Some this, that and defence of the officials
You wanna know why things are a tad tardy today? There you go.
So. A series. How about that?
As I wrote today, Doc’s little riverboat gambler imitation kind of worked pretty well, no?
We were all a bit surprised that he stuck with four subs and Ray Allen when the game turned in the fourth quarter but I guess it just shows that, every now and then, someone comes out of nowhere to win a game.
And the whole thing kind of underscored the main difference between these two teams: The Celtics play with an overabundance of emotion; the Lakers tend to be more detached.
Every now and then, excited beats cool.
I’m not sure it does all the time – and I still think the Lakers have more talent and will ultimately prevail (I’m thinking six games sounds about right) – but watching the likes of Glen Davis and Nate Robinson turn around a game was pretty cool and added some gas to a very, very boring game through two quarters. There might have been a bit too much posturing for my tastes but whatever gets you through the day, I guess.
We all know the referees have been getting killed in this NBA final, Doc’s taking shots at them, Phil’s taking shots at them, we’re taking shots at them and it’s been a bit tiresome.
I wonder how many will mention that Game 4 was really officiated well; hardly noticed the guys with the whistles and there weren’t any post-game complaints.
And his little pre-game chinwag with the media, Phil hit on a pretty good point:
Now, if Phil hadn’t spent the early part of the series whining, it might mean a bit more but at least he said what a lot of us think:
“What we like to say to the players is you play beyond the refereeing, you play above the refereeing. If you get caught up in the refereeing, then you're doing a disservice to the game and to our game particularly. So you play beyond it and play the game according to how it's going to be refereed. If it's going to be tight, then you've got to play according to how it's going to be refereed. If it's going to be played loose, then you have to adjust to having a tougher type of game.”
Just play the damn game.
A guy’s got a lot of time to hang around a hotel room on a rainy Thursday waiting for a 9 p.m. start to a basketball game and some days you just get lucky with what’s on the tube.
No, not the greatest Law and Order or Criminal Minds rerun; the concert to open the World Cup and, I tell you, it was pretty spectacular.
The best? Desmond Tutu.
I don’t know that I’ve seen a more joyful, excited man; he was dancing and singing and it was like nothing I’d seen. Kind of hit home what having the World Cup in Africa means.
Oh, and Alicia Keys can warble with the very best of ‘em. Outstanding.
Here’s a snippet from the mail, mostly because I have an awful lot of questions and want to get one or two out of the way:
Q: Hi Doug. If the Raps could acquire M. Beasley (J. Jack contract matches up) what are your thought on him playing SF, as move #2 would be a sign and trade of Bosh to LA for Bynum. I know you have said he is not a BC guy but damn, his upside is great, and the young guys like D. DeRozan with good character could get him headed in the right direction.
Dan G, Barrie
A: Yeah, you would want to get him away from that bad-influence, trouble-making Dwyane Wade guy. And tell me why his “upside is great.” He’s an okay offensive player who disappears for long stretches and defends like me.
Speaking of the mail, if you take a second to click here, you’ll get a note delivered and when I’m sitting around watching France-Uruguay I’ll have something do if the game’s boring.
(Well, not really; I figure we’ll get our fill of the pre-draft shenanigans next week when kids start heading back into Toronto for pre-draft workouts so a little quiet time right now isn’t so bad).
We’re going to get more into the Big Baby story for here and the paper later this afternoon but, I have to tell you, he was like Shecky Davis when he got up on the podium in the press room after the game.
First, it’s mentioned to him that Phil Jackson offered a terse no comment to a question about how the Lakers didn’t seem to have any kind of strategy to deal with Davis or Nate Robinson.
“I don’t have no comment, either. If Phil Jackson don’t have no comment, then I don’t have no comment.”
Then they’re talking about Doc Rivers not taking him or Nate Robinson out of the game in the pivotal fourth quarter.
“I was really looking at the clock like ‘when is he going to come get me?’ … We’re playing, but timeout go by, he don’t sub and I was like ‘man, he’s letting us roll.’ … I want to give Doc a hug, man. I love Doc.”
Okay, again, sorry for the tardiness, fun and frivolity got in the way. Life happens.