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Playoffs: Eastern Ouarterfinals: New Jersey Nets – Toronto Raptors game 6 review May 5, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA Playoffs, New Jersey Nets, Recap, Toronto Raptors.


I was ready to faint after Vince Carter took that three with 13 seconds on the shot clock, but hey RJ came out and made two amazingly clutch plays on both the offensive and defensive end, and we get to send the Raptors back to where they belong, Jurassic Park.

Steven Speilberg could not even direct something as good as this, talk about heartbreaking, Chris Bosh finally made one of his “patented” off the backboard jumpshot to give the Raptors a 97-96 lead, and to make things worse, New Jersey hadn’t made any FGs in 6 minutes, and then came the fucktard three pointer by Vince.

This is where i really appreciate Antoine Wright’s presence late in the game, ya he made a few shots and even a three. But it was when Chris Bosh missed that top of the key jumper, Toine showed immense upper body strength to box-out Mo Peterson and grab the rebound.

Two reasons RJ made that incredible game winner, Chris Bosh was either shocked at how aggressive RJ was, and was taken aback, reacting slow to the play, i was 90% certain that the final play was going to go to VC again, but it’s a pleasant surprise seeing another Net making clutch plays.

The great thing about this game was how New Jersey stayed in it early on, i don’t know how, Toronto shot 50% while the Nets only 37%, but they still went into the half down by only three.

The way Jason Kidd piloted the game in the third. FANTASTIC stuff, 7 points, 7 assists, the best play was when he grabbed his own blocked shot, hesitated and dished it out to Mikki Moore for the facial. Jason Kidd is the second player (after himself in 2001) to average a triple double for the entire series.

The Great Equalizer
Enter Bostjan Nachbar, unlike the 0-7 Bostjan Nachbar we saw in game 5, we saw a 3-5 Bostjan Nachbar who took clever shots and attacked the rim when he had to, it would have been perfect if he nailed that three (which was in and out) late in the fourth to seal the game.

Mikki Moore, never been consistent enough in this series, but he showed great hustle and made a couple solid 18 footers and grabbed some key rebounds his most telling contribution came when he tapped the ball to Jason Kidd and it ended up with a RJ alley oop flush.
EAST RUTHERFORD - MAY 4:  The bench of the New Jersey Nets celebrates during the game against the Toronto Raptors in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 4, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 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 David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
– is T.J Ford really injured? 15 minutes 19 points? i was surprised he didn’t play more in the second half, we were letting Ford hurt us with almost everything, jumpers, dribble penetration, he scored 5 quick points when we were up 8 in the fourth to play T-dot back into the game.

– The defense was sub par today, the 3-2 zone, which produced wonders in games 1 and 5, failed us today, especially late in the game, Toronto broke the zone easily by just penetrating to the basket, Calderon and Parker both found their man for shots by just driving to the hole and dishing it.

– How many bad passes did i see VC threw tonight? THREE, in what fashion? missing it’s intended target by a mile. The Nets even got a ridiculous lane violation, and we were lucky Toronto did not make the most out of those 19 turnovers we made.

– Fade aways, off balance jumpers, three pointers, bad shots? well, not really, because he was making some of them and VC was attacking the rim, but he wasn’t hard enough around the basket, he either got his shots blocked by Bosh and on one occasion Bargnani, or he was missing on his lay-ups attempts, got to be assertive Vince, especially against a team like Cleveland.

– The way Chris Bosh played his way in the fourth? i can already envision LeBron James bullying our thin front line, and can someone imagine Mikki Moore on James? Chris Bosh, Bargnani schooled Moore tonight, Bargnani was unconscious with his so called pure release, and Chris Bosh out foxed Moore whenever he was on him.

But hey, we won right? Right. The game ended in a fashion where everyone went home happy, 1. Nets are clutch 2. Vince struggled (Canadian fans rejoice) 3. The arena was booming (not Oracle Arena or ACC boom, but it was noise.) 4. Bosh showed that he’s not Dirk late in the game.(the red color mouthpiece on Bosh’s mouth was fugly.) 5. T-dot get the experience they need. 5. LeBron James – Vince Carter (less fabulous matchup: Jason Collins – Scot Pollard)



Lines of the Game
Final Score :
New Jersey Nets 98 – 97 Toronto Raptors
VC Line: 20 points, 6-19 FGs, 3 threes
Jason Kidd Line: 18 points, 15 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 threes
Jason Collins Line: 3 points, 6 rebounds, 1-3 FTs
Star of the Game: Jason Kidd, 18 points, 15 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 threes, 6-11 FGs



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