18 Parkerville wrote:Horrible Game.
These idiots placing blame solely on TJ: did you actually watch the WHOLE game? He had a horrid 4th and end of the 3rd, but played pretty good in the first half.
-TJ is having problem finishing layups. The fact he's getting the chance at some clean layups is a good sign though, so it's not all bad. They will come around. But he needs to pass more when his shot isn't dropping.
-IMO TJ is too competitive, which overall is a good thing...but it leads him to want to carry the team on his small back when we're playing like shi.t.
Jose "El Matador" Calderon:
-Horrible defence was VERY noticeable tonight. Serious..what are we, 50 something games into the season? What a joke. Yet he yells and screams like he's a leader back there..in reality, half the time he's in no-man's-land, the other half he's clapping behind someone that already beat him easily off the dribble. (tonight it was the scrub travis diener's turn)
-Jose's been playing poorly lately, and it's really starting to hurt us, particularly in the 1st quarter.
IIRC we've been down 10-15 points EVERY GAME FOR FOUR STRAIGHT in the first with jose starting. His play simply isn't getting it done. He looks slow and tired, compounded with his usual poor D. Being down 10-15 points really puts us behind the 8 ball and it takes our offense a while to recover.
What else is there to say? It seems like Sam has played a role in numerous losses this season. Absolutely unacceptable from a professional head coach on a playoff bound team. We simply are a POORLY coached team. No defensive improvement all season, no plays at either end beyond a handful, strange substitution patterns that seem to backfire a lot (Jose for the ENTIRE first half when he's struggling? Jose and TJ at the same time for a whole quarter???)
-Seriously Sam, Hump and Joey G should NEVER play when we're down in the first half of a game. In fact, they should only get garbage minutes.
-How the hell did you win coach of the year again??
-This year, we do absolutely NOTHING well as a team, except for shooting at times. But shouldn't we attribute this to our good shooters? So what the hell is smitch doing for us?
Chuckfino: His usual inconsistent self. There should be an auto hook that takes it out of the game after 2 consecutive missed shots. If he doesn't make one of his first 2, he's going to be cold the whole night..
Moon: IMO the most frustrating Raptor to watch lately. This guy brings nothing to the game anymore. no energy, no aggression, mediocre defence, bricking shots, refusing to drive to the net, failure to finish dunks, bone-headed fouls... Why is he starting again? In fact i wouldn't mind
Moon riding some serious pine. He should stop acting so comfortable out there...a trip to the CBA sooner than he thinks isn't that far-fetched if he keeps playing like this.
Hump: This moron gets lucky enough to get playing time early in the second (thanks smitch!), and within 30 seconds decides to do his patented 19 foot fade-away. As usual, it misses badly.
While I agree with your assessment of Jose's defence, it doens't amaze me that you conveniently left out how TJ got abused by Diener and Daniels tonight. Ofcourse, you would overlook that considering you have been a TJ advocate all along. But I'd like you to be more impartial and point out TJ's defence (or the lack thereof) in tonight's game..
Overall, it was a joke of a game. Jose needs to straighten his act quickly, I think the whole sharing minutes is playing a part in both PG's game. Jose is probably trying too hard to get his teammates going trying to come off as a true point guard while TJ is trying to score as much as he can showing his scoring prowess.. neither is working.. but Jose has just been plain horrible lately.. he played good D vs Minny the other night.. but tonight was just unbearable.. come to think of it, everyone besides Andrea was bad on defense.. everyone including TJ who seemed more interested on the offensive end than trying to keep daniels in front of him.. I wish BC would get his head out of some shooter's ass and get us a big, active shot blocker..