And another return comes and goes
Glad that’s over?
Not nearly as bad as it’s been – I actually saw a few people standing and cheering when Bosh came on the floor, which nice – but it’s nice to have that night out of the way.
What I wonder is when – or if – we’ll feel as much energy in the building supporting the home side as we did in the fourth quarter.
Trying whatever it takes
We all know that no one outside of Andrea or DeMar could make a shot to save their soul and Jay spent a lot of the night trying to get something going.
And that included playing all three bigs – Bargnani, Davis, Johnson – for a stretch of the fourth quarter. Didn’t work, but it didn’t kill them, either.
“We tried different guys in there, even tried going big to see if we could get one more scorer in there or at least get rebounds if we weren’t going to get that scorer.”
Not sure it’s going to be a regular thing, and I still don’t think it works for any extended period of time but desperate times called for desperate measures.
If Jay had wanted to spend some of his hard-earned salary, he might have made the following point forcefully in his post-game media session:
In the fourth quarter, the Heat shot 17 free throws and the Raptors shot two.
I don’t think the officiating determined the outcome of the game but that’s a wide, wide, wide disparity that’s hard to believe, especially when the Raptors weren’t being predictably passive on offence.
And, finally …
One last Bosh-crowd thing, and it was bush league.
Knowing that the fans were going to boo, and having heard them boo when he ran onto the court, why in the world would whoever handles such things instruct the scoreboard video cameraman to take a close up of him during the playing of the American national anthem?
I’m pretty sure the guy singing really appreciated it.
Why would a guy who drives a plane do this?
Why would be sitting there on the plan about 20 minutes from departure time and listen to him say there’s one mechanical glitch that has to be looked at and that the mechanics would be over in 20 minutes to take look and then tell us an hour and 50 minutes later (after we’d de-planed and re-boarded) that we were ready to go.
Would that be because (a) he was making it up; (b) there’s a different time system in Indiana or (c) there were a lot of broken planes at the airport?
Anyone got a guess?
Anyway, given all the travel hell with me and Hoosier-land this season not having to go back is a good thing, methinks.
Not sure what they expected but there were a lot more uniformed police officers in the arena last night than for a usual game.
And I’m sure a whole bunch of undercover dudes.
But, all in all, it was a rather calm crowd in the vitriol department. And that’s good.
What’d they say in Miami about the comeback game?
Now, I was probably never going to stop by the D League all-star game out in L.A. this weekend – I think I’d rather eat nails – but it’s cemented for sure now that I’m not going.
Because neither is Trey Johnson.
He told me last night he’s taking the weekend off to go home and see his family instead of playing in the game and I wonder if last night was the last night we’ll see him around the Raptors.
His second 10-day has expired, it’s time for the Raptors to either sign him for the rest of the year or let him go and I think they’re best suited with keeping an open roster spot until next Thursday’s trade deadline in case Bryan finds some one-for-two deal out there.
Not hearing too many trade rumbles – that’ll like pick up this weekend when a bunch of people are out west – but the flexibility is important.
And having watched the Raptors Not Named Bargnani go 1-for-8 from three-point range and realizing that they remain dead last in the NBA in that skill, if Bryan’s got even a wee tiny deal cooking, it’s got to be for someone with shooting range.
Here’s one from the mail that gets to a pet peeve of mine, too.
Q; Doug, dude, it bothers me to see guys hugging and shaking hands of opponents before tipoff. Is this beyond the coaches control or do they condone this? Is there any team that doesn't participate in this ritual? I have no problem with players being friends but think that pleasantries should be exhibited in private, not on the battlefield. It just looks wrong.
Mike S, Rexdale
A: I suppose some hard-ass coach could forbid his players from fraternizing as openly as they do but that might be counter-productive and tick them off unnecessarily and coaches have bigger issues to worry about anyway.
But it was interesting to hear Jose last night after the game. He’s probably Bosh’s best friend on the Raptors and someone asked him if he’d talked to Chris before the game.
“Just wished him good luck and maybe now I’ll talk to him a little bit. I think maybe it wasn’t the moment at the beginning of the game.”
I think that’s the way it should be done.
Wrote about this during the game but for those who missed it, a classic moment unfolded about a row or two behind us.
There was this kid just killing Bosh, about how soft he is and that he sucks and he should retire and it was incessant.
Kid was really loud and ticked off about Bosh’s mere presence.
Might have been taken a little bit more seriously if he wasn’t wearing a Bosh No. 4 Eastern Conference all-star jersey when he was screaming at him.
Speaking of mail, I’d appreciate some.
Thank you very much, hit the button here and do your stuff.
All right, I wonder what Air Canada will have in store for me today? Check with later this morning before the noon flight to the fun and hilarity that is all-star weekend.