Though I don’t see a team with such an up-tempo offense winning a championship in today’s NBA, the Raptors used their new strategy tonight to knock off Kevin Garnett Ollie and the mighty T-Wolves. For that, I’m thrilled. We might as well take whatever we can get in this lost season.
The Raptors also benefitted from Chris Bosh’s decision not to knock out Brian Cardinal (he of the worst contract in NBA history fame). After tussling early with the old man and picking up a tech, Bosh regained focus to score 26. Andrea Bargnani, who seems to have caught his third wind of this season, also scored 26 and Anthony Parker added 24.
As I said, when the games really matter (the playoffs, should the Raptors win 118 straight and reach them), I don’t see a team that runs and guns knocking off experienced, battle-tested teams. We’ve seen it time and time again with the Suns flaming out in the playoffs, usually against San Antonio, a proven winner. Still, I’ll admit for the time being this is a better brand of basketball than what Toronto was playing the first 55 games of the season.