The Afternoon After The Night Before, LVX
Okay, so we’re sitting is this great work room at the Kings practice facility, HD TV showing North Carolina-Virginia Tech, it’s about 15 C outside, sun’s blazing and, you know, it’s not so horrible.
The 4:30 a.m. wakeup call in Denver wasn’t the greatest, nor was the packed flight with two, um, substantial people sitting next to me but it is, as they say, what it is.
So here we go
Three Things I Learned
Not really much to say
They sucked, they know they sucked, they’ll likely suck again but probably not as bad. They went over the tape, saw their horrible defensive effort and they know where they went wrong. Friday night, it was execution rather that coaching. Talked to a bunch of players quickly after the game and they all talked about knowing what they were supposed to do but, inexplicably, not doing it.
It was a brain cramp, a collective brain cramp. One of many, too many, actually, but they do have 18 games left to get this thing turned around.
In the first half, as the game’s over, it was interesting to see Sam call on Maceo instead of Primoz in that second quarter. I’m hoping the dude who has the Resign Primoz web site didn’t pay a lot for the name.
How’s this for a stat
Since Feb. 1, Jason Kapono, the world’s greatest three-point shooter, has made three three-pointers. Since Feb. 1, 6-11 centre Marcus Camby of the Denver Nuggets has made four three-pointers.
Here’s a quick one from the mailbag
Q: Watching the Denver game and hearing about people talk about the air in the arena being thin making it hard for players to catch their breath got me thinking. Does AI or Melo have trouble when on the road because they're not used to the air? If it doesn't matter then doesn't that give Denver an unfair advantage over the competition?
Ron Y, Markham
A: Interesting point. I do note that the Nuggets are 24-7 at home and 12-19 on the road. Maybe you’re on to something. Or maybe life on the road’s just too much damn fun.
As we were thumbing through the record book as the first half unfolded, we harkened back to March 13, 1998, the infamous 152-point Clipper beating at the old urine-smelling L.A. Sports Arena.
And there were three of us, probably more, who witnessed both drubbings.
I was there, it was a Friday night, game started at 10:30 and I’m not sure with deadlines that anyone got to read about it; Marcus Camby was there, and so, too, was Clipper legend Darrick Martin.
There’s really nothing going on in the local Sacramento paper setting tonight’s game (they’re all over the Kings-Suns in Phoenix tonight) but here’s how Denver played the Friday night atrocity.
One more stat, sort of telling
In Toronto’s last nine games, teams have shot 50 per cent or better from the field in six games and in a seventh, they shot 49 per cent.
Oh, and on Feb. 29, the Raptors were 11th in opposition field goal percentage; today, they are 20th. That’s quite an alarming drop in a very short period of time.