Thursday, April 26

Wake Up Andrea Bargnani !

Before the start of the playoffs, I wrote that the coach of the year was wrong in keeping Andrea Bargnani too long in the injury list. Bargnani unlike Dwyne Wade, who also came from a prolonged rest , was rested way above the required period for sinusitis. The Raptors rookie only played one game (vs the 76ers ) before the end of the regular season. Not enough to remove the cobwebs in his game which are more like Spiderman's web. Now , the Raptors are still missing one part of their deadly 1-2 punch from the 3 point line. It's good that the other 3 point specialist , Anthony Parker , clicked in game 2 . Otherwise , the Raps will be down 0-2 before the series moves to New Jersey. Continental Airlines Arena crowd will not be as involved as Air Canada Center's. ' It's my first time to see 20,000 people cheering in a basketball game ' answered Bargnani when asked his impression of the ACC crowd. The Swamp is not expected to pull in 20,000 people.The 2nd round opening hockey game between NJ and Ottawa attracted only 12 thou fans ! It's alright. As long as Beyonce is there !
So far, Bargnani's performance in this series is pathetic. In game 2 , he scored just 3 points and his one missed attempt at the basket almost cost the Raps the game.. ' Sam is mad at Bargnani ' said Leo Rautins after the ill timed 3 point shot.. The fact that Bargnani has not develop his post up moves yet is now apparent. A lot of times , a long shot artist resorts to his drives to the basket or post up moves if his long shot is not working. Like Bargnani's supposed model , Dirk Nowitzki , tried in game 2 of the Mavs vs. Warrior tiff . In the 1st game against Golden State which Dallas lost , Nowitzki was ineffective. ' Dirk should post up his guard like last year when he manhandled the much shorter (Bruce) Bowen. ' said my favorite basketball Analyst , Charles Barkley. Maybe Andrea should fast track the acquisition of post up moves. Start practicing these moves 200 times a day. Look at Mickey Moore . The 7'0 center of the Nets suddenly became a threat at mid range by shooting 200 shots a day after team practice. Yes , do that Andrea. You may not make it to Sam's starting 5 , but you will surely be in Barkley's T Mobile Fav 5 !

Dirk : Beeeeeh, Dywane . I made it to Chucks fav 5 !


Blogger The Jersey FLiP said...

i look forward to Joey Graham playing again....

12:46 PM  
Blogger Ty said...

Game 3 is the pivotal game.Whoever wins the game tonight will win the series.How many people do you expect to show up?

3:32 PM  
Blogger che said...

LOL.Mobile Fav 5 instead of starting 5.
Maybe tonight,Bargs will show something something.It's been too long since he played solid basketball.What he needs is to gain his confidence more than anything.Sam should encourage him not get mad at the young man,

4:20 PM  
Blogger arsenalist said...

Did they take his appendix out or his heart?

1:53 AM  
Blogger coach said...

It's funny that in the presscon after the game,sam said that bargnani long absence contributed to his being not in condition for the playoffs.'we need him to open the game like in this one' sam said.
well, the YOU AND coaching staff babied him . andrea STAYED too long in the IL !

11:47 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

lmao...i think they took out both arsenalist. for all my optimism about winning this series, i had no such expectations for bargnani

s performance in the playoffs. he was starting to come along before he had his appendix removed, but what was he really doing? he was hitting his open jumpers without any defensive pressure? no such luck getting those looks in the playoffs.

he really needs to develop a post up (back to the basket) game, so does bosh btw. mikki moore is a great example of what practice will do. bargnani has a ton of talent, and will need to add more weapons to his arsenal.

6:51 PM  

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