Some Game 4 thoughts, and where are the questions?
Hmm, what now?
Not sure but things are as bleak as they’ve been in a while, no?
Know how I can tell you’re all resigned to defeat? Hardly any mail, which is odd. Very odd. So we’ll put this up here now and see if there isn’t some mail generated while I’m on another flight to Orlando.
Action: Howard can’t shoot free throws
Reaction: Do you foul him?
That’s about the only debate from the game, isn’t it? Should they have started fouling Howard intentionally sometime in the fourth quarter? Dude was 1-for-6 from the line after all, and it looked again like the fans got in his head.
But it’s not like there was a lot of time to employ the strategy. I don’t think you should do it when you’re up late in a game and that means there was about a two minute span when they might have intentionally fouled him. Raps were tied with 4:37 to go, down one with 4:01 left and between then and the two-minute mark (when the possibility to foul goes away) Lewis converted a three-point play, Turkoglu hit a couple of free throws, Lewis it another shot and Turkoglu drilled that dagger of a three with 2:07 remaining.
I dunno. I wouldn’t have fouled. It's not like the game was out of hand, or even headed that way, when they had the chance to.
Action: Bosh is white-hot
Reaction: Was everyone else watching?
Doesn’t matter what the big guy does, if the rest of the team goes 24-for-66 from the field, they aren’t going to win. Someone needed to step up and no one did.
I’m not entirely sure there’s fault to be laid, it was just one of those games where no one got going.
Action: Bargnani’s three opens game
Reaction: Downhill from there
A lot of us figured this would be a series that turned on three-point shooting and the pivotal game bore that out.
There is no way in the world the Raptors can win shooting 2-for-15 from downtown. Bargnani had his, Kapono had one and that’s it?
I know Sam said Friday that 34 attempts in Game 3 were too many, but 15 is too few. Give the Magic credit, there sure weren't too many open looks for the Raptors; they stayed home on shooters for the most part.
They’re not exactly dancing in the streets in Orlando but they’re ready to. Here’s how B. Schmitz summed up yesterday’s affair.
Action: Howard blocks Bosh
Reaction: Busts the padding off the board.
How strong is that dude? You see that? He knocked the padding off the bottom of the backboard with one of his four blocks in the first quarter.
But you gotta figure they’d have something better than duct tape to fix it. It looked like me up there trying to rig it up so it wouldn’t happen again. But it didn’t happen again so I guess that’s good.
Action: Keyon Dooling drives unimpeded for a basket with 1.9 seconds left in first.
Reaction: Mental blip.
Raptors had a foul to give and Jose didn’t give it. That’s the kind of mental mistake that shouldn’t be made.
Action: Dwight Howard shoots free throws.
Reaction: You can have a nap.
Funny thing is, for all the talk about how long it takes Howard to shoot free throws, on my own little count I never got it even to nine. But the Raptors were wondering the same thing. Sam asked Dick Bavetta about it during one of Howard’s lengthy sojourns to the line and Dick said he was counting, too.