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Wizards at Raptors in Seven Frames: Jamison Yells Early

Updated: December 2, 2009

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Active Hands

… especially from Jamison and Butler, the latter racked up three steals. As a team, the Wizards had 10 steals (their second highest total of the season), and held the Raptors to only two. Against the Suns, the Wiz had 12 steals, but they also had 17 turnovers. The team only turned the ball over 10 times last night.

Pushing Tempo

… even after the Raptors made shots, the Wizards pushed the ball up the court without deliberation, giving the recently stagnant offense more time to get something done.

According to KnickerBlogger.net, the Wizards play at the 14th fastest Pace in the NBA (92.6). Against the Raptors, they played at a Pace of 94.1, which is the Pace of the ninth fastest team, the Houston Rockets. The Raptors rank 11th in Pace at 93.7.

Defending Bosh

… Brendan Haywood did a helluva job defending Bosh one-on-one.

By my count, the Raptors ran seven pick-and-rolls with Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh in the first quarter alone (before Amir Johnson checked in for Bosh at the 3:56 mark). Off these, Bosh only got two touches. Once Haywood forced him into a tough miss and on the other, a turnover.

Of course, the Wizards were picking their poison in defending the pick and roll. Calderon scored eight of his 11 first quarter points on P&Rs, six of them coming with Bosh, two of them with Johnson. I’m not sure if it’s a physical thing or a mental thing, but Arenas is consistently slow to recover when going over screens. However, in this instance, the help defense shares a bulk of the blame for Calderon’s easy buckets off P&Rs.

After Bosh’s lack of success with the P&R in the first quarter, Toronto went away from using it. Bosh did score 18 points in the second quarter (7-7 FTs) but many of those were not in one-on-one situations against Haywood, rather off turnovers and offensive rebounds.

Haywood’s success against Bosh significantly improved the Wizards’ overall defense because they didn’t have to send much double-team help, keeping the Raptors from spacing the floor.

Gaffe(s) of the Game

1st Q – 2:28 mark
In transition, Caron Butler tried to make a behind-the-back pass to Jamison spotting at the three-point line, resulting in a turnover and a subsequent three by Toronto.  Since when the eff does someone on a 5-10 team have the right to make such silly, unnecessary behind-the-back passes?

1st Q – 12:00 mark to 4th Q 0:00 mark
Jose Calderon is just a funny looking dude to me … partly due to his on-court mannerisms and expressions, but also due to his curly-top mess of a hair cut that looks like it came straight out of an 80s American movie. Think Corey Haim in License to Drive or the villain beau in some other random 80s movie that I can’t remember right now.

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[Jake Whitacre – Bullets Forever]

It’s hard to say that anyone is back after just one performance, but Gilbert Arenas showed some nice signs last night that we may see Gilbert return to being the aggressive player we once knew.  Just being aggressive won’t unlock the pre-injury Gilbert Arenas, but it’s an important step in the right direction.  Even if his drives to the rim aren’t generating points effectively (he was 7-17 from the field) his penetration, if not his passing, opens things up for everyone else.  Gilbert’s concerns about not freezing out his teammates are well-taken, but playing tentatively like he has does nothing to help the team or himself.

[Michael Lee – Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

Saunders also has realized that he cannot keep Boykins off the floor to finish games. Three of the Wizards’ past four wins have come with Boykins running the show down the stretch. This time, though, Arenas shared the floor with him. They both agreed that it was like their time together in Golden State, when they were the closers.

“It relieves the pressure,” Arenas said of sharing ball-handing duties with Boykins. “It gets me off the ball. It puts me back in my old mold where I was just a scorer. So every time I got it and I can go score. So I don’t have to worry about anything.”

The Wizards are better when Arenas isn’t worrying about anything.

[Dave Johnson – CSNWashington.com]

In the fourth quarter the Wizards outscored the Raptors 34-25 and held them to 34 percent shooting and again Earl Boykins, aswas the case in recent wins over the Heat and Cavaliers, helped close the game.

Boykins had 4 of the Wizards 8 assists in the fourth quarter and he helped set up an offense that shot 68 percent from the field in the final 12 minutes. Playing off Boykins at that point Gilbert Arenas scored 12 of his 22 points and did so on 4 of 6 shooting.

In addition Boykins played a significant role on defense in the fourth quarter. Boykins did not have any steals but was disruptive.

“ What happened is he (Boykins) got their point guards out of their comfort zone to run pick and rolls and really got into them a little bit” Saunders noted.

[Mike Prada – Bullets Forever]

Down the stretch, I thought the Wizards did a nice job of taking Toronto off the three-point line.  For the game, Toronto shot 38 percent from downtown, but in the fourth quarter, Jarrett Jack was the only guy to hit a three (I don’t count Hedo’s last-second garbage time one).  Most significantly, Andrea Bargnani didn’t even attempt one!  I know Toronto shot 3-6 from three in the fourth quarter, but I can live with Jarrett Jack shooting out there.  The key is preventing the guys who are the real snipers on the team — the Calderons, Turkoglus, Bargnanis and Belinellis — from even taking those shots.  The Wizards didn’t do that well most of the game, but did much better down the stretch.

[Mike Jones – Wizards Outlet, Washington Times]

Another negative was Randy Foye, who didn’t look good at all out there. You have to feel bad for him. It’s pretty obvious that he’s not sure what his role is, and the uncertainty and lack of comfort is translating into him forcing things. The thing is though, you really can’t make an argument for more playing time for him with Flip having so much confidence in Boykins that he has him in games down the stretch. Randy’s a good dude, though. Here’s to hoping he gets things figured out somehow.

[William Yoder – Agent Dagger]

Nick Young earned yet another start for the Wizards, and logged 30 minutes in a highly contested game. Young however, played a very different role Tuesday night than he has in his previous starts. In this game he played the supporting role to the big three, where in the past he had been a more of a gunner. The 24-year-old scored six points on 3-9 shooting, he also added no assists and committed no turnovers. This is a role I could get behind.

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[Hip Hoop Junkies]

Antawn Jamison was the highlight for the Wiz with 30 pts and 12 boards, scoring 10 pts in the fourth.  Could the Raps have won this one?  Turnovers were a factor again as Mr. Fourth Quarter, Hedo Turkoglu, turned the ball over in a key possession with 30 seconds left to play.  Vegas had the Raps as a 6.5 point favourite in this one, man…were they ever off.

[Raptors HQ]

The goat of the evening was Mr. Turkoglu.  With the ball in his hands down the stretch in a very close game he came up well short…

…unless you want to count his buzzer-beater which got the ACC fans their pizza.

Even in other key moments he failed to make necessary stops on D, or good decisions with the ball.  His stat-line looked ok (13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists) – but the Raps aren’t paying Hedo $55 Million to fill the stat sheet – this team expected him to help deliver wins.

[Raptors Republic]

I seriously don’t even know where to start. I don’t even want to do this to be honest. I’m not sure what has been going on out on the court all season the last few games, but it isn’t basketball; nobody is competing; we aren’t a professional team. This is a bunch of guys, who have been brought together in an attempt to appease one guy, without any thought of how complimentary they are to each other. We have a bunch of scorers who can’t score enough to win games. It’s actually hilarious. At least this schtick is wearing out, and the stands are half empty, me complaining about what ails this franchise pales in comparison to the sections of empty seats in the lower bowl. The worst part: it was another boring loss.

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Kyle Weidie
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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.