Toronto Raptors

Game 5 in Video

Here’s the clip from game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals I mentioned last post.

Playoff Rollercoaster

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It’s playoff time! First, let’s wrap up the end of the season with my awards I won.

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My Dominance Returns

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This sums up my last two games. I guess I’m not as rusty as I thought I was.

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Back and Bad

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I’m back, and I’m bad. Yeah, my layoff hasn’t been kind to my game, and I’m sure the Toronto Raptors were happy for that.

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Getting Over the Hump

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One of my favorite (sarcasm) teams just came through Denver. Memphis rolled into town, and we had a hard time with them. Of course, I struggled against them with Miami, so of course Denver’s going to be in trouble.

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Fall of the King

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You know how I’ve kind of been wondering if I could run a team, lead it like LeBron and Wade do? Yeah, about that… we just had another injury, and the man above was the casualty. For the next week or so, this is my team. Heaven help us all.

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The Final Three

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I’m back! I’ve been busy, so here’s a quick recap of my last three games.

First we played the Celtics at home. It was neck-and-neck the first three quarters but we couldn’t hold on and got outscored by 11 points in the 4th and lost. Dammit. I had 14 points and 4 assists, but 4 turnovers as well.

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Next up we played the Hawks in Atlanta. Twice in the first quarter I got the ball on a fast break and hit a mid-range jump shot. We were tied at the half but received a 13 point whooping in the third quarter. Coincidentally, I played every second of that quarter. At least, I hope it was a coincidence. We ultimately lost the game by 10. I personally scored 16 points and had 6 rebounds.

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Next in line was a game against the Raptors in Toronto. I had a solid first half with 9 points but in the second quarter the lineup consisted of Ilgauskas, Mike Miller, Kurt Thomas, Patrick Beverley and myself. I ended have to do damn near everything that quarter. I had to play lock-down defense on Leandro Barbosa (who had gotten hot), score, rebound, make plays, and even break up a two-on-one fast break. In the quarter prior, Miller and Wade kept passing the ball back instead of attacking so maybe this was a test to see what I could do on my own. I pulled us within striking distance and earned Player of the Half honors before the Alpha Dogs got back in.

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We ultimately pulled the game out, winning by three. I went haywire in the second half and set new personal best with 27 points. I added 2 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block with zero turnovers and a 58% field goal percentage. I topped off my night by winning the Jordan Brand Player of the Game award. Sweet! So those were my last three games. Seriously, those were the last three.

Of the regular season.

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It’s playoff time, everyone! Hell yes! Here’s my final stat line for the season.

Over 67 games I averaged 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.3 tpg. I missed 15 games with various injuries. Last I checked I was still the leading candidate for 6th man of the year. Bring of the post season!

- Rick Daniel

Fouling Out is Actually a Scam

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Three more games are in the books. First we played the Pacers in Indiana., where I was one of four scorers in double figures (Bosh had 18, LeBron 17 and Mike Miller and I each had 14). I chipped in 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block in a win.

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Our next game was against Toronto at their place. My first basket is seen here, a basket I hit as I fell on my hind end. I scored 17 points, 3 boards, an assist and a block. I witnessed an interesting event this game, as Jarrett Jack fouled out late in the fourth quarter but remained on the court for the remainder on the game. Uh, what? That made no sense, but we won so I didn’t get too concerned.

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The Rookie-Sophomore game was next, and I got to start. Why, I don’t know. Apparently I supplanted John Wall in the starting five. I decided I was as good as any player out there, and I wasn’t going to settle for anything less then Player of the Game.

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I managed to score 18 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists. 2 steals, a block and two turnovers to get that Player of the Game award I wanted. What was amazing  though, was Greg Monroe. Not satisfied with pulling a Jarrett Jack and playing after fouling out, he actually fouled out twice. Read that again. He finished with 7 fouls, which  I would have previously sworn was impossible  Apparently ‘fouling out’ is not as dire as I would have thought. I guess the rule goes, “if you foul out, it would be nice if you left the court. If you don’t want to though, don’t worry about it.”

My stats for the first half of the year were 7.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 2.8 apg. Now I’m off to the second half of the season. I’ll check in once I get some more games in.

- Rick Daniel

Heat Lose Heart

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My team quit recently in a game against Atlanta. My whole team just rolled over and died! I even quit trying during that game, that’s how bad it was. My teammates were walking out of bounds, passing out of bounds, shooting long-range threes that came nowhere near the rim and just not trying on defense. I finished with four points, one rebound, one assist but no turnovers. It was frustrating as Hell because I couldn’t make a shot to save my life. We ultimately had a two point lead with eight seconds to go, but Joe Johnson hit a three over Dwyane Wade to beat us. I had no part in that play, which left me feeling helpless.

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The next game was also a loss, this one against Toronto. I had 12 points with four assists and again, no turnovers. I also hit 60% of my shots so I was very efficient to boot. Really, my team played terrible and the Raptors got about a half dozen blocks on us, most of them NOT on me. LeBron was the only player other then myself who tried. scoring 29 points with six points and assists on almost 70% shooting. Nobody outside of the two of us hit more then two shots the whole game (Wade was 2-10, Bosh 2-6 and Haslem 2-5, rounding out our top 5 scorers). At this rate we’re going to be in trouble come the playoffs.

If we last that long.

- Rick Daniel

Ravaged by the Raptors

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Another game with extended minutes for me, another loss for the Heat. This sounds like more then a coincidence. Anyway, I tied Wade for the team lead in points with 11 and added 1 rebound, 3 assists and 3 steals. LeBron and Bosh scored 10 apiece. I played most of the 4th quarter for whatever reason. Maybe because I was one of the few players scoring? Aside from us, it was pretty much an offensive drought out there. Who knows.

Our big problem was Andrea Bargnani, who scored 23 points, plus six rebounds and two blocks. He was LeBron’s charge most of the time I was on the court. C’mon James, stop your man!

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