Of Hedo, hacking and a busy day ahead
Kind like that déjà vu feeling all over again, no?
Look at it this way: Only 63 more to go.
THREE THINGS I LEARNED
They (heart) Hedo.
No, Turk’s first month has hardly been a huge success and, yes, he was awful in the fourth quarter last night, missing all six of his shots, clanking one free throw and missing a couple of key defensive assignments that led to crucial Washington baskets.
Seems $53 million doesn’t go as far as it used to, eh?
But seriously, he’s not going anywhere. He’s not going to the bench to start games, he’s not going to the bench in fourth quarters and, as everyone told us last night, if the same situation arises tonight, he’s just as likely to have the ball in his hands again as not.
Why? Because unlike some fans, the Raptors brass and the guys who wear the uniforms know that Turkoglu can make big shots and big plays and they fully expect him to.
You don’t (this I know because I’m an astute reader of your minds, e-mails and screaming rants) but they do.
And, in many ways, so do I.
Now, I thought they should have run some screen-roll action or gone to Bosh in Phoenix and I probably would have put him in screen-roll with Andrea with 30 seconds to go last night and not Bosh but the guy’s made a career out of making those plays and two failings in a month isn’t going to dissuade anyone from putting the ball in his hands.
The defensive failings? Like not getting a body on a big on the weakside or watching Caron Butler blow by him for a baseline dunk? Those are failings he’s had all along. It’s funny what not having Dwight Howard back there will do for a guy, no?
But to think he’s not going to be out there in crunch time is zany. The coaches like him in that roll and, according to Jose, so do the players.
“I want him on my team instead of Orlando for sure.”
Once was enough?
Third quarter, about three and a half minutes left, Raps down two and charging and I’m watching Marco pretty much wrestle Brendan Haywood about 20 feet away from the play while yelling at the refs to make sure they saw what was going on.
Hacking Haywood on purpose? First time I’ve seen that from these guys and it struck me as an odd strategy to employ.
Guess it kind of worked because Haywood only made one of two free throws but they never did it again and it seemed to absolutely come out of nowhere.
It’s still a routine
Oh boy, back-to-back coming. And we know what that usually means.
There had been some thought – first proposed by the coach – that perhaps they’d change things up a bit, maybe hold a shootaround the day of the second game just to get ‘em up and going bright and early.
Not sure if that ever made much sense; and it seems Jay’s had second thoughts.
“I don’t know what we can do. With four games in five nights, or three in four now, I don’t know if makes sense to go practice and get guys up and run. We’ve just got to tighten up our preparation and come with some energy.”
Makes entire sense to me.
And in the rest of the news.
So, how’s your day shaping up?
Me? I’m off momentarily to see a man about a heart (hence the avoidance of all things Atlanta), figure I’ll be back for a noon chat, am hanging in the FAN590 studio answering questions with the esteemed Jack Armstrong from 2-3 and then back here for a 7 p.m. game blog.
Just thought you’d like to know where you can reach me.
Notice how quiet it’s been by the Raptors bench these last couple of games.
And I’m not talking about the lack of offensive production here.
No bouncing around, coaching, hugging, cheering, showing off his wardrobe.
I’m told he’s been in Florida – where he and his family live in the off-season – and he’s due back up here today.
And, no. I don’t know when he’s coming back.
Okay, so some guy at NBA.com goes through the standings, perhaps while sitting at his desk, perhaps while riding rapid transit to his job, comes up with seven teams that Allen Iverson would help – in his own estimation – and with the Raptors on it, the e-mail floodgates open.
Sometimes this whole “wired world” thing irks me.
Forget for a minute that Allen Iverson is going back to Philly by all account.
Even if he wasn’t, it doesn’t make sense at so many levels I’m getting tired of pointing it out.
So, three points.
What’s Toronto’s biggest failing? Defence. Is Allen Iverson going to solve that problem?
What’s Toronto’s strong suit? Offence. Does it work as well with a two-guard dominating the ball.
Does Toronto need a chemistry-killing, me-first, start-me-or-I-sulk guy on the north side of 30?
No. No. No.
End of story.
Sorry to the many AI supporters out there but, even if Bryan fell on his head and actually considered this, he’d be dead wrong.
If I’ve got these links figured out right off the bat, here’s what Mike Lee wrote about that spectacle.
And here’s what the folks in Atlanta are learning about the Hawks today. Cousin Sekou has blown off the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for greener pastures so this is a new name on the list.
Hey, I got myself a copy of the June Taylor Dancers 2010 calendar last night and if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for that special someone, it’d be a good idea.
Mostly because the $15 goes to the Raptors charitable foundation and irregulars will know I think that group does a very good job.
Anyway, now I’ve got to figure out where to hang it.
Hey, I’d told we’ve got a winner in the contest for tickets for the Dec. 13 game and even though they are scuffling mightily right now, I presume she still wants to go.
But I want to say thanks to everyone who clicked to enter on the off-chance they’d get to have brunch with me. Oh, and see a game from pretty good seats, hang out courtside before and listen to us grill Jay after the game, of course.
There were something like 2,324 entries, which strikes me as a lot.
And we appreciate it.