Some Game 3 thoughts
That was some night. Great fans – loudest I can ever remember the joint (maybe the Philly series matched it) – and all around great atmosphere. Of course, the big start fed into it. Be interesting to see what the passion’s like for an afternoon game tomorrow.
Anyway, some thoughts and then off to do some mail:
Action: Sam’s plan worked.
Reaction: Is he now a “good” coach?
It’s weird being a basketball coach, or a baseball manager, or a hockey coach, I imagine.
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You do the things you think will work and if they do, you’re good. If they don’t, you’re a bum. And, as we’ve seen, it can change in 48 hours, at least in hoops around these parts.
Let’s say Jamario Moon doesn’t have eight points and five boards in the first quarter, let’s say he doesn’t finish with 11 and 10.
How badly would you or we be killing Sam today?
Still think he could have gone to Kapono or Delfino for the reasons I’ve oft-stated but maybe the guy does know something. Maybe he knew that the Moon would provide some energy and rebounds and deflections.
Maybe he knows his team better than we do.
Maybe the dude knows something.
Maybe he’ll gloat.
"I’m not going to take any credit for it, and I would be scared to death if you actually gave me some,” he told us after the game. “Some things you do are going to work, some things aren’t going work. (If) you do things based on what people are going to say about you, you’re in the wrong business.”
Action: Magic loses
Reaction: Stan Van Gundy self-flagellates.
Coaches. Ya gotta love them. Team plays bad, he takes the hit
"It's on me. I've got to get us into some stuff that's a little bit better. I thought we had a good plan coming in, we did not and we go back to work [today] and try to figure some things out.”
Action: Orlando’s on a run and score’s now 64-51.
Reaction: Fans cheering wildly as T.J. brings the ball back up the court.
Well done, folks.
You wanna to go tomorrow’s game and help a worthy cause? Listen up.
There’s this dude, Jawad, who always has a question or two for the mailbag, and now he’s come up with a way to raise some money for the Raptors foundation and since those people work so hard and do so much good, I gotta help them out.
Jawad’s offering two tickets to tomorrow’s game (Level 3, midcourt, seven rows back, good seats indeed) through the foundation.
Here’s how it works:
Go here and follow the instructions and whoever wins, have fun at the game.
This is a good cause, you get a tax receipt for the donations and everyone should give it shot.
The fine women who run this part of the foundation tell me the auction opens at 10 a.m. today, closes at 4 p.m. so you’ve got to hurry. They’ll let you know by e-mail tonight if you won.
Oh, and Jawad? That’s a good dude doing good things.
Action: T.J. goes for a post-game meal.
Reaction: A spy tells me gets a standing ovation in the restaurant.
Maybe he's Sally Fields.
Action: “Now in the game for Orlando, Marcin Gortat.
He’s no one you’ve ever heard of but if he ever becomes a player, you can thank an ex-Raptor coach.
"I think Brendan Malone has done as a good a job with a player in a short amount of time than I’ve ever seen,” said Stan Van Gundy. “Every single day he’s with him and he’s developing not only his physical skills but mentally, his understanding of the game.”
Action: J.J. Redick badly misses a wide-open three.
Reaction: Jason Kapono drills a contested three on the next possession.
Some day, young fella, you might make it. That day isn’t here yet.
B. Schmitz sums up things this way.
Action: Dwight Howard gets fifth foul with almost nine minutes left.
Reaction: Might have been smartest play Jose Calderon’s made in weeks.
Jose passes up a chance at a jumper to dribble right at the big fella and initiate the contact to draw the foul. Exactly the kind of play the Raptors generally get sucked into, not the one they make.
Action: Maceo Baston in uniform.
Reaction: The Gangster on the inactive list.
Did you notice?
Action: Carlos Arroyo guards T.J. Ford.
Reaction: Call the cops, that was criminal.
I don’t remember 3 1-2 minutes of beating like that in a long, long time. Looked like me trying to guard him. Sam stood on the sidelines for about three of the possessions screaming at the team to run the 1-4 spread play so T.J. could get isolated. He wasn’t chuckling when he was doing it, but I bet Ford was smiling inside.