Reggie's little digs, Turk's numbers and no love for Herb
And that means you’ll have to work extra hard coming up with things to squawk about but I have faith in you.
Until then …
This really didn’t show up in the boxscore at all but it was shocking and interesting to watch.
What Reggie Evans did to young DeAndre Jordan when they were on the floor bordered on the criminal. I’m talking beat him up, frustrate him, bug him and take him so far out of the game, I wonder if the young Jordan didn’t go home and have nightmares.
In one sequence, Evans kind of roughed the kid up right in front the bench, drew a foul and then sort of bumped Jordan as he walked by as if to say, “hey, kid, I’m not going anywhere.’
Then they go down the other end and Reggie again gets in the kid’s head, another foul is called and quicker than you can say “mismatch of epic proportions” Drew Gooden’s at the table, Jordan’s on the bench and his night is effectively over.
Now, it didn’t really have a huge impact on the outcome but it was pretty cool to watch.
Doesn’t this sum it up quite nicely?
I wasn’t in the Bosh scrum after the game – the story was Sonny and I was back in the room typing to make deadline – but the good folks of the game-night staff did their stellar job grabbing up some quotes.
And this one’s pretty interesting:
“It’s about winning the games we are supposed to. We have to come out with the right attitude and start hard early. Like I said to someone earlier, when teams are playing loose like that, sometimes they are the tougher teams to beat because you have to provide your own energy.
“Against teams like the Celtics and Cavaliers, we know we have to come out hard so those are easier games to provide our own energy. We just have to stay aware and respect every opponent we have left.”
Wise words but the fact they needed to be spoken kind of speaks volumes about this team’s inability to put away games early, doesn’t it?
Now, they did what they were supposed to do Wednesday night, they clobbered a bad team quite handily and no one really had to extend themselves. But with games left against no-hopers like Philly, Golden State, Detroit and New York (and perhaps Chicago depending on how the next 10 days play out) it’s high time they find that inner energy and take things more seriously for longer each night.
Good night? Bad night?
Hedo Havlicek doesn’t score in the second half, only plays 17 minutes and I’m wondering, is it a good night?
To me, yes. Quite.
In those 17 minutes he also had six assists and three rebounds to go with six points but the biggest thing I saw was a more demonstrative Turkoglu, more excited, more, um, involved.
Now, he wasn’t up on the scorer’s table next to Sonny waving his hands and a towel or anything like that but watching him on the court we saw more talking, more pointing, more moving teammates around – especially on the defensive end – than we’ve seen in quite some time.
I’m pretty sure at some level he’s quite irked about his lot in life and new role coming off the bench but he’s sure not sulking and I wonder if the message didn’t indeed get through.
And now some tiny items that fill out the word count (and are entirely entertaining on their own).
This is a travesty.
I didn’t see it (I presume I was typing) but the ever-alert E. Koreen was mentioning after the game that there was a scoreboard Top Five list of the significant Williamses in franchise history. Something to do with 15 years or somesuch.
And they come up with:
Alvin, excellent choice.
Jerome, a natural.
Walt, the Wizard
And, ah, er, um
Aaron and Eric? Just to rub it in, I guess.
But there’s only one thing I have to say: No Herb!!!!!
A travesty, I tell ya; a travesty.
So Andrea goes for 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots and my first thought is:
Not bad for a guy facing Achilles surgery.
Except that he’s not.
There was a report out of Italy, from the highly respected Gazzetto Gazzetta dello Sport, that said Bargnani was possibly going to have surgery when the season ends. Took about six seconds and one e-mail to debunk the story because not only is no surgery planned or expected, he hasn’t had any issues with his Achilles according to the folks I talked to.
And then Andrea himself shot down the story after the game.
File that one under the much-ado-about-nothing category.
It may be that the information about any soreness got over-blown – it wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened – or it may be that Andrea knows he’s going to have to get some rest when the season ends and this might be a way to set up a summer idle from his national team obligations.
Bu whatever it is, they are not sharpening the scalpels.
I’d love to do the usual and show you what the out-of-town writers had to say about the Clipper game. Trouble is, there were no out of town writers following that sorry team; not an unusual happenstance late in the year.
So, here’s my friend Holly’s take on it.
Charlotte kills Philly; Miami drills Detroit.
Whaddya gonna do?
I’m telling you right now, the “race” for six, seven and eight (and I use that term loosely because I’m virtually sure Miami’s out of reach) is going to come down to which team loses the game it’s “supposed” to win. You know, the bad loss to a team with a far worse record that speaks far more to the losers than it does the winners.
And I wonder how many of you have faith in Toronto not being that team that loses to the perceived inferior opponent.
If they don’t, and they steal one of the Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta games, they can get to my magic number of 43.
If they get them all, and get to 42, that’s a nine-game improvement over last year, might be enough to get ‘em in a tie with Charlotte and then we’ll see how we feel about how the entire season played out.
Okay, so it’s not their fault.
I mentioned yesterday that someone dropped the ball by not having last night’s epic struggle one between the Huskies and the Braves, since that’s what the Clippers were in their Buffalo incarnation so many years ago.
Seems the Raptors actually thought it would be a good idea but the league – which tends to micromanage such things – had decided that the Clippers would not wear Braves throwbacks once this year and put the kibosh on the idea.
Mostly because I would have really like to have seen some of those powder blue Braves jerseys in the crowd.
Let’s do another mail call because I’m not sure there’s a nice representation over there yet. Remember, I’d appreciate rant-free submissions and nothing that says: “Chris is leaving? We should get Kobe. Your thoughts?” Thank you.