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Bobcats’ Kemba Walker drains overtime game winner to beat Raptors (VIDEO)

Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

Kemba Walker just owned the Toronto Raptors. This was his game — 29 points on 18 shots, he could get into the paint or went 5-of-7 from three.

Plus, he sank the game winner.

The Bobcats had 1 second to get a shot off, the score tied 102-102 at the end of overtime. Walker comes from the weak side off a couple of screens going on a horseshoe shaped run, his man Kyle Lowry gets picked off and Jonas Valanciunas is slow to react and rotate out on him. It wasn’t an easy shot — a quick, 18-footer after catching the ball with his back to the basket — but it was a clean look. Walker buried it.

And buried the Raptors.

  1. borderline1988 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I’ve had enough of Dwayne Casey. The Raptors have strong athletes at every position and a 7-foot centre who can rebound, block shots, and clog the lane. There is no reason why their defense shouldn’t be able to stop the Bobcats, who literally only have 3 players on the entire roster who can score to save their lives, one of which (Henderson) barely showed up to play.

    But the primary defender constantly gets beat into the lane, and the Raptors are constantly slow to rotate or just miscommunicating on their rotations entirely. They often trap ball-carriers, which is fine, but firstly the trap is often in the middle of the court which is the worst place to trap, and nobody else rotates, so that teams are getting layups against them. It’s so damn frustrating.

    Kemba Walker basically did whatever he wanted the entire game. Al Jefferson set up in the same spot and took the same stupid hook shot on every play, yet the Raptors still couldn’t stop it. Deny him the ball! Or sent a double right when he makes his move. The Raptors did that only once, resulting in an Amir Johnson steal.

    The Raptors have so much more talent up and down the roster than the Bobcats, but the Bobcats play better defense and take advantage of the Raptors miscues.

    Defense is supposed to be Casey’s speciality, and if after 2.5 years he can’t shape up the Raptors, then enough is enough

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