Some ghastly shooting, but the streak lives!
That was a rather humdrum affair, wasn’t it?
Kind of an inevitability to the outcome from where I was sitting. But still, some talking points.
The three-point shooting streak reached 975 games only because Kleiza hit the lone one out of 14 attempts last night and if there’s one troubling issue with this team’s offence, it’s efficiency from beyond the arc.
The HOTH are dead last in the NBA in three-point shooting, firing at just 31.8 per cent, and if Bryan’s out there chatting with other GMs, he might want to find a guy who can make a shot consistently from there.
The thing about last night is that with only maybe a couple of exceptions – I remember a rushed DeRozan attempt in the dying seconds and one, I believe, from Barbosa at the end of a shot clock – all of the attempts were good ones.
Oh yeah, for all you Streakophiles out there, that was the 26th time they’ve only made one in a game.
No breaks at all
Yes, the officiating was spotty and the Raptors certainly didn’t get the benefit of the whistle, especially DeRozan, who probably could have been at the line half a dozen more times than he was.
But does that simply come with time? And consistently attacking the rim so that refs are, well, more aware?
Probably and that’s dead wrong but it’s also part of the game. A bad part.
But one thing that was good about last night is that DeRozan didn’t spend seconds after every non-call whining about it. He picked himself up and got back on defence, which was good to see.
And the kid sounded pretty grown up after the game about learning how to handle himself.
“Just keep your mouth shut and don’t say nothing to them. Just build a relationship with them and at the end of the day, that goes a long way.”
More shooting woes
A 10-for-22 night at the free throw line sucks, too.
And it’s not like the coaches aren’t trying to hammer home good form and style.
Joey Dorsey gets fouled and while they’re waiting around for the free throws there were about four guys from the bench – Jay, Scott Roth, I heard Micah’s voice and Jose’s – trying to get Dorsey’s attention.
He didn’t hear them at first though, missed his first attempt badly, and when he did finally look around, Jay reminded him to get up on his toes and follow through, two basic tenets of free throw shooting.
And missed the second.
What else is up?
Had quick conversation with Peja in the locker room after the game.
He’s been at a sport rehab clinic in New Orleans, says his knee is feeling a lot better and is going to see today if he can get some work done on the court.
But I don’t see a way he goes on this trip, which is another three games missed, he’s going to need some practices to get back to close to game speed and I’m guessing it’s going to be at least another couple of weeks so he can get out there and show some level of fitness that other teams will be looking for before there’s any chance of a trade.
So Super Wife stops by the video store while I was languishing in Texas to rent some entertainment and if there’s been a better show on TV over the past decade than the first two seasons of The West Wing, I don’t know what it was.
You can spend an awful lot of time on a New Year’s Day watching DVDs.
How’d it read?
Let’s see what Murph had to say.
This is something I’m sure I’ve answered before but …
Q: Hi Doug. ust wanted your opinion on something Mo Pete-related. My friends and I, during Peterson's last season in Toronto (when it was evident that he wouldn't be back the following year), had a debate after I said the Raps should retire his jersey (#24).
I know he was never an All-Star or a league leader in scoring or anything but don't you think of all the Raptors (with maybe the exception of CB4) that Mo-Pete deserves this accolade? He was a starter for them for many consecutive games over many seasons and was the heart and soul of this team. All those game winners against Washington etc come to mind. If not Mo-Pete, which Raptor(s) do you think deserve to have their jersey retired by the team? What criteria would you look at for this? Thanks
I know he was never an All-Star or a league leader in scoring or anything but don't you think of all the Raptors (with maybe the exception of CB4) that Mo-Pete deserves this accolade? He was a starter for them for many consecutive games over many seasons and was the heart and soul of this team. All those game winners against Washington etc come to mind.
If not Mo-Pete, which Raptor(s) do you think deserve to have their jersey retired by the team? What criteria would you look at for this?
Michael C, Montreal
A: Not Mo Pete, not Vince Carter, not Chris Bosh, not Alvin Williams, not Maceo Baston, not Roy Rogers, not John Wallace, not Charles Oakley.
Sorry, but I’m a bit of a hard-ass when it comes to that ultimate honour and it should only be reserved for (a) people who win an awful lot; (b) people who spend their entire careers in one place and (c) people who are “special.”
That guy hasn’t played here yet and I don’t know if he ever will.
Junior pucks semifinal and Leaves home game? I hope we’ve got a lot of space in our section tomorrow.
As it is, I expect you’ll find the basketball stuff, as the great Jim Proudfoot used to say, “back near the truss ads.”
Hey, look at it this way:
Memphis beats Raptors by 11 at home.
Memphis beats Lakers by 19 on the road.
Ipso-facto, Raptors better than Lakers?
May as well start the mail stuff, right?
There’s some of you out there I haven’t heard from (and you know who you are) so …
This week, if you care.
Not heading to Chicago or Cleveland to start the journey, I’ll pick ‘em up in Boston at the end of the week but I’m figuring one of those In Game Bloggy Thingies would be a good idea Tuesday and Wednesday, no?
And if I can convince the powers that be at The Home Office, maybe we should do a little Q and A session one day? Wahtcha think about that?