Not a whole lot to say, but we've got to say something
I don’t think even Alexis Ajinca could have saved that one.
Good one to miss, wasn’t it?
(Full disclosure: I didn’t pay undivided attention to a lot of the game, which was a wise move even if it detracts a bit from the usual fare here)
Yes, we wondered aloud here the other day about when a stinker would come up, when there would be a night to forget and, sure enough, it came in the second half Friday.
Yeah, they were only down six at the break, believe it or not, but it sure went south in a hurry after that and you could see (at least at the times I was riveted to the TV) the spirit going out of them.
And that’s a troubling sign. Maybe it was a one night thing, maybe they’ve got some bounce-back left in them, but this is a young group and things like a 40-point loss could linger.
I’m not saying tonight in Miami is a defining moment for this group but it could be telling.
Another one down
The e-mail I got overnight said Joey Dorsey has a “strained right patella tendon” and will be re-evaluated today.
That, of course, moves Solomon Alabi up to the be the fourth big, one would think (at least until the arrival of Alexis Ajinca and there’s more on that in a few paragraphs) but given Miami’s frontcourt woes, the Raptors might get away with playing Linas Kleiza a bit at the four tonight.
If not, it could be Alabi vs. Joel Anthony and that ought to be fun.
And the misses keep coming
Another terrible shooting night for Bargnani, who was 3-14 and is now 22-for-72 over his last four games.
He told us the other night in San Antonio that he’s not going to use any knee pain as an excuse but he just looks off out there. He never was the most fluid guy in the history of the game but he’s even more tentative this last week, it appears.
I don’t think it’s to the point where he needs to take some time off – trust me, if he thought it would help, he’d do it – but the simple fact is this team can’t beat anybody if he’s shooting like that and he needs to find a way out of this slump, or get his knees healthy, or something.
More? Just a little bit, okay?
Oh, the trade.
If you wondered how closely the NBA watches trades and transactions for sniffs of salary cap circumvention or stuff like that, the fact a deal for the aforementioned Alexis Ajinca is on hold for a day should make you understand.
No one at the league office or either team was talking much yesterday but one note I got suggested the closer check is a formality and things could be done as early as today.
But, as HOTH fans know better than most, nothing is done until it’s done. And this isn’t done.
What’d they say in Orlando about that laugher?
No, not mine; that’s on Sinatra’s birthday.
This one is for Kobe and the Raptors.
Five years ago today was the 81-point night.
And I got to watch the carnage from my couch.
I’d done the first three games of a five-game trip (Utah, Portland, Seattle as I recall) and My Man Byers picked ‘em up for a Lakers-Denver back to back.
He got to have all the fun and since there wasn’t an In-Game Bloggy Thingy back then (heck, there wasn’t even a blog) it was an easy night for me.
Hey, look at it this way:
They lose by 40 and it’s not the biggest margin of defeat in the league on Friday.
So, imagine how they feel down in Atlanta after the Hawks were edged 100-59 by New Orleans?
I’m going drag this one out of the mail with the usual plea to click here and send along any notes you like. It’s not really full over there at Mail Central and I think we’re destined for another Monday mail bag because of a Saturday night game so you’ve got some time.
Q: Hi again Doug. Great job with the blog as always. Let’s say Player A (who is passing the ball in from out of bounds) throws a pass to player B who is slashing to the rim and he scores. Does player A get the assist? Or does he not get it because he is out of bounds?
Sky D, North Bay
A: This comes directly from a member of the Raptors stats/scoring crew: Yes, as long as there no other player is involved in the play.
Man, I had to go back and check on the largest margin of defeat because there was no mention of Friday being the biggest and, yep, it wasn’t.
I don’t recall the game, probably because I wasn’t at it since I was working at The People’s Wire Service and wasn’t travelling, but these guys lost by 48 at New York way back in April, 1996.
There were a couple of 44-point losses in 1997 – 118-74 at Detroit, 122-78 at Seattle so Friday barely makes the top five worst all time.
Oh, and Miami awaits.
But as we read here, Chris Bosh likely doesn’t.
So let me get this straight.
The mayor of Toronto and his brother are all hot to trot about an NFL team coming.
What’s that old saying?
And, I’m sorry (sort of) to tell you this, but life is getting in the way again tonight and I can’t be around.
Sorry, I believe there are a few of you who’d like to spend a Saturday night with an IGBT but I can’t pull it off.
It’ll be the last time for a while, I promise.