On making changes and celebrating the big day
I can feel the angst already.
Great to be a Raptors fan, isn’t folks?
I get the sense that Jay would really like to do more to change things up; and I presume and hope he’s got his eye on both Turkoglu and Bargnani, neither of whom have been very good.
And he’s probably been looking DeRozan, too, because there’s always been a thought they’d move the rookie out of the starting lineup before the post-season began.
But he keeps saying – and this is a point he started making last week in Oakland – that there really isn’t anyone out there who’s really won a job, save for the point guard situation.
“I have a hard time finding guys in the second group that have warranted the ability to start for the most part.
“I could make change just to make change but I don’t know if we want to throw four or five guys’ rhythm out.”
The trouble with doing, say, Amir Johnson for Bargnani, and that’s the one that makes the most sense to me, would be that it would totally screw the second unit out of its most energetic frontcourt player.
Johnson’s been a revelation most nights, although he’s back to fouling a bit more than anyone would like, and I don’t think the gains they’d get to start the game would be worth the hit they’d take when the rotation starts.
Look, Bargnani was awful in Portland and has been invisible too many times of late, there is no question about it.
But I think that Jay’s wiser to do what he did the other night against the Blazers: Go with a quick hook for Andrea if he’s not getting himself involved at either end of the floor. That’s a good way to send the message without totaling messing with the rotations.
As for Turk, it’s this simple: They have to keep running him out there because if he doesn’t play well, they really can’t win. Taking him out, for say Sonny, does nothing, really. The simple fact is Turkoglu has to be more like he was early in the Golden State Game and for most of the Portland game, when he more assertive and more effective and didn’t look all that bad.
If he is, they’ll have chances to win; if he’s not, well, the criticisms will pour in
For 4 1-2 months, Turk’s been more a bust than a boon; it’s time for him to start being a factor. The season’s not lost by any stretch of the imagination, 43 wins and a fifth or sixth seed are certainly within reach if he can string together a series of solid games.
Can he? I guess that’s what’ll keep a lot of you watching.
Pacers 99, Bobcats 94
Spurs 88, Heat 76
Grizzlies 104, Bulls 97
Kinda makes the coffee taste a little bit better this morning, doesn’t it?
As he used to say:Dontcha dare miss it!
(Yes, that means we’ll have our little game-day session today at noon; wish there was an outdoor area at the ACC with wireless ‘cause I’m told it’s going to be a pretty nice day outside).
I can hear it now (and I’ll read it later):
Doug, you’re a dope on the No Change But Jose Thing.
Don’t you know how bad Jose’s been and isn’t that just change for change’s sake.
Ah, no, it’s not.
I’ll say this one more time just to provide some fodder but Jose’s defence is not as bad as so many of you think; it’s not perfect but it’s not awful.
And with him shooting the ball so well now, and the team just running a bit more efficiently with him at the helm (and I offer the third quarter of the Portland game as a perfect example) this is a move that needs to be made to bring about significant improvement.
Will it? Who knows. But it’s something I think – and have thought for a very long time – something that needs to be done.
This, my friends, is a classic. An absolute classic.
It comes from an Irregular out in Waterloo (thanks, Jim) and of all the ex-Raptors I figured would go on to fame in big-budge movies, Mengke Bateer would not have topped the list.
But apparently, he does.
Speaking of the Hawks, who arrive sans Joe Johnson, they were able to stave off the Nets last night and here’s what they had to say about it.
These guys will go to any length to celebrate something, it appears.
Not only will they be wearing the green tonight for all our Irish friends – and those who pretend to be on what some of us refer to as an “amateur night” there were guys at practice yesterday wearing shoes with green accents on them.
Let’s see, they’ve got white and black for the regular uniforms, shoes with blue highlights for the nights they are the Huskies and now some with green when they are the O’Raptors? That’s going an extra mile.
And while some of you are celebrating your Inner Irish, around here Casa Doug there’s another party being staged.
Super Dog turns four today (that’s right from the breeder when we got her) and I’m trying to figure out how to jam a candle into a treat.