Still looking for a catchy name
I know, it’s late. Sorry. The post-game church social took a wee bit longer than I’d expected (well, maybe that’s a bit of a fib, I wish it had gone on for hours longer) and there was sleep to be had. Besides, it’s Saturday and fewer of you sneak away from work duties early in the morning so I don’t feel too bad getting this up long after 8 a.m.
Some game, eh?
It was one of those where if you’re a fan of the sport, it really wouldn’t have been a horrible thing if they’d lost. Entertaining night, incredible crowd (the people in the joint didn’t stop screaming all night) and enough good plays to send everyone off feeling like they got their money’s worth.
But the win was pretty sweet for you, I’m sure.
On to the stuff
(First, an aside: I’m not in Milwaukee, it’s one of about 15 road games I’m sitting out this season, and with some other obligations tonight, am gonna have to put the in-game blogging stuff on the shelf for a night. Maybe there’ll be road games where I can do it from the comfort of my couch, or the comfort of some bar, but not tonight. I know you’re crushed – I keed, I keed – but it’s the way it is).
Action: Bargnani, 19 points, 3 blocks
Reaction: I don’t know where it came from, either.
Maybe he’s just a big old tease and he reverts to Passive Andrea tonight in Milwaukee but the kid was good.
As impressive as the points were, the two blocks (the one on Biedrins with about three minutes left in regulation, and the one on Harrington in the overtime) were gems. And totally out of character since both came at the rim, in traffic, places he never, ever went before.
Again, I have no idea if it’s a one-time deal or what but if he keeps playing like that, things are going to be all right.
One of the more, um, ardent Raptor supporters I know – minutes doffing the autographed Calderon jersey – was bubbling about Bargnani when it was suggested he was not bad last night.
"Way better than not bad.”
I dare the fans to be as jacked up Wednesday for Detroit as they were last night. No way they can be, though, since they were fuelled by the occasions (opening night and Halloween) and, I’m sure, the odd end-of-the-week cocktail.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
It’s Flo Rida in the opening.
Yes, I’m a dope for not knowing. I’m also a 50-year-old dope who was hoping for something from Motown, or The Four Tops. Or Sinatra. Yeah, Sinatra would be cool.
Loved the car, though.
Action: Mggette 4-for-15
Reaction: Props to AP.
Yes, Maggette had 14 points and the ball in his hands on virtually every big possession but, man, he struggled thanks to Parker. The two digs by AP early in the overtime were pieces of work (albeit one on Jackson) and part of a great night by the Raptor.
But Maggette? Sorry, he was bad. Tried to do too much and passed about as often as, oh, I dunno, maybe Hump.
Here’s how one of the advance scouts at the game checking out the Warriors put it:
"You will never win with Maggette on your team.”
Mail time off the game (and I see much, much, much, much mail-answering in my future this afternoon)
Q: Hey Doug, great home opener tonight and I was lucky enough to attend and sit it the platinums for the perfect experience!! I must say you looked sharp with the green and suit and the video wrap up was IMPRESSIVE, will it continue or every game, home game etc?
I've got a few comments/questions
1) I looked over by chance near the 3rd, 4th quarter and noticed you may or may not have been having some technical difficulties with your computer.....PLEASE DONT TELL ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH FAULTY EQUIPMENT....finally the scoreboard started to work in the 2nd quarter!
2) The WHITE STRIPES song MUST GO!!!! It is overplayed and maybe one of you grunts should info the VIPS to change it up (since I know they listen to you all the time)
3) I noticed near the end of the game, major time was spent my Kapono and Parker on the court together. Is this something we should expect more often, especially when Moon is off.
Keep up the great work and I hope your enjoying your Church Social *wink wink*
Joseph R, Toronto
A: Now, that’s observant.
Yes, the post-game video is, we hope, here to stay for home games at least. Lucky, lucky, lucky readers/viewers, I say.
Yes, my wireless went out with about three minutes left, came back with about 50 seconds to go in the game, causing great angst (I figure the gerbil-on-the-treadmill that powers this machine must have been tired).
Yes, the White Stripes thing has to go. The sooner, the better. Seriously.
Yes, you’re going to see more than a bit of Parker and Kapono out there together at crunch time. Gives them another shooter on the court and, frankly, Kapono’s defence has been more than good enough so far. He’s not quick, not really athletic but he’s been finding a way to keep his man in front of him and that’s what they want.
Yes, the Church Social was enjoyed to the hilt.
Action: 57 minutes, one rebound.
Reaction: Jamario, Jamario, Jamario
I don’t know if he’s hurt more than he’s letting on (he did limp a bit coming off in the final minute of OT) but Jamario Moon’s just not getting it done on the boards.
You want a big part of the reason why these guys have been hammered on the boards the first two games? Try one in 24 minutes in Philly and none – zero, zip, nada – in 32 minutes last night.
Something’s gotta give there.
Far be it from me to throw cold water on things but I point this out in the pursuit of calming the increasing 82-0 hysteria that’s building.
A year ago they were 2-1 and feeling pretty good about themselves and went to Milwaukee where they were nipped 112-85 in what amounted to a Bucks layup line.
Okay, the family’s heading out of town for the weekend, the dog’s asleep in her favourite chair and I know Starbucks is open so I see a triple vente latte and the morning papers and some peace and quiet in my immediate future. And that, my friends, doesn’t suck.