Tonight he played one of the toughest if not the toughest frontcourt in the NBA. 2pts 2rbs in 20+ mins. Completely unacceptable. Surprised Casey gave him that long of a leash tonight because he was really bad.
Despite the end-of-game lapse by Casey and DeRozan, the real reason the Raptors lost this game is that they went 3-17 for three-pointers. Had they had even a couple more go in during the first three quarters of the game, it would have been a lot closer and there would have been multiple opportunities to take the lead. No doubt Chicago's defence had something to do with it, as the Bulls' announcers declared, but more of the poor shooting was just being cold or not being set with the feet.
What he is is still a young player, who needs more work on his awareness. Needs the game to slow down a bit still. And needs to not let himself get frustrated. It'll come with time. He still played hard tonight. It's not like he was just "going through the motions". Some nights you just don't have it and the bounces just don't go your way.
But soft? That's not something I'd ever think to call him. He doesn't shy away from banging down low. He doesn't take possessions off.
*And just some food for thought...in Jonas' 3 other games against CHI this year
5-10 FG, 5-6 FT, 15 pts, 10 rbs (2,8), 2 blk, 2 stl, 1 ast, 2 to ----win
6-11 FG, 3-4 FT, 15 pts, 11 rbs (2,9), 4 blk, 1 stl, 1 ast, 1 to ----win
2-5 FG, 0 FT, 4 pts, 8 rbs (2,6), 2 blk, 0 stl, 2 ast, 2 to ----loss
It's not like he has struggled all year with the Bulls. Though it is interesting because someone (Kazan I think) said if he played even a bit better we would've won. While I hate phrasing it like that it does seem like he was a key part of our wins against them this year. So it's a big shame he played bad tonight
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"Masai WILL win us a championship"
- Tim Leiweke
Ujiri: "One thing I can say for sure is that we will not be stuck in the middle."
Reporter: "How can you say that?"
Ujiri: "Because I can say that."
I don't know how much he can work on it in the summer. He can watch a lot of tape, but the best "work" for it is during games. That's the one good thing about playing for his national team. While the rules are a bit different, it's still the fastest and most skilled non-NBA basketball, and he needs as much high-level experience as possible at this stage. I thought summer league was a big mistake for him last year. Just wasted his time and maybe even instilled an unwarranted level of confidence because he was killing lesser competition.
If the Raptors ever play the Bulls in the playoffs its going to be intense. How many technicals were thrown? You could see JV's frustration out there. Lowry even with a fairly sh!t game (mainly due to his fouls) came through with that clutch 3. Too bad DeMar couldn't get that one passed Butler. Would have liked a better play but really DD was playing the best and he deserved to take that shot. Also helps with his confidence if he's ever put in that position again.
Good game overall.. too bad they lost. Next three games should be gimmies (although Cleveland is playing much better).. have to win them all to keep the 3rd seed alive.
Yeah........I don't particularly want to face this team in the first round of the playoffs.
I disagree with Jack about the Nets though. Definitely not a sure thing because they're vets...but they've got no inside presence and no legs. Think the Raps have a decent chance, and think it would be the most fun series to win, for the "fuck you Pierce and Garnett!" perspective.
The Bulls though...they're so smart, really exposed the youth of JV and Ross tonight with their intelligent cutting and stuff. No thx
Did anyone notice Hansbrough tackle Dunleavy in the game? Didn't notice at first, but after careful observation I did.
JV was a puppy tonight against the bulls 2 and 2? really? Watch the tape look what Hansbro does battling for position shorter and getting boards JV just does these dumb taps at the ball hes taller and a better leaper than Hansbro and he sucks at getting boards.
He needs some serious drill work. It was so embarrassing Casey was right to pull him he was a complete no show, I can understand not scoring its the Bulls they dont give up paint baskets but at least get the board and go to the line, its pretty sad that a center never goes to the line.
"We had to put the ball in Rudy’s hands. He had it going,” Casey said. “DeMar struggled. I think he was 2-for-15 in the first half. Rudy was the only one that really had something rolling with a rhythm. It was one of those nights. If it was DeMar rolling we would have milked him. But tonight it was Rudy and did a great job of carrying us, getting us into overtime
Rudy shot 11-37......................
Double dribble signal
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