Of positions and maturity and an old story re-told
Seven down, 75 to go.
(Wait, that’s not nice)
Seven down, lots more fun ahead.
Really. Honest. It’s just a game, enjoy it for what it is.
They may be on to something
I don’t know but the more I see them use Linas Kleiza at the four, the more I like it.
There wasn’t much to like about that Golden State game but when they made their late – and inevitable – run, it came with a rather unconventional lineup with Kleiza and Amir Johnson in the front court and it worked.
Not sure it works every night, and I think last night was as much reactionary to a smallish Golden State lineup rather than proactive to make things different, but I do think it’s something they should explore more often.
This is not a particularly good Toronto team at the moment with a somewhat odd roster loaded with wings so why not use that unorthodoxy to make other teams react.
What’s the worst that can happen? They lose?
Well, don’t see a lot of wins piling up this way, do you?
The Regend’s tough night
We knew there were going to be evenings with Reggie Evans was in tough, being under-sized and all and last night was one of them.
Yes, he hustled and got good rebounding position and fought like he usually fights for every possible loose ball but the length of the Warriors, specifically Andris Biedrins and Brandan Wright, simply negated him for far too long.
It’s why he only played 18 minutes – a season low – and while he did still get six boards in that time, he didn’t have his usual impact on the game.
There will be more nights like that, I’m sure. There are all kinds of things that effort and intelligence can overcome, but there are sometimes when the other guy is just too big and too quick and too long.
A star in the making
I can watch Stephen Curry play every night, I think.
Not just because his jump shot is so good but because of the way he now runs a game.
Remember, this is a second-year NBAer who really wasn’t a point guard until his senior year at tiny Davidson College and to see how far he’s come with his ball-handling and decision-making is pretty incredible.
There were a handful of times last night when he got the ball on the perimeter about halfway through a shot-clock and there was a relatively open shot to be had.
But he settled things down, resisted the urge to get a shot up and found an open teammate – usually Ellis – for a better look.
That’s maturity you don’t always see in a second-year player and speaks volumes on how far his game has come in a short time.
And, oh yeah, when he needed to dominate the game offensively, he did. The 16 points he scored in 12 fourth-quarter minutes was like watching a clinic.
Anyway, more stuff …
Kyle Massey has become the new Super Son DWTS favourite, in case you were wondering. Something about some Disney Channel thing or somesuch.
I haven’t watched in far too long, damn basketball keeps getting in the way.
So, are maybe the game ops folks and fans are getting on to something.
Been a couple of third quarter timeouts lately when they’ve broken out the Livin’ On A Prayer and I know the broadcasters have been in full throat and last night they tried to get the crowd to sing along, too.
Kind of worked and was a nice start to build on.
And the way things are shaping up this season, a rather appropriate title, methinks.
Right. The Vladimir Radmanovic story.
(And no one sent an e-mail to remind me, I had to get it out the crevasses of my mind, thank you very much).
Now, some Irregulars will have heard this before but what the heck, some newcomers haven’t and it’s a cool story.
Indianapolis world championships, 2002: Yugoslavia is in the semifinals against New Zealand and after some kind of halftime locker room incident – it may or may not have involved Radmanovic eating a banana, I don’t recall – Radmanovic decides (or coach Svetislav Pesic decides for him) that the bench is not somewhere he should be.
So up into the stands he goes, sitting there in his full warm-ups watching the game like any other fan, a section over from where Peter May, then of the Boston Globe, and I are watching somewhat awestruck.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a player leave a team in the middle of a game to sit among the people and I don’t imagine I ever will again.
A very odd moment indeed.
How’d the game play in San Francisco?
A question of style.
Q: Hi Doug. I'm just getting back into your blog and I'm confused about the acronyms - HOTH and HOTHC which appeared twice today. The only thing that comes to mind is Houses of the Holy, but don't see how it relates to basketball. Anyway, your help would be appreciated.
Andrew N, Waterloo
A: Seems to be a difference in opinion as to whether hardcourt is one word or two.
I’m going with one so we shall forever refer to them as the Heroes Of The Hardcourt, or HOTH for short.
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