Ugly game, no? Yes.
Three Things I Learned
Wow, are they bad
The biggest question out of last night? How in the world did the Bobcats ever win six games?
They are/were terrible. And poorly coached last night at least. Remember the end of the first quarter? Play in front of the Raptor bench with about 15 seconds left? Bobcats have a foul to give and everyone knows it, the Toronto bench is yelling at Jose to go to the basket quickly because he’s going to get fouled and they’ll need time to run something.
Everyone knows it except Sam Vincent that is.
Not only don’t the Bobcats foul, they let Calderon go unimpeded to the rim and kick it out to Delfino for an open three.
A scout, early this season, said the coldest thing about the Bobcats. I paraphrase but the gist of it was " Sam Vincent is going to make Leonard Hamilton look like Red Auerbach."
Chill. All of you
This will be to answer the half dozen or so e-mails and comments about Darrick Martin holding the ball until the final buzzer.
A friend, who probably doesn’t know Red Auerbach from Red Skelton, was at the game and the word she used to describe that pizza chant and the late-game antics was “disgusting.”
Really, folks. There is something to be said for winning gracefully and with class, if they take a shot up 19 at the final buzzer just to feed you, that’s crass and disrespectful and entirely unnecessary.
The pizza’s not that good, fans should be pleased with a win rather than disgruntled because someone didn’t run up the score. Or, as Chris in the comments section suggests, they should change the giveaway to keeping teams under 85 or something.
A case in point
There was about a 15-second stretch in the first quarter that they should put in the Joey Graham time capsule as a perfect example of his career.
He sort of walks out of bounds to catch a ball that’s going out anyway and the move gives it back to Charlotte and Sam’s angst was incredible. I thought his head might explode.
But the next time down the court, Joey takes a pass from Parker, I believe it was, spins and dunks in maybe the nicest play of the game.
Good Joey-Bad Joey. You gotta love him. Or hate him.
Three Things You Wondered
Q: Any view as to why Juan is not playing AT ALL? Smitch seemed happy earlier this season with his going-to-the-rim bravery, but now he's a leper.
A: I was as shocked as anyone that Dixon got another DNP-CD last night. Game’s a rout, it’s not like he’s terrible or anything yet there he sat. I know some of the staff are a bit concerned about his defence and his propensity for shooting but, really. If they do have designs on him being an emergency third-string point guard (and I was led to believe at shootaround yesterday morning that he’d get the minutes Martin got last night) what better night to play him than last night?
Makes no sense.
Q: You know what Doug, while Kapono may be 'overpaid' on the scoresheet most nights, no one should ever complain about this guy's contract. He's a low-maintenance guy, makes shots when he gets them, and does the little things, like making the right passes. What do you think? Is this guy overpaid?
Mark Irish, Orangeville
A: Overpaid? Not a chance. Not at all. Guy’s making average money and giving above average contributions most nights. Sure, he’s not a starter getting 15 and 5 a game but over the last five games – four wins – he’s 9-for-15 from three and 23-for-41 from the field. That’s damn good production.
Q: Dinner time conversation with my husband tonight focused on the great story of Jamario Moon, with speculation about the strength of spirit it must have taken for him to persist in trying to get to the NBA.(Though we also considered that maybe it was just his love of the game!)
Anyhow, one question I had was what was the next lowest salary of a regular season player on the Raptors (and who got it?) I understand that Jamario is making $500k. I was musing that he should be given a Christmas bonus!! My husband parried though that a long-term contract with the Raptors is likely the bonus that Jamario would settle for!
Can you shed any light on this?
Phyllis, Broad Cove, N.S.
A: Talking Raptors over dinner? Cool.
A Christmas bonus would be nice but it’d also be against the salary cap rules so I’m afraid he’s just going to have to get a turkey or something.
Moon is the lowest paid Raptor, at about $487,000 a year. And the problem is, he’s locked up for next year, too, at not much more money so he’s not going to hit the motherlode at the pay window until the year after that. And basketball can be a very harsh business so he’s going to have to keep performing to get that big deal down the road.
I offer this from Roger in Barrie without comment (but with a giggle):
Since Swirsk is insisting on using his "You just got Mooned" tagline, I think it's only fair that he applies the same formula to the Hump's blocks. What do you think, does he have the onions?
And I offer these, good-naturedly. Darrick Martin played his first three or four minutes without taking a shot and a couple of wags (well, one) on press row wondered if the crack Raptor PR department could check with Elias Sports Bureau to see if that was a career high.
And then Hump dishes his second assist and we go scurrying to the record book to see if it’s a career high. Nope, it’s four. Two ties a season high, though.
The things we do during a boring game.
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