Of Shawn, The Legend and I hate Kansas
So I’m thinking of sitting around watching games tonight (it’ll have to be college because the only NBA game I can see at home is Memphis at Portland and as much as I love Rudy Fernandez, that’s got crap game written all over it) and was thinking about finishing off tomorrow morning’s mailbag.
But then I look at the inbox and a kabillion percent of it is diatribes about Bosh, me, Dave, the season, Bosh, me, Dave, the season. All get read, I appreciate the thought that goes into many of them, love hearing the diverse opinions but there’s a distinct lack of, you know, questions. And “Why are you so stupid?” isn’t a question I’m going to answer.
Anyway, that’s my point for the morning.
Now, read this crap:
Action: Shawn, Shawn, Shawn
Reaction: Where’s that been?
That might have been Shawn Marion’s best all-around game since he joined the Raptors and it makes you wonder where it’s been hiding.
Outstanding defence on Durant most of the night (4-13’s a pretty bad shooting night for the kid) and two plays on offence that were perfect for him, both in the third quarter when the deal was sealed. Both finishes on fast breaks that were absolutely exactly the kind of transition offence plays Jay’s been harping about since December.
On the first, there were two passes and maybe on dribble, the ball went from free throw line to past half court to Marion on the other side for the finish.
The other had a couple of dribbles but the same kind of ball movement and ended the same.
It was fun to watch and a perfect example of where Shawn’s offensive game shines.
Trouble is, it might be a week or so before we see two in the same game again.
At some point during last night’s in-game blog, the discussion turned to triple-doubles (Bosh had about six assists and the hopes were high) and because we can always find other fun stuff to talk about, the discussion expanded to categories for quadruple-doubles and even quintuple-doubles.
Well, there’s never been a quintuple-double but there have been four quadruple-doubles in NBA history.
Somewhat surprisingly, two of them were recorded by guys who wore Raptor uniforms. I’ll give you a few paragraphs to figure out who they are.
In Oklahoma City, aside from lionizing Blake Griffin, this was in the newspaper today.
I’m not entirely sure, but I think I heard that the people from Springfield had called for the tape of Douby-O’Bryant assist-dunk with five minutes to go. I’m pretty sure we never see that again.
Action: Fans cheering
Reaciton: And I’m thinking
Late in each of the last three games, I’ve seen fans cheering, some standing, the players on the bench having fun, the June Taylor Dancers dancing, The Chicken supplying his usual brand of hilarity and hijinks and all I can think of is this: Tell me again why people think it’d be good for them to lose on purpose?
Each sports event anyone attends is a unique experience, for some it’s the only one they might get to in a season, for others a win is smile-inducing event regardless of what the records are.
I suppose there were so-called fans in the building last night who began the evening quite willing to accept a loss because it might mean the difference between the eighth and ninth pick in the draft but I promise when the game was over they were far happier than if they’d lost.
Tanking is ridiculous; ask the people in the gym.
Sure, going 3-1 last night in the brackets isn’t all that bad but having Kansas to beat Louisville tomorrow is.
Oh well, next year.
And since Super Son’s over there doing his Wii fit routine, I’m not entirely sure he cares at all.
Okay, I know you’ve been waiting anxiously – and no one cheated the scrolled down, did they? – so here’s the quadruple-double answers.
Alvin Robertson (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals in February, 1986) and Hakeem Olajuwon (18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks in March, 1990) were the two ex-Raptors to accomplish the feat.
The other two? Nate Thurmond (22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 blocks in October, 1974) and David Robinson (34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks in February, 1994).
Looking into the crystal ball:
Q: I don't want to jump the gun or anything, but now that they've won three in a row, do you think it's fair to say that assuming they don't make any changes in the off-season (and that's a big if) we're pretty much guaranteed an 82-0 (or at minimum a 74-8) season?
Thane B, St. Catharines
A: I’d say it’s 10-90.
Action: The Legend’s tough night.
Reaction: He’s still hurting.
I guess they decided to activate Pops Mensah-Bonsu because they must have really thought he could give them some energy off the bench but it was pretty evident the knee was slowing him up considerably.
And if that’s going to be the case tomorrow or evening Wednesday, I’d shut him down again and let Nate put on a uniform. The last five or six minutes of Friday’s game would have been a perfect chance for Nate to play (Joey could have taken the rest of the night off) but he was in street clothes and Pops was watching.
Oh, the Chicago readers got this from my man K.C. today.