Bargnani's pet move, some free throw zaniness and I (heart) Hughes
That was rather a “blah” night, wasn’t it?
Kind of lethargic at both ends, fans more interested in a hockey game it seemed and at no time – even when they got the deficit to one in the third – was there any level of confidence that they’d come back and win.
One of those nights.
And one of those mornings:
A move made too often?
It was early in the game, first quarter if my chicken-scratch notes are to be believed, when Andrea Bargnani did it again.
He gets the ball about 18 feet from the basket, pump fakes to get his man in the air and when the guy doesn’t bite, Andrea still tries to lean in, draw contact and a foul and hoists some odd, flat, silly shot.
Didn’t get the foul – which was the right call by the officials – didn’t make the shot and it’s about the third or fourth time in the last couple of weeks I can remember him pulling off the same play.
And I don’t remember it working too often.
It’s maybe something he only wants to pull out rarely, or work more often on in practice because he doesn’t quite have it down pat.
Good, then not so good
Sometimes even hustle plays aren’t really rewarded.
A couple of minutes into the fourth quarter and Reggie Evans coverts a layup, gets fouled and is at the line, which is always an exciting proposition because you’re never sure what you’re going to get.
Well, not surprisingly, he misses the free throw, only to have Amir Johnson get on the floor scrambling after a loose ball and kick it back out; one of three offensive boards Johnson would get on the night.
Ball goes out to Sonny who gets in the lane and gets fouled.
He makes his first one but – you know what’s coming – he misses the second, the Blazers get the ball and all the Raptors get out of it is a three-point possession they could have had if Reggie had just made his free throw.
Getting all zany
Yeah, the game was all but over and it was time for drastic measures but we saw something last night that I cannot imagine we’ll see again.
About a couple of minutes, maybe three, to go and Jay really tries to junk up the game, sending out a fivesome of Jarrett Jack, Jose Calderon, Antoine Wright, Sonny Weems and Amir Johnson.
Full court trapping with his quickest group and a signal that he was trying just about anything to kickstart his group.
Didn’t work, of course, but I never thought it would.
Oh, yes, there’s more. Quite a bit.
Got asked the other day if I’d had an Olympic “moment” yet and figured I really hadn’t.
Have one now.
Happened to be in the press room on some idle time when she won her bronze medal and I have to say I didn’t tear up but it was a pretty emotional moment.
Great kid, spectacular athlete, helluva way to end a career.
Great story hidden a bit, sadly, by a hockey game.
Okay, now The Chicken has made it.
Never mind getting all kinds of love here, did you notice the camera crew out on the court during a late timeout when everyone’s favourite stuffed animal swallowed a June Taylor Dancer?
Inside Edition, kids. Inside Edition.
I guess that schtick where the blown-up dinosaur gobbles up a dancer has gone viral, if that’s what they call it. Everyone’s watching it, and the big TV shows are all excited about it.
I’m sure fame won’t go to his/her/its head but it’s nice to know we knew her/him/it way back when.
In Portland, they read this about that game.
It’s almost the weekend so it’s almost mailbag time and the solicitation shall begin. Send the questions here and please try to limit the rants and the game-specific stuff and I’ll start planning my Saturday night in Oklahoma City.
No, there was no video tribute to “honour” Marcus Camby as it turns out. Didn’t see him on the bench during the game, which may have had something to do with it; or maybe they just realized this whole saluting of players for a manufactured anniversary thingy really doesn’t make sense.
Rasho on Rudy, when it was mentioned the somewhat electric Fernandez reminds one of an equally-frantic Belinelli, only better:
“No, he’s a right-handed Manu.”
Probably a more apt description but, I tell you, I like Rudy’s game a lot.
Not sure how it fits with the way the Blazers play, which is at a rather sedentary pace but he’s going to be very good in this league when he finds a team that plays more quickly.
Speaking of the crowd, it was a rather surreal experience at times during the game.
Nothing of substance happening on the court when all of sudden there’d be a huge buzz in the crowd, lots of cheers, murmuring, happiness.
Yes, there were more than a few multi-tasking pucks fans among us and it was odd.
And here I thought they all had their little computerized devices tuned to the in-game blog.