The Morning After The Night Before, LXXVIII
All’s right in the world, right? He Who Shall Not Be Named isn’t going to the playoffs, the local heroes of the hardcourt played as well defensively for three quarters as they have in weeks. The folks who need it got ticket stubs for free pizza from caring fans and the Raptors are back in sixth.
Three Things I Learned
Mentioned earlier that you seldom see a player make a shot while a teammate was being simultaneously being fouled and, boom, it happened again last night.
Tells you what kind of odd season this is.
First quarter, Bosh makes a jumper, Bargnani gets hammered and then misses the free throw.
Another right call although I’m sure there were some fans who aren’t loyal readers who didn’t know what was going on. All of you did though, right?
A lesson learned?
Not sure how many of you caught it, but T.J. made exactly the kind of play in the third quarter last night that they’ve been trying to get him to make all season.
He drives aggressively to the rim and he knows he’s gonna get hit. At the last second, he kicks his leg out to lessen the contact, still drawing the foul but diminishing the chance he’d end up on his butt on the court.
The play brought Sam up off the bench clapping ‘cause he’s been telling us he wants TJ to do that more often for obvious reasons.
Nice, subtle play by Ford.
Without having looked at every tape of every game he played, I’m pretty sure Bosh’s foul on Richard Jefferson –- when hit him pretty hard and sort of grabbed him around the neck and chest – might have been the hardest foul Bosh has ever committed.
On a team of nice guys who never, ever, ever do that, it was good to see. The Nets were up screaming for a flagrant foul call that’s unheard of with Raptor fouls.
Q: I love the blog. This is my 4th time trying to get in, so hopefully it makes the cut, even though it’s not Raptors related. I just saw in the boxscore that Charlie V got a DNP-CD (Friday). Do you know the reason for this after his big game vs. the Raps? Thanks.
Alex H, Oakville
A: His shoulder was sore? Nah, he actually sat with a sore groin, we were told.
If you’re watching Minnesota-Memphis game tonight (and you are, here’s a hint: Get a life!) and notice Our Favourite Chicken at the arena, don’t worry, he hasn’t dumped Toronto for Beale Street.
Stuffed animals are a caring lot and the person who was Grizz, or Super Grizz, maybe?, is battling cancer. The rest of the league’s mascots have been filling in as a show of support and to entertain the fans.
The Chicken’s number is up tonight.
Good guys/gals/its those mascots are.
We all know last night’s loss knocked the Nets officially out of the playoffs, here’s how the inimitable Dave D wrote it up.
Speaking of big games, how big is Philly at Washington tonight for the locals?
We have no idea how things will eventually turn out but how’s this for two scenarios.
If Washington wins and gets to 42 wins, it pretty much guarantees they’ll finish fifth (they have the tiebreaker on the Raptors); if the Sixers win, they’ll have 41, Washington will have 41 and Toronto 40.
Check out the schedule:
Philly will have Cleveland and at Charlotte left, maybe the win one and get to 42.
Washington has Indy and at Orlando left, maybe they only win one and get to 42. But let’s say they lose both and stay at 41.
Toronto’s got at Detroit, Miami and at Chicago left. Let’s say they get the two of those they should and finish with 42.
Presto! Toronto’s fifth and opens at Cleveland.
Last one from the mail for now, there’ll be an early-morning mailbag from Auburn Hills tomorrow morning.
Q: Just read your "Colangelo waiting it out" article. It seems like Sam and the gang are always around for quotes before and after the game, but this is the most I've heard from BC all year. How approachable is he?
He always looks so intimidating when he watches the game from the tunnel. Does he ever sit down?
Duane C, Toronto
A: He’s quite approachable but in the course of a season, we pretty much need to talk to Sam and the gang every day. Trouble on Thursday was Sam was out sick and couldn’t fill our notebooks with his ramblings, Bryan was in the practice gym and all of us, needing an off-day yarn, figured we’d have a chat. And he came through, as he does.
And why he doesn’t sit? Too nervous. It’s much easier to pace, get frustrated, get happy, get mad from the relative privacy of that tunnel that sitting in the stands.