Subtles changes and new looks
A good, old-fashioned bonnet.
Who’s your man?
Well, as we saw Saturday, you’re never quite sure.
Not certain how many noticed it, but at the start of the third quarter, Jay went to a switch of defensive assignments that was entirely out of character.
He put Sonny Weems on Jrue Holiday, moved Jose Calderon over on to Jason Kapono and had Antoine Wright stick with Andre Iguodala.
The reasons had to be two-fold.
First, it kept Holiday from getting past Calderon and into the paint to create havoc and, second, it gave Holiday a new look to deal with and the rookie had some difficulty.
Because it was successful, I imagine we’ll see a bit of it Sunday night against Golden State, when Weems will get some time on Stephen Curry and Jose moves over to perhaps guard CJ Watson.
The man-switch was just one of the various tricks Triano had up his sleeve yesterday. We saw more zone in one game than we have in weeks, and n different circumstances, too. Usually, they only like to go zone after made baskets because it gives them time to set up but we saw some in transition Saturday. For a team that can’t keep guys in front of them, it’s not bad to throw some zone in there.
Sonny, where are you?
Or where were you might be the better question.
Lots of in-game angst on the non-use of Sonny Weems for much of the fourth quarter – he only played 2:09 – and now I’ll tell you why and then what I think.
(I know. You’re really interested in the latter)
As perhaps you’ve noticed over the course of, oh, 67 games, Jay likes to have Hedo on the court down the stretch of games for his ball-handling and facilitating abilities. Against the pressing Sixers, who were scrambling the game, the coaching staff felt that because Turk’s a better passer and ball-mover and dribbler than Weems that they would give up some athleticism for a veteran presence. And I know this because I asked people.
Me? I’m entirely fine with it, as I said during the game. Sure, Weems was scoring – primarily against the non-defending Jason Kapono, who wasn’t on the court (yes, he also made eight straight Wednesday but at least four of them came in transition on breaks led by Jack) – but Sonny doesn’t have the handle or the court vision to add anything to a group trying to solve a junked-up game.
And, for a couple of defensive possessions in the dying minutes, Jay did use Weems as he always does in offence-defence situations.
Fun with numbers
All right. This might be the statistical anomaly of all time with this collection of rebounding-challenged Raptors.
Did you know that the Sixers did not have a single individual rebound in the entire third quarter. None. Zip. Nada. Not a single-solitary board credited to a person.
Two team rebounds; that’s it. One came off a Weems miss 90 seconds into the quarter and one came on a buzzer-beating, 76-foot heave by Wilile Green at the final buzzer.
That the Raptors only missed five shots and had three offensive boards takes care of that end of the court but the amazing thing to me is that Philadelphia shot 9-for-16 from the floor in the quarter and did not get one offensive board off the seven misses.
And now, some little things:
Let’s say you’re in your workplace trying to finish the day.
Let’s say all of a sudden about 50 kids come trundling in and all of a sudden you find yourself in the middle of some meet-and-greet with some apparently famous lacrosse player before some Philadelphia team called the Wings plays some Toronto team called the Rocks.
Think that’d be distracting?
Only a bit.
But I will say this: They do run stuff through the Wachovia Center like few arenas.
Raptors-Sixers at 1, Wings-Rock at 7 and the pucks are there Sunday just after noon.
Busy, busy, busy. And I can’t imagine why Mr. Boss didn’t ask me to stick around and cover a lacrosse game.
I can only assume it’s because he could have guessed the answer.
And here's how things read to the folks who first click on a Philly paper.
You caught the breath-taking news about the roster addition, right?
Oh, you missed it in the in-game blog thingy?
Well, let’s catch you up.
The Raptors are going to add Joey Dorsey to the roster today or tomorrow and it means nothing.
Really, it doesn’t.
The deal is for the rest of the season and the summer, it’ll take some calamity of apocalyptic proportions for him to even dress for a game but what it does is lock him up for the summer and give them another live body for the summer league.
He’ll have a make-good, minimum-value contract for next year with absolutely no guarantees so if they whack him after summer league, it hasn’t cost them much at all.
He’s 6-9, 26-years-old, has done nothing in the NBA and was waived by Sacramento after the Kings got him in the Kevin Martin trade for Houston and the word out of Sacramento was there were some “maturity issues.”
And since he’s an absolute non-factor this season and may not even be around at training camp, I can’t imagine I’ll type his name again until October.
Yes, we’ll be here tonight at 6 for the in-game blog thingy for the Warriors and I have to offer heartfelt thanks to the close to 1,000 of you who showed up on a nice holiday Saturday afternoon.
That’s very cool of you.
What’s the shot clock in college basketball? About four minutes?
Honest to goodness, those Final Four semis were almost impossible to watch.
What’d Michigan State have? 100,000 turnovers? Butler didn’t score for a week but won? I can’t see how the backboards didn’t beak with the bricks being tossed in the wrestling match between Duke and West Virginia.
I know Sixers-Raptors was a dog but it looked like Lakers-Celtics from the 80s in comparison.
I’m sure you noticed in the boxscore that you and I combined for as many rebounds Saturday afternoon as Elton Brand and Jason Kapono did, right?
That’s right. Two starting forwards, zero rebounds.
Was the first time in 713 games that Brand has played and not grabbed a board.
It was the first time in three games for My Man JK.