Time to come home for a while and chill
So, the killer part of the early-season schedule is over, the 12 games with eight on the road, tough trips out west and to Florida and where are they? Maybe a game worse off than I thought but, otherwise, pretty much bang-on.
And we move forward and see where the journey takes us.
Cutting the wing rotation to three guys – no Julian Wright – didn’t do much for DeMar DeRozan (more on that later) but it did a lot for Sonny Weems, who had a career night.
And I wonder if it’ll give Jay cause to think about tightening things when Leandro’s back, which could be as early as this weekend.
If I know Jay, and the way he sometimes thinks, he saw Sonny get off to a quick start and rode him a bit harder than usual, which turned out to be a very good thing.
Maybe they need someone – anyone – to get off to a torrid start to kind of force the coach’s hand. That’d be a good thing.
Last time …
We do the DeMar’s Arrived piece, I think.
Coming off that Florida journey where he was so good, everyone lauded him and how’s he reward us? With a couple of clunkers, 12 points, nine shots, two free throws in Washington, four points, three shots, two free throws in Philly, and it just goes to show you.
He is young, still very much learning the game and his place in it and there will be some inconsistencies as the season goes along.
But I guess the one thing that jumps out at me is that he played 32 minutes one game, 31 the other and I don’t think that’s enough.
I think they need to leave him out there for 38 or 39, let him try to figure it out as he goes along.
You know I’m going to …
What was that?
Thirty points and seven boards for Bargnani? Gonna be an easy day around here, methinks.
Yes, he was atrocious in Washington but that doesn’t mean he was going to be atrocious every game. The kid is skilled and he’s a shooter and sometimes shooters are going to have bad shooting nights and it often carries over into other aspects of their games.
But as we saw in the Philly game, the kid can fill it up in a variety of different ways, there was a rather emphatic dunk, a whole lot of one- or two-dribble jumpers and he actually contested some defensive rebounds.
The tendency here, and a lot of places, is to over-react to bad games and bad nights and see it as a true indication.
It’s not, not for Bargnani, not for DeRozan, not for Jack, not for anyone.
You busy at noon?
Want to take a break from the crush of the day?
Well, join us for a little question and answer session; I’ll be sitting around Casa Doug just waiting.
Let’s say a week ago, someone had stopped you on the street and the conversation got around to the Raptors.
If your friend had said they’d come back from Orlando-Miami-Washington-Philly with a 2-2 record, would you have been okay with that?
After scoffing, of course.
I’d think so.
And I’m going to say this now, like I’ve said it to a lot of people privately: Not only don’t I think the Raptors are the worst team in the league, I don’t think they’re the worst team in their division.
This dropped in the mail yesterday and seemed a tad topical so …
Q: Hey Doug! Seeing how you're such a huge Spurs fan (Spurs by 12), did you hear about the divorce between Tony Parker and Eva Longoria? (sparked by cheating of course)!
Jessica H, Guelph
A: A shocker.
Anyway, I guess it – and news of Steve Nash’s separation a week or so ago – doesn’t really surprise me. Look at the incidence of divorce and separation in society as a whole, we shouldn’t think it’d be any different in pro sport, should we?
But my question is: Should we care? Are the titillating details really necessary and something we need to know? I guess if players put themselves out there with their families they kind of bring this stuff on and maybe the celebrity status of Parker-Longoria made this kind of news inevitably interesting. But it most certainly didn’t with Steve, who never put his family in the spotlight.
I know that what passes for “news” these days runs counter to what I think it should be; I’m far more about good stories well told than minutia of private lives.
But that’s just me.
What’d they say in Philly about that one?
Well, why don’t we check here and have a look.
(Remember back when Doug Collins was a broadcaster? Liked his work but thought he was too reliant on numbers? Read the story. Same thing now.)
I have to tell you, if Chris Bosh wanted notoriety and fame in his new role as Third Rail Of Heat Basketball, he’s sure getting it.
There’s the video that’s talked about in this story (perhaps a tad premature given it’s 10 games into the season and he had 35 last night but Skeets and Tas are two of the very best out there and I’m a big fan) and he’s getting slagged all over the league it seems. It’s odd, but somehow he seems to welcome even the bad attention.
Odd kid. Good kid, but a touch odd.
Speaking of mail, I’m off on a super secret one-day voyage on Saturday between Friday-Sunday games so I’d like to get started a bit early.
Help me out, folks.
I don’t know Greg Oden at all, have spoken to him maybe once in my life, but, man, do I feel bad for that kid.
Another knee surgery, another season lost and, really, there have to be legitimate concerns about his career now, don’t there?
Really, a sad, sad story.