Friday, January 29, 2010
I've decided instead of coming up with cheeky/snarky/semi-intelligent headlines, every post for the rest of my existence will simply be "Ball." Doesn't get any more succinct than that.
The Raptors are 4-0 this season when Chris Bosh turns the ball over six times or more.
NOT BUYING WHAT THE TURK IS SELLING
Definitely not buying Hedo Turkoglu's go-to explanation for when he plays well. The Turk seems to think that it's dependent on the team giving him the ball in order for him to produce. I emphatically disagree. They give him the ball all the time, it's just a matter of whether he's had the energy to do anything with it. Last night, he did. Consider:
FIELD GOALS AT THE RIM THIS SEASON
Jan. 28 vs NYK 5
Nov. 29 vs PHX 3
Dec. 13 vs HOU 3
11 times 2
He had five layups / dunks last night, a season-high. Two things: First, it's pretty embarrassing that he's only had three games this season with three field goals at the rim or more (compared to 17 games with 0 field goals at the rim). Secondly, notice a trend with the teams he's done it against? Knicks, Suns, and Rockets --- They all allow over 100 points per game, and they all lack size (& shot blockers) up front. All I'm saying is: I'll be impressed if Turkoglu puts his body on the line and gets to the rim against Boston or Orlando. It doesn't impress me against the Knicks.
THE POINT GUARD DEBATE
We really are going back in time to the good ol' days of Caldeford. Two point guards, almost equally splitting time, each wanting to finish games. Quite honestly, I don't think it's even been close in terms of who has played better. However, one of them keeps making up for overall poor play by hitting a big shot or two in the fourth quarter (and that seems to be all fans remember). But let's look at the numbers:
SINCE CALDERON'S RETURN
Jack: 4 assists per game, 2.1 ast/to ratio, -32
Calderon: 5 assists per game, 4.5 ast / to ratio, +88
Calderon has been a plus in 10 of the 12 games. Jack has been a plus in 2 of the 12 games. However, a big layup against the Knicks, some tough finishes against the Lakers, and people are still convinced Jack is a better point guard for this team.
Whatever, it's still 48 minutes of above-average point guard play, something that I said was the key missing ingredient to last year's team. Consider:
TORONTO POINT GUARDS - A NEW ERA
09-10 Caldejack 22 pts, 11 ast, 5 reb, 4 to, 49% FG, 40% 3PT, 81% FT
07-08 Caldeford 23 pts, 14 ast, 5 reb, 4 to, 49% FG, 41% 3PT, 89% FT
06-07 Caldeford 22 pts, 13 ast, 5 reb, 5 to, 46% FG, 32% 3PT, 82% FT
As you can see, the numbers are nearly identical (the only reason the assist numbers are down is because of the presence of Turkoglu). Otherwise, you're still getting 48 minutes of efficient, offensive basketball from your point guards. And as a bonus, "Jack" meshes just as well with "Calde" as "Ford" did.