Originally Posted by Kobr
People like to try to minimize such an amazing game by Kobe by claiming the Raptors were terrible, but let's take a look at the guys on their 2005-06 roster
- Chris Bosh - 1x NBA champion, 7x All-Star, Toronto's all-time leading scorer, he was putting up 22.5/9.2/2.6 on 50.5% in 2005-06. Had 18/8/2 during the game.
- Jalen Rose - Led the Fab Five in scoring (19 PPG), a career-best 24/4/5 NBA player. 17/5/6 during the game.
- Matt Bonner - 1x NBA champion, 1x NBA 3PT% Leader, a decent role playe for his limited minutes.
- Jose Calderon - Toronto's all-time leader in assists, a career 10/2.5/7.2 player.
- Charlie Villanueva - Averaged 13/6.4/1.1 in 2005-06.
- Mike James - He was averaging 20.3/3.3/5.8 on 37 MPG and 79 games in 2005-06. He put up a nice double-double during the game. Led his team with 26 points, 10 assists, 2 steals on 66.7% FG, 75% 3PT.
Meanwhile Kobe had Odom and shit for teammates in 2006. Smush, Kwame, Mihm, Cook, George, Walton?
Other reasons Kobe's performance was so impressive:
- LA was down by 14 at the half (TOR 63 - LAL 49). Kobe's insane run in the 2nd half ended the game with LA up by 18 (TOR 104 - LAL 122).
- He put up those 81 points on incredible efficiency: 60.9% FG (28-46), 53.8% 3PT (7-13), 90% FT (18-20).
- He led all 4 quarters in scoring; 1st- 14 pts, 2nd- 12 pts, 3rd- 27 pts, 4th- 28 pts
- He put on this insane scoring show with only 3 turnovers in the game. In comparison, Odom had 4 turnovers on his 8 points in that game. Two days before Kobe's 81-point game, LeBron was losing to the Warriors and putting up 14 points on 6 turnovers and 5 for 22 shooting (22.7%) from the field.
- Kobe's advanced metrics during this game: 73.9 TS%, 23.0 AST%, 158 ORtg, 107 DRtg
And you're using things that absolutely do not matter, even a little bit, to make that Raptors team look better.
Like Jalen Rose...what does being a member of the Fab Five in the early 1990s have to do with the player he was 15 years later?
Or Mike James....nothing you told me about him tells me whether or not he was a good defender. Who gives a shit if he was averaged 20-3-3? What does that have to do with Kobe scoring 81 points?
And Matt Bonner; how does him being a one time champ as like the 9th or 10th man and a good 3-point shooter make it harder for Kobe to score 81 points?
And good effort with Villanueva by pointing out he averaged 13-6-1. Still doesn't tell me what that has to do with making it harder for Kobe to score 81, but at least I now know Villanueva was a 13-6-1 player in 2005-2006.
The game was incredible. What Kobe did was absolutely phenomenal and a joy to watch. But what you listed about each Toronto player...really? You gotta do better than that. At least tell us why their defense might have made it harder on Kobe than the average fan thinks.