 3.8 seconds of the game . T.J. inbounds the ball to Bosh . T.J. gets the ball from Bosh . T.J. dribbles the ball. T.J. passes the ball to... err... T.J. T.J. shoots a three. T.J. goes home to Mama .

Michael Douglas as Pat Riley (topmost pic) :
Nice shot , TJ !
MD as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street : Greed is good . Right, T.J . ?


Blogger film critic said...

Gecko said greed is good in the movie.Ford was more than greedy last night.He was also stupid.What was he doing shooting a three pointer when others are better than him in jacking 3s ?

12:54 PM  
Blogger john said...

The margin of victory was OK for your team.Did Shaq played well?Welcome to the playoffs .Ooops,not yet .

1:06 PM  
Blogger Nelson said...

TJ IS TOOO EMOTIONAL!!! I left it alone on my blog, but what the hell. I hope he can hold off during the playoffs.

They zoomed over to him pouting on the bench when Calderon came in and did well. When he came back in the game he was thinking "I'll show everybody."

That's it. Only guy on the team that doesn't fit with BC strategy in terms of personality.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

players, unlike coaches, i have always felt you need to take the good with the bad. TJ is the man one night, and does something stupid like this another. if mitchell's strategy was for TJ to "make a play" then what can you expect? mitchell should have told him to pass it to parker or lob it up high to mopete for one of his circus shots.

4:30 PM  
Blogger arsenalist said...

I don't believe Sam Mitchells crunch time coaching strategy is to say "make a play TJ"

5:44 PM  
Blogger coach said...

f.c. : that's tj-sometimes he's good,sometimes he's good for nuthin'!

john : shaq played well-16 pts.not bad for an old man.

nelson : i noticed such reactions from tj from similar situs but not last wonder if the raps are ready for the playoffs.isn't that the time for sam to shorten his rotation?

sam : that's what's tj was basically saying-i just followed the coach's must give tj credit for not backing from taking the big shot-win or lose .

arsenalist : i think sam did say 'make a play'to tj. what many wanted to know including the reporter that asked the question was, was that really the play .

7:33 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

did anyone catch when swirsky questioned mitchells decision to put ford back into the heat game at the end of the 1st quarter (orlando game)? maybe the machine is laying the seeds for the eventual campaign to justify not resigning mitchell perhaps?

8:17 PM  
Blogger coach said...

aha. i shd. watch that again and listen. iwatch the orl game in fsn-s channel. it's interesting what matt guokas said abt. tj-bosh 'discussion' during the game.i'll write abt. it in tom. post.

10:21 PM  

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