Catching up from shootaround and some TV news
Yeah, I’m a wee bit tardy, sorry about that. Work and transcribing tape and stuff got in the way.
News is so-so out of shootaround.
Jermaine O’Neal assured everyone he’s going to play and there’s really no reason to think he wouldn’t, but Jose Calderon remains a no-go and Kris Humphries also gets the night off because his shin’s still bothering him.
Hump’s off to see a doctor today or tomorrow to find out exactly what’s wrong and how long he might be out. That’ll mean Nate Jawai gets to dress again but it’ll take a blowout for him to get on the court, I think.
Oh, and the real big news? Sunday’s game against Sacramento has been moved from TSN2 to TSN so Rogers subscribers will get to see it. No one’s said exactly why at the moment, we’re trying to find out for sure but at least it’s one more game the majority of viewers in the team’s home market can see.
As for the lineup, Anthony Parker remains as the starting point guard in Calderon’s absence and Joey Graham stays as the starting shooting guard, according to coach Jay Triano:
“I thought about just matchup-wise doing something different but we’re going to stick with the lineup that we have. I liked the way we’ve started games.”
O’Neal? No idea how much he’ll be able to contribute coming off the bench having missed 11 of the team’s last 12 games. But he’ll be watched closely, Triano said:
“I’m not going to go in with a specific number of minutes but we’ll have to watch him closely and monitor it. I think conditioning is going to be a bigger issue that his knee and that’s what will restrict h is minutes. If he’s got the green light … it’ll just be based on his conditioning and how much he can do at an effective level.”