Cleaning up some loose ends
Thank goodness they’re going to play a game tonight because maybe we can all put this Bosh-shot-at-the-end-of-the-game stuff to rest. Hopefully.
But first, I’ve to say one thing to the half dozen or so people who continue to assert that there “was nothing drawn up on that last play” or “there were no options.”
Here we go, for the last time and I only bring it up now because I’ve read too many comments about it to let it go unmentioned:
There was a play, it was the high screen and roll, a play they’ve run about a billion times, best one they’ve got in their playbook.
It was a play involving a point guard who had made four of his five shots in the final quarter and the team’s all-star power forward, who was shooting just under 50 per cent from the field in that game. Two best players on the court by far.
And options? You want options? There were four:
Calderon comes off the screen, beats his man and drives.
Calderon comes off the screen, everyone backs up and he shoots.
Bosh gets the ball and drives if Howard’s right up on him.
Bosh gets the ball and shoots a jumper if Howard backs up.
A play call with four options.
You may not be satisfied with either the call or the option chosen but there is no one connected with team who has a problem with either the call or the decision. And no one here who does, either. If I’ve got one shot to win a game with the team that was on the floor then, I want Chris Bosh making the decision. And so would any NBA coach.
Cleaning up some shootaround stuff, here’s some cool Stan Van Gundy, who is a not bad quote, even if it seems he begins every answer to every question with either, “no, I don’t agree” or “not exactly” or some other negative comment. Helluva quote, though.
Asked about that last shot, here’s a verbatim coach-sticking-up-for-coach quote:
"Chris Bosh had a great shot. Here’s the funny thing, I sort of laugh at the coverage – nothing personal guys but, no, I do. Here’s what coaching comes down to: When Chris Bosh raises up to shoot that shot at the end of the game and ball is in the air, stop it right there and write your stories. Write your stories right now. Did Sam do a good job or not do a good job? Write your stories right then without seeing the ball bounce out. Because if it goes in, you’re writing about their resilience, how Sam kept them in the game, he made great adjustments and the whole thing. It bounces out and all Sam’s adjustments are screwing them up, they’re confused. That’s the game and that’s coaching. The ball is in the air and you guys are going to write your stories based on whether it bounces out or it goes in. That’s the bottom line.
"There’s nobody writing what they wrote if the ball went in. Then it’s me. My team fell apart, I didn’t keep ‘em in it.”
Bea Arthur, oops, I mean B. Arthur just made a comment here in the media room that coaches must spend a lot of time laughing. He’d just listened to the above Van Gundy quote and this one from Sam on the reappearance of Jason Kapono:
"I just laugh all the time, people say Jason couldn’t get his shots but Anthony Parker got shots every night. Anthony Parker’s in the top five or six in three-point shooting; Carlos, when he comes in the game, he gets shots. We’re finding him (Kapono), he’s shooting the ball well and I think he’s looking for his shot because he knows he’s shooting it well.”
Oh yeah, wear red tonight if you want to be with the ‘in’ crowd. (That’s done to help out the good people around the Raptors)
Okay, off for a wee break before, you know, work starts.