Fuck the Raptors
The last game of the calendar year tonight in Canada, aye? I've always wondered how the Raptors players and staff feel. Like the GM Brian Colangello. "Nah, no thanks. I mean Phoenix is nice and all but I'd rather spend some time up in Canada. You know, where basketball was invented!" Our old buddy Matt Devlin went up there after he was let go by the Bobcats.
Anyway, as for tonight. Tyson Chandler, still out.
The Raptors are not happy, they're hot, coming in with 4 straight wins and we smoked them 116 - 81 in Charlotte. Big difference between this team at home and away, in the win column at least.
Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/sports/bas...99816-sun.html
Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...g-their-talons
And, love the Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/bob...y/1150530.html
Rick did put forth some effort on this story about Stephen Jackson and his proclivity for Technical fouls lately: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/ric...y/1150528.html
Jack has been feeling what I like to call "Being a Bobcat" from the referees lately. It sucks and probably has taken years off of Bernie Bickerstaff and my lifetimes but the refs don't respect a team with no all-stars and no national tv exposure.
So, will we make it 2-14 on the road tonight?
Fuck the Raptors
Huge game - expect the Raps to be fired up after the drubbing we gave them a few weeks back.
"Let 'em Work, Let 'em Live"
Bosh is going to be problems for Crash/Boris/Naz and I don't think Boris/Naz/Diop can contain Bargnani. Jacksum and Felts are going to be key.
Last game Bosh didn't score but like 2 points the 1st half and TC had 6 blocks. Let's see what his replacements do tonight.
Hope Resurrected: "I think I can bring an attitude to a team as far as, ‘All right, no matter what, we are not losing this game'." - Kemba Walker
"Its okay to be bad; just so long as you're bad ass." - Keetch
Effort is what I'm looking at tonight. I'm grading everyone on effort alone. If I see it and we're in the game going into the 4th then I'll pay attention to execution from that point. If anyone heard Gerald's comments ("It's about what we do, not the Raptors") after the Bucks win I think he was speaking on our effort on the road as well. What are the chances Boris bust his ass for the team tonight?
LB needs to use his bench if we are going to have a chance tonight. Bosh is a beast and the refs seem to love him. Diop will see alot of playing time tonight. I really hope Diaw is not guarding Bosh. Graham has a chance to have a good night. I'm calling it early...Boris Diaw gets 20points tonight.