Dangerous times and you've got to love those Spiders
Missed practice yesterday because of the drive so there’s a dearth of anything really new here but it doesn’t mean it’s not interesting nonetheless.
Had an interesting chat with Bob McCown during a stop on his show Thursday that touched on one topic we don’t get to very often here.
Whether there are still many of you who actually care what’s going on with these guys.
There is no doubt that there is a level of apathy that’s setting in, a troubling sign for any team, and that’s probably the one thing they need to be worried most about.
Yes, there are still very many of you who care passionately, which is a good thing for them, but the sense I’m getting here and during games and anecdotally just hanging around is that so many of you don’t really care as much what happens, that it’s more about what’s going to happen in June and July that’s at the front of your mind.
They are destined to have the lowest attendance in franchise history, they could very well be headed to a lockout that would bring any summer interest to a screeching halt and there are signs that the interest that’s waning will be hard to get back.
I’m not sure what they can do to create any kind of buzz or to get back the fans they’ve lost over this season but they need to do something.
The worst thing that can happen to a team is that it becomes somewhat irrelevant in its market.
I don’t think we’re to that point yet with the Raptors but we’re closer than we’ve ever been and they need to hit some kind of home run between now and the summer to get some juice flowing again.
Best of luck to them.
Hey, how about them Spiders?
Not bad for a dude who has no clue about NCAA basketball, eh?
Didn’t see a whole lot of the tournament on Day 1, a long drive and an important appointment will do that to a guy but I guess it was pretty good.
That’s probably the best thing about the drama of last-second elimination and I’m glad that’s part of it because watching teams run three-man weaves for a shot clock that’s about five minutes long before missing a three-pointer is pretty hard to take.
Anyway, since I’m channeling my inner Al McGuire, keep a close eye on Marquette today.
One from the mail? Sure.
Q: Hey again Doug, hope you had a good St. Patrick's Day. I don't remember mine :D
Was just wondering... To rack up an assist, does the person receiving and scoring the bucket have to score within a certain number of seconds? Certain number of steps? I ask this because I notice a lot that yes, an assist is counted when the scorer makes a basket less than a second or 2 after getting the pass, but I also notice that sometimes even after 2-3 seconds and a hop-step, or even a dribble drive and a score that an assist is still counted. Please enlighten me with your logical information. Thanks again, peace man.
Was just wondering... To rack up an assist, does the person receiving and scoring the bucket have to score within a certain number of seconds? Certain number of steps?
I ask this because I notice a lot that yes, an assist is counted when the scorer makes a basket less than a second or 2 after getting the pass, but I also notice that sometimes even after 2-3 seconds and a hop-step, or even a dribble drive and a score that an assist is still counted. Please enlighten me with your logical information.
Thanks again, peace man.
Sky D, North Bay
A: St. Patrick’s Day?
Dead quiet, actually. Got a wee bit of Irish on but it was a work day most of all; I tend to see the day as almost as close to Amateur Hour as New Year’s Eve but with a bit more legitimacy.
Oh, and it’s Super Dog’s birthday (she’s five) so that kind of dominates home.
Anyway, there is no strict rule on assists except that the pass is supposed to lead “directly” to a basket. Doesn’t always seem to work that way and there is some subjectivity to it but those are the guidelines.
What’s up in Washington?
Let’s check with Michael Lee and find out that the Wizards seem far worse off today than the Raptors do.
Back to the tournament for a second.
Do you think the Butler coached designed a play where a dude fell down into a buzzer-beater?
So, the road trip that’s coming up is a bear – Thunder, Nuggets, Suns, Warriors, Clippers in seven days – and you can almost count the games left in the season on the fingers of two hands.
Oh yeah, we’re in for a big finish, aren’t we?
Kind of makes tonight’s game pretty important for their collective psyches, no?
They haven’t really played a good game since beating New Orleans here what seems like an eon ago and I wonder what they’ve got in the mental tank for the Wizards.
I’m not suggesting this game will be season-defining or any huge benchmark but it might be a late-season measure of mental acuity; they need to play well and they need to play hard.
It’ll be interesting to see if they can.
In 10 games as a Raptor, James Johnson has 14 blocked shots.
The other two players who’ve started at small forward, Sonny Weems and Linas Kleiza, have combined for eight all year.
And that, folks, is a big reason why it makes sense that Johnson starts and factors largely into the team’s future plans.
As I wrote today, there are still parts off his game that need improvement – shooting being the primary one – but if he gives them that kind of defensive presence, I can live with the odd missed jumper.
Nice calm drive back, if you care.
No snow, no wind, no nothing and I don’t know what kind of scenery it was – I’m pretty sure the 402 and 401 aren’t lined with Eucalyptus trees – but it’s not that bad a journey when the weather’s good.
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Since the journey tomorrow from Toronto to Oklahoma City is rather circuitous (you try getting from one place to the other in a direct line), I’m going to have some plane time to get it done.