The usual stuff and a trip down Sacto memory lane
Well, there goes 81-1.
Good game, though. Pretty entertaining, close to the end, crowd into it.
Now, if it just happened at noon and not 10 p.m.-12:35 a.m. east, I would have had a really good time.
Hope you did.
And he was bang-on right
At one point last night, might have been in the second quarter, Marc Spears of AOL Fanhouse, a good friend who was sitting next to me, leans over, slaps me on the back and says:
“Reggie Evans rebounds like man.”
Trust me, that’s good.
Anyway, a couple of things about Reggie’s night that were, um, notable.
The 10 rebounds he had in the first quarter tied an all-time franchise record (three times, last time by Antonio Davis in November, 1999).
The 10 offensive rebounds he had (yes, 10 offensive boards and nine defensive ones in the game) tied a franchise (five times, last by Chris Bosh – remember him? – in November, 2006).
And he was chatting up and tormenting rookie DeMarcus Cousins all night.
You know that Reggie is, um, crafty, right?
Well, at one point, Cousins turns to one of the officials right in front of us and says:
“He’s holding my arm all the time.”
Hey, kid? Of course he is. That’s what they do up here.
Your ‘wow’ moment?
How about the DeRozan baseline dunk late in the fourth quarter?
It was at the other end of the floor from me but I had a great view and you could almost see the determination on his face. You could almost see his eyes light up when he saw the weak-side defender not paying particular attention to what he was doing.
And when he got in the air, it was like he had a second move once he was airborne and that’s the play that stands out among all others.
“Just feeling it, just see how they played defence, seeing what the rotations are.”
That’s how he explained it and if ever consistently develops that knack for reading defences, he could become what people in the organization say he should become.
Tough twosome out of necessity
We saw something in the first half last night that I don’t think we have all season, such that it is.
It was Bargnani and Andersen on the floor together and I’m not entirely sure how good that’s going to work if it ever becomes something routine.
I want at least one of my 7-foot jump shooters to have a desire and ability to rebound and that’s not really going to happen with them out there together.
Now, I understand why and it gets to the one big troubling spot of the season so far:
Amir Johnson has been a virtual non-factor in three games and if they don’t start getting something out of him, lots of problems will emerge.
We all know he’s got the skill and why he’s not going well right now is a bit of a mystery. Sure, he fouls too much still but he fouled a lot last year and was still a major factor in some games.
The kid still works hard, he’s still a quick leaper for rebounds and still rolls to the basket hard but it’s not coming together quickly enough and it has to.
And, in other news:
You notice Jarrett Jack’s Dorothy-esque shoes?
RIP Coach Luke.
If you need background, it’s here.
Hey, how’s this sound?
Three favourite moments from out-of-town arenas (I was going to do five but that might be a stretch)
Maybe I’ll do it game-day for each road game, except for Sacramento because I only thought of it yesterday afternoon.
JO’s big night
There weren’t too many, where there? But Jermaine O’Neal went for 36 and 9 out here in 2008 and it was, they all thought, a glimpse of what he could do.
Yeah, right. Was his last good game.
John Salmons talks
The year he reneged on the Raptors, we arrived to see him quoted in the local paper saying God wanting him to come here and all that jazz. Well, we go to shootaround or pre-game, I can’t recall, and all of a sudden he doesn’t want to talk to us. One smart-aleck among the travelling writers says, “we don’t need much, just say the same things you said to them, to us.”
And he did.
And we got an early story out of it.
We used to sit in a second media row right beside the Raptors bench (we’ve been moved across the court now) and one night there’s the guy behind us (over-served, if I recall) who’s killing the Raptors. His language is, um, colourful and when he looked over my shoulder and dropped an “F” bomb on me, it’s the only time I had an abusive fan moved in 16 years. Didn’t take long, the security guard was as ticked off as I was.
What they say in the Bee?
Let’s see. It should be right here.
This is two weeks of no DWTS. I’m going through withdrawal.
No one will ever catch and shoot as quickly as Dell Curry or Jason Kapono, I don’t think, but those two threes than Omni Casspi got off – and hit -- in the fourth quarter were something else for the speed of delivery.
And, man, they were tough, tough, tough shots. Good shots made by good players. Good figure?
Sometimes the other guy just makes better plays.
You’ve got to like the Rangers, right?
What doofus said that?
Mail? We may as well start it now, I guess.
So I’ve been up a couple of hours here and the hotel’s got a pretty solid cable package and I’ve been flipping through all the channels available.
Nowhere – NOWHERE – can I find a repeat of the D League draft coverage?
Wonder how the bash went in Erie?
Anyway, here’s how it broke down because I know you’re all breathlessly waiting to see what happened.
All right, quick flight over to Salt Lake City coming soon, nice relaxing day and I remember – believe it or not – a good sushi place but if there are other downtown recommendations, I’m all ears. Kinda getting my west coast legs and might have a night out.