The Morning Before The Afternoon To Come, I
Well, I presume the number of hits here today might dwindle since everyone has to start car-pooling or walking or riding their bikes to the game right about now thanks to the TTC.
A few quick hits, some mail and then off to Erindale Lions Little League evaluation day to see what kind of gems Coaches Steve and Paul and I can come with for this summer’s version of the ’27 Yankees re-visited.
Here’s something to watch for in between screaming yourself hoarse at the game or ordering another cocktail in whatever sports bar you’re in:
A three-man weave.
We saw it a few times on Thursday night, one of the few new tweaks to the Raptor offence is a three-man weave with the ball around the perimeter. Think of it as something akin to signature play of the Wizards.
The intent is to get the defence moving and scrambling and the ball going side-to-side.
It’s not a totally revamped offence but it is something different they might use three or four times.
Just something to watch for.
You know, a guy might gloat about the Suns being down 3-0 and this whole Shaq thing not quite working out. But that wouldn’t be nice and, besides, they’ll got him for $20 million next year. What could be wrong with that?
Here’s an intriguing mail question:
Q: Sorry, while everyone thinks playoff, I have an unusual question. Any chance for a female coach in the NBA in the coming years. That'd great!
Patricia M, Toronto
A: Why be sorry? I’d like to think so, but probably not. And it would be great.
Hey, you guys and gals did all right.
She Who Knows Everything about the Raptors foundation reports they raised $550 yesterday on that ticket auction. That’s pretty good for a one-day thing and shows you folks don’t mind helping out a very worthy cause.
And Jawad? Donating those seats was a big-time move, congrats.
Here’s how Brian and the fellas from Orlando spent yesterday.
Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe it’s a matter of timing but had a bunch of people send along the replies they got yesterday about Jack’s future as a TV analyst.
You know how I feel about it – he has to be back because he’s good – and apparently MLSE folks now know because a bunch of you sent notes.
Here’s the reply:
We appreciate your concern over Jack Armstrong's future on Raptors broadcasts. We know that Jack is a big contributor to your enjoyment of Raptors Basketball and understand how important his personality, passion and basketball knowledge is to our loyal viewers and fans.
Ensuring Jack is a part of Raptors Basketball and our broadcasts in the future is important to us and we are hopeful that there will be a continued relationship with Jack and the Toronto Raptors through our broadcast partners for many years to come.
Thanks for being a fan.
We’re getting a little bit ahead of ourselves here (actually, we’re getting waaaaaaay ahead of ourselves here) but here’s a question more than a few are asking:
Q: Is there reseeding in the playoffs or is there a bracket? For instance, if Philly beats Detroit and Toronto beats Orlando, do we play Philly or winner of Wash-Clev?
Evan G, Thornhill
A: No, the NBA doesn’t re-seed between playoff rounds so the Orlando-Toronto winner faces the Detroit-Philly winner regardless. They don’t re-seed for a couple of reasons: They want to be able to move up the start of second- and third-rounds for TV purposes and to make sure teams don’t have days and days off between series.
Oh, and if you’re a seventh-seed and knock off a second, it’s cool that you get to play the third seed in the next round instead of the first as some kind of reward.
Remember when these were going to be the greatest playoffs in the history of NBA playoffs? Well, we better hope things pick up in the second week ‘cause right now, they’re not exactly setting the world on fire.
Sure, there’ve been a couple of good games (the first Spurs-Suns was a classic for all time) but isn’t the over-riding sense right now that things have fizzled rather been on fire?
Be back later, enjoy the game.