Good game, good plays and the ticket contest is back again
Sure, everyone saw that one coming, right?
Nice night, though and with more than 18,000 in the joint it was a rather good atmosphere. Maybe everyone’s getting geared up for Friday and Phoenix?
Anyway, as we await the trades, we offer …
Good calls, good execution
Want to know what the Raptors got out of two crucial timeouts late Wednesday? Good plays, good execution, and points.
The first comes with about 1:47 left, tie game, Bulls had just gone on a 7-0 run and the Raptors are reeling. They call a timeout, run a high-screen with Jose and Bargnani except the play’s got another option (“single away action” Jay called it) and Bargnani hits a curling DeRozan, who finishes at the rim.
Bulls tie it, Raps are in a tough offensive set when DeRozan’s trapped in the corner and wisely calls timeout with eight seconds on the shot clock.
Out of the timeout, they run a simple but effective play, DeRozan curls off a straight line set, gets a screen, gets on the baseline to the rim where he’s fouled and makes two free throws.
See? They can do it. And against a good team with time to set its defence.
Go at him
Raptors as bullies?
But as we’re chatting with Jose after the game, he lets slip that Toronto knew precisely where to attack the Bulls.
“Korver was sometime on LB, sometime on DeMar. I was trying to find the guy being guarded by Korver and play the pick and roll with them.”
That’s going at the vulnerable and a good idea.
The up and under move that Amir Johnson put on Carlos Boozer to put Toronto up four with about 17 seconds left might have been the best post move he’s made all season. Clutch play, he was in control and didn’t rush and did just what he should have – go right at a guy with five fouls.
Not bad at all.
Let’s start big.
Hey, you got three friends?
How’d you like to take ‘em to Sunday’s game against Dallas, sit in some really good seats, say high to the Miller Genuine Draft people and eat and drink as you see fit? Sound good? Yeah, we’re back again with the MGD Best Seats In The House contest, this time it’s three sets of four tickets for Sunday.
I know we’re a bit rushed on this but entering in easy. Click here and fill in the form and be warned entries close at noon Friday so we can notify the winners Friday afternoon so make sure you provide an easily-accessible e-mail or phone number.
Good luck, see some of you there.
Now, back to our regularly-scheduled Festival of Crankiness.
And it’s just before 8 a.m. and I’m wondering what channel the all-day telethon of Trade Deadline Day news is on? Anyone help a guy out?
Trust me (or not, I really don’t care) but, yes, the Raptors did place a call to Utah to see if Deron Williams was available in the aftermath of the Jerry Sloan departure. Just like about 24 other teams would have.
But nothing came of it, there was no suggestion that the Jazz were even serious about moving Williams (I believe they wanted to see how he’d work with new coach Ty Corbin a bit) and the Nets thing came together quickly.
You know how some of us thought Dan Gilbert was a bit off his rocker when he wrote that love letter to LeBron after The Decision?
Well, not sure what’s happened in that zany mind of his, but he’s signed off on a deal that brings Baron Davis to Cleveland? Is the guy bonkers?
Sure, the Cavs get a good first pick out of it and they lose Mo Williams and Jamario but, wow. Baron’s unmotivated at the best of times, taking an L.A. kid out of L.A. and dropping in Cleveland in February with the worst team in the league?
Oh, yeah. That’s going to work out really well.
Hey, let’s check what K.C. had to say about that game last night, shall we?
Without peeking, I have a sneaky suspicion the story will centre on Chicago’s lame defence.
Know what last night would have been, right?
Well, I know some of you know but it would have been Game No. 1,000 in the three-point streak.
How conflicted would you have been had they gone 0-5 from three but still beat the Bulls in one of their best all-around games of the year?
At least you could have sat around tomorrow and talked about it over a piece of pizza.
You know a dude’s in deep when he’s on the next stool and you hear him say:
“The Clippers just covered the over.”
That’s kind of sad, isn’t it?
This is what all-star weekend does.
You hear Lenny Kravitz and you smile.
I imagine some of the Irregulars would know how much my eyes rolled when I got this quote from James Johnson, who seems a likeable sort after a day.
“My plus-minus is outrageous so I’m going to play hard every time I strap up.”
That’s so wrong at so many levels; the cliché, the odd phrasing, the thought that individual plus-minus means anything.
But, I’ll give him the Day 1 benefit of the doubt because he also said this, about his uniform number.
"I want to start from zero and work my way up."
Around the Raptors, that’s Banya-esue gold, folks. Gold.
Now, I’m off to try the soup.
A couple of guys reached Jerry Sloan yesterday afternoon to get his reaction to the Deron Williams trade and one thought came to mind:
Jerry Sloan has a cell phone?
I don’t know what I thought but a vision of a modern day Oliver Douglas up pole talking on some old fashioned phone came to mind.
This might be among the more disturbing, and telling, things out there in the last day or so.
According to a report – and I cannot vouch for its veracity – the agent for Raymond Felton is going to meet with Denver general manager Masai Ujiri about whether or not his client is going to start for the Nuggets.
Now, I’m not naïve enough to think that it’s out of the ordinary for that to happen but you know what? That’s idiotic and if I’m Masai, I tell the agent to go find some endorsements or something for his client and let George Karl figure out what he wants to do with his point guard.
Yes, the inmates run the asylum but at some point, enough is enough.
Okay, almost time to go sit in the office and see what transpires on the trade front to determine what, if anything, I have to write today. But it’ll also give me some down time to do mail so …
You know what to do. Write. Keep me company.