April 25, 2008

It's A Series, Bitches!

Yes, Raptors! We're back in it, baby. Back on our floor in front of a raucous crowd, the home team did not disappoint. Toronto now trails Orlando 2-1 and this series is far from over.

I wasn’t able to watch the game, save for the final seven minutes at a downtown establishment with my good friend Hoegarden. And, trust me, I enjoyed those seven minutes.

As I was perusing the box score after the game, it was clear why the Raptors were victorious: point guard production.

I was all over T.J. Ford after game two but, boy, did he ever come back with a strong game. He and Jose Calderon (Jose, JoseJoseJose!) dominated Jameer Nelson and Carlos Arroyo.

Here’s the line from the dynamic point guard duo:

39 points off 13-of-19 shooting from the floor, 12 rebounds, 16 assists, two steals, and only four turnovers.

That, my friends, is domination. If the Raptors can get production out of Forderon such as they received last night, this series is ours.

I was wrong, as usual, about the changes in the starting lineup. Ford was still in there and instead of Rasho was Moon.

I’ll give Mitchell some props. Ford could have easily come out of the lineup, and Moon had no business being inserted, but both moves paid off.

Ford, who couldn’t hit a shot in the first two games, was confident from the get-go. Say what you want about him, but the little engine never stops believing in himself. He hit his shots last night, as did Moon, and the Raptors won because of it. So after roasting him on Tuesday night, I offer him huge props today. I’m not the only one, either, as Doug Smith informs us that Ford received a standing ovation at a restaurant where he went to grab a post-game meal. Well deserved.

Same goes for Moon. Five-for-nine from the floor and 10 boards. Beauty.

It was definitely a team effort as six Raptors ended up in double figures. Toronto racked up 31 assists, compared to only 15 by Orlando, and won the battle of the boards 42-34. When the Raptors share the ball and hit the shots they should be hitting, they win. Last night was textbook Raptors basketball.

A big, big win and now we look forward to Saturday. This series is going back to Orlando tied up. And Dave Perkins is right: the Leafs suck, the Jays are doing their best Leafs impersonation, and the Raptors are all we’ve got. Let’s enjoy ‘em.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go Raps Go....i thought they shoulda won game 2, but whatever, it looks like this is going to be the series where the first one to lose at home....loses the series....

Bhattorious

John said...

The Raptors have something that almost no team has, two world class point guard on their roster.

The Forderon duo were deadly to the core.

Can I have some from Raptors fan out there about the game, please?

http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/04/playoffs-news-big-night-for-scola-raps.html

Anonymous said...

I've watched two of the four games over the internet here in Qatar. I saw the pathetic display in game 1. The other game, well game 4. Bosh played incredible, he was a beast. However, this team dare i saw is not CLUTCH. They don't have that CLUTCH ability at the wire that you need in the playoffs. I love the Raptors, Bosh is phenomenal, but your star has to make that final shot. That's what franchise players do. A great team finds a way to win in the 4th quarter at home in the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Like i said the first team to lose at home is done....so Lets see what the off-season brings for the Raps...

Bhattorious

karan said...

is that my face on a raps player?