Fun night, big win and other exciting stuff
You know, if they play like that, you’ve got to think this team’s going to win more than its fair share of games down the stretch, no?
And if they play games like that, the entertainment value goes through the roof and they’re simply fun to watch.
It just takes too long
It struck me late in the game last night what I find kind of objectionable about the way Chris Bosh played last night.
You know, it’s not that he takes jump shots because he’s pretty deadly from 15-feet and might have the best mid-range jumper on the team and I’ve always been okay with him taking that shot when he’s open.
It’s just that some nights – and the third quarter last night was a perfect example – it just takes him too long to decide to take it.
It’s the kind of offence-deadening play that gets them out of all kinds of rhythm.
No, if he wants to take it because his man’s playing far off him and there are two, and sometimes three, defenders on the weak side waiting to double on the dribble, I’m okay with it. But he’s got to decide more quickly to shoot or move the ball.
Of course, he waited a while and then won the game and I don’t imagine too many of you were too upset about that.
“I said if I touch the ball I’m shooting it with not too much time left on the clock. I didn’t really want to give them an opportunity to get a good shot off.”
One armed man
I counted four times – and I often warn, the chicken scratch in the notebook may be slightly incomprehensible so it’s more of a guess – that Jamario Moon, er, Sonny Weems went up to grab a rebound and collared it with one arm.
It’s a wonderful sight, a rather emphatic taking of an errant shot, but isn’t it also fraught with the peril of bobbling the ball out of bounds?
But that’s about the only thing Sonny did even remotely questionable last night in what was a pretty impressive game.
Yes, Jamal Crawford went nuts but if you watch, a lot of those shots he made were pretty well contested and Weems made him work on every possession.
A promising sign?
I’m not entirely sure what got into Hedo Turkoglu last night but he finished at the rim more often in one game than I think he has in one month.
No pull-ups, no avoiding contact, just driving the basketball and making tough layups.
I can’t say it’s something you’ll see on a regular basis – I’ve watched this team too long to suggest any kind of consistency is coming – but I will give him credit for a solid night’s work.
And credit for doing what the coach wanted. Here’s Jay when I asked him about the new-found energy:
“He’s got a little bit more bounce, he’s not limping around. His ankle’s still sore but I don’t think it’s restricting him at all. This is a game where they’re going to switch so we’re going to have mismatches down low or we’re going to have him with speed on other guys. We’d hope that he’d take the ball to the basket when he has that opportunity.”
More? A little bit more.
I don’t know about you, but I think that little Jose Calderon fella is turning into quite the agitator, no?
Wasn’t it just last week that he picked up a technical foul after getting cut under the eye and then got himself a flagrant in a game out west?
Then last night he somehow gets mixed up with Mike Bibby early in the second and Bibby get a technical away from the ball; minutes later he’s in that little brouhaha with Josh Smith when Smith kind of over-reacts to a foul call?
Of the Smith thing:
“No idea at all. He fouled me and I just tried to stand up and after (it) was the whole thing. I don’t know if it was with me or with someone else.”
Got Calderon three free throws, too.
“But I missed two free throws so it was bad.”
The reports out of Atlanta say this.
Hey, did you notice they’ve banished the infernal drum players and the in-game screamer to a far upper corner of the Air Canada Centre?
Guess they realized that having them set up in a handicapped seating area was probably not the wisest of ideas.
They’ve still got amplification, though, so it’s not a total win.
Dallas 113, Chicago 106
Charlotte 100, Oklahoma 92
A so-so night.
I think what we might see unfold as this thing gets really interesting is a couple of distinct races that will be fun to watch.
Up at the top of the standings, where the good teams live, you’ve got Cleveland and Orlando pretty much home and cooled out at Nos. 1 and 2.
That leaves Atlanta and Boston to fight for Nos. 3 and 4 and I really thin we’re going to see a pretty intense battle between Toronto, Miami and Charlotte for 6, 7, 8.
At least there’ll be something fun to watch.
So, My Man Jack Armstrong goes on TV to celebrate the Irish in us all by picking his top pubs of all time.
And I have to say, going with McSorley’s in New York, the Kells in Seattle and the Irish Embassy here as his top 3 gets a seal of approval from this corner since I’ve frequented all three – the latter two in the company of Mr. Armstrong himself.
If you’re talking strictly in Irish or British pub lists around the league, though, I’m thinking you need to put on Tir Na Nog, kitty corner to the Garden in new York, on the list and, perchance, the joint whose name I can’t remember on the corner right outside the Target Center in Minneapolis. It’s just across the street from Prince’s place, which is a rather dark and foreboding establishment I’m a’scared of.
Amir Johnson made reference to the “lucky” green uniforms when he was chatting with us after the game and a couple of us immediately blanched and expressed concern that they’d trot them out again.
Now, I’m no fashion maven (well, at least not a fashion maven with much good taste) but I’m entirely down on the green.
The black’s good, love the Huskies blue and really liked the ones they wore in Spain with the red and yellow piping but the green? Not so much.
I would imagine Alvin’s going to be strutting like a little peacock today when it’s mentioned that, while watching TV in a post-game bistro (hello, Harbour Sports Grille!), we saw none other than President Obama pick Villanova to get to the Final Four.
Makes me and Super Son okay with our pick.
Saw something last night that we haven’t seen in quite a while, actually: The bench up cheering and dancing and goofing around. It was during a first quarter flurry under the basket, when the Raptors were actually fighting hard for a loose ball, getting on the floor and, as the TV guys say, “getting after it.”
It’s the kind of enthusiasm we saw often during the middle half of the season and the kind of enthusiasm that’s been missing the last 10 games.
Guess that hard work and effort is infectious and appreciated.
Kind of like you all standing and cheering for the hard work and effort here, right?