On limited minutes and more Goofiness From Gilbert
So they couldn’t score, didn’t defend, lacked some energy and got hammered on the boards.
Guess 89-1 (pre-season included) was unrealistic from the start, wasn’t it?
Anyway, am sure the angst will flow (a lot of you were extremely cranky after a four-point loss in Boston) but I honestly think you need to consider this:
The most any player has played in any game so far is 27 minutes, that was by DeRozan and Jack the other night against the Celtics; and there have been combinations on the court that are little more than taking chances at catching lightning in a bottle.
Most of the team’s offensive sets have yet to be unveiled in a game – we’ve seen more freelancing in three games than we’ll see in three weeks once things start for real – and to judge how they’ll run stuff and for whom can’t be done until after the Oct. 22 game against the Knicks.
Seriously, while there are no expectations for this team and it could very well turn into a long, long, long, long season, to suggest anything that’s happened in these three games makes that a certainty is simply wrong.
I will add this:
If you ever see a regular season starting lineup of Jose Calderon, Leandro Barbosa, Julian Wright, David Andersen and Amir Johnson again, there will have been a huge rash of injuries or Jay will have suffered a pre-game seizure and they will get drilled that night.
The pre-season is time to experiment, especially the first two or three games, and that’s an experiment not soon to be repeated.
So, we’re about to hit the halfway mark of the pre-season so this question makes a lot of sense:
Q: Hi Doug, So it feels like Bryan Colangelo is standing pat on his current roster. There hasn't been much suggestion lately of any big moves afoot. Almost makes me wonder if he is trying to make us forget that he still has a big trade exception to work with. What's your best guess. Do you think Bryan leaves the roster as is for a while, perhaps even until just before the trade deadline? Or is there something percolating behind the scenes?
Q: Hi Doug, So it feels like Bryan Colangelo is standing pat on his current roster. There hasn't been much suggestion lately of any big moves afoot. Almost makes me wonder if he is trying to make us forget that he still has a big trade exception to work with.
What's your best guess.
Do you think Bryan leaves the roster as is for a while, perhaps even until just before the trade deadline? Or is there something percolating behind the scenes?
Brenda C, Sault Ste. Marie
A: Unless they get off to a gangbusters start, I don’t think he sits and waits until February and I can tell you this 100 per cent: There are minor trade talks going on every single day even now.
I don’t know how serious they are – some things “on the backburner” was how it was put to me by a someone with a big title around there the last time I saw them, which was Saturday – but that what makes guessing when something might happen truly impossible.
For all I know, and for all anyone knows, something could happen today or it could happen in three weeks but if I know Bryan, something is going to happen.
It always does.
Hey, we’ll be here tonight for an in-game blog thing, if I remember how to do it.
All Irregulars invited.
Here’s why I’ve always loved Vlad Guerrero: He doesn’t get cheated and he doesn’t wear batting gloves.
Oh, had Tuesday’s game in Chicago been a regular season affair, you would have witnessed history, had you witnessed the game.
The 22 rebounds collared by the collection of Rodmanesque Raptors represent the fewest in any game ever played by Toronto.
The low for games that count is 24, set one night in February, 1998 against Miami.
An entirely predictable, um, Situation on DWTS, no?
Andrea Bargnani has 11 with four boards, shoots 3-for-9 from the field, making three three-pointers.
Can’t wait for the love in the comments today.
(I keed, I keed)
The Sixers are rolling, winners of one in a row, and Old Friend JK lit up the Celtics last night, it says here.
You know, this whole Gilbert Arenas affair is really confusing, isn’t it?
First off, the guy’s been all but incommunicative all pre-season, save for one post-game rant where he suggested he’d be gone from the Wizards and that might be better for everyone concerned.
Then, last night, he sits out what was to be his first game at home since the gun-play suspension last year, ostensibly because his knee was acting up, which had to be a troubling sign given that it’s been years that he’s had knee issues.
Trouble is, he admitted after the game that he faked the injury, or the severity of it, at least, so Nick Young could get the start and some playing time.
Arenas, who is still owed about $58 million on the three years left on his deal and who has played 47 games over the past three years because of knee injuries and suspensions, could very well be the most untradeable player in all of professional sports.
Stunts like the one he pulled last night sure aren’t going to make him any more desireable anywhere in the league.
Getting back to the Heroes Of The Hardcourt, let’s play “Guess The Starters” for tonight’s game.
I’m going with Calderon, DeRozan, Kleiza, Bargnani and, well, let’s go back to Evans since it’s his old team they’re facing.
Fun game, isn’t it?
Who do you like?
(And, remember, it’s still the experimental stage of the pre-season).
I’m thinking a Phillies-Rangers World Series would be pretty cool, no?
Although the chance to possibly see Roy Halladay pitch against A.J. Burnett in the ultimate series is pretty intriguing. Almost as intriguing as Halladay-Cliff Lee.
Okay, enough rambling.
You do some now.