Sunday March 8 2009 - 3:15pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)

Jazz @ Raptors

Final Score:
109-101, Jazz

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
18 points
11 rebounds
7/14 FG

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
25 points
9 assists
3 rebounds
10/18 FG

Shout-out to the Raptors:
30 points
10 rebounds
3 assists
10/21 FG
10/11 FT

Stats that stood out:
- Toronto held its biggest lead of the game at 8 with 7:55 to go but then the Jazz went on a 28-12 run to close out the game (a 16-point swing in less than 8 minutes!)
- Toronto with 8 turnovers in the opening 3 quarter — 9 in the 4th quarter alone
- Points in the Paint:  54-50 Jazz
- Toronto out-rebounds the Jazz 44-41
- Deron Williams had 18 points and 5 assists (and 7 of 9 FG) in the second half alone

Thumbs Up:
- The opening 3 quarters

Thumbs Down:
- The final quarter (well, the final 8:00 minutes)

Smith says:
- “An entertaining game – and I thought the upset was coming – but the Jazz proved why they’re 40-23 and the Raptors proved why they’re 23-41.”

Jones says:

“V-Tech” 3-In-To-Win Give-Away:
The Raptors were 4 of 6 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Raptors @ Sixers
– Wednesday March 11 2009
- Tune in just after 7:0pm Eastern for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

E. Smith

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21 Responses to “Jazz Tune-Up Toronto”
  1. 1.

    Why can’t they play like this (minus the last 7 minutes) EVERY game! INTENSITY! DRIVE! PHYSICAL GAME! AND….DEFENSE!!! I mean, two of our starters DOVE onto the floor after a ball. THAT is what we like to see.

    Pops and Graham seemed to have some trouble holding the ball at times, and it seemed that the Jazz had a few open lanes and just walktzed in for the layup. Overall, HIGH5

    - Andrea
  2. 2.


    Whose job is it to mastermind an NBA team in this city?

    You? NO.
    Me? NO.
    Bloggers? NO.
    My mom? NO.
    My neighbour? NO.
    Bueller? NO.

    No, my friend…there is only one person responsible for organizing this Raptors team…and that is the man who is paid a tremendous sum of MY, and other ticket buyers’ hard-earned money…Mr. Bryan Colangelo.

    And this is exactly why he MUST be held accountable for the disastrous performance of this team over the past two years!!

    The fact that he was not alone in predicting success is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT, Eric!!

    If it was relevant, we should all have been given an equal opportunity to take over his NBA general manager’s position, which is obviously not the case.

    Bryan Colangelo’s work experience, business contacts, work ethic, basketball knowledge, strong personality, etc. are the reasons why he was hired to turn this franchise around. There were very high expectations, and rightfully so.

    And he has FAILED MISERABLY!!

    How can you not see that????

    I am stumped by your support of his performance.

    I believe that most of the team is playing at or close to the level expected of them. There have been a few minor injuries, but certainly not anything significant. Bosh, Bargnani, Calderon, Graham, Parker, Ukic, Kapono, Mensah-Bonsu et al are all contributing at the level they should.

    The problem lies in the fact that this team is simply not good enough to make the NBA playoffs (in the EAST, crazy enough!).

    And that is the architect’s fault.

    - brento
  3. 3.


    I think you may not have heard what I said, I said, stop treating each call as though they predicted the Raptors to do the same things you and other braodcasters predicted. With the advent of satellite and digital cable, there are fans getting more exposure to the game and it’s players. Therefore contrary to what you may believe there are fans out there that were familar with jermains injury problems and were objective to aquiring Jermain O Neal, and then there are the fans that you are referring to that are all about aquiring brand names, even if they are not the same player they use to be.

    - Thomas
  4. 4.

    By the way Eric, Paul mentioned that the team today versus when Colangelo took over is different, In that there are more assets. In terms of the assets that we have today


    none of these assests have anything to do with Colangelo

    Bosh is a product of Glen Grunwald, Jose is a product of the GM you slagged the other day on the Radio Rob Babcock
    and Marion is a product of trades that began with Charlie V. Charlie V is a Babcock product to think the majority of our assets have little to do with Colangelo.

    - Thomas
  5. 5.

    James Harden
    Brandon Jennings

    Or even Ricky Rubio because Jose not the guy Parker is the guy the Raps need to sign!

    Barganani 20point and 7 rebounds but, didn’t get any touches! that’s why we need a scorer like a Baron Davis! that will help Bosh in the hard times!

    - Raps Fan
  6. 6.

    I give up. The Raptors just lost one of their loyal fans. I’m not going to hop on someone else’s bandwagon, but I’m surely going to put the Raptors on the bottom of my things to do list. If they’re lucky, I’ll tune into 3 or 4 more games.

    - Warren
  7. 7.

    Hi Guys,
    I think the Raptors problems are being misread too often. These guys can score: They shouldn’t be losing when they’re scoring 100+. Defence and late game strategy are their weaknesses.

    The greatest whole in the lineup is the lack of a really good defensive player. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not faulting Parker but but he gets worked over by players like Wade the other night. He got some stops but then he seemed to fall off as Wade simply kept changing his approach. I’d like to see PArker try to play more like Shane Battier who has improved every team he’s ever played for. He is unsung but fantastic. Watch what he does to Kobie and LeBron and every other superstar.

    But don’y take my word for it: If you haven’t read it, the story called “Money (Basket) Ball” by Michael Lewis, of “Moneyball” fame, in the NYT Magazine of Feb 15, and is simply the best sports story of any kind I’ve read in the last ten years. It makes it clear why the guys who make the highlight reel all the time don’t improve their teammates. It also makes it clear how important the intellectual part of the game can be. I think Parker could really benefit from some statistical analysis of what the opponent’s best player does at different oarts of the game so he can change up his defencive approach as the game progresses.

    In my view it is much better to be smart than flashy, but obviously that’s not easy. Battier literally studies detailed stats on every superstar he has to guard and plans for every tendency his opponent has and knows exactly when it will make the most difference. Most of the players in the league don’t even see him but watch what happens when he’s guarding the big guns. By half time he’s usually got the star whining at the refs.

    Also on the question of intelligence: Too often, the Raptors are losing in the last 7-10 minutes. If you watch the games carefully you can see that the Raptors become predictable at the end and it is so obvious that the opponents set up special defences for that point in the game. Perhaps the worst offender is Bosh who seems to think he should be demanding the ball at that time and far too often gets position and tends to stand there demanding the ball. He has the “mental toughness” and he has the moves that have been working for 40 minutes; but he’s dumb enough stop moving and passing. You can tell the game is about to go in the tank when he starts to demand the ball and wants to take the last few shots himself.

    There was one game about 6 weeks ago where he broke out of that mold. He made it look like he was going to pull his usual strategy but he changed it up. When the defence clamped down he rapidly found and fed whoever was open. That night it was Andrea, Parker and Jose and I can’t remember whether it was Moon or not. Regardless, it worked — brilliantly.

    When that late fold happens, the wheels don’t come off: The big wheel forgets he’s part of a team and sets off on a quest to “take the whole team on his shoulders” which is only a minor improvement on throwing the ball to the opponents’ hottest scorer. The post-up stuff he does gets slower and slower and you can see his teammates get more and more disengaged.

    By the way: I think it’s fair to fault Jay on this pattern. He doesn’t seem to have twigged to the defensive changes and the offensive predictability at the end of the game. He could improve that performance a lot with a better game plan. I know Chris has the determination to lead, but he needs to get smart. Jay seems to have a good relationship with Chris. Maybe they should find some film time and really study what they’re giving away so they have a chance to do something different that can cure those late minute slides.

    - Steve Dewar
  8. 8.

    i think we should do a comparsison between jose and the guy he is guarding for the rest of the season.

    Lit up again tonight, no ability to guard williams, would of been better in the final 8 minutes with parker at the point and guarding williams

    - jose hater
  9. 9.

    Its beyond embarrassing

    - D12
  10. 10.

    Didn’t catch the game, but the score line doesn’t look that bad. The Jazz area top-10 team, and they beat us even without one of their best players.

    - Ivan T.
  11. 11.

    Colangelo has to shake this whole team up in the off season. I cannot watch this team any longer. We need a refreshment of players, specifically more athletic ones. Lets see what happens in the off season.

    - Chris
  12. 12.

    I’m no longer frustrated with this team. I simply don’t care anymore.

    - Jamal
  13. 13.

    The raps are in a good spot,relax.

    - Rob from brantford
  14. 14.

    Raps hit the soft part of the schedule .
    We could go 14-3 or 13-4 .
    This team imo is still playing hard .. Losing to Utah narrowly is no disgrace .

    I agree with Chris on the off-season .
    The good thing about an NBA team is that it can be altered quickly with a few trades and a good draft .

    - Chas Calz
  15. 15.

    That was a fast paced entertaining game with CB4 getting a respectful dbl/dbl.

    It’s all good except we’ve seen the end results 30 times this season; a fading 4th Q and a huge lead swing.

    -play out the string, stay competitive and draft well.
    Next two on TSN2…

    - Gary
  16. 16.

    Jamal if u did not care you would not be taking the time to write on the RAPTORS BLOG.

    Steve you bring up some good points…. the game of basketball or any sport has alot to do with the mental. If you watch the better players/teams in the league(kobe,wade,lebron,duncan,pierce..etc) when the fourth quarter comes about their play changes clearly, no longer are they settling for long range contested shots but looking for contact(free throws) or lay ups/dunks.

    Now watching the Raptors in the last few minutes of a close game you can clearly see the difference between a quality team and them. Bosh too often is the leader of the ‘BAD DECISION CREW’ taking the easy way out by pulling up for a jumper which gives you NO chance for contact and possibly getting an easy two at the line.

    - clutch_k
  17. 17.

    Jose Hater i think your on to something we should keep a closer eye on how Jose matches up against the other teams pt. guard from here on in.

    Question Raptors fans/Eric Smith… Is there any Raptors fan out there that truly believe that in the next year or two that we are not going to be faced with the decision of playing another point guard infront of Jose Calderon if the Raptors are going to be a REAL contender in the EAST???

    Random thoughts:

    - In Order of who i’d want on my team as point guard between R. Rando(Bos.), M.Chalmers(Mia.),J.Calderon(Tor.),J.Jack(Ind.)and S.Nash(Phx.)
    1. R. Rando Bos.(Nba Champ.)
    2. M. Chalmers Mia. (top 5 in steals)
    3. J. Jack Ind. (I’m still upset we didn’t buy that pick from Denver)
    4. S. Nash Phx. (If your not going to guard anyone u might as well be entertaining!! G.S in 2010??
    5. J. Calderon Tor. (Great Ast. to Turnover ratio. is he still living on that!!!

    - clutch_k
  18. 18.

    clutch k, your right, that is all he does. Imagine at the beginning of the season believing that jack and chalmers were better pgs than jose

    - jose hater
  19. 19.

    I have to hand it to Rogers Communications, while the fans are ranting about TSN2, RCI continues to stand pat, because they know the numbers stemming back from last year regarding this horrid Raptor team, hence the reason they ditched basketball From their sportnet stations. What sense would it make for Rogers to ditch basketball from their sportsnet stations and aquire TSN2 as part of their cable package just for a insignifigant number of viewers. Kudos to Tony Viner and the sportsnet crew for a brilliant business decision. At least RCI is wise enough to relise that a horrid raptor team is not worthy of the exposure.

    - Thomas
  20. 20.

    Rob and Chas:

    What would you consider a “bad” spot?

    Just wondering.

    P.S. Charlotte, NY, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chicago…

    - brento
  21. 21.

    Jazz just tuned up some “SWEET CHIN MUSIC” to the Raptors.

    - Steven
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