The morning after
Three things we learned last night
The franchise record for free throw attempts is safe
FTAs in the first quarter? 0
FTAs in the game? 17
We always knew this was a jump-shooting team but, c'mon. The guards and forwards have to get to the line a little bit more. The bigs tried, Bosh and Bargnani both had five foul shots; the swingmen never went near the rim. Anthony Parker, 0; Jason Kapono, 0; Juan Dixon, 0.
That's got to improve.
Oh, the record? They averaged 26.6 in 1998-99.
Small works, for now
With Jorge Garbajosa and Kris Humphries both invisible -- a combined two points, three rebounds and three fouls in 13 minutes -- the Raptors were forced to go small and, the little fourth quarter snoozefest notwithstanding -- it worked okay. For one night.
The oddest lineup of the night? Bosh, with Calderon, Dixon, Parker and Delfino at the start of the fourth quarter.
Carlos Delfino does have energy
He may look lethargic, and he's the quietest talker this team has maybe ever had, but Carlos Delfino will have an impact.
He looked like a bigger, stronger Morris Peterson crashing the offensive boards from the corner, he's got some good ball-handling skills and six rebounds in 31 minutes from the small forward position is a going to be a blessing for this team.
He may have struggled to get used to things right off the bat but according to those who see full practices, and watching last night, he's going to be a key part of this team.
I do, a bit.
Vince Carter's now in his 10th NBA season.
Dave D'Alessandro, crack beat dude from the Newark Star-Ledger, wrote an excellent main season setup for the Nets around Carter, who is all grown up. In it, Nets GM Rod Thorn says he thinks Carter's a better player today than he was when New Jersey got him in that theft, er, trade, with Toronto in '04.
But 10 years? Seems like only yesterday he started the lockout shortened season in Boston.
Props to Ms. Ewing of The People's Wire Service for nailing the intro song long before opening night. It was pretty good, as was most of the game ops, which haven't really changed much from last year.
But the explosions? Hope that was a one-night wonder. It's a cacophany of noise anyway, that was over the top.
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