Well, well, wasn't that something?
Biggest margin of victory ever for the Bobcats.
Pretty cool, eh?
THREE THINGS I LEARNED
That’s what he means
A week or so ago, maybe a bit longer, the memory fades, Jay was talking about his team and it’s seeming inability to fight through tough times every now and then and he said:
“We’re a fair-weather team.”
Pretty good assessment right there after that dog’s breakfast Wednesday night.
What he meant, and what we’ve seen, is that if the team’s offence is working at a high level so is its defence, an inverse reaction to what normal teams do.
And as soon as they got stagnant last night and the turnovers piled up and the Bobcats had them forcing quick jumpers, the game was effectively over.
I don’t think it’s a fatal flaw over the season but it’s something that has to be corrected. And it gets corrected by the players realizing it and digging down deeper when they aren’t operating at full efficiency on offence.
I’ll say again, this team doesn’t need to be a great defence team, just a passable one, but passable has to be consistent, even when they’re not making shots.
Yeah, I know, hard to believe isn’t it?
But if some Martian had landed this morning and the first thing it looked at was the Raptors boxscore (and why wouldn’t that be the first thing it looked at?) it’d notice a 74-44 edge in points in the paint for Charlotte and think, ‘man, those big guys really stink, don’t they? We’ve got better interior defence on The Red Planet?, which is not to be confused with the Planet Purple Orange (hi, Kat! Thanks), which is what Phoenix uses as a slogan.
Anyway, my point is that number has everything to do with scary bad transition defence, not a lack of muscle around the basket.
Really, there’s not much else
Not sure what more there is to say.
They were bad at both ends, they were all bad (I’ll give Amir and Andrea average marks because they did pretty much what they usually do, the rest of ‘em were horrible) and there were no redeeming qualities whatsoever to that game.
So what to take away from it?
Not much. It doesn’t take Red Auerbach to realize that 18 turnovers leading to 29 points and no defence in transition will kill you. So will shooting 34.5 per cent.
But it’s one game, the worst one but only one, and I don’t think there’s reason quite yet for anyone to give up on the season.
Luckily, that’s months away.
If they play four or five games in a row like that, then we’ll talk.
For now? They stunk, it’s over, there’s another one tomorrow, one Sunday and three in four nights next week.
That gets ‘em a quarter of the way through the season when they come back from Chicago and then we’ll see where they are.
And, now, the rest of the stories:
Allen Iverson’s retired?
So he says but I’m going to believe it when I see it because just reading the quotes, I’m sure that if some injury-ravaged team calls in February or March, he’s back in a second.
But if no team calls, how’s Iverson to be remembered?
He’s a Hall of Famer, in my opinion, a guy who played every game hard, sometimes looking for his own to the detriment of his team but still a guy who seldom took a game off.
As little guys go, he’d be right there with Isiah Thomas and Tiny Archibald as the best who ever played the game.
But, still …
I agree he’s probably got a couple of years left but the simple fact he won’t accept what he is – a possibly outstanding guy coming off a good team’s bench – somehow diminishes his departure.
And may be that’s his legacy, given his anti-practice rants and style of play:
Maybe he’s a guy who was great but a guy who could maybe have been even greater. A guy who gave everything but could have given more.
I loved watching him play, I wish I could have seen him ease to the end rather than have the end come so abruptly.
Before they get to the turkey and the football and the family, the folks in Charlotte read this one about that one.
A wee digression:
Juan, over in the comments section yesterday, professed surprise at seeing Dave at the airport for a stupid early flight to Charlotte and wondered if there was a later flight that wouldn’t have been more convenient.
So, as a way of responding, here’s a Five Grunt Travel Musts
If you’re flying somewhere on the day of a game always take the first flight because if something screws up, you can scramble. If you take the last flight and something goes wrong, you’re screwed.
Pick the right time
Never, ever leave Pearson early Monday morning, the lineups are nuts; if you have to travel Monday, go mid-afternoon.
Know your connections
Avoid Chicago like the plague, if you can. I’ve got a trip to Milwaukee in a couple of weeks, Air Canada wanted crazy money to fly direct and instead of going through O’Hare, I’m going through Cleveland on Continental.
Only rent cars from agencies that are at the airport if it’s at all possible. Taking shuttles just adds to the time needed to travel.
Don’t let ‘em handle
If there is any way to only have carry-on luggage, do it. Saves money and saves that nasty need to fill out forms for lost bags and wait around hotels wearing traveling clothes.
We could use some mail over here. And please, no “Why do they stink so bad?” questions or rants about the Charlotte game, okay? Thanks.
How’d you all do on your mock MLS Expansion Drafts?
Can you believe no TFCer got taken? Not sure what that says but I have uber-confidence in Preki now that he hasn’t lost a player.
Really, Preki? We need to get a one-name hoops coach. Like Smitch.
Speaking of the Charlottes, it’s impossible to really get a read on them after that game last night, isn’t it? I’d like to see them play a team that puts up a least token resistance before trying to assess where they are.
I will say this, they could use some better point guard play.
Oh yeah, Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends. Not sure why you wait so long for the holiday, but have fun.