Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Raptors Recap - The "Blame it on Will" Edition

Wow now that was quite upsetting.

Bosh is abusing the Bucks on 12 of 14 shooting. The Bucks don't have anybody that can even do a passable job at defending him and Bosh takes 2 shots in the fourth quarter!

I saw Jay Triano's post game press conference where he blamed the loss on the Bucks just catching some lucky breaks. He pointed out 4 posessions in particular:

1. A blown call where the ball went off Francisco Elson's Foot and the Refs gave the ball to the Bucks

2. A luke Ridnour three late in the clock (ridnour is an awful three point shooter)

3. a bail our three from the corner where the ball came to Charlie Bell and he hit a tough shot with 1 on the shot clock

4. Another three by Ridnour over bosh

I'm sorry but as bad as those breaks were for the Raptors, I cannot put the blame on anyone else other than Will Solomon.

People will look at the box score and see his 11 assists and maybe think he played well. The truth is he didn't. He was 2 for 13 from the floor and made terrible terrible decisions with the ball.

He should NOT have been on the floor in the fourth. Roko should have been. Will took 2 terrible threes late in the fourth and never looked to get Bosh the ball. The raptors were outscored 12-0 in the last 2:30 of the game and the blame for that is on Will. Sure the Bucks were doubling Bosh but he was getting to the line through the double team all night long.

Roko was playing great, getting into the paint and making sure that Bosh was getting the ball. Sure Roko doesn't have a handle on that high screen and roll that Bosh and Jose run so well but Will certainly didn't run it.

This game was winnable in every way. The decision to go with Will over Roko was a bad one and cost them the game. End of story.

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