Cleveland Cavaliers 82, Toronto Raptors 91 This one was comfortably in the bag before tipoff when it was announced that Lebron would be resting his finger for a day or two. Not having Bosh didn’t even matter because we simply have way too much depth for Cleveland to handle; even with Lebron this would’ve been… Read more »
Deja Vu week comes to an end tonight when Cleveland takes the court in Toronto. The big story, of course, is whether Bosh and James will play. It’s pretty obvious that they need their superstar more than we need ours. This young season has been Lebron’s version of the one-man play: He does it all except… Read more »
If RaptorsTalk can say it, I can say it: Lame Post Alert! After a game like that, you’d think the Grizzlies might have been better off just showing up, collecting their bobbleheads, and heading back to their hotel. Mike Miller: 0-5 Rudy Gay: 2-9 Pau “I used to enjoy this” Gasol”: 4-12 To recap: Three… Read more »
Memphis Grizzlies Some, Toronto Raptors A lot I went to this game and had some pretty good seats courtesy of some friends. Memphis had beaten NJ last night at the swamp and had apparently spent most of their energy and motivation because today they had nothing. It’s a normal mindset really, on the back end… Read more »
Since I just wrote a game preview for the last Grizz game, I’m not going to do a lick of research for this post. Because as my good friends know, impeccable memory (along with laser vision and elephantitis of the genitals) is one of my finer qualities. We beat them on their court, which, following Raptor Logic™,… Read more »
Jamariomania is spreading like hot butter on the shaved thighs of a Thai hooker. Check out some neat new gems about the Moon Man on ESPN’s TrueHoop here, including his delinquent “smuggling a Discman into school” criminal past. Sing it, Jamario! (to be fair, Jamario only found out Canada existed a few months ago. Not a whole… Read more »
Check these hoop-related links for November 19th through November 26th: Moon goes to dogs, by choice – i love this article. Plain and simple Colangelo pleased, sees room for improvement NBA 2007-08 Celtics vs. 1995-96 Bulls – This comparison of the new-look Celts and the record-setting Bulls squad of the 90’s is interesting…and meaningless. The… Read more »
This teeter-totter’s making me nauseous. But a win’s a win’s a win, even against the NBA equivalent of Glass Joe, seen below mimicking the Chicago Bulls’ 4th quarter. What a mess. Where do you start? When you play like a disinterested rec league team down by 20, it’s more than lack of effort – it’s… Read more »
Chicago Bulls 78, Toronto Raptors 93 If you can’t beat the Bulls at home these days your team probably deserves to be in the NBDL. A relatively easy 93-78 win over Chicago at home puts us back at .500 with Memphis and Cleveland coming up at home. There’s not much to say from this game… Read more »
The Raptors have a habit of ‘hanging around’ winnable games, unable to drive nails into the coffins of lesser teams. Well, you can’t hang around when you’re playing against Lebron – he’ll string you up by your shoelaces and leave you for dead, swaying from the rafters like a worked-over punching bag. LeBeast devoured us… Read more »
Toronto Raptors 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 111 Another day, another Raptors loss, another game that was just begging to be won through the first three quarters. But when you let a team hang around for that long, they’re bound to come back and bite you in the ass and bite they did. Chris Bosh’s monster 41… Read more »
Alvin Williams, the former Raptor who played for Villanova and Germantown Academy, has joined Comcast SportsNet’s Sixers Post Game Live. His first appearance will take place after tonight’s game. If this is old news, it’s new to me. Though his stint with the Clippers didn’t work out, I’m glad to hear he’s still in the… Read more »
This I can explain. His low usage rate when he is on the floor minimize his impact on team stats, such as team O/D rating and even plus minus (since that stat also accounts for the other members of the rotation. However, when he is being used, his individual stats, or the stats that are only dependant on his contributions, he looks pretty good, pretty great even.
Basically, like what everyone else has been saying, it comes down to usage rate. Involve him enough in the offense and there's no reason why his individual efficiency won't be reflected in the team stats.
Now here's where you might say "but the raptors lose more when he shoots more than average, so the usage rate argument doesn't hold up". That's a fair point, but I would argue that Jonas often gets those extra field goals when A) the guards are putting up a ton of bricks and Jonas is cleaning the glass, or B) he's a last resort after its clear that the other scoring options aren't working. In both scenarios, the team as a whole is playing below average, so it makes sense that they would win a lower percentage of games.