Bits, pieces and a chicken out of control
I think it was Baller over in the comments section of this little piece of the cyber world that wondered about twos and threes and scoring.
So, with a wee bit of time on my hands yesterday (it’s amazing what not having to fly to Atlanta from Charlotte can do to do to open up a day), there was a chance to do some ciphering.
AP and Jamario average, combined, 21.2 points per game from the shooting guard and small forward position. There are 19 teams in the league whose starters at those spots average more than 30 points per game.
Figuring as best I can since some teams float guys in and out of those spots at this time of year, only one team – San Antonio with Mike Finley and Bruce Bowen – averages fewer. And the Spurs have the Ginobili dude coming off the bench to provide more than 20 a night.
At least as interesting is that the difference between Toronto’s top scorer (Bosh, 22.5) and its second best (Parker, 12.6) is greater than only one team – Cleveland, which has this LeBron James guy averaging more than 30).
Telling numbers? You tell me.
Not sure if those facts mean everything or nothing, you know I’m not a hard numbers kind of guy, but it is sort of interesting. And I know it’s something the Raptor coaches pay attention to because one of ‘em mentioned it to me.
This is what happens when stuffed animals run amok.
There were 56 personal fouls called in the Phoenix-Denver game I saw from the comfort of the couch last night. What’s shocking? Apparently not a single one of them was legit. Never seen such whining on every single whistle.
Terence G in Mississauga wants to change the jump ball rule:
Here's a follow-up question regarding ball possession at the beginning of each quarter. Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem to make too much sense, and I'm hoping your superior basketball IQ can shed some light on it.
At the start of a game, a tip-off determines who gets first possession - I get that. The opposing team then gets it for the 2nd and 3rd quarters (and it goes back to the other team in the 4th) - that I don't get i.e. the possessions basically even out. Doesn't it make sense to reward the team that 'won' the tip-off?
The NHL holds a face-off at the beginning of each period; wouldn't instituting a similar rule in the NBA be more fair?
The only reason I can think of why the NBA doesn't do this is maybe because the high number of possessions and the dynamic nature of a game means each possession isn't really that important. But if this were the case, they should simply award the team that won the tip-off with first possession at the beginning of every quarter.
As it stands, winning the first tip-off is kind of meaningless
You watch the way officials often botch the toss for jump balls on a regular basis and it makes you wonder why they do it even once. Not sure if there’s another way to start quarters. This works pretty well.
Sam may get his asterisk soon.
No, not beside is name in the list of coaches of the year).
Indy’s passed Jersey for ninth (and I’m pretty sure a couple of you are happy about the Nets demise) and a win by the Raptors in Atlanta tonight and a Pacer loss in Boston sews up a playoff spot for Toronto.
Whenever we talk to him about the impending playoffs, Sam seldom wants to get drawn into the conversation because no spot is clinched until there’s an asterisk beside the team’s name in the standings.
Mail, of a different sort:
Q: When they inevitably do a Dancing With The Stars all-star edition who would you like to see on the roster? I'm going to go with Stacy Keibler, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Mel B., Mario Lopez, Jennie Garth and possibly Kristi Yamaguchi and I have Stacy Keibler to take it
Ron Y, Markham
A: All good choices but leaving out Laila Ali is shameful. And, I’m not a big Cheetah Girls fan but Sabrina Bryan has some moves and I’m not sure you can have an all-star show without John O’Hurley.
And if they don’t bring Edyta as the female dancer, it’s not worth going.
Check out today’s Hawks yarn from cousin Sekou.
I’m scalping this from Arun over in the comments section this morning:
I was wondering what you meant about Andrea losing some of his shooting technique. Are there any specific signs that we can look for in his shooting form to confirm this?
Check out his legs. Specifically how straight-legged he shoots sometimes. Flat-footed. He got his legs into the shot a lot more last year. And watch the arc. He’s firing line drives.
A final dip into the mailbag
Q: Just a thought on the Division Banner. I think putting the banner up is fine but they put it up during the playoffs, which I thought was bush. It was a clear statement that they knew they would not be putting a conference or league champs banner up that year.
Now a quick question. In the game (Monday) night, Delfino dunked the ball, it popped back out and another Raptor tipped it back in. The refs stopped play and did not award the Raptors the points or the ball. Why not?
James V, Toronto
A: Before you go calling people names, get your facts straight. They raised that banner before the playoffs began, before the final game of the regular season.
Delfino’s play? Blown call. That’s all it was. Happens sometimes.