A dreary game but still some things to talk about
Well, you’re going to get some stinkers over the course of an 82-game schedule and that’s what we got Sunday, no?
First half was kind of competitive but the only thing memorable about the final two quarters was that they were unmemorable.
Luckily, there are 65 more to go!
On that note …
Joey’s surprise start
As far back as Friday, when they knew Reggie was going to be gone for a while (and we don’t know how long but it’ll be a bit), the word was Amir Johnson would start.
But then it was the 280-pound Joey Dorsey out there on Sunday and there were two good reasons, I guess.
First, it meant less disruption to regular roles (and that’s been something Jay’s done for while) and it may have worked very well had Amir not come in and committed two fouls in his first four minutes. Had he started and done that – which is entirely possible – it would have messed things up even more.
But I wonder if this isn’t in the plans, and I have had no indication that it is but it kind of makes sense to me.
What if they give six minutes at the start of the game and six more at the start of the second half to Ed Davis now?
The kid is coming back from the minors this week, all indications are, and since things have changed so dramatically with Evans out, could they throw the kid out there and see how he does? It leaves Amir in his regular role, gets the kid some minutes that are available and would allow them to use Dorsey again as a fourth big.
Again, it’s all because of the circumstances they find themselves in but might it be worth a shot?
I think so.
What was that?
End of the second quarter and I look up and what do my eyes behold?
Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless, Leandro Barbosa, Sonny Weems and Amir Johnson on the floor together.
Sure, it was only for about a minute, maybe less, and it was driven a bit by foul trouble and the desire to change things up for a couple of possessions but I don’t imagine we’ll ever see that again. Especially when it ended up with Bayless covering Joe Johnson.
Nor should we see it. Ever again.
A 3 1-2 or a 4?
We all knew it was coming sometime, especially now with the front court down a guy, so the extended minutes Linas Kleiza played at power forward weren’t a surprise.
So, how’d the coach like it:
“Good, except they went right down at him on the other end. I think he can extend the offence but they went and posted him up and when we tried to help, they pitched it out and that’s why guys like Josh Smith had a great game, 10 assists. He throws it out and they pick us apart when we come and help Kleiza.”
I do think Linas is more effective inside rather than out and he does have some post skills but I guess Sunday wasn’t a good matchup day for him. I’d think, though, that we’ll see it some more in different circumstances.
And now, more stuff …
Leslie Nielsen was a giant.
Surely, he’ll be missed.
And, of course, there’s a good basketball story about him floating out there and recounted here by Mr. Stein.
I really needed Peja to play yesterday so he could make a three and I could tell this story.
But, since we’re a little light on stories today, and I’m quite late after sleeping an extra 45 minutes thanks to Grey Cup festivities, I better tell it: With his next three-pointer, Peja’s going to tie Dale Ellis for third on the list of guys with the most made three-pointers in NBA history, with 1,719.
So what? Well, there’s a Dale Ellis story. That’s about trash-talking and its dangers.
Second year, game at the World’s Worst Basketball Arena, against Seattle, where Ellis is playing.
Darrell’s coaching, and he’s a bit of a chatter and early in the game, he makes some reference to Dale’s battle with drink, a rather cheap shot, actually.
Well, Ellis proceeds to make about four hundred three-pointers against Toronto in that game and after every single one, he looks over at Darrell with a “bleep you” kind of look on his face.
How’d they recant that one in the pages of the Atlanta Journal Constitution?
Speaking of three-pointers, let’s get this one out of the mail:
Q: Hey Doug. I know there's only so many conspiracy theories that the Irregulars can throw at you as to why the recent trade went down (Laughed when I saw someone ask if Jack got jettisoned due to his friendship with Bosh).
That said, there's a fairly obvious reason why we brought in Peja - and I'm not talking about future financial considerations or trade bait for a contender. Yes, I'm talking about the most hallowed statistic in Raptor-land History: the 'Streak'. I think it's been noted before on NBA.com, but in your opinion, who are your Top 5 contributors to the HOTH's 3-pointer streak? Not necessarily by the volume of long-bombs they put up, but the memorability of their prowess from behind the arc. Something tells me that Weems isn't on that list yet.
That said, there's a fairly obvious reason why we brought in Peja - and I'm not talking about future financial considerations or trade bait for a contender.
Yes, I'm talking about the most hallowed statistic in Raptor-land History: the 'Streak'.
I think it's been noted before on NBA.com, but in your opinion, who are your Top 5 contributors to the HOTH's 3-pointer streak? Not necessarily by the volume of long-bombs they put up, but the memorability of their prowess from behind the arc.
Something tells me that Weems isn't on that list yet.
Andrew P, Toronto
A: I’ll give you a bunch off the top of my head:
Darrick Martin has to be No. 1 because he saved it that night in Dallas by making one in the final seconds of a blowout. He knew it, the bench knew it and while I wasn’t at that game, I could sense the tension sitting on my couch.
The afternoon when Donyell Marshall made nine 12 of ‘em against Philly in Toronto was kind of cool.
Mo Pete leads the way with 801 and you have to have him on any list and I’m putting in Dell and Dee Brown just because I liked to watch them both shoot.
Oh yeah, those Riders are going to win for sure.
Take Saskatchewan, it’s a lock.
Dreary game, wrong team won.
We’re going to do a Question and Answer thingy Tuesday, if anyone cares.
Noon works best for us.
See you then.
I guess I shouldn’t be entirely surprised by this, given the circumstances, but I find it at least a little odd that not only haven’t they sold out a game here, they’ve only had one crowd over 18,000 (opening night) and haven’t scared a sellout yet.
I presume it picks up if they have any measure of success this year but so far, I think you’d have to term attendance just a little disappointing.