No, there’s no “Chris Bosh got robbed” headline today, even though it would’ve made sense to give the hometown boy some hardware. And I’m pretty sure they would’ve given it to Nowitzki before Bosh anyway since that’s just the how the NBA likes to roll – predictable. It was nice to see Bosh nail some clutch FTs, get a late And1 and make some Raptor fans proud. We’re all attention whores who like to see the media down south acknowledge our existence and last night they were forced to focus on Bosh without asking him what his free agency plans were.
The folks at DimeMag could’ve pulled DeMar DeRozan over and talked to him for hours on end about the intricacies of hyping something up and then letting everyone down. Not so with Chris Bosh, the scrum was bigger and we tried to get the questions you asked in. Once again, thanks to DimeMag for taking the questions.
Bad loss for DeRozan, he really didn’t deserve to lose even though he didn’t bring his A-game. When he said he was saving stuff for Saturday night he wasn’t kidding. A between-the-legs left-handed windmill gave him a 42 which was good enough for second after Robinson, who got the better score because of the height factor. The second DeRozan dunk was a 50, Weems laying it off the side of the board and DeRozan slamming it windmill-style. Was it a 50? Probably not, but it was clearly the best dunk of the round and Weems needs to be given credit for executing the pass. As Barkley said, “When Dominque Wilkins’s gives you a 10, you’re doing something right”.
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.