That Dallas team’s pretty good, isn’t it?
Even when the HOTH rattled off 18 points in a row early, there was a feeling the tide would eventually turn and did it ever.
But I imagine a lot of you were off watching the Oscars when it did so …
A new handler
Must have been half a dozen times or so Sunday that we saw James Johnson grab a rebound and take off leading a break, sometimes even waving off Jose to tell him to get up the floor.
And everyone’s fine with it.
All season long, Jay’s been talking about wanting a second ball-handler on the floor for exactly those instances so they can get going into their offence without having to wait for whichever point guard is on the floor to go back and get the ball.
Now, it’d be nice if DeMar (who is a relatively bad rebounder for someone so athletically gifted) was able to help out a little bit, too, but Johnson is giving the team exactly what it needs with his ability to get out in transition.
The Spanish Rodman?
I’m not sure how some of you are going to blame this on Andrea’s deficiencies on the glass, but somehow Jose Calderon led the team in rebounding Sunday with eight.
It took some deep delving into the history books to find out that, no, it wasn’t the first time that had happened. Well, I guess technically it was; he once tied Bosh with a team-best nine boards in a 2005 overtime game against Washington.
Jay said the moves were made as much out of necessity as anything but we were treated to some odd groupings in that Dallas game.
James Johnson in the front court with Ed Davis because Amir Johnson and Alexis Ajinca were in a little bit of foul trouble; Jose with Bayless and Barbosa at one point when they decided to go super small and DeMar needed a break on night where Sonny had nothing.
Now, I don’t imagine we’re going to see a lot of that but as the final quarter of the season unfolds I’m also sure we’ll be treated to a few moments of experimentation.
There’s more, of course.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
I’ve had a bit of a crush on Melissa Leo since she was on Homicide, Life In The Street (an excellent show that also gave us John Munch) and now that she’s in Treme (another one that’s a virtual must-see for me and it should be for you), she’s sill a big fave.
So when I heard it was her who dropped the F bomb on the Oscars, I’m thinking, ‘yes, I have good taste in unrequited crushes.’
There was an interesting question in the mail yesterday that kind of got short shrift and got me to thinking more last night.
It had to do with the possibility – remote that it may be – of the Raptors buying out Reggie Evans.
I still don’t think it’ll happen, no one from the team has ever broached the subject even in private conversation but, at some level, doesn’t it make a bit of sense?
In a perfect world, Reggie comes back, grabs his dozen rebounds a game, the Raptors win a bunch of games and have all kinds of momentum going into the post-season.
We do not live in a perfect world.
So, in order to keep giving Ed Davis the minutes he’s been getting, and to run Alexis Ajinca out there every now and then to see what he’s got, maybe a Bye Bye Reggie Buyout is on someone’s mind.
But, as I said, no one’s brought it up even in passing so I don’t think anything will happen.
Mr. Sefko reports on Sunday’s game thusly in the cyber-pages of the Dallas Morning News.
Speaking of buyouts, things are going to have to happen quickly in a lot of cities because deals have to be done by March 1 in order for the bought-out players to have post-season eligibility if they sign somewhere else.
I know it’s a sore point for many but benefits to the team losing a player would include saving a few bucks over the last six weeks of the season as well as creating playing time for young kids they want to take a look at for the future. Oh, and I guess there’d be some goodwill generated and that’s never a bad thing, either.
I had a feeling Griff might hit a homer with his reminiscences of Duke Snider.
He didn’t let me down, as you can read here.
And how many of you were like me: Soon as you heard of his passing, you started humming the song Talking Baseball.
You know the one:
Willie, Mickey and the Duke.
Yeah, that one.
Okay, here we go.
I’m not going to have a lot of spare time early in the trip with the back-to-back games Friday-Saturday, stuff to do Thursday but there should be lots of chance Sunday and Monday to do things.
Now, I’ve seen the Cabinet War Rooms (fascinating) and the palace and stuff so I’m looking for other must-see stuff and recommendations.
Take into account we’re staying at Canary Wharf and I have no idea where that is in relation to anything but I’ll take whatever you’ve got.
And offer thanks already.
Stevie Boy continues to do good work as the ace shutterbug.
I cannot wait for the breathless, unrelenting breakdown of the “third line left-winger for 17-year-old pimply prospect” stuff today.
Part of me hopes there isn’t a single trade all day and some of you can watch insiders call each other on their cell phones on TV.