Anyone see that one coming?
All together now …
That’s why they play the games.
A little chat
I presume you’ve all read the game stories that mention the little “talk” that the players had among themselves at halftime on Saturday, right.
Well, I’m told there wasn’t actually any screaming or finger-pointing or physical threats. Rather it was a matter of “Hey, we’re better than this, we all have to play better” and more determination than blame.
And I think that’s a good sign because if these guys can talk things through without the kind divisive blame-placing it shows a level of comfort that’s key.
After all, there are going to be more nights like this during the season, I’m sure.
Lather, rinse, repeat
Notice anything strangely familiar to, oh, every Raptors possession in that second half?
Pick and roll.
Roll and pick.
Pick and roll.
Not sure if it was every single time down the floor but it sure felt like it and it’s directly attributable to the two points guards they had to use.
It’s not that Jerryd Bayless or Leandro Barbosa don’t know all the sets in the book but they are far more effective running screen-roll stuff because both of them are fearless in attacking the basket and, every now and then, can find open shooters in the corners when defences collapse.
It’s not a really great idea long-term – eventually teams are going to figure it out as games go on and make adjustments – but you do what you have to under difficult circumstances.
And, believe me, watching them turn the ball over almost every other possession in the first half while the starting point guard was back in Toronto nursing a sore foot are indeed difficult circumstances.
It’s his turn
Okay, you all remember me mentioning yesterday that Julian Wright had a solid game Friday without dominating the stats.
Well, last night it was Joey Dorsey.
Amir Johnson and Ed Davis were mostly ineffective in the first half thanks to fouls and Jay, searching for something, anything, to get things going calls on Dorsey, who gives them 12 solid minutes in a couple of stints. Not bad for a guy who usually sits and watches and waits his turn and something appreciated by the coach:
“Guys like Joey Dorsey and Julian Wright, those guys practice every day and I threw them in a game tonight and they brought an intensity and that intensity become infectious and they brought and I thought they did a great job.”
A wee bit more:
That was the second lead of 20 or more points the Pistons have blown this season, I still say the lob pass to Stuckey with 20 seconds left and down three was the silliest play I have perhaps ever seen and the team has no style of play at all.
What I’m wondering is if the messed up ownership – the estate of Bill Davidson is trying to divest itself of the team – might be the only thing keeping John Keuster employed.
Here’s the thing about the world we live in:
No matter what city you’re in, no matter what time it is or what day it is, if you turn on the television and click through enough channels, you can find an episode of Law And Order.
Is that a good thing?
A mail teaser? Sure, why not?
Q: Doug. Ed Davis is being compared to Bosh for obvious reasons - left handed and his height. However, my first impressions are that this is a guy that is going to carry more weight than Bosh as he gets older, he looks thicker through the upper body. I see him becoming perhaps a better rebounder/defender than Bosh with more of an inside game. He doesn't look as smooth as Bosh and his shooting mechanics don't look the best.
I think he's going to be real good but quite different than Bosh - what's your take? Thanks
I think he's going to be real good but quite different than Bosh - what's your take?
Carl M, Codroy Valley
A: It’s a mug’s game to try and guess the future, and I’m not all that interested in comparisons and “this guy’s like that guy” so I might not be the best guy to talk to.
But right now, his is so much not Chris Bosh it’s not funny. I don’t know who he reminds me of after three games but it’s not Bosh.
Except for the left-handed part.
How did that one play in the Detroit papers?
HOTH go nuts and stage greatest rally ever and the Leaves beat the dastardly Habs.
Not a bad night for the local sports squads and it’s going to make dinner today taste a wee bit better.
Yep, I’m told today’s the day the pucks and hoopsters and all the Poobahs And Henchmen get together for a little family gathering and at least the mood’s going to be better than it has been.
Speaking of mail, I’m thinking late afternoon-evening sitting around coming up with answers might be an okay way to finish the weekend.
Okay, it’s snowy and yucky and this might be a stinky drive home in the smelly Ford Focus so we’ll get to whatever insightful comments you have later on today.