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Playoffs : Round 1 : New Jersey Nets – Toronto Raptors Game 3 review April 28, 2007

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

Raptors got swamped? check, Vince Carter redeemed himself? check, RJ made shots? check, Chris Bosh struggled? check, Jason Kidd bum knee not playing? check again, 14 assists in the first half? YOU BET!
New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd reacts during the fourth-quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday night, April 13, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. in this file photo.  Kidd brushed off concerns about his strained left knee and said he would play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their playoff series on Friday night
Vince Carter found his knack to finally attack the basket and not settling for jumpers, 4 threes compared to 6.5 threes apg coming into tonight, he attempted only six foul shots because he was attacking the rim and making his shots. He had 15 FGs, easily outnumbering the total FGs made in the first 2 games.

The offense was flowing even though New Jersey wasn’t hitting their three pointers because they were all out running in transition, steals, long rebounds all led to easy fastbreak points, the bench was solid, they had 31 assists on 41 baskets, they played solid defense and in shutting down Anthony Parker and Bargnani’s three point shooting, they turned it into something like Game 1, forcing T.J ford to make the shots, which he did, but it also forced the rhythm out of Toronto’s play.

Richard Jefferson again shot 0-4, struggling to make perimeter shots, but he was perfect from the line, but still he isn’t aggresive enough to the point that he’s forcing the defnse to focus on him, and take pressure off Vince.

As good as Vince was, Jason Kidd was part of every single equation out there, he rounded, he passed, he made shots, he played defense, an all-round game even more dominant than Game 1. Jason Kidd alone had 19 assists, 4 more than Toronto’s total assist numbers, and he outrebounded Chris Bosh; and he shot7-14, a rare 50%.

I’ve been waiting for this day to come for a long time, Jason Collins finally showed his defensive worthiness with his defense on Chris Bosh, and also we learn from this game, in this series, Jason Kidd, if he’s able to control the tempo and make everyone play at his pace, New Jersey will win.

Bottomline is, New Jersey did what they should do coming in, they penetrated to the basket, played good defense, which in turn led to transition points, a perfect mix of good offense and great defense, leads to a 2-1 series lead. Let’s hope that on the back of this performance, New Jersey could win Game 4 and hopefully take a 3-1 lead going back to Toronto.

Lines of the Game
Final Score :
New Jersey Nets 102 – 89 Toronto Raptors
VC Line : 37 points, 5 assits, 15-23 FGs
Jason Kidd Line : 16 points, 19 assists, 16 rebounds, 7-14 FGs
Jason Collins Line : 2 points, 1 block, 5 PFs
Star of the Game : Jason Kidd, 16 points, 19 assists, 16 rebounds, 7-14 FGs



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