No news on broken bones but many interesting items (really)
Join Doug Smith at noon Wednesday for a live basketball Q&A, as the Bosh-less Raptors get ready to take on the Boston Celtics.
But Chicago lost, the magic number is four and I guess it was a bad news-good news kind of night.
We won’t know
I wish I could tell you right off the bat what the long- or even short-term prognosis is for Bosh and his broken face and nose but the simple truth is right now I can’t.
I don’t imagine I will be able to until much closer to game time; about 5 p.m. Eastern time maybe.
Trust me, I’ll be making calls and hanging out beforehand but with no shootaround this morning (typical on the morning after a game, the Raps will come in around 4 p.m. to walk through the Boston stuff in the practice gym) there aren’t going to be many people around. And that means information might be scarce.
And I refuse to guess what might happen with him because it’s a disservice to you.
The sight of him on the court, blood streaming from his nose, holding his head in obvious pain, might have been the most gruesome injury with these guys since Garbo went down in Boston.
Aside from the dozen or so times He Who Shall Not Be Named cheated death over the course of his career, the Raptors haven’t had too many ugly injury incidents.
As for Bosh, it truly sucks that he’s hurt right now. He was playing pretty well, I know he wanted to finish the season strongly and what started out as the best year of his life back in November and December is certainly not close to that now.
Stepping up? Or stepping back?
You know my feelings that it’s never on one guy to win games, that it’s a team game and placing blame in one spot is folly.
Well, as I watched that contest unfold Tuesday, I will say that this team stands no chance if Andrea keeps shooting at the 12-37 clip that he’s on right now.
He continues to confound – looking really good at some times, really invisible at some others – and while he has been better for most of the season, he’s got to be great in these final five games to salvage something of this season.
Watching him disengaged against the Cavs when Bosh was having his broken fact tended to makes me wonder if he can.
A couple of times last night, he got in the post and went to work; on one occasion I saw him flash into the paint and finish strong.
But a couple post-ups and one or two flashes won’t cut it.
And this is on him. His coaches run stuff so he’ll go there and he floats, at least one time last night I saw the point guard (and I don’t recall who it was) wave a teammate away so Bargnani could post up a smaller defender and he ended up being moved about 18 feet along the baseline.
That’s simply not good enough.
I wonder …
When we were talking to Jay one day last week, it might have been Thursday or Friday, I can’t recall, the conversation got around to his newly-minted starting five of Calderon-Wright-Weems-Bosh-Bargnani.
And when he was asked if that’s the group he’d finish the season with, he equivocated a wee bit, said nothing was etched in stone and he couldn’t promise not to make changes the rest of the way.
Well, after giving up 37 to start the Golden State game and 35 last night in Cleveland, I wonder if he might tinker, even under the presumption that Bosh won’t play tonight so that’ll mean one change at least.
Not sure what he’d do – and Wright’s ankle may play a factor – but I found it interesting that even when everyone was healthy and things looked good that he wasn’t 100 per cent sure that was the group he’d stick with.
A few more tiny items on a relatively quiet morning:
How ‘bout them Bulls?
There’s some angst in Chicago, too. And KC’s chronicling it and I’m sure having a rip, roaring time.
Here’s what he had to say about the Bucks game last night.
And while you’re clicking to other papers, how about Mary's coverage in Cleveland of that epic struggle.
Hey, it’s voting time as you may recall (which reminds me I have to get my awards ballot into the league by this time next wee) and there are more than just the usual coach of the year, rookie of year, MVP, all-NBA teams to worry about.
And one of your own is up for a biggie.
The PBWA administers three awards – the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award to a player who does exceptional community work; the Magic Johnson Award to the player who combines on-court excellence with excellence and willingness to deal with the media, and the PR Staff of the Year award to the group that shines in dealing with us.
Well, after our membership spoke, the finalists for the Magic Johnson Award includes on C. Bosh, who is up against Manu Ginobili, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bogut.
That is an excellent group of excellent players who deal with us as professionals and as men and women, they give us time and thoughtfulness and courtesy.
The finalists for the Kennedy Award, our most prestigious, are Samuel Dalembert, Ronny Turiaf, Adonal Foyle and Charlie Villanueva and the PR Staff will come from among Dallas, Milwaukee, Golden State and Detroit.
(As an aside, J. LaBumbard and his crack crew are former winners of that award, which should tell you we’re pretty spoiled in these parts).
Got questions? Well, I might have answers. Or at least I can bluff.
Be here at noon if you do. With no shootaround I don’t know what I’ll have to add but, what the heck, it’s tradition.
Did you see Charo the other night? With Pam Anderson?
Iconic, I tell you.
And it helped Canada’s own rise from the bottom to the middle.
Still, whatshername of the Pussycat Dolls wins going away.
First call for mail, although a couple of you are in there already and I appreciate it.
We’ll be back to a normal schedule of game stuff Saturday morning and mail on Sunday this week so click here and send ‘em along.