They played, they lost, life drones on at its usual pace
Well, well, well.
That was something, wasn’t it?
Not sure what but it yielded this:
I knew it was coming, and there’d been a trickle that turned into a bit of a flood Saturday, and I guess it has to be addressed.
No, I don’t think Jay’s getting fired; no, I don’t think Bryan’s getting fired and neither should.
The kneejerk reaction to Saturday was predictable but the manner in which defeat was achieved was an aberration; missing 67 shots and playing atrociously offensively is not something that’s been an issue for this team so far this year. If it had been, I’d be stark raving mad having watched so much.
No, Jay’s doing what he can with a young, suspect roster; Bryan’s got the flexibility to make significant moves if they come up later this year or in the summer and it’s time to stay the course, not blow it up.
This is a young team with an unproven and sometimes over-matched roster and it always was going to a difficult and at times trying season. Anyone who thought otherwise when the season began was sadly misguided.
Toss in the loss of three key players in Evans, Barbosa and Kleiza and the inherent pressure that puts on players not yet ready for the roles they’re asked to play, losses are going to mount.
But to change course now? Silly.
A frustrating sight
I would be kind of supportive of Andrea standing out behind the three-point with his arms in his air and a look of exasperation on his face a lot of times (and I must have seen it a dozen times last night) if I were to once see something else from him:
You know, a cut through the lane, a flare to the sideline to create some other space for cutters, something, anything.
He’s got a point
So it’s mentioned to Jay that perhaps putting Sonny back in the starting lineup would cut into the bench scoring production and he brings up a pretty good point.
“Our bench was getting about eight points a game for a while, so … might as well get them when we can.”
More? Yeah, there’s more. It’s what we do.
Two seats down from me Saturday night was the guy with the hardest job in the arena.
That’d be old friend Jimmy Powell (some of you Vancouverites may remember him) and he’s working, as he has for years and years, as an NBA scout for the Pacers.
At one point, when the Raptors had a rather odd conglomeration of players on the court, I looked down and wondered just how he was diagramming the 1-2 screen-roll with Jerryd Bayless and Trey Johnson.
And whether it was really worth his while to be there.
So you can deliberately punch a guy in the groin while he’s elevated taking a jump shot and the NBA does nothing about it?
Celtics-Lakers on TV today, right?
Wanna know what’s up in Minnesota, where they’re relishing win No 11? It’s here.
And they say this about the Pacers, in case you were wondering.
Got this one out of a rather full mailbag that’ll be up tomorrow morning sometime.
Q: Hi Doug. I was just wondering about the popularity of your website when the Raps are struggling.
Do website hits decrease when the team is playing poorly and increase when they are playing well? Just wondering about the dedication of the "irregulars" I guess. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Do website hits decrease when the team is playing poorly and increase when they are playing well? Just wondering about the dedication of the "irregulars" I guess.
Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Kyle S, Ottawa
A: It’s funny, but it doesn’t make that huge a difference, actually. Yeah, the blog hits (at least on the way I track them) are down marginally this season but they still average about 13,000 a day and if there’s an issue or news, they can spike. We had one day in the last 30 (not sure which one it was) that went over 20,000.
But there are some Irregulars who have gone missing, some I miss a lot (you know who you are), some I’m quite fine with not hearing from so I imagine the overall interest has taken a wee bit of hit. It’s why I’m thankful those who remain, do.
I must admit, thought, I’m kind of interested in what the numbers would be like if this team was really good.
Guess there was lots of room over at the TV broadcast location (better for Jack and Matt to chat and promote their T-shirts and generally have their fun.
Why the space?
There was no local broadcast in Minny of the 11-34 Raptors facing the 10-34 Timberwolves and there won’t be any next Friday when the same two juggernauts meet in Toronto.
Some programming exec needs a raise or a promotion or something.
Me? I’ve got the Wales tonight because I don’t think the Campbells have the depth.
What? Not like that anymore?
Oh, ok. Guess I’ll put on my AFC jersey and watch the other one.
I’m looking at the boxscore some Saturday, see FGA: 101 for Toronto and I’m thinking somewhere, Sam Mitchell is smiling.
And maybe not just because they got up 100 shawts.
The things you see in a lobby bar working on a blog late a night.
A horde of funsters comes wandering in, obviously from some event, and when they spy a guy sitting at a table typing at midnight on a Saturday, their curiosity is piqued.
And in the conversation that ensues I find out that Northstar Residential from here is having its annual Holiday Party and I’m thinking, what’s the holiday?
And it’s explained that, sure, why wouldn’t you have a Christmas/Hanukkah party on Jan. 29, doesn’t everyone?
Best and most famous shrimp cocktail you can imagine at St. Elmo’s (think horseradish that makes your eyes water, shrimp that would make Bubba Gump blush) and dinner at the sister joint next door.
It would seem to be a day to forget about, you know, the job.
Except I know some of you still have questions and should send them here for the mail.
Okay, time to go catch the big bird to Indy, not sure about airport wireless here, I’ll get to the many comments (and the bit about not firing guys should rile up the stomachs of some of you) when I can.