Well, that one was as dull as it gets, wasn’t it?
Still, dull’s not in the dictionary in these parts, that’s for sure.
Wrong guy, wrong time
The game’s really not out of hand with under eight seconds left in the third quarter. Toronto gets the ball down eight with about 7.7 seconds left, plenty of time to get a good shot.
They’ve got Leandro Barbosa, DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson and Trey Johnson on the floor.
The logical thing? Get the ball to Barbosa, let him fly up the court and either get to the rim or find someone, right?
Somehow, and not of his own doing, the ball is inbounded to Johnson, who goes almost the length of the court and takes a pretty impossible shot.
Good shots, bad results
Yes, Jose was quite bad shooting the ball all night; 2-for-15 and if memory serves, both his makes were layups or shots at the rim.
But, you know what? All of the other 13 shots were pretty good ones and ones he usually makes. This is a guy shooting 45 per cent from the field and 40 per cent from three on the season and I don’t think anyone can argue that he shouldn’t take those shots.
Making a few would be nice, though.
What do you want from your two wings?
Shooting ability? Check.
Slashing ability? Check.
Some defence? Check.
What you don’t want, and can’t have, are no trips to the foul line – combined – from your starting shooting guard and small forward.
Yes, DeMar made a bunch of jump shots and that’s all well and good but in no basketball world that I know of can a team expect to win if neither of those two guys shoot a free throw in a combined 56 minutes of play.
And, the usual add-ons because it’s what we do:
It’s been so long, I can’t remember: Didn’t these guys used to have red road jerseys?
Kevin Durant’s a lot of things and I love to watch him play basketball but he’s a 35 per cent three-point shooter, which barely puts him in the top 100 in the NBA, and about the last place he should be is in the three-point shooting contest at all-star weekend.
Yet there he is with defending champ Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Daniel (I refuse to call a grown man Boobie) Gibson, Dorrell Wright and James Jones.
Henry Abbott has as a good a breakdown of how these guys are picked as any right here at his excellent TrueHoop blog and it provides some insight.
Me? I want my Matt Bonners in things like this (I can’t to hear what reaction hi might have around the arena tonight) and I’m sure there are other more entertaining personalities and accomplished shooters who could have taken part.
Doesn’t really matter, I guess, I think Ray Allen wins anyway but still …
What’s up in Milwaukee?
What’s going on in San Antonio?
An Irregular wants a list:
Q: Hi Doug. If you were an NBA player and you could pick your own coach (leaving any teammates or rosters out of the equation here), which coach (or two) would you want to play for, and why?
And if you were an NBA player and could pick your city (again, leave rosters and coaches out of the discussion), which city (or two) would you want to play in, and why? Thanks, Doug!
And if you were an NBA player and could pick your city (again, leave rosters and coaches out of the discussion), which city (or two) would you want to play in, and why?
Davd M, Ottawa
A: How about I give you three, in no particular order:
By all reports, he’s not always maniacal, he can be quite personable and funny, he challenges you constantly, and if you want a great recommendation of a wine list, he’s your man.
Why not have fun and get up shots whenever you like? He does get that Mikey Sourpuss look on his face during games but you can turn away.
Seems like a really good guy – and has been every time I’ve had the chance to talk to him – and lays out responsibilities pretty clearly. Besides, he’s a good quote and it’d keep pesky reporters occupied.
Sure, I’d keep a tiny condo over in Oakland for game days but it’s a great city for restaurants, has an efficient airport and if you can handle the odd raindrop and rather aggressive panhandlers, it’s cool. Oh, and yes, earthquakes may be an issue but so what?
No, I’m not built for the heat but I’d be rich enough I could go wherever I wanted in the summer and I’d take with my a low enough handicap from having worked on my game every day that I’d be even richer taking money from friends.
Yes, weather can be a problem and there’s that wind to deal with but think of the chance to spend summer off-days at Wrigley? That’s got to count for something, doesn’t it?
Oh, wait. Never mind.
I don’t know about you but any game that ends with Trey Johnson guarding Garrett Temple would play well in Baskersfield or Fort Wayne.
No disrespect to their talents but, come on.
Hey, did you miss me last night?
Not to worry, we’re back for the In-Game Bloggy Thingy tonight as usual, and it’ll be a hoot for sure, I promise.
But even before that, why not get a shot at some questions and answers. I’ve been summoned to some big-shot editorial board thingy this morning to talk to some Olympic people – or listen to them talk, may be more accurate – so we have to push it back to 12:30 from the usual noon start.
See you then?
One more note on the three-pointer thing.
Ray Allen is likely to pass Reggie Miller as the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point makes tonight against the Lakers (and perhaps never before have I wished more that the courtside monitors had cable TV capabilities than tonight) and I wonder if you feel this way:
Allen shoots three-pointers better than any other NBA player does any one thing.
No one rebounds the ball as well as Allen shoots the three; no one dribbles the ball as well as Allen shoots the three; no one passes the ball or plays defence better than Allen shoots the three.
It is simply pretty to watch.