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Game 5 Cherry Beans May 3, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Anthony Parker, Bostjan Nachbar, Lawrence Frank, NBA Playoffs, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors, Vince Carter, Weekday Randomness, youtube.

painful to watch..

Everyone is criticising VC for not taking the final shot in game 5, but hey, although he had Juan Dixon on him. he was still driving the basketball into a burrow okay, and he saw Boki wide open for three, and he did the right thing by kicking the ball out, but Nachbar didn’t convert the play, so like it or not there’s nothing wrong with him passing the ball up for a better option. He made the correct decision.

Lawrence Frank himself defended VC for not taking the shot, and passing it to Boki, he gave a long winded explanation of the final play.

“Boki’s our best three point shooter. And in the corners, he’s far and away our best three point shooter. So, the bottom line is that there’s always options on any given play. And yet in the playoffs, what happens is: teams would have a hard time getting beat by Vince Carter. It’s hard to accept that. So, you’re going to shrink the floor. In this case, both Bargnani and Bosh came and really shrunk it. Vince got into the paint. And what’s the play? The play is: deliver it to the open guy”

Al Iannazzone backs VC up by saying he did the smart play but not the popular play.

Just read the columnists’ take on it and some of the writers covering the team, present company included. It makes for a better story if Carter takes the Game 5 shot.

Ian O’Connor insisted that VC should have been the one to take the final shot and not Boki, stating that Boki didn’t deserve the game winner because he shot 0-7.

Yes you could. A Vince Carter 6-footer over a retreating defender working with a disadvantage in size, strength and athleticism would have been a better shot.

Steve Politi wanted VC to take the shot and stated that Boki should not be the go to guy in the fourth.

“Except Carter passed on his moment. Would he have been torched had he missed the shot? Probably. Such is the life of an All-Star with a spotty playoff resume. But had he made it, it would have been one of the biggest shots in his career, a little slice of Jordan to rub in the faces of the Toronto fans as he leads his team triumphantly to Cleveland.”

Now i do miss Eddie House…

Links to good news..
Ford, Calderon’s status uncertain for Game 6 Jeff Blair – Toronto Globe & Mail
Raptors hope guards heal in a hurry – Dave D’Alessandro – Star-Ledger
Ford, Calderon miss practice – – TSN Canada

Game 6 preview coming up soon.. TORONTO - MAY 1:  Members of the Toronto Raptors celebrate after a win against the New Jersey Nets in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Raptors defeated the Nets 98-96 and trail the Nets 2-3 in the series.  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)



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