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Playoffs : Round 1 : New Jersey Nets – Toronto Raptors Game 2 preview April 24, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in NBA Playoffs, NBA predictions, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors.

New Jersey Nets 1
Toronto Raptors 0

After two days of analyzing the game 1 win against Toronto, I’ve come to this, the Raptors, in their first playoff game in a while, matched New Jersey, a team with enough playoff experience, for most parts of the game.

If New Jersey played well, which some of the players did, they should have won the game by a bigger margin right? 96 – 91 doesn’t sound that big of a winning margin. Toronto, on the other hand, played badly, BADLY, but still they match the Nets, they shot 41%, compared to Nets’ 42%, doesn’t sound too shabby, their main guy, Chris Bosh, had foul trouble and they still managed to negate the hot start by Jason Kidd, and play their way back into the game.

Let’s say in Game 2 Jason Kidd won’t be able to dish out another 8 assists because Toronto by now, would know the importance of transition defense and get back TO defend, and Richard Jefferson, no matter how slashable he is with his half working leg, would not be able to get so many dunks in the game, hence no more 28 points the easy way.

And, no more Jose Calderon passing to the bench, no more Chris bosh getting into foul trouble and of course more ball movement which would presumably lead to more points on the board. Easily, let’s just say Andrea Bargnani won’t be launching goony shots, AND no more sea of RED?

So, half of the Nets played well, all T-dot players played BAD, so where is this going? Half vs BAD = 5 point win, and who did not perform in the game for the Nets??


VINCENT LAMAR CARTER, ladies and gentlemen

yes, you Vince Carter, 5-19 is definitely a no-no, jumpshots from 21 feet and beyond is a No-No as well, 8 FTsA is also a no-no, he’s the reason why the Nets aren’t winning by a bigger margin and also a partial reason for why the Nets won Game 1.
TORONTO - APRIL 21:  Bostjan Nachbar #7 of the New Jersey Nets drives past Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
so, if the Nets were to win Game 2, it’d be safe to say to Vince Carter have to play the way he played the last month, Jason Kidd won’t stop launching three pointers, and he won’t go 8-8 anytime soon, VC will have to be the difference maker.

Oh, Jason Collins really did a great, MARVELLOUS job by his standards in Game 1, but to think that he would be able to stop Chris Bosh, i rather be at McDonalds, Mikki Moore will play big minutes because he can spread the floor, our bench will have to play big again, which means no more one-man bench show by Boki, the rest will have to share the load.

GO NETS! Game 2!

Lines of the Game
Final Score :
Toronto Raptors by 6
VC Projection : 27, 11, 6
Jason Kidd projection : 11, 14, 7
Jason Collins projection : 0 points, 4 PFs
Matchup of the Game : Bench – Bench



1. definitions887 - April 24, 2007

the nets could use something from vince, i look forward to bargnani giving nets big, hell…

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