Stats and surgeries and some long ago TV memories
Oh yeah, it’s crazy early here, 4:25 a.m. by the clock in the corner of this screen, but there’s an early flight and no way I’m making you wait until after I get back to read these pearls of wisdom.
And if you see Super Son, make sure he’s got the driveway shoveled before I get back, would you?
Is he back?
Probably not, but that was the most active I’ve seen Ed Davis in the last couple of weeks, especially in the fourth quarter when he was able to find space in the Suns zone and had a couple of big buckets off great passes from Bargnani and Calderon.
Davis ended up with eight rebounds – the most he’s had in about five games – and he was far more into the fray than he’d been.
Who knows, it might translate into more playing time each night and the people who are shocked he’s not playing more simply because it’s that time of year will take it easy.
The Raptors know he’s a longer term piece than, say, Reggie Evans but they also know he’s got to play well to get some time and, before last night, he hadn’t been.
Time to get cut?
We were chatting with Leandro at shootaround Wednesday morning and the conversation, as it often does with him, got around to his health and, specifically, his wrist.
And it sounds like surgery, which we all expected right after the season ended, may not be such a sure thing.
“I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to have the surgery or not. I’m doing okay right now … It’s something I need to talk to the trainers about it and the organization and Bryan, too. It’s almost the end of the season, we’ll see.”
The exuberance of youth
Twice in the first half, there were loose balls near the Raptors basket and twice they saved them from going out of bounds, only to throw them right to Suns for easy baskets.
Hair-pulling time for the coach, if he had more hair.
And it’s when he gave me the top quote in the game story.
“We saved the ball twice for them to get baskets. I mean, what is that? You can’t say that’s a bad play, you’re chasing after a loose ball, good hustle, experience says don’t throw it into the back court, throw it one of your teammates, don’t save a ball where you don’t know where it’s going.
“The energy and the effort is there, the basketball smarts has to keep improving.”
Seriously, that should be the working title of the post-season wrapup video.
And, some more?
There are college games today?
A long flight back allegedly arrives late in the day?
Well, I see a night on the couch in my future and in the crystal ball, I see Duke, San Diego State, BYU and, sorry Jim, Butler, winning those college games.
Now, don’t go putting any wagers up on those but that’s where the interest will lie at Casa Doug.
A little chance meeting the hallway after the game really hit home just how skewed my idea of professional athletes is.
Micah’s standing there with a couple of really regular looking guys chatting away and I have to stop to say goodbye and have fun in California and to maybe get some insight into what had just transpired.
Now, these two guys are obviously in pretty good shape and look like they know their way around the gym but, really, they are quite normal.
“Doug,” says Micah, “do you know these guys?”
“This is Joey Votto.”
Oh, the Joey Votto? Extraordinary baseballer, great hitter, all-around good guy from everything I’ve read?
And I guess it’s because I’m around rather giant guys so many days, the 6-8, 6-10, 7-foot specimens who play the game I cover, I was taken aback at how “normal” one of the greatest hitters in the game looked.
All right, only two days left to get into the big contest to see who gets to go to the Bucks game next week – which will be then next time I see these fellows, by the way.
Click here to get into the MGD Best Seats In The House draw for one of six pairs of tickets. Good luck, hope it’s a handful of Irregulars who get to come and hang out but, believe me, aside from talking about it here, I have nothing to do with who wins or what.
My Man Coro took the night off, the lucky sod, so here’s how his backup played that one in the pages, so to speak, of the Arizona Republic.
Lots of Leandro time yesterday, as you’d expect.
A couple of guys got him at shootaround, along with the Toronto locals, of course, and when I came around the corner from the court to get Jay pre-game, Leandro was conducting a scrum with about 10 writers, and broadcasters.
You got the news about the wrist up above but the other cool thing?
Barbosa knows how to play the real estate game.
You should know that the Phoenix area was the hardest hit, housing-wise, in the US during that economic meltdown and there are more foreclosures and walk-aways here than anywhere.
Barbosa? Seems he’s like the Brazilian Trump.
"I had a house ... and I had condo, too.
“I actually was building a house here and I went over there to see how it was for the guy that I sold it to. It was pretty, man. It was pretty. That really gave me emotion. The market isn’t good so it was a good thing for me to sell.”
Yes, he really called the place “pretty” and that’s not a word you hear too many NBA guys use.
Okay, this is going deep into bad-afternoon-TV-watching-while-writing stuff and not sure how many will get it.
Las Vegas is on in the background – I know, there was no CSI to watch – and it’s late in the series when Tom Selleck as Cooper had replaced James Caan/Ed Deline as the big shot.
Anyway, I’m listening and there are two guest stars who sound quite familiar and as the show goes on, it hits me:
It’s TC and Rick!
Talk about worlds colliding.
It’s like they dropped a casino in Hawaii!
(Now, go figure that one out)
This has nothing really to do with last night’s game except it’s a stat I found out while reading pre-game notes.
Steve Nash has eight games this season with at least 20 points and 15 assists.
The rest of the NBA has seven.
Okay, one more shot at the mail for you.
I’ve got some idle time coming up and what better way to spend some of than reading your innermost thoughts.