The best player has to be the best player or Orlando's done
Not sure exactly what that is, but it’s something to strive for.
How’d you like to be the Orlando Magic? You go through the first eight games of the NBA playoffs with nary a worry, beating up subpar opponents like they were, well, subpar opponents.
Then along come those Celtics, the Magic can’t make a three to save their souls and now they’re almost in a “must-win” situation for Game 2.
Not sure entirely what went wrong yesterday, I will surmise that it was a combination of great Boston defence and cockeyed Magic shooting because it’s never just one thing.
Except this one thing: There is no way Orlando can win if Dwight Howard plays like he did in Game 1.
If the Celtics are going to cover him primarily with one guy, he has to punish them, he needs to keep his composure, take his time on offence and drill them for like 30 points. He has to make them pay and he didn’t Sunday afternoon.
He let Kendrick Perkins push him too far out from the basket to be effective (and there’s the major flaw in Howard’s offensive game) and he let Rasheed Wallace get under his skin.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, and it’d be a heckuva lot easier if Rashard Lewis could make a three-pointer, but if you’re Dwight Howard, you have to be better.
Okay, I’m getting to this late (the weekend was taken up with, you know, basketball stuff) and it’s a digression so bear with me.
They cancelled Law and Order?
That bites. Big time.
Sure, they’re keeping SVU but who cares and I don’t care what happens to Criminal Intent and Law And Order Los Angeles does nothing for me. Big whoop to all of that.
This was a show full of classics from Adam Schiff (“ah, I don’t care, make a deal, plead him out!) and Ben Stone (“I don’t care, I’m full of righteous indignation!”) to Jack McCoy (“my father, the cop, would have beaten him senseless!” and Joe Fontana (“look at my clothes, I’m suave and debonair!”), there’ve been some doozies, right?
Personal faves: Abbie Carmichael, The Hangin’ Assistant DA, ranks right up there, so does Anita Van Buren, who’s been there the longest.
Best ever, though?
The late, great Jerry Orbach as Lennie Briscoe. Cool dude, a skeleton or two in his closet and if you can find a thespian who can pull off grizzled New York detective and Lumiere, you’ve got yourself and actor.
(Can you tell I watch a lot of reruns while piddling around working most afternoons?)
Speaking of television, I’m sure you’ll all be glued to your sets Tuesday night for the draft lottery.
(Yes, this passes as the only snippet of Raptors news at the moment).
As you all know, the Raptors go in with the 13th selection, meaning they have a 0.6 six per cent chance at getting No. 1, a 0.7 seven per cent chance at getting No. 2 and a 0.9 nine per cent chance at getting No. 3.
(You know me and math, sorry)
Oh, and for you half-empty people out there, they have a 1.8 per cent chance of falling to No. 14.
Best thing about it?
If the TV production holds true to form, it’ll all be over in about five minutes and we get on with our lives.
Oh, it’ll be DeMar DeRozan sitting on the stage, I’m told, and Henchman Eversley will be in the back making sure things are on the up and up.
And as you all know, everything’s always on the up and up.
HWSNBN, with 23 points, was the leading scorer for the Orlandos yesterday. Just thought you’d like to keep tabs on one of your faves.
Speaking of keeping tabs, in conversations over the course of the weekend, I heard Sam’s name linked to the Atlanta coaching gig and I was also told he could be in the mix in Chicago.
Just thought you’d like to keep tabs on another of your faves.
So I’ve noticed with some interest over the past few days that both Tony Parker and Rony Turiaf have said they will not play for France in the world basketball championships this summer.
Big deal? Probably not but still worth mentioning.
I don’t think France had a hope in Hades of winning with or without Parker and Turiaf but it might – might – make the first round marginally more interesting as far as Canada is concerned since they’re in a first-round group with the French.
I still think Spain and Lithuania are virtual locks to move out of that round in Izmir (Smyrna to those still living in the distant past) and France remains a solid third. That still leaves Canada fighting with Lebanon and New Zealand to get out of the first round – which should be the team’s goal right now); having France a bit weaker might be something to watch for.
And I wonder how it’ll impact ticket sales for a series of two exhibition games here in Toronto between France and Canada in August, games that aren’t quite finalized yet.
A little scheduling information.
Super Son’s been kind enough to invite me to a showing of Real (Okay, Fake) Professional Men’s Grappling tonight so an in-game blog thingy for the opener of Lakers-Suns is out of the question.
But we will be back Tuesday and Wednesday to resume festivities and I’ll expect a full report on the half of L.A.-Phoenix that I’ll miss.
Thank you very much.
Oh yeah, opening day of training camp for the Mighty Yankees was, sadly, so-so. Dang family commitments kept half the team away. But, for a gang of five first day out of the box, we can hit and throw and know where all the positions are. That, my friends, is coaching!
You know I was kind of bemoaning the fact there were no games on Saturday to pass some time?
Well, I did catch more than a little of the WNBA opener between Phoenix and Los Angeles while sitting around answering mail in the afternoon and, between you and I, it was quite the entertaining game.
I would suggest some of you give it a shot if you’ve got a chance, you might end up liking it.