Forget the game, mourn the streak
Of course someone should have hit a three at the buzzer to win that one, it would have been fitting, right?
But with this team, it would have been reviewed, ruled a two and they would have lost in overtime on a missed three
The right move?
Fair amount of consternation in some parts over the defence on Rudy Gay on the final Grizzlies possession.
No double team?
Well, I guess they could have.
But ask yourself this: What’s the one thing this team does maybe worse than anything on the defensive end?
So why get all kinds of guys moving when Gay had two accomplished scorers down low in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol that he’d surely pass to the minute a second defender ran at him. And by the time it takes a second guy to get to him at the top of the key, bang, the pass is made.
As it was, they had Amir Johnson stay on the right side, where everyone knew Gay was going, the forced him away from the basket and into a fadeway shot.
He made it. Good on him.
Good game? So-so game
Ed Davis sure looked good at times in the fourth quarter, didn’t he?
Three of his five blocked shots, solid post defence, strong play and good weak side help.
Laudable, all of it.
Wasn’t it, Jay?
“Ed played well in the fourth quarter. Blocked a couple of shots there in the fourth quarter and caused some problems but we needed him to get some defensive boards earlier and help us out on the glass a little bit.”
But, oh, if they could
Not a bad post-game quote from Jay that kind of sums up the night.
At least the part where the Grizzlies hammered the Raptors on boards, turned 18 offensive rebounds into 27 second-chance points that was the difference in the game.
“We hold this team to 44 per cent shoot and it’s a pretty good job. Again, too many offensive rebounds for them but it’s not like we can pop a pill and get stronger for one game and then try to get quicker for another. We are who we are, we’ve got to be better.”
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Okay, this isn’t going to mean anything to some of you but it does to some insiders.
Bryan Colangelo spent about $40,000 Monday night so (a) he wouldn’t embarrass his coaching staff and roster and (b) to give fans something close to their money’s worth.
By signing Sundiata Gaines to what may amount to a one-day contract.
Early in the afternoon, there were plans to sign Trey Johnson to a 10-day contract. He’s the kid who’s leading the D League in scoring (which means very little) but they can sure use a backup 2-3 here.
And then Jose got sick.
Now, Bryan could have gone ahead with his commitment to Johnson and let Jay send out a team in front of the home fans with Jerryd Bayless as the starting point guard and Julian Wright or DeMar DeRozan, pick your poison, as the backup.
He couldn’t in all good conscience do that so they got a hold of Gaines, who hadn’t left town yet, gave him 10 more days (worth about $40,000 with his experience) and he’ll likely be waived today or tomorrow to make room for Johnson. Gaines gets paid in full, regardless, the Raptors get the wing they need to plug a huge hole and the bottom line’s a tiny bit off.
Not a big thing, no, but something.
How’d that play in Memphis?
Well, I didn’t see a Commercial Appeal writer here so let’s see what they had.
(Not much, as it turns out)
We mourn the streak.
Some more than others (hi, Lorie!) but I think most do.
It wasn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things but it was pretty neat. It was something no other team had ever done, it lasted about a month short of 12 years (yeah, more than a decade) and it was kind of fun. So mock if you will but we all need a wee bit of levity in our lives, right? And if you don’t, I’d suggest therapy.
Some facts, unearthed by J. LaBumbard and his crack PR staff and stuff we were reminded of every game in the notes:
On Feb. 24, 1999, Celine Dion won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for My Heart Will Go On; on Feb. 26, 1999, the streak began. The streak aged better than she did.
Since the streak began, the iPod, Blue Tooth, the hybrid car and YouTube were invented; and I don’t know how to use any of them.
If you took Game 1 off to go to the movies, you could have seen October Sky, Office Space (neither of which I recall) as well as My Favourite Martian, which did not star the Phoenix Suns centre, sadly.
The total: The Raptors made 5,876 three-pointers in the streak and you can guess the top five, no?
If you can’t, don’t scroll down quite yet. But write down the names in order and if you get them right, give yourself a pat on the back.
Okay, so they got rid of Giorgos Printezis in the Ajinca trade and I won’t have to worry about answering questions about him any more.
And I’m quite glad that none have you have caught on to the fact they still own the rights to DeAndre Hulett (second round, 46th overall in 2000) and asked about him.
This is why I don’t mind spending the decompression hour post-game in the Harbour Sports Grille.
Walk in there Monday, see familiar and friendly faces, and they’ve got on the blues station on the Galaxie satellite service and it’s very, very, very cool.
I got some Makin’ Whoopee, Walking to New Orleans and, because Super Son’s a Pat Carey student, the Downchild Blue’s Band doing For Pete’s Sake made me sit up and take notice.
And may make me do something about satellite radio for the stinky Ford Focus.
I don’t know music, but I know I like that.
Question of the day: Memphis blues or New Orleans jazz?
(What? You want to do all basketball? These dudes are 13-32!)
We still mourn the streak.
Not unlike the fact we mourn the 12 arenas that no longer exist as NBA venues but in which they made at least one three.
Market Square, Miami Arena, GM Place, Alamodome, The Spectrum, The Pyramid, Reunion Arena, Compaq Center, Charlotte Coliseum, Key Arena, IZOD Centre and Amway Arena.
Of those, I miss Market Square and Key Arena the most.
(In case you were wondering).
Oh, the answer from above:
Easy, peasy, right?
Mo Pete (801), Vince Carter (551), Andrea Bargnani (478), Anthony Parker (342) and Jose Calderon (300).
All right, off to practice soon to maybe meet the new guy and see who got hurt last night.