Well, that was rather a drab game, wasn’t it?
Boring opponent – and I mean snore-inducing, eyes-glazed-over, you-call-that-basketball – coupled with a rather uninspired effort by the HOTH and I guess the best thing you can say about it is that it got us one game closer to the end of the season.
As a wise person said, that was a virtual snooze-fest for sleepyheads.
Sorry to the MGD Best Seats people who had to sit through it – although they were gracious enough to not say anything when I stopped by at halftime.
Anyway, it did yield some fun bits.
Same play, different result
I guess if something works one time, you may as well try it again.
Down six with about 17 seconds left, it’s going to take a miracle to pull this one out and instead of showing off some new set or play that will quickly make the video rounds to 29 other teams, Jay goes to the tried and true method.
He runs almost the exact same play that got them that huge game-tying three-pointer in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks ago, a double screen for Leandro, who starts on the far side of the court so his man has to trail him rather than beat him over the screens.
Got a good look, too, but the shot didn’t go.
A long, long time ago
And I still remember how that music used to ...
Oops, never mind
Anyway, I honestly can’t remember the last time the Raptors got a double-digit rebounding game from their small forward.
Ten boards for James Johnson, a career high that included a career high four offensive boards, may not be the greatest of games from that spot in the history of the sport but on a team that gets little rebounding from the starting centre and very little from the starting shooting guard, it’s a pretty big contribution.
Last possession of the third quarter, Jerryd’s got some foul trouble, Jose’s hamstring’s acting up a bit and he’s getting some rest and Jay needs a point guard to run one play.
What’s he do?
The obvious, goes to Leandro and we’re all kind of wondering what they’ll run on the one set they’ve got left.
We all know what’s going to happen. Leandro’s going to go around a screen, take off to the basket with only one thing in mind and try to make some kind of off-balance, banked-in layup.
Sure enough, he goes around the screen, gets in the lane, finds traffic and instead of throwing up a shot, dishes it off to Reggie for an easy layup.
We rub our eyes and get ready for the fourth quarter.
Okay, this is totally unrelated to anything but I typed myself a note about it so it must be important in my tiny mind.
A day that begins with a drive that includes with In The Air Tonight on the way in and Money on the drive home isn’t a bad thing at all.
We now return you to your usual digressions and pap and drivel.
Having watched Indiana a couple of weeks or so ago, and now having seen Milwaukee up close and personally I can say without doubt that I am a proponent of lowering the number of Eastern Conference playoff teams to something less than eight.
Man, those two teams were tough to watch and that one of them, or maybe Charlotte, sneaks into the final post-season berth is hardly deserved.
I believe it’s time to become a Jays fan.
No, not a Jay’s fan, a Jays fan because tomorrow’s opening day and what the heck, it’s baseball season.
My usual allegiance was with the Red Sox since about the first World Series I really got into was the magical one with Jim Lonborg and Yaz back in the day but I think it’s time for a change.
Seems this group of baseballers are a good bunch of guys, they can sure pitch the ball it seems and since it doesn’t appear I’ll be poaching any series to cover this summer, I can hope they win and not be professionally conflicted.
So, if you have to know, I’m going all in and saying 88 wins for the lads and big games until September.
Not sure how many of you saw this story that I did yesterday on Carlos Deflino and the impact a concussion had on him (I had to use a search warrant to find it on our site) but it’s not a bad one if I do say so myself.
And wasn’t too hard to get because Carlos saw a familiar face and was more than wiling to sit down but I do have to tell you this, and I may have before:
Carlos is one very low talker and when I head to the closet today, I may feel compelled to pull out a puffy shirt.
What’d Charles F. say about that epic struggle?
I wonder what Jay was really thinking?
You know him, right? He doesn’t very often take to criticizing his players publicly, at least not in the emotional moments right after a game when he’s meeting with the thundering hordes of media.
Well, a couple of times last night, it sure felt like he was biting his tongue, as coaches generally do.
I asked him about Jerryd, who really had a so-so game, and he gave me the “I thought he was okay” line from this game story, hardly a ringing endorsement.
And the Mom Mick says something along the lines of “What did you think of Ed? I thought he was pretty quiet compared to the last couple of games.”
Deep breath and …
“Same as you. Pretty quiet compared to the last couple of games.”
One more Delfino note and he’s a funny guy.
We do our greetings, catch up a bit, tell a story or two and sit down to start the tape recording part of it. I look at him, first question is “So, how’s your head?” and his immediate reply:
Oh the good part about watching spring training?
Watching No. 82 scoring a run and No. 66 on the mound.
No clue who they are but I like them.
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